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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen May-22-15
Live in England. I played a lot as a child, reaching a rating slightly over 150 BCF/2000 ELO, but I haven't played seriously since going to university. (Mostly because I'm not particularly driven to compete, to try to defeat an opponent; at uni, I was able to find some appealing co-operative activities.) I like the world-vs-GM games here (perhaps due to their partially co-operative nature), and have made some (minor) contributions.

   Lambda has kibitzed 1273 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-19-15 T Kahl vs H Palmer, 2006 (replies)
Lambda: No need to calculate much here. 21... Bxc3 is clearly a good idea if taking it loses, and after 22. bxc3 Qxc3+ white already has to choose between mate in 1 and losing his rook, so it does.
   May-18-15 Gashimov Memorial (2015) (replies)
Lambda: Nigel Short is rated higher right now than he was when he challenged for the world championship.
   May-18-15 T Heitmann vs H Ueltzen, 2006 (replies)
Lambda: Okay, I've got this one. 17. Nc5! f5 18. Nxd7 Qxd7 19. Bb3 Rf6 20. Rxe6! Rxe6 21. Qxf5 wins the rook back, two pawns to the good, and with black's two bishops broken up. ^_^
   May-01-15 K Spraggett vs M Campbell, 1974 (replies)
Lambda: I didn't quite consider every defence here due to a subtlety; after Qxf7, I looked at Qg7 after a Qd4+, and observed it was totally pointless, so having then considered defences on h5 which are refuted by Qxg6, I didn't notice that this changed Qg7 into a useful move which gives the ...
   Apr-26-15 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
Lambda: For comparison, historical world number 2s of over 45 years since 1886 (Chessmetrics): Karpov 45y 5m Chigorin 46y 10m Blackburne 47y 2m Capablanca 48y 9m Korchnoi 50y 9m Botvinnik 52y 4m Alekhine 53y 2m Steinitz 55y 1m Lasker 58y 2m It was generally easier to be a ...
   Apr-24-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Lambda: <Miracle on Ice has to be the biggest moment ever. It was so much more of an upset than Fischer beating Spassky. Jesse Owens in Berlin is No. 2 Michael Phelps-pick an Olympics-is no. 3. Nadia's perfect Tens are moment No. 4. Five gold medals for Eric Heiden in speed skating ...
   Apr-24-15 AVRO (1938) (replies)
Lambda: The best aged tournament performance has got to be a 55 year old Lasker winning by a substantial margin over a field containing Capablanca and Alekhine at New York 1924. The whole narrative of his fending off of Capablanca in tournaments is something I find particularly impressive; ...
   Apr-14-15 Dubai Chess Open (2015) (replies)
Lambda: <Not one of Alekhine's better days.> That seems a bit of an exaggeration. OK, a loss is never a good day, but 1924 Lasker is about as strong as chess-players get, so it's not particularly remarkable.
   Apr-09-15 Chigorin vs Janowski, 1895 (replies)
Lambda: 13... Bxa3 is the obvious move. On most replies, we've certainly at least won a pawn, maybe we have more, but we're certainly happy. Moving the Nc3 with a discovered attack isn't going to get any material back, we can either take the knight with our queen or play Bb4, maybe we have ...
   Apr-08-15 Garry Kasparov (replies)
Lambda: Should be interesting to see whether the gap is narrowed or bridged entirely by Short still being active.
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