Trekking towards the title

November 16th, 2018 No comments

This summer I had the pleasure to host IM Stany from India at my summer camp in Glasgow. He is a strong and upcoming player in his mid-20s. He found a lot of nice tricks in the exercises and I quickly gave him the nickname Tricky Stany from Trickystan. When Catherine (age 10) asked him where he was from and declined to believe he was from Trickystan, he got seriously outraged: “What? Do you not know of my country?”

This lovely man has now made a new GM-norm. So of course I strong armed him into writing an article for us (and may have lied when I said I had connections that would finally see the UK establish diplomatic connections with Trickystan).

Download the article here, please: Trekking Towards the TITLE.

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Chessable – Small Steps to Giant Improvement

November 15th, 2018 10 comments

Small Steps to Giant Improvement by US Champion Sam Shankland is now available in the Chessable format. You can find it here

This is the second of our books we have tried on Chessable after an experiment with The Woodpecker Method as mentioned in a previous blog post. The feedback was favourable, so let’s try another book.

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Carsten Hensel on the Perpetual Chess Podcast

November 14th, 2018 9 comments

Today we release the English translation of Carsten Hensel’s book: Vladimir Kramnik: The Inside Story of a Chess Genius. This is really a remarkable book, which has already gained attention in German for its descriptions of the tumultuous years 2005-2006 in the Chess World. But of course it covers much more.

The book is not objective, it takes sides, but what else would you expect of Kramnik’s former manager?

Of other points, we should say that Kramnik contributed greatly to the book by talking about key games and about all the other World Champions in detail.

Although this is a translation, we approached the book like we would any other project and did a thorough fact check and assisted the author in bringing his vision to the readers in the strongest possible way.

Now it is the marketing stage of course, which includes sending out review copies and getting people to talk about the book. A part of this has been to organise an interview with Carsten by Ben Johnson of the Perpetual Chess Podcast. It is Podcast no. 100 no less! The Interview is available here.

 

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Emil Sutovsky Lecture in Edinburgh Chess Club Tuesday 20th November 19:30

November 12th, 2018 No comments

Grandmaster Emil Sutovsky from Israel is visiting Edinburgh on the 20th November in connection with his new job as FIDE General Director. Quality Chess has managed to talk him into giving a small lecture on chess, as we thought it would be sad if such a great player came to Scotland without talking actual chess.

The lecture is held in Edinburgh Chess Club, Alva Street 1 at 19.30 and will last around two hours. Free entry.

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Sutovsky has an entertaining playing style and has past successes such as World Junior Champion 1996, European Champion 2011 and an individual gold medal and a team silver medal in the 2010 Olympiad. Recently Sutovsky has mixed playing professionally with the presidency of the Association of Chess Professionals.

Emil will be joined by newly elected FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, who we will try to manipulate into giving a 5-10 minute opening chat about his goals for the next four years.

 

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Axel’s e3: Still Poisonous…

November 5th, 2018 13 comments

Since e3 Poison was published, I have incorporated some of Axel’s ideas into my repertoire from time to time. Yesterday was one such occasion; I thought it could make for a worthwhile blog post, as it is a good example of how a reasonable player (2100 strength) may quickly go wrong when confronted with an unfamiliar set-up.

Andrew Greet – Patrick Coffey
SNCL, 04.11.2018

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3
Pat Coffey has been known to play all kinds of weird openings. I had already suffered a bad defeat in the morning round against IM Bryson, so for this game I was happy to keep things solid.

3…Nf6 4.c4 d5 5.Nc3
One of my early games with the e3 Poison continued 5.a3 cxd4 6.exd4 Be7 7.Nc3 0–0 8.c5 Ne4 9.Bd3 Nxc3 10.bxc3 b6 11.h4!? and, though I got into some trouble in the early middlegame, I eventually won in Greet – Williams, Dundee 2017.

5…a6
An important alternative is 5…cxd4 6.exd4 when White will most likely have to play with an IQP.

6.cxd5 exd5 7.Be2 Nc6 8.0–0
It’s Greet – Williams in reverse, with an extra tempo for White. There is a lot to be said for playing IQP positions from both sides, as this is one of the most fundamental pawn structures which can arise from many different openings.

Read more…

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Vladimir Kramnik – new book and excerpt

October 30th, 2018 29 comments

A new book we have on the way is Vladimir Kramnik – The Inside Story of a Chess Genius by Carsten Hensel. The title describes the content well, but to add a little, Carsten Hensel was Kramnik’s manager for many years, so this biography really is the inside story of Kramnik’s life and career. Since you are reading a chess blog, I am sure you know there have been plenty of dramatic matches in Kramnik’s career: Kasparov, Leko, Topalov and Anand. This book takes the reader behind the scenes with Team Kramnik.

The book was originally published in German, so ours is an English translation with, I would claim, many improvements and updates. We have created an excerpt. Please note the colour photos – 16 pages of them in total. This book will be published in hardcover on November 14th.

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The Queen’s Indian Defence – excerpt

October 29th, 2018 136 comments

The second in our trio of new books currently printing is The Queen’s Indian Defence by GM Michael Roiz. This is the companion volume to The Nimzo-Indian Defence (note the clever way we varied the two books’ colour scheme). The new book covers the QID (obviously) but after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6, in addition to 3.Nf3 b6, it also covers 3.g3 (the Catalan) and weird 3rd moves by White. So together the two books create a complete Black repertoire after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6.

We will announce a publication date very soon, but for now there is an excerpt giving away a whole chapter of the Petrosian System.

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Practical Chess Beauty – printing

October 26th, 2018 15 comments

I am pleased to report that Practical Chess Beauty by Yochanan Afek is at the printers. We will announce a publication date soon. And on the topic of announcements, I will have news about two other books early next week.

But to return to Afek, we have created an excerpt. It was a difficult decision what to include in the excerpt, as there is spectacular chess on every page of the book. But I did manage to include the solution to the position I shared in an earlier blog post.

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