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Once
Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Jun-27-17
John Lennon said that life is what happens while you are busy making plans. My two new chess books are coming - they're just taking a little longer than I expected.

Naked Chess: How to Win
Naked Chess: Learn from the Champions

I have been given some fabulous help by a team of utterly brilliant beta readers. I now need to do that tedious editing and technical stuff.

More details to follow.

Hopefully.

Eventually.

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   Once has kibitzed 5681 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-27-17 Korchnoi vs Simagin, 1960 (replies)
 
Once: Very impressive game. The opening is one of my favourites from a black perspective. We get to play Bb4, b6/ Bb7, Ne4 and f5. That feels like one of those mashups or charity record where great bands play together. Except instead of Live Aid, we've got a mix of the Nimzo Indian, the ...
 
   Jun-27-17 Chandler vs A Fernandez, 1981 (replies)
 
Once: Not as simple as it looks. Sure, the game line is pretty convincing, but the mate isn't forced. As black starts the position a piece up and the opening move 11. Qxf6 isn't a check, can we find a defence for black that allows him to play on? Here's the (new) starting position: ...
 
   Jun-26-17 I Bukavshin vs E Inarkiev, 2015 (replies)
 
Once: Well, yes, but ... 42. Rh8+ Bxh8 43. Qg8# is the obvious way to win, but which of us with secret Blofeld tendencies couldn't resist torturing black with 43. Nh7+ instead? [DIAGRAM] Black and white are playing a warped game of draughts (chequers) where black is hogging all the dark ...
 
   Jun-19-17 Van der Wiel vs J van Baarle, 1983 (replies)
 
Once: Fritzie confirms that 16. Rg7+ is mate in 4 while 16. Rf8+ is mate in 2. One point to watch is 16. Rg7+ Qxg7 17. e7+ Nxc4 [DIAGRAM] Now the temptation is to magic a second queen onto the board with 18. e8=Q+. Like cheesecake, who can resist a second piece of queen? Except in this ...
 
   Jun-12-17 Prince Dadian vs Doubrava, 1896 (replies)
 
Once: Ah yes, the infamous Doubrava Immortal! So the story goes, once upon a time there was a cunning prince - his Royal Highness, Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingralia. In his day, he was known as a renowned player of the chesse. Although some whispered that he did oft times pay his opponents ...
 
   Jun-05-17 R Hess vs E Sevillano, 2006 (replies)
 
Once: Okay, so the solution is Mondeasy. How did white get himself into this pickle? And to answer <notyetagm>'s question from nearly 11 years ago, why didn't white double or triple on the open g file when he had the chance? Part of the answer, I think, has to do with arguably the most
 
   Jun-04-17 Shirov vs Lautier, 1995 (replies)
 
Once: This is an extreme example of "develop your worst placed piece". At first the black knight on h3 looks to be the star of the show. We are usually winning if we can get a knight that close to the enemy king. But actually this knight is not doing such a great job since it stops black's ...
 
   May-30-17 P Makoli vs F Doettling, 2007 (replies)
 
Once: It's a shame that white resigned when he did. Black gets to play a series of long moves which involve almost all four corners of the board. The position after 36. Qa8+ has a delightful symmetry with the added bonus of an x-ray defence of the Rh1. [DIAGRAM] Pretty.
 
   May-23-17 B Savchenko vs A Kostin, 2007 (replies)
 
Once: This is one of those "second iteration" puzzles. What's a second iteration puzzle? I'm glad you asked ... First of all, we can tell that the position is juicy. We've got pieces clustered around the enemy king. The hairs on the back of your neck are standing up. The spidey sense is ...
 
   May-10-17 B Firat vs P Carlsson, 2007 (replies)
 
Once: It's a double GOOT. White gives black two free moves while he plays Qf6 and Bh6, but there is nothing black can do to prevent an eventual Qg7#. Grisly.
 
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Aug-09-14  morfishine: I like perfect honesty! I'm doing fine, very kind of you to ask! Reading between the lines, you sound like you are doing great...I hope so

I have to say your short stories have been just great lately, gems all the way around. Of course, these have always been superb.

I guess you play games with us when you disappear for a day or two, just long enough for us to realize how spoiled we are, then you return and all the good memories come flooding back

Aug-09-14
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  Once: Aw, that's kind!

Life is unbelievably hectic at the moment, which means that I don't get as much time for chessgames.com as I used to. There are all sorts of things happening at once (if you'll forgive the pun). New job, writing fiction, that sort of thing.

So it's not playing games - honest! I'm just trying to spread myself between dozens of things that I'm trying to do at the same time.

Aug-12-14  sevenseaman: Hello <Once>. Liked your powerful, well-worded (no wastages)comment in the POTD today.
Aug-12-14
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  Fusilli: <Once: <Fusilli> Nicely played game! I salute you from over the pond.

Your opponent must have fallen off his chair when he played 29. h4 to "protect" his knight, but you captured it anyway.>

Thank you! He didn't expect the queen sac (should have played Bxf4 but the position is lost anyway) but reacted calmly.

