We are very busy today. All sorts of things going on, including posting a lot of books. So, this weeks training is the promised easier sheet (easier – not easy). The exercises can be found here and the solutions in pgn here.
I am in Budapest for the yearly Polgar-sister chess festival. This year it looks to be even bigger than ever. I met a number of great chess personalities already, organisers like Malcolm Pein and Jeroen van Berg, assisted a highly stressed Lawrence Trent in buying matching trousers for his burgundy blazer, discussed future books with
ChessVibes have an interesting review of The King’s Gambit by John Shaw.
OK, so a number of you have asked for a new publishing schedule. With Christmas coming, there are fewer slots available at the printer. So we do not have any fixed dates, with the exception of three books coming on Friday: Grandmaster Preparation – Attack & Defence Pump Up Your Rating Grandmaster Repertoire 14 –
Recently I have felt compelled to consider what the properties of the ideal chess trainer should be. Obviously there are a few different types of chess trainers, each with their own function. Let’s have a look at them: a) the junior trainer This starts with teaching children the rules, notation and so on, then
What can you do? Sometimes chess is just not interesting. – IM Yochanan Afek IM Sam Collins had a question about “boring positions” and why he scores so poorly in them. He had read a blog post by a GM who used to be 2600, but has now dipped below 2500. This GM
When I sat down to write the Attacking Manual 1 the main goal for me was to make the book very readable. It later made me very happy when Slovakian GM Jan Markos (author of the underrated and generally excellent Beat the KID) said that he had read the book like if it had been