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Member since Jul-10-06 · Last seen Sep-09-09
My name is Kristaps. I'm 16 years old when I'm writing this (13.11.2006).

My Grandpa taught me how the pieces move when I was only 8 years old. But until summer 2005, I was playing chess only once every two or three months. In August 2005 something clicked in me, and I suddenly became very interested in chess. It all started as just playing in the internet. In the winter, I started looking for some openings, learned the basics of Danish gambit. In may, I decided that I know at least the basics of chess and went to my first tournament. It was for beginners only, with no class, so I got +5-3=0 and 5. place. It was my first tournament and I already received Class D.

Now I'm a class B player. I'm playing blitz, as well as correspondence chess. If someone wants to play CC with me, then just mail me to, or you can find me in or with the same nick as here - kbaumen. I'll gladly accept every challenge. Of course, I don't have much time, so the fastest I might play is a move per day, although it's not granted that I'll answer in the same day, in some cases it might take a week. Just, please don't use any software or books or anything else, to help you play against me. I think that using any kind of help is cheating. Chess is a game to find out which of the players is smarter, so you have to find the moves on your own.

I prefer open games full with tactics, rather then the slow and positional (somewhat boring) games. I like gambit openings and sacrificing pieces or pawns for an attack. This means that I like players like Tal (I'm also from Latvia), Lasker, Shirov, Morphy.

Some of my other interests include volleyball and basketball. I'm also interested into math and physics, just please don't ask me anything about it in English, because English isn't my default language, so I'm not quite used to the scientific language.


BTW, here are some of my favourite puzzles (solutions below)

1. White to move and mate in three moves:

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2. White to move and mate in two moves:
(S. Loyd)

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3. White to move and mate in three moves:
(W. Shinkman)

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4. White to move and mate in three moves:
(S. Loyd)

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5. White to mate and move in two
(M. Schnider)

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I've solved all of these puzzles (except nr. 3.), but they all took a lot of time for me. For some of you, they may seem easy, but for me, they all were pretty tough.


Puzzle nr. 1

1. Kb4
A 1. ... fxe 2. Kxc3
A1 2. ... Kd1 3. Qf1#
A2 2. ... e2 3. Qg1#
B 1. ... f3 2. Qc2 f2 3. Qd1#
C 1. ... c2 2. Qf1 Kd2 3. Nxc4#

Puzzle nr. 2

1. Qa5
A 1. ... Bd7 2. Qd5#
B 1. ... Be6 2. Qe5#
C 1. ... Bf5 2. Nxf5#
D 1. ... Bb7 2. Nf5#
E 1. ... Rd7 2. Nf5#
F 1. ... Rd6 2. Qxb4#
G 1. ... Rd5 2. Qxd5#
H 1. ... Re7 2. Qb6#
I 1. ... Re6 2. Nf5#
J 1. ... Re5 2. Qxe5#
K 1. ... Be7 2. Qe5#
L 1. ... Bd6 2. Qd5#
M 1. ... Bc5 2. Qa1#
N 1. ... Bg7 2. Qb6#
O 1. ... Bh6 2. Qb6#

Puzzle nr. 3

1. Qd4
A 1. ... cxd 2. Rf7 Kc5 3. Rc7#
B 1. ... Kd7 2. Qg4
B1 2. ... Kc6 3. Qc8#
B2 2. ... Kd8 3. Rf8#
B3 2. ... Ke8 3. Qc8#
C 1. ... Kb7 2. Rf7
C1 2. ... Ka8 3. Qh8#
C2 2. ... Kb8 3. Qh8#
C3 2. ... Kc8 3. Qh8#
C4 2. ... Kc6 3. Rc7#
C5 2. ... Ka6 3. Qa1#

