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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 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 special.

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   fredthebear has kibitzed 3678 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-23-20 A Neumann vs H Caro, 1905
fredthebear: No surprise, another mislabeled KIA. It's an obvious Sicilian, Closed Variation. B26: Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3
   Nov-23-20 E Pospisilova vs I Kopecek, 1968
fredthebear: 14.BxNd2 or KxNd2 was necessary, and White is slightly better. I tend to get a bit unnerved when the classical style gets dismantled by such an unorthodox approach. In reality, Black has better development and king safety, seizes the initiative, and whips up a pile of tactics ...
   Nov-21-20 AlphaZero (Computer) (replies)
fredthebear: Anna Rudolf explains AlphaZero's attack:
   Nov-21-20 NN vs F Rhine, 2020
fredthebear: Thank you <Sally> for the <Red Hot Pawn> link. The games are blwonderfully entertaining, and there was an appearance by Columbo!
   Nov-20-20 Korchnoi vs Sakaev, 2001
fredthebear: In the final position, Black is ready to promote and checkmate shortly. Play could go 33.various e1=Q+ 34.BxQe1 QxBe1+ 35.Bf1 Qf2+ 36.Kh1 Qxh2+. If White tries to block promotion with 33.Be1, Black mates by 33...Qe3+ 34.Kh1 Nf2+ 35.Kg1 Nh3++ 36.Kh1 Qg1#. If Black tries to avoid ...
   Nov-20-20 K Lie vs E O Risting, 2019
fredthebear: Inquiring minds want to know... Yes, he's the grandson of Odd Lie.
   Nov-20-20 A Kornev vs J Geller, 2007
fredthebear: Thank you <RDC>. I appreciate your contributions on this site!
   Nov-20-20 Timman vs Zhu Chen, 2005
fredthebear: Consider 26...RxNc4 27.axb6 a6, etc.
   Nov-20-20 B Wall vs R J Lovegren, 1980
fredthebear: If 7...Rg8, then 8.exNf6+ Kd6 9.Bf4+ Kc6 10.Qxf7.
   Nov-18-20 David Robinson vs Steve Woodrow, 2010 (replies)
fredthebear: Cannot see this game? Switch the PGN Viewer in the rectangle above to "pgn4web" and click on the Set button. All the moves will appear below the board in blue. White is David Robinson from Wales, not the championship basketball player from the USA.
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