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Reply #45 - 07/05/13 at 07:42:03
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My name is Aileen Taylor, my dad is Timothy Taylor who is a writer of chess books and an IM. I have played chess for fun over the years and recently gotten more into it, with the invention of so many chess apps and online playing. Now I don't need to make time for an occasional game, I can just have one or two going on my phone with players from different cities. Smiley
  
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Reply #44 - 05/31/13 at 07:11:51
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Better late than never.
My name is Dominique Laurain, early 50 yo.
I am living in Toulouse France.
I practiced chess at various levels in french championships and some tournaments outside France (Cork,Budapest 1st Saturday, thai BCC tournament in Phuket/Pattaya/Bangkok).
I had the chance to meet some famous GM posting or managing here ... of course, because many left native country to stay south France  (Glenn has been one of the 3  GM who sacrified queen in game with me).
I am super big-fan of French defence and owns so many books from Watson/Uhlmann/... that I stopped counting. My method of studying is using Bookup software, entering move after move and comments (after 20 years...I have a supra big-book...and my method helps me to keep some lines in memory).
I like to play Grunfeld too (got fun with it from very good lessons from canadian chessplayer)...but don't dare to put some posts here.
Oh...forgot too: I am computer science (and also mathematics) engineer .
  

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Reply #43 - 05/20/13 at 06:01:27
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Just a reminder that this thread is here and it would be great for more of the active members to introduce themselves (or maybe you have an important update!).

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Reply #42 - 11/12/04 at 18:15:34
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Richtig Opfern does not fulfil criteria 1 (what do you expect, from a book of 1936?) but it is the most inspiring book I ever read. It gave me back the pleasure in chess when I had lost it.
  

The book had the effect good books usually have: it made the stupids more stupid, the intelligent more intelligent and the other thousands of readers remained unchanged.
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Reply #41 - 11/12/04 at 07:05:44
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My criteria for books:
1) It should be inspiring
2) It should stand up to analytical scrutiny.

Both conditions are important, but to me (1) is more important than (2). For instance I like Dunnington's 1.d4 book even though me and my silicon friend both disagree with his assesments in some lines. I found his book inspiring. His recommendation against the Leningrad Dutch is outrageous and very fun to play!

Well's Tromp book probably reaches my ideal of an opening book. And I generally like Nigel Davies' work amongst others. But while davies, gallagher, watson etc are all good, the winner is....

Jeroen Bosch. His SOS columns and books from New in Chess are absolutely fantabulous. (read: very inspiring (1))
  
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Reply #40 - 11/11/04 at 21:02:28
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Nobody should be surprised by:
Rudolf Spielmann, Richtig Opfern
Michael Ehn, Rudolf Spielmann

On openings I like thorough works, such as
John Nunn, Complete Najdorf 6.Bg5
Lev Gutman, 4...Dh4 in der Schottischen Partie
Rolf Schwarz, several works
Ludek Pachman, Moderne Schachtheorie
There are more. These I use even a long time
after publishing. For instance, I think Schwarz'
book on the Dutch from 1964 still one of the
best on this opening, though the section on
the Leningrad is complete out of date.
  

The book had the effect good books usually have: it made the stupids more stupid, the intelligent more intelligent and the other thousands of readers remained unchanged.
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Reply #39 - 11/11/04 at 12:53:37
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I like very much:

Speelman...Best games

Christiansen...Storming the barricades

Yermolinsky...Road to chess improvement

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I recognize terror as the finest emotion in a chessgame and so I will try to terrorize my opponent. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify ...
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Reply #38 - 11/11/04 at 11:28:12
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Openings-wise, I like Watson's Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni - my favourite book on my favourite opening.

I know this is sacrilege but I don't really like a lot of Watson's other stuff - it all comes across as a bit pretentious to me.

My favourite chess book of all though has to be Best Chess Games 1970-1980 by Jon Speelman - some fabulous annotations of some fabulous games from my youth.
  

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Reply #37 - 11/11/04 at 10:22:26
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Inn2:  I should stress that I'm not endorsing Berliner's book--not worth your money--but might be worth a quick peruse.

Maybe as a way of stimulating this thread, I could ask a general question that people could also include in their introductions.  What are peoples' favorite chess books?  Either collections or (even more interestingly) opening manuals.  My three all-time favorites are Gregory Sanakoev's World Champion at the Third Attempt (correspondence chess), The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal, and Tal's account of his 1960 match with Botvinnik.  Picking an opening manual is harder, and often depends on what I'm playing at the time.  Generally, though, I find Joe Gallagher and Graham Burgess good value for money.  John Watson and Neil McDonald, too.
  

