Jon Speelman's Agony Column

Jon SpeelmanDid you enjoy the column and instructive analysis by GM Jonathan Speelman? Do you wish you could have a world-renowned grandmaster analyzing your play? You can! Just send in two of your games.

To send in your games and photos simply upload a PGN or ChessBase file to his dropbox (see below), along with your name and e-mail address (can be in the PGN or a separate text file). Send one success story (Ecstasy) and one loss (Agony).

Tell Jon why you chose them, where or when they were played.

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