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Yurys student
Member since Jan-15-07 · Last seen Aug-04-08
I am a teenage amateur with a USCF rating of ~1500. I have played for just over 2 years with a year-and-a-half of that being coached once a week by Yury Shulman (as my name suggests). Peter <Chesstoplay> is my main coach and organizer of everything my team does. He is not only a fine coach, but an amazing person who has a deep love for chess.

Here are two of my favorite puzzles. The first one I created and is very interesting, though it may not be very instructional, but the second one is very instructional.

Black to play and checkmate:


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White to play and receive a positive score:


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WARNING: ANSWERS TO PUZZLES ARE RIGHT BELOW THIS POINT

First Puzzle: 1...Nd7 and 2...Be4 wins (first two moves are interchangable). Play may be: 1...Nd7 2.Bh2 Be4 (...Kxh2 b8=Q+) 3. Bg3 (Bb8 Nb6#) Kg2 followed by advancing the black king to a6 (you cannot take the bishop at all or white will be stalemated) and ...Bxb7#.

Second puzzle: Any of 20 moves will secure a positive score, assuming accurate moves are played by white. Note that a positive score is either 1-0 or 1/2-1/2. The only move that loses is knocking over your own king. Also losing is not making any move until the time on your clock runs out.

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   Yurys student has kibitzed 69 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-14-08 Shulman vs Shabalov, 2008
 
Yurys student: Here's a link to a stalemate in only 10 moves for those of you who have not seen it before. J Upmark vs R Johansson, 1995
 
   Dec-17-07 H Bohm vs Hernandez Onna, 1979 (replies)
 
Yurys student: f3 Nh3+ gxh3 Qxe3+ Rf2 Bc5 Qg3 Rxh3 (Qxd2?? Qxe5+ =) Qxh3 Qxf2+ Kh1 Qxd2 Qh8+ Bf8 (-4.81) - + Black has an eaily won game!
 
   Dec-12-07 Rubinstein vs J Mieses, 1918 (replies)
 
Yurys student: <smarterthanbobby> I am not sure why Rhg8 is better, but when I put the position into Fritz 6 (don't have anything better, Fritz 6 came with chessbase lite for free) it said that white was at -2 and after 19...Qxe2, only a -1.
 
   Dec-08-07 G Chrestani vs S Arounopoulos, 1997
 
Yurys student: An unfortunate way to lose...black had strong drawing chances because white had only a small advantage of
 
   Nov-03-07 L Day vs T Koliada, 1994 (replies)
 
Yurys student: <IMlday> Beautiful game, I like the finish
 
   Sep-30-07 The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (replies)
 
Yurys student: <kwgurge> thanks a bunch for explaining that to me. never realized it was that strong of a move
 
   Jul-13-07 Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 (replies)
 
Yurys student: <philid0r> White has an active queen against an inactive rook and bishop, plus white had an attack going. <ruylopezfire> Yes, anderssen was the player who conducted the immortal game. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852
 
   May-30-07 Shulman vs The World, 2007 (replies)
 
Yurys student: I know the engine he's using, but there is no way I'd ever tell you guys =)...just to be fair and all
 
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