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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Jan-16-17
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 1451 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-10-17 W van Lankveld vs Van der Wiel, 2000 (replies)
Lambda: Yeah, this is a Monday-level puzzle. It's a short forced line in which you have to keep checking, and the most obvious check is always the correct one.
   Jan-04-17 Seirawan vs Beliavsky, 1988 (replies)
Lambda: I spent some time today thinking that the C-file was open for some reason, and trying to sacrifice the bishop on d3 to win the rook on c1. Bf3 only occurred to me once I'd looked at Qa5 intending Bd3+ and observed that you need to keep the pawn on f2.
   Dec-15-16 Nigel Short (replies)
Lambda: Stalemate should clearly have a status somewhere in-between checkmate and a draw. That way you don't lose any richness from chess, because things like reducing a hopeless looking position to a king, bishop and wrong rooks pawn ending still have meaning, but you gain extra richness ...
   Dec-08-16 Karpov - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1974) (replies)
Lambda: I don't see any real reason to think either would have played significantly differently in such a match, bar game 12. I think you'd see the same sort of stuff, just more of it, with Carlsen to win 3-2 after, let's say, slightly more than 20 games.
   Dec-05-16 D Fridman vs H Odeev, 1996 (replies)
Lambda: Game line easy to see, final position is obviously a highly probable win, but it needs a bit of calculation to be certain. My key line was 41. fxg5 hxg5 42. Kf2 Kg7 43. Kf3 Kg6 44. h4 Kf6 45. hxg5+ Kxg5 46. e4 and now the win is obvious.
   Dec-02-16 Sergey Karjakin (replies)
Lambda: <Topalov (2006 and 2010)> If Topalov had won with the aid of the forfeit in 2006, it's not simple to predict that he would have become champion. A lot of people would have been very angry, and Kramnik was going to take legal action.
   Dec-02-16 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: If we ignore the nonsense scenario where you make it happen by putting one of them in a time machine and then have a contest between people having differing access to theory and computer assistance, but just judge it on raw characteristics, I think 1972 Fischer wins if he's able to ...
   Nov-30-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Lambda: <These two historical examples show that such a super tournament can produce more games, and more interesting games, than the current format. Also, the result of such a tournament is likely to produce a acceptable winner. Botvinnik's and Anand's place in chess history are ...
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
Lambda: <I think the reason that organizers don't put the tie breaker before the classical match is because the person who loses the tie breaks may have to, at some point, take unreasonable risky chances to get a full point, not in character with the high quality expected in long time ...
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Lambda: You can't just force a quiet game with white in the Sicilian. Caruana chose a Sicilian in the must-win final round of Candidates, and while he didn't win that game, it wasn't because he failed to get a position with any play in it, it was just because winning with black against a ...
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