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Sneaky
Member since Jan-19-02 · Last seen Jul-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 13146 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-24-15 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
 
Sneaky: Oh boy, number theory! If it turns out that this only has very small/trivial solutions, it's vaguely Fermat-last-theoremish. Time to break out elliptic curve geometry?
 
   Jul-21-15 Nigel Short (replies)
 
Sneaky: Nigel *always* gets the VIP treatment. A whole jet to himself?! Even Mick Jagger is jealous. http://zimbabwenewsday.co.uk/2015/0...
 
   Jul-15-15 L Javakhishvili vs R Edouard, 2015
 
Sneaky: Woah! I never knew that 7.Nxb5 was even possible! Oh no, this means there's one more opening variation I have to know about. Based only by this game, learning how to play the White side of this doesn't look like a whole lot of fun. Curse these players coming up with new ideas.
 
   Jul-05-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
Sneaky: <The end of the leg is afoot> Haha, that pun went by me. Very funny. <Mark> I already went all-in. The loanshark won't give me any more money until next leg. I can still make a little bit more if there's an en passant capture but I won't be on the leaderboard this leg. Oh
 
   Jul-05-15 Short vs V Malisauskas, 1994 (replies)
 
Sneaky: <al wazir> What's wrong with RV's quirky idea of 18...Bb4 to induce a3? In any case Black's position is horrible with the queen's rook out of play.
 
   Jun-28-15 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Sneaky: https://xkcd.com/1078/
 
   Jun-27-15 G Key (replies)
 
Sneaky: My favorite song by Bach, "Air" (on the G String) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2j...
 
   Jun-22-15 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
 
Sneaky: Capablanca won a game like this once. JR decided to grill his opponent on the finer points of the ending, and his opponent failed the test. That won't work here, though. This is basic stuff for Nak.
 
   Jun-19-15 V Malakhov vs G Sargissian, 2005 (replies)
 
Sneaky: "A knight in the corner? Call the coroner." (credit to User: diceman )
 
   Jun-17-15 D Chuprov vs A Polschikov, 2011 (replies)
 
Sneaky: I love it when a knight forks a knight.
 
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Apr-05-15
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  technical draw: <Sneaky> Congratulations on 3rd place in the chessbookie championship game. I just barely made it to 10th. Good luck in the next leg.
Apr-06-15
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  Sneaky: Thanks—I'm always in contention but I can't remember the last time I actually won something.
Apr-17-15
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  MarkFinan: Not sure about your wagers today Sneaky, but if I hadn't put stupid amounts on the once great British hope, Nige Short, I'd be ahead of you as the table stands. I made up for Short not winning, but not much.
Apr-18-15
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  MarkFinan: I'm on your heals, Sneaky. I'm aiming for top 1 this leg, and only then will I decide if I have the professional gambling gene, lol. Nearly all my bets have paid off today. 🙋
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