Wednesday, March 17, 2021

"U cannot be serious!" by IM Gerard Welling and IM Michael Basman

A wonderful new book about Mike Basman's chess will be released at the beginning of April 2021! (And this is not an April Fools Joke 😉)

Two of the most esteemed chess players in the world of Unorthodox Chess Openings combined their efforts to produce the FINAL word on Basman's unusual openings.

A new book with 304 pages!

A real labour of love.


004 Symbols and bibliography

006 Contents

007 Introduction

011 Chapter 1 Basmania in Biel

047 Chapter 2 Basmania in Belgium

061 Chapter 3 St. George’s Opening with Black and White

099 Chapter 4 Grob’s Inheritance

161 Chapter 5 Global Opening Play

217 Chapter 6 Basmania for the 21st Century

293 Chapter 7 Outro

299 Index Games

Here you can read a detailed description and a 18 pages sample as well!

I can't wait to read the whole book!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

IM Mike Basman's YouTube Channel & Web Site

IM Basman has a new YouTube Channel & web site ! Click HERE & HERE to see them.

IMPORTANT: on his website Basman offers chess lessons! What an amazing opportunity to study Basman's unorthodox chess openings under the Master's own guidance!

Here's a YouTube Grob & St. George Video

Sunday, March 22, 2020

ChessMood: free courses for 1 week

ChessMood published this announcement:


We’re living in times when it’s important to support each other as never before...
Yeah, just by staying at home you can save lives…

...but at the same time, you can skyrocket your chess and help others as well.
HOW? 😮

We’ve UNLOCKED ALL of our courses, created by GRANDMASTERS.
That’s 100+ hours of courses!

We’ve spent a few YEARS creating all of these.
And now all of them have been unlocked for 1 week.

✅Step-by-step Grandmaster openings for White
✅Step-by-step Grandmaster openings for Black
✅ 20+ hours of commentary on games of World Champions,
and loads more...

You can click the link below and start improving right now!

But before you do that, please do a favor for me and for your friends.
Share this with them, helping to beat COVID-19 boredom, while doing something useful.

See you in the courses 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Mike Basman's new - old book - "Bas-Man : My best games 1951-1961"

A new old book has been published.

The title is "Bas-Man : My best games 1951-1961" , 40 pages 30 annotated games with many diagrams.
Written in 1961 and first published in 2019 by :
Chess Ambassador Ltd.
7 Billockby Close
Chessington, Surrey
KT92ED England

Mike Basman's current email address where you can contact him is

The price is 5,95 British Pound

On the backflap text we read :

"Mike Basman is one of the most famous eccentrics of the chess world - but was he always like this ?
This book of his early years, written when he was about 15 year old, shows a more orthodox player,
who, steeped in the books of the great chess popularisers Fred Reinfeld and Irving Chernev,
played regular openings such as the Giuoco Piano. Queens Gambit and Sicilian Defence.
As such, the books is a marvellous instructional work for any young player hoping to rise up from the amateur and novice ranks to become a succesful performer on the national and international stage.
How far can YOU go ? "

PS I want to express my appreciation to IM Welling for letting me know about it.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

eBook on sale: "La Difesa du Chattel: Un sistema universale"

We talked about the eBook "La Difesa du Chattel: Un sistema universale" in a previous blog post (see HERE).

Now the eBook has been published as an ePub/Kindle file and you can purchase it at the following links:
ePub:    HERE    
Mobi:   HERE    or  HERE

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!