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Member since May-16-10 · Last seen Jan-25-15
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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   Jan-22-15 sevenseaman chessforum (replies)
sevenseaman: 94351 If you can see d7 R is pinned... [DIAGRAM] White.'ll solve it!
   Jan-22-15 I Saric vs A Giri, 2015 (replies)
sevenseaman: Giri has pursued an attacking game and combined it with an adequate defense. 30...Rxc3, 33...Nc3+ (recovering the exchange) and 47...Kf5 are brilliant moves and keep his attack going.
   Jan-17-15 morfishine chessforum (replies)
   Dec-31-14 Fusilli chessforum (replies)
sevenseaman: Thanks <Fusilli>. An year may be a long time and we all need some luck, enlightenment and sound health. Your very particular enthusiasm for chess tells me that I can hope for some cheer via your play.
   Dec-17-14 Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
sevenseaman: A Fri/ Thu puzzle setup at White move 39. First move will be found but not all the latter ones played by <KramniK>.
   Dec-11-14 McShane vs S Agdestein, 2014 (replies)
sevenseaman: Hi <Sally Simpson>. I salute you on the style of your comment and assure you that you have not 'let the cat out'. Yes it has to be a chess teacher's staple and I prefer to collude with you in not ruining the pleasure for future puzzle solvers. The problem came to me too ...
   Dec-10-14 Kramnik vs Caruana, 2014
sevenseaman: Sumo wrestling, eh!
   Dec-09-14 A Giri vs Nakamura, 2014
sevenseaman: Fascinating moves! Towards the end (26. on)
   Dec-09-14 Adams vs Nakamura, 2014
sevenseaman: Good comment <patzer2>! 42...Rb2+
   Dec-09-14 Anand vs Adams, 2014
sevenseaman: 56. Kc5! Big decision to mobilise the K to stop the 'a' pawn.
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  sevenseaman: 102517 The Unsolvable!

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There is no normal way of solving this problem. I tried every clever trick and it failed. Then I went to an engine. It gave me 1...Nxf5. It looked a good move that stopped my Q from hanging and attacked the opposing Q.

Toga II (Chesstempo analyzer)said, 'a good move but not my first choice; keep looking'!

And I kept looking...

Tried Nb3... no good. Its a great problem (and it grates).

Can you find the first move? Its a very difficult ask but if you do that, 90% of the solution comes within reach!

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  OhioChessFan: 127313 is an unusual case where a King is skewered. At first, I thought White just wanted a draw with 1. Qg8+
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  moronovich: 102517

-Rc8 is the key, with the deadly threat Nb3
hence Bd1,but then cxd1+,Qxd1 and Rc1,followed by Ne2+ winnning the game.

A good exercise.

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  sevenseaman: <Moronovic> In 102517 my first idea was same as yours. Its quite good but it does not work quite so well as the solution. What happens is;

1... Qxc1+ 2. Qxc1 Rc8 3. Kg2 Nb3 4. Qb2 c1=Q 5. isn't enough (-1.00 eval after 4...Qxb3 )

The sol is simpler and decisive;

1... Qxe3 2. fxe3 Rb8 3. Kf2 Rb1 4. Rxc2 Nxc2


1...Qxe3 2. fxe3 Rb8 3. Kf2 Rb1 4. Rxc2 Nxc2 5. Bf3 Rb2 6. Be2 Ra2 7. h3 Rxa4 8. Bd3 Nb4 9. Bc4

I think you'll see the point.

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  sevenseaman: <OhioChessFan> You have a reasonable view.The sol to 127313 is;

1. Bh5+ Kg5 2. Qxe5 Kh4 3. Nxf3+ Qxf3 4. Bxf3 winning.

1. Bh5+ Qxh5 2. Qg8+ Kf6 3. Qxg1 Qh3+ 4. Kc2 Qa3 5. Nb3 Qa2+ 6. Kc3 Qa7 7. d6 Qd7 8. Qxc5

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  moronovich: <I think you'll see the point.>

Yes,I see now.Thanks.Guess I was seduced by the "insolvable";)Quite often a dry and technical solution is the answer.

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  sevenseaman: 88362 Deep tactics.

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I did not get the first move. So didn't a famous World champion. Will you?

Even the 2nd and 3rd are tough but if you get the first, you surely will have the picture for those to come.

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  sevenseaman: 140162 Stopping the Pawns!

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Black. White 1. Rxh1
How do you win with K and R against K and 2 Ps?

Just one wrong move can be fatal. You can be sure you'll mess it up.

So go to Nalimov!

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  sevenseaman: 75417 Star-crossed!

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Its incredible that some say anyone will find the killer move.(only the first one matters). Nevertheless do not be discouraged if you fail, the SR is only 48%.

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  sevenseaman: 140117 The Mechanics of Chess!

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A problem you could fall in love with. It is simple and complex at the same time.

