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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Oct-22-21

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 Full Member

   Cheapo by the Dozen has kibitzed 3217 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-19-21 R Thomas vs R J Waters, 1968 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: <Brenin>, The idea is Rc8, which threatens a vicious king hunt, since it's very had for Black's king to retreat. And if some defensive option such as ... Rxh4 (making an odd kind of Luft) does actually stave off mate -- well, Rxc5+ also looks to skewer Black's ...
   Oct-19-21 Barbero vs Larsen, 1991 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: That said, it's just a Tuesday puzzle. I did work things out exactly. Whether Black selects ... Kg8 or Kg7 determines which way White will soon check on g6, and mate ensues either way.
   Oct-18-21 J L Watson vs S Cronick, 1966
Cheapo by the Dozen: Black's 8th and 9th moves, viewed together, were ... not successful.
   Oct-16-21 D Rombaldoni vs Iturrizaga Bonelli, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Bad starting point, because as <Brenin> observes, the first two moves are obvious.
   Oct-15-21 A Dueckstein vs Botvinnik, 1958
Cheapo by the Dozen: The USSR vs. Rest of the World match in 1970 was extremely close. The sequel in 1984 was fairly close as well.
   Oct-15-21 C Crouch vs S Webb, 1977
Cheapo by the Dozen: Most of the game was about a single isolated passed pawn. Black committed fully to that pawn, and it won the game for him. Webb Sticks
   Oct-13-21 Swiercz vs Naroditsky, 2021 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Decisive bishops-of-opposite-colors endgames always intrigue me. This one was particularly interesting because the eventual winner sacrificed to go a pawn down. Earlier in the game, White played a Yugoslav Attack (classic castling on opposite sides line) but then, ...
   Oct-13-21 T Abergel vs Matulovic, 2002
Cheapo by the Dozen: Very interesting attack. GoTD-worthy. As in many king hunts, it's more obvious what the elements of the attack are than in how they fit together. And my first idea at a name pun -- because "aber" means "but" in German -- fits that story of the game. "But It Gels"
   Oct-13-21 J J Rousseau vs D Hume, 1765 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm skeptical.
   Oct-11-21 So vs Sasikiran, 2015 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Calling this a Monday puzzle is fine, because the first two moves are the essence. But actually, it takes some time to check that Black doesn't have any rabbits to pull out of the hat. Mainly, such a rabbit would be ... d3 for clearance followed by ... Qa1+. Fortunately,
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