Aug-12-14
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  Once: <sevenseaman> Good to hear from you again! How have you been?
Aug-12-14
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  Once: <Fusilli> I ran the game through Fritz who confirms that you were winning comfortably whatever he played. 28...Nf4 was an excellent move - really enjoyed that.
Sep-17-14
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  Once: <Announcement!>

I'm making my first book "Love, Death and Tea" free on Kindle for the next five days - 17 September to 21 September 2014.

There is no chess in it - sorry! - but a lot of my trademark off the wall humour.

And it's free. Did I mention that?

Follow the link above for Love, Death and Tea.

Sep-17-14
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  Once: Or get it from here:

UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Death-...

US:
http://www.amazon.com/Love-Death-Te...

Sep-21-14
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  Once: It's the last day of my free promotion for Love, Death and Tea.

So far I have had 240 downloads of the book, which I think is pretty good.

Sep-21-14  Shams: <Once><[L]ast day of my free promotion for Love, Death and Tea.>

I tried to get in on that action! Alas, UK only. 1776 was a long time ago; can we put an end to the spite at last??

Sep-22-14
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  Once: <Shams> Sorry!

It was available for free all round the world - but Amazon have this funny thing about only letting you buy it from your own regional version of their website. So people in the States have to use Amazon.com, the UK has to use Amazon.co.uk and so on.

If you had clicked on the second of the links it should have taken you to the .com website where it was free. I had more than 100 downloads from the former colonies, so it should have worked.

But the link I gave in my profile was for amazon.co.uk only. So, my bad. I'll change the link.

You can buy it from Amazon.com, but I'm afraid the free promotion period is over. You're only allowed one five day free period in every three months.

I am thinking of dropping the price to 99 cents in a couple of weeks time when I bring out my third book.

Oct-04-14
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  Once: I have two new books out! Details in my profile.
Dec-19-14  alexrawlings: Hi <Once>, just wanted to let you know I really liked your comment on the POTD today. I love how you draw out the salient points using minimal and concise chess move annotations, and your use of diagrams.
Dec-19-14  alexrawlings: Also, I bought your puzzle book on amazon a while back and I love it! As on the website I generally can't get puzzles harder than a Friday difficulty level (maybe 1 in 3 I'll find the right initial move) but love your little stories.

I've recently (5 days ago) had a little girl (my first child!) and I hope I will one day impart my love of the game to her. I will most probably use your book at some point to see if I can stoke the fire in her!

Cheers,
Alex

Dec-25-14
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  Once: Alex

Happy Christmas.

Congratulations on your new arrival! It's a wonderful experience to watch them grow. My boy is now 14 - leaving childhood behind and becoming a man. Those have been 14 magical years. I would not have swapped them for the world.

One thing I have found is that it is very hard to predict how they will develop. My boy knows how to play chess but he has no interest in the game. I tried a few times to interest him but it didn't stick. Science and computers are his thing.

I'm about to start a second chess book which might be more relevant for your girl. I'm aiming it at new players who know the moves but want to win more often. It will also have stories and jokes - a mixture of my serious posts (with diagrams) and my digressions.

I'll send you a copy when it's written.

Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <Once> Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-14
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  Once: And a Happy Christmas to you too!
Apr-13-15
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  prn: Hi Will,

I have always enjoyed your comments and stories. I'll be happy to be a beta reader for your new boook. I don't see a way to contact you other than your profile page here, but you can contact me at Paul R Neubauer at gmail dot com (just remove the spaces and replace the obvious symbols)

Apr-13-15  Muztang: Good morning Sir!

A little disappointed to be second to say this, but I've been a fan for a while now, and would love to help out if I can.

My chess level is something around Fridayish. Sometimes I get both patient and lucky during the week-ends, but can't give myself much credit for those unexpected sparks of lucidity.

Using the same idea than the previous post, please drop me a mail at muztang 86 at gmail dot com if I can be one of your beta readers.

Have a beautiful day,
Mathieu

Apr-13-15
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  Once: That's brilliant, thanks both! And what a clever way of writing an email address without the bots finding it.

I'm a couple of days away from finishing the books. I'll email to you them later this week.

Using your clever method, my email address is will@will-once dot com

Jun-05-15
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  Once: I am giving away Global Domination for Beginners for absolutely nothing until 8 June. Click on one of the links in my profile or search your local Amazon.

Even if you don't read it, just downloading it adds to my sales figures and helps to publicise the book. And you never know you might like it.

Jun-05-15
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  al wazir: So far, so good. Katie is a prig and Robbie is a cipher. Lump is the character I care most about. But if they all grew up together, why is he the only one who speaks with a regional accent? (West Midlands is my guess.)
Jun-05-15
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  Once: Excellent guess! The opening scenes are set in Worksop, Nottinghamshire - the Midlands town where I grew up.

The accent tends to vary according to education and class. The tough sons of miners tended to speak closer to the Yorkshire dialect, but the sons of bank managers generally wanted to head south and speak like Londoners.

I would be fascinated to hear how your thoughts on what happens next!

Dec-25-15
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  wordfunph: <Once> Merry Christmas!
Dec-26-15
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  Once: And a merry Christmas to you too.
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