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LIFE Master AJ
Member since Aug-21-03 · Last seen Sep-30-23
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 / New International Version (NIV)

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#1.) Life should not be bereft of beauty ... indeed, it is the magic of the chess pieces - as they dance - that so entertains us all.

"Say Something" by Pentatonix.
(It was so good, the first time that I heard it, it brought tears to my eyes.)

#2.) "Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy." - (One of the greatest writers and players of all time), - GM Siegbert Tarrasch.

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HI!!! My name is A J Goldsby and I am a (U.S.C.F.) Original LIFE-Master from Pensacola, FL. (USA) [I.e., in order to to gain the LM title, this means that I played over 300 rated games while maintaining a master's rating. (2200+)] Be sure to visit my main chess website at, or My e-mail (address) is <<"LifeMasterAJ(at)">> (Hint: DON'T use the quotation marks ... or the brackets!!!)

Please note (quite a number of years ago) that the U.S. Chess Federation ( stopped awarding the "LIFE Master" title. To be very plain, this was all politics, and I was a part of this process ... although I fought against the change. The main reason that the USCF stopped awarding the LM title was that FIDE ( thought that the title "took away" from their "FIDE Master" (FM) title, although since their norm is based only on 25 (or often less) games, that an FM is often much weaker than the average LM. (Certainly there is no comparing the number 300 with 25, that's just silly.)

I am a popular reviewer of chess books ... here is my profile on the "Amazon" website. (

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? If you want to see my games, go here: (A J Goldsby). Or go here, (; and type in "Goldsby" in one of the boxes, then click on search. I also have a page on my website with a few of my games: (And if you are really curious to see my games, I can send you an UN-annotated CB collection. E-mail me at: LifeMasterAJ(at)

The ____'s that run this website don't post my games anymore, but I won clear first in the 2014 Louisiana State Championship. (

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For a complete list of my better websites, please see:

I am often asked about the system that I invented, and the one that I use in OTB chess tournaments. (Below are the three pages that outline my whole system.)

Page One:

Page Two:

Page Three:

---> It’s also important to KNOW the basic mating patterns ... ( Added: Thurs; Nov. 17th, 2011.).

Game Collection: "ChessGames" >Problem of The Day< (2012)

IF you really want to improve, I highly recommend that you do 5-10 tactical problems on a daily basis! (Read this web-page for my very precise methodology: - be sure to read "Cool Training Tip, #01" in its entirety.)

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Annotated games:

Best games:

Best short games or miniatures:

The most amazing chess moves ever played:

Many of my annotated (replayable) games ... from my old "Angel-Fire" <downloads> website ... that have been completely re-done:

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Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013)

I followed this match pretty closely. I have a video on every game, see for more.

My web page on the match.

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World Championship Candidates (2014)

The final CB report:

The FIDE CT ... with the correct final standings:

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(December 12th, 2013)
A note on my current avatar: (Iron Man)

I have been reading comic books ever since I was a little boy. You name it, I read it. (In fact, I had the #1 issue of the following comics ... Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, and Man-thing ... my mother burned a box full of these after her "conversion." Too bad, too. Today, I could sell them all and never worry about money again.)

Hulk, Fantastic Four and Spiderman are some of my favorites from the Marvel Group. (I also read DC as well.) But my chances of ever becoming one of them are slim and none. "Iron Man", however, is a different story. Put on a suit ... and become a super-hero? The possibilities are both endless and enchanting, I guess there is a little bit of Walter Mitty in all of us.

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Tuesday; January 14th, 2014: I was visiting the CB website when I learned that Vugar Gashimov had passed away.

I immediately thought that this was a terrible tragedy, and I must memorialize him in my header. This CB article is nice: (I will add more links - later.)

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I find the following game collections ... by <Phony Benoni> to be invaluable.

Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2014 (and)

Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2015 (and)

Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2016.

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   LIFE Master AJ has kibitzed 14827 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-30-23 P Tregubov vs S Williams, 2006
LIFE Master AJ: My old laptop was basically unuseable ... for close to three years ... it finally failed completely about a year ago.
   Sep-10-23 A J Goldsby
LIFE Master AJ: @DanQuigley I seem to remember that. I had a minor stroke in 2019. Before the stroke, I could have probably remembered the whole game ... but not anymore. So much was lost. I used to be able to close my eyes and see my entire first grade class ... and tell you all of their
   Jun-27-23 Simagin vs Bibikov, 1944 (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: I got it.
   Jun-25-23 LIFE Master AJ chessforum (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: @Dan Langlois Yes, I remember you. From my viewpoint, you seemed to agree with the mainstream crowd ... and that I was a plague on this site.
   Jun-25-23 T Ghitescu vs S Brzozka, 1963
LIFE Master AJ: Wow, first Sunday puzzle I solved in a while. Not that hard either, IMO.
   May-21-23 Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: I looked ... on about page 5 is a link that I gave for my analysis. (It no longer works.) It is from like 2005 and my pages on GeoCities were closed over 10 years ago. Here is my analysis of this game: .
   Apr-29-23 Colle vs Roethemeyer, 1922 (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: A VERY pretty game! Big fan of Colle I once had a book of his games. Played an expert one time in the last round of a five round Swiss. He was a young player with a good teacher. He knew a bunch of tricky and tactical lines. I played the Colle and won easily, he also ...
   Apr-26-23 Hans Niemann (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: <I just think that cheaters should be banned.> I concur. Cheaters are a stain on the game. How can you appreciate a great player ... like say Mikhail Tal ... when any odd player can use an engine and play moves that even a GM cannot find?
   Apr-23-23 R Byrne vs P Bachmann, 1952 (replies)
LIFE Master AJ: BTW ... After nearly two days of searching, I finally found my glasses. Hehehe
   Apr-23-23 E Delmar vs Steinitz, 1894
LIFE Master AJ: A nice game by Steinitz. He seemed in control the entire game. I don't know if anyone agrees with this, but IMO this game could have featured by a modern master. I have played over HUNDREDS of Karpov's games and this game strongly reminds me of that... "IRON-GRIP" .... the ...
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