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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Jul-09-20

My main chess distinction is to have been the worst player in US history to have had the top under-13 rating (I peaked at 1650). This was in 1972. Most of the books in my chess library use English Descriptive Notation; I still am slow at reading algebraic. I've played little chess since 1974.

I wrote a bit of a reminiscence about my era, posted at

   Cheapo by the Dozen has kibitzed 2624 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-08-20 L McLaren vs A Ismail, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I went with: 17 Rxg7+ Kh8 (the rook is poisoned) 18 Bxf6 Qf5 (to protect against discovered checks) 19 Qh6, and mate quickly follows even though Black's queen defends h7
   Jul-07-20 Judit Polgar vs E Morricone, 2004 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: OK, but why is "Music of the Archangels" a phrase to pun on? Googling on the phrase didn't immediately produce an answer.
   Jul-07-20 Huebner vs Adorjan, 1980 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun one. Monday-easy, really, because the pin on White's rook means he simply doesn't have very many moves he could reasonably consider. (In particular, there's no chance to complicate things with Rg6+.)
   Jul-06-20 Denker vs D MacMurray, 1932 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Pow, and pow again.
   Jul-05-20 Vyzmanavin vs Ulibin, 1995 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I also went with ... N(e)xf2 on Spielmannesque faith. In this case, the faith turned out to be misplaced.
   Jul-05-20 N Hald vs L Uedemann, 1902 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Mate in 3 is a lot easier to find than mate in 2: 43 Push the b-pawn 44 Queen the d-pawn 45 Mate as you please
   Jul-03-20 S Nadel vs I Margulis, 1932
Cheapo by the Dozen: The German word Nadel can mean either "needle" or "pin". Unfortunately, this wonderful little game doesn't much involve pins, and it's Nadel's only game in the database. Nadel Unpinned?
   Jul-01-20 Stahlberg vs T Salo, 1956 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: At first glance White wind up ahead by the Exchange in a won endgame. But wait -- there's more! Black doesn't have time to save his night, because iif he tries an innocuous move like 44 ... Qa8, it's so innocuous that White has time to play 45 Rxe4 (i.e. RxN), and queen ...
   Jul-01-20 P Mach vs A Flumbort, 1998 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Either Black lost on time or, which is less common, he resigned too soon. In one theory he was too slow and in the other he was too fast. Either way, that improves the pun. :)
   Jun-29-20 R Kiuttu vs A Giri, 2005 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I struggled too.
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