The ECF Book of the Year award has gone to ‘Chess for Life’, by GM Matthew Sadler and IM Natasha Regan. The book retails at £15.99 but can be obtained via Amazon for £11.62 including delivery.
In this thought-provoking, wide-ranging and often inspiring book, the authors examine how chess style and abilities vary with age. The conventional wisdom is that greater experience should compensate for a loss of youthful energy, but with so many of the world elite currently in their twenties, chess is increasingly looking like a young man’s game. By making a number of case studies and interviewing players who have stayed strong into their forties, fifties and beyond, the authors show in detail how players can steer their games towards positions where their experience can shine through.
A full review of this book can be seen on the ECF website.
Matthew Sadler will be top seed in the Bury St Edmunds Congress, where entries have now reached 100. We will be asking Matthew to bring some copies to the Congress, when I’m sure he will be happy to append his signature in the book for anyone buying a copy.