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Once
Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Dec-21-14
I have two new books out - one novel and one short story.

Global Domination for Beginners is an antidote to spy books. What happens if Bourne or Bond don't save the world? What if the villain is the hero?

If you managed to take over the world, what would you do with all that power? Could you keep control of the world?

Hero is a science fiction short story about the world first 145 year old superhero.

Both available from Amazon. The links are below.

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I now have a blog!

Not much chess in it so far, but there are some mad musings about life, the universe and everything.

http://willonce.wordpress.com/

Then there are the two books...

"Once upon a chess game" has 40 puzzles and 40 stories drawn from our very own puzzle of the day.

More details here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Once-Upon-C...

It's priced at $5 / 3.22.

My first comic novel is called "Love, Death and Tea". There is no chess in it (sorry about that) but as compensation there is the world's friendliest zombie, the end of civilization as we know it, revolution, a timeless love story and more than one William Wallace.

UK residents can find it here ...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Death-...

US:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Death-Te...

My second novel is Global Domination for Beginners. It's your everyday story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy takes over the world to get girl back.

It's the antidote to Bourne and Bond. This time the bad guy is the hero and he does get to take over the world.

But what would you do with all that power? And could you keep it?

UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Global-Domi...

US:

http://www.amazon.com/Global-Domina...

Hero - a near-future science fiction short story:

UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hero-short-...

US:

http://www.amazon.com/Hero-short-st...

>> Click here to see Once's game collections.

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   Once has kibitzed 5260 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-19-14 Z Rahman vs Yudasin, 2004 (replies)
 
Once: Tricky, tricky. The first bit is straightforward. In puzzle land, if our queen is attacked we sacrifice it. So let's look at ... 28... Qxe1+ 29. Bxe1 Rxe1+ 30. Bf1 Ra8 [DIAGRAM] Here white goes wrong with 31. Kg2 allowing 31...Ra2+ when general yukkiness will ensue. Instead, surely ...
 
   Dec-17-14 Jobava vs G Arzumanian, 1999 (replies)
 
Once: Now that is delicious. Scrumptious. It's a mince pie POTD with brandy custard and a glass of something old and Gaelic to wash it down. After the obligatory rook sac, do we play Nh4+ or Nf4+? It turns out that one wins and one draws. But which one? And understanding that tells us ...
 
   Dec-16-14 Sahlmann vs K Junge, 1941 (replies)
 
Once: Morf - I suspect that "smoked" was chosen more for the pun than for the game. I love the mate pointed out by TheBish. If the white king tries to hide on f1, the black king rushes over to protect f2. Then mate with g2#. This is the critical position: [DIAGRAM] White now has four ...
 
   Dec-16-14 T Farley vs W Teerapabpaisit, 2004 (replies)
 
Once: Fritzie points out an earlier win for white. After 36...fxg5 ... [DIAGRAM] 37. Bxg7+ is apparently mate in 13. As to the puzzle itself, it's a weak back rank. Deflect a defender from the back rank, invade with the queen, mate on g8. It's a Christmas cracker of a puzzle. The opening is
 
   Dec-13-14 E J Diemer vs K Locher, 1948 (replies)
 
Once: Three chrisowen's? Surely one would be enough?
 
   Dec-11-14 E J Diemer vs Toth, 1948 (replies)
 
Once: I feel sorry for the Toths of this world. First there is the ignominy of being born with only one name, which doubtless caused much mirth at school registrations. Becoming GOTD pun fodder. Having Star Wars steal part of your name for an ice world. Then there is the shame of being ...
 
   Dec-11-14 M Oleksienko vs M Golubev, 2007 (replies)
 
Once: This is a nice little fixer-upper. Straight out of the box, the move that we would like to play is 38...Rxf6 dreaming of 39. Rxf6 Rd1+ [DIAGRAM] White's back rank is terminally weak. His queen is pinned and he only has a couple of useless interpolations. Or we might settle for second ...
 
   Dec-10-14 R Platz vs C Hess, 1994 (replies)
 
Once: It's a shame that black's name isn't Christian Heck instead of Christian Hess... Here's the position after 20. Bxf6? [DIAGRAM] White thinks he has just won a pawn and skewered the black rooks. He has missed the crafty queen check 20. Qf4+ winning white's Bf6. Fast forward to our ...
 
