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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Jan-20-21
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 1884 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-30-20 A Kovchan vs A Moiseenko, 2002 (replies)
Lambda: <White should have left the building after 51...Qg3+ but no, he waited for the obvious and ignominious 52...hxg3+ before tossing in the towel.> If you've only got one legal move, always play it without thinking, it's the next move where white needs to make a decision and hence ...
   Nov-30-20 S Martinovic vs Biliskov, 2018 (replies)
Lambda: Thought process for this puzzle: Well, it's possible to play Qc7 because of the back rank. I wonder if it achieves anything?
   Nov-09-20 Gufeld vs Tal, 1959 (replies)
Lambda: You don't need to be a GM to guarantee winning that endgame. I can beat Stockfish from there. The rook on f5 is a monster.
   Nov-02-20 V Eingorn vs E Torre, 1987 (replies)
Lambda: Pretty tricky for a Monday, I stared at Rd8 for a while before spotting Kh7. A certain amount of knowledge is required to evaluate the endgame as obviously won too. The doubled pawns don't matter because their role will just be to hold the black queenside pawns, and being doubled is ...
   Oct-29-20 Oll vs Psakhis, 1987 (replies)
Lambda: After 24 Qxb3 Qh4+ 25 Kg1 Ng4 26 Rd1 I went for eliminating the f-pawn then playing Re8 to cut off the escape route for the white king.
   Oct-07-20 Norway Chess (2020) (replies)
Lambda: <well, I'm glad they are trying but the masks are an easy, painless way to prevent covid 19.> They're useful, but to say they 'prevent' it is rather an overstatement. They just make transmission less likely.
   Jun-08-20 D Byrne vs W G Addison, 1969 (replies)
Lambda: You don't need to prove that white is winning for the puzzle, you just need to demonstrate that 27.Rxc6 is the best move. Which once you've seen it isn't losing a rook, is obvious. Just take the free pawn.
   Jun-04-20 Morozevich vs H Hamdouchi, 2001 (replies)
Lambda: It's perfectly possible, of course, that Morozevich was planning 33.Bb4 when he went 31.Qxb8+, and only noticed 33.a6 once that position was reached.
   Apr-07-20 World Championship Candidates (2020) (replies)
Lambda: Radjabov and MVL could play a match for MVL's current position in the tournament. A straight fight with a tournament lead as the prize is probably a better chance for Radjabov than starting from scratch in an 8-man tournament would have been, and MVL gets to keep the fruits of his ...
   Apr-07-20 V Mikenas vs S F Lebedev, 1941 (replies)
Lambda: I like this puzzle. Discovering that there's still enough material to mate after giving the knight and the bishop is so unexpected.
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