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by Nick Ivell
Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New proposal for the draw problem
Replies: 37
Views: 2559

Re: New proposal for the draw problem

Chess is a draw! And we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that chess will never have a mass spectator market.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 4961

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

The Stean book is excellent.

Of course, no amount of study can make up for over the board experience. You have to play a lot to improve.
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Has anyone ever given up chess?
Replies: 165
Views: 19554

Re: Has anyone ever given up chess?

Anyone remember Richard Borcherds? He was a promising junior in the 1970s, who gave up chess and became a distinguished mathematician. His Wikipedia entry gives his reason for giving up: he disliked the competitive element in chess. I imagine a lot of people are in the same boat. I wonder if Richard...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 4961

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

To get back on topic, rather than on RDK, I want to reiterate how important it is to READ chess books rather than keep them as part of the furniture. One feels very virtuous spending money on study aids, but spending money is the easy bit. Actually studying is something else. The same applies to pay...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 4961

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

Ideally, you rewrite in the light of later investigations. There is little evidence that Keene has done this. John Nunn had something to say about this in the introduction to John Nunn's Best Games , published in 1995. To summarise: although he had analysed and published many of the games previousl...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 4961

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

In fact I was referring not to Grandmaster Tactics, but to Grandmaster Strategy! I would rather read Keene on strategy than tactics any day. My copy of 'Grandmaster Strategy' is a very nice hardback from 1999. It contains 100 annotated games. That's the one I was thinking of. The annotations though...
by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 4961

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

In fact I was referring not to Grandmaster Tactics, but to Grandmaster Strategy! I would rather read Keene on strategy than tactics any day. My copy of 'Grandmaster Strategy' is a very nice hardback from 1999. It contains 100 annotated games. In any case these titles are misleading. For example, my ...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order
Replies: 53
Views: 4961

Re: I've expanded my library - advice sought on read order

Yes, I like this thread too. So let's get it moving again. Going back to Mr Keene, I want to reiterate how good his book on Nimzo is. Anyone who wants to learn about positional chess should read this book. It is Keene's best - but not a book for beginners. I also own a copy of Keene's annotations of...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Complicate or simplify against a weaker player?
Replies: 9
Views: 1536

Re: Complicate or simplify against a weaker player?

Not quite on topic, but the concept of the positional sacrifice is very difficult for the younger player to understand. The first games I studied were from the Fischer - Spassky match in 1972. I vividly recall game 13, possibly my favourite game of all time. There was a temporary queen sac I found e...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who would have won had Anatoly Karpov played Bobby Fischer?
Replies: 60
Views: 7849

Re: Who would have won had Anatoly Karpov played Bobby Fisch

Impossible to say who would have won. I am sorry that the match never took place, and it may have impeded Karpov's development that he never got to play Fischer. I admire both players equally. Talking about style: one thing I have noticed is that Karpov's classic games are nearly all with White (the...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Closed Sicilian
Replies: 30
Views: 3887

Re: Closed Sicilian

As White, I still think the Closed is ideal if you want to avoid theory. Study Spassky's two classic games against Geller and Larsen in the 1960s, and you're away! I seem to recall another Spassky classic from the 70s, but that involved a Nh3 development which I'm not so keen on.
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Closed Sicilian
Replies: 30
Views: 3887

Re: Closed Sicilian

It was Larsen who described 3. d4 as a cheap trick, commenting that he liked his centre pawns. I am sure Bent had his tongue in his cheek. Common sense suggests that White's lead in development gives ample compensation for the exchange of the central pawn. Not that I will ever play open lines - way...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Closed Sicilian
Replies: 30
Views: 3887

Re: Closed Sicilian

Nh6 is an alternative to Nge7 which I've tried occasionally. You follow up with f5, O-O, Kh8 and Be6 and play on the Queen side. It's worth a few minutes on the clock if nothing else. Interesting! I have never faced that idea. I will say at the outset that I don't believe the Closed offers White mo...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Closed Sicilian
Replies: 30
Views: 3887

Re: Closed Sicilian

I remember the late Bob Wade giving me some excellent advice before a clock simul against Smyslov in the mid-70s. His advice to defend against the Closed was twofold: 1. Whenever White threatens a deferred d4, play ...Nd4 - not before. 2. Whenever White threatens f5, Black plays ....f5 himself. Thes...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 17657

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

There has never been much of a chess cafe culture in this country, to my knowledge anyway. I remember my father taking me (aged 12) to the Prompt Corner in 1973, hoping for me to hustle the older customers for money. I have forgotten if I succeeded! I have fond memories of the chess cafe in Hamburg....