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Reply #36 - 11/10/04 at 21:07:22
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I was very disappointed that Williams omitted 1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 (that move again) as recommended in Dunnington's 1. d4 book.
Pinski's classical dutch book also rated this system highly, and I play it myself for White (of course!).

Rowson also said recently in CHESS magazine that he thought Williams was too optimistic, and in his annotations of his win over Williams at the British Ch. he points out several places where he disagrees with Williams' book.

I saw Berliner's System book quite a long time ago. It didn't make an impression on me then. Maybe I was too young  Undecided Shall look at it again.

Dunnington's 1. d4 book is good in many places but having had long experience with f3 lines, I feel qualified to say that his book is not perfect either. In particular his 4. f3 Nimzo coverage is lacking in certain places. I need Yakovich's book to plug some gaps; if any of you have seen this, kindly tell me how is it (through private message.. we don't want to go off-topic Wink).
  
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Reply #35 - 11/10/04 at 17:54:07
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Inn2: if you want to learn the Classical Dutch from Williams' book, beware. The book is sometimes rather optimistic about Black's chances. Moreover there are some important lines for White missing - especially Qb3 against Iljin-Zjenevsky with Qe8.
  

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Reply #34 - 11/10/04 at 16:25:44
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Hi!

I'm 30.  A Canadian living in exile in Philadelphia.  We like the city very much.  I have a Ph.D. in environmental history and between research and family (I have two school-aged children), I have played very little chess over the past few years.  I've become a correspondence chess devotee, though, and my son is now becoming interested in chess, so I'm hoping to get back into chess more seriously. 

With Black, I've clung to the Caro for almost twenty years (with a short break to try some Sicilians), though I'm trying out the French and liking it.  Against 1 d4, I used to have good success with the Benko and Modern Benoni, but am now trying on obscure variations of the Slav.

With White, I used to race for a Botvinnik System English (though I loved bashing KIDs with the Saemisch when the opportunity arose), but am looking for something new and leaning towards the Bird.

Happy chess to all!

PS--for Inn2: Hans Berliner, a former World Correspondence Chess champion wrote a book called The System, where he advocates a lot of f3.  Berliner seems to think that chess can be reduced to a series of calculations and his "system" is a step toward solving chess.  Frankly, I think he's out to lunch, but there is some very good opening material that you might find helpful if you like f3.
  

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Reply #33 - 11/08/04 at 20:54:44
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This thread is very intersting but has gone quite dead for awhile.  So here's an attempt to revive it and hopefully many of the new (?) members here will follow  Wink

Me: law student, plays one "serious" rated tournament a year (i have no time!), Elo: 2000~2100. I hope to be an FM at some point in my life. I have fantasies of quitting law and starting a chess career!  But its really a fantasy for now...

Openings: 1. d4 as White. But I play it rather aggressively: Basically its f3 systems against just about everything.

4. f3 in nimzo, Samisch KID. (actually I play 3. f3 so I suppose its f3 against grunfeld too), f3 in benko, benoni kapengut etc. Against QGD I go for exchange with Nge2 (again intending f3 and e4).

I may be the only person in the world with this repertoire but I think it should be more popular. If anything its very thematic... Isn't it always a struggle for the e4 square in so many openings?? Playing f3 resolves the issue once and for all.  Grin Weaker players are simply steamrolled in about 20 moves. I never have problems beating weaker players with White!

But no blackmar diemer for me though, even though it involves f3! I am aggressive but I try to stick with sounder lines  Wink I believe all f3 lines are quite sound although f3 looks ugly in some openings.

My opening for White, unlike Alumbrado, obviously isn’t according to Kramnik. I still haven’t found any GM with such a "consistent" repertoire as I have though! Please let me know if you people know anybody for me to follow. Right now I'm mostly looking at Dreev's games as he plays many lines i do.

As black I play Caro-kann/Alekhine/ French in decreasing order of frequency against 1. e4. and nimzo/QID/bogo/black knights tango against 1. d4. I like 1… e5 against the English.

I am hoping to sharpen my play with Black so the next year will see me playing more alekhines and French rather than my good ol Caro. I have also been learning the dutch from simon williams’ book.

That's all from me for now. I hope to get to know more chessplayers here. Do let me know what you think of my odd(?) repertoire!
  
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Reply #32 - 09/23/04 at 02:43:08
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OK, I'll hold the linkin' 'til the time is ripe...
  
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Reply #31 - 09/22/04 at 18:58:08
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Thanks for the feedback.  However, please DO NOT link until I go live!
  

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