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  • There are many candidates for the title of 'the best chessplayer never to win the world championship'. I think I first heard Keres given that title, and he was the second-highest-rated player at some point (according to Jeff Sonas' ChessMetrics website

  • Tues 28th Sept 2021

    Minutes of last meeting, agenda, and minutes of this meeting are attached.

  • "Ah, to be young and not care about Bishops!"

  • "A blockaded bishop is of little value" - Lisa Simpson

  • Tal himself expressed his creative credo as
  • This is one of my favourite books and though rather dated (the last game cited is from 1948) it's also extremely instructive.

    In 100 annotated games, Konig discusses the opening theory of four openings: the Ruy Lopez, Queen's Gambit, English Opening and King's Gambit.

    It takes an evolutionary approach to chess theory, and instead of jumping in to contemporary theory, tells the story of how that theory came about. So we trace the English Opening from Staunton's new(!) approach in 1843 to Golombek's ideas in 1939.

  • I have just read, with enormous pleasure, Jan Timman's volume of his best games, Timman's Triumphs. The range of openings is very broad, the tactics pleasing and sometimes brilliant, the strategy revealing, the endgame play subtle; the annotations do justice to a Grandmaster's play but remain accessible; the stories between the games are engaging and warm.


    Timman's repertoire is very broad and includes every style.

    [Event "Bugojno"]
    [Site "Bugojno"]
    [Date "1984.??.??"]
    [Round "?"]
  • Lessons from...  *  Morphy  *  Steinitz  *  Lasker  *  Capablanca  *  Rubinstein  *  Alekhin
  • John Nunn was a top ten player in his prime, but was and is a champion as a chess author. His first substantial book, Secrets of Grandmaster Play with Peter Griffiths, was an instant classic, and he has written many volumes aimed at the improving player. He has been particularly concerned to reflect the richness and complexity of modern chess in his books, and has striven to do so in uncluttered prose, leavened with a bit of dry wit.

  • Euwe was always an amateur player, not a professional; he taught mathematics in a girls' school in the Netherland for much of his active playing career, then was employed by a computer firm. He devoted much of his life to teaching chess, through books and articles. My favourite among his writings is a collection of articles about the middlegame with Hans Kramer, later published in two volumes. He collected and organised opening theory, he wrote books for beginners and masters, and he took the Presidency of FIDE.

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