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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Feb-03-23
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 1996 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-19-23 Z Kovacs vs E McCormick, 1955 (replies)
Lambda: I went for 32.Rxd3 cxd3 33.Qf4+ Kg7 34.Qe5+ f6 35.Qe7+ and 36.Qxd8 as my proof that the pawn couldn't be taken, since that was the first thing I looked at.
   Jan-15-23 Short vs Kasparov, 1993 (replies)
Lambda: I remember looking at the position after 20. Rd6 on Ceefax and thinking Short is finally going to win one today.
   Jan-13-23 A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Y Dokhoian, 1988 (replies)
Lambda: You need to be careful here. 30.Bh4 Qxh4 31.Qxe6+ Kf8 32.Qxf5+ Kg7 33.Re6 Bxf4 [DIAGRAM] White is still winning, but needs to be precise. 34.Rg6+ Kh8 25.g3! is the only way to win, deflecting either the queen or bishop from vital defensive duties.
   Jan-06-23 R Antonio vs R Phillips, 2006 (replies)
Lambda: I had 42. d6, unleashing the Bc4, which wins just as efficiently.
   Jan-03-23 J Werle vs Yiyi Xiao, 2016 (replies)
Lambda: Chose 34. Ne7, did see 34... Rb7, figured black would just resign that endgame so no need to see if there's anything better.
   Dec-07-22 Portisch vs Bobotsov, 1972 (replies)
Lambda: I had 25.Re1+ Kd8 26.Qf5 with a slightly odd position in which black has no way to save the rook on g7. [DIAGRAM]
   Dec-05-22 A Kubbel vs Ragozin, 1929 (replies)
Lambda: My main line was 25. Rg6+ Bxg6 26. f5+ Kh7 27. Qe3, having not spotted the Monday-level idea. I do think 27. Qe3 is a really nice move.
   Nov-16-22 Taimanov vs A Model, 1945 (replies)
Lambda: Went for 19.Bg5 Qxg5 20.Qf7+ Kd8 21.Be6 and black is toast.
   Nov-14-22 J Dobias vs J Schulz Sr, 1933 (replies)
Lambda: <In other words, Black could have skipped his 30th move (a null move) and still easily win since White's king is so bottled up.> Being a piece up also helps. In fact, black can even throw away the piece advantage by 30...Bf3? 31.Qc3+ and still end up with a winning rook and ...
   Nov-02-22 Rellstab vs Bogoljubov, 1949 (replies)
Lambda: I ended up with one incredibly intricate (and I'm sure unnecessarily complex) line: 39.Kg3 Qg4+ 40.Kf2 Bd4+ 41.Ke1 Bc3+ 42.Kf2 Qd4+ 43.Kg3 Qh4+ 44.Kf3 Qf4+ 45.Ke2 Qd2+ 46.Kf3 Qd3+ 47.Kf2 Bd4+ 48.Ke1 b1=Q+
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