Neil McDonald (chess player)

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Neil McDonald
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Full nameNeil McDonald
CountryEngland
Born (1967-01-21) 21 January 1967 (age 51)
Gravesend, Kent, England
TitleGrandmaster
FIDE rating2403 (December 2018)
Peak rating2500 (July 1996)

Neil McDonald (born 21 January 1967) is an English chess grandmaster and a player on the international chess circuit. He is an English Chess Federation coach,[1] who has trained many of the country's strongest junior players. McDonald is a regular coach of the English junior team and was Head Coach of the English Chess Federation team at the Greece World Schools Championship in 2013.[2] He regularly escorts blind and partially sighted chess players to international World Championship events and is also a chess writer.

McDonald authored the French Defence monthly updates on chesspublishing.com from October 1999 until March 2009,[3] 1 e4 ... updates from November 2009 until January 2010,[4] 1 e4 ... from June 2014 until February 2015[5] and returned to 1 e4 ... in March 2017 until January 2018.[6]

He became an International Master in 1986 and was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1996.

McDonald obtained his FIDE Trainer qualification in 2016.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

The Chess Press Year ISBN
Opening Guides: Dutch Leningrad 1997 ISBN 978-1-901259-03-2
Batsford Books Year ISBN
Planning 1995 ISBN 978-0-7134-7573-9
Winning With the Kalashnikov 1995 ISBN 978-0-7134-7576-0
Mastering the French (with Andrew Harley) 1997 ISBN 978-0-7134-5716-2
The King's Gambit: A Modern View 1998 ISBN 978-0-7134-8451-9
Mastering Chess Tactics 2002 ISBN 978-0-7134-8772-5
The Sveshnikov Sicilian 2003 ISBN 978-0-7134-8581-3
Mastering Checkmates 2003 ISBN 978-0-7134-8774-9
The Benko Gambit Revealed 2004 ISBN 978-0-7134-8868-5
Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking 2004 ISBN 978-0-7134-8894-4
The Sicilian Bb5 Revealed 2005 ISBN 978-0-7134-8980-4
The Art of Planning in Chess: Move By Move 2005 ISBN 978-0-7134-9025-1
Chess Success: Planning After the Opening 2007 ISBN 978-0-7134-9071-8
Everyman Chess[8] Year ISBN
Positional Sacrifices 1995 ISBN 978-1-85744-110-9
Modern Chess Miniatures 1995 ISBN 978-1-85744-166-6
Practical Endgame Play 1996 ISBN 978-1-85744-176-5
French Winawer 2000 ISBN 978-1-85744-276-2
Modern Defence (with Jon Speelman) 2000 ISBN 978-1-85744-281-6
Main Line Caro-Kann 2001 ISBN 978-1-85744-227-4
Concise Chess Openings 2001 ISBN 978-1-85744-297-7
Concise Chess Endings 2002 ISBN 978-1-85744-313-4
Starting Out: The English 2003 ISBN 978-1-85744-322-6
Concise Chess Middlegames 2004 ISBN 978-1-85744-356-1
Starting Out: The Dutch Defence 2005 ISBN 978-1-85744-377-6
The Masters: Rudolf Spielmann Master of Invention 2006 ISBN 978-1-85744-406-3
Starting Out: 1 e4: A reliable repertoire for the improving player 2006 ISBN 978-1-85744-416-2
Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined 2006 ISBN 978-1-85744-426-1
Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy: Learn from Kramnik, Karpov, Petrosian, Capablanca and Nimzowitsch 2007 ISBN 978-1-85744-541-1
How to Play against 1 e4 2009 ISBN 978-1-85744-586-2
Chess Secrets: The Giants of Power Play: Learn from Topalov, Geller, Bronstein, Alekhine and Morphy 2009 ISBN 978-1-85744-597-8
Starting Out: The Réti 2010 ISBN 978-1-85744-622-7
Play the Dutch: An Opening Repertoire for Black based on the Leningrad Variation 2010 ISBN 978-1-85744-641-8
The Ruy Lopez: Move by Move 2011 ISBN 978-1-85744-669-2
Break the Rules! A Modern Look at Chess Strategy 2012 ISBN 978-1-85744-673-9
King's Indian Attack: Move by Move 2014 ISBN 978-1-85744-988-4
The Catalan: Move by Move 2017 ISBN 978-1-78194-263-5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ECF Accredited Coaches". ECF. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  2. ^ "World Schools 2013 – Meet the Team!". englishchess.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  3. ^ "French Defence". ChessPublishing.com. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  4. ^ "1 e4 ... January 2010". ChessPublishing.com. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  5. ^ "1 e4 ... June 2014". ChessPublishing.com. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  6. ^ "1 e4 ... March 2017". ChessPublishing.com. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  7. ^ "FIDE Arbiters/Trainers". FIDE. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  8. ^ "Neil McDonald". Everymanchess.com. Retrieved 2009-05-03.

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