The Last Copies of The Fischer King’s Gambit
By Timothy Taylor, IM,
The last copies of The Fischer King’s Gambit have come down to 5. Yes, as of May 18 there are now only 5 copies left. You can read the unchanged blog below, but keep in mind, five books could be gone in a day. Act fast if you want one!
That’s what we have at this moment in time, May 19, 2017. Four books in one lonely box (you can see 4 copies, hardback, Fischer King’s Gambit) and one on top. That’s it!
Still newer lucky 7 update! There are now only 7 books left (as of May 16). Seven lucky people can buy these last 7 copies. Everyone else–out of luck! Remember, payment by PayPal is $90 to my email, firstname.lastname@example.org for anywhere in the US, while for Europe, Russia, Japan or Australia the price is $125. Feel free to contact me for more info, or just read the blog below, which is unchanged except for the constantly decreasing “Update” numbers!
Even newer Update! As of May 10, 2017, there are now exactly 10 books left. As before, I will leave the body of the post untouched.
Update! As of May 1, 2017 there are now only 18 books left. Other than this update, the rest of the blog has been left exactly as published 12 days ago.
I started this blog on March 9, 2017, when I was very excited for two reasons. One, it was Bobby Fischer’s birthday! Bobby, had he lived, would have been 74 years old. Second, The Fischer King’s Gambit had been selling well, and I was down to 60 books left (60 Memorable?) from the original 200.
I took lots of pictures, from all angles, of the sixty books: as you can see, hardback, 15 boxes, four to a box!
I started the blog, and wrote … half a page.
Then the run on the books started. I went crazy walking to the post office, lugging these behemoths! But I did get a good work-out: after all each book weighs 5 pounds, 6 ounces.
Now I only have 22 left, and I thought I better get the blog out before they were all gone.
First, let’s consider the reprint issue. Will there be a paperback? Many people have called The Fischer King’s Gambit “the best chess book published in the last thirty years”—see my earlier blog, “Phoenix: The Fischer King’s Gambit.” Would regular chess publishers want such a book? Horrors, no! A quality chess book? Never! And not Quality Chess, either!
In other earlier blogs, “Jonathan Tait: Book Butcher/Byron Jacobs: Editing Sociopath” and “Evil is Stupid” one can read all about chess publishing follies—uhhh, duh, I think it would be a great idea to invent some stupid errors and put them into a chess book—I mean, that would be smart, right?—Right.
So what I am going to do is send out some “paperback rights” queries to general publishers, who might not know that I’m supposed to be blackballed for writing an excellent book. As a long time professional writer, I have to say the odds are extremely slim. If some mega publisher wants to publish a chess book, it would probably be something aimed at beginners, rather than gambiteers.
However, it is possible that there will be a paperback: unlikely but possible. You can choose to bet on that chance.
E-book? Not a chance. As I say upfront in the FKG, “There is not and will never be an e-book.”
Finally, if you want to make sure you get the book, there are 22 books right here.
Check out the new “box” pictures. Not so many this time! Just five boxes, 20 books, and two on top–ready to go out–to make 22.
We also have some more quotes from happy readers, but before we get there, a note on the title. Why is this book called The Fischer King’s Gambit? Because Fischer won with it, of course!
Now if you’re new to this issue, you might give me a question right here like, didn’t Fischer refute the King’s Gambit? Let’s clarify: Fischer’s famous article, “A Bust to the King’s Gambit,” had nothing to do with the King Bishop’s Gambit. Fischer was busting the King Knight’s Gambit. Simply put, in that particular article, Fischer only considered the position after 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3?!
Fischer demonstrated that White has great difficulties after the move, 3… d6, now known as the Fischer Defense.
Fischer also wrote another article, years later, extolling the King Bishop’s Gambit with 3.Bc4! For some reason, this positive article on the King’s Gambit did not gain the attention that his negative article did!
Fischer always played 3.Bc4 in his accepted games. There are 23 Fischer games (as White) with the King’s Gambit in the Mega (18 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses) so you can see he crushed with 3.Bc4. Bobby beat GM Larry Evans with it in the US Championship the year he won 11-0! (Game 28 in my book) As he approached his full powers, he dominated GM Minic in Vincovci 1968 (Game 72 in the FKG). Fischer, a purist for the truth in chess, always played 3.Bc4 in his simul games, even producing magnificent works of art (see Game 99 with the triple piece sac!) under difficult conditions.
