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Member since Dec-08-08 · Last seen Jul-27-14
Favorite players: Nakamura, Shirov, Aronian, and Kamsky.

Sicilian Dragon, White Dragon, Dutch Dragon, Bird's Dragon. If it's a Dragon, I'm there.

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   SamAtoms1980 has kibitzed 1353 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-14-14 SamAtoms1980 chessforum
SamAtoms1980: White doesn't look remotely close to being mated, but watch what happens when his knights go: 1.Nc5+ Kxb5 2.bxa4+ Kxc5 Now after 3.Ke4, thanks to a couple of pins, Black has only one legal move, 3....Nd6#.
   Dec-28-13 Santa Claus (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Thank you Santa, this really was a pleasant surprise.
   Dec-23-13 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
SamAtoms1980: <kevin86> I think your position needs a white queen on e1, or some other square in the lower-right-hand corner. Then the only way the position can be legal is if it is upside down.
   Dec-18-13 Joachim Claus
SamAtoms1980: Dear Santa, Only posting this because we might as well have ALL your relatives at this party.
   Dec-11-13 Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Now THAT is an ending.....
   Dec-11-13 H Zieher vs H Huenerkopf, 1982 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Hmm, I saw 27....Rb1+ 28.Kxb1 Rb8+ and I also saw 27....Qa3. The hardest part was putting the two ideas together.
   Dec-10-13 A Brinckmann vs G Schories, 1933 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: A lot of possibilities, but 22.Qg8+ Bf8 23.Nxg6 was what I eventually decided. I was afraid that I had missed something but the only thing I missed was the fact that there was nothing I'd missed.
   Dec-10-13 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Hey, I guess it's time to finally get around to congratulating you properly. A belated happy 23rd birthday Magnus, and a resounding match victory over Anand. Your blend of strategic and tactical mastery was fearsome. Norway will host the crown for many years to come.
   Dec-09-13 G Kuzmin vs An Airapetian, 1981 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: Rh7+. Actually took me a few minutes.
   Nov-23-13 Carlsen vs Topalov, 2010 (replies)
SamAtoms1980: 43.... Had I a vague idea about what was going on, I might have matched par.
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  SamAtoms1980: Hi, all!

I've decided to reopen my forum, which, instead of focusing strictly on chess problems or other aspects of the game, I will intend to use as an all-purpose blog. To start this off, however, I have a problem that I would like to show. This is actually an original by me that was composed a couple of years ago. The problem is for White to play and self-mate in three.

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Solution to be posted one week from now.

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  SamAtoms1980: White doesn't look remotely close to being mated, but watch what happens when his knights go:

1.Nc5+ Kxb5 2.bxa4+ Kxc5

Now after 3.Ke4, thanks to a couple of pins, Black has only one legal move, 3....Nd6#.

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