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Once
Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Mar-28-15
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 5331 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-25-15 Z Kovacs vs Remlinger, 1955 (replies)
 
Once: Hmm ... is it just me or is this a slightly disappointing finish? I spotted the main line as played in the game, where the important point is to give check with 29...Rg4+ and advance with 30...Qf3 before playing Rxh4. But I couldn't see anything immediately decisive after 29. f3. Black
 
   Mar-24-15 J O H Taylor vs NN, 1874 (replies)
 
Once: "Thorpe" is a Danish word meaning a small settlement. Wikipedia lists more than 20 places called "Thorpe", not to mention several more with Thorpe in their name, such as Cleethorpes. It's when the Vikings came over on the ferry from Scandiwegia, raped and pillaged a bit, then decided ...
 
   Mar-23-15 E Garcia vs M Preuss, 2005 (replies)
 
Once: I sometimes think that there are two ways to make a journey. Sometimes we see a distant mountain and we think "I'd like to go there". So we strap on our boots and lift our eyes up to the distant horizon. We don't know exactly how we are going to get there, but we know where we are ...
 
   Mar-20-15 Grischuk vs Fressinet, 2000 (replies)
 
Once: Oops - make that Qxb4 instead of Qxb5
 
   Mar-19-15 J Steger vs F Bohatirchuk, 1946 (replies)
 
Once: The interesting thing about this position is that white can capture the black queen, but the only way to do this is by committing his paratrooper knight too deeply into the black position. This is how the world looks after 31...Kf8, The knight doesn't have a safe retreat square. He ...
 
   Mar-18-15 Robatsch vs Weghofer, 1955 (replies)
 
Once: Multiple winning moves today. 17. Bxf6+ was the obvious try leading to a forced mate, but I was also goofing off with the sly 17. Qh6 [DIAGRAM] White threatens Qg7+, Qxf6+ and (if the rook moves) Qxh7+. Fritzie is calling it north of +10 - not as good as the game line's mate in 5, but ...
 
   Mar-17-15 Yanofsky vs L Joyner, 1965 (replies)
 
Once: Hmm. A little bit trickier than it looks. We start the position with a material imbalance. We are already ahead by the exchange but black has an extra pawn. We have the fairly obvious forced sequence of 29. Rxe5 dxe5 30. Bxe5 Kg7. That's okay for us - we exchange off a pair of pieces ...
 
   Mar-16-15 T Spanton vs B Munguntuul, 2014 (replies)
 
Once: The problem I have always had with the London system is what exactly is the point of Bf4? It doesn't attack anything interesting and it often leaves the queenside vulnerable. Here black has double fun teasing this bishop - he chases it around the kingside before capturing it, and he ...
 
   Mar-16-15 Steinitz vs J B Brockenbrough, 1885 (replies)
 
Once: <Phony Benoni: One check, or another, I'm gonna get you, get you, get you, get you..> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kg... Enjoy.
 
   Mar-15-15 G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872 (replies)
 
Once: 20. Bb5 is such a cool move. It puts the bishop en prise to make an attack that can seemingly be easily blocked. 20...Qxb5 loses to 21. Qxc7# and 20...e6 21. Qc7#. But it's scary stuff. Fritzie says that 20. Bb5 is the only move that wins from this position. With anything else the ...
 
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May-18-14
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  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
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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
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: And a Happy Christmas to you too!
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