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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 1717 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-14-18 S Petronic vs Li Haoyu, 2001 (replies)
fredthebear: This is labeled as a "notable game" for Black.
   Aug-13-18 K Gojny vs A C Calotescu, 2001
fredthebear: White could have resigned 15 moves ago, but FTB has never had a problem with players who choose a slow, humiliating death.
   Aug-13-18 S Belavenets vs Simagin, 1937
fredthebear: After 9.Nb1?! one might anticipate 10.c3 to trap the Black knight, but Black ignores the threat and attacks with 10...Bh4+ and 11...Qf6/Qg5+ etc. putting the White king under duress.
   Aug-13-18 V K Neverov vs Kiril D Georgiev, 2001
fredthebear: Bazinga!! Black's last move is an alert doozy!! Playing the obvious move will get you beat in chess. Or, in this case a thoughtless capture 67...dxBc2 blows the Black win for a draw. Think BEFORE you capture about what will happen AFTER the capture. Note that Black has "the ...
   Aug-13-18 M J Turner vs C Hanley, 2012
fredthebear: For having played in Sunningdale, England both players are looking rather pale. They could use some vitamin D in their systems.
   Aug-12-18 Fewell vs W B Regensberg, 1990
fredthebear: In the final position...Qg3+ and the battery along the 3rd rank looks like a problem for White.
   Aug-11-18 O Winkler vs M Schulz, 2001
fredthebear: Géza Maróczy was thought of as an accurate defensive player. Capablanca heaped high praise on Maróczy for his skill, accuracy, and teaching ability (He served as a teacher for world champions Max Euwe and Vera Menchik!) having led Hungary to the first Olympiad victory and just ...
   Aug-10-18 Sutovsky vs Jonkman, 2001
fredthebear: This is a form of Anastasia's Mate which features a Ne7 cutting off the Black monarch and a heavy piece delivering mate on the h-file. (The original had a heavy piece sacrifice on h7 to expose the king before the beheading by the second heavy piece.) According to Schiller's ...
   Aug-10-18 R Zelcic vs G Szlabey, 1991
fredthebear: Various pins determine the outcome of this game. Black is kept on the defensive. Unusual to see White triple on the f-file with both f-pawns intact. In the final position, the helpless 34...Kd8 appears forced to prevent 35.Qc8+ (which would force another self-pin by ...
   Aug-10-18 M Mansoor vs Valentine Cox, 1986
fredthebear: If 30...Rxe6 31.RxBb6! and all the rooks are hanging. White has won a decisive piece.
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