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Sneaky
Member since Jan-19-02 · Last seen Mar-28-15
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, Carlsen, basically, anybody with cojones.

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.

>> Click here to see Sneaky's game collections.

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   Sneaky has kibitzed 13042 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-28-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
Sneaky: The most beautiful sound I ever heard: Mariya, Mariya, Mariya, Mariya . . . All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word . . . Mariya!!!
 
   Mar-27-15 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
 
Sneaky: Jumbo shrimp.
 
   Mar-16-15 Sneaky chessforum (replies)
 
Sneaky: See "Babson Task" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babson... ) — the proposal of a composition such that Black has four main defenses: a pawn promoting to a queen, rook, knight, or bishop. And for each of those defenses, the only winning move is for white to promote a pawn of his own, ...
 
   Mar-16-15 T Spanton vs B Munguntuul, 2014 (replies)
 
Sneaky: This pun is so bad it's actually good. About the opening, I wanted to criticize 5.Qc1, but according to Opening Explorer 5.Qc1 is the normal move there. It just strikes me as passive. I would hope that White would be able to play 5.Nbd2 and let his lead in development win the day. I
 
   Mar-10-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
 
Sneaky: < always check the previous kibitzing page before I post > Doh! I usually do, but well, on this page I think you can forgive me.
 
   Mar-08-15 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929) (replies)
 
Sneaky: <Second, what does it actually mean?> I would imagine it just means that the winner should be paid in gold coinage and not slips of paper.
 
   Feb-21-15 J Dill vs Ravishen Singh, 2008 (replies)
 
Sneaky: What specifically was the losing move? Obviously 25.Rxd4?? is suicide, but I think the game was over before that. I don't know much about this variation, but I think the guilty culprit might just be 13.Bb5. I never like to see a piece moved twice in the opening. Maybe what was called
 
   Feb-06-15 A Das vs Yifan Hou, 2015 (replies)
 
Sneaky: Das Booted
 
   Jan-29-15 Mamedyarov vs T Nyback, 2005 (replies)
 
Sneaky: My computer noticed that it would be a smidgen more accurate to insert 44...Qe1+ Ka3 before playing ...Qxe5. Not that it really matters.
 
   Jan-27-15 Fischer vs J Rubinstein, 1971
 
Sneaky: <Helios727: What happens if 19...gxf5 ?> I'm pretty sure it's a forced win: 20.g6! fxg6 21.Rxg6+! hxg6 22.Qxg6+ Kh8 23.Qh6+ Kg8 24.Rg1+ Kf7 25.Qg6# Sac sac mate!
 
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Aug-08-13  The Last Straw: ♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♫&#-
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Aug-08-13  The Last Straw: AARgh...
Sep-05-13
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  Sneaky: Dear diary: Today I found the long lost composition of Genrikh Kasparian that features two crazy-queens in one fabulous study.

My mission at Chessgames is complete.

Nov-22-13
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  gauer: Hi <Sneaky>. WCC Editing Project chessforum was looking for a similar solution to your own.
Dec-24-13
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  wordfunph: Sneaky, maligayang pasko!
Dec-29-13
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  Sneaky: Happy X-Mas / Ramadan / Kwanzaa / Chanukah / Diwali / Festivus to everybody!

And have a great new year!

Mar-27-14
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  Mating Net: This GOTD merits a place in your Underpromotions game collection. S Schweber vs B Wexler, 1964
Mar-29-14
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  Annie K.: <Sneaky> Hi, well said at the cg forum. :)

BTW, are you familiar with your "namesake" game series by the very talented developer SelfDefiant?

Here's a small selection: http://www.melting-mindz.com/games....

Apr-25-14
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  Sneaky: Thanks Annie! I think I probably spoke for most of the longtime users. If we appear to be an elitist club, it intimidates new people.

< my "namesake" game series > No I've never heard of that! Very funny, thanks, it made me laugh.

Jun-04-14
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  Sneaky: It's a bit premature to pop open the bubbly, but next March will be the "Pi Day" of the millennium. If you wait until a little bit after 9:26:53 in the morning, the time will be:

3-14-15 9:26:53

Make your party plans now, this will be the blow-out blast for math nerds everywhere.

