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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 3721 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-05-20 B Wall vs L Martinez, 1972
fredthebear: Brilliant combination against the uncastled king!! 10.Bxf7+!! This bishop sacrifice while the White queen and knight hang is one of better bishop sacrifices that I've seen, although there are many examples to be found in the legends of chess. Taking the pawn DECOYed (a.k.a. ...
   Dec-05-20 Cochrane vs Mohishunder, 1854 (replies)
fredthebear: Those ratings seem far too high for both players. At times, Bonnerjee Mohishunder does not even appear to be master-level.
   Dec-05-20 K G Shirazi vs O Castro, 1991
fredthebear: If you are interested in analyzing games with Stockfish - read AylerKupp above!!
   Dec-04-20 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
fredthebear: My brother used to live in South Florida. He had alligators in the back yard, tried to eat the kids and family dog, but the dog figured it out and sounded the alarm. Brother went Cajun on 'em -- Shoot 'em! Those gators don't come back so soon that way. I'm keeping my mask ...
   Dec-04-20 Milner-Barry vs NN, 1961
fredthebear: A royal family fork, mate in one ! !
   Dec-04-20 K Krantz vs K Dehmelt, 1986
fredthebear: It took a long time to play 24 moves by correspondence.
   Dec-04-20 Grischuk vs Carlsen, 2016
fredthebear: [Event " Semifinal Blitz"] [Site " INT"] [Date "2016.08.23"] [EventDate "2016.08.23"] [Round "1"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Alexander Grischuk"] [Black "Magnus Carlsen"] [ECO "000"] [WhiteElo "2754"] [BlackElo "2857"] [PlyCount ...
   Dec-04-20 Lagno vs S Melia, 2007
fredthebear: In the final position, White is up a piece, and has a sham Q sacrifice (26.QxBg7+) followed by a discovered attack to remove the queens. White would remain up a bishop after simplification.
   Dec-04-20 Fischer vs J Zvers, 1964
fredthebear: <Whiteshark> used to explain all this Latin/German/Italian/French/Spanish/Portuguese/ Polish/Russian/Czech/Algonquin etc. stuff to us. Like most sharks, he is well-schooled. "The first recorded inhabitants of the Milwaukee area are the Algonquin and Siouan peoples. French ...
   Dec-04-20 N Lakos vs Lagno, 2004
fredthebear: The pawn fork 25.f5 is met by QxRh7, which threatens to mate on White's back rank.
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