The Anatomy of a GM Ward Defeat

Following hot on the heels of our recent Simultaneous against GM Chris Ward, our only victor of the evening – Marios – has produced a fantastic writeup of the game – check it out here.

It’s thrilling stuff and a terrific performance from Marios – he’s rapidly rising to become one of our top players this season!

In other news, we have a number of chess books in our library for sale, all at super low prices! They’re great titles and if you’re keen to sharpen up on a particular opening or aspect of the game, we highly recommend investing:

£5 Titles:

  • The Caro Kann – Joe Gallagher
  • Sicilian: Grand Prix Attack – Gawain Jones
  • Sämisch Kings Indian Uncovered – Cherniev
  • Piric in Black or White – James Vigus
  • Leningrad System – Stefan Kindermann
  • The Caro Kann Advanced – Byron Jacobs
  • The Caro Kann – Peter WellsSOLD to David Lambert
  • The Scandinavian – John Emms
  • The Sicilian Scheveningen – Kasparov & Nititin
  • Play the Najdorf Scheveningen – John Emms
  • The Slav – Cyrus Lakdawala
  • Play the Kings Indian – Joe Gallagher
  • The Open Ruy Lopez – Glenn Flear
  • Nigel Shorts Best Games – Nigel Short

£3 Titles:

  • A Guide to Attacking Chess – Gary Lane
  • My Best Games of Chess – Vishy Anand
  • More Simple Chess – John Emms
  • Attacking with d4 – Angus Dunnington

£1 Titles:

  • Spanish – Romansin
  • Ideas Behind Chess Openings – Rueben Fine
  • My Best Games – Anatoly Karpov
  • An Opening Repertoire For Black
  • Fischer – Spassky 2 – Return of a Legend


  • Chess Puzzles in One Move (for Juniors)
  • Chess Dictionary – S. Gligoric
  • Worlds Greatest Chess Games – Rueben Fine

If you’d like to purchase any, please contact our erstwhile Secretary, Mike Mackenzie –

3 thoughts on “The Anatomy of a GM Ward Defeat”

  1. I didn’t think that Nigel Short had done a best games book. Keene did one with that title as a hack job in the run-up to the ’93 match. If it’s actually that one then £5 is a bit optimistic.
    I’m tempted to suggest that the appropriate price would be somewhere around the same as a roll of Andrex, but that would be rather crude so I won’t!

    There has been several “Karpovs Best Games” purportedly by the man himself. The Edition Olms is by far the best one. I presume this is one of the earlier Batsford editions?

    Finally, I guess “Open the Ruy Lopez” should actually be “The Open Ruy Lopez” (Aka 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Nxe4). Flear has definitely done a book on that, everyman, probably about 15 years ago.

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