Archive for October, 2016

Vlog week 2

October 31st, 2016 5 comments

Nikos’ sound has improved. Has mine gotten worse? Judge for yourself.

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World Championship Match Quiz

October 28th, 2016 10 comments

Yet another top event, yet another chance to win a big pile of books. This time however, the prize will consist of books written by the late Mark Dvoretsky. You will not be disappointed.

The way to enter is to answer these 15 questions. We have tried to update our entry system this time around. Hope it works. Question 15 is first tie-breaker. If still a tie, question 14 is the second tie-breaker.

On question 8, please do not write, for example, 1.Na3 – write Na3.

Deadline is 1 hour before the first move in the first game on the 11th November.

The questions

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – November

October 28th, 2016 No comments

We are continuing our special offer – if you buy three books or more and live in the normal European Union zone (as defined by UPS – for example, they exclude some islands and remote areas) we will send you an extra book free. The previous default option on the free book was The Alterman Gambit Guide – White Gambits.

As mentioned last month, for November we will switch the default option to THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE  -BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1 (and it will be VOLUME 2 for December). But if you already have the Alterman Gambit Guide book, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email to with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:


This week’s poll question is effectively replaced by the World Championship Quiz, but I should mention the result of last week’s poll. Read more…

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Quality Chess Vlog

October 25th, 2016 8 comments

Hi guys! We thought we would try this. A vlog, video blog post, that is. The sound is not great, to say the least, but clear enough I hope. Sorry, we are trying. It is a bit too long. Sorry again. Mainly we are experimenting with the technology and trying to make it work. Give us a chance and we promise that we will get it better and better with time.

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World Championship openings

October 24th, 2016 13 comments

Last week’s question was “Does Agon have the right to prohibit anyone from broadcasting the moves as they were made?” We saw a strong vote in favour of ‘No’. The courts (firstly in Moscow) will give their more binding verdicts in due course. Agon are trying to change the way chess broadcasts have been done in recent years, and I believe our vote does illustrate that resistance to that change is likely, for a start from chess fans.


This week I will stay with the World Championship in New York, but move on to the board and some real chess moves. We have over two weeks to go, so I will save score predictions for next week, but for now I want to guess/predict the openings that will feature in the match.

As a starting point, consider what the players have played in recent years (let’s say 2013-2016). Both can play any of the ‘Big Four’ first moves (1.e4, 1.d4, 1.Nf3 and 1.c4) but I would say Karjakin is a 1.e4 player who often switches to 1.Nf3, while Carlsen plays 1.e4 and 1.d4 about equally. Let’s see that in pictures…

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Nuking the Najdorf with Negi

October 20th, 2016 25 comments

Anton Visser – Anthony Waller
Correspondence, 2015-16

We always enjoy hearing success stories from our readers. One such message came in last week from Anton Visser, who tested Parimarjan Negi’s repertoire against the Najdorf in a correspondence game. Anton’s verdict on Negi’s analysis is that it was “better than the computer my opponent used.” Here is the game:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Nfd7 12.Ne4 h6 13.Bh4 Qxa2 14.Rd1 Qd5 15.Qe3 Qxe5 16.Be2 Bc5 17.Bg3 Bxd4 18.Rxd4 Qa5+ 19.Rd2 0–0 20.Bd6 Rd8
We are deep into one of the crazy main lines of the Poisoned Pawn. Parimarjan (or “Pari”, as we call him) analyses it in Chapter 15 of 1.e4 vs the Sicilian I.

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Broadcasting the World Championship

October 17th, 2016 30 comments

Last week’s question was “How does a 2500 player now compare with a 2500 player 20 years ago?” The most common view was that the 2500 player in 2016 is weaker than the 2500 player in 1996. But as the discussion showed, it’s not a simple topic, as measuring or even defining inflation in chess ratings is not easy.


The World Championship match is approaching – Magnus Carlsen will defend his title against Sergey Karjakin in New York from November 11-30. In the weeks to come I expect we will debate and predict what will happen over the board, but a first question is: from where will you watch the match? If you are able to get to New York and have a ringside seat, then lucky you. But I suspect most will be watching on some website. Which brings me to Agon, “the company that owns the commercials rights to organize the World Championship” and their new broadcast policy.
You can read all about it at the link, but my short version goes like this:
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Olympiad Quiz winners

October 13th, 2016 1 comment

Bogged down by work, we never got around to sharing pictures of the happy winners of the Olympiad Quiz and their winnings. Here they are, Piotr and Ferdo.

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