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Member since Aug-09-04 · Last seen Apr-13-14
I learned to play chess during the Christmas holiday, 1966 and was quickly hooked! I play rated tournament chess for seven years. My highest rating was just north of 2000 though I quickly fell back to the low 1900s. That was 1973 and I haven't played competitively since. I've always suspected that my affection for hypermodern openings kept me from attaining master level strength. Still, my local chess hero Master Bob Wendling, once said to me, "You play the opening like Botvinnik. Too bad you play the middlegame and the endgame like <ParisAttack>!" But, I had fun!

My enduring passion has been chess literature. My first buy was from the famous bookseller, Al Buschke. I bought Sokolsky's 1. b4, Trifunovic's Grunfelda, Bogolyubov's 1.d4 and a lovely early edition of Bilguer's Handbuch all for the princely sum of $23.00. After selling off 1700 foreign books and periodicals a few years back I have approximately 6000 books in my collection.

The high points of my chess life: Beating a Senior Master (as white, Closed Sicilian), drawing with a Senior Master after having a forced mate-in-five (as black, Najdorf Bednarski-Browne variation), beating a former Wyoming champion with 1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; 3. Bd3?!, beating a three time Colorado champion with the Gurgenidze Robatsch, meeting Bobby Fischer for all of five minutes when he borrowed three of my books for his match with Larsen, a wonderful telephone conversation with Hans Kmoch, interviewing Lajos Portisch and of course the visits in New York with the delightful and knowledgeable Al Buschke. I suppose the low points were losing the state Junior championship twice in the last round and finally accepting that I would never get very good at the game.

Openings have always been of interest, with emphasis on hypermodern sorties. I also enjoy studying and identifying styles of the top players of today and yesterday. I feel I've learned the most from Botvinnik (find a target early and drill), Keres (bring your pieces to better and better squares) and Gligoric (its the center, stupid!). Other favorite players: Morphy, Pillsbury, Nimzovitch, Flohr, Boleslavsky, Stein, Petrosian, Fischer, Tal, Karpov and Mamedyarov.

Generally, I think new players learn the most from the 'transparent' GMs - Morphy, Pillsbury, Tarrasch, Fine, Reshevsky, Botvinnik, Keres, Gligoric, Spassky and are wise to initially avoid Nimzovitch, Capablanca and Fischer (deceptive simplicity), Tal, Petrosian and Kasparov. But when I taught chess years ago, no one played a game - theirs or anyone elses - until they could demonstrate up to an efficient K + B + B v K mate. The endgame has all the basic chess skills and ingredients in digestible form.

I am also interested in the skills necessary to be a superior (>2400) chess player. I believe the core native skill is how the chess geometry is visualized and manipulated in the brain - and that to a very large degree 'you either have it, or you don't.'

I rank the Best of All Time: 1) Fischer, 2) Lasker, 3) Capablanca, 4) Karpov, 5) Kasparov, 6) Alekhine, 7) Botvinnik, 8) Tal, 9) Rubinstein, 10) Petrosian. Of course such lists are extremely subjective.

I've concluded classical chess is in its winter years though at 63 I am also; it won't matter much to me what the game's status is in 20 years. I do not think 960 or other varietals - even were they accepted - could stay Moore's Law and increasingly sophisticated heuristic algorithms such as Monte Carlo sampling.

All in all, Chess has been a wonderful lifelong friend.

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   parisattack has kibitzed 3130 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-13-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
parisattack: Fortunate indeed are all chess aficionados that Mr. DeLucia chose the royal game as a hobby! It is good to know so much Fischer memorabilia is in one safe and secure location and not scattered to the high winds with eBay, etc. Wonderful, also, he has shared this bounty with us ...
   Apr-08-14 King's Pawn Game (C20)
parisattack: <edbermac> Chacon-Acebal 0-1, 1993 is all I find. (In DB)
   Feb-09-14 FSR chessforum (replies)
parisattack: I suggested a Club wiki for some time back. Clubs could post announcements, tourney games and results, news and such. Lots of possibilities for this website but suspect they have their little hands full at the moment.
   Feb-09-14 TheFocus chessforum (replies)
parisattack: Oh-my! Take care, friend. Thoughts for a speedy recovery.
   Feb-09-14 parisattack chessforum
parisattack: I just checked the Everyman Chess 'Coming Soon' list. The Killer Sicilian (on the Kalashnikov) has been delayed again - to September 2014. I believe it was first scheduled for mid-2012. I was going to write a small monograph on the Haberditz Sicilian - I think the only ...e5 ...
   Feb-08-14 A J Goldsby (replies)
parisattack: <TheFocus: The Stonewall is very tough to play against, but I agree that the KID set-up is probably best, and is what I played also. White can make mistakes against the KID, but it is super strong against most other Black set-ups. The Stonewall was an early Pillsbury ...
   Feb-08-14 ChessBookForum chessforum (replies)
parisattack: is a good site to check for chess books. If you don't mind the old Penguin PB, there are some copies of 'The Chess Mind' available at decent prices. As <Morfishine> probably notice with his 'Chess Mind' purchase, postage from UK can be pricey if the seller
   Feb-02-14 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
parisattack: <Bobwhoosta: <parisattack> Carlsen breaking 2900 is a scary thing by itself, but breaking the barrier when he hasn't reached the pinnacle of his strength??? The monsters in my closet are shaking in their monster boots.> It is indeed difficult to ones hands or mind ...
   Feb-01-14 Y Sakharov vs Stein, 1965 (replies)
parisattack: Hi <jerseybob> Thanks much for the pointer to that game! Black looks really good to me around move 20 tho. I'll dig a bit deeper.
   Feb-01-14 Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910
parisattack: <bronkenstein: Congratulations , visayanbraindoctor , for remarkable job of deep , exact and very informative comments on the games of this match :)> Yes, indeed. Quite useful, thank you. What a titanic struggle!
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