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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 13467 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-17-18 E Terpugov vs Petrosian, 1957 (replies)
 
Sneaky: The pun is a reference to the movie "300", specifically https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZe... .
 
   Jun-16-18 Taimanov vs Psakhis, 1981 (replies)
 
Sneaky: I like the variation 26. Qxg4 Ng3+ 27. Kxf2 Nh1+! -+
 
   Jun-16-18 Wesley So (replies)
 
Sneaky: Somebody hacked his chess.com account and apparently posted a bunch of anti-Islamic stuff on his profile. https://imgur.com/a/KcYUIjD
 
   Jun-15-18 J Shahade vs Wang Pin, 2002 (replies)
 
Sneaky: Only her hairdresser knows for sure.
 
   Jun-15-18 Sneaky chessforum
 
Sneaky: Thanks Ketchup! The cold days are gone for a while down here...
 
   Jun-12-18 Your Next Move (Rapid) (2018) (replies)
 
Sneaky: <wins worth 2 points> And draws still only a half point?
 
   Jun-07-18 Caruana vs W So, 2018 (replies)
 
Sneaky: Stockfish says chuck the queen and it's smooth sailing: 42...Rg3 43.hxg4 Rxg2 44.Kxg2 h4 45.Kf3 Qg3+ 46.Ke2 +- (+6.66)
 
   Jun-07-18 Topalov vs S Zhigalko, 2008 (replies)
 
Sneaky: <lopium: 39... Would be a nice Tuesday problem.> I guess they upgraded it a little.
 
   Jun-06-18 B Adhiban vs D Andreikin, 2017 (replies)
 
Sneaky: <41...f/hxg4+ opens up a file for the black rook to get to the 8th rank > True, but but even that route wins for White after 41. hxg4 fxg4+ 42. Ke3 Rf1 43. a7 Rf8, OK a8 is covered, but now 44. d4+! cxd4+ 45. Nxd4 and it's a simple matter of technique. Get the bishop on the ...
 
   Jun-03-18 Altibox Norway (2018) (replies)
 
Sneaky: <Fanques Fair: Did Ding Liren withdraw from the tournament ?> Yes he did. I am curious how the scoring works now. Will all of his remaining games be regarded as 1/2 point byes?
 
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Sneaky's Shanty

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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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  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  ketchuplover: Don't forget to stop by here too :)
Apr-21-17
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  Sneaky: ...ba dum tissssssh
May-22-17
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  Sneaky: A puzzle posted by Sergey Karjakin on twitter:


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White to play and win.

I've been staring at it for 15 minutes and can't figure it out.

May-22-17
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  OhioChessFan: 3 minutes in and I'm about to give up.
May-22-17
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  OhioChessFan: Okay, got the first 2 moves. I'll get it now.
May-22-17
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  tpstar: <Sneaky> Interesting composition. Do you want hints or spoilers yet?
May-22-17
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  OhioChessFan: Okay. Really not that hard. Just have to visualize where you're at after the first move. There's one little tweak line where you can blow the win if you aren't careful.
May-22-17
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  Big Pawn: I'm looking at 1. Rb7+ Ka8 2. Rb1

Now if 2...Rxb1 3. Ra6#

if 2...Rxc6+ 3. Kxc6 and the Rb1 covers the queening squares easily.

if 2...d1=Q 3. Rcxc1 and the new black queen can't give check, it's under attack and mate is threatened.

Am I missing something?

May-23-17
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  OhioChessFan: A little tweaky: 2...Ka7

This could be blown in blitz.

May-23-17
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  Big Pawn: <2...Ka7> but doesn't that just allow 3. Rcxc1 and wins?
May-23-17
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  OhioChessFan: 1. Rb7+ Ka8 2. Rb1 Ka7 3. Rcxc1 dxc1Q 4. Rxc1 Ka6


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White to play. Don't blow it.

May-23-17
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  technical draw: Just passing by to say hello <Sneaky>. I see you've been a member here for 15 years. A real old timer. Well, stay in touch cause one day you and I will be co-champions of the chessbookie game.
Aug-21-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: As far as I know, you are the active user who has been around cg.com the longest.

Sneaky
Member since Jan-19-02 (a year and a half more than me!)

Who else?

Sep-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: In the early days I remember Honza Cervenka, refutor, Knight13, GWGriffiths, pawntificator.

Lots of people I can't recall, of course. If you cruise the first few hundred pages of the café you can see them. (Way back then, people actually discussed chess there!)

Sep-14-17  Joshka: Hey Sneaky good to see Irma gave you favor in her wrath!?
Sep-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: Hi Joshka! I only lost power for a day.
Dec-30-17  ketchuplover: Wishing ye an overtly suchessful 2018 :)
Jun-13-18  ketchuplover: Hope you're not too hot or cold young man :)
Jun-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: Thanks Ketchup! The cold days are gone for a while down here...
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