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Philidor´s Footsteps In London
Philidor’s Footsteps in London is the second installment of Gordon Cadden’s fresh look at François-André Philidor and his long association with England in the fields of both chess and music. The 18th century Frenchman was described by the late Bent Larsen as “The greatest chess player of all times. With his conception of chess he was 70 years ahead of his time. Since then, no one has been ahead by more than 15 years.”
Double Queen’s Gambit
With Part Two of his coverage of The Double Queen’s Gambit: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c5, IM Andrew Martin analyses and evaluates a number of games played in 2016 to show that this surprise weapon is by no means just an attempt to seek early exchanges and simplification, in order to head for a draw, but an opening that can lead to long term winning advantages for Black, particularly with regard to the possibilities it offers of exploiting weak squares in White’s camp.
Still Searching for Bobby Fischer...
From the other side of the pond, Theo Slade writes on how America is Still Searching for Bobby Fischer as, despite the many successes of Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana, it will be a Norwegian and a Russian-Ukrainian who will be disputing the world title in New York during November!
In his Openings for Amateurs column Pete Tamburro deals with the Schliemann Defence to the Ruy Lopez,1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 f5, which he has found to be an effective weapon for Black as “Most White side amateurs know the first few moves... then quickly go astray”.
This month, IM Gary Lane’s regular contribution is devoted to Secret Notes – an exposé of unusual opening play designed to throw Dutch Defence adherents off course within the first half-dozen moves. Commentary on games by two highly creative grandmasters, Alexei Shirov and Nigel Short, shows how early activity on the h-file by h2-h4 and Nh3 can lead to wins in 25 moves or less.
FM Steve Berry takes a detailed look at GM Andrew Soltis’ biography of Mikhail Botvinnik which won the English Chess Federation Book of the Year award, giving praise where praise is due but also criticism of its occasional shortcomings. Steve’s review is effectively a lively account of the life and achievements of Mikhail Botvinnik who, apart from a couple of year-long interruptions was world chess champion from 1948-1963. Illustrative examples of Botvinnik’s play and portraits of his rivals complete a thought-provoking article.
Our Endgame Studies specialist Ian Watson provides an enthusiastic appreciation of the late Sir Jeremy Morse, the man, and his legacy to the chess world – a veritable ‘Guinness Book of Records’ of chess compositions: Chess Problems: Tasks and Records. 477 pages packed with nearly 1,000 examples of chess magic for the gift price of only five pounds! Indeed, in this wondrous Aladdin’s Cave, ‘Inspector’ Morse lives up to his brilliant reputation by taking the reader to the outer limits of chess intelligence with such challenges as a mate in 226 moves, a puzzle with 24 different defences and another with 29 ‘tries’ (moves which only fail to a single Black reply). Moreover, with every justification, Ian names Sir Jeremy as the most important person in British chess in the last half century because, as Chairman of Lloyds Bank, he was instrumental in gaining ongoing sponsorship for all sorts of chess initiatives which laid the foundations for the so-called English Chess Explosion in the 70s and 80s.
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