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Once
Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Oct-01-16
John Lennon said that life is what happens while you are busy making plans. My two new chess books are coming - they're just taking a little longer than I expected.

Naked Chess: How to Win
Naked Chess: Learn from the Champions

I have been given some fabulous help by a team of utterly brilliant beta readers. I now need to do that tedious editing and technical stuff.

More details to follow.

Hopefully.

Eventually.

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   Sep-26-16 M Pitz vs S Stark, 2009 (replies)
 
Once: <SimonWebbsTiger: Anyone who didn't see the mate in two gets zero points for this one. :)> That's a little harsh, my friend. Folks approach these puzzles with all sorts of different expectations. Some want to be able to extract every possible variation with laser-like precision.
 
   Sep-23-16 Jakovenko vs Gelfand, 2015 (replies)
 
Once: Ooh, that's a good puzzle! I more or less got there, but I needed to turn to Fritz to understand all of it. The point is that black needs to throw his knight and queen away whilst still keeping his king in a stalemated position. Meanwhile white needs to find somewhere to park his king ...
 
   Sep-21-16 Tartakower vs E Steiner, 1921 (replies)
 
Once: <gofer> Fritzie says 28. Qa4 [DIAGRAM] when black has no good way of defending against Nb6+. The black rook on c8 can't afford to run away because of Qxc6+. As soon as white eliminates one of the two rooks his queen will have great fun zooming around the board snapping up loose ...
 
   Sep-20-16 G Lambert vs Nunn, 1977 (replies)
 
Once: Interesting puzzle. I stopped after finding 44... Qg2+, but YouRang's 44...Ra8 also seems good enough. The only issue we might have with 44...Ra8 is that white has time for 45. Rb7 followed (after Ra1) by a series of checks on b7 and b8. We would need to calculate that white doesn't ...
 
   Sep-06-16 R Naranja vs Portisch, 1970 (replies)
 
Once: Ah, it's a PPP - piece protects piece. We should always get interested when we attack a piece and it is only defended by another piece. Can that second piece be deflected or destroyed, leaving the PPP piece dangling? I sometimes get the image that there is a rope between the pieces who
 
   Aug-23-16 Toldsepp vs Keres, 1934 (replies)
 
Once: <Al2009> 10...Qxb2 wins a piece - either the rook on a1 or the bishop on d3. 10...Nxf2 wins a pawn plus it has the positional advantage of keeping the white king in the centre. That's why Fritzie evaluated 10...Qxb2 as over 3 (the value of a minor piece) and 10...Nxf2 as 1 plus ...
 
   Aug-18-16 Chiburdanidze vs M Sharif, 1995 (replies)
 
Once: <gofer> Fritz finds several winning moves after 22 Bh3 Re6 23 Bxf5 Bg7. There's not much to choose between 24. Bxg7, 24. Qg5, 24. Bxe6 and several "pass" moves like Be5 and d5. When I first plugged the position in, his favourite move was 24. Qg5. After chewing on it for a few ...
 
   Aug-16-16 D Orzech vs N Popova, 2009 (replies)
 
Once: Black also wins with 24...Bxc3+ 25. bc Rxc3 [DIAGRAM] White will have to wriggle hard to stop the mate, and will only be able to do it at the cost of too much material. I spent a happy few moments wondering whether to play Rxc3+ or Bxc3+. In the end I decided that 24...Rxc3+ was the ...
 
   Aug-05-16 A R Saleh Salem vs J Duda, 2015 (replies)
 
Once: An unusual puzzle. It doesn't resolve itself in a firework of tactics. Instead we get more of a positional solution, where black frees his game but still has a lot of work to do. I suppose the point is that black has to do something about his threatened bishop but a straight-forward ...
 
   Aug-04-16 Kotov vs Kholmov, 1971 (replies)
 
Once: This is one of those "I want to, I can't, I can" sort of puzzles. From the opening position, the move that we really want to play is 26. Rxc5. This would replace the black bishop on c5 (which can't be pinned diagonally) with a black rook (which can). So that leads us to 26. Rxc5 Rxc5: ...
 
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Aug-09-14  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
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  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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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

Dec-25-14
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  Once: Alex

Happy Christmas.

Congratulations on your new arrival! It's a wonderful experience to watch them grow. My boy is now 14 - leaving childhood behind and becoming a man. Those have been 14 magical years. I would not have swapped them for the world.

One thing I have found is that it is very hard to predict how they will develop. My boy knows how to play chess but he has no interest in the game. I tried a few times to interest him but it didn't stick. Science and computers are his thing.

I'm about to start a second chess book which might be more relevant for your girl. I'm aiming it at new players who know the moves but want to win more often. It will also have stories and jokes - a mixture of my serious posts (with diagrams) and my digressions.

I'll send you a copy when it's written.

Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <Once> Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-14
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  Once: And a Happy Christmas to you too!
Apr-13-15
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  prn: Hi Will,

I have always enjoyed your comments and stories. I'll be happy to be a beta reader for your new boook. I don't see a way to contact you other than your profile page here, but you can contact me at Paul R Neubauer at gmail dot com (just remove the spaces and replace the obvious symbols)

Apr-13-15  Muztang: Good morning Sir!

A little disappointed to be second to say this, but I've been a fan for a while now, and would love to help out if I can.

My chess level is something around Fridayish. Sometimes I get both patient and lucky during the week-ends, but can't give myself much credit for those unexpected sparks of lucidity.

Using the same idea than the previous post, please drop me a mail at muztang 86 at gmail dot com if I can be one of your beta readers.

Have a beautiful day,
Mathieu

Apr-13-15
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  Once: That's brilliant, thanks both! And what a clever way of writing an email address without the bots finding it.

I'm a couple of days away from finishing the books. I'll email to you them later this week.

Using your clever method, my email address is will@will-once dot com

Jun-05-15
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  Once: I am giving away Global Domination for Beginners for absolutely nothing until 8 June. Click on one of the links in my profile or search your local Amazon.

Even if you don't read it, just downloading it adds to my sales figures and helps to publicise the book. And you never know you might like it.

Jun-05-15
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  al wazir: So far, so good. Katie is a prig and Robbie is a cipher. Lump is the character I care most about. But if they all grew up together, why is he the only one who speaks with a regional accent? (West Midlands is my guess.)
Jun-05-15
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  Once: Excellent guess! The opening scenes are set in Worksop, Nottinghamshire - the Midlands town where I grew up.

The accent tends to vary according to education and class. The tough sons of miners tended to speak closer to the Yorkshire dialect, but the sons of bank managers generally wanted to head south and speak like Londoners.

I would be fascinated to hear how your thoughts on what happens next!

Dec-25-15
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  wordfunph: <Once> Merry Christmas!
Dec-26-15
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  Once: And a merry Christmas to you too.
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