*** EDIT: The '50 Moves' guys have kindly decided to make the webinar FREE! So register here.
Well, the attention my Nakamura/Mcshane post received was overwhelming, with my website getting over ten times the normal number of comments for an article - some constructive, some hilarious, and a couple of 'bizarros'. The post got picked up by most major chess news sites as well. And all that from some back-of-an-envelope scribbles!
Of course, Naka had to go and win the thing and thus 'disprove' my arguments, as I feared! And he deserves a lot of praise for his guts and determination, particularly in the tie-break. His play in the final itself was outstanding. Still, just like someone who gets lucky on roulette, it doesn't mean the decision was correct 'ex-ante', as we say. Some of the discussions were so fruitful that I went back and created a full mathematical model, although I've been too busy to type it all up. Also, it will be quite a boring read to most people, so I might just drop it in as an attachment in the near future.
One of the reasons I don't have time is that, for readers who don't already know, I have a 'normal' job. I work at the University of Amsterdam and am finally on the home straight towards finishing a PhD in economics. That doesn't leave time for much chess, whether it be writing, playing or teaching.
However, I'm making an exception this Sunday, and - *warning* - this is where the self-promotion kicks in. The Aussie guys behind the 50 Moves Magazine approached me about doing a live 'webinar' for them on the topic of the Scandinavian, and particularly my 3...Bg4 repertoire. So that's happening this Sunday from 7.30pm-8.30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). AEDT's a bit confusing, but it's just the current time in Sydney (+11 UTC) and you can check out how it works with your location here.
The time's not very convenient for North/South Americans, I must admit, so I don't want you to feel left out. You can see a free, low-quality version of a lecture on the Scandinavian I did quite a while ago below:
I won't just talk about the Scandinavian, but will use it as a case study for how to choose a practical opening repertoire for part-time chess players, and other opening tips. The cost is FREE (!), and you can sign up here.
See you on Sunday!