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Boris Gelfand Interview

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ChessBase has posted the first half of an interview of Boris Gelfand by Sagar Shah. Many topics are covered, including the process of working on Positional Decision Making in Chess. I’ll post a link to the second half of the interview when it appears.

Update: And the second half of the interview is now available.

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  1. Thomas
    April 28th, 2016 at 14:02 | #1

    Very sorry to hear that GM Viktor Gavrikov has passed away.

  2. Jesse Gersenson
    April 28th, 2016 at 22:10 | #2

    Boris is full of knowledge and the interview put this on display.

  3. Andre’
    April 29th, 2016 at 01:05 | #3

    Great article, thanks for pointing it out. His Queen flipping in the video reminds me of the old hourglass a cursor turned into when your computer was computing. It’s almost a visual representation of the gears in his mind turning over!
    Love the picture of Boris catching up on his QC readings, can’t wait to see him bringing out your Kings Gambit!
    The Jansa & Hort book he mentions is very tough, far to hard for me, but it is on my old bookshelf too. Interesting to read that it still holds up in the computer age and that he was strong enough to read it as a child(!).
    His attitude towards computer assessments is well explained; he trusts his judgement and is willing to defend it. Perhaps this is something that has been degraded with the newer generation of players. Maybe reading books with flaws (and finding them!) in his youth has taught him to always seek the truth, not just accept the easy (computer/book) answer.
    Time to go practice my Queen flips!

  4. May 1st, 2016 at 10:49 | #4

    Question on Mr Shaw & Mr Ntirlis: After the “Ultimate Blitz Challange 2016” – will the part of the Scotch be completely rewritten?

  5. The Doctor
    May 1st, 2016 at 12:42 | #5

    @Phil Collins

    Come off it, it’s been delayed enough already!!

    May 1st, 2016 at 14:06 | #6

    Part two on line

  7. Ray
    May 1st, 2016 at 14:47 | #7

    @The Doctor
    Be careful, this subject is taboo for some readers of this blog…

  8. Hedgehog
    May 1st, 2016 at 17:40 | #8

    I just hope that the lines recommended in the 1.e4 book aren’t the ones used in 4NCL by Jacob and John. Jacob vs Caro-Kann and John vs Sicilian got totally nothing out of the opening in rounds 5 and 6 respectively…

  9. May 1st, 2016 at 19:45 | #9

    It would be taboo were some readers not overly needy and / or demanding.

  10. Fer
    May 2nd, 2016 at 10:01 | #10


    Ray :
    @The Doctor
    Be careful, this subject is taboo for some readers of this blog…

  11. Grimsey
    May 3rd, 2016 at 08:27 | #11

    It’s very difficult nowaday to get an advantage out of the opening versus “respectables” openings anyway.

  12. Jacob Aagaard
    May 3rd, 2016 at 11:29 | #12

    I think we shall not mistake the driver and the car. My poor play should not be mistaken for the value of the opening…

  13. Ray
    May 3rd, 2016 at 11:39 | #13

    @ Jacob Aagaard
    It’s always tempting to attribute losses to the opening, whereas more often than not the reason for a losse is poor middlegame play or a tactical oversight…

  14. Jacob Aagaard
    May 3rd, 2016 at 17:56 | #14

    In this case I just put the knight on f3, instead of Ne2-g3, which is in our notes. My form has long been declining, as I focus on writing and being a trainer, and not on my own abilities.

  15. Ian
    May 4th, 2016 at 01:10 | #15

    Thank you for posting the link to the interview by Sagar Shah.I notice Boris spoke about the books he is writing for Quality Chess.He mentioned either doing,or wanting to do,more than 3.Positional decision making is done;Dynamic decision making is in the catalogue.(When is it scheduled for publication?).I think there was a third one about Technical chess mentioned in someones post.The collaboration between Boris and Jacob has produced excellent work and I just wondered how many books were being considered in the series.Also when and how many extra books will be in the Yusupov series and when will they be available?Thank you for all your hard work and wonderful books.

  16. Jacob Aagaard
    May 4th, 2016 at 08:27 | #16

    Long term plans are internal. Boris’ next book will be published at the end of August in hardback and paperback in February 2017 (or about then). The next Yusupov book will be published very soon. We usually publish books in packs of 2-3 as it keeps the postage costs down, not only for us, but also for the smaller shops ordering from us. Therefore I do not know when exactly the Yusupov book will be out, as it depends on when the next 1-2 books will be finished and ready to go with it. But it is DONE and ready. So, think 6 weeks or so.

  17. Franck steenbekkers
    May 4th, 2016 at 11:54 | #17

    What 3 books will be published in 5 6 weeks

  18. Jacob Aagaard
    May 4th, 2016 at 12:12 | #18

    We are close to finishing Negi on the Sicilian 3 and Playing 1.e4 volume 1. The first is needing a few updates from Parimarjan and the second is almost done. But with John almost is only almost, so it is a close race (I will pay for this comment!).

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