Archive for September, 2012

Round 10 preview

September 7th, 2012 2 comments

Judit came up to me at lunch and expressed her regret that we were not playing. However, it was not possible, if Lars had played, I was ripe for a rest. However, I look forward to a tough game with Almasi this afternoon.

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Round 9 – Let me be!

September 6th, 2012 11 comments

What was Nh5?? all about. And Qd7? I saw Nxe6 right after I played it. Somehow this cost some confidence too…

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Round 8 report – Piggy-backing John’s 1.e4 Repertoire

September 6th, 2012 6 comments

Nikos and I have worked a lot on the Grandmaster Repertoire 1.e4 books already (although they have been pushed back a bit back to make room for the Grandmaster Preparation series), but I still decided to go for The Scotch against Norway yesterday. Very quickly he made a small mistake (13…Ne7 instead of 13…Nb6 followed by …d5) and I got a huge advantage from the opening. However, I also made a mistake in playing 17.Nb3. If I had played 16.Re1, he would still have been forced to play 16…Rg8, when 17.Ne4 was simply devastating. The reason for my mistake was that I did not realise that 17…Rg8 18.exd6 would be replied with 18…cxd6(!) and not blundering a piece in some ridiculous way. Still I was better and made the best of it from that point. A nice win in a 3-1 win.

Today we will play FYROM (I am not allowed to call them Macedonia for Nikos), who yesterday lost on board four. I assume I will play Nedev with Black. A sharp Sicilian looks likely.

Aagaard – Hansen

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Qe7 7. Qe2 Nd5 8.
c4 Ba6 9. Nd2 g6 10. Nf3 Bg7 11. Bg5 Qb4+ 12. Qd2 Qxd2+ 13. Bxd2 Ne7N 14. O-O-O
Bb7 15. Bc3 Rd8 16. Nd2 c5 17. Nb3 d6 18. Re1 Rg8 19. h4 h5 20. Rh3 Bc8 21. Rd3
Be6 22. Nd2 Nc6 23. exd6 cxd6 24. Bxg7 Rxg7 25. g3 Nd4 26. Nb3 Nxb3+ 27. Rxb3
Rd7 28. Bh3 Re7 29. Rb8+ Kd7 30. Ra8 f5 31. Rxa7+ Ke8 32. Rxe6 1-0

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Six stars

September 5th, 2012 12 comments

One of my favourite sites on the net is, where you can get interesting articles and reviews of a high quality. About a year ago they changed their review system from five to four stars, without making it obvious for people like myself who suffer from mouse-clicking-too-fast syndrom. A number of 4/4 reviews were frustrating, not only because people believed it was 4/5, but also because there were books where the reviewer did not rate the books equally, but still they all got 4/4 (or quite close).

So I suggested Mark that they changed their rating system again to 6 stars and marked them as filled or not, so it was easy to understand and with some range. To be honest I stole the idea from the Danish newspapers, mainly Politiken. It has worked really well since, despite my 4/4 for my books were nicer than 5/6 I got since (what the fuck!).

At least we have a few other books that make the top mark from time to time. Both the Karpov’s Strategic Wins 1 and Karpov’s Strategic Wins 2 made it, recently Chess Tactics from Scratch and now Mayhem in the Morra!

I have to say that the pleasure of 6/6 beats 4/4 together with books you really do not respect quite a bit, even if there is a difference of taste and opinion you can use as a shield for your feelings. And when other companies get 6/6 for their books, I immediately get them from the London Chess Centre!

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Round 7 – Photo compilation

September 5th, 2012 2 comments

Marie and I did not play for Denmark yesterday due to human error. Her captain had forgotten to put in the changes in the team and they played one to four. My captain did not select me.

The signing was great; Avrukh signed 100s of books and over 10 authors showed up. The Turkish Federation were very happy. Here are a few photos.


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Olympiad round 6

September 3rd, 2012 No comments

The Danish team is really not performing well. We won the match today 2.5-1.5 against Algeria, but we were hoping for 4-0!

First Sune played an automatic move, not hesitating at all, to see that he had to prevent …b6-b5, even though he had prepared this! A quick draw was disappointing…

Then Lars blundered in a poor position, losing a pawn and just getting ground down by a 2200 guy.

Then Jakob blundered, but luckily the damage was sort of minor and he found practical ideas and was quickly better and won.

I won.

Nikos is attending a trainers’ seminar here, where he mentioned that he now works for us, which apparently impressed one of the lectures. We got this endorsement from him:

“I do not think that Quality Chess has published a bad book!” – GM Jayson Gonzales

Gonzales told us that he has all of the GM Repertoire books. He bought the first volume in 2008 a few hours before the final round game against Argentina in the Dresden Olympiad, where the Philippines were facing their worst placement ever, in the case of a defeat. The game, inspired by the book, made all the difference in their 2.5-1.5 victory; and in the end the Philippines came 46th and saved face.

Gonzales – Peralta

Dresden 25.11.2008

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Qb3 Qb6 6. Nc3 e6 7. Nh4 Nbd7 8. h3 Bh5 9. g4 Bg6 10. Nxg6 hxg6 11. Bg2 Qc7 12. Bd2 Nb6 13. cxd5 exd5 14. Rc1 Qd7 15. g5 Nh7 16. h4 Nc4 17. Bh3 Qc7 18. Qc2 Bd6 19. Kf1 Qe7 20. Re1 Nxd2+ 21.Qxd2 O-O 22. e4 dxe4 23. Nxe4 Bb4 24. Qe3 Rfe8 25. Re2 Qd8 26. h5 Nf8 27. hxg6 Nxg6 28. Bf5 Qd5 29. Qh3 Qxd4 30. Bxg6 fxg6 31. Qb3+ Qd5 32. Qxb4 Re5 33. Qb3 Rd8 34. Rd2 1-0

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Judit very VERY happy

September 3rd, 2012 35 comments

Polls roundup

September 3rd, 2012 1 comment

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