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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Apr-26-15
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.

   Lambda has kibitzed 1269 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-26-15 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
Lambda: For comparison, historical world number 2s of over 45 years since 1886 (Chessmetrics): Karpov 45y 5m Chigorin 46y 10m Blackburne 47y 2m Capablanca 48y 9m Korchnoi 50y 9m Botvinnik 52y 4m Alekhine 53y 2m Steinitz 55y 1m Lasker 58y 2m It was generally easier to be a ...
   Apr-25-15 Gashimov Memorial (2015) (replies)
Lambda: <1) Morphy (yep, controversial choice, I know. But at least Fischer agrees). 2) Fischer 3) Capablanca> This is an incredibly odd recurring top three. Why do so many fans favour this trio of players who never successfully defended a world title between them? (Not exactly ...
   Apr-24-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Lambda: <Miracle on Ice has to be the biggest moment ever. It was so much more of an upset than Fischer beating Spassky. Jesse Owens in Berlin is No. 2 Michael Phelps-pick an Olympics-is no. 3. Nadia's perfect Tens are moment No. 4. Five gold medals for Eric Heiden in speed skating ...
   Apr-24-15 AVRO (1938) (replies)
Lambda: The best aged tournament performance has got to be a 55 year old Lasker winning by a substantial margin over a field containing Capablanca and Alekhine at New York 1924. The whole narrative of his fending off of Capablanca in tournaments is something I find particularly impressive; ...
   Apr-14-15 Dubai Chess Open (2015) (replies)
Lambda: <Not one of Alekhine's better days.> That seems a bit of an exaggeration. OK, a loss is never a good day, but 1924 Lasker is about as strong as chess-players get, so it's not particularly remarkable.
   Apr-09-15 Chigorin vs Janowski, 1895 (replies)
Lambda: 13... Bxa3 is the obvious move. On most replies, we've certainly at least won a pawn, maybe we have more, but we're certainly happy. Moving the Nc3 with a discovered attack isn't going to get any material back, we can either take the knight with our queen or play Bb4, maybe we have ...
   Apr-08-15 Garry Kasparov (replies)
Lambda: Should be interesting to see whether the gap is narrowed or bridged entirely by Short still being active.
   Mar-27-15 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
Lambda: Perfectly happy to call this solved just from working out 50. c4 forces 50... Ba8. We've obviously improved our position. 51. Rc7+ is an obvious thing to try next, trapping the black king against the back rank and aiming at g7, maybe with the idea of playing Ne6 now the bishop isn't ...
   Mar-25-15 Z Kovacs vs Remlinger, 1955 (replies)
Lambda: Seems a perfectly good puzzle to me. White's only chances of saving this position, already two pawns down, would be exploiting his passed pawn or having a safer king, so removing white's passed pawn and loosening his king's position is a perfectly adequate goal, and queen + phalanx ...
   Mar-22-15 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015) (replies)
Lambda: The zero-tolerance rule is just stupid. Clock-using chess has an unusual advantage over most sports in that someone can be a bit late and be penalised by just losing some time, without causing any problems. Why discard this advantage?
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