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Jimfromprovidence
Member since Oct-04-07 · Last seen Oct-21-21
I'm a 69 year-old retired public finance official. I reside in Ventura County, CA, which is about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

I am bi-coastal, from Providence, Rhode Island. I consider myself a fortunate survivor of the Catholic schooling experience at both the grade and secondary school level.

I left the East Coast and ventured the 3,000 miles to California in 1983 not knowing a soul in order to attend grad school at UC-Santa Barbara. After earning my Masters' in Economics, I decided to stick around.

I made a good living explaining to politicians the consequences of various budget alternatives in mostly difficult economic times. (They would mostly respond, do what you need to do to balance the budget, but do not reduce staff, cut programs or raise taxes).

I am relatively recently widowed (May, 2017). I have a son and two grand kids.

As far as chess goes, I don't know as much about it as I should, but that's O.K.

I just like the challenge of trying to solve the puzzles, analyzing the positions and communicating with other enthusiasts.

Last updated 6/18/21

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   Jimfromprovidence has kibitzed 3072 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-14-21 Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1998 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: I really liked 23...Qxa2 for a couple of reasons. [DIAGRAM] If 23...Rc8+, instead, white's king could escape to b1. If 24 Qa1, then 24...Rc8+ 25 Bc4 (as an example) 25...Rxc4+, etc. wins. [DIAGRAM]
 
   Oct-08-21 S Barrientos Chavarriaga vs Borges Mateos, 2004 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: I looked at 34...Rxg2, hoping for 35 Kxg2 Bxe4+. I did not see the defense 35 Qg4, below. [DIAGRAM]
 
   Sep-23-21 J I Zilber vs Suetin, 1957
 
Jimfromprovidence: <keypusher> After 18 Bd4...<18....Qxg2+ 19.Ke1 f6! 20.Qxf6 Qxe2+ 21.Kxe2 Nd5+, I think, though White does get the exchange back after 22.Qe5 Nxf4+.> That's it. Your line is nicer with a picture after the queen sacrifice 20...Qxe2+. [DIAGRAM] White gets a rook ...
 
   Sep-19-21 Shabalov vs Arkell, 1991 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: The line 18 Rxd5 exd5 was easier to understand for me. 19 e6 came after a good while mainly because black has 19...Bxe6, 19...fxe6 or 19...f6 (at the least) as responses. One thing I really like about 19 e6 is that it prevents 19...Qc6, as 20 exf7+, below becomes a forced ...
 
   Sep-16-21 Dolmatov vs P Nikolic, 1989 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: <mel gibson> <Stockfish is not agreeing with the text move of 34. Qc8. It says that has a score for White of -0.66.> That's because it is one move to early for Qc8. After 34 c5, protecting both bishop and rook, then 35 Qc8 is a real threat, attacking the rook ...
 
   Sep-14-21 J Frenklakh vs E Schiller, 1994 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: "A good side puzzle begins on the same move but with white having played 29 Qxb3 instead". <saturn2: <Jimfromprovidence:> 29...Rb8 attacks queen and the b2 pawn> <drollere> <thanks for posting this, i wondered about that same move myself. i can ...
 
   Sep-11-21 Shamkovich vs Kholmov, 1961 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: <ab2002> <Jim> <I overlooked 24... Qe6 in my line A.1 but four alternatives to 26.f4 are 26.f3, 26.Rd1, 26.Nd3 and 26.Nf3.> Thanks for posting that. I never considered 26 Rd1. I saw 26 f4 first, so I said why not 26 f3 as well ? I then saw that 26 Ng4??? ...
 
   Sep-10-21 W Schmidt vs J Lewi, 1968 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: <Honza Cerevenka> <If 38...Rg8, then 39.Qxf6+ Kh7 40.Qh4> I missed 40 Qh4, below, in this line. I thought the position was a perpetual after 38...Rg8. [DIAGRAM] It's difficult to fathom that despite being down two rooks vs a bishop and a pawn that after 40 Qh4 ...
 
   Sep-06-21 R Fontaine vs M Sebag, 2003 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: I didn't see the text move 36...c6 but like many others I saw 36...Qxf6. Don't think it matters much if 37 Qxf6+ or 37 exf6, below follows. [DIAGRAM] <landshark> mentioned the threat of 38 Qc8+. There is also 38 Qxc5+ as well, so the king has to move. So if black ...
 
   Sep-03-21 S Conquest vs P Bauer, 1986 (replies)
 
Jimfromprovidence: I saw 23 Be5, below, both pinning the knight and allowing for protection by the rook for 24 Nf5. [DIAGRAM]
 
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Aug-17-12  morfishine: <Jimfromprovidence> Another ingenious line! I always look forward to your posts with much interest!

However, having analyzed the same first move [25.Bxc4], I found the problem with <25.Bxc4> is <25...Bf5> and White has two pieces hanging and no fire on the e-file (to protect <e5>).


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This is why I missed it today and feel silly to not identify <25.Nd5>

Aug-18-12  morfishine: Good morning <Jimfromprovidence>! I'd love to see <25.Bxc4> work. The problem I was having with 25.Bxc4 Bf5 <26.Nd5> is Black interpolates <26...Bxc2+>


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Here, if 27.Kxc2 then 27...Qxc4+ and Black is wiggling free: (28.Kb1 Qxd5 or 28.Nc3 dxc3 29.Qf6 cxb2+ 30.Kxb2 [If 30.Kb1 Qe4+ followed by 31...Qxe5]...Qe2+ 31.K-any Qxe5)

At this point, I figured or knew I was on the wrong track for White to win.

