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Jimfromprovidence
Member since Oct-04-07 · Last seen Aug-22-17
I'm a 65 year-old retired public finance official. I reside in Ventura County, CA, which is about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Iím bi-coastal, from Providence, Rhode Island. I consider myself a fortunate survivor of the Catholic schooling experience at both the grade and secondary school level.

I left the East Coast and ventured the 3,000 miles to California in 1983 not knowing a soul in order to attend grad school at UC-Santa Barbara. After earning my Masters' in Economics, I decided to stick around.

I made a good living explaining to politicians the consequences of various budget alternatives in mostly difficult economic times. (They would mostly respond, do what you need to do to balance the budget, but do not reduce staff, cut programs or raise taxes).

I am recently widowed. I have a son and two grand kids.

As far as chess goes, I donít know as much about it as I should, but that's O.K.

I just like the challenge of trying to solve the puzzles, analyzing the positions and communicating with other enthusiasts.

Last updated 6/18/17

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   Jimfromprovidence has kibitzed 2680 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-20-17 Deep Fritz vs BlackMamba, 2015 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: I saw 31 Nd5 (seeing 32 Nxc7) cxd5 32 Rxc7 Qf4 (to prevent 33 Qg3+ and attack the rook). [DIAGRAM] Don't know what comes next.
 
   Aug-18-17 R Panjwani vs Ivanchuk, 2014 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: 32...gxf4 below, does not look like much but it does pack a punch, threatening a forced mate beginning with 33...fxg3+ 34 Kxg3 Rd3+. [DIAGRAM] I thought that white could try 33 h4 to give the king an escape square , but black can counter with 33...f3!, below with the ...
 
   Aug-12-17 P Carlsson vs G Burgess, 2002 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: <Fusilli> <It does? Is 133...Rd1 bad?> Well, it does not help black. White can pivot with 134 Ra5. [DIAGRAM] Black still has to play 134...Kd8 to avoid mate. White follows with 135 Ba3 with a mate in one threat. Black can play 135...Ke8 but after 136 Rf5, it's ...
 
   Aug-10-17 Spassky vs J H Donner, 1966 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: FWIW, I really liked the coordination of the white pieces. In this example, if 33...Nd7, below, white can take the knight with either rook and still protect the back rank. [DIAGRAM]
 
   Aug-09-17 Nunn vs A Vydeslaver, 1995 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: If you go back to move 22 for white you got yourself a more meaty puzzle. [DIAGRAM]
 
   Aug-06-17 Larsen vs Unzicker, 1966 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: I looked at 35...Rh1, seeing 36...Bxh4+. The problem is after 35...Rh1, white has 36 Qg4, (so the black queen cannot get to h3.) Then, after 36...Bxh4+ 37 Kg2, below, white only loses a pawn. [DIAGRAM]
 
   Jul-26-17 V Malakhov vs I Khairullin, 2007 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: For something different, evaluate the puzzle position with black to play. [DIAGRAM]
 
   Jul-25-17 K Meier vs A A Howell, 2007 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: <malt> <After 32.Kd3 Rf8 33.Rh3 (33...Nc5+)33...Bb2 looks good> Interesting position. FWIW 33...Bc5 works also. [DIAGRAM] The knight has no decent flight squares. If 34 Nf5, for example, then 34...Bb4 (threatening 35...Nc5#) works. [DIAGRAM]
 
   Jul-23-17 A Dueckstein vs Pachman, 1962 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: I did not find the elegant solution 29 Rf5 but I think 29 Qc5+, seeing 29..Kd8 30 Qa7 does win material. [DIAGRAM] It's interesting because if black does play 30...Kc8, then 31 Rf5 now seems much easier to spot to me than two moves earlier. [DIAGRAM]
 
   Jul-19-17 A Gavrilov vs B Grachev, 2007 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: With 35...Nc1 36 Kh2 Bd2 we find out first that the bishop is untouchable. [DIAGRAM] If 37 Qxd2 then 37...Nf3+ If 37 Bxd2 then 37...Qxf2+ with mate in two moves. Now, if white moves the king as in 37 Kg1, then black wins a piece after 37...Qf3, (threatening mate in one) ...
 