Bobby never once stated that the King Bishop’s Gambit was refuted; he did specifically say the 3.Bc4 was “better than 3.Nf3, which is practically refuted by 3… d6.”
Given the great contributions that Fischer made to the King Bishop’s Gambit, I believe that 3.Bc4 should be called the Fischer King’s Gambit, and that explains the title. I recommend 3.Bc4 wholeheartedly, and have scored many many wins with it.
Note that I do not only cover the accepted lines. I offer a complete repertoire for White against any defense Black might try after 2.f4: Accepted, Declined, and Counter Gambits.
White can play for a win in every line. There is no clear equalizer for Black.
What do my fellow IMs say about my book? Two have bought my book and given permission for me to share their opinions.
The noted Ukrainian IM and author Valery Bronznik bought my book a while ago and recently emailed me that he “really likes” the Fischer King’s Gambit! Bronznik is the author of 1.d4 – Beat the Guerrillas, The Lazy Man’s Sicilian, The Colle-Koltanowski System and more, including The Chigorin Defense which is an excellent book which I own.
IM Bronznik added, about The Fischer King’s Gambit, that it is “amazing, humorous, and motivating!”
I’m sure IM Andrew Martin needs no introduction to English speaking readers; taking a quick look on Amazon I see books such as First Steps: The Queen’s Gambit, The Hippopotamus Rises, Chess for Children and many more. Now IM Martin is perhaps best known for his instructional DVDs. What did this noted trainer say about the Fischer King’s Gambit? His email to me is worth printing in full:
I am enjoying the book. It is uniquely presented and designed.
I would recommend it to anyone, despite the high price. Collectors will like the quality. Practical players will like the content!
Congratulations on producing such a fine work.
Amateur King’s Gambit aficionados have been over the moon. Consider this wonderful letter from Spain. Note that Professor Seoane had one of his brilliant wins featured in GM John Shaw’s King’s Gambit book.
The professor writes:
“Dear Mr. Taylor,
This is Jesús Seoane, full Professor of Physics in Madrid, Spain. I am a chess club player and chess book collector. I have in my record on 5000 chess books.
I received your wonderful book on the Fischer King’s Gambit you kindly sent me through my good friend. The book is quite wonderful and I am enjoying a lot through the games and the brilliant comments you have made. Congrats!
The book is also wonderfully produced and it occupies a nice place in my modest library.”
One constantly recurring feature is that lower rated players are able to beat much higher rated foes with the Fischer King’s Gambit! Remember what happened to US Champion Wesley So? As I entitled my previous blog, “Adhiban has So so Busted in 11!” GM Baskeren Adhiban, an almost 200 rating point underdog, got a pawn up winning position against world class Wesley So simply by following my analysis for ten moves! See the blog for full details: note the only problem was that Adhiban, once he obtained the winning position, failed to press his attack, and the wily So managed a fortunate draw.
Other high rated players were not so lucky! Let’s take a look at a typical game, and its sequel, sent to me by one of my readers.
Chris Baumgartner (1757) – Avinish Rajendra (2127)
Fischer King’s Gambit
Knights Quest, Northbrook, IL G/40
March 26, 2017
Chris hadn’t looked up this line yet! As I point out in the book, “Normally this (the e5 advance) is not so good in the open games, as Black has the riposte … d5”—indeed, riposte coming!
Black has a nearly four hundred point rating advantage, and White has already made a mistake on move 4. Shouldn’t that mean a quick win for Black? Well, yes and no. If Black had read my book, he would have known two things: the importance of speed in the King’s Gambit, and the power of the Pawn Chain Block or PCB as I call it throughout the book. Here Black can set up the dreaded PCB (generally speaking, a pawn chain from the gambit pawn at f4 through g5 and often to h6) with 6… g5! when indeed, White is on the ropes, practically a full point down according to the evil Mr. Fritz! But Black didn’t know he had to cash in right here right now and so failed to decide the game on move 6! Now White gets a breather.
You just can’t play like this in the King’s Gambit, and so much for the four hundred point rating advantage!
Want to develop? Go play the Ruy Lopez or something.
This is the Fischer King’s Gambit, people, and most likely the game will be decided before fifteen moves, and if not then, certainly by move 25!
