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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, 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 (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 13248 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-22-17 Taimanov vs V Mikenas, 1965 (replies)
 
Sneaky: I went for 20 Nxf7 immediate, figuring that Qxe6+ would be plenty of compensation. Surely that's not a dual solution is it? Assuming it isn't, I can see why this is Sunday material.
 
   Jan-20-17 B Adhiban vs W So, 2017 (replies)
 
Sneaky: What a nice treat. It's so rare when a GM has the courage to trot this out. The King's gambit was never "busted", it just fell out of fashion. <I would play Rad1 now - a KG player never care for random Pawns> VonKrolock called it!
 
   Dec-19-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Sneaky: <BobbieM> I remember distinctly an issue of Chess Life where this position (or something frightfully similar) was shown: [DIAGRAM] It was explained that in a scholastic tournament, one of the players refused to resign, and the other player had enough pawns to reconstruct his ...
 
   Nov-27-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
Sneaky: I totally agree with lentil, the champion deserves a benefit such as draw-odds... but when the match is so short it's too much of an advantage. And as Fischer (and countless others) pointed out, it leads to overly cautious play where neither player is willing to take on the slightest
 
   Nov-24-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
Sneaky: Oh, I'm watching the video link with Svidler, ...Nxf2+ is very complicated; it might be good but not "obviously" anything.
 
   Nov-24-16 Louis Stumpers (replies)
 
Sneaky: What's the deal with the "EM Drive" anyhow? I still have to remain skeptical that we've found some wrinkle in the conversation of momentum, but gigantic tenets of physics have been overthrown before.
 
   Nov-22-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
 
Sneaky: <If Karjarkin plays 1. e4, will Carlsen counter with 1....c5?> Superficially logical: they've proved over and over again that the Ruy leads nowhere, so why not stir things up with a Sicilain? The problem is, the Sicilian is not as cutthroat as its reputation. Sure, there are ...
 
   Nov-20-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
 
Sneaky: <As you well know the photo is from a 2014 event> Of course; although there is photo/footage of him taking a power-nap a few days ago. It's been all over the chess-news but I couldn't locate it. (Not that it means anything in the least; I'm just kidding around. How players ...
 
   Nov-11-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
Sneaky: I like Carlsen's knight better than Sergey's bishop.
 
   Oct-24-16 Prince Dadian vs S Kostrovitsky, 1896 (replies)
 
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
 
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Dec-15-11
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  ketchuplover: Happy Holidays :)
Mar-26-12
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  chancho: Bob Dylan - Everybody Must Get Stoned
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fphD...
May-11-12
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  ketchuplover: Go Boris!!!!!!!
May-11-12
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  whiteshark: <Go Boris!!!!!!!> ftw!
May-11-12
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  Sneaky: ♪ ♫ Doncha wish your Gelfand was hot like mine ... ♪ ♫
May-11-12
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  crawfb5: HAHAHAHA...good one, Sneaky!
May-30-12
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  ketchuplover: The site kept disengaging during the WC match. Did it for you too? tia
May-30-12
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  WannaBe: I got a few HTTP 502 errors.
Jun-01-12
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  Sneaky: Yeah, at the very end it was slow as molasses. Only the rapids though, the other games were fine.
Jul-08-12  notyetagm: <Sneaky: Hey friend,
I've been scratching my head trying to figure out what "YDNPS" stands for and I'm starting to believe it's one for Louis F Stumpers ;-) My best guess so far is "You do not play seriously!". Or how about "You don't need pieces, stupid!" So I give up, what means YDNPS?>

OVERLOADED (YDNPS) => YOU DO NOT PROTECT SQUARES

Jul-12-12  waustad: <Sneaky>You've been active on this site for more than 10 years. I'm impressed.
Jul-16-12
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  Sneaky: Thanks waustad. People often ask me if I'm the original member. The truth is, I know there were a few users who signed up before me, because when I first got an account it was to reply to somebody's comment. But those faces are long gone, they either stopped coming by or just lurk.
Sep-15-12
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  Pedro Fernandez: Hi <Sneaky>, I have found a nice variation of your Avatar so I want to give it you as a gift, but I don't know how to send you. I think you can help me. Thanks!
Sep-24-12
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  Sneaky: A variation of my avatar? Did it come from a can of deviled ham, because I think that's it's origin.

Just post a link to it if it's on the internet, or if it isn't online use that site http://imgur.com/

I'd love to see it, thanks!

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; = ♩
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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.

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