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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 2461 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-16-19 Graham J Moore
fredthebear: Born in 1962? Mr. Moore is off to a late start in the database, but he's reasonably held his own against better known players.
   Oct-16-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
fredthebear: <SF> Agreed, but instant replay follows their own unwritten rule book of whims. Take the Chiefs -3 over the Broncos on Thursday. K.C. won't lose three in a row. Better yet, don't gamble. It's a spinning world, the tide turns, people get washed away from sunny beaches.
   Oct-16-19 K Kuenitz vs S Stanek, 2010
fredthebear: The lower-rated White player essentially transposes to Grob's Opening, and is doing well. Then White swaps off the light-squared bishop on the long diagonal (gives up the bishop pair), grabs a couple pawns and gets grilled, charred Black. It serves as an example where ...
   Oct-16-19 B Cafferty vs Parma, 1972
fredthebear: Copycat strategy, anyone? Black gets a crushing attack by occupying holes in the White camp. The surprise 22...Rc2! seeks to deflect/remove the White queen as defender of her Bf3, which transpires shortly thereafter.
   Oct-16-19 A Brinckmann vs Sprecher, 1920
fredthebear: In the final position, a double check promotion mate results after 34...Kg8 35.Qxh7+ Kf7 36.g8=Q#.
   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.
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