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|May-29-10|| ||I play the Fred: <<I play the Fred>, i reposted your Los Voraces review in <ChessBookForum>. Thank you..>|
Thanks! I wish I knew that was coming, though - I would have written something more substantial.
|May-29-10|| ||wordfunph: <I play the Fred> hope you visit <ChessBookForum> more often and share your thoughts on books you read...see you there!|
|May-30-10|| ||Vollmer: What's this , no pic of Mr. Soltis ? <headshake>|
|Jan-20-11|| ||wordfunph: i read somewhere..
GM Andrew Soltis was once asked by his wife Marcy with simple and obvious question, "When you play blindfold, do you see colors?" What Marcy was asking was what kind of pieces he sees in mental analysis just like, "Are the black ones really black?".
GM Soltis replied: "I have no idea."
|Jan-20-11|| ||perfidious: <wordfunph> Those times I've played blindfold, I never gave it any thought, but there was always a vague
distinction between the White and Black pieces. Visualisation is a funny thing.|
|Jan-20-11|| ||Shams: I bet if Marcy Soltis asked, say, Koltanowski, she'd get a different answer. My sense is that playing blindfold chess is like having perfect pitch in music-- you're either born with the gift or you learn how to fake it.|
|Jan-30-11|| ||wordfunph: According to GM Andrew Soltis book Grandmaster Secrets: Endings, the estimated odds of your:|
Ever Going Bald (if male) = 1 in 2.5
Ever Dying of a Heart Attack = 1 in 5
Ever Playing R+B+K vs. R+K = 1 in 40
Being Robbed This Year = 1 in 500
Playing Out K+B+N vs. K This Year = 1 in 3,000
Being Diagnosed with Lung Cancer This Year = 1 in 7,500
Playing Q+N+P+K vs.Q+K = 1 in 8,000
Being murdered This Year = 1 in 12,000
|Jan-31-11|| ||perfidious: Odds of B+N vs bare king 1:3000? Interesting. I had that ending twice in my career, which was well over 2000 serious games.|
Had R+B vs R once, and am headed for baldness, along with the other 40% of my peers.
|Feb-26-11|| ||I play the Fred: One of the things I enjoy about Soltis' books is his voice. It's definitely serious, authoritative, with a sliver of pretense thrown in.|
It's easy to imagine this guy at a party being some know-it-all that you want to slap around, but 1) you're a nice person who says no to violence and 2) this guy <really does> seem to know it all. The end result is that you claim to loathe the guy but deep down, you realize that he's the most interesting person there.
Then I heard Soltis on John Watson's Chess podcast, and lo and behold, he sounds just like a regular schlub. Cool contrast between his speaking and writing styles. Some writers sound the same on or off the page.
|Mar-01-11|| ||perfidious: At Labour Day weekend 1976, I played in the U-1800 section of the NY State Championship in Albany and had someone ask to use my set to do a post-mortem on a game: it was Andy Soltis, and he acted ordinary-not at all pretentious, as one might have expected.|
It still gives me a start now and again when I see his byline under all sorts of things in the NY Post, none of which have anything to do with chess.
|Mar-01-11|| ||HeMateMe: Andy is good, but he didn't write this great 1982 front pager for the Post:|
The killer whose gruesome rampage of horror spawned The Post's most famous headline, <"Headless Body in Topless Bar,"> will remain behind bars -- at least for now.
Charles Dingle, 51, was denied parole this month, for the third time in 27 years.
But in an exclusive interview with The Post at Elmira State Prison, the convicted murderer recently vowed that his fight for freedom was far from over.
|Mar-01-11|| ||Shams: When I was a complete fish I sent Soltis a question about the famous Reti where white's king on h8 draws against black's runaway h-pawn. He wrote back a very kind handwritten letter. Fan for life.|
|Sep-26-11|| ||pazzed paun: anybody read that Soltis article about the 8 year rule-- where a player continues to improve in rating until about 8 years after learning the game then hit a plateau--
it is not that they cannot get better it is that they usually don't
|Sep-27-11|| ||King of Nothing: <pazzed paun> There was something he wrote in one of his books about a player needing an average of 9 years to become a Master.|
Me? I wouldn't know. I like the game, but I never got that good.
|Nov-27-11|| ||ketchuplover: Due out 4-3-12 is What It Takes to Become A Chess Master.|
|Nov-27-11|| ||ketchuplover: Due out 3-12-12 is The United States Chess Championship,1845-2011,3d ed.|
|Feb-22-12|| ||HeMateMe: Famed chess author also writes abouts johns and hos:|
|Feb-23-12|| ||RookFile: <Due out 4-3-12 is What It Takes to Become A Chess Master. >|
This sounds kind of interesting.
|Apr-04-12|| ||pazzed paun: i had a chance to skim what it takes to be a chess master
sort of a book 2 to what to study in chess---be curious to find out if any former class A players use it to get a big jump in playing strength|
|Feb-08-13|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: I didn't realize he wrote non-chess stuff until I saw his byline today on a Post article linked from Drudge. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/intern...|
|Mar-11-14|| ||jerseybob: Wyatt Gwyon: Andy Soltis has worked for the N.Y. Post for over 40 years, his wife Marcy nearly that long, and chess writing has been only a small part of his excellent output. But sadly, I read in Phil Mushnick's column of Sunday 3/9/14 that the two are are hanging it up after a total of 84 years and nine months at the Post. I pray he'll at least continue the chess column.|
|Mar-12-14|| ||perfidious: Nice touch from Mushnick at the end of that day's column: |
<Couple of quitters.>
|Mar-12-14|| ||capafischer1: I find some of his books helpful. What I can't stand is when he only gives game fragments rather than showing the whole game. I like to see how they got to that position even if it has no notes.|
|Mar-12-14|| ||perfidious: It is possible that Soltis gave portions of those games due to restrictions placed on the length of the book by his publisher.|
|May-30-14|| ||chancho: Andrew Soltis.
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