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fredthebear
Member since Jan-12-09
Bobby Fischer was the best, and the worst, of players. His lasting impact on the chess world is truly immeasurable. Let's enjoy chess! It's not necessary to act like a jackass -- be a good sport and become buddies with other chess players (like Boris Spassky did). You win some, you lose some, you draw some -- your rating does not matter because it will change like the weather if you're active. Allow yourself to enjoy playing, roll w/the punches (respect your opponents -- they know what they're doing too) and don't let the outcome dictate your mood all week.

Beginners must study the pulverizing games of Paul Morphy first. Don't disregard Giachino Greco either. How great could Pillsbury have been? Perhaps the gentleman Carl Schlechter is one of the most underrated old masters. Maybe Wilhelm Steinitz is underrated by history, for many great masters followed shortly after his teachings. It's amazing how well Lasker was able to play into old age. How unfortunate that Capablanca did not get a rematch with Alekhine, and that Alekhine could not stay sober. The most grueling, high-level, evenly-matched world championship battle was Kasparov-Karpov. The great Korchnoi could not touch Kasparov. Did computers taint Kasparov's legacy, or was it Kramnik's Berlin Defense?

I am grateful for the written contributions of Bill Wall and Raymond Keene, among so many others. Horowitz, Lasker, Fine, Minev and C.J.S. Purdy are some of my favorite writers of the past. I prefer Tarrasch over Nimzowitsch; both have their place. Richard Reti (or Max Euwe) is a must read. Lev Albert, Dan Heisman, Gary Lane, Neil McDonald, Cyrus Lakdawala, Tim Taylor, Sam Collins, Jon Watson and John Nunn are some of my favorite contemporary writers. There are many excellent chess writers not mentioned here.

Do not be duped by the Amazon.com special. So many students are publishing their school term papers w/a fancy title, calling it a chess book (that does not live up to the title) and putting it up for sale! This definitely falls under the category of "never judge a book by it's cover!" So much of this stuff is not worthy of being called a book -- it's just slick marketing. Always look at the qualifications/expertise of the author, editor and publisher before making a purchase. I must also say that I'm suspicious of those companies that require a book to be exactly 144 pages in length. It makes me wonder what nuggets of knowledge were left out. Yet, a 144 page book properly written and edited from a reputable chess publishing company is 10X better than the Amazon.com special.

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   fredthebear has kibitzed 2492 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-16-19 Alburt vs D E Vigorito, 1993 (replies)
 
fredthebear: <Carrots and Pizza> Me thought carrots improved vision, no?
 
   Nov-16-19 J M Hodgson vs L Baquero, 1997
 
fredthebear: The final position looked like Mate in 2 (Mayet's Mate variation; Bishop supporting the Rook in the corner), but 40...Bg5 halts that. As a consequence, Black painfully drops the c-file passer instead.
 
   Nov-11-19 Koltanowski vs NN, 1935
 
fredthebear: This game has a terrific tactical finish following 22.Qh5 g6. Koltanowski makes great use of threats to capture and checkmate while shrugging off Black threats. Zwischenzugs are very satisfying when properly timed.
 
   Nov-11-19 Morphy vs NN, 1857
 
fredthebear: Black wasted time with the queen and did not bother to castle in an Open game. White castles in six moves and shows great patience waiting until 15.Qxd4 to capture the loose center pawn. White is busy with more important matters: opening the e-file, gaining time, preventing ...
 
   Nov-11-19 R Kulkarni vs Carlsen, 2017
 
fredthebear: If 16.BxNc4?? White is lost. Such allows the arrangement of a discovered check on the open d-file by attraction after 16...Re1+ 17.Rd1 RxRd1+ 18.KxRd1 dxBc4+ 19.K moves cxQb3 etc. The White queen is lost to the invading pawn and the Black queen will rule unimpeded thereafter. In
 
   Nov-04-19 Roth vs G Rajna, 1975
 
fredthebear: The link below of the same game is more informative: P Roth vs G Rajna, 1975
 
   Nov-04-19 A Giri vs J Xiong, 2019
 
fredthebear: <Albanius> FTB is certainly in your corner! Opening labels would be better served to wait a few moves to see how things shake out for both colors. "Zukertort" Opening at this sight merely means that White began 1.Nf3, or perhaps 2.Nf3. (For that matter, the Colle-Zukertort
 
   Nov-04-19 E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs N Gaprindashvili, 1979
 
fredthebear: Oh, the contrast! White's sweet center pawn duo opening has a theoretical advantage over Black's small center. The clash converts to a closed center, somewhat Advance French-like. Black wisely played 13...BxNf3 before the closure to avoid being stuck w/a bad bishop. Black gets ...
 
   Nov-03-19 J Mieses vs Alapin, 1908
 
fredthebear: [DIAGRAM] Vienna, Paulsen variation C25 Sub-variants: Vienna game 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Vienna, Zhuravlev countergambit 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. Qg4 Nf6 Vienna game, Max Lange defence 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 Vienna, Paulsen variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 Vienna, Fyfe ...
 
   Nov-03-19 Yu Yangyi vs T Roussel-Roozmon, 2011
 
fredthebear: Vienna, Paulsen-Mieses variation C26 Sub-variants: Vienna, Falkbeer variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 Vienna, Mengarini variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. a3 Vienna, Paulsen-Mieses variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Vienna game 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4
 
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