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Member since Oct-04-07 · Last seen Dec-02-22
I'm a 70 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 6/18/22 Full Member

   Jimfromprovidence has kibitzed 3113 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-28-22 Vaganian vs K Grigorian, 1975 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: I thought this difficult as well beginning with white's 32nd move. It took me a while to work out the difference between the text 32 Qd4 instead of 32 Qc3 below. [DIAGRAM] Having the queen now on the 3rd rank allows 32... Bf5+, forcing 33 g4 Bxg4+ 34 Kxg4 Qg2+. [DIAGRAM] ...
   Oct-21-22 R Lev vs E Liss, 1998 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: Like <agb2002>, I also looked at 21.. Nf3 22 Qe2 Qf4. [DIAGRAM] Even though the rook on c1 is en prise, I thought that 23 Qxf3 would hold. I forget about the bishop on a5, as there is a pretty mate after 23...Qxc1+ 24 Qd1 Qxd1+ 25 Nxd1 Re1#. [DIAGRAM]
   Oct-04-22 Kostenko vs A Utnasunov, 2001 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: Here's a weak attempt at a swindle but an attempt nonetheless. It starts with 47...Kf4, seeing 48 f7 Re2+ 49 Kg1?? 49... Kg3! [DIAGRAM]
   Sep-11-22 Cifuentes Parada vs A Gallucci, 2012 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: Another interesting position is after 25.. Qb2+. [DIAGRAM] I thought black would win this by chasing the king to the other side of the board. Black can do this but I was dead wrong about the result. White to play and win.
   Aug-31-22 NN vs G Geshev, 1935 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: I played an extra move. I had 9... Bg4+ 10 Nf3 Nd4#. Got lucky. [DIAGRAM]
   Aug-26-22 V Vojtek vs S Vesselovsky, 2000 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: <Teyss> I think we are both right about the position after 51...Kf5. [DIAGRAM] My point was now it takes white 6 moves for the pawn to queen compared to 5 for black, because it takes the white king 2 moves to vacate the h file. But as you said 51...Kf5 also allows ...
   Aug-15-22 A Moran Nuque vs E Pupo, 1995 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: <King.Arthur.Brazil> < I don't know if our friend<Jim> is kidding us... however as he already signed ?! to 30. Qh5.> My question still stands. Does white win, lose or draw if 30 Qh5 is played instead of 30 Qh6 in the sequence I posted?
   Jul-21-22 Sadler vs Plaskett, 1998
Jimfromprovidence: <ChessHigherCat> I liked your solution. I don't know if it's mate but it's close to it. <mel gibson> I know that the position loses. That's why I put down white to play and win. I was hoping someone would try ...Qb1+ at some point to see if that causes problems
   Jul-09-22 Sagalchik vs A Kovalev, 1987 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: <King.Arthur.Brazil> After 33 Kh2, try 33...Nf2, below. [DIAGRAM] The idea is for black to check on h1, then go back to e1 with the threat of a discovered check. See if white can still win.
   Jun-12-22 Portisch vs Geller, 1961 (replies)
Jimfromprovidence: I was curious about 30...Kh8, below. [DIAGRAM] It looks like black was looking at 30...Bd4, double attacking the f knight, but had to avoid 31 Qb4+ so 30...Kh8 came first.
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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  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!


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

Thanks to you for your thought provoking comments!


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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

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

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


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  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.
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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  wordfunph: <Jim> Merry Christmas!
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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  wordfunph: <Jim> Merry Christmas!
Dec-30-16  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. :-)

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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. :)

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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.

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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!
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  Jimfromprovidence: Thanks <morfishine>. Happy holidays to you as well.
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