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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 2551 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-13-19 Schlechter vs J Thirring, 1893 (replies)
fredthebear: <goodevans: I'm all for swashbuckling chess but you need to know when to stop buckling your swash and just consolidate a superior position.> So true. 18...QxQd1+ 19.RxQd1 Rf8 etc. would have taken much of the starch out of this game with Black having the better of it. That
   Dec-12-19 W Pietzsch vs Larsen, 1961 (replies)
fredthebear: 29...Ke7 was also playable.
   Dec-12-19 M Mrva vs M Tomcik, 2001
fredthebear: 26.Nxc5! is a keen unpin. It's somewhat uncommon that a forcing capture w/check (the possible 26...RxRd1+) is not a healthy move for Black.
   Dec-12-19 Pigalev vs I Nikolayev, 1979
fredthebear: There is a mating line if the White king runs into the corner to "save" his queen. 29.Kb1 Nec3+ 30.Ka1 Qd1+ 31.Qb1/Qc1 QxQ#.
   Dec-11-19 Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894
fredthebear: Outstanding posts <keypusher>!
   Dec-11-19 Taimanov vs Zachodiakin, 1945
fredthebear: Perhaps this is the original trial: E Steiner vs Capablanca, 1928
   Dec-11-19 L B Shmuter vs Y Afek, 1995
fredthebear: A unique game. If 23...RxBe8 24.Qd2+ threatens mate.
   Dec-10-19 A F Ker vs D Eade, 2017
fredthebear: <JS> Yes, a fun bash here. 6.Bd3 is a dangerous line for the unwary. Taking flight to 19...Ka8/Kc8 requires a bit of work to reach mate, but simplification is easy enough.
   Dec-10-19 Blackburne vs S Hamel, 1867 (replies)
fredthebear: In honor of JHB our POTD, we just don't see much chess like this anymore. Black certainly should have contested the White rook entry 20.Rg7+. Nonetheless, a fun carving to watch.
   Dec-09-19 G A Thomas vs Gruenfeld, 1925
fredthebear: The bishop for three pawns 93.Bxc4 etc. does not turn out well for White. White is chronically backed up and needs a good plumber at that point anyhow, so the bishop sacrifice was perhaps worth a try.
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