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Feb-19-12
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  hms123: <Jimfromprovidence>

We are going to make another award in the next few weeks. I would appreciate your nominations and your occasional reminding of the POTD denizens about making nominations. I have asked <dzechiel> and others to do the same.

thanks--hms

<We (User: WinKing , User: kutztown46 , and User: hms123) are announcing an award for the best contribution or series of contributions to the <Puzzle of the Day> by a non-premium member in the past year.

The awardóa one-year premium membership from the <Rinus Award> fund in memory of User: rinus Ėwill be used to encourage non-premium members to contribute to the <chessgames.com> community through the posting of analysis or other chess-related discussion at the <POTD>.

Please post nominations at User: hms123 some time in the next few weeks. Although we will be paying particular attention to the nominations and votes from those premium members who represent some of the best of what chessgames.com has to offer, all (including non-premium members) are welcome to nominate and vote. We thank everyone at the site for sharing so much information with us.>

Apr-10-12
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  Jimfromprovidence: I found this game while reading John Nunn's book "Nunn's Chess Endings Volume 1".

Even though this game ends in a draw, black had a tablebase win on more than one occasion.

Nunn begins his anlysis at move 84 with BLACK to play and win. This position also makes for an excellent endgame puzzle.


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The game link is below.
Kasparov vs Badalian, 1976

May-12-12
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  Jimfromprovidence: Gonzalez Mata Ė Sisniega (Mexico, 1991)


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The above position is a forced win for black, with black to move. Can you find the correct continuation?

See link to solution below. (In Dutch).

http://www.svpromotie.nl/Artikelen/...

May-19-12  sevenseaman: I left the following post in the game forum. Just in case you miss. (Was pleased to read your bio).

<Thanks <jim>. These kind of endings are really scary for me. Too much scope for a slip.

How do I access the tablebases and what do they tell us? Can these be used in a real game or one has to build up the proficiency.>

May-19-12  sevenseaman: Thanks <jim>, for the tablebases. I could soon be using them.
Aug-04-12  LoveThatJoker: <Jimfromprovidence> I posted the following note for <RV> there on the game page:

"I'm still thinking that the line that goes 42...Qxe3 43. Bxe3 Ng4+ 44. Kg1 h2+ 45. Kh1 Nxe3 is best.

Fire up Rybka 4.1 for that, and I'm sure you'll see that it will produce a higher winning evaluation for Black there."

Once he checks out the 44...h2+ intermezzo, he'll find stronger lines for Black for sure with Rybka.

LTJ

Aug-04-12  sevenseaman: Thanks Jim for posting the <RV> analysis. The line he has taken is different from ours. He may have had good reason.

Hopefully the best line is arrived at but I am not into engine analysis at all.

I do not know what final opinion you may have formed about this game but I think it was very winnable for Black. I can however see your scruples were justifiable.

Enjoyed the privileged discussion. Thanks.

Aug-07-12
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  morfishine: Thanks for dropping by! Yes, thats THE Jack Peters, no? I think you had mentioned that before.

Well, in any case, its always a pleasure reading your posts. Morf

Aug-12-12
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  morfishine: Hello <Jimfromprovidence>! Very nice postings on today's Sunday POTD. I'm very reluctant to criticize any of the POTD's but I feel today's should be a Saturday and not a Sunday since I don't really see an 'insane' move anywhere.

Sometimes I psyche myself out looking for an 'insane' move when I should just analyze the position for what its worth.

Aug-17-12
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  morfishine: <Jimfromprovidence> Another ingenious line! I always look forward to your posts with much interest!

