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.
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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.