In other words, Black simply must go in for 10… Ng3+ 11.hxg3 Qxh1 12.Bxf4. when I think White has sufficient compensation for the exchange, but in this wild position all three results will be possible.
Now there are only two possibilities: White will win, or White will blunder. Black has no control over his destiny.
It doesn’t matter what Black plays here: White’s advantage is decisive.
Indeed, Chris wins the game. But keeping to our theme of speed, if you analyze the game carefully, you will see that White could have won faster in any number of ways. The best way to win in the KG is to “hammer hard” (to quote myself) and win as quickly as possible. I’m sure Chris will remember that in the future—see next game.
But before we get there, see the classic KG f file pressure win the game.
With White at plus 19 or something like that, Black finally resigns.
1 – 0
Next round: Chris is playing his opponent’s sister! And she also has a huge rating advantage. Chris found the correct fourth move in my book, and needless to say, got a winning position by move 9. Then what happened? That, dear readers, is a sad tale where instead of the old driver training line “Speed kills,” here we have “lack of speed kills!”
Chris Baumgartner (1757) – Anupama Rajendra (2095)
Fischer King’s Gambit
Knights Quest, Northbrook, IL G/40
March 26, 2017
Casual: Black fails to sense the danger, unaware of the savage speed of the KG! White should now win.
It’s all over, or, I amend myself, it should be all over!
In his excellent book Rook vs. Two Minor Pieces, IM Esben Lund notes that the rule of thumb in the middle game is that a rook plus two pawns equals two minor pieces. However, as his research developed, he realized the key factor was whether the rooks were active on the open files. Here, Black can claim no such thing—the rooks are barely in the game—so White’s advantage is decisive.
Which means that White should “hammer hard” while he can!
Chris should have decided the game right here on the coming move 17 (note that I announced decisive advantage in the previous game also on move 17!
The win is here, so let’s play it! Correct is 17.Bg5! Qg6 (box!) 18.Be7 and since 18… Rfe8 fails to 19.Ne5 when the eternal weakness at f7 is fatal, Black must give up the exchange, leaving White a piece ahead with an easy win.
The rest of the game sees Chris try to win without taking any risks, which is simply not possible in the KG. I’m sure he’ll be ready next time!
As for Black, Miss Rajendra shows what she’s made of and finally activates her rooks and wins the game.
0 – 1
But the real lesson is how quickly these much higher rated players are going down!
Let’s have the uncrowned king David Bronstein step in here, with a quote from his classic 200 Open Games.
“There is not a single true chess-player in the world whose heart does not beat faster at the mere sound of such long beloved and familiar words as ‘gambit games.’
In the first instance our delight is for the ancient weapon of the Romantics and other chess D’Artagnans—the legendary King’s Gambit.”
Right on! That’s who I was writing this book for: the chess D’Artagnans! I wanted to write the best book ever written on the King’s Gambit, and I believe I have succeeded. No groveling for a draw here, we are playing for a win in every game, against any defense!
But it turned out there was another audience for my book, perhaps the best audience of all!
Have you watched kids play these days? Boring upon boring, most of the time. Their coaches tell them to be “safe” rather than enjoy the game and attack!
One coach, the renowned Bruce Davis of Pennsylvania, saw his opportunity.
This is what happened with one of his “exclusive students.”
Bruce: “One of my exclusive students, at ten, with the help of the FKG, your book, has raised her rating screaming into the stratosphere to go up 1250 USCF rating points in under 12 months. Currently, at 1430 she is winning against 1600 and 1800 rated players! Fantabulous!”
Kids are expecting quiet chess—Bruce’s kids mate in 7.
Anish Pallod (945) – Ted Nyberg (805)
Fischer King’s Gambit
PA State Championship (K-9)
March 12, 2017
Bruce comments: “Anish is a third grader who went undefeated against ninth graders.”
Bruce talks about his rating rise, and ends with this great line: “He has the FKG fever and I’m loving it!”
NOW HERE’S ANOTHER GAME FROM A BRUCE KID
ChessKid.com Game online – G/15 4/3/2017 N_X_221_NYP vs AmbitiousFlag 1.e 4 e5 2.f4. exf4 3.Bc4 Qh4+ 4.Kf1 Bc5 5.d4. Bb4 6.Nf3 Qg4 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Ne5+ Resigns
If a Bruce kid fails to mate you in 7, he’ll still win your queen in 8!