   Dec-09-14 Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 1994 (replies)
 
Once: <kamagong24: as for magnus, i would love to actually see for myself> Here it is... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wey... How should we compare Kasparov's j'adoube and Carlsen's? Interestingly, both were playing against women. Both tried (initially) to play on. Kasparov was ...
 
   Dec-09-14 C Lange vs D Hess, 1994 (replies)
 
Once: <Chess Dad: But it brings up an interesting question: Once you see a forced mate, do you really need to look deeper?> In a game, no. A mate is a mate is a mate. In a puzzle, like life, you can take as much or as little as you wish. There is no "need". There is only you.
 
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May-16-14
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  Once: Many thanks - both seem like excellent examples. The idea of a 28 board blindfold simul boggles the mind!
May-17-14
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  morfishine: If I remembered I forgot my anniversary, does that count as remembering the anniversary?
May-18-14
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  Once: I suspect that there is a sliding scale of anniversary-remembering.

At one end of the scale, there is the gold-plated "hit it out of the park" memory trick. That's where you spend months before your anniversary planning exactly how to surprise your significant other. A surprise weekend break in Venice or Paris, tickets to that Abba tribute band concert that she's always wanted to go to, a moonlight hot air balloon ride over the plains of the Serengeti.

We might call that the gold standard. Almost guaranteed to get you a lot of bedroom action as a reward with a freedom pass to the dressing up box.

Then we have the silver standard. You remember a few days before and buy her a nice thoughtful card plus a decent bunch of flowers. That still earns a visit to the bedroom but the extras are a little harder to negotiate.

Slipping further down the scale, you remember but only the evening before on the way back from work. The card says "happy birthday" with the birthday crossed out and replaced with "anniversary" and the flowers came from the local petrol station. I guess that means that you'll be watching the television on your own, but at least you're still married.

Down, down, down we go. Next comes the awkward early morning conversation on the day of your anniversary when she says "haven't you forgotten something?" and you gradually realise that ... OMG, you have.

A little bit below that is the same situation but where you don't remember what you have forgotten.

And I guess in both those situations the real question is how long the bedroom ban will last for until you are forgiven.

Coincidentally, the thing that you hope for is where you remember and she doesn't. Because then her forgetting comes with a price that somehow doesn't transfer when the situation is reversed.

Me? The Mem and I found a way to get around the problem by getting married on the 12 February 2000. That means that you never forget the anniversary itself. As soon as the card shops are full of Valentine's Day cards you know it's time to arrange something for the anniversary.

And you always know how many years you have been married by looking at the date.

May-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <Once> That was a way too generous response. Your scale made my day, especially the petrol-station level.

I too thought I had a fail-safe mechanism in place: Our anniversary is 12 April, the same day Lee surrendered at Appomattox in 1865, effectively ending the Civil War. I enjoy reading and writing about the Civil War, so my reasoning was I couldn't possibly forget since I surrendered on the same day that Lee did.

*****

May-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: I must confess that I would not have known the significance of 12 April if you hadn't told me! Happy Anniversary for about a month ago.

Don't tell me that you forgot....

Jul-22-14  mworld: Happy Birthday Once!

I hope the lovely lady brings you a nice bottle of something - if not that then at least an HP 15yo :)

Jul-22-14
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  Once: Cheers!

Funnily enough, this morning's festivities did involve the presentation of a bottle of 10 year old Laphroaig.

And this evening's merriment necessitated the sharing of a cheeky little prosecco.

It's a hard life being 50!

Jul-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  hms123: <Once> It is still your birthday here in the USA. Happy Birthday!
Jul-22-14
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  Once: Thanks!
Aug-08-14
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  morfishine: <Once> Yes, <PhonyBenoni> has a point about combining a good pun with a good game. With that said, I want your opinion about a pun I submitted some time ago: "Adnoy Taken Out" for this game: L E Johannessen vs H Adnoy, 2001

As you can see, I've posted twice trying to sell it, with no luck :(

Does it fail because the game is not good enough? Or because most people don't know what an adnoid is?

