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  • Gordon Ritchie
    Man vs Machine is available from Amazon for $46. Same for Timman's upcoming book on KvK. Too rich for my blood.
    Last edited by Gordon Ritchie; Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 12:55 PM.

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  • Ian Findlay
    Looking forward to Game Changer. You can see some videos on chess24 website where Matthew Sadler shows what Alpha Zero would have done in the recent Carslen - Caruana match. Some really great ideas and a lot of them are quite practical. Matthew Sadler also does a great job of explaining it in human terms. Also Natasha Regan has very impressive credential in AI.

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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    December 1, 2018

    This book to appear in 2019

    Game Changer: AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI

    Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan

    Edition : Paperback
    Publication date : March 1, 2019
    Number of pages : 368
    Publisher : New in Chess
    Weight : 500 gram
    ISBN : 9789056918187
    Price : About 22.50 euro

    Publisher’s Blurb

    It took AlphaZero only a few hours of self-learning to become the chess player that shocked the world.

    The artificial intelligence system, created by DeepMind, had been fed nothing but the rules of the Royal Game when it beat the world’s strongest chess engine in a prolonged match. The selection of ten games published in December 2017 created a worldwide sensation: how was it possible to play in such a brilliant and risky style and not lose a single game against an opponent of superhuman strength?

    For Game Changer, Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan investigated more than two thousand previously unpublished games by AlphaZero. They also had unparalleled access to its team of developers and were offered a unique look ‘under the bonnet’ to grasp the depth and breadth of AlphaZero’s search. Sadler and Regan reveal its thinking process and tell the story of the human motivation and the techniques that created AlphaZero.

    Game Changer also presents a collection of lucidly explained chess games of astonishing quality. Both professionals and club players will improve their game by studying AlphaZero’s stunning discoveries in every field that matters: opening preparation, piece mobility, initiative, attacking techniques, long-term sacrifices and much more.

    The story of AlphaZero has a wider impact. Game Changer offers intriguing insights into the opportunities and horizons of Artificial Intelligence. Not just in solving games, but in providing solutions for a wide variety of challenges in society.

    With a foreword by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and an introduction by DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.

    Matthew Sadler (1974) is a Grandmaster who twice won the British Championship and was awarded an individual Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympiad. He has authored several highly acclaimed books on chess and has been writing the famous ‘Sadler on Books’ column for New In Chess magazine for many years.

    Natasha Regan is a Women’s International Master from England who achieved a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University. Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan won the English Chess Federation 2016 Book of the Award for their book Chess for Life.


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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    December 1, 2018

    Practical Endgame Studies

    Author: Afek, Yochanan

    Title: Practical Chess Beauty

    The book brings several hundreds of Yochanan Afek's studies divided by themes, with author's solution and word comments. On average, one study = one full page.

    IM Yochanan Afek is one of the best endgame study composers of recent decades. His work is close to practical chess and most of the studies begin from the positions that could arise in a practical game. Name index at the end. Afek's studies are also popular because their solutions are original and often very surprising. You can look at some of them in a book sample on publisher pages. 2 pictures. Further information about the book and a sample are available at


    Place of publication:Glasgow
    Publisher: Quality Chess
    Year of publication: 2018
    Edition:1st edition
    Pages: 464p. 1,020 grams
    Language: English + Figurine notation
    Diagrams: many
    Book size: Large 8vo (23-25 cm)
    Price: About 33 euro


    Two other well-known books by Afek are:

    1) Invisible chess moves

    Yochanan Afek and Emmanuel Neiman

    240 pages

    New in Chess, 2011

    2) Extreme chess tactics

    Yochanan Afek: edited by Graham Burgess

    143 pages

    Gambit, 2017

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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    August 31, 2018

    The Trompowsky Attack

    There are far more books on this opening than I would have thought. These so far:

    1. The Trompowsky Attack: Move By Move
    Lakdawala, Cyrus /Everyman/ 2014

    2. Playing the Trompowsky
    Pert, Richard / Quality Chess / 2013

    3. Starting out: the Trompowsky attack
    Palliser, Richard / Gloucester / 2009

    4. Queen's gambits : Trompowsky & Torre ; Tactics in the chess opening
    Nijboer, Friso / New In Chess / 2006

    5. Dealing with d4 deviations : fighting the Trompowsky, Torre, Blackmar-Diemer, Stonewall, Colle and other problem openings
    Cox, John / Gloucester Publ / 2005

    6. The Trompowsky
    Davies, Nigel / Gloucester / 2005

    7. Winning with the Trompowsky
    Wells, Peter / Batsford / 2003

    8. The Trompowsky
    Gallagher, Joe / Chess Press / 1998

    9. Secrets of the Trompovsky
    Hodgson, Julian / Hodgson Enterprises / 1997-...

    10. Trends in the Trompovsky ; Vol. 4
    Buckley, Graeme / Trends Publications / 1997

    11. The Trompowsky attack Bg5 / Andrew Soltis
    Soltis, Andrew /Chess Digest/ 1995

    To these add this:

    Play the Trompowsky Attack
    Kryakvin, Dmitry/ Chess Stars Ltd/ 2018

    And from its publisher:

    The Brazilian Chess Champion Octavio Trompowsky (1897-1984) lived in Rio de Janeiro, where he invented his favourite 2.Bg5. He played the move at the Olympiad as well. It is said that one of his opponents took down his spectacles and tried to clear the lenses in order to better understand what was happening on the board.

