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Once
Member since May-19-08 · Last seen Jul-11-20
Have you tried Naked Chess yet?

I now have three chess books for sale:

"Naked Chess: How to Win" is aimed at club players who would like to improve their playing strength and win more often.

"Naked Chess: Learn from the Champions" is a collection of games played by world champions against much weaker players. This includes many games played in simultaneous displays against NN.

Naked Chess: Once upon a Chess Game is a collection of my posts on Chessgames.com when I was going through my story-telling phase.

To help promote the two new books, I am giving away my third book for free. All you need to do is to join my mailing list at www.will-once.com.

>> Click here to see Once's game collections.

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   Once has kibitzed 5835 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-02-20 I Cheparinov vs S Nikolov, 2005 (replies)
 
Once: <saturn2: 25....Rf8 such moves I only make in online blitz by error failing to castle correctly> I think there is a time and a place for moves like 25...Rf8. When players are attacking on opposite wings, such as in the sicilian, the safest place for your king can sometimes be in ...
 
   Jun-01-20 M Mrva vs Movsesian, 1997 (replies)
 
Once: It is a puzzle within a puzzle. It is one of those rare instances where White plays a move and then resigns. And you wonder ... if he could see the mate why did he play 33. Kf1 before resigning? And if he couldn't see the mate why did he hold off from offering the handshake until black
 
   May-19-20 V Malaniuk vs P Van der Sterren, 1983 (replies)
 
Once: It's a mystery in four parts. The first puzzle is to work out that there probably used to be a black knight on e8. That white rook didn't arrive at e8 on a whim. He was eating horse meat. The second puzzle is to work out why white has sacrificed his rook for a knight. His dastardly ...
 
   May-18-20 S Landau vs Reti, 1927 (replies)
 
Once: Interesting. The Rc1 seems to be doubly over-worked. In the opening position, the Rc1 is both protecting the white queen and trying to stop black from playing 18...Rd1+ So black plays 18...Rd1+ anyway. White might try to defend with 19. Bf1. Now the Rc1 is overworked for a second time.
 
   May-13-20 Iskusnyh vs A Moskalenko, 2018 (replies)
 
Once: What a strange position! Black seems to be perfectly safe with all of his pieces seemingly protecting each other. But 32. Bxf6 not only steals a pawn in broad daylight it leaves the queen with nowhere to go to avoid heavy material loss. It wasn't too hard to spot 32. Bxf6 with 31...Re4
 
   May-04-20 Schiffers vs G Janny, 1898 (replies)
 
Once: No, no, my friends. You misunderstand. 8. Kg3 is actually a move of deep positional understanding. The move of a master. If I might be so bold, it is the sort of move that I would play. Of course white could play 7. Kg1 or 8. Kg1. But these moves would entomb the poor rook on h1. Let's
 
   Apr-14-20 Szabo vs T van Scheltinga, 1947 (replies)
 
Once: Easy ... once you stop looking for clever knight moves. Easy ... once you realise that your queen is en prise so nearly all of those fancy knight moves lose on the spot. Easy ... when you realise that your rook could bring a bottle to the party. Easy ... when you wake up.
 
   Apr-07-20 V Mikenas vs S F Lebedev, 1941 (replies)
 
Once: <TheaN> I think the thing that threw me was a double minor piece sacrifice when we're already rookless. And all to accomplish a mate in the middle (ish) of the board with only bishop and queen. And all that while I'm telling myself that it's only a choosday so I must be ...
 
   Sep-16-19 C Coppola vs B Macias Murillo, 2009 (replies)
 
Once: My head hurts. A lot.
 
   Aug-22-19 Tartakower vs Rubinstein, 1925 (replies)
 
Once: Deja vu
 
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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

Jun-05-15
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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.

Jun-05-15
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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.)
Jun-05-15
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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!

Dec-25-15
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  wordfunph: <Once> Merry Christmas!
Dec-26-15
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  Once: And a merry Christmas to you too.
Oct-11-17  alexrawlings: Hi <Once>. Hope you’ve been well? I’m getting back in to club chess and was thinking of trying to learn how to play the Queen’s Gambit Declined as Black... do you have any tips or books you’d recommend? I normally play the Grunfeld defence but am falling out of love with it a bit!
Oct-17-17
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  Once: Alex

All is well here. How about you?

I tried to learn the QGD as black some years ago and couldn't get on with it. White seemed to have all the fun, and in club chess you could well find yourself facing someone who would bash out the colle or London or somesuch.

Those aren't great openings at GM level, but the old timers at the chess club have been playing them for decades. They're easy to play and not all that easy for black to get an advantage.

So I ended up with my black defence to everything except 1. e4 being the Dutch defence. More specifically, I play the classical Dutch where Black plays f5, Nf6, e6, d6, 0-0.

My e4 black opening is the French, so I get into the Dutch with 1. d4 e6 to cut out some of the anti-Dutch lines.

The best book on the classical dutch that I have found is by Simon Williams. I don't have a QGD book to recommend, I'm afraid. I'd probably start with Capa's games as black. He seemed to go through a phase of endless QGDs.

Talking of books, my next two are out on Amazon now. I'm going to be publicising them soon when work quietens down and I get some free time.

May-24-18
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  takchess: Plan on reading your puzzle book over my memorial day extended vacation. Cheers, Jim
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