Happy Birthday IM Tom Rendle (29-ix-1986)

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Happy Birthday IM Tom Rendle (29-ix-1986)

Post by John Upham » Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:46 am

Despite the headline elsewhere, there is a birthday today ! :D

I have put together a modest tribute to IM Tom Rendle here :

https://britishchessnews.com/2020/09/29 ... om-rendle/
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Re: Happy Birthday IM Tom Rendle (29-ix-1986)

Post by Simon Rogers » Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:55 pm

Happy Birthday Thomas.
One of the strongest contributors to the forum.
I didn't realise Tom's strength is the Dutch Defence.
I might post a couple of Chess Questions for him.
Has Thomas brought any books out on the Dutch?

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Re: Happy Birthday IM Tom Rendle (29-ix-1986)

Post by John Upham » Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:03 pm

Simon Rogers wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:55 pm
Happy Birthday Thomas.
One of the strongest contributors to the forum.
I didn't realise Tom's strength is the Dutch Defence.
I might post a couple of Chess Questions for him.
Has Thomas brought any books out on the Dutch?
I'd be surprised if Tom has not been approached by a publisher to write about the Dutch in book or DVD form.
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Re: Happy Birthday IM Tom Rendle (29-ix-1986)

Post by Thomas Rendle » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:23 pm

Many, many years ago I was going to write a book on the Leningrad, but I didn't get much beyond the mainline. I definitely prefer coaching to writing, although I did write for Chesspublishing for a number of years on their 1.e4... section.

These days it's tough to cover the Dutch as computers don't really rate the opening. One day maybe I'll put something together - luckily at the moment I'm still fairly busy coaching.

There are a couple of videos on Chess.com where I demonstrate ideas for White in the Staunton Gambit (1.d4 f5 2.e4) and 2.Nc3 as a more positional approach.

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Re: Happy Birthday IM Tom Rendle (29-ix-1986)

Post by Simon Rogers » Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:30 pm

I have a copy of the book:
Winning With The Dutch by Robert Bellin
1990 Edition
Which covers the Leningrad and Staunton Gambit
I have faced the Staunton Gambit a couple of times in club games. Along with the Stonwall and Queen Bishop's Attack

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Re: Happy Birthday IM Tom Rendle (29-ix-1986)

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:50 pm

Simon Rogers wrote:
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:30 pm
I have a copy of the book:
Winning With The Dutch by Robert Bellin
1990 Edition
At about that time I favoured the Leningrad Dutch. I was doing well in the main lines, but horribly against early variants. I found a book by Andy Martin, "The Contemporary Anti-Dutch", which was very good - well, good enough for me anyway.

The reason this is memorable is that I got my copy with £2 off the list price, because it was "slightly defaced". On closer scrutiny, the defacement was the author's signature.
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Re: Happy Birthday IM Tom Rendle (29-ix-1986)

Post by John Upham » Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:08 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:50 pm

The reason this is memorable is that I got my copy with £2 off the list price, because it was "slightly defaced". On closer scrutiny, the defacement was the author's signature.
Not defacement in the style of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell !

Those books now have pride of place at the Islington Local History Centre and are worth a fair sum.
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