Tag Archives: GM Igor Smirnov

Blog Status Going Forward

For the last few weeks I’ve been busy, trying to make up for my lack of … anything during June.  In the process, I’ve produced several YouTube videos of varying quality, and I’ve enjoyed this new medium.  I’ve also spent hours going through GM Smirnov‘s course Calculate Till Mate, which is opening my eyes.  Let me go through everything and detail what the plan is going forward.

First, I think the videos are here to stay.  I’m having far more fun speaking my thoughts than I thought I would, and I’m getting far more engagement than my regular game analysis posts.  I mean, frig, I’ve gotten more comments in the last two weeks than I’ve had in the last six months.  Maybe that speaks more to YouTube’s ability to reach people more than my meagre SEO skills, but it’s still telling. Continue reading

Working with GM Igor Smirnov on His New Book

I mentioned in my end of month report how August was my most productive writing month in years. I wrote over 50,000 words, and roughly half of that wasn’t for this blog. Rather, I was working with GM Igor Smirnov on his new book.

My chess coach, GM Igor Smirnov.

I should supply the background information now. Back in mid July, GM Smirnov announced his plan to write a new book. His first one, Champion Psychology, had good reviews, and frequent questions from his students led him to the idea of writing another book. During the same announcement he said he needed a book editor, someone to help shape the text into readable English. Continue reading