Aug-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: Um ... if I'm being perfectly honest, that's a bit of a stretch. I'm not a medical expert, but I think they are called adenoids, not adnoids. So that's a fair way away from Adnoy.

The game itself? It seemed pretty level until black played 35. Qg7 leaving the c6 pawn en prise. As a general rule, folk don't like games which hang on a single blunder unless there is some other reason for the game to be noteworthy.

That pun may be a long shot, methinks.

But anyway, how are you? We've not "spoken" in a while.

Aug-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: I like perfect honesty! I'm doing fine, very kind of you to ask! Reading between the lines, you sound like you are doing great...I hope so

I have to say your short stories have been just great lately, gems all the way around. Of course, these have always been superb.

I guess you play games with us when you disappear for a day or two, just long enough for us to realize how spoiled we are, then you return and all the good memories come flooding back

Aug-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: Aw, that's kind!

Life is unbelievably hectic at the moment, which means that I don't get as much time for chessgames.com as I used to. There are all sorts of things happening at once (if you'll forgive the pun). New job, writing fiction, that sort of thing.

So it's not playing games - honest! I'm just trying to spread myself between dozens of things that I'm trying to do at the same time.

Aug-12-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  sevenseaman: Hello <Once>. Liked your powerful, well-worded (no wastages)comment in the POTD today.
Aug-12-14
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  Fusilli: <Once: <Fusilli> Nicely played game! I salute you from over the pond.

Your opponent must have fallen off his chair when he played 29. h4 to "protect" his knight, but you captured it anyway.>

Thank you! He didn't expect the queen sac (should have played Bxf4 but the position is lost anyway) but reacted calmly.

Aug-12-14
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  Once: <sevenseaman> Good to hear from you again! How have you been?
Aug-12-14
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  Once: <Fusilli> I ran the game through Fritz who confirms that you were winning comfortably whatever he played. 28...Nf4 was an excellent move - really enjoyed that.
Sep-17-14
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  Once: <Announcement!>

I'm making my first book "Love, Death and Tea" free on Kindle for the next five days - 17 September to 21 September 2014.

There is no chess in it - sorry! - but a lot of my trademark off the wall humour.

And it's free. Did I mention that?

Follow the link above for Love, Death and Tea.

Sep-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: Or get it from here:

UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Death-...

US:
http://www.amazon.com/Love-Death-Te...

Sep-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: It's the last day of my free promotion for Love, Death and Tea.

So far I have had 240 downloads of the book, which I think is pretty good.

Sep-21-14
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  Shams: <Once><[L]ast day of my free promotion for Love, Death and Tea.>

I tried to get in on that action! Alas, UK only. 1776 was a long time ago; can we put an end to the spite at last??

Sep-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: <Shams> Sorry!

It was available for free all round the world - but Amazon have this funny thing about only letting you buy it from your own regional version of their website. So people in the States have to use Amazon.com, the UK has to use Amazon.co.uk and so on.

If you had clicked on the second of the links it should have taken you to the .com website where it was free. I had more than 100 downloads from the former colonies, so it should have worked.

But the link I gave in my profile was for amazon.co.uk only. So, my bad. I'll change the link.

You can buy it from Amazon.com, but I'm afraid the free promotion period is over. You're only allowed one five day free period in every three months.

I am thinking of dropping the price to 99 cents in a couple of weeks time when I bring out my third book.

Oct-04-14
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  Once: I have two new books out! Details in my profile.
Dec-19-14  alexrawlings: Hi <Once>, just wanted to let you know I really liked your comment on the POTD today. I love how you draw out the salient points using minimal and concise chess move annotations, and your use of diagrams.
Dec-19-14  alexrawlings: Also, I bought your puzzle book on amazon a while back and I love it! As on the website I generally can't get puzzles harder than a Friday difficulty level (maybe 1 in 3 I'll find the right initial move) but love your little stories.

I've recently (5 days ago) had a little girl (my first child!) and I hope I will one day impart my love of the game to her. I will most probably use your book at some point to see if I can stoke the fire in her!

Cheers,
Alex

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