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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 2455 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-14-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
fredthebear: Let's be nice to the new guy <Chess4849>, his first day here. Glad he's here for the chess. Today is Columbus Day in the USA, or American Indian Holiday if you prefer. (With that backdrop, let's try to be nice to all, all the time as a matter of course. It's my experience ...
   Oct-14-19 Zolotukhin vs I Nikolayev, 1981 (replies)
fredthebear: Would you say this combinational finish goes "bada bing bada boom" or "botta bing botta boom"?
   Oct-06-19 Ribli vs J Tabor, 1972
fredthebear: Lollipopped! In the final position (White has just thwarted Lolli's Mate on b2), 27...RxNc3 is met by Rhg1 and Black is licked.
   Oct-06-19 I Nikolayev vs Jevgenij Sutorikhin, 1988
fredthebear: Watch for White's en prise bishop! Apparently 10.Bg5 and 11.Bf6 are opening theory, but this game is the only one featuring 11...Qf5. Central pins against an uncastled king are a witch!
   Oct-06-19 M Vachier-Lagrave vs S Shakibi, 2003
fredthebear: White moves just two pawns, but they make three captures and prevent the Black king's escape. The raking bishops ring the victory bell. This simultaneous exhibition game is a masterful punishment of Black's slow development and misplayed queen.
   Oct-06-19 I Nikolayev vs R Burnett, 1998
fredthebear: After a superior tactical middlegame, White gives up the rook pair to eliminate the bishop pair and further simplify an easily won ending for his pawn majority. Nicely done.
   Oct-06-19 N Mikkelsen vs E Brondum, 2009
fredthebear: If 28.RxRd3 instead, then 28...BxRd3+ is a winning fork. Black's extra pawns would be decisive. So, White connects his rooks w/28.Rde1 and gets hit by a discovered double check finish.
   Oct-04-19 A S Bernshteyn vs N Sorokin, 1929
fredthebear: Black surely realizes his peril, but 23...Rxf6? does not solve his problems, dropping the rook for a pawn w/a double attack on f8 and Ne5. Instead, 23...Rb7 to increase defense of the 7th rank was better (retreat moves tend to be more difficult to find), but there's no definite ...
   Oct-03-19 A Berelowitsch vs R Pruijssers, 2013 (replies)
fredthebear: <whiteshark> Did you learn all this Spanish in shark school?
   Oct-03-19 Short vs Hjartarson, 1991
fredthebear: If White misses 29...Kg8 30.Nf5 to win the unprotected Black queen via the lateral pin (else it's mate w/Qg7#), she'll get away and Black is better, up a piece. It seems that Black should play one more simple K move and hope White overlooks advancing his knight en prise, as ...
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