This is without doubt the peak in my chess life and all is downhill from here. I have been quoted in a chess book before but only as a happy customer. It does make a lot of sense since buying chess books is my main chess skill.
The previous Grob Challenge Project was a success and I have been thinking about starting some new project and here it is: The Study Buddy Project
To call it a project is perhaps a little far fetched but I will give it a try.
In My limited experience, the strongest notion of really learning and improving has been playing slow Games and discussing/analyzng the games with My opponent. However, it is not easy to find opponents interested in playing slow games and to have a go at analyzing the game.
Enter the "Study Buddy Project"!
The Study Buddy Project is simply me acting as a match maker for chess improvers. Drop me a note if you are interested. Please indicate your rating, preferred rating of opponent, preferred sites and time zone considerations.
It would be really cool if you were willing share interesting annotated games and/or positions here at the blog. Short set of matches would be even cooler!
I would very much like to play a few slow games myself. My OTB rating is undefined but I tend to plateau at around 1500 playing turn basen games. At the moment I have accounts at FICS and chess.com.
I think Nigel Davies blog is a must read for anyone interested in chess and chess improvement. A few days ago Nigel posted a very interesting and to the point article on the topic of "Suitable Chess Role Model". Many Chess scholars have suggested that it is wise for improvers to pick a Chess Hero to study but Nigel takes it a few steps further and offers a few criteria for the choice of a Chess Hero. Here is a bullets from Nigels selection criterias:
Active between 1920 - 1970
Did not specialize in gambits or king fiachettos
At some time point among the Top 50 in the world
Improvers < 1500 should pick a player who played e4/d4 and who responded "1. e4 e5" or "1. d4 d5"
My first choice for a chess hero (Bent Larsen) did not qualify and my second choice (Ulf Andersson) also missed the mark. Since I am semi-patriotic when it comes to chess, I am in search for a Scandinavian Chess Role Model. I might be forced to include the Baltic states in my search sphere. I encourage all my readers to aid me in my search. My top candidate as I write would be Gösta Stoltz who (at least in the pre-Andersson era) was considered to be Swedens best chess talent ever.
There is a book available occasionally in used book store with a collection of Gösta's finest games. Bonus points are awarded for a suggested chess hero who is available in one or more books.