|Jul-04-06|| ||Eggman: Another classic puzzle, one of the prettiest combinations of its kind ever played: |
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Farges - Rakhinshteyn, Toronto, 1984
White to play and draw. Solution to follow.
|Jul-05-06|| ||Eggman: <<cyruslaihy>>|
Here is a puzzle with a theme similar to the one you posted on the kibitzer's cafe page a couple of days ago (the one that you said took you twenty minutes to solve):
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White to play and win.
|Jul-05-06|| ||cyruslaihy: i got it!
1 Ne7+ Kf8 2 Nc8+ Kg8 3 Re8+ Nxe8 4 Ne7+ Kf8 Nxh7#
1...Kh8 2 Nxf7#
4...Kh8 5 Nxf7#
thanks for the puzzle!
|Jul-06-06|| ||Eggman: Solution to Farges-Rakhinshteyn above:
1.♖xg6+!! ♔xg6 (1...fxg6 2.♕xf8+ ♔h7 3.♖f7+ ♖xf7+ 4.♕xf7+ ♔h8 5.♕f8+ =) 2.♕f6+ ♔h7 (2...♔h5?? 3.♖f5+ exf5 4.♕xf5#) 3.♖g3 ♖g8 4.♖g7+! ♖xg7 5.♕xh6+! ♔g8 6.♕h8+! ♔xh8 Stalemate!
|Jul-07-06|| ||Eggman: <<cyruslaihy>>
Well done. You can see the similarity to the Nimzo puzzle you sighted - in both cases White uses a discovered check to block an enemy piece (in this case the Rook on a8), thus making the rest of the combo possible.|
|Oct-25-07|| ||whiteshark: Any relations to Eggman ??|
|Nov-23-07|| ||Eggman: <<Whiteshark>>|
Wierd! I wouldn't mind taking credit for that guy's one game, but no, it's just a coincidink.
|Nov-25-07|| ||timhortons: bonjour...im from montreal..if youre from toronto then we had the same time schedule....almost 3 am aight? im playin in fics and gameknot till 6am almost daily|
|Nov-25-07|| ||Eggman: Hello, timhortons! I had an intuition that you were Canadian. I'm afraid I've never actually played on-line.|
|Nov-30-07|| ||timhortons: eggman lately i play blitz for i dont trust games done in correspondence chess....with lot of chess software around who knows what they well do..in blitz i always had quarrel with people who adjourn the game when we reach a complicated position....at fics i almost got banned for that...at icc there is these 2100 plus player that in mid game when his downed on 10 seconds he postpone the game and come back 20 minutes after...i dont feel good about it though i restraint my self from confronting him for his rating alone would tell he could blow me to pieces on board but in blitz who knows what would happen between us...i feel bad of players who adjourn the blitz game... i feel theyre cheatin... i didnt finish the game with that man..i intentionally loss on time|
|Dec-04-07|| ||Eggman: <timhortons> What about (heaven forbid!) playing someone face to face? People did this for hundreds of years before the dreaded internet came along, and Montreal has a pretty good chess community, n'est pas?|
|Oct-07-08|| ||timhortons: <eggman> how are you? you know last canadian open i meet some guys from toronto, they come to montreal to join the tournament and these guys are rated 1400 and 1700, they come here and stay in the hotel for one week just to join the tournament, I cant come to terms of it. I even hear some masters from toronto complaining about hotel accomodation and these and that but patzers dont mind spending money for there beloved sport.|
|Oct-07-08|| ||Eggman: Maybe the masters don't have so much money because of all the time they've invested to become chess masters?|
|Oct-23-10|| ||Phony Benoni: <Eggman> I've spruced up the Yasser Seirawan bio a bit. I was a little uneasy about his top world standing, as I could find no actual confirmation. Chessmetrics puts him at #14 at his peak, but that's not really official.|
I like to confirm stuff I put into the bios, so if you have some definite information I would appreciate hearing it.
I'm also pretty sure that Seirawan made a People Magazine "Beautiful People" list, but couldn't find any details.
|Oct-24-10|| ||Eggman: Thanks so much for getting back to me, PB! The top 13 on the FIDE July 1990 world rankings were as follows:|
1. Kasparov, G 2800
2. Karpov, A 2730
3. Ivanchuk, V 2680
4. Gelfand, B 2680
5. Timman, J 2660
6. Ehlvest, J 2655
7. Salov, V 2655
8. Kamsky, G 2650
9. Gurevich, M 2640
10. Seirawan, Y 2635
11. Andersson, U 2630
12. Korchnoi, V 2630
13. Vaganian, R 2630
This information, as far as I know, is not available on the internet. Nevertheless, if you have a few minutes you can confirm it for yourself. I would direct you the following page maintained by Mark Weeks: http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/rat...
Here you can download a file called 1990-07.zip. This is the July 1990 ratings, listed alphabetically. To confirm that Seirawan, rated 2635, was indeed 10th in the world, simply do a 'find' for ' 28' (space 28), to find all the players (namely Kasparov) rated 2800 or better, then do a 'find' for ' 27' to find all the players (namely Karpov) rated 2700-2799, and then search ' 26' to look at all the players rated 2600-2699 (there are 31 of these). You will see that only Kasparov, Karpov, and seven othters are rated higher than
Seirawan's 2635. Hope this helps.
|Oct-24-10|| ||Phony Benoni: <Eggman> Thanks for finding that information; makes a bio editor's job easier!|
I think the Candidates touraments were missing because they weren't mentioned in Seirawan's Wikipedia entry. These sometimes get copied a bit too slavishly.
Amazing how he could be #10 in 1990 with 2635, then twenty years later barely be in the top 100 with a higher rating.
|Jan-11-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Eggman> Updated Todd Southam's biography.|
|Jan-29-13|| ||Eggman: Thanks, PB.|
|May-04-13|| ||Tal7777777: Truly you have a dizzying intellect...|
|May-13-13|| ||Eggman: <Tal> Lol!|
|Nov-28-16|| ||ketchuplover: koo koo ka choo|