First, let me remind you of the special 30% discount I’m providing you with on all RCA products to celebrate my birthday (on 28 Oct.) Use the coupon “bday” and enjoy studying our courses. If you don’t know how to use a coupon code, please see here.
Let me also remind you that we’ve created a new bundle called “Middlegame Expert Package”, which contains three of our best middlegame courses. You’ll save more than $150 USD (including the 30% discount) on this package. The offer will be valid only till Tue. 1 November. Find more details here.
This article is going to be written in a “sit back and relax” style. As I said, it’s my birthday time and I’m happy to share my positive mood with you!
1. I would never have imagined that this year would start like this for me. My friends woke me up at midnight and presented Indian national costume to me and my wife.
2. At that time, I was conducting my seminars in India. I was shocked to see the HUGE interest in chess in India!
3. Wondering if Carlsen or Karjakin is the better chess player? No way! This guy defeated Carlsen in a simul (and drew against me in one!):
4. You can read this article, as well as all the other lessons and RCA courses; thanks to the hard work of the entire RCA team. Many of my colleagues are Indian and I was very happy to meet them in person.
5. The release of my first printed book, A Promoted Pawn: My Chess Journey, happened … in a hotel room The book production required lots of effort (you can see that on our tired faces …)
6. After India, I visited my students in the United Arab Emirates. And yes, I was given national costume once again.
7. You might have heard that “chess is a model of war”. So in Moscow, I tried to advance my chess skills using military methods.
8. Do you know that “the king becomes extremely important in an endgame”? I talked to him and he confirmed this rule!
9. In Slovenia (a small country near Italy), a tour guide asked me: “Who is the current chess champion?” I answered: “Carlsen”. The guide replied: “Wow, he is currently in our museum.”
It turned out that the guide had misunderstood the “Carlsen” name and thought I was referring to a hero in a famous Swedish fairytale – Karlsson.
10. Finally, here’s an unusual chess puzzle for you. It’s from the museum of illusions in Hong Kong. Can you spot what is wrong with this picture?