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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 1794 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-16-18 Carl Dunn
fredthebear: This was posted by the current president of the Iowa State Chess Association on their website:
   Oct-15-18 A Korelov vs Kotov, 1962
fredthebear: Chess is certainly a game of choices. Interesting sequence of middle game threats, captures, and promotion in this contest. Honza is correct that White missed better moves in a sharp position. It can be difficult to adjust and find a better/safer target when juicy ...
   Oct-12-18 Factor vs Carlos Torre, 1926
fredthebear: Perhaps 39.Qd5 to save both the White queen and king, but then comes a back rank mate with 39...Qf2+ 40.Kh1 Qf1+ 41.RxQf1 RxRf1#. A different approach runs 39.Qc3+ Kg8 40.QxRb2 Be3+ 41.RxBe3 QxRd1+ 42.Re1 QxRe1#. Again, the threat of Qxg2# is converted to a back ranker.
   Oct-11-18 J Lacasta Palacios vs H Asis Gargatagli, 2012
fredthebear: The final position is a mate-in-two by the bishops checking the White king stranded on the g-file between the two Black rooks. White's position is so cramped that he is unable to interpose between the checks.
   Oct-09-18 L Piasetski vs V Kovacevic, 1977
fredthebear: If instead 21.KxNh2 Rh5+ 22.Kg1/Kg2 Qh3 and the Black queen will deliver mate next.
   Oct-07-18 A Schmied vs J Aagaard, 1995
fredthebear: This is a case of remove the defender (the White queen protects the White knight). If White tries the counter 10.BxNf6 (threatening the Black queen), then gxBf6 and White is still left with hanging pieces.
   Oct-05-18 Kaidanov vs Razuvaev, 1979
fredthebear: White loses control of the center and gives Black an easy game here. FTB prefers 8.dxc5 and hang onto the pawn with b4. If 29.KxRg4 Bf5+ 30.Kh4 Qf4#.
   Oct-03-18 V Rudak vs Y Kruppa, 1998
fredthebear: Yes, it transposes to the Milner-Barry Gambit. The 5...Bd7 move order is seen in the Euwe Variation. (It certainly can be argued that White should not play the gambit giving away the d-pawn when Bd7 has already been played.) In the final position, the en prise White queen has no
   Oct-01-18 Cherniaev vs E Wiersma, 2009
fredthebear: After 26...Bf5 27.g4 also gives Black a good attack, although FTB prefers 27.Qb7 as suggested by <bright1> above.
   Sep-30-18 J D Sullivan vs Ivanchuk, 1986
fredthebear: <tamar> Can that man have a chess board on death row? Of course, opponents would be in short supply, so he'll also need 500 Master Games of Chess by Tartakower to play through. Yeah, he'll need some light too. Can the man read? Life is mighty hard for those who cannot ...

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