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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 1859 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-19-18 A Gara vs H Feldbacher, 2016
fredthebear: FTB would not have been able to resist one more move before resigning: the cheesy 28...Rxh3+ hoping for 29.KxRh3?? as White salivates over the possible Qg7#. Helpmates do happen out of haste.
   Dec-19-18 N Minev vs B Pietrusiak, 1967
fredthebear: The final position is mate-in-four (four consecutive checks).
   Dec-14-18 Ljubojevic vs F Oney, 1978
fredthebear: If instead 30...KxNh6 31.Qh4+ Bh5 32.Qf4+ Kg6 33.Qf6#.
   Dec-14-18 Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892
fredthebear: 37.g4 fashion's the shape of Greco's Mate pattern along an open h-file (following Ng6+). Here the White queen (instead of a bishop) cuts off the Black king's escape on g8. Black is able to prevent this pattern. (37...Qc8?? would have allowed Greco's Mate.) A help-mate Philidor's
   Dec-14-18 Ivanchuk vs D Raznikov, 2012
fredthebear: The final position shown is a mate-in-three by the White knight. (If the Black pawn is captured, it would require another twenty moves to checkmate in the adjacent corner.)
   Dec-11-18 M Matthiesen vs T Jaksland, 2007 (replies)
fredthebear: What's worse than a player noisily coughing and sneezing on the other players during a tournament? It's best to withdraw for all concerned.
   Dec-10-18 Fischer vs Bisguier, 1963
fredthebear: More from the great researcher Edward Winter at (in discussion of the accuracy of chess quotations -- who really said what...) ... a footnote on page 112 of Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles by I.A. Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1954), concerning ...
   Dec-09-18 Bronstein vs A Matanovic, 1962
fredthebear: Not the fork 16.Bd6? RxRf1+ 17.QxRf1 QxBd6.
   Dec-09-18 Vashegyi vs I Pocze, 1974
fredthebear: Another fun King's Gambit game! This one features a queen sacrifice and an exchange sacrifice. The final position is mate on the move by the White rook supported by a knight regardless of which direction the Black king moves (left or right) to get out of knight check, so Black ...
   Dec-09-18 Spassky vs B Feustel, 1982
fredthebear: The brilliant combination finish (Spassky sacrifices pawn and rook)gains a minor piece and simplifies through exchanges by 37...QxRe8 (forced) 38.QxQe8+ KxQe8 39.BxRc6+ K moves etc. The lone remaining White Bishop will patrol the light-squares unopposed in a superior ending. ...
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