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Sneaky
Member since Jan-19-02
I live in South Florida USA. Rated USCF ~1800

A long time ago I was a new player in a Miami chess park, and one of the stronger players thought I had real talent, so he suggested that I play the park champ, a Cuban master. After the master destroyed me in a few blitz games, the question was posed, "Is he any good?" The answer I took as a great compliment: "Ehh... he tries to be sneaky."

The greatest chess player of all time is Robert James Fischer. The greatest chess problemist of all time is Sam Loyd. The greatest chess site of all time is chessgames.com!

Other players who I admire:

<Morphy> Possibly the greatest natural chess talent ever. Like Steinitz who followed, he taught the world how the game should really be played. <Najdorf> He was smart enough to make his money outside of chess, so he played for the pure joy of it. <Tal> Proved that even in the modern era, chess is an art more than a science. <Blackburne> Sacrificed his queen more times than I've had hot meals. <Diemer> One of the most original thinkers the game ever has known. His ideas were not always right, but they were HIS ideas. <Topalov> He hates draws so much he'll gladly risk losing to avoid one. I can forgive him for the Elista debacle; his chess is payment enough. <Lembit Oll> When on the attack, Lembit Oll said "Dambit All!" <Kasparov> Strive for perfection, one move at a time. <Alekhine> Swashbuckling play culminating in booming sacrifices.

And countless others: Nezhmetdinov, Shirov, Nunn, Shabalov, Nakamura, basically, anybody with cojones.

Addendum 2015: <Magnus Carlsen> has to be on the list. He's a modern day Casablanca. The way he squeezes wins out of the tiniest advantages and grinds his opponents down through sheer stamina is right up there with Robert James.

You can find me on FICS (freechess.org) ... and lately, on ICC as well. I'll gladly play anybody within 1000 points of my rating. I also really like the site http://www.lichess.org but so far have only played anonymously.

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   Sneaky has kibitzed 13315 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-15-17 Sneaky chessforum
 
Sneaky: Hi Joshka! I only lost power for a day.
 
   Sep-15-17 Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004
 
Sneaky: Oh, right you are. But still, even with Rxd6 as a follow up, it still looks ugly.
 
   Sep-14-17 G Ligterink vs Lautier, 1990
 
Sneaky: <Blacks position looks dead lost> Huh? White is down a whole rook and I don't see how he can avoid losing the knight on c4. Re1+ is met with ...Bd5.
 
   Sep-08-17 Louis Stumpers (replies)
 
Sneaky: Definition #7 from Merriam Webster adj., slang — very good : excellent; <That was a really cool movie.>; also : all right <Is getting together Friday night cool with you?> I believe it's one of the slang terms from the hipster era that stuck with Americans. I didn't know
 
   Sep-08-17 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Sneaky: Daniel, do what you need to do to stay secure and dry during Irma. I just finished getting my storm shutters up. When it blows over, I'll let people know I'm OK on Facebook. I'm sure you'll do the same thing by posting here. God bless and be safe.
 
   Sep-08-17 E Tennenwurzel vs A W Fox, 1916 (replies)
 
Sneaky: <How on Earth did advice from Lasker become "the Fischer motto"?> Don't be hard on him, it's easy to get all these chess aphorisms confused. The real Fischer motto (of course) is "The pawns are the soul of chess."
 
   Sep-05-17 C Kottnauer vs Alekhine, 1942 (replies)
 
Sneaky: This is what I call a "that's the way the cookie crumbles" game. I can't put my finger on what White did wrong. Yeah, he doubled his pawns, but Alekhine had a backward pawn; it seemed like he had fine compensation during the middle game. But then all the wood got chopped off the ...
 
   Aug-27-17 G Halvax vs A Ivanova, 2012 (replies)
 
Sneaky: This puzzle is not only about why 50.b7 wins, but why all the other seemingly plausible moves don't! Very surprising that this is a "forced-move" situation.
 
