Chess Upsets 2018-2019 Published

Paperback, 600 pages, 6×9 inches,
202 annotated games, 432 diagrams,
Figurine Algebraic Notation (FAN)

ISBN 10: 8584185879
ISBN 13: 979-8584185879

Sometimes, the underdog wins!

Explore the unusual circumstance when the heavily out-rated player rises up, gets to work and defeats his (or her) lofty opponent.

These games are an inspiration for every player about to face a “superior chess intellect” in a tournament game. You do not have to worry, and, you do not have to go quietly into the night. You can fight! In these games, the pre-game favorite loses.

Selected from tournaments which took place in 2018 and 2019. 202 annotated games. Figurine Algebraic Notation (FAN). 432 diagrams. Player and ECO Indexes.

Includes the short story, The Second Round.

Available from Amazon in many countries.

Four New Paperback Books Published

It has been a busy year… The following new paperback books have been published, all available from Amazon in many countries.

In the Trenches – The Golden Age of Modern Correspondence Chess – 2020. Independent
ISBN – 10: 8550255445 ISBN-13: 979-8550255445
Paperback, 8 1/2x 11, 456 pages, 572 annotated games, 573 diagrams, Figurine Algebraic Notation

In the Trenches is about the golden era of modern correspondence chess, i.e. around the year 2000. Email chess was King, only to be replaced a few years later with server-based correspondence chess. Enjoy these battles between serious players as they give no quarter and fight for every point in the crosstable. At this time, chess engine use was not an overly important factor in high level games, and fewer draws were the result. All master-level games, almost all decisive.

Correspondence Chess Follies – 2017. 2020. Independent
ISBN – 10: 8577995942 ISBN-13: 979-8577995942
Paperback, 8 1/2x 11, 490 pages, 418 annotated games, 566 diagrams, Figurine Algebraic Notation

Correspondence chess has the reputation of being the more scientific (perfect, if you like) form of the game. Reflection time is measured in days, instead of minutes. Research and engine use are permitted in most organizations. In theory, the games should be of a uniformly high standard – much higher than your average over the board tournament.

This volume includes 418 annotated games, taken from actual correspondence chess matches and tournaments. All of them were either started or ended in the year 2017. They all feature blunders, miniatures, and mates.

There are beginner games – of course, but not all of them feature correspondence chess newcomers.

It is hoped that this annual series of books will help the new player avoid the common mistakes when entering the wonderful world of correspondence chess. Middle-level players may also benefit from studying the types of blunder patterns evidenced in this book. We all make mistakes. With practice and good work habits (use the research tools available to you!) you will drastically reduce errors and your correspondence chess career will take off to a new, higher level!

Correspondence Chess Follies – 2018. 2020. Independent
ISBN – 10: 8573234380 ISBN-13: 979-8573234380
Paperback, 8 1/2x 11, 412 pages, 329 annotated games, 447 diagrams, Figurine Algebraic Notation

The series continues…

Correspondence Chess Follies – 2019. 2020. Independent
ISBN – 10: 8567806319 ISBN-13: 979-8567806319
Paperback, 8 1/2x 11, 412 pages, 323 annotated games, 400 diagrams, Figurine Algebraic Notation

The series continues…

You can visit my Author Page on Amazon for details.

Assembling Chess IV Published

Welcome to Assembling Chess IV. In it, we continue our eclectic mix of Chess games, analysis, philosophy, humor, and fiction. If you like reading about Chess, the Assembling Chess series of books should interest you.

Hopefully, it will also entertain you. If this is accomplished, then I have achieved my purpose as Editor.

Chapters: Letter From A Chess-Player’s Wife; A Fasciculus Of Chess Wrinkles; The 64-Square Madhouse; The Automaton Chess-Player; The Game Of Life; The Not Fragile Gambit; In Praise Of Chess; A Correspondence Chess Simultaneous Exhibition; Caissa; Blitz Correspondence Chess?! A Diary; Player Index; ECO Index.
264 pages, 92 games, 71 diagrams. Figurine Algebraic Notation.

ISBN-13 : 979-8688503715

Available from Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats in many countries.