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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Dec-05-16
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 1446 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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 ...
   Nov-23-16 L Valenzuela Fuentealba vs B Saeheng, 1996 (replies)
Lambda: I immediately went for 38.Rd5+ to get the rook involved in the action, and after 38...Kf4 39.g3+ just concluded that it must be impossible for black to survive, instead of calculating any more lines.
   Nov-21-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Lambda: <karjakin draws with a one more pawn.. Ridiculous !!> [DIAGRAM]
   Nov-13-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Lambda: What's the point in complaining about rest days? We still get the same amount of chess, no matter how many rest days there are. What makes it being a little more spaced out a bad thing?
   Oct-22-16 Short - Hou (2016) (replies)
Lambda: <capafischer1> When one player is rated 25 points ahead of another, it is not guaranteed that the first player will have beaten Karpov in a match. There are in fact only two people in history who have beaten Karpov in an important match, that's what makes it so impressive a ...
   Oct-13-16 J Penrose vs Tartakower, 1950 (replies)
Lambda: This only really requires Monday or Tuesday level calculation. You don't need to see much to be certain that 32. Rxd5 is a good move which improves white's position. When you've calculated that, it's time to wait for black to choose a response.
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