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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Jan-17-20
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 1838 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-02-20 Fine vs Dake, 1931 (replies)
Lambda: <How far are we supposed to see these puzzles to say we got it?> You need to see up to the point of clear and stable advantage. (For puzzles which aren't about finding the draw or avoiding the tempter.) In this case, that's not very far, because as soon as you see white can't ...
   Dec-13-19 J Klinger vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 1986 (replies)
Lambda: Very easy to see h3+ is the best move here, it's the only way of saving the queen. What to play in a couple of moves time can be calculated when you get there.
   Dec-11-19 Duras vs P P Saburov, 1906 (replies)
Lambda: <Easy one, but what if black doesn't take on h7?> Then at the very least, white has won a free pawn, so the move is obviously correct.
   Nov-15-19 Chandler vs M Gurevich, 1987 (replies)
Lambda: I think this is one of those puzzles where you don't actually need to see much, because as soon as you've figured out black needs to be playing something like 33... Nc6, you've seen enough to justify 33. Nxf5, and in a game, you'd want to look at the position one move on to decide ...
   Nov-11-19 E Torre vs Van der Wiel, 1987 (replies)
Lambda: There's no prize in chess for mating in fewer moves. (And it's not mate in two, black can play 54...Qg6. We don't bother considering this move because there's no prize in chess for mating in fewer moves.)
   Nov-07-19 A Firouzja vs M Bluebaum, 2017 (replies)
Lambda: Saw up to Qxf3 and then stopped, wasn't convinced it was a win but it does gain material, so would have played it for want of any better ideas.
   Nov-04-19 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: <How about this idea: setting up your own back row, without either opponent knowing where your pieces are until match time.> That would probably result in some specific set-up being calculated as best, and hence used by everyone. Maybe there would be a second set-up which was ...
   Nov-01-19 AlphaZero (Computer) (replies)
Lambda: It's a lot easier to make computers play games where the entire situation is known, like chess, than it is to make them play games with a 'fog of war'.
   Nov-01-19 Emanuel Lasker (replies)
Lambda: Not necessarily a fair test. Korchnoi's Chessmetrics rating is higher than Lasker's at 69 years and 4 months, it just puts him 29th rather than 10th because there were more great players in 2000 than in 1938. <Lasker AVOIDED Capa DISCUSS 😉> Just to point out for ...
   Sep-11-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
Lambda: Speaking as a member of the public, if I discover a chess event has a dress code, the impression I get is that it's being run by a load of bigots.
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