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Last week’s question was: ‘At the chess Olympiad, do you think it is fair that England, Scotland and other British teams are allowed to compete individually?’

I must admit I expected a big vote for ‘No’ but I was wrong. 67% of you are fine with the present situation. Maybe you are traditionalists, or British, or both?


Today Glasgow is grey and rain-sodden, but this is summertime, and traditionally the next couple of months are a busy time for chess tournaments. So: How many tournaments will you play this summer?

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  1. Stigma
    July 4th, 2016 at 17:23 | #1

    Are you including rapid and blitz in this question? And how serious does it have to be? A blitz side event or an evening blitz round robin at the local club or are still technically tournaments. But my first thought was to count only standard/long time control ones.

  2. John Shaw
    July 4th, 2016 at 17:39 | #2


    For the poll, I was thinking more of standard/long time control events.

    I voted ‘zero’ as my next one is the Baku Olympiad, and I am counting September as autumn.

  3. Niall Doran
    July 4th, 2016 at 19:19 | #3

    None, but not totally out of choice. If I were single, though, I’d definitely be playing chess somewhere nice and cool, where the beer flows!

  4. July 5th, 2016 at 11:24 | #4

    Off the topic – is there any expected date Jacob is going to publish the interview with Boris? I am looking forward and my patience ask me all the time: “check the QC website” 🙂

  5. HamHockJinn
    July 5th, 2016 at 12:15 | #5

    5 tournaments at the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth plus an e2e4 one in the Late Summer Bank holiday

  6. Cowe
    July 5th, 2016 at 13:32 | #6

    e2e4 tournament ? could be a great venue for promoting John’s books 🙂

  7. Jacob Aagaard
    July 5th, 2016 at 15:15 | #7

    @Tomasz Chessthinker
    I said elsewhere that we will do it as a video at the end of July.

  8. The Doctor
    July 5th, 2016 at 20:16 | #8

    Wife + 2 children = probably 0, although I will try and get to a 1 day quickly if I can 🙁

  9. Kassy
    July 7th, 2016 at 19:04 | #9

    @The Doctor
    +5 🙂

  10. The Doctor
    July 7th, 2016 at 19:15 | #10


    Good luck mate! 🙂

    July 8th, 2016 at 16:26 | #11

    1st review of “Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 and Minor Lines by John Shaw”

    ………….Insgesamt gibt es in dem grandiosen Buch unglaublich viele tolle neue Ideen. Einige Varianten sind variantenlastiger und bekannter, andere bieten mehr Raum zu neuen Ideen. Ich werde sicherlich einige Varianten in mein Repertoire aufnehmen und kann dieses Buch nur allen Schachspielern, die 1.e4 spielen oder spielen wollen, empfehlen.

    IM Dirk Schuh

    Juli 2016

    FULL REVIEW: https://www.schachversand.de/startneu2.htm

  12. Jose
    July 9th, 2016 at 12:21 | #12

    It’s playable the alekhine four pawns attack for white?

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    July 9th, 2016 at 20:54 | #13

    As far as I know it is fine; even if maybe not the most critical.

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