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Old September 2nd 05, 05:22 PM
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Since Taylor Kingston has been busy spending his time attacking books
by other authors, especially Eric Schiller, Larry Evans and Raymond
Keene, I decided to look and see if Taylor Kingston has written any
books, and what the reviewers said about them.

Here is what I found. Taylor Kingston has written two books. ALL of
the reviews have been unfavorable.

Here is what one reviewer wrote:

Terrible!, April 19, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
An attempt to paint a rosy picture of FIDE administrators under the
guise of impartiality. If you are interested in distorted facts and
half truths then this is probably the book for you. If not, don't
waste your money !

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...avesofthomasje
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Sam Sloan wrote:
Since Taylor Kingston has been busy spending his time attacking books
by other authors, especially Eric Schiller, Larry Evans and Raymond
Keene, I decided to look and see if Taylor Kingston has written any
books, and what the reviewers said about them.

Here is what I found. Taylor Kingston has written two books. ALL of
the reviews have been unfavorable.

Here is what one reviewer wrote:

Terrible!, April 19, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
An attempt to paint a rosy picture of FIDE administrators under the
guise of impartiality. If you are interested in distorted facts and
half truths then this is probably the book for you. If not, don't
waste your money !

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...avesofthomasje


what is the second book?

Heroic Tales: The Best of Chesscafe.com 1996 - 2001 (Paperback)
by Taylor Kingston _(Editor)_
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Old September 2nd 05, 07:33 PM
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Mike Murray wrote:
On Fri, 02 Sep 2005 16:22:39 GMT, (Sam Sloan)
wrote:
Here is what I found. Taylor Kingston has written two books. ALL of
the reviews have been unfavorable.

Here is what one reviewer wrote:

Terrible!, April 19, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
An attempt to paint a rosy picture of FIDE administrators under the
guise of impartiality. If you are interested in distorted facts and
half truths then this is probably the book for you. If not, don't
waste your money !

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...avesofthomasje

Come on, Sam. This was an anonymous review on Amazon -- anybody can
post one of those (and all six people who commented on the *review*
found it "not helpful").


This review is especially strange, since most of "Heroic Tales" has
nothing to do with FIDE administrators, and much of what it does say
about them is unfavorable.

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Old September 2nd 05, 09:26 PM
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Sam Sloan wrote:
I decided to look and see if Taylor Kingston has written any
books, and what the reviewers said about them.

Here is what I found. Taylor Kingston has written two books. ALL of
the reviews have been unfavorable.


I don't know what planet Sam is living on, but it certainly is not
the earth most of us inhabit. The plain fact is, I have written no
books. I have edited, translated, and/or proofread about 14 books, and
written small portions of a few, but I would never claim to have
"written a book." The books I've been involved with have been reviewed
quite favorably overall.
Books in which I have had some role:

The Human Comedy of Chess, by Hans Ree (Russell Enterprises, 1999)
The Life and Games of Carlos Torre, by Gabriel Velasco (Russell
Enterprises, 2000)
Scandinavian Defense: The Dynamic 3...Qd6, by Michael Melts (Russell
Enterprises, 2001)
How to Think in Chess, by Przewoznik and Soszynski, (Russell
Enterprises, 2001)
Heroic Tales: The Best of ChessCafe.com 1996-2001, various authors
(Russell Enterprises, 2002)
A Parent's Guide to Chess, by Dan Heisman (Russell Enterprises, 2002)
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, by Mark Dvoretsky (Russell Enterprises,
2003)
Looking for Trouble, by Dan Heisman (Russell Enterprises, 2003)
Danish Dynamite, by M=FCller and Voigt (Russell Enterprises, 2003)
Pal Benko: My Life, Games and Compositions, by Pal Benko and Jeremy
Silman (Siles Press, 2003)
The ChessCafe Puzzle Book, by Karsten M=FCller (Russell Enterprises,
2004)
Chess Mazes, by Bruce Alberston (Russell Enterprises, 2004)
A Legend on the Road (2nd edition), by John Donaldson, (Russell
Enterprises, 2005)
Paul Morphy: A Modern Perspective, by Valeri Beim (Russell
Enterprises, 2005)

