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sevenseaman
Member since May-16-10 · Last seen Jul-25-14
Of late I have been relatively inactive except solving chess puzzles. This now is largely my only source of keeping in touch with the game and endeavor to hone whatever little skill I have.

Chess remains my most mesmerizing interest.

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   sevenseaman has kibitzed 5746 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-19-14 sevenseaman chessforum
 
sevenseaman: 47565 Alert? [DIAGRAM] White. If you get the next move right you are an alert chess player (unlike me!)
 
   Jul-16-14 Caruana vs G Meier, 2014 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: Meir may have laid much store on his 29...Rac8. 30. Qf3 was defining move; Caruana's attack gets momentum
 
   Jul-15-14 morfishine chessforum (replies)
 
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   Jul-10-14 Van Wely vs R van Kampen, 2014
 
sevenseaman: A fascinating attacking game by Van Wely. He sets a hot pace and never relinquishes the initiative. The way he defends his light-squared B after its isolation was inspiring.
 
   Jun-03-14 E Lawson vs M Tomb, 2003
 
sevenseaman: A move better than taking the Q?...It could only be a quick mate threat, which it is.
 
   Jun-03-14 D Feoktistov vs M Tomb, 2003
 
sevenseaman: Ingenious way to have the cake and eat it too!
 
   Mar-31-14 The Last Straw chessforum (replies)
 
sevenseaman: Hi <Straw>. Your wonderful avatar pulled me here.
 
   Mar-23-14 Anand vs Topalov, 2014 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: The end is ok but I thought 51. Qf8+ was sharper.
 
   Mar-12-14 Shams chessforum (replies)
 
sevenseaman: Thanks <Shams>. I have the best wishes for <Vishy> but sadly not much hope.
 
   Jan-21-14 Harikrishna vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
 
sevenseaman: <31...Qxa7> is altogether pointless. Pentala's sharp attack on the Black K did not leave Naka this luxury.
 
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A Close Call

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Apr-30-14
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  sevenseaman: Fascination!

Makagonov - Chekhover

Black tames White in 3 moves.


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Apr-30-14
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  sevenseaman: 73484 Cakewalk!


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White. If you can find <1. Bxd5> the rest of it is cakewalk. I played 1. Bxd5 because I am loathe to calculate what an opposing N can complicate for you; admittedly a lucky shot.

<1...Bxd5 2. Qa3 Qa7 3. Rxb8+ Qxb8 4. Qa4+ Kf8?>(Why not 4...Ke7?... 4... Ke7 5. Qd7+ Kf6 6. Qf7+ Kg5 7. Qxg7+ Kh5 8. g4+ fxg4 9. Qxg4+ Kh6 10. Nf7+ mate) <5. Nd7+ Ke7 6. Nxb8 Rxb8>

May-01-14
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  sevenseaman: 94580 ...as though my life!


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Black.

I played as if my life depended on accurate play here.

<1... Qh1+> (not Qf1+)< 2. Kg4 Qh6> ((f4# threat)< 3. Qa8+ Kd7 4. Qa7+ Rc7 5. Qxc7+ Kxc7 >

For those who think of defensive options;

1... Qh1+ 2. Kg4 Qh6 3. f4 f5+ 4. Kf3 Qh1+ 5. Ke2 ( 5. Kf2 Rc2# ) Rc2+ 6. Kd3 Qd1#

May-01-14
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  sevenseaman: 96158 For the nth time!


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Black. I keep missing this imaginative first move. (Hope this is the last of 'n').

<1... Rb1 2. Rc2 Rxc1 3. Rfxc1 >

Of course White cannot take the b1 R.
1...Rb1 2.Qxb1 Nxe3+ 3.Kg1 Qxf3 4.Qb2+ Rxb2 ( I was excited 'bout 4...Qg2# but Black is under check) 5.fxe3 Qg2#

May-01-14
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  sevenseaman: 11723 The absolute power of a pin!!


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White.

1. Qxh6+ Kg8 2. Bd5+ Rf7 3. Qxg7#

Pin-up Girl - anyone?

May-01-14
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  sevenseaman: 105303 A steely closure!


