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|Nov-27-11|| ||FSR: <I play the Fred> Watson has written <six> books on the English. First he wrote his tetralogy: Symmetrical English: 1...P-QB4; English: 1...P-K4; English: 1...N-KB3 Systems; and English: Franco, Slav and Flank Defences. In 1989, he went algebraic with Symmetrical English 1...c5, in effect a new edition of Symmetrical English: 1...P-QB4. In 2008, he published Mastering the Chess Openings, Volume 3, which is devoted to the English.|
|Nov-27-11|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: @<ketchuplover>
No - not really.
Watson wanted to show how the openings are handled and was more interested in ideas and the way they "cross pollinate", to use a term in the books, each other. Several of the themes in the 4 volumes can be seen as an extension of his 2 volume Strategy books.
To that end, he used old classics as well as many newer games. Furthermore, he would discuss some variations at the expense of others and never intended to give a full theoretical treatise.
The new Watson book will thus cover all the options and if I know Watson (from e.g. <Play the French>) he'll have a few ideas up his sleeve as well!
|Apr-17-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is a Watson victory that I have just uploaded to the database:|
[Event "Al Wallace Memorial"]
[Site "Denver, Colorado"]
[White "John L watson"]
[Black "Alan Piper"]
1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. ♘xd4 ♘f6 5. ♘c3 a6 6. ♗c4 e6 7. ♗b3 b5 8. O-O ♗b7 9. ♖e1 ♘bd7 10. ♗g5 h6 11. ♗h4 ♕b6 12. f4 ♘c5 13. ♗xf6 ♘xb3 14. axb3 gxf6 15. ♔h1 ♕c5 16. f5 ♔e7 17. fxe6 fxe6
click for larger view
18. ♘d5+ ♗xd5 19. exd5 e5 20. ♕g4 ♕c8 21. ♘c6+ ♔f7 22. ♕h5+ ♔g7 23. ♖e3 ♖h7 24. ♕h4 h5 25. ♖f1 f5 26. ♘e7 ♕xc2 27. ♕g5+ ♔f7 28. ♖xf5+ ♔e8 29. ♕g6+ ♔d7 30. ♕e6+ ♔d8 31. ♖xf8+ ♔c7 32. ♖c8+ 1-0
Source: Colorado State Chess Association Newsletter, Vol 1 No 2 May 1974
|Jun-13-12|| ||ketchuplover: The strategic opening book is now available via new in chess and possibly others.|
|Mar-10-14|| ||offramp: ♔ A Good Quote ♔
<I'm always hearing (and reading) that "If the players of yesteryear could only catch up with opening theory, they'd be as good or better than today's players". The funny thing is that the many years (usually decades) of study that modern players put into opening theory should not only count towards their strength, but that study and practice contributes vastly to their understanding of the middlegame and even some endgames. The silly idea that you can just 'catch up' in opening theory ignores the vast undertaking that this would involve, especially to absorb the vast number of openings and opening variations necessary to a complete chess education.>
-- John Watson
I first saw that at <acirce>'s page.
|Jun-16-14|| ||Conrad93: Has this guy ever written a bad book, because I can't think of s single one...?|
|Sep-03-14|| ||BIDMONFA: John L Watson|
WATSON, John L.
|Feb-12-15|| ||zanzibar: A nice autobiography by Watson, which I copy verbatim:|
Hi, I'm John Watson and I'm not a GM, unlike most of the others on this site. I started chess a bit late at age 13 and, true to my later experiences, I learned from books. They were in fact reasonably advanced books - I never read a beginner's book - and after one year I walked into the Omaha, Nebraska chess club and beat most everyone there!
After one tournament my first U.S.C.F. rating was over 2100 and it stayed about there or above from then on. The few dedicated chess players in Omaha had access to just a few regional tournaments a year, so we didn't improve much. But I got lucky and took first place at the initial U.S. National High School Championship. I knew absolutely nothing and relied upon totally unsound tactics to win. Maybe there's a lesson in that: Now I play soundly and lose.
I went to Harvard for a couple of years, traveled a lot in strange lands doing odd jobs (sometimes hustling chess), and returned to do some full time work in two factories.
I began to play more chess and had some successes. My greatest triumph in that time period was the release of Chessman Comics, co-produced by Chris Hendrickson and self-published at the local copy shop. We ran a business called the Chess House that attracted a number of nice people and a much larger number of mentally disturbed ones!