Jun-19-14
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  Sneaky: A video I really enjoyed, Numberphile explains the meaning of the graph theory problem in the movie Good Will Hunting: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/how-is...

As it turns out, it's not as hard of a problem as the movie made it out to be. But it is a real problem.

Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <Sneaky> Merry Christmas!
Jan-10-15
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  Sneaky: I hereby decree that this the official page for deadheads who use Chessgames:

∞♔∞∞ Garcia ∞∞♔∞

Jan-10-15
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  Penguincw: Congrats on reaching 13 000 posts. And in a couple of days, you'll reach 13 years as well. Congrats. :)
Jan-11-15
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  technical draw: I concur with <Penguincw>, <Sneaky>. Congratulations on your longevity!
Jan-19-15
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  Sneaky: Thanks guys!

13 years on Chessgames as of today. Wow, hard to imagine.

Jan-19-15
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  Penguincw: Happy 13th anniversary! :)
Jan-19-15
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  wordfunph: <Sneaky> cheers!
Feb-16-15
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  Benzol: <Sneaky> Just want to thank you for the work you've put in to site over the years. I understand that you were responsible for a number of the graphics that feature here, e.g. the knight graphic in the kibitzers café.

Cheers matey.

:)

Feb-18-15
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  Sneaky: Thanks Benzol, but it was really nothing. Just a job, and I got paid for it. I never talked about it in fear that people might treat me (undeservingly) like royalty around here.
Feb-19-15
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  Richard Taylor: <Sneaky> Well I never, er...Your Highness...I take everything and everything nasty or dubious or contentious or disrespectful I may or may not have said or been rumoured or perceived to have said against you! I deeply and humbly wish to apologize for everything. Now about that little matter of the do re mi being sent my way...

13 Years? Good one! I've been here a bit. Benzol was before me. I was looking for a chess opening data base at the time...

Mar-14-15
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  Penguincw: < Jun-04-14 Sneaky: It's a bit premature to pop open the bubbly, but next March will be the "Pi Day" of the millennium. If you wait until a little bit after 9:26:53 in the morning, the time will be:

3-14-15 9:26:53

Make your party plans now, this will be the blow-out blast for math nerds everywhere. >

Happy Pi Day Sneaky! Unfortunately, I'm about 10 minutes late after the desired time, but oh well. :)

Sneaky chessforum (kibitz #1418)

Mar-15-15
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  Diocletian: Hi, Sneaky
Underpromotions fascinate. Here at 9:10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kum...

is reference to an underpromotion composition in which both players underpromote to the same piece. The composer's name is blurred and not quite legible, something like Leonid Varxxx. I have searched like crazy everywhere with no luck. I know you like underpromotions too; maybe you have more info. thanks for your collection.

Mar-16-15
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  Sneaky: See "Babson Task" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babson...) — the proposal of a composition such that Black has four main defenses: a pawn promoting to a queen, rook, knight, or bishop. And for each of those defenses, the only winning move is for white to promote a pawn of his own, queen for queen, rook for rook, knight for knight, bishop for bishop.

As the wikipedia article says, <it is difficult to justify White promoting to a knight because of Black promoting to one way over the other side of the board.> Now THAT is an understatement.

And yet, like Fermat's Last Theorem, the purists will struggle until they either chance upon the holy grail or die trying.

The first solution that didn't have an abhorrent flaw was Leonid Yarosh, "Shakhmaty SSSR, August 1983". (His previous attempt worked, but it had the unfortunate flaw that the key move was a capture, which is greatly frowned upon.) Here it is, in all its glory, surely the most remarkable composition of the 20th century, in fact it's been dubbed the "problem of the millennium". White to play and mate in four:


click for larger view

Key move 1.a7!!

if 1...axb1=Q then the only winning move is 2.axb8=Q

if 1...axb1=B then the only winning move is 2.axb8=B

if 1...axb1=N then the only winning move is 2.axb8=N

if 1...axb1=R then the only winning move is 2.axb8=R

The details left as an exercise to the reader ;-)

Mar-16-15
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  Diocletian: Well, Sneaky, I clearly asked the right chess player! Thank you so much! I will really enjoy studying your reply.
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