    Thanks to Magnus Carlsen, 2.Bg5 has earned popularity again. The world champion posed problems in the Trompowsky to such opening experts as Vladimir Kramnik and Sergey Karjakin. He even employed the bishop sortie in the world title match against Karjakin.

    The early attack on the black knight limits Black's choices in the opening, as it does rule out the Nimzo, the Grünfeld and the King's Indian, which all require deep theoretical knowledge from White. The Trompowsky allows you to play fresh, creative and complex positions and is an interesting choice for all club players who want to surprise their opponents.

    The author bases his recommendations on his own tournament practice, with stern tests at a grandmaster level.
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Friday, 31st August, 2018, 11:08 PM.

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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    August 4, 2018

    We have given details of upcoming chess books we are looking forward to.

    Unfortunately, when one falls short, it is our duty to write of its shortcomings.

    A Review by Olimpiu G. Urcan on Patreon:

    The blurb of Ulrich Geilmann's newly released The Indian Chessmaster Malik Mir Sultan Khan: His Life and His Games (Joachim Beyer Verlag, 2018) states:

    "This book traces the exceptional life of this chess master, as far as the narrow sources allow." But, despite this promise and the deceivingly academic-sounding title, that's not what this 216-page book offers. In a postscript on page 215, Geilmann explained:

    How to tell the story of a chess comet that lights up only briefly before disappearing in the fog of time?

    You can take the easy way by just sticking to the player's life data based on the existing sources.

    This can be done quickly, soberly and eloquently. But does this do justice to the human being behind Sultan Khan, to his motives and characteristics? Do you really get to know his personality? Well, I seriously doubt it.

    That's why I took a different approach by telling the story from its end, so to speak. Sultan Khan accompanies his master on the way back to India. A fictional British passenger comes into contact with him by accident, and is fascinated by the Indian's background. He begins to ask more and more questions, thus penetrating more and more into the life story of the chess genius - and even a little bit into his psyche, too.

    Thus, a bizarre fictionalized account is found on pages 9-46, meant as a summary of Sultan Khan's life and career. Of course, it's nothing of the sort. It gets worse: most of the illustrations and newspaper cuttings given there are lifted without credit from a substantial Chess Notes article on Sultan Khan (to which I've contributed a number of items over time).

    Pages 52-207 contain "a collection of annotated games," 183 in total, which the author called "an almost complete selection from the available sources." The games are given without sources, without complete details even when they are known (exact date, venue, occasion, full name of opponents) and without diagrams. They are accompanied by terse ChessBase-style annotations, many with anachronistic opening-related notes. The game section is followed by a collection of slipshod crosstables on pages 208-214 and, unsurprisingly, the book closes without a list of sources or a bibliography and without a game index or a general index.

    The author's ignis fatuusis evident: meticulous, ground-breaking biographical or historical writing, well-anchored in reliable primary sources and aiming to excavate fresh archival material after years of difficult research, is far from easy. It's infinitely harder than fantasizing about being a 1930s British patrician, compiling a below-average database dump, casually misusing other people's work and getting an Indian grandmaster to pen a chichi foreword. That, a thing which Sahib Geilmann is yet to learn, is "the easy way."

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  • Ian Findlay
    Originally posted by Erik Malmsten View Post
    Jonathan Schaeffer of Thornhill was an active player (and organizer) when he was a teenager. In the CFC's July 1975 Annual List he was the 8th top Junior in Canada, rated 2029.
    Yes and I remember Danny Gottlieb telling me he had such a great time at a party because he and Jonathon got to analyse chess all night! Jonathon's one tip was put your queen on c2 (or c7), a tip that GM Finegold often says in his lectures! I also remember a brilliant game he played against Peter Avery, where he nicely spun a mating net around Mr. Avery's king. Memories!

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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    July 31, 2018

    There are a number of books with “"all”" the games of Alexander Alekhine. Among them

    1) Alexander Alekhine’'s Chess Games, 1902-1946
    by Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G. P. Ver
    2543 games, 824 pages
    McFarland 1998

    2) Complete games of Alekhine. Volume 1: 1892-1921 +
    Volume 2: 1921-1924 + Volume 3: 1925-1927
    by Fiala, Vlastimil / Kalendovsky, Jan
    188 + 464 + 496 pages
    Moravian Chess 1992-1998

    3) Polnoe sobranie partiy s avtorskimi
    kommentariami. Tom 1-4: 1905-20, 1921-25, 1926-
    31, 1931-46
    by Alexander Aljechin
    (Full Collection of Games with Author
    Annotations). The set of four books contains all
    available Alekhine games with his own annotations
    = 550 games
    336 + 360 + 352 + 472 pages
    Russian Chess House 2009-2017


    Now, the third collection (above) is being made available in English with the appearance of the first volume.

