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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Jun-27-16
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 1391 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
   Apr-12-16 Lasker - Schlechter World Championship Match (1910)
Lambda: If Schlechter had won, I expect he'd have felt obliged to offer Lasker a rematch, and Lasker would probably win that.
   Apr-12-16 Topalov vs Anand, 2010 (replies)
Lambda: <When 5. Bg5 h6, what is white's strategy there?> Generally, it's because the bishop really wants to be on the h4-d8 diagonal, and doesn't mind being knocked back a square, in order to pin the knight on f6 or to be ready to exchange itself for the knight at the opportune ...
   Apr-08-16 Kasparov - Short World Championship Match (1993) (replies)
Lambda: <Still, I suppose Short's peak achievement was his match victory over Karpov in 1992; something which a formidable array of other Grandmasters could not achieve.> That's certainly true. In other WC-relevant matches against players not called "Kasparov", only Korchnoi twice, ...
   Apr-06-16 World Championship Candidates (2016) (replies)
Lambda: <Anand was 3-0 ahead after 6 games - more than clear superiority, why prolong the suffering?> Karpov even won three games in a row vs. Kasparov in 1986. But he wasn't superior. Six games doesn't provide clear evidence of anything. In explaining Anand going 3-0 up, judging by ...
   Mar-28-16 Blackburne vs West, 1885 (replies)
Lambda: Rh4 was such an obvious threat, I reversed the normal mistake and assumed it was black to move and find some way of preventing it for a minute or so.
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