There is nothing better than this great chess coach’s own words, so I will hand the mike to Bruce as he explains why this book works for his students:
Bruce Davis: The Fischer King’s Gambit is the best Opening Book I have ever read on any complex opening. It is so effective to both teach from and students are able to absorb the complete text.
First, one can absorb the first 4 moves of every chapter and deviation from the main line game. This builds a foundation of knowledge as if you were building a house. Without a good foundation your FKG house might fall down due to innumerable transpositions. Next, retain the ideas and play 10 moves deep to metaphorically build the walls of “the house” of the FKG. This knowledge is beyond many State Champions and some Grandmasters as the knowledge base is huge and incalculable as I do agree with Tim Taylor in this concept!
The final stage is too put on the roof which is the final stage of the FKG where ideas in the middle game endgame transition brings to the student to an extreme weapon to employ with confidence and carefree play. The complete package will come to the student through practice of tactics, tactics, tactics to employ through to the endgame play. This is the only way to calculate the incalculable positions of the FKG beyond theory and games. Analysis of FKG games with students and their rise of 1000’s of individual USCF rating points in as little as 5-12 months is phenomenal for many students. The current task at hand is for all students to memorize, consume and digest in whole, this almost 800 page text that will provide these young minds life knowledge and enjoyment of chess though to old age. Thank you, Tim for this FKG, truly a work of art!
One ten-year-old, young lady student had a conversation with her opponent after winning a FKG game that went like this, “Why did you move you pawn next to your king? Our coach tells us to never move it” She says, “Because I win with it!” Well, he asks, “How often?” She replies smiling matter of factly, “Oh, all the time.” We shared a good laugh about it later and this little anecdote, even today brings a smile to my face!
End of Bruce Davis excerpt, chess coach supreme!
There’s not much I can add to that, except to say if you are a chess coach, buy one of the last 22 and watch the ratings of your students soar!
Now how should I wrap this up? I believe this will be my last Fischer King’s Gambit blog, as I doubt these 22 books will last very long. I am going to count down each and every sale on my personal Facebook page as well as on “Tim Taylor’s Chess and Fiction Page” also on Facebook.
That “count down” thing gives me an idea! Let’s do a David Letterman style Top Ten list!
So here are the—drumroll please—
Top Ten Reasons You Should Buy The Fischer King’s Gambit!
10.Teach your children and students to play like Bobby and they will soon start beating you left and right!
9.There really are only 22 books left—today! Maybe less tomorrow! This may be the last chance to get the “best chess book published in the last 30 years.”
8.The author, yours truly, has scored over 88% with White in the King’.s Gambit, and in fact I have won every single King’s Gambit I have played over the last two years.
7.No other King’s Gambit book actually explains the ideas of the opening. I had to invent my own terms like “Pawn Chain Block.” As Bruce Davis says, by explaining the nature of the opening, you can then “build your house!”
6.I explain, specifically, “Why the King Bishop’s Gambit is Stronger than the King Knight’s Gambit”—I’m quoting myself, page 13.
5.And speaking of the above, most King’s Gambit books waste hundreds of pages on the King Knight’s Gambit, which doesn’t help you at all, since Fischer left it in the dust 50 years ago!
4.Want to beat someone 400 points higher rated? This is your book!
3.Want to beat Wesley So? I’m talking to you, Fabiano! So was busted in 11 when Adhiban followed my analysis!
2.Have trouble against the Declined, 2… Bc5, recommended by GM Marin in his book on the Open Games? Have no fear: I bust Marin’s line with a “two fisted, single digit innovation!”
1.The Number One Reason to Buy the Fischer King’s Gambit:
GM John Shaw’s “refutation of the Bishop’s Gambit”—kicked to the curb!!
The End—ordering information below.
The price of the book is $90. This includes Priority Mail shipping in the US.
We offer a great discount on overseas shipping—probably won’t do that on the next book!—but for this one we are charging $125 if you live in England, Europe, Russia or Australia (all places where I have sent books).
The best way to pay is by PayPal to my email address:
If you would like to send a check, email me for my address. A number of people have taken that option before, but I wouldn’t recommend it now due to the slowness of the mail.
I don’t know how long it will take to count down from 22 to 0, but I would recommend fast action if you really want the book!