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  • It feels different when you touch the pieces and move them around. Every chess lover understands what I mean - Alireza Firoujza in New In Chess.

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    • After we have paid our dutiful respects to such frigid values as calculation, foresight, self-control and the like, we always come back to the thought that speculative attack is the lifeblood of chess - Fred Reinfeld

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      • Fred - one of the popularizers of chess....... simple, but effective, first instructions. Read numbers of his books, when I first learned at 19 y.o. that there were chess books (!!??) and that there are more books written about chess than any other sport (Is that still right?).

        Bob A

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        • A movie called 'A Bullet for Joey'. George Raft is talking to an ex-girlfriend about another guy and says, with a sneer in his voice, " You wouldn't go for him. He's a chess player."

          Ohh the injustice!
          "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." - Aesop
          "Only the dead have seen the end of war." - Plato
          "If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination." - Thomas De Quincey

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          • Originally posted by Peter McKillop View Post
            A movie called 'A Bullet for Joey'. George Raft is talking to an ex-girlfriend about another guy and says, with a sneer in his voice, " You wouldn't go for him. He's a chess player."

            Ohh the injustice!
            That is it! Finally, an explanation for why so few of the fair sex enter chess tournaments?

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            • Great Chess Quotes

              March 21, 2021

              Would you buy water-damaged chess books to pay a low price?

              This from eBay today:

              12 Water damaged or stained chess books

              Starting bid US $20

              Description: 12 Water damaged chess books. Condition is "Acceptable". Shipped with USPS Media Mail.

              These books all have water damage, warping, and/or stains. Otherwise, they are in very good condition and readable.

              How to Reassess your chess by Silman has stains on the page edges. Otherwise very good.
              Chess Computer book has water stains in the top right, otherwise very good.
              How Good is your chess has a little piece of the paper spine missing, otherwise very good.
              ICON Sicilian Alapin has stains on the cover. Otherwise very good.
              Inside Chess Openings has stains on the cover that go to the first 3 pages, otherwise very good.
              Winning with the Slav has water damage and stains on the right side, otherwise very good.
              Anti-Meran Botvinnik variation has warping and water damage, otherwise very good.
              Planning has warping and water stains, otherwise very good condition
              Danger in Chess has warping and water stains, otherwise very good condition.
              Leningrad Dutch has warping and water stains, otherwise very good condition
              Game of Chess has stains on the outside page edges, otherwise very good condition.
              Test Your Chess IQ has stains and warping, otherwise very good condition.

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              • From the editor of American Chess Magazine regarding the popularity of the Queens Gambit: "we had incredible feedback from our last issue (#19) that even surpassed readers interest in our bestseller #12 with its "Fischer Magic". Finally outdone! Truly amazing!

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                • Jeremy Silman reported in the May 1978 issue of "Chess Life & Review" that Tigran Petrosian had recently given a simul against 30 juniors in London. He scored +10 =11 -9. Petrosian commented: "In the USSR, such players do not play in simultaneous exhibitions - they play in international tournaments!".

                  In the same report, SIlman mentions: "One of England's brightest hopes is 13-year old Nigel Short."

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                  • Great Chess Quotes

                    April 29, 2021

                    A statement in ChessBomb today by ArcticStones during the Aronian-Carlsen match game of the New in Chess Classic Knockouts (Game 4):

                    Ivanchuk is in a class by himself – the world’s foremost expert on the ceilings of chess venues!

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                    • The following Botvinnik quote comes from an interview B. gave to a Russian emigrant magazine called 'Seven Days'. Don't know if that mag still exists but the interview was re-printed in the trial run of New in Chess Magazine published as issue no. zero in March, 1984, and that's where I obtained this quote.

                      Originally posted by Mikhail Botvinnik
                      Q: What do you think of the present world-champion?

                      A: ..... When a master became known for his ideas about a certain opening he was brought to Moscow and was instructed to do some more research on that opening for Karpov, and to put his findings on paper, of course in the utmost secrecy. In short, we can see Karpov as an exploiter of other people's ideas. His ability to use these ideas is not at issue, but he himself is about as fertile as a woman who has been sterilized.
                      "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." - Aesop
                      "Only the dead have seen the end of war." - Plato
                      "If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination." - Thomas De Quincey

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                      • Pete, dont you find it interesting that Botvinnik said that during Soviet times. Thats quite the statement. I guess he was beyond repercussions.

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                        • Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
                          Pete, dont you find it interesting that Botvinnik said that during Soviet times. Thats quite the statement. I guess he was beyond repercussions.
                          Yes, this was my first reaction too. But I guess it is as you say, he was basically immortal as far as chess went. Still, the bravado and gall are wonderful, and he must have ruffled quite a few feathers in the process.

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                          • Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
                            Pete, dont you find it interesting that Botvinnik said that during Soviet times. Thats quite the statement. I guess he was beyond repercussions.
                            Yes, I agree re "beyond repercussions.". It would be interesting to know if Botvinnik was always that sharp-tongued in his assessments of some players. In the same interview he had uncomplimentary things to say about Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Polugaevsky, and Portisch. In the cases of Smyslov, Korchnoi, Kasparov, Bondarevsky, Boleslavsky, Furman, Fine, and Beliavsky his comments were generally positive. At that time (1984) he considered Kasparov and Korchnoi to be the world's strongest players.
                            "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." - Aesop
                            "Only the dead have seen the end of war." - Plato
                            "If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination." - Thomas De Quincey

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