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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Baadur Jobava on chess training

Read the full interview here

Question: So you think that a player can improve only by doing what you have suggested above? Don’t you think that a coach is essential?

Jobava's answer: Books are your coach. Botvinnik is your coach. Alekhine is your coach. Having a trainer is good but not everyone can afford it. So many books are available out there, and if you are ready to use your brain then you can learn from them. Coaches will teach you from those very books and charge you money for it. Why do you want to do that? 

Friday, February 9, 2018

"The Hippo System" by Eric Briffoz

Perhaps the only book on earth dealing with the White Hippo as well.

By the way this blog dedicated a few posts to this  opening system. They can be read here
Last but not least, please note that 48 lightly annotated White Hippo games can be found in UON 24 downloadable here

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Becoming GM...without reading chess books...

From New In Chess Magazine n° 6 - 2017

In the interview GM Eric Hansen wasn't asked how his chess improvement happened...chess software? a trainer? chess videos? no chess study at all but pure talent only? 
We are curious...

Friday, June 16, 2017

"The Elshad System" by FM Igor Nemtsev

Following a previous post on the subject, we are happy to report that now it is available a Forward Chess Interactive ebook on the Elshad Opening System, written by FM Nemtsev
The ebook contains analysis of the opening 1.d4 c6 2.c4 d6 followed by Nd7, h6 and g5, from the Black's point of view. Material is sorted into 5 chapters: 1) lines with e4 and f4. 2) lines with g3, Bg2. 3) the classical line e4, Nf3, Be2, 0-0. 4) White plays long 0-0-0. 5) the other lines. This repertoire is really ok for blitz & rapid games mostly. The system has been developed by the player Elshad Mamedov.
Here's the author's preface:
The original book was published in Russia in 2016:
The ebook is highly recommended to the UCO player for his blitz & rapid games.
PS At last, if you know the russian language, you may even watch this videos on the opening: by FM Nemtsev 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

More on the du Chattel Opening System

A game played in Feb. 2017 by players rated around elo 2400

And this is the position after Black's 5th move: