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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 " server game"]
[Site " "]
[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.

quick and easy dip: immersed to near-drowning:

The heart is not a pump Views on technology



a way forward, and a corrective for current practices

Playful Ruminations:

Health: Hand and Foot series is worth its weight in gold

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)

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   Everett has kibitzed 8043 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-17-17 Ulf Andersson vs Karpov, 1995 (replies)
Everett: <emium memberNov-17-17 kevin86: Karpov earned title by default, the had his government helped him no end vs Kaspy...Not that great!> And what would most do with all that help and expectation? Crumble like the weak souls many are. Karpov did not.
   Nov-11-17 Bronstein vs Bagirov, 1961
Everett: A little homework for knight-forks is to see just how tied up Black is here. No squares on the 6th rank for Black's R, and forks with discovered attacks awaiting 51..Rc5 52.Nc7+ Kany 53.Ne6+
   Nov-11-17 Benko vs Bronstein, 1964
Everett: Wait, so Stein was not screwed at all, Neither Bronstein? No one got hurt by this rule after '62? The Curacao page is not enlightening.
   Nov-11-17 Ding Liren vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Everett: <17.e4 d4 18.Nc4> may not be exciting for White, but maybe that was a more solid way to go.
   Nov-03-17 E Zagorjansky vs Bronstein, 1947
Everett: Are you sure <31..Nce3> is stronger after 32.Bxb5?
   Oct-29-17 Morozevich vs Adams, 2001 (replies)
Everett: I find it interesting that Adams managed to get Ruy Lopez Marshall Gambit type play out of this opening. Look at all those light squares around Moro's king after ...Qh4 and ..Qh3
   Oct-26-17 Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2001 (replies)
Everett: <acirce> is long gone, perhaps due to the superfluity of pedants on this site.
   Oct-24-17 Seirawan vs Grischuk, 2015 (replies)
Everett: Seems to me Seirawan had a solid advantage out of the opening even after the first 20+ moves... Think he mishandled his DSB. I would have tried to find a way to sit a N on f4. In any case, nice attack by Grischuk.
   Oct-22-17 Carlsen vs V S Gujrathi, 2017
Everett: Carlsen's mercurial nature regarding openings is reminiscent of Bronstein. The latter did it not only to be playful, yet to also test himself, even to the point of giving himself problems to fix OTB. I see Carlsen's spirit sometimes echoing this past great. One big difference of ...
   Oct-07-17 European Club Cup (2017) (replies)
Everett: Btw, is mamedyarov in for the candidates?
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