Black And White Friday Sale

November 19th, 2021 6 comments

In Chess, we don’t wait for Black Friday. 
We make our own Black and White Friday!

Quality Chess is celebrating the Black and White Friday Sale by offering free shipping to all EU countries and the UK for all orders placed between 9:30 am Friday the 19th and 9:30 am Monday the 22nd and invites you to visit BlackAndWhiteFridaySale.com to explore more offers from independent chess professionals. 

Killer Chess Training, London Chess Centre, Chess4Less, Forward Chess, Chess Tempo, and Sunrise Chess and Games are also participating and we hope you will enjoy this initiative.

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International Supply Issues

November 15th, 2021 28 comments

You will have heard a lot about supply issues over the last two months. Containers stuck in China, shortness of cereal or chicken (OK – some of it is a purely UK/Brexit related issue) in the supermarkets and so on.

Now Quality Chess has been hit by supply issues, on two counts.

Firstly, there is a staff issue with our printer, which means packing and sending out books out has slowed down a bit. As a result, our two World Championship related books, Magnus Carlsen’s Middlegame Evolution by Ivan Sokolov and The Road to Reykjavik by Tibor Karolyi about Fischer’s Candidate matches and a lot of what came before, are delayed a week more again. One guy is packing several pallets on his own… The books will be out the 8th December.
(New in Chess cheekily put something similar to our long-announced title on the cover to the book by Jan Timman, published a few months ago. Just to make it clear that they stole the title from us, not the other way around. We don’t mind, being plagiarised in such a minor way by a competitor is flattery!).

Now a second issue has hit us. Our printer has run out of paper! With reprints and new books coming, we are needing 5 million pages of paper, and the printer is out… They were used to being able to order with short notice and simply missed the dangers of shortages and now our books will not be printed till January. It is hard to get a print slot till late December anyway, with supermarket catalogues being a big seasonal market in November/December that the printer cannot afford to pass on.

As a result, our next books will be out late February/early March. This should include Think Like a Super GM, A Matter of Endgame Technique, Analyzing the Chess Mind, and The Chess Alchemist.

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – November and December

November 3rd, 2021 No comments

We are continuing our free-fourth-book offer – if you buy three books or more and live in the normal European Union zone (as defined by UPS – for example, they exclude some islands and remote areas) we will send you an extra book free.

The previous default option on the free book was Grandmaster Battle Manual. For November and December we will switch the default option to CHAMPIONS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM. But if you already have that book, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email to salesgroup@qualitychess.co.uk with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:

ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
CHESS BEHIND BARS
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3
GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL
GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR
LUTHER’S CHESS REFORMATION
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 2
THE SECRET LIFE OF BAD BISHOPS
SAN LUIS 2005

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World Champion books

October 12th, 2021 13 comments

We have two new books at the printer, with their publication date expected as the end of November. I would give an exact date, but the printer isn’t exactly sure on the timing.

The Road to Reykjavik is the first of two books by IM Tibor Karolyi about Bobby Fischer’s life and games. This volume takes us from Bobby’s early years up until his qualification for the world title match. So among many other things, it includes the legendary matches against Taimanov, Larsen and Petrosian. An excerpt is available here. The second volume, on the 1972 match and more, will follow next year.

Magnus Carlsen’s Middlegame Evolution by GM Ivan Sokolov takes us inside the mind of a chess genius and shows what we can learn from Carlsen’s middlegame play and how it has evolved over the years. An excerpt is available here.

I hope you enjoy reading both excerpts.

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Excerpts – Coffeehouse 2 and The Berlin Defence

September 6th, 2021 29 comments

Two new excerpts are now available on books we expect to publish on September 29th.

Coffeehouse Repertoire 1.e4 Volume 2 by Gawain Jones is the second half that completes the English GM’s 1.e4 repertoire. Reactions to the first book were wildly favourable, and Volume 2 is equally impressive. The excerpt is here.

The Berlin Defence by Michael Roiz is a complete repertoire for Black after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5, using what is, at the elite level, the most trusted move – 3…Nf6. GM Michael Roiz was a second in a World Championship match, so he knows how to analyse and explain an opening. The excerpt is here.

I hope you enjoy reading about both books.

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – August & September

August 3rd, 2021 3 comments

It has been a while since we mentioned it, but we are continuing our free-fourth-book offer – if you buy three books or more and live in the normal European Union zone (as defined by UPS – for example, they exclude some islands and remote areas) we will send you an extra book free.

The previous default option on the free book was Chess Behind Bars. For August and September we will switch the default option to GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL. But if you already have that book, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email to salesgroup@qualitychess.co.uk with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:

ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
CHAMPIONS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
CHESS BEHIND BARS
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3
GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR
LUTHER’S CHESS REFORMATION
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – WHITE GAMBITS
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 2
THE SECRET LIFE OF BAD BISHOPS
SAN LUIS 2005

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FIDE Book of the Year Shortlist

July 9th, 2021 2 comments

Quality Chess nominated three titles for the FIDE Book of the Year prize. And we are delighted that all three were selected for the shortlist – more than any other publisher. The FIDE announcement can be read here.

Best of luck to all our contenders!

The three titles we nominated are: Decision Making in Major Piece Endings by Boris Gelfand and Jacob Aagaard.

Think Like a Machine by Noam Manella and Zeev Zohar.

And the third nomination was an Italian Renaissance double-act: Move Orders, Tricks and Alternatives and The Main Lines by Martyn Kravtsiv.

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Nigel Short & Gawain Jones – two new books

June 1st, 2021 97 comments

We are happy to confirm that we are printing two new books by two English stars.

Winning by GM Nigel Short is a book where the title gives a good idea of the content. Short gives the inside story to eight of his tournament wins. Excellent annotations, fun stories, fine photos – there is a lot to this book, which is the first Nigel Short has ever written! You can read an excerpt here.

Coffeehouse Repertoire – 1.e4 Volume 1 by GM Gawain Jones is a repertoire book that, in my view, strikes the perfect balance by giving strong, promising lines for White, without overwhelming the reader with a mass of variations. Together with Volume 2 (which will follow in a month or two) this will form a complete repertoire with 1.e4. We are being a little cheeky calling it “coffeehouse” – it is much better than that. You can read an excerpt here.

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