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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 777 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-27-17 McShane vs A Rotstein, 2005
fredthebear: <whiteshark: I'd guess there's something wrong with the score sheet.> I agree with you.
   Mar-27-17 R Gunnarsson vs S Kristjansson, 2004
fredthebear: I didn't much care for 20...dxc4 although the White d-pawn is weak. Later, Black makes some use of the resulting hole on e4. Still, it's the final position that's decisive - a lateral pin along the second rank that would result in the trading off of all the pieces after 41.N4f3,
   Mar-26-17 Sivokho vs O Nikolenko, 2005
fredthebear: 32.Qe8 giving up a piece backfires on White.
   Mar-25-17 Larsen vs Geller, 1976
fredthebear: 25.Nd5 is a nice little unpin that sets a pin. Instead of 28.Kg2, I'd play 28.BxNd4 cxBd4 29.Rxd4. That looks too easy, so what am I missing? My intuition says that after removing the centralized Black knight, White can hold back the passer and deal with the ensuing three piece
   Mar-25-17 D Wiebe vs B Sambuev, 2011
fredthebear: This game features two typical mating Spearheads. White has a Q&R Spearhead on the open h-file, but could use a third unit for assistance. Black avoided exchanging off the dark-squared bishops, and won with his Spearhead on the long diagonal after exchanging minor pieces and ...
   Mar-25-17 D Wiebe vs W Klarner, 2011
fredthebear: Nudity on public property is against the law.
   Mar-25-17 D Itkin vs D Wiebe, 2011
fredthebear: Mr. Wiebe is struggling with the Sicilian in this tournament. Most of us have been there at one point or another. So, play on man! Live and learn.
   Mar-25-17 D Wiebe vs A Sundar, 2011
fredthebear: One version of the old chess axiom is... "A knight on the rim is dim; it's chances are slim." In this case, the White knight is trapped!
   Mar-25-17 N Gusev vs D Wiebe, 2011
fredthebear: Both Black knights are pinned, and White is threatening a multiple fork with 17.Nd5+. If Black moves the king to unpin, White will play 17.BxNf6 BxBf6 and 18.Nd5+ which gains the loose Bf6.
   Mar-25-17 Bird vs Steinitz, 1866
fredthebear: In the final position, White piled on the diagonal pin, queen aiming through rook at queen. If Black tries to unpin with 41...Re8 which protects both Black heavy pieces for the moment, White responds w/a check that forks the rook anyway 42.Qd7+.

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