my latest books
"The Silicon Road to Chess Improvement"
"Game Changer" won the ECF Book of the Year 2019 and the FIDE Book of the Year 2019
"Chess for Life" won the ECF Book of the Year 2016 prize
Chess for Life in the BCM
Just through the door, the February 2016 edition of the new, glossy British Chess Magazine. Inside an article by Natasha and I about “Chess for Life”. To support our theory that rapid time controls are well-suited to experienced players, we each comment on a recent win from Rapidplay events! I discuss a win from the read more…
Chess for Life is Live!
Saturday 27th February was a memorable day! A knock at the door of my parents’ house and a few moments later, I had a copy of “Chess for Life” in my hands for the first time – such a proud moment! Natasha and I first discussed the idea for the book during the Summer of read more…
Alekhine’s Themes – Major piece warfare
One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in the past couple of years is “Learn from the Legends – Chess Champions at their Best” by Mihail Marin (Quality Chess). Marin takes 9 great champions – Rubinstein, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Tal, Petrosian, Fischer, Karpov, Kortchnoi and Carlsen – and examines a particular facet of their play read more…
"The secret of my success: with every move I force the opponent to think for themselves!"
- Alexander Alekhine
I am a Chess Grandmaster and writer, and one of England's top players. When I am not doing my job as an IT Consultant, I fill my free time with as much chess as possible
Writing and discussing chess has always been one of my passions. I review chess books in a regular column for New in Chess magazine and have written 8 books myself. I also contribute to chess videos regularly.
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"How many moves do I consider when analysing? Only one, but it's always the best one!"
- Emanuel Lasker