A couple days ago I promised to reduce the size of your library. I know it can be done because it was done in a major way in Rincon, a sort of suburb in Savannah, GA in 2008, by yours truly.
I was packing up to return to Davenport, IA where I live now.
I came up with 20 book boxes of stuff which would fill my return trip Ryder truck to beyond its capacity. 20 Boxes of books!
That included encyclopedias, lots of science books (which this library really wanted), books on great lawyers such as Gerry Spence, computer and software books up the yin yang.
They were glad to have them and I wanted the space saved.
If you think you have chess books you haven’t read you should have seen all the books on computers, Photoshop and who know what else that I hadn’t read and the chances of it happening were seriously remote.
Few of them were used books.
Hardbounds on how to make silicon infested computer boards, software on everything, and languages. At least $2-$4000 and probably much more, maybe twice that. Part of me felt guilty, but I had lived 24 years pretty much by myself. I’d feel even more guilty for keeping stuff I knew wouldn’t get read although I did use my Funk & Wagnalls books for research, pre internet and I have to say, the encyclopedias in those days were more valuable.
Today I was in line at the post office and this woman in front of me said she had moved at least 7 times. I said, “I bet each time you move it gives you a chance to throw a lot of stuff away!” I was wrong, she said she was a hoarder! Her 10 year old daughter said she was just like her Mom!
I stopped her with, “If you had a fire which destroyed everything you had saved, what would you do then?” She was stunned with the question and had no answer. Gave her Mom a hug!!!
In other words, temporarily save the chess stuff but throw out a lot of other things which will have no value, even on eBay or Amazon. The postage can be more costly than the items’ value.
Ask yourself THIS question, “Would I ever buy this again?” If the answer is ‘NO’ then pitch it!” Of those 20 boxes of books I unloaded at the Rincon library, there may have been 1 or 2 that I had regretted giving away!
If you are a hoarder, you are screwed because nothing I write will get you to change your mind!
NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
After 11 rounds of the Candidates Event our own Fabiano Caruana still leads Mamedyarov by a half point. Fabi was born in the US. Aronian has completely collapsed. Kramnik has lost 4 games but is still fighting. Karjakin has come from last place to within shooting distance. Grischuk is a half point behind him.
Some months ago Chess Life had a featured article on Caruana which I didn’t get finished reading this morning. Impressive. I remember using a photo of him in one of my SQUARES magazines many years ago! So, I am hoping he wins because he will give Magnus a run for his money since someone reported that Caruana has extremely strong nerves.
Let me hear from you. I am told Iowa will be getting SNOW tonight so I need something different to read. Knowledge is a big deal, I hope you agree and get some knowledge.