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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Oct-04-15
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 1293 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-29-15 J B Nielsen vs L B Hansen, 1982 (replies)
Lambda: When you look at that starting position, it's not immediately obvious how the black rook could have got to a1.
   Aug-19-15 E Haugstad vs O Pedersen, 2007 (replies)
Lambda: What a strange puzzle. The answer is to play any of the obvious moves.
   Aug-18-15 Kramer vs Ruster, 1926 (replies)
Lambda: There's a lovely, although unnecessary position after 20. Qh6 Rg8, before seeing that 21. Qxh7 was being threatened as well, I was thinking 21. Bxg8, but now can't black play 21... gxh6? No, after 22. Bb3 there's no defence against mate, the doubled pawns can't get out of the way ...
   Jul-20-15 Ding Liren - Gelfand (2015) (replies)
Lambda: You don't need any "explanation" for a 3-1 result between equally matched players. That's well within what you'd expect from normal random fluctuation.
   Jul-08-15 H Westerinen vs E Forsaa, 2007 (replies)
Lambda: There are a number of lines where you're tempted to conclude "we can just do this and we've won two pawns, must be winning", but then you need to take into account possibilities of black getting an exchange back with Nc2.
   Jul-07-15 A Kulashko vs H Bennett, 2005 (replies)
Lambda: You don't need to see Nxf5. Winning two pieces for a rook and creating a promising-looking attack is more than enough justification to just play it, and only think again when that position is in front of you.
   Jul-03-15 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
Lambda: Kramnik and Anand, disputed? Topalov different from all the other toy FIDE champions?
   Jul-02-15 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
Lambda: Missing Short and Smirin there.
   Jul-01-15 Veselin Topalov (replies)
Lambda: <"Kramnik on the other hand has never commented on why he has played WC matches and never qualified via any cycle!"> If I were in his position, I would be completely uninterested in educating people so thick that they can't work out for themselves that the reason for this is ...
   Jun-26-15 Norway Chess (2015) (replies)
Lambda: <Really? Why is that?> Well, neither of them ever had a result this bad in a major tournament during their considerable periods of domination. How much you care about the potential for such vulnerability is of course extremely subjective.
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