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Neil McDonald - chess player

Full name Neil McDonald
Country England
Born 21 January 1967
Gravesend, Kent, England
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2500 (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, who has trained many of the country's strongest junior players. McDonald was Head Coach of the English Chess Federation team at the World Schools Championship in Greece in 2013. He is also a chess writer.

McDonald authored the French Defence monthly updates on from October 1999 until March 2009 and the 1 e4 ... updates from November 2009 until January 2010. He returned to the 1 e4 ... monthly updates in June 2014.

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


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 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