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Lambda
Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Feb-25-17
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.

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   Lambda has kibitzed 1465 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-25-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
 
Lambda: Minimatch-type events do have a very good chance of being won by one of the best players. The main difference between them and proper matches is if there's a player or players who are significantly stronger than anyone else, they're practically guaranteed to win when playing long ...
 
   Feb-24-17 Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship Match (1886)
 
Lambda: Steinitz-Zukertort. Lasker-Capablanca. All the Karpov-Korchnoi/Kasparov matches. (Looking at someone who last played serious chess six years ago and has clearly retired is silly.) And I think you can make an argument for Kramnik-Anand. Lasker-Tarrasch deserves to be thought ...
 
   Feb-20-17 Lahno vs Kosteniuk, 2007 (replies)
 
Lambda: Not the easiest idea to spot in Monday mode. I was happy enough taking with the rook, envisioning something like 33. Rxg7 Rxg7 34. Qh6 Qb7 35. Rxg7 Rxg7 36. Bxg7+ Qxg7 37.Qxe6 Qxd4 38.Qxf5+ with a winning endgame.
 
   Feb-08-17 Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) (replies)
 
Lambda: <BTW from my opinion or belief if you like, and I will stay on it till the end, women are equal to men, though different. That's why for me - again for me - see above, Hou is of the same importance (importance! not strengt, not based on rating!) as Magnus. Period. And I mean ...
 
   Feb-06-17 Yifan Hou (replies)
 
Lambda: You can hardly blame her for getting frustrated with what the draw was doing, and her reaction was only a minor and superficial transgression. Nothing like Topalov getting an unfair advantage in a world championship match, for instance. Best to just forget it. I dislike expectations ...
 
   Feb-01-17 Spassky vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
 
Lambda: I got the right moves for the wrong reason - I had noticed that the knight was attacking the queen but was pinned, but I hadn't considered unpinning the knight, instead my point was that Qxh7+ at the end wins the black queen through a skewer.
 
   Jan-27-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
 
Lambda: <Don't count out Karjakin from playing in the next world championship match.> Quite, his past record suggests he plays his best chess on the big occasions. Winning the last candidates and being runner up in the one before that is a better predictor of world championship success
 
   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 ...
 
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