    Alexander Alekhine
    Complete Games Collection with His Own Annotations
    Volume 1: 1905-1920
    344 pages
    Russian Chess House 2018

    “The first Russian world champion Alexander Alekhine went down in history not only as a winner of many tournaments and matches, but also as the creator of hundreds of masterpieces of chess creativity.

    He is also rightfully considered one of the most prominent analysts of all time. Alekhine's comments are distinguished by depth and objectivity, a clear statement of the prisoners in the position of the ideas.

    In this edition, for the first time, all the games of Alekhine with author's notes are collected. Many of them now can be found only in old magazines, some have not been published before. The editorial notes take into account the achievements of modern computer analysis.”

    I have no idea what the phrase "the prisoners in the position of the ideas"” in the blurb above means.

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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    July 13, 2018

    Author: Timman, Jan

    Title: The Longest Game: The Five Kasparov - Karpov Matches for the World Chess

    Pre-order, expected in Winter 2018/19.

    From the cover: On September 10, 1984, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov appeared on the stage of the Hall of Columns in Moscow for the first game of their match for the World Chess Championship. In the next six years they would play five matches for the highest title and create one of the fiercest rivalries in sports history. The matches lasted a staggering total of 14 months, and the ‘two K’s’ played 5540 moves in 144 games.

    The first match became front page news worldwide when after five months FIDE President Florencio Campomanes stepped in to stop the match citing exhaustion of both participants. A new match was staged and having learned valuable lessons, 22-year-old Garry Kasparov became the youngest World Chess Champion in history.

    His win was not only hailed as a triumph of imaginative attacking chess, but also as a political victory. The representative of ‘perestroika’ had beaten the old champion, a symbol of Soviet stagnation. Kasparov defended his title in three more matches, all of them full of drama. Karpov remained a formidable opponent and the overall score was only 73-71 in Kasparov’s favour.

    In The Longest Game Jan Timman returns to the Kasparov-Karpov matches. He chronicles the many twists and turns of this fascinating saga, including his behind-the scenes impressions, and takes a fresh look at the games.

    Further information about the book are available at newinchess.com

    Place of publication: Alkmaar
    Publisher: New in Chess
    Year of publication: 2018
    Edition:1st edition
    Pages: ca 304p
    Language: English + Figurine notation
    Diagrams: many
    Book size: Large 8vo (23-25 cm)


    Jan Timman is a former World Championship Candidate who rose to the number two spot of the FIDE world rankings. He is the author of highly acclaimed books such as Curacao 1962 and The Art of the Endgame. His best-selling Timman’s Titans won the 2017 English Chess Federation Book of the Year Award.



    The contests were: 1984 in Moscow (48 games),
    1985 Moscow (24 games), 1986 London/Leningrad (24 games), 1987 Seville (24 games) and 1990 NYC/Lyon (24 games).

    Garry Kasparov wrote about them in three books:

    Garry Kasparov on modern chess; Part 2: Kasparov vs Karpov: 1975 – 1985, including the 1stand 2nd matches, Gloucester, 2008

    Part 3: Kasparov vs Karpov: 1986-1987, Gloucester, 2009

    Part 4: Kasparov vs Karpov: 1988-2009, Gloucester, 2010

    (There are Everyman editions of these works too)

    It will be good to have the matches complete in one volume!
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Friday, 13th July, 2018, 09:14 PM.

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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    July 9, 2018

    Sultan Khan

    In 2014 on ChessTalk, a thread was started entitled, "“I want to start a drive to get Mir Sultan Khan awarded the GM title posthumously".”


    The two most accessible books for those who want to see his history and his games are:

    Mir Sultan Khan
    By Richard N. Coles
    BCM Quarterly, No. 10
    92 pages

    There is also a 2ndrevised edition with 144 pages published in 1977.

    Kometa Sultan-Chana
    By Anatolij Macukevic
    Ripol Klassik
    254 pages

    Now, to join these is the new paperback:

    The Indian Chessmaster Malik Mir Sultan Khan. His Life and His Games
    By Ulrich Geilmann
    220 pages

    The accompanying blurb:

    Chess and life biography and 183 well annotated games of Sultan Khan. Career record. Mir Sultan Khan, 1905-1966, was one of the world's best players around 1930. He was British champion in 1929, 1930 and 1932, played in three Olympiads. He won, for example, against Capablanca, Rubinstein and Flohr. His short career ended in 1933 when he had to return to India. 2 pictures. In English + figurine notation

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  • Erik Malmsten
    Jonathan Schaeffer of Thornhill was an active player (and organizer) when he was a teenager. In the CFC's July 1975 Annual List he was the 8th top Junior in Canada, rated 2029.

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