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Once
Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Feb-10-16
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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   Once has kibitzed 5494 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-08-16 J Shepley vs J Mann, 2014 (replies)
 
Once: The Rf2 is overworked. It has to guard against Qg2# and the rook reloader Rf1+/Qxf1/Rxf1#. So deflect the rook by one of the mates and then kill him with the other. Happy mondays.
 
   Feb-06-16 Svidler vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 (replies)
 
Once: Well, I got the first few moves. The theme is to kick the queen away from the defence of a3 and then play Rxa3+. Or persuade white to throw the queen for one or more of the minor pieces buzzing around the white king. Great attack. Makes me feel tempted to go into Wayne's World mode and
 
   Feb-03-16 Sundararajan vs I Ivanisevic, 2014 (replies)
 
Once: <cocker: Fritz thinks that the obvious 32 ... Rxf3 is much stronger.> Well, yes and no. 32...Rxf3 does seem to be the stronger move, but only if you follow it up precisely. This is the position after 32...Rxf3: [DIAGRAM] Black is a whole rook up and threatens mate in 2 with ...
 
   Feb-02-16 A Jakubiec vs M Godard, 2013 (replies)
 
Once: Well, that's weird. I managed to make today's puzzle a little bit more complicated than it needed to be. The cluster of pieces around the black king suggest that mate is close. Once I had got 36. Qxh6+ out of my system, I reversed the order and found the game continuation: 36. Rxg7+ ...
 
   Feb-01-16 J Houska vs T Hebbes, 2014 (replies)
 
Once: Well, yes. We start with a position where black has rubbish pawns. So swap off all the pieces and those pawns will fall. There is an interesting little wrinkle when I set Fritzie loose on the position. He doesn't try to hold on to the Rc6. After 33. Bb5 (the end of the game), we get to
 
   Jan-31-16 H van Dongen vs E Wijsman, 2005 (replies)
 
Once: Ah yes, this one. 74. Rdd3 isn't too hard to spot because the black d and e pawns are pinned against the back rank mate threat. With 74. Rdd3 we are putting nearly all of black's pieces into zugzwang. But 74...b3 holds the draw after 75. Rxd4 Rxd4 76. Rxc3 Rd8 77. Rxb3 [DIAGRAM] Drawn.
 
   Jan-19-16 Euwe vs E Spencer, 1924 (replies)
 
Once: Interesting. On the face of it, Euwe plays a strong game on the theme of leaving his pieces en prise. Time and again he ignores threats and pushes on with his attack. This is either the work of great genius or a con trick of the first order. Fritzie says "a bit of both". Fritzie ...
 
   Jan-19-16 M Muzychuk vs F Lindsoe, 2013 (replies)
 
Once: Two solutions today. Both 25. Qxb5+ and 25. Nc7+ lead to checkmate. According to Fritzie, 25. Qxb5+ is mate in four and 25. Nc7+ is mate in six.
 
   Jan-12-16 S Thatte vs M Liu, 2013 (replies)
 
Once: I don't blame white for playing on. He has the chance of building a fortress. And with the heavy pieces on the board there was the possibility of a swindle, such as a draw by perpetual. Sure it looks hopeless and in 99% of cases it will be. But there's always that last 1%, especially ...
 
   Jan-11-16 S Bjerke vs M Freitag, 2014 (replies)
 
Once: Cute finish. Because 37... Rg4 isn't a check, white has a couple of defensive moves to try. He can try to counterattack the black queen with 38. Bf4 or 38. Rd5. If white can deflect the black queen from the diagonal leading to h2 he can capture the impudent Rg4. But each of these moves
 
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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!

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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