Baku GP Starts and My 100th Post!
The Baku GP starts tomorrow with an impressive field of players – Caruana, Grischuk, Nakamura, Karjakin, Dominguez, Mamedyarov, Gelfand, Svidler, Andreikin, Radjabov, Kasimdzhanov and Tomashevsky. For me the most intriguing thing will be to see whether Caruana’s latest super-results have come as a result of him reaching a new level (which will be very exciting if true) or they can be attributed to simply “a great period” in his career.
This is my 100th post, an important milestone and an opportunity to look back and see how things have been so far. When I started this blog, in February this year, I never set myself any goals. It was a work of love and passion for the game, writing and understanding things. In fact, it is this understanding of things that makes it very exciting for me – I want to understand what is going on in the games of the best players and then to put that into words, to explain it, first to myself and then to my readers.
Just a few days ago I finally managed to introduce a game viewer in my blog, a big improvement when it comes to game commentary. It was something I knew I had to do, but it took some time actually implementing it.
Generally I have received positive feedback blog from various sources. I really appreciate it and I thank you all. It serves as a bit of a confirmation that what I do is well-perceived and probably interesting to read.
I would like to thank all the people who helped me build this blog: Sifu, for hard work on the design and the technical part, Doctor Kiril, for the artistic photography and invaluable insight, my family for constant support and encouragement and my numerous chessplaying friends for tips and the occasional like on Facebook and retweet on Twitter.
I like to think this is just the beginning in the life of a very popular and successful blog, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In the immortal words of Boris Gelfand, I only concentrate on the next game.