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Once
Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Apr-26-15
Many many thanks for everyone who has offered to be a beta reader for my new books. I have had over a dozen volunteers, which is absolutely fabulous.

They are giving me some very useful feedback for my two books.

I am going to start an email newsletter to keep people informed about the books. If you would like to be on an email list for these newsletters, please send your email address to me at

Will(at)will-once dot com

Just replace the dot com with the usual, and it should work!

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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 5356 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-24-15 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 (replies)
 
Once: <Goodevans> True, the challenge is to find the best move. And 27. Rxb4 is surely the best move. But this is what CG says about the puzzles: <What kind of move am I looking for? The goal is to find the best move, or sequence of moves, in the given position. You do not always ...
 
   Apr-24-15 Alekhine vs Gladstone, 1938 (replies)
 
Once: I'm writing a book at the moment about Grandmasters versus weaker players. This game would fit right in. Alekhine does all the simple good stuff. He: 1. develops quickly and with the minimum of moves 2. grabs the centre 3. develops a rook to an open or half open file. 4. claims
 
   Apr-22-15 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
 
Once: <sl3ep: Hi i am just curious why Capa did not take the hanging b2 pawn at move 24. Is the pawn poisoned? i cannot see why Alekhine doesn't protected and why Capa did not take it but i am only week club player:)> It's all about the control of the open c file. Fritzie recommends ...
 
   Apr-22-15 Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 (replies)
 
Once: This is one of those puzzles where the solution isn't entirely satisfactory. It's not an entirely clean kill, and you can't help wondering whether there was a more decisive stroke. The main line is relatively straightforward. White has an empty fianchetto and we have bishops and queens
 
   Apr-21-15 S Arndt vs M Wilde, 1987 (replies)
 
Once: You make my Arndt sing.
 
   Apr-21-15 Z Almasi vs Korchnoi, 1996 (replies)
 
Once: Been thinking about this puzzle. What I think is happening here is that we have two plausible moves which feel like a puzzle solution. The immediate 33. Bg7+ feels really good because (a) it's a forcing move and (b) we compel Black to walk into the cross hairs of a bishop-queen gun. ...
 
   Apr-15-15 Jessica Mendoza vs Javier Perez Meisegeier, 2005 (replies)
 
Once: It's our old friend, the GOOT (Get Out of That). 29...Bxg2 is a non forcing move which sets White a lot of problems but does not force his next move. This means that we need to tread carefully. We have to analyse each White response to make sure he doesn't have a refutation. With ...
 
   Apr-14-15 M Esserman vs J Benjamin, 2010 (replies)
 
Once: Now that is a very impressive finish. I particularly enjoyed 22.Nc5 putting both White knights en prise. [DIAGRAM] <al wazir> Fritzie confirms that 23...Qc8 is Black's best move in the position, but it doesn't come close to an escape. Fritz finds five moves for White which keep ...
 
   Apr-14-15 Parma vs Stein, 1965 (replies)
 
Once: Interesting. Two winning lines, but one stronger than the other. The game line is the best because of this line: 33. Rxd7 Rxd7 34. Rc8+ Bf8 35. Bh6 Rf7 36. Bxf8 [DIAGRAM] And now Black can't avoid losing at least a pawn to the discovered check with Bd6+ and Bxe5. He also has to do ...
 
   Apr-13-15 Once chessforum
 
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
 
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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
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  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
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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
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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  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

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