February 05, 2013 11:58

CVT column: Giri out; Jones, l'Ami, Van Kampen, Krush in!

CVT column: Giri out, Jones, l'Ami, Van Kampen, Krush in!

Unfortunately, with ChessVibes Training issue #92 (published last Saturday) we had to say goodbye to our columnist Anish Giri, who has given us a wonderful insight in top level chess for almost a hundred weeks. The reason is that Anish has decided to shift his chess writing from CVT to New in Chess. We wish Anish all the best with his endeavours.

Photos by Zeljka Malobabic & ChessVibes

At the same time we're happy to announce that starting from this Saturday, we'll have not one, but four new columnists:

  • Gawain Jones (England)
  • Erwin l'Ami (Netherlands)
  • Robin van Kampen (Netherlands)
  • Irina Krush (USA)

All of these players will write a column every four weeks. We might even add more columnists in the future!

Gawain Jones is a 25-year-old grandmaster and currently England's fifth player. He is very active as a tournament and club player. In December 2012 he made his debut at the highest level, at the London Chess Classic. His last tournament was the Gibraltar Masters which finished a few days ago. Jones has his own website and some of the blog posts are cross-posted here at ChessVibes.
Erwin l'Ami is a 27-year-old grandmaster and currently the sixth player in the Netherlands. He has a lot of experience in tournament play; as early as 2004 he finished first in Gausdal, ahead of a certain Norwegian chess player. Last month he showed his solid playing style at the highest level: the A group of the Tata Steel chess tournament. l'Ami has been a second to Ivan Cheparinov, and together they worked for Veselin Topalov as well.
Robin van Kampen is an 18-year-old grandmaster and currently the ninth player in the Netherlands. One of Holland's biggest talents, Van Kampen achieved the GM title at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 17 days. Van Kampen recently finished first in two strong open tournaments, the London Chess Classic open and the Basel open. His last event was the B group of the Tata Steel chess tournament.


Irina Krush is a 29-year-old international master and currently the second female player in the USA. Born in Odessa, USSR (now Ukraine), she emigrated with her parents to Brooklyn at the age of 5. At age 14 Krush won the 1998 U.S. Women's Championship to become the youngest U.S. Women's Champion ever. She also won the national title in 2007, 2010, and 2012. At the recently finished Gibraltar Masters, Krush formed a duo with Simon Williams to perform a daily live commentary show for the official website.

ChessVibes Training is designed for the club player who wants to improve his middlegame and endgame skills. It helps you to find more combinations, understand middlegame plans and learn typical endgame motifs. The magazine appears weekly on Saturdays in both PDF and PGN.

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go kemps!

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