Regards from Tel-Aviv

While in Europe the winter refuses to take its leave in favour of the long awaited spring I am pretty happy with my much warmer vacation spent these days in my native city of Tel-Aviv.
Most of my days here are taken easy and based on pleasant meetings with family and friends. Nevertheless chess must naturally be part of the fun. In the first weekend here I played my first match for my new team – the second team of the club of the city of Kfar-Saba, led by GM Ram Soffer. The match concluded successfully with a nice 4:1 victory against “Gambit” Kyriat Bialik. I won my own game on the fourth board and after the 5th round the team shares the second place in the northern second league together with Madatheque Haifa on 20 points, following the leading team of Elitzur Jerusalem (led by GM Leonid Yudasin!) on 22.
 Yesterday I gave a workshop in my new club. Its topic was selecting the best plan right after the opening. Another workshop is expected at the end of this weekend but beforehand I will take part in the annual meeting of the Israeli problemists. I will give there a lecture on Environmental friendly Studies…
My article about “Amazing resources in the Endgame” was published in March issue of the British monthly Chess.

Posted: March 24 - 2013


Winners Batavia GM Alon Greenfeld and IM Twan Burg with organizer Peter Tames (Photo: official website).

Chess is the best healer

I was pretty sick last week and I even had to cancel my training sessions on Friday. What I couldn’t postpone were the team matches planned for the weekend. It was a too short notice to invite any substitutes.  I had no idea how I would be able to function over the board with all those symptoms and medications of a heavy cold but the extra Adrenalin apparently helped to accelerate my recovery and a happy weekend has eventually been recorded again.  
First, Saturday in Wageningen:

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Ebook Developing Chess Talent

The book ‘Developing Chess Talent’ is now available as an ebook. See a preview on

‘Developing Chess Talent’, comprising 256 pages, discusses creating a chess culture, coaching, training, organization and communication.
Also included in this title are interviews with grandmasters David Bronstein and Jan Timman, as well as plenty of helpful and practical information.

Authors of the book are Dutch psychologists and chess trainers Karel van Delft and IM Merijn van Delft.
The book includes a foreword by GM Artur Yusupov with whom they have been collaborating for many years.

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Cappelle. (Photo

Back from Cappelle

Back from Cappelle La Grande I am very pleased I could fulfill an old wish and must compliment Monsieur Michel Gouvart, his son Stephan Gouvart, the chief arbiter Mannuel Veriniac and their enthusiastic teams of volunteers, for the superb organization smoothly run of one of the worlds biggest and colourful chess events. I believe that a decisive majority of the 564 participants were happy with their participation in Cappelle even if naturally not always with their own results. This tournament and many other French opens may provide the main explanation to the amazing number of local talents in the last 3 decades compared to the older times when the only French GM was…Boris Spassky!

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Milan (Photo: Franziska Iseli)

GM Milan Velimirovic passed away

Yesterday night I received the sad news from GM Ljubomir Ljuboevic in Belgrade: Our common friend, the great Serbian problem composer and solver GM Milan Velimirovic has passed away on Monday at the age of 60 following an incurable illness.

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