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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Jun-16-21

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 3069 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-16-21 S Ionov vs A Loginov, 2000 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Black leaves White with 2 tempi in which to try to stop devastation on 3 different squares (f1, f2 and g2). It wasn't hard to see that straightforward defenses would all fail. But I admit to not thinking of the Qa3 tactic, which threatens Qxf8+ (which in turn has teeth ...
   Jun-15-21 M Tratatovici vs Suba, 1987 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: And yes -- the engine is broken for me too.
   Jun-11-21 Westerinen vs G Sigurjonsson, 1977 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I came back to this one multiple times before getting it. The key to making the queen sac work is to prevent escape at f7, and Bd8 is the only way to do that. But then I still had to figure out what to do if Black's king turtled up at h8. Well, the other key to making ...
   Jun-11-21 Fischer vs V Pupols, 1955 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Bobby Fischer Is Taught Chess
   Jun-09-21 M Yilmazyerli vs B Erbis, 2011 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: See the sham sacrifice. Check whether Black has an clever defenses. Make it, and worry about any further details later ... if necessary. ;)
   Jun-08-21 Konstantinopolsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky, 1936
Cheapo by the Dozen: Ilyin Bulls Konstantinopolsky
   Jun-08-21 E Hansen vs Maximiliano Perez, 2012 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: What <Phony Benoni> said. :)
   Jun-07-21 Bronstein vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Assuming there was nothing move to the pun than the name David, that's a pretty strained pun for what's a good but not amazingly great game.
   Jun-07-21 Khalifman vs V Popov, 1997 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I did NOT guess until I'd played the game through that Black never castled. Wow.
   Jun-04-21 A Gonzalez Merino vs E Bonnet, 2001
Cheapo by the Dozen: "Wooly" is a somewhat appropriate adjective, so I'll go with: Wooly Bonnet.
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