In only two of these did I have some real measure of co-authorship.
In "The Life and Games of Carlos Torre," besides translating it from
Spanish, I revised various passages, wrote introductions to many of the
games, and assisted with analysis. Velasco graciously offered to list
me as co-author, but I declined -- the book is at least 90% his. The
other is "Heroic Tales," for which I wrote five of its 54 articles.
Most of these books have gotten quite favorable reviews. I am not in
the habit of hyping them here; I prefer to let the books speak for
themselves. But since Sam has tried to give the completely false
impression that reviews have been entirely unfavorable, I give a few
links and quotes:

Heroic Tales:
http://www.jeremysilman.com/book_rev...oic_tales.html
"A book that catches one's notice and gets a strong recommendation is
HEROIC TALES: The Best of ChessCafe.com 1996-2001, edited and organized
by Taylor Kingston." -- IM John Watson
"From every way you look at it -- production, readability, valuable
knowledge, interesting anecdotes of enjoyable witticism -- the
collection is brilliant ... The book is splendid." -- Amatzia Avni in
Kingpin

The Life and Games of Carlos Tor
www.bcmchess.co.uk/reviews/bcmrev0006.html
"It is impossible to imagine a better tribute to a great but tragic
player." -- British Chess Magazine

The Human Comedy of Chess:
www.bcmchess.co.uk/reviews/bcmrev9910.html
"Anyone who wants to know more about the personalities of the people
behind the chess upheavals of recent decades must read this book; and
so must anyone who simply wants to experience chess writing at its
finest. A superb book." -- British Chess Magazine

Interested readers can undoubtedly find other reviews online or in
various chess magazines.
As far as comparisons to Eric Schiller's oeuvre, I have no idea how
sales of these books compare to his, nor do I care. However, I think it
likely that there are more factual, analytical, grammatical and
typographical errors in the average single book by Schiller, than there
are in all 14 of the above.



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Old September 2nd 05, 10:32 PM
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"Taylor Kingston" wrote in message
oups.com...


I don't know what planet Sam is living on, but it certainly is not
the earth most of us inhabit. The plain fact is, I have written no
books.

-------------------

In that case a mistake has been made. Sam, untie Taylor from the pillar and
tie him to the post. You may then continue.



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Old September 2nd 05, 11:03 PM
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In that case a mistake has been made. Sam, untie Taylor from
the pillar and tie him to the post. You may then continue.


NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!

- Tom Martinak

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Old September 2nd 05, 11:39 PM
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I remembered a couple more I edited:

Tal-Botvinnik 1960, by Mikhail Tal, translated by Hanon Russell (5th
edition, Russell Enterprises 2000)
A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames, by Nikolay Minev (Russell
Enterprises, 2004)

Taylor Kingston wrote:
Sam Sloan wrote:
I decided to look and see if Taylor Kingston has written any
books, and what the reviewers said about them.

Here is what I found. Taylor Kingston has written two books. ALL of
the reviews have been unfavorable.


I don't know what planet Sam is living on, but it certainly is not
the earth most of us inhabit. The plain fact is, I have written no
books. I have edited, translated, and/or proofread about 14 books, and
written small portions of a few, but I would never claim to have
"written a book." The books I've been involved with have been reviewed
quite favorably overall.
Books in which I have had some role:

The Human Comedy of Chess, by Hans Ree (Russell Enterprises, 1999)
The Life and Games of Carlos Torre, by Gabriel Velasco (Russell
Enterprises, 2000)
Scandinavian Defense: The Dynamic 3...Qd6, by Michael Melts (Russell
Enterprises, 2001)
How to Think in Chess, by Przewoznik and Soszynski, (Russell
Enterprises, 2001)
Heroic Tales: The Best of ChessCafe.com 1996-2001, various authors
(Russell Enterprises, 2002)
A Parent's Guide to Chess, by Dan Heisman (Russell Enterprises, 2002)
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, by Mark Dvoretsky (Russell Enterprises,
2003)
Looking for Trouble, by Dan Heisman (Russell Enterprises, 2003)
Danish Dynamite, by M=FCller and Voigt (Russell Enterprises, 2003)
Pal Benko: My Life, Games and Compositions, by Pal Benko and Jeremy
Silman (Siles Press, 2003)
The ChessCafe Puzzle Book, by Karsten M=FCller (Russell Enterprises,
2004)
Chess Mazes, by Bruce Alberston (Russell Enterprises, 2004)
A Legend on the Road (2nd edition), by John Donaldson, (Russell
Enterprises, 2005)
Paul Morphy: A Modern Perspective, by Valeri Beim (Russell
Enterprises, 2005)

