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GM Axel Smith

Congratulations to Axel Smith of Sweden on gaining the Grandmaster title. FIDE confirmed on Monday that the title would be awarded. Axel has been highly successful in helping other players to improve, and it’s good to see his methods also worked on himself.

The Quality Chess connection to Axel is of course that he wrote the award-winning Pump Up Your Rating. We have always enjoyed working with Axel, and readers certainly appreciated his efforts, so it would be a wise guess that Axel will write more books for Quality Chess.

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  1. Sam Collins
    April 6th, 2016 at 10:26 | #1

    Congratulations Axel!

  2. Thomas
    April 6th, 2016 at 10:34 | #2

    Great!

  3. Christian
    April 6th, 2016 at 11:08 | #3

    Great book – great guy.

  4. TD
    April 6th, 2016 at 11:30 | #4

    Congratulations to Axel and a great book!

  5. John Shaw
    April 6th, 2016 at 11:33 | #5

    Random thought for the day: on that FIDE list of new GMs there are 4 from Scandinavia. Good going for a region with a population of just 25 million.

  6. Paul
    April 6th, 2016 at 12:56 | #6

    Congrats to Axel! Loved Pump Up Your Rating and I hope to see more of his books in the future.

  7. epic
    April 6th, 2016 at 15:58 | #7

    Congratulations Axel!
    New book “Pump Up Your Rating 2: 2400 – 2500” ? πŸ™‚

  8. Stigma
    April 6th, 2016 at 19:01 | #8

    John Shaw :
    Random thought for the day: on that FIDE list of new GMs there are 4 from Scandinavia. Good going for a region with a population of just 25 million.

    Surely having a Scandinavian in the absolute world elite since 2007 and at #1 (more or less) since 2010 must be part of the reason. People are easily motivated by national/local heroes in any sport.

  9. Dubius
    April 6th, 2016 at 22:39 | #9

    John, I really like you and your Blog entries, but can you please stop it and just finish the books, at least the First one? πŸ˜‰

  10. April 7th, 2016 at 02:01 | #10

    Well done Axel! The second part of the trilogy must be written. There is NO other way! πŸ˜‰ :). The first part was really a good shot! I am looking forward to the second one! And probably not just me!

  11. Boki
    April 7th, 2016 at 08:59 | #11

    Congratulation! I liked the Book a lot and helped me to improve my rating over 2300 at 40y.

  12. John Shaw
    April 7th, 2016 at 09:57 | #12

    Dubius :
    John, I really like you and your Blog entries, but can you please stop it and just finish the books, at least the First one?

    Getting there – honest!

  13. Confiteor
    April 7th, 2016 at 10:38 | #13

    Congratulations!!!

  14. TonyRo
    April 7th, 2016 at 18:02 | #14

    Congrats to Axel – love his first book, look forward to his second! πŸ˜€

  15. Douwe
    April 7th, 2016 at 19:09 | #15

    Cool!

  16. Manfred Brod
    April 8th, 2016 at 11:39 | #16

    In my opinion “Pump up your Rating” is simply the best “One Volume – Chess Improving book” ever published. I bought Volume 1 not only for me, but for my chess-friends, too.
    I cantΒ΄t wait to see Volume 2!
    Congratulations for your “chess improving masterpiece” and for your GM-Title!

  17. Ray
    April 9th, 2016 at 07:59 | #17

    @John Shaw
    I don’t doubt that for a second. I guess the only question is: when?

  18. April 9th, 2016 at 12:50 | #18

    Hey Ray (and others who insist on badgering John) – you do realize that your nagging does nothing to speed his writing? I’m sure he knows that you’re waiting each day at the bookstore, hoping his book comes in, and I’m sure that’s a real driving force for him to finish, but it’s gonna get here when it gets here and maybe you should just relax until it’s done.

    Enough already. Jeez.

  19. Ray
    April 9th, 2016 at 15:12 | #19

    @John Hartmann
    Thanks for correcting me – I really needed that.

  20. April 9th, 2016 at 15:43 | #20

    You and a lot of other people on this blog.

  21. Ray
    April 9th, 2016 at 16:29 | #21

    @John Hartmann
    Well, I hope I’m speaking for all of them.

  22. Hard Truther
    April 9th, 2016 at 18:55 | #22

    People telling dogs to stop barking is often more annoying than hearing barking dogs.

  23. Thomas
    April 10th, 2016 at 05:23 | #23

    @Ray
    Not for me. Still waiting at my local bookstore. It’s cold and lonely here…

  24. Ray
    April 10th, 2016 at 07:18 | #24

    @Thomas
    πŸ™‚

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