I spent a few years working to become an International Master and wrote my first books (on the English Opening!!) in 1979. As of this date I've written 22 wildly popular books, the majority of which went out of print in less than a year. I've saved a copy of each...I think.
In 1988 I managed to complete a degree with honours in Electrical Engineering at the University of California in San Diego and spent five mostly forgettable years working as a Design Engineer specializing in communications algorithms. Upon reviving, I ran away and wrote some more chess books, this time for firms that have fortunately stayed afloat. I've also written many articles and had a bundle of students over the past 30 years.
My real interests include my wife, politics, socioeconomic issues, music, eating, sleeping, literature, and my dog (sometimes).>
http://www.chesspublishing.com/cont... (scroll down ~ 1/3 way)
|Feb-12-15|| ||zanzibar: You can see an example pages from Watson's <Chessman Comics> here:|
|Mar-28-15|| ||James Demery: Anybody know why Jacob Aagard writes so negatively about Watson in his books? What is the source of his animosity?|
|Mar-29-15|| ||MissScarlett: <Nov-14-06 James Demery: This is Jacob Aagaard`s favorite player.>|
<May-23-08 James Demery: I read a review that John Watson wrote about fellow author Bruce Pandolfini in which he said BP had never written anything original. It seemed rather mean. The same John Watson was shocked when Jacob Aagard slammed him in one of his books. Interesting.>
<Mar-28-15 James Demery: Anybody know why Jacob Aagard writes so negatively about Watson in his books? What is the source of his animosity?>
Anybody know why <James Demery> is so obsessed with this alleged vendetta?
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is one of the insights of modern players, and especially of the best ones, that one has to play the position itself, not some abstract idea of the position> - John Watson.|
|May-27-15|| ||James Demery: Because Miss Scarlett it wouldnt shock me if the person in question didnt look at his page from time to time. Maybe if being attacked verbally hurt his feelings he might realize it hurts other peoples feelings too. Why try to hurt someone that writes books for children and is doing the best they can?|
|May-27-15|| ||MissScarlett: Now I know who you are: the founder and sole member of the <Bruce Pandolfini Appreciation Society>.|
|May-27-15|| ||James Demery: Lol. Nah. l just thought it was hurtful. ln an article l read he just seemed unable to grasp how Aagaard could be critical of him, but he had been so critical of another author.|
|May-27-15|| ||James Demery: lm curious. Where are #'s 1-16?|
|May-27-15|| ||MissScarlett: What are you going on about now?|
|May-27-15|| ||Sally Simpson: Regarding the supposed Jacob Aagaard v Jeremy Silman & John Watson 'feud'.|
It possibly stems from the poor review John gave to Jacob's publishing house for their 'My System'. (which BTW I think is good.).
Jacob and John actually shared a hotel room together in Berlin 1997 and got along just fine. By all account they fell out years later due to a misunderstanding over a review.
More here which throws some light on the matter plus Jacob and Jeremy crossing swords with each other.
It's long, grab yourself a cup of coffee.
|May-27-15|| ||MissScarlett: Maybe something else went down in that hotel room.|
|May-27-15|| ||perfidious: <Grandmasters do not know or understand everything and are not only assaulted by oversights and time trouble, as Silman said in his review. But it is easy to forgive Silman this mistake, as he has no first hand experience on this topic.>|
|May-28-15|| ||Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlett,
Maybe Jacob said he was thinking of writing a book called 'Chess Strategy in Action' and John said he was thinking of writing a book called 'The Attacking Manuel' and they nicked each other's idea!
I saw that too. Ouch!
I know Jacob very well, he is actually a very pleasant person with a keen sense of humour.
|May-28-15|| ||James Demery: It was something I saw on your profile page. Your list of players starts at #17. l was wondering who was your top 16 Miss Scarlett? That is all.|
|May-28-15|| ||James Demery: Thank u Sally Simpson for posting the link. That was a long read. l didn't realize there were such bad feelings between Aagaard, Watson, and Silman. When Silman said something about how terrible it is being rude l thought back to The Amateurs Mind. I wonder if Silman ever read that book?|
|May-28-15|| ||perfidious: <Geoff> Have never met Aagaard in person; we played once on ICC in a blitz event. He squashed me in a Nimzo.|
|Jan-25-16|| ||zanzibar: The wiki page has this link:
Times change, as do fashions, but the board always remains the same.
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