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First, I can't answer analytical questions on chess because my United States Chess Federation (USCF) rating is definitely below average. However, I am very knowledgeable about chess history and general chess trivia. I've been a chess trivia buff for 35 years! Furthermore, my research and writing skills are far above average! I've been researching chess questions on the Internet for over 10 years and pretty much know where to look for answers to them. My strong devotion to chess will show in many of the questions I can answer for your website. In other words, I can give specific, detailed answers if the need may be.

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I have been a USCF member for 35 years (as of next month) and also have a very substantial collection of back issues of chess magazines, not to mention a lot of chess books. I am also familiar with many chess websites, such as ChessCafe and Chessbase. To be quite frank, chess (playing, studying, researching, and so on) has been somewhat of an obsession to me ever since I was about 12. I just can't seem to get enough of it.


United States Chess Federation (since 1975)


Interesting question! If you Google my full name (Howard S Sample) you will see that I have made many contributions to chess websites. I send in questions and comments very regularly although they don't always get printed. Admittedly, I can be a bit picky when writing to correct errors but I've submitted corrections many times (and not just to chess websites). Incidentally, I am also entering the field of freelance writing though, admittedly, I plan to write mainly about issues such as investments, federal taxation, and accounting/finance topics. But freelance writing on chess topics is also a field I'm exploring.


I have two degrees in business, of which one is an MBA (from the University of Toledo).

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Recent Answers from Howard S Sample

2016-09-19 Bishop - Knight Combinations.:

Sir, that question is almost literally impossible to answer !    It depends tremendously on the position, not to mention personal preferences (and/or  playing styles of the players.  Some players, in other

2016-09-12 Checkmate with Bishop and Knight.:

Yes, it is certainly possible to checkmate with a bishop and knight, against a lone king, but the process is not easy.  It definitely takes practice.      And, yes, either piece can give the check(mate)

2016-09-04 middle game/positional:

Thanks !  The clarification definitely helps.      At any rate, the answer to your question, in my view, is no.  Books on the middlegame discuss not just positional play, but also tactics.  Offhand, I

2016-09-01 middle game/positional:

Could you, perhaps, be a bit more specific ?    After all, a book that shows how to play "positionally" would thus have to include middlegames, as well as openings and endgames.    On the other hand, a

2016-08-19 Checkmate with Two knights.:

First, sorry about the slight delay----I'm dependent on public library computers since I don't have one of my own.    As far as your question, the short answer is no---but the matter is slightly more complicated


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