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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 919 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-22-17 M Salami vs Epishin, 2001
fredthebear: This one is a counting issue - Attackers vs Defenders, an incredibly important tactic taken for granted in many publications. Chess coaches would do well to include many of these types of positions. White has three attackers aimed at Black's d5 pawn, only twice defended. ...
   Jun-22-17 A Stefanova vs I Sokolov, 2007 (replies)
fredthebear: White is up two pawns against a strange looking Benoni Indian when the queen veers off-course and the king is punished for not castling. Black gains the upper hand sending the White king for a walk. Or was it a mission? How about some love for 47...Re7+!! White had set-up a ...
   Jun-21-17 Bronstein vs Kholmov, 1975
fredthebear: For a moment, it looked like Bronstein was going for a perpetual check draw, but NO!
   Jun-21-17 A Skipworth vs Blackburne, 1883
fredthebear: One could play chess their entire lifetime and never see Black start out a game this way! It does make a lot of sense to fight for the long diagonal. This game wraps up with a tactical concept that comes in handy: Make a single threat w/a gain of time (check or threat to capture
   Jun-20-17 S Sathyanandha vs B P Jovanovic, 2012
fredthebear: White passes up a perpetual check draw, then gets hit by a lightening bolt.
   Jun-20-17 Chekhover vs Abramian, 1938
fredthebear: Both pieces (Bishop and Rook) will have to sacrifice themselves for the opposing pawn about to promote, as neither can allow the opponent to have a new queen. Therefore, this game will be reduced to King vs. King, a draw by rule.
   Jun-20-17 A Hagesaether vs G Andersen, 2014
fredthebear: 13...g5?! is an unusual attempt at deflection after both sides have castled kingside. White responds with a counter deflection, giving away a bishop in exchange for the knight. Black is in full attack mode and the game comes to it's conclusion shortly thereafter. Note that ...
   Jun-20-17 E J Diemer vs W Buis, 1952
fredthebear: It's not often that a game ends on a retreating move that does not give check. What's more, the Black queen can capture with check! However, the White queen is about to give a decisive check on one square or another.
   Jun-19-17 S Williams vs M Genovese, 2010
fredthebear: Threat after threat in this game.
   Jun-19-17 Judit Polgar vs Yurtaev, 1990
fredthebear: Black plays on after dropping a piece.
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