The column is here. I muse about recent suggestions that rapid chess should become "real" chess; i.e., that classical time controls should be eliminated and rapid ones take their place in main events, and then present a rapid game that is one of the best and most interesting games of modern times, period.
Entries in Artur Yusupov (4)
After a week off, it's time to do a little blogging. We'll start with something easy, a report of an interview with Artur Yusupov (or "Jussupow", for those who only know his name through German sources). Yusupov is best known today as a trainer and author (and an excellent one at that), but in the 80s and early 90s he was also one of the world's best players, making it to the Candidates semi-finals (they played matches back then) in three consecutive cycles. Though no longer among the world's elite he still maintains an approximately 2600 rating when he plays, but his other chess duties have taken precedence for some time now.
At any rate, his career has been an interesting one, and he discusses it in some depth in this ChessPro interview. It's in Russian, but I'd recommend giving it a read with Google Translate, and there are lots of fun pictures too. There are substantial excerpts translated into English on the Chess24 website as well, so unless you can read Russian the best strategy might be to read the latter first and then skim the former (while enjoying the classic pics).
Some entries on the Quality Chess blog have to do with their publishing schedule and their books in general, but some are independent of that and are interesting and useful in their own right. One such post is an ongoing Q & A session with GM, trainer, and three-time former Candidate Artur Yusupov. (Of course the session was probably occasioned by the series of training books he wrote for club players [published by Quality Chess], but the content is almost entirely independent of that series.) He has offered responses to one batch of questions, but the thread is still open and he will reply to another batch soon.
A couple of days ago I reported being amazed by the heavyweight battle between Artur Yusupov (or "Jussupow", as his name is given in the databases) and Alexei Shirov from the just-completed open event in Gibraltar. Yusupov's opening repertoire often looks quiet and toothless, but that appearance is often entirely deceptive. He is able to find some remarkable attacking ideas, and he unleashed a furious attack against Shirov that shocked the Latvian GM and had him scrambling to stay alive in the opening. He rose to the occasion, and the result was an incredibly high-level battle that eventually finished in Shirov's favor.
It's a really beautiful and well-played game, and I hope my readers on this site will also be my viewers over on ChessVideos. It's a game worth seeing, and I do my best to show just how many shoals both sides, but especially Shirov, had to avoid along the way. This is great chess.
You can see my video of the game here. It's free as always (one-time only free registration is required), and it will be available on demand for the next month or so.