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Bruce Pandolfini
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1967 to 1970

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(born Sep-17-1947, 74 years old) United States of America

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs Pandolfini 0-161967New YorkB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
2. Pandolfini vs NN 1-0151970?C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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Sep-20-05  woodenbishop: Interesting reflection upon your acquaintances with Vinnie (and Pandolfini). Would you happen to know whether or not Pandolfini ever played against Walter Browne, Sam Reshevsky, or Bobby Fischer?
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  IMlday: I doubt he played any of them; his playing career was very brief, preferring teaching. Sharing first in that big NY tournament showed his talent, but he didn't have much competitive spirit except, in that case, where winning prize money was necessary to maintain his education.
Dec-19-05  offramp: His book Pandolfini's Endgame Course has an online errata!
Mar-25-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Pandolfini's books were the first chess books I read, starting back in 1999. They were all good for the beginner,I must have read 10 books by him.His book Endgame Course and Weapons of Chess are the best in my opinion.He fails to teach the Dynamics of the Knight in Weapons of Chess,he needs to go into more detail about how to avoid checks from the knight and which square is the best for the King to avoid check and how it forks multiple pieces ,he doesn't go into enough detail.I had to learn about this the hard way.His books give you all the other basics you need to become a novice player.He gives you good solid fundamentals to begin playing.My internet rating is now 1800 +,but I have read many other books since those first Pandolfini books.My rating and games are at: <Timothy>
May-10-06  vesivialvy93: Pandolfini will never get a dollar from me ! this guy has wasting my time with his stupid chess page in the "chess life" mag i don't know why almost everything when he is writing something to help you with chess tests , in the results we are all playing 2000 elo or more at the end of the test and most of the time with 3-4 good answers you have 1300-1400 !!! same thing in chessmaster he's over rate everybody by more than 300 pts....what is problem , why saying to a beginner is playing 1400 if it's not true ? you never help bul...s-ting peoples like that! and please don't tell me it's because chess tests can only give an idea and it is not accurate for real elo ! i can understand that for 2-3 tests but not most of it ! and by more than 300 pts at least ! what a waste of time !
Jun-12-06  spasskey69: I think that maybe Bruce Pandolfini's most lasting contribution to chess (so far!) is that he is a good teacher for beginners. At some point, we all move beyond Bruce, just as earlier generations put aside Fred Reinfeld for more advanced teachers. Bruce is also, with Susuan Polgar, concerned with teaching players to be decent winners and dignified losers. I am sure we all have our stories of the bad sports among us. I once defeated a guy rated over 300 points above me in a tournament, and he didn'y even bother to congratulate me, let alone go over the game. He could have used a lesson on losing gracefully.
Jul-06-06  beatles fan: great player, wonder why he has only 2 games in the database?
Feb-04-07  IMDONE4: how does pandolfini teach so well despite being (correct me if im wrong) not that great of a player? Is he just a really good analysist that can review all your games and tell you where you went wrong? Or does he just give you a bunch of chess puzzles and tell you to go do them?
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  plang: Pandolfini is a strong master. You don't have to be a GM to be a good teacher. In fact, I'm sure many GMs are not cut out for teaching.
Feb-05-07  Open Defence: In fact to be a good coach one must have good people skills too.. (not necessarily win a popularity contest.. but know how to motivate and get the best out of people)... some Super GMs fall short there .. probably because they spend so much time on chess and little on people..
Feb-05-07  IMDONE4: So is that all good coaches need to do? Be a motivator? Cause I know a lot of people who can motivate, but cant really help someones chess skills. What Im basically asking is if anyone knows how Pandolfini teaches.
Aug-05-07  D. M. Walles: As far as being a bad player and good teacher, sometimes general advice is the best advice and someone can be a great chess teacher without even knowing how the pieces move. I remember Stephan Gerzadowicz recommending a tennis book to players wanting to improve. I've heard other players recommend books on psychology or The Art of War. Plus look at Mike de la Maza, who was rated 1300 when he came up with the world famous seven circles method.
Aug-06-07  HannibalSchlecter: Didn't know about Mike De La Maza until now. I just read Jeremy Silman's review of his book. Pretty funny.
Aug-06-07  HannibalSchlecter: <IMDONE4> Well if you've seen the movie, Pandolfini likes to knock the pieces on the floor and say smug things like "maybe that will make it easier for you!" I jest. Actually I'm reading Josh Waitzkin's new book "The Art of Learning" (awesome so far by the way)and he mentions Bruce emphasized studying the endgames and working on visualization, making openings less a priority. Josh had high praise for the Pan Man. The other thing I remember and this was from a Chess Life article was Pandolfini saying he never gives the same chess lesson twice. I don't know if that's good or bad. Like what if he gives the greatest lesson of all time? You'd think he'd repeat that one, especially during sweeps week. That's all I know about the Pan Man's personal teaching style. I'm curious too, anyone out there take a chess lesson from Pandolfini?
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  James Demery: The Pan Man?
Aug-20-07  HannibalSchlecter: Yes, Pandolfini, or as I affectionately called him, "The Pan Man." Actually, it's more laziness than anything. I save a syllable but it costs me in the long run when I inevitably have to explain it. Frankly I don't think Bruce cares for the name either. He once pushed me up against the wall and said "Call me that again, and you'll be searching for your liver."
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  James Demery: LOL !! Yes he looks like the violent type. Never irritate an Italian or you may wind up with cement overshoes at the bottom of the East River.
Oct-29-07  Riverbeast: The real Bruce Pandolfini is a very nice guy, and very much for your Italian - American mafioso stereotypes.

HannibalSchlecter, is that a true story? I suspect you made it up - that doesn't sound like anything Bruce would do.

I also knew Vinnie Livermore, and I didn't think Lawrence Fishburne's portrayal was that accurate. Not that it needed to be - actors and directors take license with characters all the time. The characterizations of Pandolfini, Sarwer ('Jonathan Poe'), Asa Hoffmann, etc. were also nothing like the real people.

Fishburne played Vinnie as kind of a tough guy - macho, a bit of a homeboy. The Vinnie Livermore I knew was a showman, but much more erudite: he was the holder of a masters degree and he sprinkled a lot of affected high-mindedness, and sexual innuendo, in his trash talking.

Let's put it this way: the real-life character was far more interesting than the fictional one.

Nov-18-07  Karpova: Winter tears his latest book "TReasure Chess" apart:
Dec-07-07  micartouse: <spasskey69: I am sure we all have our stories of the bad sports among us. I once defeated a guy rated over 300 points above me in a tournament, and he didn't even bother to congratulate me, let alone go over the game.>

Good point. I made this mistake once and regretted ever since - took a loss to a lower rated player too hard and was too demoralized and exhausted to analyze with him and didn't congratulate him properly. It should have been his moment in the sun, and I learned a lot from this mistake. It's part of the game.

Dec-07-07  MaxxLange: At my rating, I take every opponent seriously. I've seen too many kids at 1200 and then a year later they are 1700
Dec-08-07  D4n: Has anyone read Treasure Chess?
Dec-19-07  2021: I think Weapons of Chess: An Omnibus of Chess Strategy and Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess by Pandolfini are good.
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  James Demery: So much for people having a sense of humor.
Jul-30-08  blacksburg: i read "pandolfini's endgame course" a few years ago when i first started playing. i learned as much from finding the typos on my own as i did from what he wrote.

i guess i did learn a lot from that book, but whether that was because of pandolfini, or in spite of him, i don't know.

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