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Reply #462 - 05/07/20 at 19:19:58
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Yes, congratulations! Chess Life is in good hands.
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doefmat wrote on 05/04/20 at 08:54:53:
How can you read so many chess books?


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Reply #460 - 05/04/20 at 10:00:53
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proustiskeen wrote on 05/04/20 at 03:53:59:
After slacking on posting my latest reviews to my blog, I have finally done so. Links are below.

I did want to mention that my May column is my last for Chess Life, as I will be taking on the job of Editor for the magazine beginning June 1st. The good news is that I've convinced IM John Watson to become the new Chess Life review columnist, and judging by his first two submissions, he hasn't lost a beat.

Thanks for reading my work through the years, and keep an eye out... since I'm still the Chess Life Online editor as well, there's nothing stopping me from posting the occasional review there!

March: https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/useful-technology/

April: https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/test-yourself/

May: https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/capturing-attention/


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After slacking on posting my latest reviews to my blog, I have finally done so. Links are below.

I did want to mention that my May column is my last for Chess Life, as I will be taking on the job of Editor for the magazine beginning June 1st. The good news is that I've convinced IM John Watson to become the new Chess Life review columnist, and judging by his first two submissions, he hasn't lost a beat.

Thanks for reading my work through the years, and keep an eye out... since I'm still the Chess Life Online editor as well, there's nothing stopping me from posting the occasional review there!

March: https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/useful-technology/

April: https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/test-yourself/

May: https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/capturing-attention/
  
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Reply #457 - 02/03/20 at 19:10:48
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Catching up on two reviews:

January - the Tarrasch in all its glory!
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/the-tarrasch-lives/

February - The Anand Files and Mind Master
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2020/02/03/the-grind/
  
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Reply #456 - 01/02/20 at 21:33:35
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Thanks, found it myself in the meantime:

https://new.uschess.org/chess-life-digital-archives/
  

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Reply #455 - 12/29/19 at 10:01:54
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Nickajack wrote on 12/29/19 at 09:10:15:
Could you please post how or where the old Chess Life magazines that are being digitized are available for download


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Reply #454 - 12/29/19 at 09:10:15
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Hi John,

Could you please post how or where the old Chess Life magazines that are being digitized are available for download (for members)?

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Reply #452 - 11/20/19 at 23:04:30
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proustiskeen wrote on 11/20/19 at 21:29:02:
Slightly out of cycle (I still have to post my November column) but some will find these useful, perhaps:

https://new.uschess.org/news/fat-fritz-fritz-17-review-i/
https://new.uschess.org/news/fat-fritz-fritz-17-review-part-ii/

Thanks as always for the reviews.

Shame you werent able to post these last week - Chessbase had a 24 hour sale which i think may have included the latest Fritz and other stores had been running a pre-order discount before that.
  

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Reply #451 - 11/20/19 at 21:29:02
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Slightly out of cycle (I still have to post my November column) but some will find these useful, perhaps:

https://new.uschess.org/news/fat-fritz-fritz-17-review-i/
https://new.uschess.org/news/fat-fritz-fritz-17-review-part-ii/
  
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #450 - 11/10/19 at 02:17:34
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I had two hesitations about the book.

(1) The review raises a lot of interesting topics, but it was hard for me to decide to what depth the book deals with those topics. If they only get a casual mention in the book, then I don't need the book, because I already saw the casual mentions in the review!

(2) It's hard for me to believe that the author was sincere in his dedication to the game. One or two years is a trivial amount of time to "devote" oneself to any worthwhile endeavor. (People on chesspub have devoted decades to the game, most without any pretence of "going pro".) From the review, all I can detect is a kind of box-ticking exercise. So the first suspicion is that the whole thing was just material for the book, which is a fine topic, but if the author was not sincere then I think it should have been done as journalism instead of memoir. Also I don't understand the review's footnote about feature writing. Why wouldn't this be in the book? After all, the features were about chess, and this is one of the basic ways that pros have always paid the rent. My guess is that it would have undermined the "obsession" angle.

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Stranger still is the decision Chapin makes to travel to Hyderabad, ...

The unkind part of me wonders whether the author had an assignment to cover the tournament.

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change pretense to pretence -- I forgot where chesspub is hosted!
  
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #449 - 11/10/19 at 00:55:37
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I have neither read the book nor listened to the podcast episode yet, but after looking up the author (since I had never heard of him), I find it strange that someone with so little tournament experience would write a chess memoir. Provided I found the right guy, he has a Canadian rating in the 1300s based on just 20 games, a USCF rating in the 1400s based on a similarly small number of games, and no FIDE rating.

Note that I'm not knocking Chapin's playing strength here; 1400 isn't bad at all for someone that new to tournament chess. But why write a memoir when you've only just started playing serious tournaments? Why not try playing for a few years and get in some good training between battles, to get a more realistic view of your prospects?
  

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Reply #448 - 11/09/19 at 23:21:05
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What a pompous author (by the sounds of it)

There is little room for that on the chess board. This reminds me of that guy who would try to become a chess master in a couple of months, then supposedly created an engine to help him learn ... and then got his chance to play against Magnus and immediately blundered the simplest of tactics.
  
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