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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Oct-10-19
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 1829 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-11-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
Lambda: Speaking as a member of the public, if I discover a chess event has a dress code, the impression I get is that it's being run by a load of bigots.
   Aug-22-19 Tartakower vs Rubinstein, 1925 (replies)
Lambda: I saw 34. Qe2 and then advancing the f-pawn, which goes into an ending a pawn up, which is enough to justify the continuation. You can think again after moves like 33...Qxe8 to see if you can find anything even better.
   Aug-21-19 Robson vs I Stavrianakis, 2009 (replies)
Lambda: Even after 38.Qxg7+ Kxg7 39.Rg1+ Kh6 40.Rf2 white is going to win the bishop with a pin on h4 or g5, though since black can take the d6 pawn while he's doing that, he's going to end up with two rooks and three pawns against rook, knight and four pawns. Not sure if that's enough to ...
   Aug-08-19 E Magerramov vs Gipslis, 1992 (replies)
Lambda: 38...Kf8 must also be considered. White's goal is generally to chase the black king to somewhere Qg5 can be played with check.
   Jul-30-19 Bologan vs Bacrot, 2001 (replies)
Lambda: White can avoid mate after 30...Nc5+ with 31.Rd3 Bxd3+ 32.Kc1 Nxb3+ 33.Kd1, though after 33.Nxd4 black is trivially winning and white would undoubtedly resign, so you can still call that a solution.
   Jul-11-19 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: <Not that often reigning World Champions scored wow results in tournaments either, the exceptions being Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen.> And Lasker.
   Jun-07-19 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
Lambda: My memory says that Sonas included the inactivity penaliser into his system because he had dreams of it replacing ELO and just wanted to encourage activity going forward. The biggest loser from it was arguably Capablanca. His 4-0 victory over Lasker should, judging by Lasker's ...
   May-03-19 A Shimanov vs R Rapport, 2012 (replies)
Lambda: Odd sort of puzzle, just playing by far the most obvious move on the board. Try to involve in the attack the only piece which isn't currently participating.
   Apr-30-19 Garry Kasparov (replies)
Lambda: Say Federer based on grand slams, and people won't laugh at you.
   Apr-30-19 GRENKE Chess Classic (2019) (replies)
Lambda: Several players have been ranked #2 in the last few years, but it's only Caruana who keeps returning there.
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