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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Dec-03-22

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 3690 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-02-22 Carlsen vs S Williams, 2022 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Rd4 was a cool move.
   Dec-01-22 B Ostenstad vs E J Gausel, 1988
Cheapo by the Dozen: Black looks like he's violating every precept of pawn structure, but somehow winds up with a winning endgame.
   Dec-01-22 Spassky vs Portisch, 1957 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: <beatgiant> nailed it.
   Nov-29-22 H Lehmann vs P Mueller-Breil, 1952 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Black's big mistakes were apparently on Move 9 and especially on Move 11.
   Nov-28-22 K Walbrodt vs W P Shipley, 1893
Cheapo by the Dozen: Quite the slaughter.
   Nov-28-22 Zaw Win Lay vs Zaw Oo, 1999 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The point of the resignation seems to be that, already down a pawn, Black has to pitch further material to avert mate. Sacrificing the exchange (for the DSB) seems to suffice, but that's bad enough.
   Nov-28-22 H Lehmann vs S Tatai, 1968 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Obviously a rook sacrifice. My first thought was to win the queen with ... Rb3+. But it turns out that Black starts so far behind in material that winning queen for rook doesn't impress. Fortunately, the other option of ... Rc2+ leads to a quick mate.
   Nov-28-22 H Buckle vs Staunton, 1843 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: This doesn't look like a winning position for White.
   Nov-27-22 H de Melo Lux vs M Muradli, 2022
Cheapo by the Dozen: Quite the clobbering.
   Nov-27-22 P Haba vs J Sodoma, 2011 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I kept wanting to enforce Ba3+ by inhibiting Black from interposing at b4, e.g. via ab and Bxa8 in some order at Move 24. Stockfish really likes these moves, but doesn't see its way clear to having Ba3+ actually happen. :)
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