What system should be used for the World Championship?

September 1st, 2015 23 comments

Magnus Carlsen recently provoked a lot of discussion on the format of the World championship by giving his support to a knock-out system (see the ChessBase report here). What do you think is the best format for the World Championship?

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The results of last week’s poll gave a healthy majority in favour of Carlsen retaining World Number One status, and with no clear indication of who is most likely to challenge him.

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Will Magnus Carlsen remain World Number One?

August 24th, 2015 18 comments

With four other players now also rated over 2800, do you think Magnus Carlsen will hold on to the Number One spot until the end of the year?

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 Last week’s poll results:

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Nigel Short lectures in Edinburgh

August 20th, 2015 10 comments

It is with great pleasure that I can announce our next guest at Edinburgh Chess Club, Grandmaster Nigel Short. Nigel has played for England for 30 years and played a World Championship match against Garry Kasparov in London 1993. Although he is not as ambitious as he used to be, Nigel’s understanding of chess has not faded and I am sure he will be able to explain a thing or two.

I have asked Nigel to talk about setting up and executing an attack. I am very curious as to what he will be able to tell us!

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The dates are:

Saturday 26th September  15.00-19.00
Sunday 27th September    13.00-17.00
Monday 28th September   18.30-22.00
Tuesday 29th September   18.30-22.00

The location is Edinburgh Chess Club, 1 Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH

The cost for participating is £150 per person FOR ALL FOUR DAYS. There is a 50% discount for u18s and those travelling from outside Scotland to participate.

There will be some refreshments at the seminar. We will go out for a meal as a group on the Saturday evening.

Registration is through GM Jacob Aagaard at jacob@qualitychess.co.uk

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Positional Decision Making in Chess gets ready for reprint

August 19th, 2015 52 comments

Most of chess publishing is long hard work for very little money. A few thousand copies is what a chess book sells and there are many who want a slice of the cake. Retailers need to make a living, so there goes half the money. Outside the chess specialists, there is a requirement for middlemen, who take a third of what is left. Then there are transport, storage, printing, handling, editing, graphics, internet, rent, equipment, employees and not least, authors!

It is not a surprise that it took more than half a decade for us to make a small profit…

If you feel any sympathy for us at all, buy your Quality Chess books through a chess specialist shop. They not only provide you with the service of going to tournaments as well as having a store, they are also the backbone of our industry. Without them, there would be no chess books at all…

One thing we are doing in order to support the chess specialists is to publish hardback versions of our books and only sell them through the specialist network. These high quality books cost approximately €5 more than their inferior paperback cousins. They stay open when you put them on the table and provide a much nicer experience all-round.

The most recent example of this is Boris Gelfand’s Positional Decision Making in Chess, which at this moment in time is only available on Forward Chess and in high quality hardback. Usually this should reduce sales a bit; as many will be waiting for the cheaper version of the book (coming out early 2016 most likely), but it seems not in this case.

We are looking at a reprint within a week or so, which is an excellent change for me to ask if you have noticed any mistakes we should correct for the next version? We have found about 8 very minor things, but as no book is ever perfect (or close to it), I am sure there are more. We will be very interested in hearing your thoughts.

Meanwhile, Boris is doing a good job of promoting the book: http://www.uschess.org/content/view/13166/141/

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Talent in chess

August 17th, 2015 10 comments

We have been through this one a few times, but I just thought I wanted to run this one past the pollsters…

There are those who do not believe in talent for chess, and there are those who think that talent is everything. Clearly the truth is somewhere in-between. I remember someone on Facebook saying that there is no special talent for chess, only to be told by Peter Heine Nielsen that he knew a Norwegian guy with quite a bit of talent…

Obviously talent without work is poorer than work without talent. But with equal amounts of work, how much does talent add to your abilities?

Rating polls

The final of the three polls about rating makes more sense to view together with the two previous polls. Please draw your own conclusions!

Poll-rating Poll-peakrating

 

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Quality Chess Newsletter – Summer 2015 Update

August 14th, 2015 21 comments

Dear Quality Chess Reader,

It has been a while since our previous newsletter – we have been busy producing new books. The following list of books shows what we have we been up to recently.

Last month we published two new books.

In The Semi-Slav GM Lars Schandorff offers a sharp and entertaining Black repertoire using the Semi-Slav Defence. A pdf excerpt is here.
Schandorff’s previous books on Playing 1.d4 and the Caro-Kann have received rave reviews.

In Mikhail Tal’s Best Games 2 – The World Champion IM Tibor Karolyi continues his trilogy about the life and games of one of the most popular World Champions. A pdf excerpt is here.
GM Lubomir Kavalek on Volume 1: “(Karolyi) also sought input from Tal’s opponents, friends and coaches, creating a vivid picture of Tal as a person. Among many books written about Tal, Karolyi’s work stands out.”

The chess files (in pgn and pdf) include various games and snippets we hope will be of interest.

Regards,
John Shaw
Chief Editor
Quality Chess

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – August/September

August 3rd, 2015 19 comments

 

We are continuing our special offer – if you buy three books or more and live inside the European Union (as defined by UPS) we will send you an extra book free. Recently the default option on the free book has been Reggio Emilia 2007/2008 but we will change that now to GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL.

But if you already have Grandmaster Battle Manual or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:

GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
TACTIMANIA
TRUE LIES IN CHESS
CHAMPIONS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
SAN LUIS 2005
ATTACKING THE SPANISH
GRANDMASTER VS AMATEUR
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3

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What is your future peak rating?

July 28th, 2015 27 comments

Let us ignore the fantasy that you abandon your job, leave your wife and go on the road with Artur Yusupov and Boris Avrukh perfecting your chess, and just assume that life will continue as you are planning it.

What do you think is the highest rating you can reach? Please be honest.

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Last week’s poll showed a clear majority to the optimists:

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