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Member since Oct-04-07 · Last seen Oct-20-18
I'm a 66 year-old retired public finance official. I reside in Ventura County, CA, which is about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

I’m 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 relatively recently widowed (May, 2017). I have a son and two grand kids.

As far as chess goes, I don’t 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 6/18/18 Full Member

   Jimfromprovidence has kibitzed 2816 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-18 D Howell vs T Nyback, 2010
Jimfromprovidence: I did not see a winning continuation after 21 f6 g6. I thought 22 Qc1 is answered by 22...h6, so if 23 Bxh6, below, so what? [DIAGRAM] There are a lot of playable moves for black here but I was thinking 23...Nxc4, not seeing at all 24 Bg7! [DIAGRAM]
   Oct-12-18 Geller vs H Liebert, 1970 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: Just realized now that <gofer> had first analyzed the position after 44...Kh6. <44 ... Kh6? 45 Rxh5+ Kxh5 (Kg7 Rxf7++ mating next) 46 Rf5+ gxf5 47 Qf6! mating after 5? spite checks>
   Oct-11-18 G Horvath vs Plachetka, 1994 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: If 33...Rb1, black threatens mate next move. [DIAGRAM] Does 34 Qe5+ help white? If not, how then does white win?
   Sep-29-18 Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: I thought for a sec that 23...Bf8 below, answered 23 Bh6, exposing the white queen to attack. [DIAGRAM] 24 Ng5+ dashed that hope.
   Sep-26-18 S Lukey vs S Celis, 2008 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: <TheaN> <Worth to note that White's a piece up, but Black's major pieces are quite active. Drawing a blank after 35.Bxg6+ Kg7 (but White's still a piece up so what does it matter?) I was keen to make <35.Nd5?<>> work.> I thought the same thing so I ...
   Sep-20-18 Kotronias vs Xiu Deshun, 2011 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: <agb2002> <Jim> <I don't see the second way.> It's really sublime, Antonio. After 16 Rxb7+ Kg6... 1) mate-in-6 (21 ply) 17.Nh4+ Kh5 18.g4+ Bxg4 (18...Kxg4 19 Qd1+ etc.) 19.Qf7+ g6 20.Qxh7+ Rxh7 21.Rxh7+ Bh6 22.Rxh6# [DIAGRAM]
   Sep-19-18 Lubensky vs Geller, 1949 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: FWIW, in the 34...Rf8 option white also has 35 Rf3 as a defense. [DIAGRAM] It's kind of an interesting sub-line, because now black has to see that 35...Rxf3, allowing white's a pawn to promote with check by 36 a8Q+, below, does white no good. [DIAGRAM] BTW in the top ...
   Sep-14-18 I Chirila vs I K Sukandar, 2017 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: Great puzzle. I noticed that 25 Rf2 is better than 25 Nf2 because it keeps the duel threats 26 Qxf7+ and 26 Nf6+ alive. It was also fun to discover as <Mayankk> earlier pointed out that the interference move 28 Ne4 below, also opens up the threat 29 Rxf8+ with mate
   Sep-02-18 J Szmetan vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1976 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: Great match, but does 19...b4 spoil white's plans? [DIAGRAM]
   Aug-27-18 T Oyunbaatar vs I Chahrani, 2008 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: The 23 Rxg5+ Kf7 line with 24 d5 has a nice thread to it. [DIAGRAM]
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  morfishine: Thanks for showing me that continuation. It is true, black is able to avoid immediate mate or loss of a piece. Of course, if 33...Rf8 black is busted after <34.R3e5> since his Q-side pawns are weak. 34.Re8? appears to be a waste of time. But thats not the point.

I appreciate players like you and <Once> who get the others to think outside the box, find different continuations, explore other lines, etc. In this case I was trying to encourage <Sevenseaman> who went with <fxg6> instead of <hxg6> as both lines win for white anyways.

Have you thought about playing on the World Team? We have an inner-team game starting in about a week. :) Morf

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  morfishine: <I appreciate the invite. I have a lot going on now that precludes me from joining at this time, but keep me in mind for the future> Understood completely. In my opinion, you would be a definite asset. Thinking "outside-the-box" enhances engines; and thats what you bring to the table, in my humble view. Morf
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  morfishine: From todays 3/18 puzzle: E L'Ami vs I Sokolov, 2008 White wins
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  morfishine: Here's another response: E L'Ami vs I Sokolov, 2008
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  Jimfromprovidence: A belated congratulations to the City of Boston for its most recent sports success, a hockey championship.

In the last six years, Boston’s four sports teams each won a title.

Since 2002, the Patriots have won three Super Bowls. The Red Sox have won two World Series championships. And both the Celtics and the Bruins have won their respective trophies.

This has never happened before, ever.

No city with a team in each of the four major sports has seen all its teams win a title in 10-year span. Even New York, who has EIGHT teams, needed an 11-year window to take home each of the major trophies.

With the Bruins win, Boston has done it in a six-year span.

Jun-25-11  ketchuplover: Still have your copy of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess? I no longer have mine but I do have a rare copy of a soft pawn film titled "Bobby Fischer Reaches Chest"
Jun-25-11  technical draw: Ugh! I think you should stick to ketchup.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <ketchuplover> I still have that copy at my Mom's house back east.

Don't you think that you've carried around that big bottle a bit too long? Just keep a few packets in your jacket pocket.

Jun-30-11  ketchuplover: Good advice. Thanks :)
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  Jimfromprovidence: Here is the link to a very uplifting human interest chess story in today's LA Times.

Aug-24-11  chesssantosh: thank you so much <Jimfromprovidence> for your beautiful puzzles.i enjoyed very much,though i could not solve most of your kibitzs are going to appear in <gold> colour ,i guess you know the must be a strong player at least of master strength,so i request you to appear in <POTD> regularly in order to help us.once again thanks a lot and best of luck with your chess future
Oct-20-11  LIFE Master AJ: I enjoyed your many comments on Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895.

I also enjoyed your puzzles that you occaisionally post.

You and I are a lot alike, you enjoy searching "blind alleys" and sidelines. You enjoy any position, you especially delight in something unusual ... or when it "cuts agaisnt the grain."


BTW, the best advice for guys like <"Doctor Malicious"> (and the rest of "the troop") is simply to ignore 99% of what he says ... my two cents worth.

Feb-19-12  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.


<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 award—a one-year premium membership from the <Rinus Award> fund in memory of User: rinus –will be used to encourage non-premium members to contribute to the <> 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 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.>

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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

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  Jimfromprovidence: Gonzalez Mata – 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).

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.


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.

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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

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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.

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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>

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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!


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