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.

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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 123 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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Beware – Tiger!

October 23rd, 2018 24 comments

Having had fun debating the Swiss system, let’s move on to something less contentious.

What is the strongest way forward here?

White to play!

I am going through a lot of games from the Olympiad at the moment and this one really caught my eye. See how author of The Modern Tiger improved his positions here.

And yes, I am going to continue to have opinions even if people buy our books…

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If you don’t buy Sam’s book, you may suffer the consequences!

October 12th, 2018 8 comments

Blogpost by Kallia Kleisarchaki

 

During the Batumi Olympiad 2018, Sam Shankland met across the board Rauf Mamedov, Azerbaijani GM. Rauf didn’t buy Sam’s book and I know! How? Well, he did exactly the kind of mistake Sam warned about in his book, Small Steps to Giant Improvement, proving once again that every chess player, regardless titles, can make simple mistakes that cost dearly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Sam explains in page 232 of his book, “…Black has advanced a7-a5, so White will not be able to play b3-b4. As such, white is condemned to have a pair of doubled pawns where the further-advanced one cannot be protected from another pawn.”

 

What kind of simple mistakes have you made and you still remember them?

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ECF Book of the Year – Under the Surface

October 8th, 2018 15 comments

I mentioned in a previous blog post that the two books nominated by Quality Chess for the English Chess Federation Book of the Year prize had both been chosen for the four-book shortlist. Well, we have a winner. Congratulations to GM Jan Markos, as his Under the Surface is the 2018 ECF Book of the Year. The judges had many kind words including “The winner stood out for its original approach and quality of writing” and “An original, fascinating and very worthy winner of the 2018 Book of the Year.”

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