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Sally Simpson
Member since Jan-28-14
I'm Geoff Chandler

'Sally Simpson' is the title of my favourite Who song.

I learned how to play chess when I was 6 or 7 by watching my father. He was playing dominoes at the time and I kept telling him what to play.

Eventually he locked me in a cupboard under stairs where I found an old chess set, a torch and a Fred Reinfeld book on Opening Traps.

I was in that cupboard for 18 years, when I came out I was a chess genius.

Somehow round about the Fischer boom I got good. My first ever rating was 1720 (that was 1974).

I ran my own chess magazine 'Capatal (sic) Chess', full of jokes, games from local players and other such nonsense.

Joint wrote a book with Danny Kopec and friends. 'Master Chess' I did the Tactics section. It ran to 24 editions, went through three publishing houses and was translated into Spanish.

I then tied first for the Scottish Open. Grade up to 2200 something. (with todays rating inflation that's 2900 something!)

My picture appeared in a paper and some man who opened up a shop selling games, jigsaws and chess computers wanted me to promote his chess computers.

I said 'No', he said 100 a week. I said Yes! (in 1984 100 p/w was good money.)

Alas no more weekend chess so practically gave up the game, including the magazine though played in occasional league matches and wrote a few articles.

Gave up selling computers in 1994 came back to full time chess but 10 year gap told and the knack was gone. Started up a pub team 'Sandy Bells' and successfully became an alcoholic. Now only have the odd pint or two at weekends instead of 5 or 6 every night. (and I mean every night. I was rarely sober.)

Gave up the booze (see above) got grade back to over 2000 (it was 2001! true). Wrote 'Rampant Chess' with Keith Ruxton and did 400 'Chandler Cornered's' they gave me two awards, made me 'Scottish Player of the Year!' and an honorary member of the Edinburgh Chess Club which was founded in 1822. (previous honorary member was Howard Staunton!)

Chess highlight. Spending an hour with Karpov at the Edinburgh Chess Club. It was just me and him (it is how he wanted it. The club was to be closed and just one person to show him around. They chose me!). We were like two kids in a chocolate factory.

Favourite player. Tarrasch (and of course strong affection for Karpov.)

Favourite active player. Topalov and Nigel Short. I have met both of them. Both are funny, excellent company and both play the kind of chess I like.

To be honest I neither like or dislike the rest. Never met most of them....not sure I want to, they all look like geeks.

Favourite game: R Austin vs G Chandler, 1980 Where I take a gamble (you must do this if the chance arrives, how else you going to play your brilliancy.) play inspired chess and hilariously cock it up.

Favourite Books: Catch 22, Three Men in a Boat and Treasure Island.

Favourite Chess Book: 'Tarrasch's Best Games' by Reinfeld.

There I can only tell you what book I know for sure helped me get good.

I cannot understand nor believe it when a good player like a G.M. recommends a book that will make a Home and Casual player good. How does he know? He is already good.

The Home and Casual player has to come back in 40 years and tell us if it was any good and the book reviewing GM should be telling us what book made him good.

If you fancy something different. I do this.

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   Sally Simpson has kibitzed 7683 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-18-19 Geller vs Karpov, 1976
Sally Simpson: *** Hi AylerKupp, No problem with 2nd books, I can get as many as I want per year just as long I pick up any back issues of 'Guns and Ammo' for her. Think I'll ask Santa to bring me the Levenfish book; ***
   Nov-18-19 Alapin vs Levenfish, 1911
Sally Simpson: *** In his book: 'Soviet Outcast' Levenfish writes: (page 25) "When I played against Alapin, after each move he wrote something on his scoresheet. After the game I asked him what he had written. It turned out that Alapin had been counting the number of tempos spent on the ...
   Nov-18-19 Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (replies)
Sally Simpson: *** At one time it was thought that 'Norma' was the opera being performed whilst this game was being played. But Edward Winter now thinks it was "probably" 'The Barber of Seville.' ***
   Nov-17-19 Ibro Saric
Sally Simpson: *** yes...not Ibro Saric but: Ivan Saric got me Ivans and Ibros mixed up - happens all the time. typed in 'Saric' and it took me straight to here probably due to alphabetical order. ***
   Nov-14-19 Mate Bagi
Sally Simpson: I have submitted the full game, hopefully C.G. will pick it up.
   Nov-12-19 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
Sally Simpson: *** Hi Saffuna, I too thought Fischer was good and played his part well considering as you say he was not actor. He followed the script perfectly his timing was good, his delivery was bit static but that was to be expected and he did not mind at all a gag or two being aimed ...
   Nov-11-19 A Giri vs W So, 2019 (replies)
Sally Simpson: *** Apparently the game up to the Bishop and Knight ending was prep by Giri. "After crushing Carlsen, <[13 - 2 in the Fischer Random Chess World Final] > So travelled to Bucharest for his next event, the Superbet Grand Tour rapid and blitz, and fell straight into a ...
   Nov-11-19 W So vs Caruana, 2019 (replies)
Sally Simpson: *** Looks like Wes stored the 8.Qb1 idea from his game Mamedyarov vs W So, 2018 One slack pawn pawn move 13...f6 and BANG! Fabiano's difference in Classical and Blitz (he is currently 37th at blitz live rating ) is not too strange. He obviously has a routine pre move blunder
   Nov-09-19 Caruana vs Mamedyarov, 2019 (replies)
Sally Simpson: *** The last few moves send the commentators into spasms of disbelief; 'Oh No Fabby...unbelievable....unreal....' ***
   Nov-05-19 Fred Reinfeld
Sally Simpson: *** 'Fred Reinfeld: The Man Who Taught America Chess, with 282 Games' by Alex Dunne. (that is 282 games played by Fred Reinfeld, not Fred Reinfeld teaching America how to play chess with 282 games.) Review here on page 53 (8 of 10) of ...
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