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sevenseaman
Member since May-16-10 · Last seen Nov-28-14
Of late I have been relatively inactive except solving chess puzzles. This now is largely my only source of keeping in touch with the game and endeavor to hone whatever little skill I have.

Chess remains my most mesmerizing interest.

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   Nov-27-14 sevenseaman chessforum
 
sevenseaman: 127313 Miracles can be wrought! [DIAGRAM] White. I was so close to the idea but I lost via 1. Bf5+! See if you can better my effort.
 
   Nov-26-14 MAmin Tabatabaei vs R van Kampen, 2014
 
sevenseaman: Tug-of-war, you defend every inch.
 
   Nov-26-14 M Perunovic vs G Vazquez, 2014
 
sevenseaman: Perunovic keeps mounting pressure to make d7 untenable.
 
   Nov-26-14 Zhao Jun vs J S Christiansen, 2014
 
sevenseaman: 20...Nd6 jumping to 22...Nxf7 is the stuff from a winner's armory.
 
   Nov-25-14 morfishine chessforum (replies)
 
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   Nov-22-14 R Cardoso vs E Torre, 1973
 
sevenseaman: Cardoso won it but he had a chance for a brilliancy after 17. b5. [DIAGRAM] 18. Qe5 f6 19. Qxf6 Nxf6 20. Bxc6
 
   Nov-21-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: Exchanging Qs is right.
 
   Nov-18-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: 20. Nc3 looked better to me. Black would have had his B in the way of the K.
 
   Nov-13-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
 
sevenseaman: <<<morfishine>It ALWAYS amuses me when some.... >>. I wholeheartedly endorse your stance. Do people really expect a chess player to come OTB, wake up from a trance, play the champion stuff extempore and walk away a cool winner. Professional or not, when one ...
 
   Nov-11-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: Preparation or OTB, I definitely like the style-shift. I have rarely seen Anand play so aggressive (all 3 games).
 
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Sep-07-14
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  sevenseaman: 78373 Sometimes you see, sometimes you don't.


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White.

1. Qe4(seeing Qh7#)g6 (not seeing 1...gxf6 2. Qh4 Kg7 3. Nf5+)2. Nf5 Ne7 (seeing 2...gxf5 3. Qh4) 3. Nxe7 (Over? for you'are not seeing 3...Qxe7 4.Qh4 Kg7 5.Nh5+).

Sep-08-14
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  sevenseaman: 91350 My toughest problem ever.


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Black.
I first tried this problem on 8th Jul, 2012. I had failed with my first move, 1...Nxb3 with designs on f2, the idea of deflecting the Q and attacking the B on g4 as well as the R on c1. It was worthless as an investment as it failed in all objectives I set out for it. The point is that White gets his attack and is on way to a win or at the least a perp.

1...Nd3 2. Qf3 Kg8 3. Qg3 Nxc1 4. Rxc1

The computer has put a worthless P on b3 to bamboozle small minds like me who always try to grab 'an extra in the bargain'.

Here are 2 great comments

+4 Vandebent, 3rd Feb 11 10:37:
I saw many nice winning variations after 2. ... Nxc1, but I completely missed 3. Qf6+ Kg8 4. Nf5 Bxf5 5. Bxf5 Qd2 6. Bxh7+ with perpetual check. The queen on d2 can't interfere. But in fact I already made my mistake on the first move. I couldn't choose between 1. ... Nxb3 and 1. ... Nd3 and just played the second move on general grounds: centralizing the knight, attacking e5 too, pawn b3 is not important. But 1. ... Nxb3 2. Qf3 is threatening the same drawing combination. So black must think about how to avoid this more efficiently with the knight on b3 or with the knight on d3. Very difficult indeed! With the knight on b3 2. .. Kg8 fails because of 3. e6!! Nd2 4. Qf6 and white's attack is sufficient for a draw. How 1...Nd3 helps?

+1 rehcsif trebor, 8th Oct 12 10:14:

1... Nd3 2. Qf3 Kg8 3. Be6 Nxe5 4. Qf6 Qxd6 5. Bxf7+ Nxf7 6. Qxd6 Nxd6

1...Nb3 obviously cannot make any such contribution to saving the game.

