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Member since Jan-19-02 · Last seen Nov-16-15
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.

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   Sneaky has kibitzed 13179 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-28-15 H Melkumyan vs Li Chao, 2011 (replies)
Sneaky: 50.Kd5 Nd6!
   Oct-26-15 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
Sneaky: On the topic of mimes: I don't know about you, but I can't stand them. Ridiculous "art" form. When I see one, I act interested for a second, and then I mime the act of removing my wallet, opening it up, and then I drop a make-believe dollar into the tip jar. What's he gonna say?
   Oct-26-15 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
   Oct-14-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Sneaky: I came to collect my ENORMOUS winnings on my Grischuk ticket. Then it occurred to me ... I bet on him for the rapid, not the blitz. Harrumph.
   Oct-02-15 Svidler vs Karjakin, 2015 (replies)
Sneaky: It's Sergey who has to play for the win, and against one of the most solid GMs of this era. This might get ugly.
   Sep-14-15 R Akesson vs J Rodgaard, 1982 (replies)
Sneaky: Somewhere in the world, somebody thought "Oh, I've seen puzzles like this! 1.Qg8+ Nxg8 2.Nxh7# I'm so clever!"
   Sep-10-15 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Sneaky: What do we do if somebody unearths a game played by Benjamin Franklin? Will it be "Boston, Massachusetts GBR"?
   Aug-23-15 Carlsen vs Topalov, 2015 (replies)
Sneaky: The Topa win is too easy. I'm betting on the miracle draw. If it was anybody else but Carlsen handling the white pieces, I never would do that, but Magnus is a like a machine. Topalov might as well be playing Houdini now.
   Aug-21-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Sneaky: I just saw the Pawn Sacrifice trailer LOL, looks great. "I'm coming for you! I'm coming for yooooooou!"
   Aug-11-15 F Vallejo Pons vs G van der Stricht, 2005 (replies)
Sneaky: I could imagine somebody spotting this in 1 second or staring at it for 3 minutes. I was in the latter camp.
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Dec-15-11  ketchuplover: Happy Holidays :)
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  chancho: Bob Dylan - Everybody Must Get Stoned
May-11-12  ketchuplover: Go Boris!!!!!!!
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  whiteshark: <Go Boris!!!!!!!> ftw!
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  Sneaky: ♪ ♫ Doncha wish your Gelfand was hot like mine ... ♪ ♫
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  crawfb5: HAHAHAHA...good one, Sneaky!
May-30-12  ketchuplover: The site kept disengaging during the WC match. Did it for you too? tia
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  WannaBe: I got a few HTTP 502 errors.
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  Sneaky: Yeah, at the very end it was slow as molasses. Only the rapids though, the other games were fine.
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  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?>


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  waustad: <Sneaky>You've been active on this site for more than 10 years. I'm impressed.
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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.
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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!
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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

I'd love to see it, thanks!

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  Sneaky: From Alexandra Kosteniuk's blog I found this delightful YouTube video <101 Checkmates in films>

It's 12 minutes long and worth every second.

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  wordfunph: Merry Christmas!
Jan-03-13  pawntificator: Happy New Year.
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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.
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  WannaBe: ♺⛔♔

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

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  WannaBe: &#9833; = ♩
&#9834; = ♪
&#9835; = ♫
&#9836; = ♬
&#9837; = ♭
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  Caissanist: Great, tx much ♪
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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.
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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.
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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 ;)

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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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