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Member since Jan-19-02 · Last seen Oct-24-16
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!

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.

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 ( ... and lately, on ICC as well. I'll gladly play anybody within 1000 points of my rating. I also really like the site but so far have only played anonymously.

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   Sneaky has kibitzed 13232 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-24-16 Prince Dadian vs S Kostrovitsky, 1896
Sneaky: Offramp, please!! <Adam Ant's tombstone> Stuart Goddard aka Adam Ant is alive and well! You scared me with your little jest. I hate to be the humor-police, but making jokes about the living having passed on is very poor taste. In my opinion. Anyhow, I just felt that I needed to
   Oct-04-16 A Mastrovasilis vs A Marechal, 2011 (replies)
Sneaky: If I didn't know better I'd say it was composed.
   Oct-04-16 Louis Stumpers (replies)
Sneaky: Wow Mr. Stumpers looks very stern in that photo.
   Aug-13-16 Anand vs Topalov, 2016 (replies)
Sneaky: <Black's c pawns are tripled> Isn't that called an Irish pawn center?
   Aug-13-16 W So vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
Sneaky: <So What> Good background music to listen to while these two grind out a Berlin Defense to the inevitable half point:
   Jul-24-16 Tal vs Kirjatsky, 1959 (replies)
Sneaky: I am surprised here at two things. First, I'm not sure how strong this Kirjatsky guy was but he seemed like no patzer and played logical moves. (Maybe he just had a good day, or maybe he's an international master. I really can't tell.) And yet somehow, in a complicated but seemingly
   Jul-08-16 Breyer vs J Esser, 1917 (replies)
Sneaky: Let the perfectionist play postal. — Yasser Seirawan
   Jun-23-16 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Sneaky: Nobody wants 278:1 odds on Valencia beating Ganguly? Oh come on, stranger things have happened. I can't quite remember when, but I bet they have.
   Jun-23-16 Maroczy / Rollans vs Korchnoi, 1985 (replies)
Sneaky: <What's Maroczy doing playing modern chess theory? The position after 11...Nbc6 did not appear until 1963.> What makes you think he wasn't looming over the board watching F Kuijpers vs N Padevsky, 1963 ? For all we know he whispered ideas to Padevksy to help him win :)
   Jun-19-16 Lublin GM (2016) (replies)
Sneaky: Could somebody explain this? <A three-fold repetition of position before move 40 does not count as a double-sided loss, but other traditional draws (before move 40) may score as such.> Hate to sound cynical, but it sounds like something that a non-chessplayer would come up ...
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  technical draw: I concur with <Penguincw>, <Sneaky>. Congratulations on your longevity!
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  Sneaky: Thanks guys!

13 years on Chessgames as of today. Wow, hard to imagine.

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  Penguincw: Happy 13th anniversary! :)
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  wordfunph: <Sneaky> cheers!
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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.


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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.
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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...

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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. :)

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  Diocletian: Hi, Sneaky
Underpromotions fascinate. Here at 9:10

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.

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  Sneaky: See "Babson Task" ( — 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 ;-)

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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.
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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.
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  Sneaky: Thanks—I'm always in contention but I can't remember the last time I actually won something.
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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.
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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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  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.

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  Knight13: <Sneaky> Merry Christmas.
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  wordfunph: <Sneaky> Merry Christmas!
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  Sularus: Happy holidays!
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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  ketchuplover: Hope all is well with you
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  Sneaky: Hi Ketchuplover and Penguincw and Whiterun Guard, yes I'm just dandy ... Sneaking about!
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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 for a reference.


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  Sneaky: Oh wow, that means I'm related to Casper the Friendly Ghost! Thanks for that!
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