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|Jul-02-06|| ||mack: Heh - very subtle - but of our country's active grandmasters, Neil's ranked the lowest isn't he?|
|Jul-02-06|| ||WMD: Is he active?|
|Jul-23-06|| ||biglo: FIDE 2374. Looks like he has been inactive for several years.|
|Jul-23-06|| ||whiskeyrebel: active or not, his "main line Caro-Kann" book is fantastic. He's a great teacher. I find myself remembering positions (and more importantly the strategic concepts related to them) from the games he discussed in it many months later.|
|Jul-23-06|| ||Gypsy: <EnglishOpeningc4: One of the best opening book writers of all time> A fine chess writer all around.|
|Dec-31-06|| ||Karpova: What does the <R> stand for - <Ronald>?|
|Mar-15-07|| ||unsound: Just to echo a 3-year-old comment, I find McDonald's opening books to be the best I've read. They seem to me to be not just opening books, but instructive books about chess more broadly--the explanation of the opening serves as a kind of vehicle for introducing the reader to interesting ways of thinking about the game. So they're far more than just a set of variations (though they're that too, with good illustrative games). I've got his books on the Dutch and on 1.e4, and I love them both. I've never met him and he didn't pay me to write this, I guess I should add, since I'm being so effusive.|
|Mar-15-07|| ||GBKnight: I have not read any of his books, but he was playing on the next board to me a couple of weeks ago in a league match, and had a very instructive post-mortem with my club colleague (who he had just beaten). It was much appreciated; highly rated players are not always this accommodating.|
|May-06-08|| ||Gypsy: Recently, I had to take a poignant trip home. I packed also a chess book that I recently bought and gave it to my father. A couple of weeks later he suddenly suddenly interupted me from my work: <You know -- that book you gave me -- that is the best chess book I have ever red or seen.> The book is ... Neil McDonnald: The Giants of Strategy.|
|May-11-08|| ||Knight13: This guy's also a grandmaster.
The Giants of Chess Strategy is very good, yes, for advanced players OR someone who already understands positional chess.
|May-11-08|| ||Gypsy: <Knight13> Yes, my old fellow qualifies as such: He is quite a connoisseur of positional chess; and he is still quite good at it.|
|May-27-08|| ||ketchuplover: There's an unfavorable review of Starting Out:1.e4 at www.chessville.com|
|May-10-09|| ||ToTheDeath: This guy was great on SNL's Weekend Update.|
|May-29-10|| ||newzild: I'm currently reading his book "Bb5 Sicilian Revealed". It's a pretty good opening manual. A lot of typos, though.|
|May-29-10|| ||wordfunph: <newzild> hope you visit <ChessBookForum> to share your thoughts on "Bb5 Sicilian Revealed"..thanks!|
|Jul-09-11|| ||wordfunph: When GM Paul Motwani played Neil McDonald in the 1st Eksakt Masters tournament in Tilburg in June 1996, he already had three GM norms....but didn't know it! Neil wrote to Paul four months later to explain that he had received a new title by surprise!|
Source: C.O.O.L. Chess by Paul Motwani
|Jan-08-14|| ||jancotianno: Recently bought his ruy lopez move by move book and i believe that is the way all opening books should be written, it's fantastic.|
|Jul-07-14|| ||wordfunph: "I wrote in a diary aged ten that I wanted to be either James Bond
or a chess grandmaster, so I guess I've achieved half my ambitions."|
- GM Neil McDonald
|Nov-20-14|| ||tranquilsimplicity: I had my first "formal", serious Chess introduction from GM Neil McDonald's, 'The Art of Logical Thinking'. It was recommended to me at the Chess Shop. I found it very easy to understand; not dry and uninteresting as chess literature can sometimes be. And I never looked back.#|
|Jan-17-16|| ||Dionysius1: <wordfunph> That's weird! Since the ambition is an either or, GM Neil McDonald achieved his full ambition.|
|Jan-21-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Neil McDonald.|
|Jul-28-16|| ||Beholder: <wordfunph: "I wrote in a diary aged ten that I wanted to be either James Bond or a chess grandmaster, so I guess I've achieved half my ambitions."
- GM Neil McDonald>
Coming from someone who penned a book titled "The Art of Logical Thinking" this is decidedly illogical and borders on ignorant.
It is quite obvious that had his ambition been to be "James Bond AND a chess grandmaster" then he could indeed claim that he achieved half of it; his actual ambition was to be "James Bond OR a chess grandmaster" and thus by becoming a chess grandmaster he fulfilled 100% of his ambitions.
|Jul-28-16|| ||Virgil A: This is hilarious.|
|Jul-28-16|| ||HeMateMe: doesn't he appear to be a sort of composite of Donald Trump and George Bush?|
|Feb-27-19|| ||thisisasign: <HeMateMe> LOL I totally see it.|
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