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ChessCafe Book of the Year – Pump up your Rating

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Congratulations to Axel Smith! Pump up your Rating is the 2013 ChessCafe Book of the Year.

From the moment I read the first draft of the first chapter, I had high hopes for this book and I am delighted other readers are just as enthusiastic. As the book’s publishers we are of course biased, but I would say Axel is a highly deserving winner. He put a remarkable effort into writing his book and then trying to improve it. If you have not already read Pump up Your Rating (if so, why not?) then you can get a flavour of it from this pdf excerpt.

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  1. Paul Brøndal
    January 22nd, 2014 at 13:12 | #1

    Very well-deserved. I find the book extremely inspiring. I wonder why Advanced Chess Tactics by Psakhis didn’t win this prize a few years ago. That’s got to be the best book on chess tactics ever written.

  2. boki
    January 22nd, 2014 at 13:50 | #2

    Congratulations and Thank You for the book !

  3. Manuel
    January 22nd, 2014 at 15:29 | #3

    Bravo!

    I hope to see it soon in the Forward Chess App.

  4. Thomas
    January 22nd, 2014 at 15:38 | #4

    Grats !!

  5. Michael Bartlett
    January 22nd, 2014 at 15:40 | #5

    Congrats – well deserved just for the chapters on Positional play alone. Look forward to the rumoured sequel.

  6. Ray
    January 22nd, 2014 at 16:12 | #6

    Congratulations! I’m currently working through this book (just finished the Yusupov series :-)) and I like it a lot!

  7. Bill
    January 22nd, 2014 at 16:49 | #7

    I hope to read it soon, but am still waiting on the Forward Chess version. Do you know it might be available?

  8. Ihab
    January 22nd, 2014 at 18:05 | #8

    Congratulations, one of the best training books I have ever read and my personal opinion is it is even better than Dvortesky-Yusupov books

    As one of those who voted for this book and also the owner of both the paper and electronic copies – I have only one request please fix the electronic copy!

  9. January 22nd, 2014 at 19:57 | #9

    Congratulations and BIG Thank You for the book! Very well-deserved! Now Axel may book a table in the restaurant for the whole weekend! It would be great if QC would do a short interview with Axel (now there is quite important reason to do so!).

  10. Michael Bartlett
    January 23rd, 2014 at 04:11 | #10

    I second the interview idea by Tomasz. Let’s make that happen, Jacob!!

  11. Ihab
    January 23rd, 2014 at 10:52 | #11

    If you have any questions about the book, Axel is very good at answering them at the book blog so although the interview is a good idea you do not have to wait for it

  12. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    January 24th, 2014 at 00:22 | #12

    QC has raised the bar once again.

  13. Manuel
    January 24th, 2014 at 08:58 | #13

    Manuel :
    Bravo!
    I hope to see it soon in the Forward Chess App.

    Good news.

    The Forward Chess version is ready, and it is great!

  14. Csaba
    January 24th, 2014 at 13:40 | #14

    I have it on Forward Chess as well. It’s fine except that the exercises are a bit small on the screen. You can get around it though if you go to the solutions section and stop reading before the diagram. Note that I wouldn’t have bought the physical book but it was just too tempting to miss the electronic version! Cheaper and fun to use on the road.

  15. January 24th, 2014 at 19:30 | #15

    A terrific book despite the obnoxious (to me) cover. A fine companion book to J Hawkins’ “Amateur to IM” and in my opinion “Pump” is the better of the two bright yellow books even though both books are superlative. (just my opinion)

  16. Benoni
    January 24th, 2014 at 22:18 | #16

    I am also currently reading it on Forward Chess (android). There are several fixes required but this only minutely detracts from the enjoyment of the book. Well done Axel & his mentors at QC!!

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    January 24th, 2014 at 22:30 | #17

    As far as I know, a lot of fixes have been done a few days ago to the Forward Chess version. I am sorry that this is a bit of a mess. It is a new territory for us and we are learning quickly, I hope. Three months from now no one will remember these early quibbles I hope.

  18. Zagreb1959
    January 26th, 2014 at 13:27 | #18

    I bought the book yesterday (iPad version) and everything is ok and diagrams are fine.

  19. manuel
    January 26th, 2014 at 14:53 | #19

    @Zagreb1959
    I agree with you, it seems ok to me.

    However, I have a suggestion to the Forward Chess developers: the possibility to increase the size (e.g. all the screen) of the diagram after touching it.

  20. Bill
    January 26th, 2014 at 18:16 | #20

    I, too, have purchased the new book on FC and am very pleased with it. I notice that Gambit and NIC are releasing some of their older best-sellers on their app.
    Will QC be releasing some older titles on FC? I think Yusupov’s series, especially, would be a great addition to the FC line and I would gladly repurchase titles that I already own in book form. The Attacking Manuals and Learn from the Legends would also be great to see in FC.

  21. manuel
    January 26th, 2014 at 19:31 | #21

    @Bill
    I agree.

    I will buy all the Forward Chess-Quality Chess titles.

  22. Jacob Aagaard
    January 26th, 2014 at 20:39 | #22

    @Bill
    We do not have the rights for the electronic version of the Yusupov books and he does not seem that keen. But it is the intention that the other books with legs should be published with Forward Chess.

