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    • The Train Story

      As many readers might be aware, I started tournament play at age 16 as a really terrible player. It was not until my fourth tournament, after 8 months of play, that I won more than one game in an event. However, once I learned how to play "Real Ch... | Read More

    • The Barack Shock

      As a little background, my first book Elements of Positional Evaluation, was written (with my typewriter!) in 1974 but not published til 1990. One of the reasons it was initially rejected was that a GM, who represented a chess publishing house, do... | Read More

    • Playing Fast in Opponent's Time Pressure

      One of the most common errors I encounter, even among experienced players, is playing fast when the opponent is in time pressure (and you are not). It's very tempting to do so, and there are some advantages to playing quickly in those situations b... | Read More

    • 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (part 7 of 7)

      The seventh and final round was the only game on Sunday, so I had an entire day to prepare. I had a half point lead; a draw would clinch a tie for the title and a win, of course, made me the outright champion on my first attempt. My opponent was ... | Read More

    • 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (part 6 of 7)

      With the possible exception of Round 1 and a little bit of Round 2, all of the previous games were fairly unbalanced and all, without exception, were decisive. This changed in Round 6 when I got a nice opening advantage against Joe Weber, and cou... | Read More

    • 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (part 5 of 7)

      The first four games of this round-robin event were played on the previous weekend, and July 14-15, 1973 were the dates for the final three. My first opponent on the second weekend was Harvey Bradlow, an old friend/nemesis from our junior days (a... | Read More

    • 1973 Gr Phila Invitational Championship (Part 4 of 7)

      Compared to some of the other veterans at the Germantown Chess Club, Lou Golder had not been one of my frequent opponents. Possibly I had played a loss against him when I was weaker and a draw after I got stronger. In any case, I really did not kn... | Read More

    • 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (part 3 of 7)

      Michael Pastor was the young superstar of Philadelphia chess. Bright and chess-obsessed, Michael made master by his mid-teens, a feat quite less common than today. Not only that, but simultaneously I had been in one of my frequent "vacations" from... | Read More

    • 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Championship (2 of 7)

      [This is the second in a series of 7 blogs about the 1973 Greater Philadephia Invitational Championship - link for Part 1] When I first started playing tournament chess in the late 1960's and early 1970's, "Master" was a very difficult title to a... | Read More

    • 1973 Gr Phila Invitational Championship (Part 1 of 7)

      This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Greater Philadelphia Invitational Chess Championship. In honor of this event I thought I would write a 7-part series with light annotation of my game in each round. Each blog will primarily consist ... | Read More