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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 871 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-17-17 Veprek vs I David Glaz, 1982
fredthebear: "Long analysis...wrong analysis." Don't look too far ahead. Play it out. Don't give your opponent credit for finding all the best moves before s/he actually does. (We're not playing Kasparov.) Desperation leads to creativity; necessity is the mother of invention. You might ...
   May-16-17 Santasiere vs S E Almgren, 1948
fredthebear: This one will finish with a skewer on the back rank for a lawn mower mate. After the capture 63...RxQc8 or interposition 63...Re8 comes 64.Rh8#.
   May-16-17 G Welling vs Sadler, 1991
fredthebear: This felt like the middlegame was just getting started. The White king walked out of the pin on the open e-file and relieved some of the pressure. White is up two pawns, although a pair are doubled and isolated, so it's not worth much but White has a safe position. Where can ...
   May-13-17 S Martinovic vs Velimirovic, 1981
fredthebear: Both sides castle kingside. White hops his knights to the queenside?! Black attacks with his knights on the kingside, breaking up the White pawns. Then come the heavy pieces. The result is no mystery. Maintaining Nf3 tends to be a lot better than Pf3 in the 1.e4 e5 double king ...
   May-13-17 V Tukmakov vs D Lekic, 2002
fredthebear: If White is allowed to play Nd6, the Black king will have no flight squares.
   May-13-17 M Sanchez Ibern vs K Isgandarova, 2012
fredthebear: Just take it! 38.RxBd5! requires the Black knight defender to recapture 38...NxRd5 but then comes the pin 39.Bb3 and the Black knight falls. The lone remaining White bishop will rule the light squares after that.
   May-13-17 Carlsen vs Morozevich, 2012
fredthebear: What about 20...Qa5 instead of 21...Qa5? It seems to charge White a valuable tempo instead of helping the rook lift on the d-file. Black probably can't save the game at that point anyway with his isolated pawn on e6 wishing the f7-pawn were still there.
   May-12-17 O Chernikov vs Vasiukov, 2005
fredthebear: Evgeni Vasiukov does it again, ringing the bell with queen and knight. This time it's a knight sacrifice for a quick perpetual check draw at the world seniors tournament. The White king dare not make a run for it.
   May-12-17 Vasiukov vs V Masich, 2005
fredthebear: Give Evgeni Vasiukov a queen, knight and a third piece on the kingside, and it's all but over. The penetrating forks are coming! Here every single White piece is placed on the kingside.
   May-12-17 Vasiukov vs Hartston, 1966
fredthebear: Evgeni Vasiukov was exceptionally artful using his knights. Here, it looks like he put himself in danger of being mated, but his White knight on the 6th is about to conduct a discovered attack to gain material and eliminate the mate threat.

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