|Jul-22-04|| ||Jesuitic Calvinist: I am surprised there is no kibitzing on this page. Alex Dunne is the author of "How to Become a Candidate Master", an instructional book that uses illustrative games between CMs and First Category players. I expected that this book would be better known. |
|Jul-22-04|| ||Zembla: <Jesuitic Calvinist> Isn't that the book with a seperate answer guide you had to buy? That's kind of annoying. |
|Jul-22-04|| ||Jesuitic Calvinist: Yes. I think the book was originally written as a "make you think" exercise with questions and often no answers. The "answer book" was done later, in response to reader requests. The book probably works pretty well as originally intended, but if you wanted all the answers, then yes it would be a bit annoying to have to buy another book with the answers. |
|Jul-28-04|| ||dac1990: I am currently being instructed by this guy in chess camp. |
|Jul-29-04|| ||Jesuitic Calvinist: dac, how are you finding the teaching? |
|Jul-29-04|| ||dac1990: Since that really does not give a specific question given its grammatical context, I will answer both ways:|
1. (How his teaching is) He's a brilliant teacher. He's patient, and knows his stuff.
2. (How I physically locate the teaching) The Rochester Chess Center is running advanced chess camp (Go Rochester!) which happens to have Alex Dunne. Since I fufill the age requirement, I get nice lessons which cost quite a bit. Plus an extra five rated games a week.
|Jun-21-07|| ||Karpova: Dunne's boners
<‘Capablanca’s Boner’ is the gleeful caption to a diagram on page 26 of Great Chess Books of the Twentieth Century in English by Alex Dunne (Jefferson, 2005). It concerns this well-known position discussed by the Cuban in Chess Fundamentals:>
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<However, Mr Dunne shows himself oblivious of the complexities set out on pages 319-320 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves. In the same section of his book (page 25) he also goes awry on the elementary matter of the proportion of Capablanca’s losses given in Chess Fundamentals, and on page 27 he misspells (i.e. miscopies from pages 332-333 of A Chess Omnibus) the name of the person spuriously indicated as the author of the first pirated Coles edition of Chess Fundamentals. This sequence of ‘Dunne’s Boners’ comes from the single Chess Fundamentals section in Great Chess Books, and the rest is no better. The most forbearing observation about Mr Dunne’s work is that The Literature of Chess by John Graham, a similar volume published by the same company (McFarland) in 1984, was even worse, but that is faint praise indeed.>
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|Jan-05-09|| ||YoungEd: This week, www.chesscafe.com has a 9-minute video interview with FM Dunne. It's not too surprising or revelatory, but it's still kind of interesting.|
|May-12-09|| ||blacksburg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eWG...|
|Dec-09-10|| ||wordfunph: On Feb. 16, 2003, FIDE Master Alex Dunne's wife and 2-year-old grandson perished in the fire, unable to escape the flames. His chess library and computers were also destroyed by
|Jan-03-11|| ||duchamp64: Happy Birthday Alex!|
|Jan-03-11|| ||Dredge Rivers: Stick a fork in him, he's Dunne!|
|Apr-27-13|| ||DoctorD: I have been making various posts regarding "shortest games" and I do believe that FM Dunne, in his Chess Life column, once noted that the shortest postal game on record was 1. d4 g6 and now Black indicated "if any" 2. .. Bg7. White of course replied 2. Bh6 Bg7 3. Bxg7 and Black resigned. Can anyone substantiate my possibly faulty memory with an exact citation?|
|Apr-27-13|| ||whiteshark: <DoctorD> I've found this game in UltraCorr database. Perhaps it's a lead/clue. (Campbell reports)|
[Event "ICCF US10P10"]
[White "Campbell, J Franklin (USA)"]
[Black "Ehrlich, Alan"]
[Source "Chess Mail Ltd."]
1. d4 g6 [♗lack gave "if 2. any then 2. ... ♗g7"] 2. Bh6 Bg7 3. Bxg7 1-0
I've read this story in some German corr books, too, as anecdotal warning.
|Apr-27-13|| ||perfidious: <DoctorD> Don't recall anything by Dunne on that, but an old friend of mine caught someone after this gem of a conditional move in the early 1980s.|
|Sep-22-13|| ||DoctorD: The July 20, 1956 issue of Chess Life reports per crosstable that Alex Dunne finished last in the U.S. Junior Championship, the same one won by Bobby Fischer. I don't know if I have ever heard/seen that before, and he certainly had a successful chess career after that.|
|Jan-03-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Alex Dunne.
I always enjoyed your column in Chess Life.