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Black.

1... Ba5+ 2. Ke3 Rc2 3. Bxc2 Rxc2 4. Rd2 Rxd2 5. Nxd2 Bb6+ 6. d4 Bxd4#

1. Rc2+ isn't good enough. 1... Rc2+ 2. Bxc2 Ba5+ 3. b4 is the refutation.

May-02-14
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  sevenseaman: 53840 A logical flow.


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White.

A difficult mate to find but the moves are natural and flow logically.

<1. Rd8+ Kh7 2. Qc2+ g6 3. Rh8+> (which R?, has to be resolved)<Kxh8 4. Rxh6+ Rh7 5. Qc3+ Kg8 6. Rxg6+ Kf8 7. Qf6+ Ke8 8. Rg8#>

May-03-14
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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> Good to see you, hope you had an enjoyable trip or actually trips, and I hope all is well with you and your family!
May-09-14
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  sevenseaman: 91492 Tide can be turned, with gumption.


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Black.

How it is done;
1... Qe2+ 2. Qxe2 Rxh7+ 3. Rh3 Rxh3+ 4. Kxh3 Nxf4+ 5. Kh4 Nxe2

Some may dumb-walk into Rxh7. This happens to the gullible;

1... Rxh7 2. Rxg6+ Kh8 3. Bd4#

May-22-14
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  sevenseaman: 72800 Momentum, a term closest to tempo in chess.


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White.

May-31-14
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  sevenseaman: 77398

The Enigma


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Black.

How do you deny the g2 square to the White K?

Jun-17-14
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  sevenseaman: 106748 A tough nut to crack.


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Black.

22:46 on this one but got it in the end. Really hard but computer does not shut the door if you find close alternatives.

1... Re6+ 2. Kd2 Qg4 3. Rh8+ Kg6 4. Qb6 Nd4! (I played Qe7+, then Re7+, then before finding this move)5. Re8 Rxe8! 6. d7+ Re6!!(Qxd7 was a temptation)7. Qxe6+ Nxe6

Jun-21-14
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  perfidious: <sevenseaman> If even Botvinnik can miss such a winning coup as in <96158>, there is hope for we lesser mortals!
Jun-24-14
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  sevenseaman: Hi <perfidious>! Yes <Botvinnik > missed the trick.

My moan is about missing it for the umpteenth time. So, little consolation' though I'll still thank you for the understanding words.

Good to see your post in the 'puzzle headquarters'.

Jul-10-14
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  morfishine: Hello <sevenseaman>! Thanks for dropping by! Yes, the World Cup has been excellent, the best I've seen since 1982. The WC has occupied my time totally and yes, Team USA has done quite well. Frankly, I'm a little disappointed in their overall performance, not from a point standpoint, but from a "look" standpoint. What I mean is 6-months ago, the USA national team looked very good, almost like a European team with the smooth passing and velvet deliberance.

But in the WC, the USA team "looked" tight and uncomfortable. Granted, they did well, but they didn't look like they did 6 months ago when they won 12 international caps in a row.

Well, my favorite team is Germany and has been since 1982, so the crush of Brazil 7-1 erases a lot of bad memories over the years.

I think the final is a great match-up since both teams are the best ball-controllers and passers, just extremely sharp and accurate. Both teams will carefully bring the ball forward with zero chance of stealing, take their chance or shot, then the other proceeds. Both teams know how to do this. In the end I think German prevails 3-1. Messi is great, but the Germans just bring too much to the table.

*****

Jul-11-14
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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> Yes, the US team has an outstanding defense, but this has been the case for decades. Unfortunately, we've lacked a coherent, consistent offense, which has also been the case for decades. Klinsmann made great strides over the past year

Your point about Germany is quite succinct and one of the reasons they've been my favorite team for a long time: No matter the substitutions, the team always looks and plays the same. Uncanny

Jul-14-14
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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> A great win by Germany! I guess by "iffy" you mean Germany had some close calls. Well, Argentina tried to play "up tempo", which was probably the best try. But this has its drawbacks as Germany could quick counter too. The net result is what one would expect at such a pace: More looseness and raggedness than what one would expect from a German team. What I really liked was how the overall team speed of Argentina (especially the defenders) was offset by Germany aggressively going to the ball anywhere on the field. I think this surprised Argentina and limited their chances (some of which looked very dangerous).

