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Once
Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Oct-25-14
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 5209 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-25-14 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 (replies)
 
Once: <Phony> Very funny! Enjoyed that.
 
   Oct-25-14 Reti vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1922 (replies)
 
Once: <diagonalley: <plumbst> "White's first move is rather obvious" ... wow... i wish!!> May all your wishes be granted! Here's the starting position: [DIAGRAM] Question - without moving any of the pieces or thinking up moves, what does this position say to you? 1. The black ...
 
   Oct-24-14 Greco vs NN, 1620 (replies)
 
Once: One of the early chess variants which didn't catch on. This is half chess, where you don't move any of your queenside pieces or pawns. Had game continued we might have had the rare situation where nearly all the kingside pieces had been exchanged but the queensides hadn't moved at all.
 
   Oct-24-14 Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989 (replies)
 
Once: Subtle stuff. The whole combination nets white two pawns, but one is doubled and isolated. It is interesting to speculate when the combination finishes. After 16. Nb5 cxb5 17. cxb5 Nc5 18. Bxe5 Qb6, we get to here: [DIAGRAM] Now the line played by Karpov is 19. Bxf6 and 20. Qd5+ to ...
 
   Oct-23-14 G Benini vs Reggio, 1911 (replies)
 
Once: A tilde is one of these ~~~~~ This is what is happening ... The software behind this website will adjust the number of words per line to fit the column width. If you use a tiny font or have a big screen, you might squeeze twenty words onto a line. The software will reduce the number ...
 
   Oct-22-14 Beliavsky vs Vasiukov, 1979 (replies)
 
Once: <Dr. J> I don't know. I really don't. I like my stories to be messy. Flawed characters making mistakes. Good people doing bad things. Bad people doing good things. And most of us somewhere in the middle of those two extremes just trying our best (and deep down knowing that ...
 
   Oct-22-14 Judit Polgar vs Anand, 2009 (replies)
 
Once: It's a good example of the accumulation of small advantages. Judit grabs the open a file and the half open c file while Anand's rooks are staring at his own pawns' bottoms. That means that she can get amongst the weak black pawns before black can retaliate. A fine knight outpost on f5 ...
 
   Oct-20-14 K Gratka vs M Azadmanesh, 1994 (replies)
 
Once: <gofer> Fritz has black losing for some moves earlier than 24. gxf6. The rot seems to start around move 12 after white plays 12. g4 threatening g5 to kick the Nf6. [DIAGRAM] Instead of 12...a6 (preparing for a b5 push that never comes), Fritzie wants to play 12...Ne4. The game ...
 
   Oct-17-14 V Tukmakov vs J Sikora-Lerch, 1977 (replies)
 
Once: <In the opening why does white play 7. Bb5+? > That's a good explanation by Nerwal. The opening books tell you to put pieces immediately where they want to go. Don't waste two moves putting a piece on a square it can get to in one move. And that is usually good advice. Usually. ...
 
   Oct-15-14 Short vs Nunn, 1979 (replies)
 
Once: <BOSTER> I sat Fritzie on the position after 29...f4 for a couple of hours. Fritzie says that black has an advantage of about a pawn whatever white plays. The strongest move is 30. Rxe4, which was what Nigel played. Fritzie evaluates this as -0.96. 30. Nd6 is the second best move
 
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Apr-30-14
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  Once: Thanks, guys. My plan is to cherry pick the most interesting or instructive games. I'm particularly interested in the "lazy" games where a strong player wins almost without any calculation.

I think we can learn a lot from games like those.

May-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: Here are two simuls for your consideration.

The first one is an effortless GM crush that is quite pleasing to the eye. It clearly fits into your first category.

The second one, shows that even a World Champion can fall for a simple tactic and lose a piece. Granted it was a blindfold simul, but it may fit into your third category.

Bronstein vs NN, 1950

Alekhine vs NN, 1925

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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