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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 1312 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-07-18 Korchnoi vs S Garcia Martinez, 1975 (replies)
fredthebear: In the final position, the White queen is far more threatening than the Black queen. If 38...Nf3+ 39.RxNf3 and the White queen threatens mate on two different squares. The Black queen does not have time to recapture the rook, as checkmate must be prevented. None of the Black ...
   Jan-04-18 L Galojan vs A Ushenina, 2012 (replies)
fredthebear: <FSR:> Good work, as usual. Thanks!
   Jan-02-18 G Kallai vs K Mokry, 1994
fredthebear: This English Rat was a bit ugly for my taste (the Bb7 is easily blotted out), but it was effective for a perpetual check draw with the Black pieces.
   Jan-02-18 P Leisebein vs H Tuchtenhagen, 1989
fredthebear: Black is in check in the final position and must capture the White queen, but checkmate is unavoidable: If 12...NxQf8 13.Nxf7+ Ke8 14.Nxc7#. If 12...BxQf8 13.Nxf7+ Ke8 14.Nxc7 Ke7 15.Bg5#.
   Jan-01-18 J Jackova vs L Javakhishvili, 2005
fredthebear: After castling opposite, this game becomes a race for the opposing kings. Open lines, get the queen in close...give her some over! In this case, White's centralized queen got in (with no time to spare) before Black's queen on the flank. White had five consecutive ...
   Jan-01-18 Bayartnar Erkhes vs Timothe Razafindratsima, 2016
fredthebear: This is quite a slugfest for Under 12's. Black's attempt to thwart defeat is almost as noteworthy as White's queen sacrifice for mate.
   Dec-31-17 Velimirovic vs G N Todorovic, 1988
fredthebear: Lots of threats and en prise units in this active game. 27.Rxd6 was a nice touch, capturing with the rook instead of the passed pawn. By keeping the passer doubled on the c-file, the Black rook cannot get it from behind and the Black king is cut-off from blockading the passer. ...
   Dec-29-17 D Shengelia vs A Fauland, 2013
fredthebear: The last king hunt sequence is brilliant. (If played out, it would lead to a promotion mate.) It really goes back to 34.Rg8+.
   Dec-29-17 I Kovalenko vs Zhou Weiqi, 2009
fredthebear: One line goes 21.KxRb3 BxNa4+ skewers the Rd1. If 22.QxBa4 Nc5+ and the White queen is lost.
   Dec-28-17 Keene vs A J Whiteley, 1968
fredthebear: The knight windmill checks put White over the top.
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