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Member since Mar-19-04
From Boston, MA

These are my books:

Engaging Pieces: Interviews and Prose for the Chess Fan, Daowood & Brighton, 2007

Masters of Technique: Mongoose Press Anthology of Chess Fiction, Mongoose Press, 2010 Full Member
   Current net-worth: 340 chessbucks
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   ChessWriter has kibitzed 56 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-28-14 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
ChessWriter: Yea, I second that idea to qualify another runner-up. I was in 11th place until he final day, and then got popped to 13th! Plus, we have so few qualifiers this year....
   Sep-29-12 Aronian vs Caruana, 2012 (replies)
ChessWriter: Draw! Yes, Fabio!
   Sep-23-12 Nakamura vs Leko, 2012 (replies)
ChessWriter: Go, Hikaru "The Animal of Stamina" Nakamura!
   May-26-12 Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 (replies)
ChessWriter: Jen, I don't think it's the stress and the lack of calories. I think it's that the brain uses an incredible amount of energy and burns tons of calories. There's also, perhaps, a dehydration factor involved.
   May-18-12 Kamsky vs Nakamura, 2012 (replies)
ChessWriter: Perhaps Naka is getting to Kamsky psychologically. After all, if K wins today he wins the tournament with one round to spare. Also, K wants to "prove" that's he's the best in America. I think he and Naka have a rivalry.
   Apr-01-12 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum (replies)
ChessWriter: How does one compete with that?
   Mar-19-12 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
ChessWriter: Mecking vs Granda Match: Did they even have the match?
   Jan-29-12 Chnebelgrind chessforum (replies)
ChessWriter: I've been doing well these past six months intuitively following a similar strategy to these quants. I didn't realize you guys took this stuff so seriously! BTW, betting on chess games makes watching them live so much more exciting!
   Jan-29-12 ChessWriter chessforum (replies)
ChessWriter: k'ching!
   Jan-29-12 Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2012 (replies)
ChessWriter: I need a draw for 3k chess bucks. Go Van W!
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  technical draw: Howdy, ChessWriter, um, I don't understand your name. You say you are ChessWriter but you have been here almost 5 years and haven't written a thing! Anyway I'm glad to see your forum is open so maybe you can write something.
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  ChessWriter: Technical Draw, Hmmm I'm not sure how this forum thing works! Anyway, hopefully this will get to you, somehow. I'm the author of "Engaging Pieces: Interviews and Prose for the Chess Fan," and I sometimes write book reviews for Chess Life. I don't write much anymore, because I'm focusing on improving. Maybe someday I'll write a memoir about my success or failure. I became a paying member of a few weeks ago.
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  ChessWriter: I had 1,000 CBs on Topy to win today's game. Damn. All I get is a refund.
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  technical draw: <CW> So did I.
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  Phony Benoni: Hello there! I'm a retired chess writer of sorts myself, but only on a local level. I spent twenty years as Editor, Games Editor, and tournament reporter for <Michigan Chess> before finally coming to my senses. I even had a couple of small tournament reports published in <Chess Life>, but then, nobody else wanted to do it.

I've found that forum activity around here comes from two sources. Either you invade everyone else's forums and set up a network, or you say something really controversial. Proclaiming that Karpov would have clobbered Fischer in 1975 or that Morphy was not the greatest player of all time will get you plenty of attention.

Civil debate is a bit harder.

The worst thing about setting yourself up as a ChessWriter is that everyone who thinks they can write will afflict you with examples of their work and expect to be on the road to fame and fortune. I'm beyond such expectations, but since I have just as much ego about the stuff I used to write you are going to get afflicted anyway. Well, if you bother clicking on the link, that is:

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  ChessWriter: phony, I took the bait during a bout of procrastination at work. Your two samples are not bad, and they use correct punctuation. Most of the time I can dismiss a wanna-be after reading a few sentences of poor comma usage. You're right: it's not worth the time to edit a state mag, although some like it like Mark Donlon here in MA.

I'm still a bit confused about how my posts link to the main page, and how you've been able to reply specifically to me. I'm sure I'll learn in time.

My kibitzing here will hopefully quench any thirst for chess blog writing...ha.

I forgot to mention that I'm also editing a new collection of chess fiction for Mongoose Press, the new chess book publisher in MA. It should come out sometime later this year. The stories, all by professional writers, are fantastic.

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  Phony Benoni: Clicking on a kibitzer's name at the beginning of their post will take you to that member's page. If they are a premium member, they have the option to set up a forum in which messages may be posted. I found your forum while browsing the "chessforums" link.

"Not bad" is about the best I can expect, as I've never had the discipline or desire to be a serious writer (in both senses of the word!).

I was looking at some information about <Engaging Pieces>, and noticed it had an eight-page bibliography of chess fiction. Given the title of your next book, this sounds like a speciality. Are these going to be newer works, or will old classics (Lord Dunsany comes to mind) be included as well?

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  ChessWriter: The bibliography lists all chess novels and anthologies from 1933 to 2007. I picked that year, because that's the year Nabokov's The Defense was written. My list is pretty darn complete. If you want a biblio that also includes individual short stories, then you'll have to wait for Mark Taylor's book-length biblio, to hopefully be published within the next few years. Taylor is writing a foreword to the anthology.
Feb-23-09  malthrope: <ChessWriter: The bibliography lists all chess novels and anthologies from 1933 to 2007. I picked that year, because that's the year Nabokov's The Defense was written. My list is pretty darn complete. [...]>

Hello <ChessWriter> - just wanted to drop bye and say 'Hello!' :) Congrats too on your newly acquired premier <> membership and getting your chessforum up and running! ;) Your project looks impressive... Please do keep us all informed. :^) - Mal

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  ChessWriter: Will do -- there is some more detailed info about the chess anthology at the Mongoose Press blog ---
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  ChessWriter: Topy won. Kaching! 15,800 CBs to my Bookie account. (I had 5,000 CB riding on his victory today.)
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  technical draw: Congratulations! You're on the leader board!
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  Penguincw: < technical draw: Congratulations! You're on the leader board! >

He's on the leaderboard for 1+ week as well.

< {7) ChessWriter 5,703 >

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  technical draw: Thanks <Pen>. Now you know I'm a prophet since my post was from 2 years ago but I was referring to todays leaderboard.
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  Penguincw: He's still on the leaderboard!
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  Travis Bickle: ChessWriter, you have a great avatar! LOL
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  ChessWriter: That's what I really look like -- or at least used to look like when I still had all my hair!
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  Travis Bickle: Don't let them screwheads get ya down, you're a handsome lad.

T. Bickle

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  ChessWriter: k'ching!
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  wordfunph: <ChessWriter> congratulations on your 3rd place finish in the 2012 Winter Leg ChessBookie World Championship!


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  wordfunph: Merry Christmas!
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  wordfunph: Merry Christmas!!
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  OhioChessFan: Tata Steel Moves Prediction contest hosted by <chessmoron> coming soon. Click on Elvis for details.
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  Penguincw: < 11. Penguincw 4,664
12. ChessWriter 4,397 >

How's it going? :)

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  wordfunph: <ChessWriter> Merry Christmas!
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