So tough to see all the way.
For some consolation the game was lost by <Ivanchuk > who failed to see 2...Kg8 After more than 2 years the rating has jumped to 2600+

Sep-08-14
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  sevenseaman: 78815 Good thinkers do simple things better.


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Black.
1...Ng5 2. Qg2 Qxg2 3. Rxg2 Rxf1+

Could it have been simpler{or easier)? Yet so confounding tough.

Sep-12-14
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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> A very nice surprise for you to send that <patzer2> link! A most welcome post! I think of my daughter in music/arts school where she is learning dance, ballet, painting, acting and not to mention learning how to play musical instruments!

Arts are the only way to cultivate a child's mind

I think if I had followed this path, I would've eventually matured past a child! :)

Sep-20-14
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  sevenseaman: 73418 The bugbear!


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White.
Most solvers will be afraid (I was) of taking the Black Q because that brings the g3 P to f2, to the verge of promotion.


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It seems White is in extreme danger due to the R moving to e1. No problem, just take the K out of line, Kh2. Now you can handle all situations and eliminate the dangerous Black P via an appropriate Q check.

You may think of Qd6+ and react to which way the K moves. The easier option is simple Qd8+. The K must go to g7 and you know how to catch the P.

If Black inserts the R at e8, you must not take the R. You have to play Qf6. Black's antics come to an end. At most he can play Re2 but cannot advance the P. He has to surrender it to White K and Q combination.

Sep-22-14
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  sevenseaman: 43734 Condemned to tread a dreaded path!


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White.

The dictatorial line;

1. Nxd6+ Kh5 2. Rf3 Be7 3. Rh3+ Bh4 4. Rxh4+ Kxh4 5. Be2 Qa7 6. Bxa7 Nxa7 7. g3+ Kh3 8. Ne4 Rxc2 9. Nf2#

Recently I came across another puzzle that forces the Black K to tread a predetermined path and be mated at its end. This one looks even more difficult (very likely a composition).


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White to play and mate in 5.

Hint; The forced path for the Black K;

h7, g6, h5.

Sep-28-14
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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> If you are a fossil, I am a dinosaur. I considered 28.c4 but passed on it after 28...Bxc4 not fathoming the simple follow up 29.Qc3 winning at least a piece

No matter, these are exercises only and half the problem is not knowing what the player was thinking anyways. Try and make your own plans, thats the key

Oct-05-14
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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf> I am heading home today.
Oct-26-14
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  sevenseaman: 76209 Put on your thinking cap.

Why White felt obliged to play 1. Bxb5 and break up his own diagonal combination?


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Only those who miss 1.Qg4 Rg6! 2.Nh6+ Rxh6 3.Qxd7 Bxd7 ? will ask the question. The game simply went 1. Bxb5 Nxb5(Rg6 was not now possible) 2. Qg4 Qxf5 3. Qxf5

Oct-26-14
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  sevenseaman: 78026 A good puzzle will make you do the unthinkable!


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White.

Nov-03-14
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  sevenseaman: 79739 Complex? You could say 'quite simple'?


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White.

One may not even get it but after you see the technique you'll say 'I could have got it'?

Take your shot at the puzzle before you read next.

1. Bxf7 Rxf7 2. Rxf7+ Kxf7 3. Qa7 Bd4 4. b8=Q Bxa7 5. Qxh2

Now what dya say?

Nov-06-14
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  sevenseaman: 101596 Give your opponent some 'no choices'!


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White.

1. Nh5+ (nc#1; nothing but a K move)Kh8 2. Nxf6 Bc6(nc#2, what else?)3. Nxh7 Rxf5(nc#3, taking the N wasn't an option)4. Qxg6 Rf2 (nc#4, taking f1 was as inane as it is ever going to be))5. Rxf2 Qxf2(nc#5) 6. Nf6 Bxg2# (nc#6; to be fair Black could have played Qxg2#, w/o any preening!)7. Qxg2 Qxg2 8. Kxg2

Nov-06-14
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  sevenseaman: 13869 Find the 'move' and move into exalted company! (you could)


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White.

Nov-08-14
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  sevenseaman: 137647 Do not let your own momentum carry you too far.


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White.
2. Qc6 is not an easy move to find! Sadly my move (very enthusiastic, I daresay) <2. Qb7> was only a draw(perpetual). Try.

Nov-10-14
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  sevenseaman: 78215 Poignancy of Thought translates into Beauty!

This is a small illustration of what interpretation 'beauty' takes in chess.


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Black.

'd' and 'c' pawns are so juicily placed that average chess players will keep concentrating on a P promotion (I did). But it is much more complex.

1...Nd8 (I think now you will see what miracle has been wrought on the board by this move - Black threatens mate in 1) 2. Rf6 (White had no choice) Rc6 (normal attempt at deflection) 3. Kg5 (understandable)Kxg7 4.h6+ Kg8

Did you notice that 2...Nf7+? leads to only a draw. For 3.Rxf7 Kxf7 4.Bxd4! blocks both Black pawns for good.

What do you say about beauty in chess? Now I know why grandmasters have seemingly endless long thinks when not a fly stirs.

Nov-11-14
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  sevenseaman: Hi <morf>! The score being a draw, a loss and a win, I get the feeling that Vishy is playing (every game) more aggressive than usual.

I of course like this welcome change, but the way I read it, it could be a planned style-change/strategy. It has rewards/pitfalls.

What do you say?

Nov-13-14
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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> Good evening! In the tournament pages leading up to the start, I took the position that deep and thorough preparation, a known Anand strength, would serve the ex-champ well. This appears to be the case. Take for example, after the disaster in game 3, Anand appeared well composed and hardly ruffled. This is evidence of excellent preparation. Despite the loss, Anand knew its just one game. I think going forward, the games will be bitterly fought with the title hanging in the balance. Lets see what else Anand has prepared
Nov-13-14
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  morfishine: Sorry, I meant game 2
Nov-15-14
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  sevenseaman: 102014 Its a tough cookie!


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White.
I was quite excited about 'my solution'. I had it all sewn up;

1. Re6 fxe6 (or Black forfeits his Q) 2. exg6+ K~ 3. Q mates. But 1...Bd3+ ruins it all as it forces the White Q away.

It simply had to be;

1. g6+ fxg6 2. Re6 Nc3+ 3. Ka1 Qh1+ 4. Re1 Qc6 5. fxg6+ Qxg6 6. Qxc3 ...

Nov-19-14
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  sevenseaman: 101927 The Mind game!


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White.
The point is not to allow Black to queen.

1. Rxh7+ Kg6 (coming up is understandable) 2. Kf3! (now proposing mate via 3. Rh5 and 4 Rh4#) Rxc3+ (queening was a luxury) 3. Nxc3

Nov-20-14
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  sevenseaman: 78406 Perfection can be quite simple!


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Black.

1...g4 2. Re1 Qf3+ 3. Kg1 Rf5 and White has only Hobson's choice? 4. Rxe5 Qxc6

Nov-20-14
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  sevenseaman: 90086 A pricey technique worth remembering.


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White

1. f6+ Kg6 2. Rxf8 b2 3. Be3 Rc1 4. Rg1+ Rxg1 5. Rg8+ K~ 6. Rxg1

Nov-24-14
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  sevenseaman: 106429 Castle!


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White.

That Black can still castle is a big factor in the solution.

Nov-25-14
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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> From a preparation standpoint, it was what I expected: Anand was super prepared, perhaps too much to the point that he was so focused with his own plans, he overlooked simple strong forcing continuations. For example, in Game 2, 34...Qd2 just had to be played. 34...h5 was just awful

And in game 6, Anand overlooked 26...Nxe5 failing to take advantage of the one clear blunder made by Carlsen during the match, namely 26.Kd2

Condensed down, we can say Anand came within two moves of completely changing the character of the match. Thats not to bad, all things considered

*****

Nov-27-14
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  sevenseaman: 127313 Miracles can be wrought!


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White.

I was so close to the idea but I lost via 1. Bf5+!

See if you can better my effort.

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