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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Aug-28-16
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 1396 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
   Apr-16-16 I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1927 (replies)
Lambda: Saw the first two moves, convinced myself that against any white response black can at least get material equality, and decided it could then be played on intuition, let white decide what his defence is going to be then look at the position on the board.
   Apr-16-16 US Chess Championships (2016) (replies)
Lambda: You don't normally get them for national championships.
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