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A successful weekend

All four editors at Quality Chess were playing this weekend.

Andrew Greet scored 2/2 in the 4NCL and John Shaw likewise in the Danish League. Jacob scored 1.5/2 and Colin mumbled his result and did not answer when asked a second time.

The 4NCL can be found at www.4NCL and the Danish League at http://www.divisionsskak.dk/holdarkiv/div1011/vis_rakke_tabel.asp?find=LIGA

Jacob’s win over IM Karsten Rasmussen bears good news for followers of the Tarrasch Defence:

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 c5 3. c4 e6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Be2 Nc6 8. O-O
Bd6 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. b3 O-O 11. Bb2 Re8 12. Rc1 Ba7 13. Qd3 Bg4 14. Rfd1 Qe7
15. Na4? Ne4

Also winning was: 15… Nb4 16. Qb1 Bxe3!

16. a3 Nxf2 17.Kxf2 Bxe3+ 18. Kf1 Bxf3 19. Bxf3 Qh4 20. Rc2 Qxh2 21. Ke2 Bd4+

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  1. gerr
    January 18th, 2011 at 08:10 | #1

    Jacob has been working hard on his new book(Tarrasch) πŸ™‚
    By the way what is going on with King’s Gambit by John? Many people are waiting for this book.

  2. Jacob Aagaard
    January 18th, 2011 at 11:35 | #2

    We still plan to do this book, but we get caught up in other projects all the time…

  3. Patrick
    January 18th, 2011 at 21:11 | #3

    I don’t play the King’s Gambit, so I could basically care less, but I envision a book coming out when I turn 50:

    The King’s Gambit of 2010
    (Copyright 2025 John Shaw) πŸ™‚

  4. John Shaw
    January 19th, 2011 at 16:49 | #4

    @Patrick

    Who knows what will happen, but as long as I spend all my time editing other people’s books, the KG will be liable to get nudged. However, I would bet on 2011 rather than 2025!?

    One interesting (at least to an editor) language point: writing “I could care less” instead of “I couldn’t care less” strongly suggests you are American. The negative version apparently started in Britain, but somehow lost the “not” in the USA. Some people get over-excited about this development: the Harper Dictionary of Contemporary Usage apparently calls it β€œan ignorant debasement of the language”. Seems a little harsh.

  5. Jesse
    January 19th, 2011 at 18:56 | #5

    Steve Pinker apparently argues the phrase ‘I could care less’ “is not illogical, it’s sarcastic.”

    http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001256.html

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    January 19th, 2011 at 22:20 | #6

    Does that makes John arrogant or just socially incompetent ;-). Or is it me?

  7. Seth
    January 20th, 2011 at 01:47 | #7

    Ain’t nothin’ gonna get accomplished by this chit chat. πŸ˜€

  8. Jacob Aagaard
    January 20th, 2011 at 10:51 | #8

    I disagree. We actually get some good ideas of the blog. Also it makes us feel more responsible to the readers, as we get the intimate feeling that they are real people worth caring about.

  9. John Shaw
    January 20th, 2011 at 12:09 | #9

    Jacob Aagaard :
    Does that makes John arrogant or just socially incompetent . Or is it me?

    Neither; it’s definitely you.

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    January 20th, 2011 at 13:07 | #10

    Moron

  11. TonyRo
    January 20th, 2011 at 14:42 | #11

    Their office chat sounds exactly like mine, sans curse words. Though perhaps that’s just because digital is forever…

  12. Jacob Aagaard
    January 20th, 2011 at 15:36 | #12

    Actually, it is far more rude in the office, except for the 16 hours in the week Claire is in, where we all behave like angels. Really it is John who is an obnoxious twat, but don’t tell him I said so.

  13. Patrick
    January 20th, 2011 at 15:48 | #13

    @John,

    LOL, I guess I learned something, the difference between “English” and “American”. What we Americans speak isn’t really English. We just like to call it that! But you did hit the nail in the head. I am from near the east coast of the United States (North Carolina, specifically).

    Also, technically, “American” is a dead language, like Latin. For a language not to be a dead language, it must do 2 things. One, it must change. Well, it does change. “DOH!” (A word used by the cartoon character Homer Simpson) was added to the American dictionary in the early 90s, as was “the f-word”, believe it or not (prior to that, it was considered slang, and most slang wasn’t in the American dictionary back then). Second, and this is what makes American a dead language, is that it must be the national language of at least 1 country. The United States doesn’t officially have a “National Language” (hence the “Freedom of Speech). Some will argue it’s “American English”, but really it’s not.

    Also, just to make sure my prior comment (#3) isn’t misconstrued. The “2025” reference was a joke. I figured it would be done before then. I also didn’t intend to sound snobbish, or start this verbal war. It will probably be just as good a book as the others by Quality Chess. I just don’t intend to buy it myself as it wouldn’t really do me a whole lot of good. In reality, other than the Classical KGD (2…Bc5) as Black occasionally, which believe it or not, I probably get more often via White declining From’s Gambit than the traditional way, the KG doesn’t really appear in my repertoire at all.

  14. John Shaw
    January 20th, 2011 at 16:31 | #14

    @Patrick

    Patrick,

    I am delighted to know my linguistic detective work was accurate.

    “American” as a dead language is interesting and a new idea for me. I am not sure the UK has an “official language” either. Obviously, it is de facto English, but there is no constitutionally defined official language (Wikipedia backs me up on this).

    Also, your comment was indeed taken in the spirit it was intended. Jacob and I are just messing about on the internet, mainly for our own amusement.

  15. Hesam
    January 22nd, 2011 at 22:15 | #15

    gerr :
    Jacob has been working hard on his new book(Tarrasch)

    GM Aagaard writing about the Tarrasch defense is fantastic news! As far as I remember the last book on Tarrasch was also written by him some 10 years ago. Hopefully this will build on the success of that book (one thing I do remember is that the book covered all the ways White tries to avoid the main line Tarrasch were addressed in full detail). Any news on a new publishing schedule? (We need a publishing schedule for the publishing schedule)

  16. andrea
    February 15th, 2011 at 00:26 | #16

    Jacob,
    this news of a new Tarrasch book makes me very impatient!
    I have studied by heart your previous book on Tarrasch, which I consider a masterpiece in the field of opening books. I’ll look forward to this, I hope earlier deviations for White will be covered, becuase the previous book was mainly devoted to the main line. will you advocate the exchange on d4 or the pawn to c4 in the main line?
    oh I really can’t wait for this!
    Quality Chess is the best!

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    February 15th, 2011 at 10:59 | #17

    Thank you for the nice worlds. The previous book was by no means as good as it could have been, and I don’t consider it a masterpiece. But hey, we did the best we could. Hopefully we got better with time :-).

    We will cover sidelines.

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