Somewhat overlooked was that Klose was continually getting in good position and each cross was getting nearer and nearer to scoring. Though he didn't score, Argentina had no effective counter to him. Argentina was fortunate Klose didn't score 2 or more goals by himself.

A very physical, tough match that I think was well-referee'd. Hardly any dirty plays though there were some rough fouls. Not much flopping. Schweinsteiger barely survived

Jul-14-14
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  sevenseaman: A totally computer move!


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White.

Will any one find 1. Qh5. I doubt. The solution later is quite elegant.

1...Rxg2+ 2. Rxg2+ Rxh5 3. Rxb2

There are no better alternatives as you'll find. And 1...Rxh5 invites...

1... Rd2 2. Qh5 Rxh5 3. Rg8+ Kd7 4. e8=Q+ Kc7 5. Qxh5 Kb6 6. Qf7 a5 7. Re7 Qc2 8. Rc7 Qxa2 9. Qxa2 Rxa2 10. Rgxc8 and White wins.

Amazing, aint it?

Jul-14-14
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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> I never told you I was a devoted, die-hard German National team fan since 1982. It all started in college when a fraternity brother from England introduced us to soccer, leading us into 2 championship games where we won one and lost the other 0 - 1

I was addicted and after watching Germany come back against France in the 1982 World Cup down 1 - 3 to tie 3 - 3, then win in an overtime shoot out, I was a die-hard German national team fan and have been ever since.

German soccer is typified but what I admire most: stubborn defense complemented by smart, deliberate passing and offenses based on strengths. There is nothing frilly about German football: its in-your-face football, that says "If you think you are better, show me". Germans don't flop and are continually pressing forward. There is no give-up on German futbol

I think Van Persie's goal on day 1 was the best goal of the tournament. I mean a header from 25 yards IN FRONT of the goal with the 50 yard pass coming from the left rear? That could be the greatest goal I've ever seen...

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Jul-17-14
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  sevenseaman: 46328

Not a genius move but...


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White.

1. exf6 Bf8 2. Qg4+ Kh8

You are here...


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White.

3. Your move?

Jul-17-14
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  sevenseaman: 105800

Good chess players do simple things...


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Black.

Lets see if you avoid complexities.

1... g3+ 2. Kh3 g2 3. Rbd7 Ne3 4. R7d2 Nf1 5. Rxg2+ fxg2 6. Kxg2 Ne3+ 7. Kg3 Nxd1

I said simple because there really is another (much harder) way of doing it after;

1... g3+ 2. Kh3 g2 3. Rbd7 Ne3 4. R7d2 Nf1

we are forced to deviate by the defense response;


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White.

5. Rf2 g1=N+ 6. Kg4 Ne3+ 7. Kg3 Nxd1 8. Rf1 Ne2+ 9. Kh3 f2 10. Rxd1 f1=Q+ 11. Rxf1 Rxf1

Computer says the earlier defense was more logical.

Jul-17-14
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  sevenseaman: 76928


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White.

1. Bc5 Qd8 2. Rxh4


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Black

Black resigned here. I guess you'll know why.

Jul-18-14
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  sevenseaman: 97235

Closing Doors (before the horse bolts)


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White.

Situation assessment.

Black has a 1-mate. So every move needs to be a check; and every check must lead to another till mate or break-up of Black's killer threat.

1. Qe6+ Kg7 2. Bf6+ Kh6 3. Qh3+ Kg6 4. Qg4+ Kf7 5. Qd7+!


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Qg7+ was a temptation here but it'd break the catenation of checks.

Kg6 6. f5+ Qxf5 7. Qg7+ Kh5 8. g4+ Qxg4 9. Qh7#
Home and dry!

Jul-18-14
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  morfishine: 97235
Jul-19-14
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  sevenseaman: 47565 Alert?


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White.

If you get the next move right you are an alert chess player (unlike me!)

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