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Everett
Member since Jan-10-04
The styles of the greats (and not-so greats) hold a special interest. There truly is no "one best way" to play this game.

I prefer to think of games between humans and computers as human-as-conceptual-thinker vs. human-as-tool-maker.

I don't care at all about ratings, especially across generations, save for their ability to produce a ranking amongst peers.

All the famous chessplayers, "champions" and challengers alike, deserve to stand side-by-side in historical value, as each great player has enriched all those who have come after them. After all, the more recent the player, the more shoulders of giants he had from which to view this amazing game. Alongside the very best belong the great authors of chess tomes, without whom our vision of chess would be collectively darker.

FWIW, a few books have greatly helped me when first starting out. These are Seirawan's Winning Chess Strategies, Alburt's Chess Position Pocketbook (they should make all the other puzzle books the same size IMHO) and Bronstein's Sorcerer's Apprentice. Other influential authors include Aagaard, Hansen, Khmelnitzky, McDonald, Suba and Van Perlo, whose Endgame Tactics has personally garnered more points than perhaps any other book.

I have my own simple rules for improvement, yet since chess is complex, I only get so far. Here they are:

1. Study lots of endgame tactics (two pieces and pawns), to understand how the pieces interrelate.

2. Solve mates to understand piece (dis)harmony in offense and defense of the king. King safety to me is <the> issue in most games.

3. Pick or create an opening system that can work vs most anything (KIA/KID/Pircs, Stonewalls, Dragon/Benonis) and study the basic plans. My choices are discussed in <The Rep> game collection.

When I play OTB, I have one basic rule which helps me see the position more clearly, both tactically and positionally: <improve my pieces, keep or make my opponents' pieces bad, trade wisely>. Every pawn push, capture, piece lunge and sequence is with this in rule in mind. It serves as the foundation for my best chess.

This is one of my favorite games, played some time ago. <[Event "www.ChessWorld.net server game"]
[Site "www.ChessWorld.net "]
[Date "2006.7.6"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Everett"]
[Black "teissie"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Termination "Black resigned"]
[WhiteElo "1968"]
[BlackElo "2196"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2006.11.17"]
[Board "2626696"]

1.c4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.d3 O-O 6.e4 fxe4 7.dxe4 d6 8.Nge2 Nbd7 9.O-O c6 10.Rb1 Qc7 11.h3 b6 12.Be3 Ba6 13.Qa4 Bb7 14.Nf4 Qc8 15.Ne6 Nc5 16.Nxc5 bxc5 17.e5 Nd7 18.exd6 exd6 19.Ne4 Nb6 20.Qc2 Qf5 21.Rbc1 Rad8 22.Rfd1 Qe5 23.Rd2 d5 24.Qd1 d4 25.Bg5 Rd7 26.f4 Qf5 27.g4 Qf7 28.Nxc5 h6 29.Nxd7 Qxd7 30.Bh4 Rxf4 31.Bg3 Rf8 32.c5 Nd5 33.Rxd4 Bxd4+ 34.Qxd4 Qg7 35.Qd2 Kh7 36.Re1 Qd7 37.Qe2 a5 38.Bd6 Rf7 39.Be4 Nf4 40.Qe3 Nd5 41.Qd3 Qe6 42.Qg3 Qf6 43.Be5 Qe6 44.h4 Re7 45.h5 Black resigned 1-0

Crucial parts of the game to me were the moves 17-24, and giving back the exchange to stuff his play with 32.c5

Outside of chess I'm a fitness and health professional, and a coach of both soccer and wrestling.

Here are some websites you might find interesting. Goodbye for now, and enjoy.

Jung:
quick and easy dip: http://www.robertmoore-phd.com/inde... immersed to near-drowning: http://www.jameshollis.net

Steiner:
The heart is not a pump http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/co... Views on technology
http://www.waldorftoday.com/2013/01...

Berry:
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Is-Mirac...

Fuller:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckmi...

Permaculture:
a way forward, and a corrective for current practices http://www.patternliteracy.com

Playful Ruminations:
http://lostwonder.org

Health:
http://www.chekconnect.com
http://zhealtheducation.com
http://www.rmaxinternational.com/om...
http://www.meltmethod.com Hand and Foot series is worth its weight in gold

Non-Fiction:
The Gift (Hyde) Explication of Gift Economy
The Tree (Tudge) Why Trees Matter, a bit dense
The Biology of Belief (Lipton) Epigenetics Primer
Gaia's Garden (Hememway) Permaculture primer

Stories worth trying:
Immortality (Kundera)
Flaubert's Parrot (Barnes)
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (Murakami)
Invisible Cities (Calvino)
Ficciones (Borges)

>> Click here to see Everett's game collections.

   Everett has kibitzed 8156 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-20-18 Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970 (replies)
 
Everett: <May-20-18 utssb: >Of course Fischer made it much tougher on himself due to his ambivalence toward creating a supportive team. Thatís his own fault. Yeah, it is pretty odd. It's almost as if Americans didn't have the same support system that Russians had in chess. I wonder if ...
 
   May-19-18 Capablanca Memorial (2018) (replies)
 
Everett: I'm not sure Gata can beat Sam at this point.
 
   May-19-18 Kramnik vs Shirov, 1998 (replies)
 
Everett: I keep forgetting how Kramnik failed to earn the right to challenge for the WC. It's like ancient history, this match. Amazing how terrifically strong he's stayed all these years, though.
 
   May-17-18 Women's World Championship (2018) (replies)
 
Everett: Itís not strange; itís hypocritical double-speak
 
   May-15-18 Robert James Fischer
 
Everett: <TheFocus> I actually played a few tournaments at the Mechanics Institute (mill bank library) back in the early 2000s
 
   May-05-18 Anand vs Karpov, 1998
 
Everett: I would have love to have seen <34..Ne2 35.Kf1 Qe8 36.Kxe2 Bb8+! 37.Kf1 Qb5+ 38.Kg1 Bxa7> The two backward baseline moves to win the game would have been epic Karpov. A missed brilliancy.
 
   May-05-18 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
 
Everett: <Both Fischer and Kasparov had a very similar style of play and their aggressiveness.> Fischer and Kasparov were similar, yet Fischer's style may actually have been closer to Karpov's. I think it's fun to compare them. Fischer-Karpov similarities: willing to sacrifice the ...
 
   May-05-18 P V Nandhidhaa vs P Karthikeyan, 2016 (replies)
 
Everett: Still a win w/o the d6 pawn push. It seems to be best, though.
 
   May-01-18 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2018
 
Everett: <"Young children" perhaps need to be protected from certain concepts. But the idea of protecting 'ladies' is one that I find inherently sexist and rather insulting.> #youToo, hmm? It seems ďladiesĒ still need protection in all sorts of ways. Just look at how often they still ...
 
   Apr-29-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
 
Everett: <Fischer did it, but he also taught himself Russian which is a bit over the top.> He was able to read Russian chess nomenclature and some basics. Nothing more. I do the same thing with French chess magazines.
 
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