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sevenseaman
Member since May-16-10 · Last seen Jul-02-15
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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   sevenseaman has kibitzed 5903 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-02-15 sevenseaman chessforum
 
sevenseaman: 76653 Charred Earth! [DIAGRAM] Black.
 
   Feb-05-15 V Artemiev vs A Kholopov, 2015
 
sevenseaman: 27. Ng6+ is brilliant. I thought 27. Nc8 would also do but it allows 27. Bc6?
 
   Jan-29-15 Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: This Wei Yi is Wi fi.
 
   Jan-29-15 Harikrishna vs I Chirila, 2015 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: 16. Qg5+ may not have achieved much! 19. Re3 exchange sac is critical decision. Pentala goes on to see off the other B too. With his own B controlling the long dark diagonal, White has an iron grip on the game.
 
   Jan-28-15 I Cheparinov vs A Smith, 2015 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: Go to the pawnbroker!
 
   Jan-28-15 J Henrichsen vs N Zhukova, 2015 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: 18...Rxc4!! Life impossible.
 
   Jan-27-15 Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: 28...Be8 is priceless; it wrongfoots White into making a critical error! 30...Re4+!! It an exalting experience! MV-L feels no need to kill the individual pieces when he can garrote his opponent.
 
   Jan-22-15 I Saric vs A Giri, 2015 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: Giri has pursued an attacking game and combined it with an adequate defense. 30...Rxc3, 33...Nc3+ (recovering the exchange) and 47...Kf5 are brilliant moves and keep his attack going.
 
   Jan-17-15 morfishine chessforum (replies)
 
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   Dec-31-14 Fusilli chessforum (replies)
 
sevenseaman: Thanks <Fusilli>. An year may be a long time and we all need some luck, enlightenment and sound health. Your very particular enthusiasm for chess tells me that I can hope for some cheer via your play.
 
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A Close Call

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Feb-27-15
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  sevenseaman: 46774 The Genius of Tal!

What Michael Tal brought to chess can never be duplicated, let alone surpassed.


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White.
I thought 1. Qh6 couldn't be wrong for a simple win. I was right on the first assumption but terribly wrong on the second. Did I see 1...Rxg3? I did. Then Tal came up with 2. Bg6 (I never saw it, did you?). 2... Rxg6 3. fxg6 fxg6 4. Qxf8# ( 3...~ other, 4. Qxh7#).

Did you <ever> see a 4-move mate? This stuff is unforgettable but I'll deem myself a pseudo-genius if I can remember it for the rest of my life!

<Tal did it w/o computer, remember!>

Mar-12-15
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  sevenseaman: 142929

Can a problem be so tough?


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Black.

1... Nf8 (the only easy decision on a/c of 2. Bg5+ et al) 2. Bxe6 Nd8 (capture with P or R is disaster on a/c of both White Rs coming into play)3. Qg8 f5 4. Bxf5 gxf5 and Black commands the field.

Mar-16-15
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  sevenseaman: 143551
Wudya believe it!


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Mar-16-15
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  sevenseaman: Sol to an unnamed problem!

Black to play and win!

If you have tried your skills, this is how it was done!

1... Rb8+ 2. Bb5 Na7 3. Qxa7 Qb3+ 4.Ka1 Qa3+ 5. Rb5+ axb5 Qxxa7

Mar-16-15
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  sevenseaman: 78251


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Black.

There is a 2-move mate threat; if you can see that you'll solve it (most efficiently, of course).

Mar-16-15
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  sevenseaman: 139657 High Failure Rate!


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White.

Why am I convinced you'll solve it? Because I solved it. (I took 10 min, you might take less but do not be in a hurry merely to beat my time - I am picking problems where most others have failed. And the simple trick is to take some time, may be a load of time, till you see the light)

Mar-16-15
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  sevenseaman: 139941

Suicide or slow death!


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Black.

It boils down to the simplest element! If you play 1. g5+ White cannot take g5. Why? (he doesn't and you get on with the sol)

Mar-17-15
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  sevenseaman: 90155 Spellbound!

You just cant let go!


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White. Of course you may not give Black a chance! So better be right every inch of the way.

1. Qd5+ Kf8▢ 2. Qd8+ Kf7▢ 3. Qd7 (R needs to hold its post!) Kg6▢ 4. Qe8 Kg5 ▢ (Kh6 activates the R) 5. Rg4 Kh6▢ 6. Rh4 Kg5▢ 7. Qh5#

Mar-19-15
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  sevenseaman: 141313 The Unsolvable


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White.

I guarantee no one will ever solve this problem. I spent 3 hours on it making countless mistakes. No way!

Crafty finds the solution though; so I rate it as a good machine!

I am not putting down the sol either; so you stew (or go to a machine).

Blitz: 8 attempts; 0 success.

Standard: 33 attempts; 6 successful.

Mar-23-15
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  OhioChessFan: Okay, been chess lazy for a while, will jump in here and try some of these later today.
Mar-27-15
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  sevenseaman: 143549 Whopper


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White

I cant imagine I solved it. After failing 5 problems in a row (all lower-rated) I went rather smoothly on this. 13 mins.

1. Nd6+ (overloading the Q) Kd8 2. Qxh7 (Keeping hold of the 7th rank) Bh5! 3. Re1 Qc5+ 4. Kb1 Bg6+ (desperate?) 5. Qxg6 Rxg6 6. Nb7+

Mar-27-15
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  sevenseaman: 94927

The Fatal Mistake


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Black.

