|Jan-28-03|| ||morphynoman2: Quotes from “Simple Chess” by Michael Stean:
"The most important feature of the chess position is the activity of the pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game (opening, middlegame and especially endgame). The primary constraint on a piece's activity is the Pawn structure."
"You can retreat pieces... but not pawns. So always think twice about pawn moves".
"Open files can be used by both players. The chess player, not being an unselfish advocate of equal opportunity, naturally prefers a one-way system".
|Jun-28-05|| ||Knight13: Michael Francis Stean is a great player.|
|Jul-31-05|| ||chancho: What is Michael Stean doing nowadays, does anyone one know?|
|Aug-12-06|| ||biglo: According to Bill Wall: "In 1977 Michael Stean became the first grandmaster to lose to a computer; it
was a blitz game."
|Sep-04-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Michael Francis Stean|
STEAN, Michael F.
|Aug-11-07|| ||Fusilli: <chancho: What is Michael Stean doing nowadays, does anyone one know?> I second this question. Why did he retire so early?|
|Aug-11-07|| ||jahhaj: Simple Chess is the book that made me a half-way decent player. Sadly out of print now.|
|Aug-11-07|| ||jahhaj: Good grief, seems it's back in print.
If you're an improving chess player who's looking to move beyond cheap tactics, buy this book.
It's probably a bit dated by modern GM standards but for ordinary players I couldn't recommend it highly enough. The principal is to teach strategic concepts using games the illustrate those concepts in the clearest possible way, without any distracting complications. Hence the title, Simple Chess.
|Aug-11-07|| ||jahhaj: <Why did he retire so early?> It seems accountancy paid better than professional chess.|
|Aug-21-07|| ||jahhaj: Recent photo of Michael (at the bottom of the page)
|Jan-10-08|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the day:
<Where are their new objectives? If each player is capable of quick development, castling, and of not blundering any pieces away, what is there to separate the two sides? >
--- Michael Stean
Two questions, no answer :D
|Jan-10-08|| ||jahhaj: <whiteshark> The rest of the book (Simple Chess) is the answer, no?|
|Jul-30-08|| ||whiteshark: <Simple Chess> If it's simple, why the book? :D|
|Sep-04-08|| ||RandomVisitor: Quotes from Simple Chess:
|Sep-04-11|| ||BobCrisp: Chess is a simple game made difficult by fools. And vice versa.|
|Sep-04-11|| ||Llawdogg: Happy 58th Birthday!|
|Oct-02-11|| ||Everett: <whiteshark: <Simple Chess> If it's simple, why the book? :D>|
If you're smart, why play stupid?
|Dec-24-11|| ||whiteshark: A statist will always choose complexity over simplicity.|
But you already knew that.
|Dec-24-11|| ||JoergWalter: Quote of the day:
<Where are their new objectives? If each player is capable of quick development, castling, and of not blundering any pieces away, what is there to separate the two sides?>
The different colours?
|Dec-24-11|| ||Cibator: "Chess is not a simple game"
- M F Stean
|Dec-25-11|| ||JoergWalter: not to be misunderstood, I like Stean's little book "Simple chess".|
First sentence in the introduction:
<Don't be deceived by the title-chess is not a simple game-such a claim would be misleading to say the least-but that does not mean that we must bear the full brunt of its difficulty.>
Why not simply find a better title?
|Oct-03-12|| ||GrahamClayton: <jahhaj>It seems accountancy paid better than professional chess.|
Stean himself said that towards the end of his chess career, he was spending more time analysing games rather than playing them. His knowledge of structured analysis fits in well with taxation accountancy. Stean works with Baker Tilly: