The Queen's Gambit Declined
BCF Book of the Year 2000
I wrote this book in the 6 months before I turned away from professional chess and started a career in IT in the Netherlands. When I re-read it today, I think the best part of the book – on the so-called Minority Attack - isn’t mine! During a lesson with the great Russian coach Mark Dvoretsky, we reached one of these positions and he asked me what I knew about them. I am glad I was honest and just looked blank, because in 5 minutes he gave me an astonishing masterclass about all the possible plans for White and Black in these structures. Many people have told me how fantastic that section is...