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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Nov-21-17
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. Full Member

   Lambda has kibitzed 1576 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-21-17 Team White vs Team Black, 2017 (replies)
   Nov-15-17 J Brenninkmeijer vs A Pieniazek, 1987 (replies)
Lambda: 33.Rxa7 (clearly a good move if black can't recapture) Qxa7 34.Qg6+ Kf8 (after 34...Kh8 35.f7 black has no good defence to the threat of 36.Qh6 mate) 35.f7 and black has no good defence against the twin threats of 36.fxe8=Q mate and 36.Qg8+ followed by f8=Q. For instance, 35...Ra8 ...
   Nov-14-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: "In history" might be stretching it a bit far. Capablanca beat the best other players in the world with one minute on his clock to their five.
   Nov-09-17 J Salas Romo vs H Appel, 1945 (replies)
Lambda: 23. Qh4+ then you take whichever pawn interposes with the knight, giving a discovered check. And the analysis continues. Saw the basic idea easily enough, but evaluating the attack in the position you get as worth a rook is not easy.
   Nov-01-17 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
Lambda: In any case, there's no clear answer to whether MVL or Kramnik is currently a better player, that's firmly in the domain of personal opinion.
   Nov-01-17 I Gurevich vs K K Karanja, 1987 (replies)
Lambda: As soon as black is unable to take the knight and is reduced to playing 21 ... Rf5, it's obvious that 21 Nxh7 is right.
   Oct-30-17 R Zysk vs A Huss, 1987 (replies)
Lambda: You don't need to find the mate in 9, you just need to demonstrate that white is toast in that line, which the sequence ending in Rf2+ does perfectly well.
   Oct-27-17 Nakamura vs Topalov, 2016 (replies)
Lambda: I was thinking this was about taking on d1 then playing g4 to let the king out, but I didn't see the double check on f2.
   Oct-18-17 A Bachmann vs V Fedoseev, 2016 (replies)
Lambda: After 36. Re8+, I made life a little more complicated for myself by choosing 36... Kf7 for some reason, although there's not much difference.
   Oct-16-17 G Lasya vs I Barchuk, 2016 (replies)
Lambda: It's hard to find a sensible-looking continuation of the attack which doesn't mate in two or three.
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