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Once
Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Jul-04-15
Some writing news: I will be bringing out two chess books in the next few days -

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. More details to follow.

In the meantime, would you like a free book? It's not chess related, but it's free and (hopefully) a lot of fun.

Between Thursday 4 June and Monday 8 June you can pick up a copy of Global Domination for Beginners for the princely sum of ... absolutely nothing.

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?

You can get it from here:

UK:

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

US:

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

But only after Thursday, d'you hear? Because otherwise you'd have to give me some money, and that would make me sad.

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

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   Once has kibitzed 5386 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-02-15 B Bok vs M Bluvshtein, 2011 (replies)
 
Once: Easiest one this week, I think. Distract the defenders and then round the king up for a mate. It's a little bit funny (this feeling inside) that the white g6 pawn starts out undefended, but in the final position is secured by the xray rook on g8.
 
   Jun-23-15 R Vera vs G Garcia, 1992 (replies)
 
Once: It's a nearly stalemated king. So let's make him completely stalemated and then check him to death.
 
   Jun-18-15 S Collins vs D Haessel, 2011 (replies)
 
Once: Yup, 29. Qd4 is the prettier of the two possibilities: [DIAGRAM] The queen is immune because of the threatened bishop and knight mate. 29. Bxg7+ is equally as good pragmatically, but doesn't have that same care-free nonchalance as a queen sac in the middle of the board.
 
   Jun-17-15 D Chuprov vs A Polschikov, 2011 (replies)
 
Once: Morf: 40...Nc3+ 41. Kxa4? Maybe not. It's one of life's little unfairnesses. Knights are not very good at stopping passed pawns. 43...b2 is a nice touch. As Phony says, it means that black will queen on b1 with check and not on a1 without check. And that means that white doesn't have ...
 
   Jun-16-15 J Aabling-Thomsen vs J Van der Meer, 2005 (replies)
 
Once: There is an interesting position one move before the puzzle. Here is the position after 19. c4 [DIAGRAM] Black is in trouble. His knight is attacked and if it moves his Bd7 comes under fire. 19...Nf6 doesn't work because of 20. Bf4 Qc8 21. Be5 when both the Nf6 and Bd7 are vulnerable. ...
 
   Jun-15-15 Y Dokhoian vs Shabalov, 1994 (replies)
 
Once: A stalemated enemy king gives you permission to sacrifice. And once you have eliminated the Mondayesque Qa3+, all that is left is Ra1+. Fun little puzzle. Took a little bit longer than a normal Monday, which has to be a good thing.
 
   Jun-08-15 I Yagupov vs R Khusnullin, 1999 (replies)
 
Once: It's yet another example of extreme castling not paying off. We've seen this before. Kh1/Rg1 or Kh8/Rg8 can run into problems if the enemy has knights nearby. It seems that the king does need that empty square next to him. He needs wibble room so he can do the soft shoe shuffle if a ...
 
   Jun-07-15 Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 (replies)
 
Once: <JohnBoy> Well said, sir! I must admit that I had a touch of "TL;DR" but I'm very glad there is a place for analysis like that.
 
   Jun-06-15 T Bakre vs B Kadziolka, 2004 (replies)
 
Once: A funny thing happens in this game. Black gets to create the same mating combination on at least three occasions but on different squares. Okay, that might sound a bit "crouching tiger, hidden dragon" So I had better explain. Here is the basic mating pattern. The white king is caught ...
 
   Jun-05-15 Once chessforum
 
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 ...
 
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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
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  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
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  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
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  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  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!

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