Before Thirty…One.

Posted by David Smerdon on Aug 14, 2015 in Chess |

Two years ago, I wrote a post entitled “Before Thirty” in which I detailed plans to complete some of my life goals. One of them was to publish a book before my thirtieth birthday (by the way, I got to that handstand in the end). The book was to be a chess openings book, a guide to the Portuguese Gambit in the Scandinavian and a particular favourite of mine. Unfortunately, ‘life and stuff’ got in the way and it didn’t happen.

However, the project slowly but surely progressed and, as I was reminded last week, it’s going to come out while I’m still thirty. This doesn’t really count, but better late than never, huh?

I’ll write something more detailed once the book’s available, but here’s a sneak peak at the publisher’s page just to prove I’m not lying.

After all, thirty-one is the new thirty, right?


Jacob Edwards
Aug 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Nicely played. And just in case the quality of your analysis doesn’t speak for itself, I see the publisher has opted for pink, which is sure to draw people in. Chess in an irrefutably romantic style.

David Smerdon
Aug 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm

I only recently noticed this myself. I wonder whether it was by accident or because my book is the first published chess book to use ‘she’ for the generic antecedent. I’m worried I might unintentionally find myself labelled as the Pink GM.

Aug 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Congratulations on finishing the book! I have eagerly looking forward to getting a copy.

Aug 19, 2015 at 7:22 pm

You´re wrong. Forty is the new thirty!!!

Gregory Richards
Aug 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

I wonder if Scandinavian players will start to be called smerdonites, akin to the English kostenite players.



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