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Bobby Fischer was the best, and the worst, of players. His lasting impact on the chess world is truly immeasurable. Let's enjoy chess! It's not necessary to act like a jackass -- be a good sport and become buddies with other chess players (like Boris Spassky did). You win some, you lose some, you draw some -- your rating does not matter because it will change like the weather if you're active. Allow yourself to enjoy playing, roll w/the punches (respect your opponents -- they know what they're doing too) and don't let the outcome dictate your mood all week.

Beginners must study the pulverizing games of Paul Morphy first. Don't disregard Giachino Greco either. How great could Pillsbury have been? Perhaps the gentleman Carl Schlechter is one of the most underrated old masters. Maybe Wilhelm Steinitz is underrated by history, for many great masters followed shortly after his teachings. It's amazing how well Lasker was able to play into old age. How unfortunate that Capablanca did not get a rematch with Alekhine, and that Alekhine could not stay sober. The most grueling, high-level, evenly-matched world championship battle was Kasparov-Karpov. The great Korchnoi could not touch Kasparov. Did computers taint Kasparov's legacy, or was it Kramnik's Berlin Defense?

I am grateful for the written contributions of Bill Wall and Raymond Keene, among so many others. Horowitz, Lasker, Fine, Minev and C.J.S. Purdy are some of my favorite writers of the past. I prefer Tarrasch over Nimzowitsch; both have their place. Richard Reti (or Max Euwe) is a must read. Lev Albert, Dan Heisman, Gary Lane, Neil McDonald, Cyrus Lakdawala, Tim Taylor, Sam Collins, Jon Watson and John Nunn are some of my favorite contemporary writers. There are many excellent chess writers not mentioned here.

Do not be duped by the special. So many students are publishing their school term papers w/a fancy title, calling it a chess book (that does not live up to the title) and putting it up for sale! This definitely falls under the category of "never judge a book by it's cover!" So much of this stuff is not worthy of being called a book -- it's just slick marketing. Always look at the qualifications/expertise of the author, editor and publisher before making a purchase. I must also say that I'm suspicious of those companies that require a book to be exactly 144 pages in length. It makes me wonder what nuggets of knowledge were left out. Yet, a 144 page book properly written and edited from a reputable chess publishing company is 10X better than the special.

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   fredthebear has kibitzed 1519 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-18-18 J Trapl vs E Perez Gonsalves, 1961
fredthebear: Capturing the White queen is fatal. Black had to forego the queen and defend with 23...g6 instead. He's still worse, but it's better than allowing the White rook checks. The final position is a forced mate in two with 25...Kh7 26.Rh5+ Ke8 27.Rh8#.
   Apr-18-18 Unzicker vs N Padevsky, 1964
fredthebear: 41...Kh8 42.Qxh6#. 41...Kg7 42.Ne8+ makes short work of Black. The White queen gets in close by receiving bishop support on the f7- and g8- squares. 41...QxNf6 42.QxQf6 etc. is useless for Black.
   Apr-18-18 F Olafsson vs Maximo Lopez Garcia Riano, 1960
fredthebear: 28...Kh7 29.Nf6#. 28...Kf7 invites 29.Ng5+ with a discovered attack on the unprotected Black queen by the White queen. However, even better is 29.Qf5+ mating shortly. 28...Bg5 drops a Black piece and White has a king hunt that looks to mate in half-a-dozen moves or so. The ...
   Apr-18-18 Anand vs J Fernandez Garcia, 2003
fredthebear: 30.Bg6 will stab Black.
   Apr-18-18 J Lechtynsky vs N Radev, 1981
fredthebear: <Honza Cervenka: Lovely game. A possible finish is 44...Rxe6 45.h7+ Kg7 46.Rf8! Kxf8 47.h8=Q+> FTB instantly recognizes Honza's rook deflection sacrifice for pawn promotion as Tricky Tactic #50 in GM Murray Chandler's book Chess Tactics for Kids. Each manuever (typically a
   Apr-18-18 Nimzowitsch vs H Johner, 1931 (replies)
fredthebear: <Jul-05-16 KID Slayer: How about "feel the burn" from the FBI today by letting Hillary off the hook and run free without any charges of indictment for using a private email server, in clear violation of federal law, that threatened America's national security???!!!> Let's ...
   Apr-18-18 H Woolverton vs D B Pritchard, 1959
fredthebear: What a kick in the pants!! Black plays a center gambit giving away both pawns but refuses to castle (the chess equivalent of a death defying double dare). He casually sacrifices the Black queen, and refuses to accept the White queen in return. David Brine Pritchard is the author
   Apr-18-18 Szabo vs W J Muhring, 1946
fredthebear: 11.Bf6! This game is a classic. FTB has solved this mating position in Reinfeld's puzzle book a few times.
   Apr-17-18 C Clemens vs K Darga, 1961
fredthebear: FTB counts six pins in this game (five for Black)!
   Apr-17-18 E Lobron vs Dzindzichashvili, 1979
fredthebear: Spectacular!
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