However, having analyzed the same first move [25.Bxc4], I found the problem with <25.Bxc4> is <25...Bf5> and White has two pieces hanging and no fire on the e-file (to protect <e5>).


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This is why I missed it today and feel silly to not identify <25.Nd5>

Aug-18-12
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  morfishine: Good morning <Jimfromprovidence>! I'd love to see <25.Bxc4> work. The problem I was having with 25.Bxc4 Bf5 <26.Nd5> is Black interpolates <26...Bxc2+>


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Here, if 27.Kxc2 then 27...Qxc4+ and Black is wiggling free: (28.Kb1 Qxd5 or 28.Nc3 dxc3 29.Qf6 cxb2+ 30.Kxb2 [If 30.Kb1 Qe4+ followed by 31...Qxe5]...Qe2+ 31.K-any Qxe5)

At this point, I figured or knew I was on the wrong track for White to win.

However, and much thanks for your initiative (which pushed me to see this line through), after 26...Bxc2+ White has the much better <27.Ka1> and Black's tricks are thwarted plus he faces material loss. So yes, I agree <25.Bxc4> wins too, just less elegantly.

Its good to see <25.Bxc4> is very strong and winning

On the other hand, the immediate <25.Nd5> is cleaner and more 'GM-like'

Aug-19-12  sevenseaman: <Jimfromprovidence> <Then I looked over the whole game and saw that it was "cooked', so I said what the @##@ is going on?

We need a forensic chess detective to figure this one out!>

Intriguing. How so? Not that I could see any tell tale signs!

Sep-10-12  LoveThatJoker: <Jimfromprovidence> Thank you for the kind shout-out on the latest Sunday puzzle.

I just read it today, as I did not have computer access all day after I posted my solution.

That puzzle was surely a doozie!

LTJ

Mar-03-13
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  agb2002: <Jimfromprovidence: Thanks for the constructive feedback concerning Saturday's puzzle.>

Thanks to you for your thought provoking comments!

Antonio

Mar-09-13
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  Jimfromprovidence: Canít allow Fischer week to pass without showcasing this brilliant endgame of his.

Itís move 82, white to play and win. Only one move wins.


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Here is the game link.
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971

May-23-14
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  Jimfromprovidence: Karpov turned 63 today. Why no shoutout on the front page?
Jun-08-14
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  agb2002: <Jimfromprovidence: <agb2002> and <abuzic>. Thanks for playing along.>

Again thanks to you. Your side puzzles are very interesting!

Antonio

Aug-25-14  Everett: Hello <Jim>. Just giving you a heads up that a put some rudimentary analysis of Dyvoretsky's and Marin's up on the recent Karpov-Kasparov Sunday puzzle page.
Oct-06-14
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  agb2002: Hello Jim, I'll try to find the time to think about the remaining questions in P Leisebein vs B Fels, 2004 today.

It was a bit late to answer properly yesterday.

Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <Jim> Merry Christmas!
Feb-05-15
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  Fusilli: <Itís move 82, white to play and win. Only one move wins.>

Oh yeah, that's such a beauty.

Dec-25-15
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  wordfunph: <Jim> Merry Christmas!
Dec-30-16
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  YouRang: Hey, thanks for the comment you left in my forum regarding the fun POTD: J M Bellon Lopez vs G Garcia, 1976.

That game was particularly sharp and tense. Had I been playing either side, I'm sure I would have lost a pound of sweat while finding a way to give my opponent a clever-looking win.

I gather that you and I have a similar appreciation for the subtle dynamics of chess. I particularly like endgame positions that have unexpectedly sneaky complications. :-)

Mar-10-17
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  Fusilli: <I consider myself a fortunate survivor of the Catholic schooling experience at both the grade and secondary school level.>

Me too! Marianista Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mar-10-17
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  diceman: <I consider myself a fortunate survivor of the Catholic schooling experience>

I'll let you know after my death, if I "actually" survived.

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