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Sneaky
Member since Jan-19-02 · Last seen Apr-23-14
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.

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   Apr-23-14 Reshevsky-Najdorf (1952) (replies)
 
Sneaky: The promoters sold tickets to all 18 games and they were going to keep every penny, rain or shine.
 
   Apr-21-14 Louis F Stumpers
 
Sneaky: <4. A. The first interactive electronic spreadsheet becomes available to the general public. B. The first cheap electronic calculator goes on sale, and quickly kills off nearly all use of the slide rule.> That's easy for any nerd over 40. Cheap calculators came around the ...
 
   Apr-21-14 Alatortsev vs Koblents, 1945 (replies)
 
Sneaky: One tiny red herring today: 25...Rxg2? Nxg2 and the king wriggles away safely from any upcoming checks.
 
   Apr-07-14 Fischerandom Chess (replies)
 
Sneaky: <randomguy181> You're welcome to make a new variation of chess adhering to your ideas, allowing for two bishops on the same color or the king that's not between the rooks. I'm skeptical it will be much fun, but nobody's stopping you from giving it a try. Bobby explicitly ...
 
   Apr-07-14 Anderssen vs E Schallopp, 1864 (replies)
 
Sneaky: Not to nitpick, but 34...Nxe1 wins brainlessly, just with less panache. We have to view it as a mate-in-two puzzle. I used to have a chess friend who despised mate-in-two puzzles, because he'd argue "If I was in this position I would win easily, even if it takes me 3 or 4 moves ...
 
   Apr-06-14 Captain Evans vs Horwitz, 1843 (replies)
 
Sneaky: <the song by Slim Whitman> Offramp is kidding of course, the pun is from a poem in Walt Whitman's Leave of Grass. The discrepancy with the pun is that in the poem, the Captain has died. Here the Captain is very much full of life. <Am I the only one disappointed this wasn't ...
 
   Apr-01-14 Fischer-Spassky (1992) (replies)
 
Sneaky: <Although he surfaced from time to time, he played no significant chess after the Fischer-Spassky World Championship Match (1972) crown, and lived most of the next seventeen years in abject poverty.> Is this true, about abject poverty? No doubt he may have been living the life ...
 
   Mar-29-14 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Sneaky: As the "maybe-or-maybe-not-the-oldest member of Chessgames" let me say that I agree with the majority here: there's no crying need to make a special celebration of seniority. If you do it, I'll be gracious about it, but it's really not necessary. I signed up because I was urged to, ...
 
   Mar-29-14 World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) (replies)
 
Sneaky: I believe that Fischer thought that his stance (clinging to the Cramer proposal etc.) was in the best interest of the game of chess. He might have been horribly wrong, but in his own mind he was the champion who would save the game from imminent destruction. To me, that's the key ...
 
   Mar-27-14 Kamsky vs Anand, 1994 (replies)
 
Sneaky: This is Magnus Carlsen's favorite game! Not the Immortal Game, not the Game of the Century, not Kasparov's Rxd4, but this one. OK, I'm not going to argue with the best chess player on earth. If he says it's his favorite there must be something to it.
 
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Oct-12-12
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  Sneaky: From Alexandra Kosteniuk's blog I found this delightful YouTube video <101 Checkmates in films>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofUk...

It's 12 minutes long and worth every second.

Dec-24-12
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  wordfunph: Merry Christmas!
Jan-03-13  pawntificator: Happy New Year.
Jan-09-13
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  Caissanist: Your embedding of musical notes in comments is pretty cool, how do you do it? Chessgames seems to be very very very strict on letting you embed much of anything in your messages.
Jan-09-13
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  WannaBe: ♺⛔♔

Do a search (google, bing, yahoo...) for unicode/HTML and you can go nuts with it.

Jan-09-13
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  WannaBe: &#9833; = ♩
&#9834; = ♪
&#9835; = ♫
&#9836; = ♬
&#9837; = ♭
&#9838; = ♮
&#9839; = ♯
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Jan-10-13
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  Caissanist: Great, tx much ♪
Jan-10-13
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  Check It Out: <sneaky> That movie checkmates video was hilarious. Bart Simpson's playing a simul and gets checkmated at the same time by all his opponents cracked me up.
Jan-11-13
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  OhioChessFan: I did the Naka Gambit too. Put 200 on him to win and 197 on an exacta with Naiditsch. If both those hit, I'll still be 1200 behind any of the 32 finalists who did nothing. Depressing. It's really too big an advantage to carry for 25% of the year. I wish I'd put a few bucks on Naka-Movesian and Naka-Tiviakov but I forgot to go back and look at the odds table after my first bet.
Jan-12-13
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  moronovich: <It's really too big an advantage to carry for 25% of the year.>

I am in agreement.Something like 3-5K`s difference would be more fair IMO.But good luck with your wagers.I have also bucks on Naka .And also forgot to play combined ;)

Jan-26-13
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  Sneaky: <Bart Simpson's playing a simul and gets checkmated at the same time by all his opponents cracked me up.> That's straight from the Russian folktales of Ossip Bender.

You see Ossip, posing as a grandmaster, arranged an "exhibition" for a moderate fee. He opened with 1.e4 on every single board, and the club, who had been studying some particular line in the Ruy Lopez, all responded with ...Nc6. Ossip again played the same move, and so did the crowd. Deep into the opening they went, until Ossip committed a horrific blunder on every single board allowing the entire club to checkmate him on the same move.

As usual with these tales, the vignette ends with Ossip escaping through a window as he's chased by a mob of furious chess players.

Feb-08-13
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  Check It Out: The Simpsons goes deep in to Russian folklore - genius!
Mar-15-13
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  kogyithaung: Dear Mr. Sneaky Thanks a lot for the story of Ossip played I love the story for a fun HAHAHA long time not laugh. May I asked didn't you run like Ossip before or didn't you play Ruylopez again?
May-07-13
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  Tiggler: <Sneaky> This is my first annual greeting on your chessforum. Happy May 7th!
May-07-13
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  Tiggler: I googled deviled ham and found:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...

And then I found your g'friend's avatar:

http://bad-girls-kitchen.blogspot.c...

May-11-13
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  Sneaky: LOL thanks Tiggler, that's precious.

By the way, I hope you had a nice Fibonacci day, 5/8/13 ;-)

May-12-13
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  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.
Aug-08-13
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  The Last Straw: ♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♫&#-
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Aug-08-13
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  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  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....

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