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GM Matthew Sadler book reviews in NIC

July 27th, 2018 18 comments

The always excellent New in Chess magazine arrived in our office yesterday, with another batch of reviews by GM Matthew Sadler. Three of them were about Quality Chess books.

Small Steps to Great Improvement by Sam Shankland

5/5 Stars “A beautifully produced hardback… Shankland wins me over by illustrating these guidelines beautifully… All in all, an excellent, original book.”

Under the Surface by Jan Markos

5/5 Stars “An incredibly creative book… Markos has a host of original ideas about all sorts of chess topics and a wonderfully witty and enthusiastic way of bringing them across… another fantastic book from Quality Chess!”

Playing 1.e4 e5 by Nikolaos Ntirlis

4/5 Stars “It’s probably pretty much the ideal repertoire for a player wanting to take up 1.e4 e5 without having to learn the whole world! … Ntirlis does his normal thorough, creative job.”

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Woodpecker Wednesday!

July 25th, 2018 45 comments

We have arrived at the official publication day of The Woodpecker Method! For anyone who doesn’t know, or needs a reminder, the Woodpecker Method involves taking a large number of tactical exercises (the ‘set’) and solving them repeatedly, in up to seven cycles, each of which takes less time than the last, due to the benefits of memory and recognition. The point of repeating the same exercises is to supercharge your unconscious ability to spot tactical motifs.

I invite any readers who intend to train using this book/method to share their training goals and timescale in the comments. Make yourself accountable for your training plan now, and (hopefully) you will be more likely to stick to it! In the weeks and months ahead, we can revisit this topic and share our results.

I’ll go first, as I have a clear goal of performing to the best of my ability at the Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, which starts in just over eight weeks. My plan is… Read more…

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Super-Kevin!

July 18th, 2018 No comments

I saw that the excellent gentleman and highway robber in blitz Kevin Goh said a few nice things about me after making his last GM-norm.

JT: Was there a different approach you took towards this event and the previous other GM norm attempts you made during the barren years that made your chances better (preparation, mindset, living conditions etc)? 

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Quality Chess Academy

July 18th, 2018 5 comments

Just a little update. We have an agreement with a hotel 15 minutes from Heraklion Airport. It is an all-inclusive hotel, with nice rooms, swimming pools, beach access and so on. I hope we will be able to launch a website within a week and start accepting entries.  Read more…

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Congratulations Hans Tikkanen!

July 12th, 2018 60 comments

Quality Chess would like to congratulate, GM Hans Tikkanen, co-author of the soon-to-be published The Woodpecker Method

…on becoming Swedish Champion for the fifth time. 7/9 and a 2714 performance is mighty impressive! We’d love to tell you his victory was the result of pre-tournament Woodpecker training but, as far as we know, this was not part of his preparations. Still, the process of collecting and working through more than a thousand tactical puzzles for the book was evidently not bad for his chess. Take the following example from round 5, which would have made a perfect example in the book.

Jonny Hector – Hans Tikkanen
Ronneby 2018

Black has built up a dominating position with skilful middlegame play. His advantage should be enough to win by slow means, but there is one clear way to break through.

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A civic arrest

July 8th, 2018 14 comments

While in New Delhi for a teaching camp, I came across a well known fugitive and immediately conducted a civic arrest. Read more…

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