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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Sep-26-16
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 1401 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-16-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
Lambda: I wish there had been a Lasker-Capablanca match round about 1914 or 1916, when they were both really strong and competitive, and it would have been one hell of a match, rather than having it in 1921 when Capablanca was in his purple patch and Lasker was at his lowest ebb.
   Sep-08-16 Eljanov vs Navara, 2015 (replies)
Lambda: <YouRang> Yeah, the Timmerman game helped me to see the point of this puzzle, because I found out then that rook vs. knight is so much better for the side with the exchange than two rooks vs. rook and knight.
   Aug-28-16 Chess Olympiad (2016) (replies)
Lambda: Russia still have the highest average rating.
   Jul-12-16 Schirmer vs Schleipen, 1956 (replies)
Lambda: I don't think this is a position where you calculate all the lines other than the recapture. I think you just reason "since black can't recapture, this clearly makes progress in the attack, let's allow black to pick a square to put his king and then calculate only that line once he ...
   Jul-07-16 K Spraggett vs G Vescovi, 2004 (replies)
Lambda: Mostly saw everything, but I wasn't totally confident about what happens after 31. Bb6 Nxb6 32. Qg3+ Ng5 33. Qxg5+ Bg7 34. Nh6+ Kh8. It looks like white has a strong attack with possibilities like 35. Qxh5 but it's not so easy to calculate it to mate or material advantage.
   Jul-06-16 V Kamenov vs T Galunov, 2009 (replies)
Lambda: I went all around the houses on this one: 26... Qh6+ 27.Kg4 R8xf4+ 28.gxf4 Rxf4+ 29.Kg3 Qh4+ 30.Kg2 Rf2+ 31.Qxf2 (31.Kg1 Qg4#) Qxf2+ 32.Kh3 Qf3+ 33.Kh4 Bf2+ 34.Kg5 Qf5#
   Jun-30-16 E Mitrev vs I Vladimirov, 2009 (replies)
Lambda: Got it eventually, but I was sidetracked at first by the mating pattern where the rook makes it to h4 via e4, and the queen remains on c4 to guard g8.
   Jun-23-16 K Ulanowski vs E Kustal, 2009 (replies)
Lambda: Opening the g-file like that is a standard pattern, but doing so when the attacker can be taken because the pawn ends up maintaining bank rank mate threats is something I've never seen before.
   May-31-16 B Hammar vs E Jonsson, 2014 (replies)
Lambda: It doesn't really work as a spoiler. You don't need to see any particular counter-tactic or problem in order to tell you're not looking at a Tuesday-level solution, you just need to do a material count, and conclude that it's not obvious that black is better.
   Apr-17-16 Timman vs Korchnoi, 1991 (replies)
Lambda: This is a stupid puzzle. 12. Nxe5 is the most obvious move simply to regain the pawn, and there's no reason to expect black to play 12... Re8 and allow puzzly things to happen.
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