  23. wok64
    January 27th, 2014 at 09:18 | #23

    Zagreb1959 :I bought the book yesterday (iPad version) and everything is ok and diagrams are fine.

    I’m really wondering what’s going on there. I don’t see this book in the store in my iPad app. (Only the Carlsen book and the Trompowski book) …

  24. Ihab
    January 27th, 2014 at 11:32 | #24

    Jacob Aagaard :
    As far as I know, a lot of fixes have been done a few days ago to the Forward Chess version. I am sorry that this is a bit of a mess. It is a new territory for us and we are learning quickly, I hope. Three months from now no one will remember these early quibbles I hope.

    Even with the last update I am still finding many issues for example most games in Chapter five (the list of mistakes) are out of synch with the electronic board, I had to use a physical board to go through the games

  25. Zagreb1959
    January 27th, 2014 at 13:47 | #25

    @manuel :
    “However, I have a suggestion to the Forward Chess developers: the possibility to increase the size (e.g. all the screen) of the diagram after touching it.”

    The size and automatic motion of moves (in problems) like the New in Chess magazine Apps is very cool. I would like to see in general the working books like “Chess Tactics from Scratch” “Advanced Tactics”, “Practical Chess Defence”, “Grandmaster series” and of course Yusupov.

    @wok64 :
    I didn´t saw it too until two days ago, then I bought it without any problems…

    @Ihab :
    What tablet are you using (iPad or Mini)? On my Ipad I see no problems in Chapter 5.

  26. Ihab
    January 27th, 2014 at 14:12 | #26

    I have an Android

  27. Bill
    January 27th, 2014 at 22:00 | #27

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Disappointing to hear about the Yusupov electronic rights. Perhaps you can convince him that he owes it to the world of chess (and thousands of players) to allow the books to come out on the FC app.
    Weteschnik’s book would be a great addition to the lineup.

  28. SpecialCase
    January 28th, 2014 at 09:34 | #28

    I have an android device too and downloaded the book yesterday. It seems to work fine.
    The only thing I encountered thus far is that it sometimes suddenly drops to the end of the page, without me doing anything. Besides that, it is great to be able to read and study chess books while in the train to my work!

  29. Jacob Aagaard
    January 28th, 2014 at 12:32 | #29

    @Bill
    I think Artur will find it highly amusing that he owes the chess world anything. At least, I do. It think it is much more the other way round!

  30. Jacob Aagaard
    January 28th, 2014 at 12:34 | #30

    There is a general issue with Forward Chess and puzzle books at the moment. As they are growing the app step by step (prudent and good strategy), this will probably be something we look at much later. I am hoping to go to the US in 2014 and meet with Leonid and the others and discuss how to do things in the best way. Before that we have 50+ other books we can put on FC without worrying about it…

  31. garryk
    January 28th, 2014 at 14:21 | #31

    @Jacob Aagaard
    We of course owe Arthur a lot…but if he doesn’t publish his books in the new formats, how can we tribute to him our appreciation?

  32. Jacob Aagaard
    January 28th, 2014 at 14:42 | #32

    @garryk
    The issue is that these books will sell forever. I can understand that he does immediately put a series that took him three years on a digital format, where we cannot know the long term security.

  33. garryk
    January 28th, 2014 at 14:52 | #33

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I understand but I bet somebody have already released them in the wild in pdf or chessbase format. You can’t stop progress but you can drive it. He can release the first book of the series and see what happens.

  34. Ray
    January 28th, 2014 at 21:20 | #34

    @SpecialCase
    Was that previously (with paper books) not possible then to read them in the train? I’m reading paper books in the train all the time :-).

  35. Jacob Aagaard
    January 28th, 2014 at 21:22 | #35

    @garryk
    This is an old discussion that I have explained a few times already. Scanned PDF’s that look bad are not the same as a perfect digital copy.

  36. Ray
    January 28th, 2014 at 21:22 | #36

    @garryk
    That’s the usual excuses of people who don’t care about copy rights: ‘it has been stolen already anyway, so better get used to it and figure out a new business model’ .

  37. garryk
    January 28th, 2014 at 21:42 | #37

    @Ray
    It’s not an excuse, it’s a fact. And it should be considered that it’s not only the will to steal that causes this fact, it’s also the will to have in pdf something that you can’t have in that way. I myself have pdf of books (not only chess books) that I’ve bought in paper because when I’m abroad I can’t bring my bookshelf with me. Scanned pdf are bad but are better than your book left at home.

  38. SovietSchool
    January 29th, 2014 at 22:21 | #38

    Pump is far better than the Hawkins book which was quite disappointing IMHO@katar

  39. oestergreen
    February 7th, 2014 at 00:00 | #39

    I bought Axel Smiths book in the Forward Chess digital format, and I am a very satisfied customer.

    Will Chess Tactics from Scratch be made available in digital format? If yes, when?

  40. Jacob Aagaard
    February 7th, 2014 at 14:30 | #40

    @oestergreen
    Over time, yes. My main issue is that I do not think Forward Chess is ready for puzzle books at the moment, and half of CTfS is a puzzle book.

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