Sunday, September 1, 2019

"Side-Stepping Mainline Theory: Cut Down on Opening Study and Get a Middlegame You Are Familiar With" by IM Welling and FM Giddins

Previous post on the subject:

Finally the book has been published! 
Currently you can find it on the New In Chess Website at this link or in ebook format see this link
At last here you can read a preview of it.
A great tool to minimize opening study and to create a sound and rock solid opening repertoire.
It's exactly what the non master tournament player needs!
BRAVI Welling & Giddins!    

Monday, July 1, 2019

"The Elshad for White" by FM Nemtsev

After the "outrageous" "The Elshad System" was published in 2017 now here it is the follow up for White to be published in the coming weeks.

Here you can read the previous posts on Black's opening system.

Sunday, June 30, 2019


Would you like playing competitive chess from Aug. 18th to Aug 25th?
Do you like the mountains?
Do you like italian food?

Then one of these tournaments is PERFECT for you! 😉

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Du Chattel Defence: A Universal System

In autumn 2019 it will be published a new book about the du Chattel opening. This universal opening system involves an early Nh6 move. It has been my favourite chess opening for more than a decade now. A few info about the upcoming book:

1. More than 120 pages;

2. Italian language but algebraic notation;

3. Its authors are :

- Italian CM Walter De Marco, current Fide rating 1861 but he had a 2096 peak Fide rating back in 2003. He is also a registered Chess Instructor for the Italian Chess Federation.

- Chess enthusiast Paola Mezzanzanica, with no Fide rating.

Chessplayers intererested to purchase this work may contact directly the authors at the following email address:

A book preview can be downloaded here

A real labour of love about an original but fully playable opening system. In the past I used it in national chess tournaments and I realized that even strong players playing the White side of the board need some time in order to organize their thoughts to be able to face a rarely used system. Also this opening is excellent in Rapid & Blitz tournaments where the time on the clock is a key factor.

Link to previous blog posts on the same subject.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dec. 2019: A new repertoire book by IM Gerard Welling and FM Steve Giddins!

According to Amazon there's an upcoming new book, to be published on Dec. 20th 2019 by IM Gerard Welling and FM Steve Giddins!

The title is:
"Side-stepping Mainline Theory: Cut Down on Chess Opening Study and Get a Middlegame You are Familiar With"

And this is the description of it:
"The average chess player spends too much time on studying opening theory. In his day, World Champion Emanuel Lasker argued that improving amateurs should spend about 5% of their study time on openings. These days club players are probably closer to 80%, often focusing on opening lines that are popular among grandmasters. Club players shouldn't slavishly copy the choices of grandmasters. GMs need to squeeze every drop of advantage from the opening and therefore play highly complex lines that require large amounts of memorization. The main necessity for club players is to emerge from the opening with a reasonable position, from which you can simply play chess and pit your own tactical and positional understanding against that of your opponent. Gerard Welling and Steve Giddins recommend the Old Indian-Hanham Philidor set-up as a basis for both Black and White. They provide ideas and strategies that can be learned in the shortest possible time and require the bare minimum of maintenance and updating. They deliver exactly what you need: rock-solid positions that you know how to handle. By adopting a similar set-up for both colours, with similar plans and techniques, you further reduce study time. With this compact and straightforward opening approach, Welling and Giddins argue, club players will have more time to focus on what is really decisive in the vast majority of non-grandmaster games: tactics, positional understanding and endgame technique."

Monday, August 20, 2018

News about Mike Basman

Mike Basman was active at the Kingston Rapidplay, 28 July 2018 :

He scored 4 out of 6 with 4 wins and two losses. Beating IM Richard Bates in the last round he secured 3rd on tiebreak.
Here is a link to a picture from this event:

And another very recent chess news: in October 2018 Mike Basman will play in the invitation 10 round all play all in the Haarlem masters, not the open.

My thanks to IM Gerard Welling for the news.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New book on the Hippo by FM De Santis

March 2019 Update
In April 2019 the book will be available in english language as well.


click here to read a preview
Published Aug. 10 2018
384 pages
algebraic notation
italian language
1st printing limited to 500 copies only
The book can be purchased here