1. Qe7+ Kxg4 2. Qd7+ Bf5 3. Qc7 Qd1+ 4. Kh2 c1=Q

[ 4...c1=Q 5. Ra4+ Kf3 6. Qb7+ Ke2 7. Ra2+ Bc2 8. Qe4+ Kxf2 9. Qg2+ Ke1 10. Qh1+ Kd2 11. Qg2+ Qe2]

Where was the fatal mistake? I would have made had I insouciantly played 2...Kh4. Good time spent here, else;

1...Kxg4 2. Qd7+ Kh4 3. Qd8+ Kh3 4. Qc8+ Bf5 5. Ra3

Apr-04-15
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  sevenseaman: 142641 Too Delicate for Transportation!


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White.

One is bound to miss it somewhere or the other.

1. Qxf7+ Kh6 2. Qf8+ Kh5 3. Qh8+ Kg4 4. Rg1+ Kf3 5. Qh3+ Ke2 6. Qh2+ Ke3 7. Re1+ Kf3 8. Rf1+ Kg4 9. Rg1+ Kf3 10. Qg3+ Ke2 11. Qe1+ Kf3 12. Rg3+ Kf4 13. Nxg6+ Qxg6 14. Qe3+ Kf5 15. Rf3+ Kg4 16. Qf4+ Kh5 17. Rh3#

You think you would manage all this? Tantalizingly I went astray on the 9th.

Apr-07-15
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  sevenseaman: 106406 A terribly tough move to find!


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White.

1. Bc4!!

Now work out why this is the most logical. (of course I failed to find it!)

Apr-09-15
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  sevenseaman: 94241 Devastating discovery!


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Black.

Try your best. You may find some other ways to mate but nothing beats this.

1...Rf3+ 2. Bxf3 Qh2+ 3. Ke1 Bb4+ 4. Kd1 Qd2#

Apr-23-15
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  perfidious: <sevenseaman> One tell to the solution of <94241> is that on ideas other than the solution, obstructing the f-file, White will have his say when the king steps aside to avoid the discovered check,
Apr-23-15
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  sevenseaman: Hi <perfidious>. Move nos? Another tardy but successful approach was;

1... Qh2+ 2. Ke1+ Bf6+ 3.Kd1 Qe2+ 4.Kc1 Qxf1+ 5. Kc2 Re2+ and will win soon enough!

The point is 1...Qh2+ is not an altogether hairy idea.

Apr-23-15
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  sevenseaman: 77517


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Crucial is if Black takes the N how is he going to fend off the impending discovered attack.

Apr-24-15
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  sevenseaman: 105830 If you disagree with this thunderbolt!


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White. Black's last move was a3.

1. Rxf7 a2 2. Rg7+ Qxg7 3. Qd5+ Kh8 4. Qxa8+ =-

You may have reservations about the defense? Did you think Q should 'a taken f7?

1... a3 2. Rxf7 Qxf7 3. Rxf7 a2 4. Rf8+ Kxf8? 5. Qd6+ Kg7 6. Qe5+ Kh6 5...Kf8 6.Qh8+ 7. g5+ Kh5 8. Qe2+ Kxg5 9. Qe3+ Kf6 10. Qf3+ Kg7 11. Qxa8

Beyond my abilities but I liked the way this panned out.

Yet another version that may cause you some scruples!

1. Rxf7 Qxf7 2. Rxf7 a2 3. Rf8+ Rxf8 4. Qxa2+ Kh8 5. Qe6 Rxf2 6. Qxb6 Rf1+ 7. Kd2 c4 8. Qd4+

Ok!

May-10-15
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  sevenseaman: 98937 A terrible cul de sac!


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White.

It looked easy to me; it wasn't!

I played 1. g7+ and when the K moved to g8 I thought I had him and played 2. Kh7; thinkink K is forced out to f7 and I promote.

Computer gives the elegant sol;

1... Kg8
2. Re7 c2
3. Kg6 Rc8
4. Rxe6 c1=Q
5. Re8+ Rxe8
6. Bd5+ Re6+
7. Bxe6# *

May-10-15
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  OhioChessFan: Man, I've let myself get away from the good training here. Back to work, eh?
May-12-15
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  sevenseaman: 101980

The simplest CT puzzle!


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White.

Yes, I solved it in less than 1/2 a minute; all the time I needed to assess the essentials!

Jun-26-15
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  sevenseaman: 79739 Brilliance in Chess will never come to an end!


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White.

Black has just defended with Be5 to Bf6.

Your thoughts before you read on...

I sat for 5 minutes in a dumb state...and then found;

1. Bxf7 Rxf7+ 2. Rxf7+ Kxf7 3. Qa7! Bd4 (forced as White threatens a free Q with tempo) 4. b8=Q+ Bxa7 5. Qxh2

Finding 3. Qa7 was thrilling, but then I had the advantage of having learnt this particular technique on Chesstempo.

The high quality of chess thinking in this problem impressed me (besides the fact that I solved it!)

Jun-26-15
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  sevenseaman: 20863 A brilliant move!


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Black.

1...h3 is easy for most of us, but can any of us see 2...Qg1 (after 2. Kxh3)?

I did not, though I got it after 4 false calls!

Jul-02-15
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  sevenseaman: 76653 Charred Earth!


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Black.

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