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Half knowledge is dangerous! by IM Sagar Shah

September 29th, 2014 11 comments

This is a long holiday weekend in Glasgow, the Quality Chess office is closed, and Jacob has gone to the seaside (?), so we have a guest blogger, IM Sagar Shah, with an article taken from his excellent blog:

I have this habit of buying one chess book in every tournament that I play. In this way, my final aim is one day to open a huge library of chess books! And there are some tournaments when I really play well. Then I can use my prize money to buy more chess books.
In my Euro trip which ended just a month ago, I had two huge achievements.
1. I became an International Master (IM) in Spain
2. I won the Dresden Open 2014 and made my maiden GM norm in Germany.

In one of my past articles: People behind my IM title , I had mentioned that there are two chess authors whom I hold in very high regard.

One of them is GM Jacob Aagaard

One of them is GM Jacob Aagaard

And the other is IM Mark Dvoretsky.

And the other is IM Mark Dvoretsky.

When I became an IM in Spain, my wife, Amruta, decided to gift me the latest book written by Aagaard.

The fifth book from the Grandmaster Preparation series: Endgame play.

The fifth book from the Grandmaster Preparation series: Endgame play.

The book was pretty expensive. 30 Euros. That comes to nearly Rs.2400. So I had kind of exhausted my resources on book buying for the trip.

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Publishing Schedule – September

September 3rd, 2014 162 comments

Here is a list of some of our forthcoming books. As always, the dates are what we are aiming for and not an official publishing schedule.

Ilya Maizelis Chess from Scratch October
Judit Polgar A Game of Queens October
Tiger Hillarp-Persson The Modern Tiger October
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines Winter
Boris Gelfand Positional Decision Making in Chess Winter
Mauricio Flores Rios Chess Structures – A GM Guide Winter
Mihail Marin Learn from the Legends – Hardback Winter
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 1A – 1.d4 The Catalan Winter
Parimarjan Negi GM – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian I Winter
Emanuel Berg GM 16 – The French Defence Vol 3 Winter
Vassilios Kotronias KID – Vol 2 – Mar del Plata I Winter
Vassilios Kotronias KID – Vol 3 – Mar del Plata II Winter
Lars Schandorff GM 20 – Semi-Slav Winter
Lubomir Ftacnik GM 6B – The Najdorf Winter
Wojciech Moranda Race Up the Rankings Spring
Tibor Karolyi Tal’s Best Games 2 – World Champion Spring
Victor Mikhalevski GM 19 – Beating Minor Openings Spring
Parimarjan Negi GM – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian II Spring
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French Summer

 

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How can I remember all that theory? by Nikos Ntirlis

April 14th, 2014 30 comments

After the publication of the second opening book I co-authored with Jacob, there is one question that I hear more often again and again: “How can I remember all that theory?” I always thought that this is a serious question, albeit one that has a very simple answer: read and practise!

“Remembering” chess opening theory at a good level is something that means different things for different players. For example, my ambitious 11-year-old student who is preparing to get one of the top 3 places in the Greek youth championships in June has never had a chance until now to reach this position that is part of his preparation with White:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.h3!

[fen size=”small”]r1bq1rk1/2ppbppp/p1n2n2/1p2p3/4P3/1B3N1P/PPPP1PP1/RNBQR1K1 b – – 0 8[/fen]

So, for him it makes no sense to memorize and try to understand more than 1-2 variations 3-4 moves deep starting from this position. To be honest I am not sure how many players bellow 2200-2300 need to memorize more than that. On the other hand, if you are Anand and have to face Aronian in the first round of the Candidates tournament, then it is essential to remember variations far beyond the known tournament praxis. I suppose that most of the readers of this blog belong to the first category, so the methods and ideas I am going to describe are useful only for them. I am sorry Vishy, maybe I’ll do another blog post later for guys like you!

So, after this first observation,

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June 29th, 2009 No comments

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