However, and much thanks for your initiative (which pushed me to see this line through), after 26...Bxc2+ White has the much better <27.Ka1> and Black's tricks are thwarted plus he faces material loss. So yes, I agree <25.Bxc4> wins too, just less elegantly.

Its good to see <25.Bxc4> is very strong and winning

On the other hand, the immediate <25.Nd5> is cleaner and more 'GM-like'

Aug-19-12  sevenseaman: <Jimfromprovidence> <Then I looked over the whole game and saw that it was "cooked', so I said what the @##@ is going on?

We need a forensic chess detective to figure this one out!>

Intriguing. How so? Not that I could see any tell tale signs!

Sep-10-12
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  LoveThatJoker: <Jimfromprovidence> Thank you for the kind shout-out on the latest Sunday puzzle.

I just read it today, as I did not have computer access all day after I posted my solution.

That puzzle was surely a doozie!

LTJ

Mar-03-13
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  agb2002: <Jimfromprovidence: Thanks for the constructive feedback concerning Saturday's puzzle.>

Thanks to you for your thought provoking comments!

Antonio

Mar-09-13
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  Jimfromprovidence: Can’t allow Fischer week to pass without showcasing this brilliant endgame of his.

It’s move 82, white to play and win. Only one move wins.


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Here is the game link.
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971

May-23-14
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  Jimfromprovidence: Karpov turned 63 today. Why no shoutout on the front page?
Jun-08-14
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  agb2002: <Jimfromprovidence: <agb2002> and <abuzic>. Thanks for playing along.>

Again thanks to you. Your side puzzles are very interesting!

Antonio

Aug-25-14  Everett: Hello <Jim>. Just giving you a heads up that a put some rudimentary analysis of Dyvoretsky's and Marin's up on the recent Karpov-Kasparov Sunday puzzle page.
Oct-06-14
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  agb2002: Hello Jim, I'll try to find the time to think about the remaining questions in P Leisebein vs B Fels, 2004 today.

It was a bit late to answer properly yesterday.

Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <Jim> Merry Christmas!
Feb-05-15
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  Fusilli: <It’s move 82, white to play and win. Only one move wins.>

Oh yeah, that's such a beauty.

Dec-25-15
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  wordfunph: <Jim> Merry Christmas!
Dec-30-16
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  YouRang: Hey, thanks for the comment you left in my forum regarding the fun POTD: J M Bellon Lopez vs G Garcia, 1976.

That game was particularly sharp and tense. Had I been playing either side, I'm sure I would have lost a pound of sweat while finding a way to give my opponent a clever-looking win.

I gather that you and I have a similar appreciation for the subtle dynamics of chess. I particularly like endgame positions that have unexpectedly sneaky complications. :-)

Mar-10-17
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  Fusilli: <I consider myself a fortunate survivor of the Catholic schooling experience at both the grade and secondary school level.>

Me too! Marianista Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mar-10-17
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  diceman: <I consider myself a fortunate survivor of the Catholic schooling experience>

I'll let you know after my death, if I "actually" survived.

Jan-22-18  morfishine: <Jimfromprovidence> I just noticed you are a widower. God Bless, I wish you the best

*****

Aug-16-18
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  Jimfromprovidence: I have been throwing in a few puzzles from my collection from time to time to fill the gap on CG's puzzle page.

In a tribute to the late Larry M. Evans, the LA Times chess column for November 28th, 2010 included this excellent puzzle from an Evans game in 1975. It's white to play to win, move 24.


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The game link is below.
Larry Evans vs Benko, 1975

The puzzle fits well into the Wednesday /Thursday slot.

Aug-16-18
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  Annie K.: <Jimfromprovidence> Hello, thanks for the work you're doing to help keep the daily puzzles interesting these days.

<Kevin>, the usual problemist for CG, said he would appreciate help with the puzzles. I already have one volunteer to help him, <takchess>, but the more people volunteer, the less stressful the task should be to each over the long run. Would you like to join the effort too? :)

To clarify the procedure, normally Kevin selected the puzzles, and sent them to Daniel to put up. Now <Sargon> is still working on learning to manage the site, so Kevin's recent selections are not being applied yet (the daily features have been coming out of an emergency queue), but we should soon get over this stage. If you agree to help, I will ask Sargon to give the email associated with your account to Kevin, so he can get in touch with you.

Aug-16-18
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Annie K.> Sure. I think I can help in a limited way. I have accumulated about 60 puzzles mostly from the LA Times (when they had a column)stored on my user pages that link to games in the CG data base. Since I am familiar with them it's not too difficult for me to rate them within a day's level of difficulty in the normal fashion.

<Kevin> or whomever can browse through them whenever they have time. They are all good.

If you need help overall in puzzle selection and evaluation, I probably can assist from time to time.

Feel free to share my Email.

Jim

Aug-16-18
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  Annie K.: That's great, I will. Thanks.

Try not to draw public attention to games you would like to be featured - they should be surprises. :)

Dec-20-20
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  thegoodanarchist: Your avatar reminds me of James Gandolfini's character "Tony Soprano" in the TV show "The Sopranos".

That's the sum total of all of my thoughts, every time I see a post of yours.

Dec-22-20
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  Jimfromprovidence: <thegoodanarchist> <"Your avatar reminds me of James Gandolfini's character "Tony Soprano" in the TV show "The Sopranos".>

Yeah, there is a resemblance to Tony. I know a lot of guys that look like that, that's why I chose that avatar. The Sopranos is one of my all-time favorite shows, especially so since I grew up In the Northeast and have a lot of Italian friends and relatives.

Dec-25-20  morfishine: Merry Christmas <Jimfromprovidence>! I hope you have a great New year too!
Dec-28-20
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  Jimfromprovidence: Thanks <morfishine>. Happy holidays to you as well.
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