Personal Notes

Hi, I am Tom Furstenberg (1936) from Holland. I am an OAP (old age pensioner) so with some sporadic visits by Mr. Alzheimer my chess is no longer improving, but I do my best and when I have clear moments I can win a few.: -)

I am proud that my book 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' about and with my dear friend IGM David Bronstein, who sadly passed away on December 5 2006, has become so successful. Buy it, enjoy, and increase my royalties! :-) The brand new 2nd edition is now available from New in Chess - see their website.

After having been acclaimed Chess Book of the Year 1996 it has now won the title 'Guardian Chess Book of the Year 2008' see htt p://

I resign when the position AND clock warrants it and just hope my opponents do the same.

No takebacks asked for nor given, so don't even try; resign and challenge me for a new game.

Sore losers (and there are surprisingly many!) wil be added to my no-play list.

I like to chat after a game to get to know new people, but please no talk during a game.

I suffered a stroke on June 13, 2021 but no change: chess is still lousy :-)

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