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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Feb-27-15
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 1243 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-27-15 Kinghunt chessforum
   Feb-20-15 J Grefe vs A Karklins, 1973 (replies)
Lambda: My OTB approach would be to play the first few moves, and think again after Ke7. Worst case, I take the rook, and I'll be immediately two pawns up in a queen and knight endgame with loads of checks. But easier to search for a mate when the position is advanced a bit.
   Feb-19-15 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) (replies)
Lambda: Polgar's best result was at Madrid, 1994 when she was still just 17, one and a half points ahead of a field containing 4 top ten players, albeit none of them the super-famous names.
   Feb-13-15 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
Lambda: <The other thing to remember is that Karpov's hey day was 1975-1985> He actually sees his best results from 1985-1990. The '86 and '87 matches must represent the pinnacle of competitive chess. Speculating on a Fischer who would play a match in 1975 is silly. His mental ...
   Feb-11-15 Blackburne vs H Charlick, 1885 (replies)
Lambda: Having noticed Qxe6+ possibilities, I first looked at 22. Rxc7+, and that wins easily too; 22... Kxc7+ quickly leads to mate after 23. Qxg7+, and after 22...Qxc7 23.Qxe6+ Kb8 24.Rd7 black cannot save his queen, has to work hard just to escape mate, and is bound to lose at least a ...
   Feb-11-15 GRENKE Chess Classic (2015) (replies)
Lambda: Ratings increases being the result of everyone having more accurate theoretical knowledge is a totally daft idea. If you imagine a simplified system with two players, in order to make this clear, and one player learns some better openings and starts getting better results against the
   Jan-29-15 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
Lambda: Anand hardly got stomped. He was clearly second best, but it was a good fight.
   Jan-20-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
Lambda: Capablanca losing his title was more of a longevity issue really. He played near-perfect chess - but only for about five years, about 1918-1922. By the time he twice finished below Lasker in New York 1924 and Moscow 1925, his level had dropped, so losing the title in 1927 should not ...
   Jan-20-15 Arno Nickel (replies)
Lambda: In a single game, I think you'd just conceptualise it as "stalemate: you've won small. Checkmate: you've won big". (Or agreements that such results are inevitable, like resignation for checkmate is inevitable.) There are five possible results. In matches or tournaments, instead of ...
   Jan-09-15 Reti vs Capablanca, 1928 (replies)
Lambda: I think this puzzle is problematic in that 0-0-0 is obviously a good move even if you don't see anything clever. So you don't need to solve the puzzle at all in order to play the best move. You can wait a move to think about things.
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