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|Oct-01-11|| ||Everett: <king Fu>
<Fischer, whom we have proved was a Hebrew, said this about a great chess player.
What difference should it make who are your parents? Do you play great chess or not?>
So why are you insisting he was a "Hebrew?" After all <What difference should it make who are your parents>?
|Oct-08-11|| ||wordfunph: "Jeremy, you are the most boring player I have ever encountered!"|
- Pal Benko (after twenty game blitz match against Jeremy Silman)
Source: Pal Benko - My Life, Games and Compositions by Benko & Silman
|Nov-23-11|| ||ketchuplover: Kudos to herr Silman on How to Reassess Your Chess 4th ed. being named The Guardian UK 2011 Chess Book of the Year.|
|Nov-23-11|| ||Zugzwangovich: How to Reassess Your Chess is a very fine book overall. My only gripe is that IM Silman teaches everyone who reads it how to incorrectly pronounce "en prise". It is (or should be) pronounced "on preez" and not "on pree".|
|Feb-09-12|| ||The Rocket: The best chess author you can find probably for amatuer and advanced players and I have only read comments of his!|
|Feb-09-12|| ||Shams: Silman's "Complete Endgame Course" is also fantastic. |
I think he is right not to teach the KBN vs. K ending, but I disagree with the point, made by him in that book as well as many other players, that the ending can be skipped because the chances of it ever arising are so small.
While I agree most players will never see the ending in the wild, so to speak, I learned a great deal about how the bishop and knight work together from studying it. And I think that transfers, to other endings and even to middlegames.
In one of his lectures for the old "Chessmaster" software, Josh Waitzkin said (paraphrasing from memory) "the ending is where you really learn what the pieces can do." I still marvel at the power of the bishop and knight to erect a Great Wall of China across half the board.
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|Feb-24-12|| ||whiteshark: <"The more schizophrenic you are, the more you hold an inner dialogue with yourself, the better at chess you will become." >|
~ Jeremy Silman
|Feb-24-12|| ||Eggman: <<Shams>> Yes, I have the same disagreement with Silman over the ending of Queen vs Rook, which he also skips because of its rarity. But the tactical variations that come up in this ending have helped me even in middlegame positions. I think Queen vs Rook is an ending worth mastering.|
|Mar-18-12|| ||whiteshark: <overlook that these people can't write.>|
wut do u meen? thar iz defnitly markit 4 chezbookz writen in lolzcat speek.
|Mar-18-12|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "So many people write chess books nowadays that we tend to look at moves or content and overlook that these people can't write." >
|Mar-19-12|| ||Eggman: < "So many people write chess books nowadays that we tend to look at moves or content and overlook that these people can't write." --- Silman>|
I'm not sure whom he is referring to, although lately there are chess writers who have barely mastered the English language, let alone the finer parts of prose composition. On the other hand, some of the best writers out there are chess writers, especially some of the Brits.
|Mar-19-12|| ||AlanPardew: If you want literature, don't read a chess book. Read literature. Simples.|
|Mar-19-12|| ||King Death: < AlanPardew: If you want literature, don't read a chess book. Read literature. Simples.>|
We're all lucky you don't write.
On a more important note, John Nunn's work is always well written and well presented.
|Mar-19-12|| ||AlanPardew: The literary pretensions of chess writers are invariably excreable. Just give us the moves!|
|Mar-19-12|| ||King Death: <AlanPardew: The literary pretensions of chess writers are invariably excreable. Just give us the moves!>|
You would know pretentiousness when you see it.
|May-24-12|| ||wordfunph: "I remember my very first tournament: I lost all my games except for one where I had a back rank mate, but I didn't know how to do it. So my opponent grabbed my hand and said, "You idiot, it's mate, it's mate!" and actually forced me to mate him! Then he got up and walked
out. That's how I won my first game."
- IM Jeremy Silman
|May-24-12|| ||JustAFish: I had a similar experience to Mr. Silman (whose HTRYC, TAM, Endgame book, and RAYCW I own and love): I was in the fifth round of my first weekend swiss. I had lost all my games and was sitting at last board of the lowest section against my opponent, a more experienced player, who had done the same. In this sort of situation, there's always a kind of camaraderie. I introduced myself and told my opponent that that this was my first tournament and that the best thing about my situation was that "things could only get better from here." |
I fought hard, and actually gained an advantage, but lost to a heartbreaking blunder just as I was about to deliver the coup de grace. I shook my opponent's hand, and eventually left without looking at the score sheet. When I got my rating back, it turns out that my opponent had, mercifully, entered a draw when where a win should have been.
That's how I got my first provisional rating.
|Aug-28-12|| ||Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)|
|Aug-28-12|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: I wonder what his horoscope says today.|
|Aug-28-12|| ||redlance: Happy Birthday!!!|
|Jan-11-13|| ||HeMateMe: Other chess authors thought his book was well done. |
Doesn't Sillman look a little like a young leonard Nimoy, in this photo?
|Jan-11-13|| ||IndigoViolet: Illogical. Nimoy's acting was no laughing matter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=golL...|
|Jan-11-13|| ||HeMateMe: Oh dear, jocular Nimoy? Puleeeeze, let him be Science Officer Spock, forever.|
|May-01-13|| ||wordfunph: "If I had a kid, I'd slap his hand away from the chessboard. It can be a tough life."|
- IM Jeremy Silman
|May-01-13|| ||SteinitzLives: I can't believe Silman does not have kids! How can women resist such a fetching visage as that displayed in his CG photo?|
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