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Sam Shankland and Tata Steel

Top-level chess kicks off for the year tomorrow with the huge Tata Steel event in Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. There are many tournaments, with most focus on the Masters which has an elite field headed by World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Also hoping to make an impact will be US Champion Sam Shankland.

Naturally the Quality Chess connection to Sam is his book Small Steps to Giant Improvement. But if you prefer to receive Sam’s pawn-related instruction in video form, then below is a lecture Sam gave at the St Louis Chess Club.

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  1. Craig F
    January 11th, 2019 at 23:24 | #1

    Any word on a sequel?

  2. Jacob Aagaard
    January 15th, 2019 at 18:38 | #2

    @Craig F
    Yes, it is overwhelmingly likely it will happen. Sam wants to do it and thinks he will have time to do it. The sequel will be more the second part than a sequel of course.

  3. Ray
    January 16th, 2019 at 13:01 | #3

    @Jacob Aagaard
    That’s great news – I really like his first book!

  4. John Simmons
    February 6th, 2019 at 11:40 | #4

    Very instructive video, and a nice bonus for people with the book. By stopping the video, and thinking about the position, was able to solve just about every question asked. (Was even a little bit surprised that Svidler didn’t play Re2 in the double rook endgame, because seemed pretty obvious). The level of the book, and video, is similar to Gelfand’s “Positional Decision Making” for people wondering if to buy, i.e accessible to people like me, at FIDE 2000ish level, and below.

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