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Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Oct-25-16
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.



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   Oct-25-16 Alburt vs Fedorowicz, 1981 (replies)
Once: Fritzie confirms that 45...Qe1+ is the only way to win. 45...Kh7 leads to a miniscule black advantage and everything else is a duck-egg draw = 0.0. From the starting position, Black could also have won with the unlikely looking 43...h5, 43...Kh7 and 43...Qa8. I wonder if anyone will ...
   Oct-24-16 Prince Dadian vs S Kostrovitsky, 1896 (replies)
Once: Sorry, but it has to be done. This is what we were inflicting on each other in the early 1980s: It is a sort of punk meets white rap meets new romantic dressing up in frilly shirts and looking moody. With a hint of Jethro Tull medievalism thrown
   Oct-22-16 Jobava vs Wang Hao, 2006 (replies)
Once: <You're wrong. It is a sacrifice. > White gives up a rook for a bishop and two pawns. Most folk would consider that to be an even material exchange (five points vs five points) and hence not a sacrifice. There is also an argument that a move is not a sacrifice if it leads to ...
   Oct-16-16 L Dominguez vs Ivanchuk, 2006 (replies)
Once: Fritzie agrees with <Yourang>. 16. Nxe6 would indeed win for White if Black followed up with 16...Qxe6 17. f5 gxf5 18. Bxf5 [DIAGRAM] White has a tremendous kingside attack which ought to crash through. Instead, Black should defend with 17... Qc8 or Qd7 which holds on to the ...
   Oct-15-16 J F Cubas vs B Avrukh, 2006 (replies)
Once: I needed Fritz's help with this one. In human mode, I crashed and burned. This is what I think is going on ... In the starting position, black has the huge threat of 26...Rxh3+. The g2 pawn is pinned and can't move. Then 27. Bh2 Qxe5 and it's all getting very nasty. White might be ...
   Oct-10-16 V Malaniuk vs E Kengis, 1981 (replies)
Once: There's a cute line in the 41...Nxf3 variation. We start with a moderately forced series of exchanges: 41...Nxf3 42. Qf4 Qxh2+ 43. Qxh2 Nxh2 [DIAGRAM] And our first instinct is that white should plays 44. Kxh2 (equalising the material) and then Nc4 threatening the a pawn. White seems ...
   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 ...
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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

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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 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.
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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.

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  Once: <sevenseaman> Good to hear from you again! How have you been?
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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.
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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.

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  Once: Or get it from here:



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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.

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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??

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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, the UK has to use 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 only. So, my bad. I'll change the link.

You can buy it from, 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.

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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!


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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.

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  wordfunph: <Once> Merry Christmas!
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  Once: And a Happy Christmas to you too!
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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,

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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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  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.

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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.)
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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!

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  wordfunph: <Once> Merry Christmas!
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  Once: And a merry Christmas to you too.
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