In only two of these did I have some real measure of co-authorship.
In "The Life and Games of Carlos Torre," besides translating it from
Spanish, I revised various passages, wrote introductions to many of the
games, and assisted with analysis. Velasco graciously offered to list
me as co-author, but I declined -- the book is at least 90% his. The
other is "Heroic Tales," for which I wrote five of its 54 articles.
Most of these books have gotten quite favorable reviews. I am not in
the habit of hyping them here; I prefer to let the books speak for
themselves. But since Sam has tried to give the completely false
impression that reviews have been entirely unfavorable, I give a few
links and quotes:

Heroic Tales:
http://www.jeremysilman.com/book_rev...oic_tales.html
"A book that catches one's notice and gets a strong recommendation is
HEROIC TALES: The Best of ChessCafe.com 1996-2001, edited and organized
by Taylor Kingston." -- IM John Watson
"From every way you look at it -- production, readability, valuable
knowledge, interesting anecdotes of enjoyable witticism -- the
collection is brilliant ... The book is splendid." -- Amatzia Avni in
Kingpin

The Life and Games of Carlos Tor
www.bcmchess.co.uk/reviews/bcmrev0006.html
"It is impossible to imagine a better tribute to a great but tragic
player." -- British Chess Magazine

The Human Comedy of Chess:
www.bcmchess.co.uk/reviews/bcmrev9910.html
"Anyone who wants to know more about the personalities of the people
behind the chess upheavals of recent decades must read this book; and
so must anyone who simply wants to experience chess writing at its
finest. A superb book." -- British Chess Magazine

Interested readers can undoubtedly find other reviews online or in
various chess magazines.
As far as comparisons to Eric Schiller's oeuvre, I have no idea how
sales of these books compare to his, nor do I care. However, I think it
likely that there are more factual, analytical, grammatical and
typographical errors in the average single book by Schiller, than there
are in all 14 of the above.


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Old September 3rd 05, 02:16 AM
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"Sam Sloan" wrote in message
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Since Taylor Kingston has been busy spending his time attacking books
by other authors, especially Eric Schiller, Larry Evans and Raymond
Keene, I decided to look and see if Taylor Kingston has written any
books, and what the reviewers said about them.

Here is what I found. Taylor Kingston has written two books. ALL of
the reviews have been unfavorable.

Here is what one reviewer wrote:

Terrible!, April 19, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
An attempt to paint a rosy picture of FIDE administrators under the
guise of impartiality. If you are interested in distorted facts and
half truths then this is probably the book for you. If not, don't
waste your money !

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...avesofthomasje


The customer reviews of Amazon.com are notoriously without merit. This one
is anonymous and was found helpful by 0 of 6 other readers. The book is
wide-ranging and in no truthful way can be said to dwell on FIDE and its
administrators. I found it very enjoyable.

Ian Burton
(Please reply to the Newsgroup)


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Old September 3rd 05, 02:35 PM
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Taylor Kingston wrote:
Sam Sloan wrote:
I decided to look and see if Taylor Kingston has written any
books, and what the reviewers said about them.

Here is what I found. Taylor Kingston has written two books. ALL of
the reviews have been unfavorable.


I don't know what planet Sam is living on, but it certainly is not
the earth most of us inhabit. The plain fact is, I have written no
books. I have edited, translated, and/or proofread about 14 books, and
written small portions of a few, but I would never claim to have
"written a book." The books I've been involved with have been reviewed
quite favorably overall.


Let me add that I've encouraged Mr. Kingston to assemble a book of his
best chess writing. The reviewer's art is a difficult one, and Mr.
Kingston's best reviews remind me of Shaw's music and theatre
criticism.

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