   Aug-24-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
Sneaky: I don't see any way that you could read the title AND the description (like the rules say you should do) and come away from it thinking that it could mean two different things. The phrase "higher overall score in the Blitz section only" is pretty specific. But even if there were a ...
 
   Aug-11-17 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
 
Sneaky: Appaz!
 
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Jan-21-16
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  Penguincw: Late by 2 days, but better late than never!

Happy 14th birthday <Sneaky>. Time flies doesn't it?

Feb-20-16  Whiterun Guard: <Sneaky> I know your kind, always sneaking about.
Feb-21-16
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  ketchuplover: Hope all is well with you
Feb-26-16
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  Sneaky: Hi Ketchuplover and Penguincw and Whiterun Guard, yes I'm just dandy ... Sneaking about!
Feb-26-16
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  Benzol: <Sneaky> I remember asking you earlier about your avatar being inspired by the comic character of Hot Stuff - The Little Devil.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_S... for a reference.

:)

Mar-24-16
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  Sneaky: Oh wow, that means I'm related to Casper the Friendly Ghost! Thanks for that!
Feb-11-17
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  OneArmedScissor: hey sneaky
Feb-13-17
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  ketchuplover: hope all is well on planet sneaky :)
Mar-27-17
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  Sneaky: Hey guys! I've been busy but doing good. Hopefully soon things will settle down, and I'll find more time to visit my favorite site.
Apr-05-17
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  ketchuplover: Don't forget to stop by here too :)
Apr-21-17
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  Sneaky: ...ba dum tissssssh
May-22-17
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  Sneaky: A puzzle posted by Sergey Karjakin on twitter:


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White to play and win.

I've been staring at it for 15 minutes and can't figure it out.

May-22-17
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  OhioChessFan: 3 minutes in and I'm about to give up.
May-22-17
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  OhioChessFan: Okay, got the first 2 moves. I'll get it now.
May-22-17
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  tpstar: <Sneaky> Interesting composition. Do you want hints or spoilers yet?
May-22-17
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  OhioChessFan: Okay. Really not that hard. Just have to visualize where you're at after the first move. There's one little tweak line where you can blow the win if you aren't careful.
May-22-17
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  Big Pawn: I'm looking at 1. Rb7+ Ka8 2. Rb1

Now if 2...Rxb1 3. Ra6#

if 2...Rxc6+ 3. Kxc6 and the Rb1 covers the queening squares easily.

if 2...d1=Q 3. Rcxc1 and the new black queen can't give check, it's under attack and mate is threatened.

Am I missing something?

May-23-17
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  OhioChessFan: A little tweaky: 2...Ka7

This could be blown in blitz.

May-23-17
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  Big Pawn: <2...Ka7> but doesn't that just allow 3. Rcxc1 and wins?
May-23-17
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  OhioChessFan: 1. Rb7+ Ka8 2. Rb1 Ka7 3. Rcxc1 dxc1Q 4. Rxc1 Ka6


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White to play. Don't blow it.

May-23-17
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  technical draw: Just passing by to say hello <Sneaky>. I see you've been a member here for 15 years. A real old timer. Well, stay in touch cause one day you and I will be co-champions of the chessbookie game.
Aug-21-17
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  thegoodanarchist: As far as I know, you are the active user who has been around cg.com the longest.

Sneaky
Member since Jan-19-02 (a year and a half more than me!)

Who else?

Sep-13-17
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  Sneaky: In the early days I remember Honza Cervenka, refutor, Knight13, GWGriffiths, pawntificator.

Lots of people I can't recall, of course. If you cruise the first few hundred pages of the café you can see them. (Way back then, people actually discussed chess there!)

Sep-14-17
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  Joshka: Hey Sneaky good to see Irma gave you favor in her wrath!?
Sep-15-17
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  Sneaky: Hi Joshka! I only lost power for a day.
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