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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Jul-07-15
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 1288 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-07-15 A Kulashko vs H Bennett, 2005 (replies)
Lambda: You don't need to see Nxf5. Winning two pieces for a rook and creating a promising-looking attack is more than enough justification to just play it, and only think again when that position is in front of you.
   Jul-03-15 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
Lambda: Kramnik and Anand, disputed? Topalov different from all the other toy FIDE champions?
   Jul-02-15 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
Lambda: Missing Short and Smirin there.
   Jul-01-15 Veselin Topalov (replies)
Lambda: <"Kramnik on the other hand has never commented on why he has played WC matches and never qualified via any cycle!"> If I were in his position, I would be completely uninterested in educating people so thick that they can't work out for themselves that the reason for this is ...
   Jun-26-15 Norway Chess (2015) (replies)
Lambda: <Really? Why is that?> Well, neither of them ever had a result this bad in a major tournament during their considerable periods of domination. How much you care about the potential for such vulnerability is of course extremely subjective.
   Jun-05-15 R Tischbierek vs Tseshkovsky, 1984 (replies)
Lambda: I actually saw the idea of Nd5 clearly, but for some reason after 22.Rxf7 Kxf7 the only check I could see was 23.Qf3+ (or Qf1+), (probably somewhat drawn by putting the queen on the same diagonal as the Ra8), after which it doesn't work.
   Jun-03-15 Nguyen Hoang Tuan vs Nguyen Xuan Quang, 2005 (replies)
Lambda: When the material gain is both more obvious, and good enough.
   Jun-02-15 Nigel Short (replies)
Lambda: The top 100 containing nobody in their 50s is not the case any more, and by a pretty decent margin too, not far off top 50. Looks like Anand could become quite a strong 50 year old, in time.
   Jun-01-15 Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (replies)
Lambda: Excuse? Going to the toilet is morally objectionable now?
   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.
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