Puzzle nr. 4

1. Qa8
A 1. ... Kg3 2. Qh4 Kxh4 3. Nxf5#
B 1. ... Kx3 2. Qd4#
C 1. ... Ke1 2. Nd1
C1 2. ... Kf1 3. Qh1#
C2 2. ... Kd2 3. Qc3#
D 1. ... Kg1 2. Nd1 Kf1 3. Qh1#

Puzzle nr. 5

1. Qd7
A 1. ... Bxd7 2. Nxd7#
B 1. ... Bb7 2. Qe6#
C 1. ... Ba6 2. Qe6#
D 1. ... Bc7 2. Qxe7#
E 1. ... Bb6 2. Qxe7#
F 1. ... Ba5 2. Qxe7#
G 1. ... e6 2. Qg7#
H 1. ... Kxe5 2. Qd4#
I 1. ... Ng8 2. Ng4#
J 1. ... Ng4 2. Nxg4#

All of these puzzles are great I think. They give the solver aesthetic pleasure for solving them. These kind of puzzles pull beginners into chess world. (They've done the same with me).

And they all have something in common. After white's first move, if in that position it would still be white's move, there wouldn't be a mate in the nearest two moves, in fact, in some positions black would be even winning due to material advantage. But if it's black's move, no matter what he does, he is only able to place his pieces away from protecting important squares or place them so to block other pieces form protecting important squares, which leads to mate. That is the beauty of these puzzles.

P.S. The nr. 3. seemed to be the most difficult for me. After days of looking at this puzzle, I couldn't find the answer, so I went to my friends to check it with Fritz 6. It only found a mate in for moves. I thought then that the guy who gave me this puzzle, had given me a wrong position, but then I asked him, and he said it was correct. After two more days I gave up and he told me the solution. I was amazed. Even Fritz 6 couldn't find a mate in three moves. I checked it many times and I couldn't find any way how black can prevent the mate. This proves that computers are only intelligent fools who cannot think outside of the box.

   kbaumen has kibitzed 41 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-05-07 J Kostro vs W Schmidt, 1968 (replies)
kbaumen: I found Bh4 but why 27 ... Bb6 if 27. ... Bh4 can be played again? I can't really see how to avoid the mate 28. ... Rh1+ 29. Kxh1 Bf2+ 30. Qh5 Rxh5# without giving up a lot of material or getting another kind of mate.
   Aug-27-07 C T Goering vs Anderssen, 1877 (replies)
kbaumen: <Why not 13. Kxh2> 13. Kxh2 Bxf5 14. Nxf5 Ng4+ 15. Kg1 Qxg5 and black is much better.
   Jun-09-07 Baburin vs Adianto, 1993 (replies)
kbaumen: Yay, my first solved Saturday puzzle.
   May-31-07 Kamsky vs P Fossan, 1987 (replies)
kbaumen: Wow, Kamsky was just 13 years old when playing this game. Pretty impressive.
   May-27-07 Candidates Match: Shirov - Adams (2007) (replies)
kbaumen: Oh, yeah, didn't see that.
   May-27-07 Candidates Match: Aronian - Carlsen (2007) (replies)
kbaumen: <28...Qxh3. White has no defence against Bxg3.> You sure? 29. ... Bxg3 30. fxg Qxg3 31.Qg2. White seems to be a rook up.
   May-18-07 Reshevsky vs Fine, 1941 (replies)
kbaumen: Now, when I knew there is a combination, I found Qxd5!! but I'm not sure I would've found in a game (if not CC).
   May-12-07 Shulman vs The World, 2007 (replies)
kbaumen: <HE might take our pawn d4, though???>>>!!!!!....> Yeah, he can. 34. .. axb6 35.Bxd4? Rc1
   Apr-18-07 Korchnoi vs E Secchi, 1960 (replies)
kbaumen: Not too difficult. (For Wednesday)
   Apr-12-07 V Malakhov vs Areshchenko, 2005 (replies)
kbaumen: This was easier than usual Thursday puzzle but probably I wouldn't have found this OTB, here I just knew that there is some sort of a combination.
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