1...Bxe4 (not easy) 2. b8=Q Bxg2+ (you had to make this forcer, noway the Q at b8 can be taken)3. Rxg2 (forced and a welcome deflection)Rxb8 (safe now)4. Qf7(death pangs) Rg6 (if ever there was a resource!) 5. Rxg6 hxg6

The problem ends here;

le denouement;

[ 5...hxg6 6.Qxg6 Qf3+ 7.Qg2 Qd3 8.Bf2 Rg8 9.Bg3 Qd1+ 10.Qg1 Qxd5+ 11.Qg2 Qd1+ 12.Qg1 Qf3+ 13.Qg2 Rf8 14.Qxf3 Rxf3 ] Was it simple? It was, eh! I like your reaction!

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  sevenseaman: 108619 What is <your move now>?

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It goes;

1. c7 Kd6 2. Rd2+ Ke6 3. ?

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All-important 3rd move?

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  morfishine: <sevenseaman> I hope you have a warm and enjoyable Holidays and New Year!
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  sevenseaman: Thank you <morf>, I could do with some warmth. This is the bleeding freezingest weather in my part of the country. Its a battle against the elements and I struggle to live through December and January. Once across that I feel I'll live another year.

Merry Christmas to you and the family. I know Florida is not too familiar with severe winter, thankfully.

Dec-25-14  ketchuplover: is slowly dying...oh and season's greting to ye
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  wordfunph: <sevenseaman> Merry Christmas!
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  sevenseaman: <ketchuplover> and <wordfunp>, thanks for the warm visit. It feels like seasonal birds from Siberia landing on the courtyard and making it strangely beautiful.

Merry Christmas to you two. Chess remains my most vibrant life-sustainer.

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  sevenseaman: 89530 A monster!

Have ye ever met a monster in real life? No.(Because no one will be sane enough to tell the story after the encounter).

Here is one I met in chess, though!

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I almost jumped at 1. Qxg7+ . The thing that stopped me, 'Why this puzzle is there in front of me? Its a Chess Tempo puzzle, it cannot be that simple'.

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Took me all of 15 minutes to work out that Black can wriggle to a stalemate draw thus;

1.Qxg7+ Qxg7 2.b8=Q Qd4 3.Qg8+ Kh4 4.Be4 Qxf2+ 5.Kh1 Qh2+ ??

6. Kxh2 and no more moves for Black; QED!

To-date in my chess career, this was <disillusionment> of the highest order!!

So I had a <think> on my hands! Another 5 minutes of deep torture; and I played;

1. Qd8+

It held! Aaaah, what a relief; it held!

I started breathing again.

Hereafter too I went very slowly and these moves came out like a baby being born!

1...Kh6 2. Qd6+ Kg5 3. Kxh3 Qa1 4. Qxf4+ Kxf4 5. b8=Q+ Kg5 6. Qd8+ Kf4 7. Qd6+ Qe5 8. Qf8+

Here 8...Rf7 will be followed by 9. Qxf7+ Kg5 10. f4+ Qxf4 11. Qg6#. But Black played;


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and I,

9. f4+ Kh6 10. gxf5? (stop, who goes there? Not the computer's first choice! Keep looking for a better move. Better, huh?)

10. Qh8+ Rh7 11. Qxh7#

I almost blundered 11. Qxf5!! (tragic it'd have been)

All of 30 minutes: we can all breathe!

(If there is any error in transcription, bear with me and indicate.)

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  sevenseaman: Poor memory sustains this Morphy brilliancy for me.

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Black after White takes his K out of check. (Perhaps the colors have been reversed)

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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015!
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  sevenseaman: Egon Brests enigma!

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Black. I did not solve it, sadly.

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  sevenseaman: 92292 Very compact logic

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Just 4 elementary moves for White to obtain domination.

If you can think straight you cannot go wrong.

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  sevenseaman: 141313 A 14 move domination only the computer can find!

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W. I failed early but after seeing the sol I am convinced I would have lost my way some where or the other.

1. Rd8 Qxf2+ 2. Kh3 Rxd8 3. Bxf7+ (I failed here with Qxd8)4.Be8+ Kh6 5. 5. Qf8+ Kh5 6. Qf5 (not eay to choose) Kh6 7. Qxf4+ (hard again for me)Kg7 8. Qf7+ Kh6 9. Qf8+ Kh5 10. Qf5+ Kh6 11. Qg5+ (wonderful?) Kg7 12. Qe7+ Kh6 13. Kxg4 (aren't you tired?) Rxe8 14. Qxe8 Argh!

So the computer does not always teach you. (Maybe it inspires you).

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  sevenseaman: 40266

A simple sit-up for the R kills the game! Hard to imagine.

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  sevenseaman: 94351 If you can see d7 R is pinned...

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White.'ll solve it!

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  OhioChessFan: Note to self to work on some of these.
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