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by Arshad Ali
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aagaard's "Attacking Manual" (Volume 2)
Replies: 20
Views: 4224

Re: Aagaard's "Attacking Manual" (Volume 2)

What edition of ATM1 did you see? I've been looking at the new edition recently. I've found it pretty useful. Since starting working through it I've sacrificed a knight twice. Before I started, I hadn't made any piece sacs this season (in double the number of games). Could be coincidence of course....
by Arshad Ali
Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aagaard's "Attacking Manual" (Volume 2)
Replies: 20
Views: 4224

Aagaard's "Attacking Manual" (Volume 2)

Can anyone comment on this book? I wasn't impressed with volume 1 but volume 2 seems to be a different kettle of fish altogether. Come to think of it, there haven't been that many books on attacking. There's Vukovic's old classic, a more recent book by Colin Crouch, Tal and Damsky's "Attack with Mik...
by Arshad Ali
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 6301

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

One thing that always annoyed me is that when a player produces a masterpiece that is it. Me or any other clown can put that game in a book and get paid for it. People reading this will have games they have played on a DB that is being sold at a profit and yet they will not get one penny. If memory...
by Arshad Ali
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 6301

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

To date this is the best novel I know of (on chess). I know that novels are slightly off topic here, but I also enjoyed the Queen's Gambit. My absolute favourite chess related novel is "Carl Haffner's Love of the Draw" by Thomas Glavinic, but there's also "The Luneberg Variation" by Paolo Maurensig...
by Arshad Ali
Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 6301

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

I disagree about the Queen’s Gambit, I personally love it - okay its written by an average wood pusher, so some of Beth’s (the main character) ideas and mannerisms do come across as a bit unrealistic. The book is a right riveting read, I concede: I finished it in a single afternoon back in the ...
by Arshad Ali
Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 6301

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

How about the character "Kronsteen" in the film, "From Russia with Love?" By the way, McAdams must have been a real chump not to see the defence, 1. ... Ne6. Leaving aside the arena of film and television, Anthony Glynn did author a book about forty years ago, titled "The Dragon Variation," which sh...
by Arshad Ali
Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Sveshnikov
Replies: 3
Views: 825

Re: Sveshnikov

James Pratt wrote:“not satisfactory.”- ‘Sicilian: Lasker-Pelikán’ (Batsford 1978)
Not answering your question but Rogozenko's "The Sveshnikov Reloaded" would probably be a better reference (which I don't have with me at the moment).
by Arshad Ali
Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The problems with junior chess
Replies: 118
Views: 11071

Re: The problems with junior chess

I know it is not a fair comparison, but of the 5000 or so secondary schools in this country (state and independent) over 1000 enter the annual UK Team Maths Challenge for year 8 and 9 pupils. But only about 100 secondary schools enter the national schools chess tournament Mathematics is part of eve...
by Arshad Ali
Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Book Recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2115

Re: Book Recommendations

I would like to know of any recommendations for books, which aim to teach the rudiments of tactics, strategy, openings and endgames to novices, whilst assuming that the reader already knows how the pieces move. Written in language accessible to well read children of the age 10 - 13, say. Can anyone...
by Arshad Ali
Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Media Worthy UK GMs??
Replies: 22
Views: 8000

Re: Media Worthy UK GMs??

My sister has been telling me for years that I have high-level Asperger's Syndrome. I've often considered that it's merely a term thrown at people who like to think to excess. Treat it as a compliment. I hear 25% of math undergrads at Cambridge have it. At the higher levels of achievement in chess ...
by Arshad Ali
Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Media Worthy UK GMs??
Replies: 22
Views: 8000

Re: Media Worthy UK GMs??

Alex Holowczak wrote: So what?
Makes it difficult for them to be "media worthy."
by Arshad Ali
Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Media Worthy UK GMs??
Replies: 22
Views: 8000

Re: Media Worthy UK GMs??

We don't need a GM to represent British Chess; we need a grass-roots Northerner, Yorkshire born and Yorkshire bred by way of some upper-echelon University. We need someone who is a viable cross between Jonathan Mestel and Mike Tyson ... Isn't Lennox Lewis something of a chess player? I think he's c...
by Arshad Ali
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Media Worthy UK GMs??
Replies: 22
Views: 8000

Re: Media Worthy UK GMs??

Is being "sellable" enough these days ? Maurice Ashley and Susan Polgar have both achieved unique things. Ashley was the first African-American GM (I think) and Polgar's credentials speak for themselves. I've met Ashley and he's a personable fellow but there's a rumour that FIDE encouraged a bunch ...
by Arshad Ali
Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Chess library for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 1972

Chess library for sale

Library has been sold.