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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 13335 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-17-17 Zsofia Polgar vs S Kamberi, 1996 (replies)
 
Sneaky: Hardly a queen sacrifice—when the smoke clears, you get way more material than a queen is worth. Did I need to see any further than that?
 
   Oct-17-17 Louis Stumpers (replies)
 
Sneaky: I happen to know (read: I was told by an angel) that there are over 100 consecutive digits of pi starting with 14159265... buried deep within the digits of e. Unfortunately, it's so deep into the mantissa that it would take over 100 digits to tell you where it is. However, as it just
 
   Oct-16-17 Thematic Challenge chessforum (replies)
 
Sneaky: I don't really think White's position could be sound in the Muzio, in fact I believe I've seen some pretty simple ways to defuse it, but like all chess openings I'm sure there are ins-and-outs that will be hard to work out over the board. Of course this isn't OTB, it's ...
 
   Oct-15-17 Schmittdiel vs T Ernst, 1987
 
Sneaky: <eblunt> Nothing at all wrong with snatching a free queen, Stockfish figures the best line being this < 1) +8.87 (23 ply) 24...Bxe5 25.Nxg7 Ng6 26.Nxe8 Bh8 27.Nc7 Bxc3 28.Rb1 Rf8 29.Qe3 Bg7 30.b5 axb5 31.Nxb5 e5 32.Rg3 Bf5 33.Rc1 Be6 34.Nd6 h5 35.Qg5 h4 36.Ra3 Rb8 37.Rc7 h3 ...
 
   Sep-29-17 D Harika vs Kramnik, 2017 (replies)
 
Sneaky: First time Kramnik played the Benko? That's great. It's like seeing an well accomplished guitarist pick up a banjo or mandolin and demonstrate their proficiency with that instrument as well.
 
   Sep-29-17 Carlsen vs V S Gujrathi, 2017 (replies)
 
Sneaky: < I THINK dat FRUGBUNCE is an OVERSIMPLo in dis position ANYONE can hop for ANYtghing!> I AGUREE HOLEHARTEDLY — I can't say what it's like to be a grandmaster, but at my level of play, it's well understood that as long as the queens are on the board there might just be a ...
 
   Sep-28-17 Eljanov vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
 
Sneaky: I agree, this is much better hardball. Eljanov is playing just like AAA in Alekhine vs D Cano, 1926 , so that can't be bad.
 
   Sep-27-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
Sneaky: Noooooooooooo!!!!!!! Ding, I had faith in you!!!!!
 
   Sep-27-17 N Simon vs G Merenyi, 1997 (replies)
 
Sneaky: I've never seen a day go by when somebody doesn't declare "easier than yesterday" — therefore proving that in the minds of chessgames visitors, the Monday puzzle is perpetually the most difficult puzzle of the week.
 
   Sep-25-17 Beliavsky vs Larsen, 1981 (replies)
 
Sneaky: This is what you call a "one move game." It's all theory up to 14.Rhe1 but instead of following the perfectly reasonable mainline with 14...O-O, black uncorks his T.N. 14...a4? This allows the immediate punishment with 15.Ng6 (the so called "Crazy Horse") ... a move from which Larsen
 
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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  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  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. 🙋
Sep-11-15
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  mistermac: <Tiggler: <Sneaky> Oops I missed Fibonacci day in the US, but I can celebrate it with our European friends on 5th August, or wait till August 13th, 2134.?

I reckon 8-13-21 would be OK.

Bur may I suggest a Lucas Day? The next should be 7-11-18.

Dec-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: <Sneaky> Merry Christmas.
Dec-25-15  wordfunph: <Sneaky> Merry Christmas!
Dec-29-15  Sularus: Happy holidays!
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
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