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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Jan-30-15
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 1234 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-30-15 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
Lambda: Capablanca was strongest during the late 10s and early 20s, during which he played almost flawless chess. He started making errors in the mid 20s, leading to him twice finishing behind Lasker in tournaments then losing the title to Alekhine. You could almost make a case for Lasker ...
   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.
   Jan-05-15 Carlsen vs Nijboer, 2005 (replies)
Lambda: Quite a few false trails here for a Monday. I had a moment of "I've exhausted all the most obvious ideas. Hey, how about deflecting the queen with something like Qe2 like that famous back rank mate thing where it runs out of squares on the diagonal? Or Qd3 does it with check, even ...
   Dec-26-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Dec-25-14 Emanuel Lasker (replies)
Lambda: Lasker's longevity was second to none, 48y7m between first and last appearances in the top 10, and 36y6m between first and last appearances at world number 1. Some comparative figures: Smyslov: 43y7m top 10, 6y8m #1 Steinitz: 38y0m top 10, 23y8m #1 Keres: 37y1m top 10, never #1
   Dec-16-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: Average rating gap to #10 is a good measure of ratings dominance. Average rating gap to #2 is partially a measure of how good a #2 you have.
   Dec-02-14 Nigel Short (replies)
Lambda: Personally, I think the most effective way of expressing what happened then is to look at what it does to the record of world championship or candidates matches played by Karpov against opponents not called 'Kasparov': Karpov 3 - 0 Polugaevsky Karpov 4 - 1 Spassky Karpov 3 - 2 ...
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