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My new book project- Schliemann Defence Move by Move

Jan 6, 2015, 4:30 AM 13

I have just started to write my 4th book for Everyman Chess on an opening which has served me extremely well during my competitive years of play.

Some 25 years ago, a good chess friend, Chia Keng San got so fed up with his regular sparring partner Wang Mong Lin, as the latter kept playing the Exchange Spanish (1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6) against him, robbing him of the sort of dynamic play he craved.  However, the latest NIC magazine then contained an annotated game of a Schliemann (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5!?) win by Jonathan Speelman over Jan Timman in the World Championships Candidates event. Keng San and I went through the annotations diligently and while he did a number on Wang during their next blitz session, the line helped me to win key games in many tournaments to come.

For example, in the recently concluded World Mindsport rapid event held on Chess.com, my record with the Schliemann was 5 wins, 1 loss and 6 draws, far better than any other Black opening and this obviously contributed to my eventual 3rd placing.

I would like to show you a recent blitz win by fellow Schliemann exponent, FM Ong Chong Ghee during a casual blitz game at his condo clubhouse.  I think the game illustrates how dangerous the opening can be to the uninitiated.

Hence, over the next few months, I will be working extremely hard on the book Schliemann Defence Move by Move. Hopefully, apart from coaching and writing, I will still find time for the occasional blog post.

Anyway, a very Happy New Year to Chess.com members and readers of this blog!

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