Archive for February, 2022

John Watson’s Chess Life book reviews

February 24th, 2022 8 comments

US Chess is making IM John Watson’s book reviews available via Chess Life Online. Here’s the first one, which looks at Gawain Jones’ Coffeehouse Repertoire from Quality Chess. The team will be working backwards and posting his archived reviews over the coming weeks, and also posting each new one monthly as we go forward.

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Fischer – Spassky 1972

February 21st, 2022 17 comments

Tibor Karolyi is working on his follow-up to The Road to Reykjavik, titled Fischer – Spassky 1972. Publication will be later this year, which of course is 50 years after the famous match.

But the topic today is the cover: above is a version of the cover design so far. What do you think of it?

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Best of British – Michael Adams and Gawain Jones

February 8th, 2022 40 comments

We have two new books on the way by two of Britain’s best players – Michael Adams and Gawain Jones. Publication dates will be in March, but the exact day is not yet known. Excerpts are also available now.

Think like a Super-GM by Michael Adams & Philip Hurtado is a fascinating book that takes a bit more explaining than most chess books. Chess puzzles were shown to players ranging from club level up to Super-GM and co-author Michael Adams. Then researcher Philip Hurtado recorded not only the moves chosen, but also the detailed thought processes of every player in order to shed light on the mystery of what exactly defines superior chess strength. Adams then also shares his thoughts about the chess positions and what we can learn from the various attempted solutions.

Almost as a bonus, there are colour images called ‘Eyetrackers’ which show exactly where players focus their attention on the board. An excerpt is here.

King’s Indian 1 by Gawain Jones is the first of a two-volume complete repertoire for Black. This volume starts after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 so includes fun lines such as the Mar del Plata, Sämisch and various h2-h3 lines, among many more.

The second volume will complete the anti-1.d4 repertoire, and also provide guidance against 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 and pretty much everything except 1.e4. These books are based on Gawain’s Chessable KID course. An excerpt is here.

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