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LIFE Master AJ
Member since Aug-21-03 · Last seen Aug-01-22
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 / New International Version (NIV)

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#1.) Life should not be bereft of beauty ... indeed, it is the magic of the chess pieces - as they dance - that so entertains us all.

"Say Something" by Pentatonix.
(It was so good, the first time that I heard it, it brought tears to my eyes.)

#2.) "Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy." - (One of the greatest writers and players of all time), - GM Siegbert Tarrasch.

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HI!!! My name is A J Goldsby and I am a (U.S.C.F.) Original LIFE-Master from Pensacola, FL. (USA) [I.e., in order to to gain the LM title, this means that I played over 300 rated games while maintaining a master's rating. (2200+)] Be sure to visit my main chess website at, or My e-mail (address) is <<"">> (Hint: DON'T use the quotation marks ... or the brackets!!!)

Please note (quite a number of years ago) that the U.S. Chess Federation ( stopped awarding the "LIFE Master" title. To be very plain, this was all politics, and I was a part of this process ... although I fought against the change. The main reason that the USCF stopped awarding the LM title was that FIDE ( thought that the title "took away" from their "FIDE Master" (FM) title, although since their norm is based only on 25 (or often less) games, that an FM is often much weaker than the average LM. (Certainly there is no comparing the number 300 with 25, that's just silly.)

I am a popular reviewer of chess books ... here is my profile on the "Amazon" website. (

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😃 If you want to see my games, go here: (A J Goldsby). Or go here, (; and type in "Goldsby" in one of the boxes, then click on search. I also have a page on my website with a few of my games: (And if you are really curious to see my games, I can send you an UN-annotated CB collection. E-mail me at:

The ____'s that run this website don't post my games anymore, but I won clear first in the 2014 Louisiana State Championship. (

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For a complete list of my better websites, please see:

I am often asked about the system that I invented, and the one that I use in OTB chess tournaments. (Below are the three pages that outline my whole system.)

Page One:

Page Two:

Page Three:

---> It’s also important to KNOW the basic mating patterns ... ( Added: Thurs; Nov. 17th, 2011.).

Game Collection: "ChessGames" >Problem of The Day< (2012)

IF you really want to improve, I highly recommend that you do 5-10 tactical problems on a daily basis! (Read this web-page for my very precise methodology: - be sure to read "Cool Training Tip, #01" in its entirety.)

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Annotated games:

Best games:

Best short games or miniatures:

The most amazing chess moves ever played:

Many of my annotated (replayable) games ... from my old "Angel-Fire" <downloads> website ... that have been completely re-done:

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Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013)

I followed this match pretty closely. I have a video on every game, see for more.

My web page on the match.

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World Chess Championship Candidates (2014)

The final CB report:

The FIDE CT ... with the correct final standings:

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(December 12th, 2013)
A note on my current avatar: (Iron Man)

I have been reading comic books ever since I was a little boy. You name it, I read it. (In fact, I had the #1 issue of the following comics ... Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, and Man-thing ... my mother burned a box full of these after her "conversion." Too bad, too. Today, I could sell them all and never worry about money again.)

Hulk, Fantastic Four and Spiderman are some of my favorites from the Marvel Group. (I also read DC as well.) But my chances of ever becoming one of them are slim and none. "Iron Man", however, is a different story. Put on a suit ... and become a super-hero? The possibilities are both endless and enchanting, I guess there is a little bit of Walter Mitty in all of us.

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Tuesday; January 14th, 2014: I was visiting the CB website when I learned that Vugar Gashimov had passed away.

I immediately thought that this was a terrible tragedy, and I must memorialize him in my header. This CB article is nice: (I will add more links - later.)

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I find the following game collections ... by <Phony Benoni> to be invaluable.

Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2014 (and)

Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2015 (and)

Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2016.

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   LIFE Master AJ has kibitzed 14751 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-07-14 A J Goldsby (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: When my autistic daughter is screaming or the phone is ringing ... (many distractions) ... I do not play well. However, when (as now) the house is quiet (just before 0300 hours), then I can play reasonably decent chess. Also - just the ...
   Jun-07-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jun-04-14 LIFE Master AJ chessforum (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: OK, I will. Thanks.
   Jun-01-14 Sebastien Feller (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: Possibly ... I am sure that, if he came back, that he would be dogged by this for the rest of his career. I wonder what he is doing right now?
   Jun-01-14 V Fedoseev vs J Westerberg, 2012 (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: I guessed (you really could not call it analysis, as I did not spend enough time on the problem - less than 2-3 minutes, I imagine); that 14.BxP/h7+, KxB; (if Black does not take, he is just a pawn down for nothing); 15.Nf3, (15...Ne4 looks interesting, but Black can play ...
   May-28-14 G Idigoras vs Panno, 1955 (replies)
LIFE Master AJ:
   May-22-14 Borislav Ivanov (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: Borislav Ivanov (1915) - Christian Brauer (2132) 6th Georgiev Memorial Sunny Beach / Kesarovski; (9) / 18,09,2007. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.Nh4 0-0 10.Nxf5 exf5 11.Qc2 g6 12.Rd1 Qe7 13.a5 b5 14.Bd3 a6 15.Na2 Bxa5 ...
   May-22-14 V Vasilev vs Borislav Ivanov, 2011
LIFE Master AJ: Is this computer stuff? Looks pretty average to me, I don't see an engine at work, not here. (Although I could be wrong.)
   May-20-14 chessforum (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: BUG The new PGN player. <default?> The last move is too far to the right. Is it possible to re-position that area? The reason that I ask is that playing through the game now has the bloody board dancing all over the screen, it is MOST annoying!
   May-19-14 A Dronov vs W Fischer, 2011 (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: One for the lizard, why was 25...RxN/d6 necessary?
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