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Gelfand Cover Considerations

Should we go for Cover A

CoverBor Cover B?

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  1. Kieran
    September 26th, 2014 at 17:30 | #1

    My vote goes for the eye shot

  2. Bryan
    September 26th, 2014 at 17:46 | #2

    Aye for eyes.

  3. September 26th, 2014 at 18:21 | #3

    I strongly prefer A — the photo depicts the “character” of Gelfand as a kind of wily professor using telepathy to control floating chess pieces. The eye shot is borderline creepy especially to non-chessplayers. I certainly would not be caught with “B” in a public place. It is not even clear who the subject is, what he is looking at, why his alert eyes and raised eyebrows convey a feeling of concern or alarm, and what he does that is significant enough to merit a book.

  4. Maik
    September 26th, 2014 at 18:24 | #4

    Well, I strongly prefer Cover B – at least there is a “flying” knight to be seen… 😉

  5. Stephen Dunning
    September 26th, 2014 at 18:24 | #5

    B – but both are a bit bland for my liking.

  6. tonifa
    September 26th, 2014 at 18:33 | #6

    B clearly

  7. Reini
    September 26th, 2014 at 19:21 | #7

    B

  8. Orang_Utan
    September 26th, 2014 at 19:34 | #8

    A

  9. TonyRo
    September 26th, 2014 at 19:47 | #9

    Cover B is pretty exceptional in my opinion.

  10. Dachs
    September 26th, 2014 at 20:08 | #10

    My first post here – really looking forward to the Gelfand book!
    Cover A should i.m.o. be reserved for Vol. 2 “Dynamic Piece Coordination” or something similar;-)
    Thanks for so many fantastic chess books, QC!

  11. Kieran
    September 26th, 2014 at 20:16 | #11

    I vote for cover B as well.

  12. tony
    September 26th, 2014 at 20:46 | #12

    at first sight B appeals more to me, just saying that it reminds me of Raul Castro…

  13. John Upper
    September 26th, 2014 at 21:13 | #13

    If the examples are mostly from Boris’s own games, go with A; otherwise, B.

  14. SovietSchool
    September 26th, 2014 at 21:48 | #14

    A

  15. Chris
    September 26th, 2014 at 21:50 | #15

    A

  16. Alias
    September 26th, 2014 at 22:23 | #16

    B

  17. September 26th, 2014 at 22:30 | #17

    Both are pretty, B for cover and A for back cover!

  18. Seth
    September 26th, 2014 at 23:28 | #18

    King’s Gambit and knitting patterns…all the way.

  19. garryk
    September 26th, 2014 at 23:47 | #19

    B for sure

  20. Michael Bartlett
    September 27th, 2014 at 01:41 | #20

    I agree B and A for back cover

  21. Krishna
    September 27th, 2014 at 01:56 | #21

    B

  22. Alan
    September 27th, 2014 at 07:43 | #22

    I prefer B. Too much “Harry Potter” in A.

  23. Thomas
    September 27th, 2014 at 07:56 | #23

    yes. B

  24. Lars
    September 27th, 2014 at 08:11 | #24

    Cover B is great.
    Cover A is slightly silly.

  25. Ray
    September 27th, 2014 at 08:45 | #25

    B, and save A for volume 2

  26. Pac
    September 27th, 2014 at 10:40 | #26

    Lowest budget for a book cover ever. Both are terrible.

  27. Jupp53
    September 27th, 2014 at 13:19 | #27

    A

    But I will buy this anyway.

  28. Alpha
    September 27th, 2014 at 14:07 | #28

    A

  29. Michel Barbaut
    September 27th, 2014 at 15:11 | #29

    B ! But I will buy it anyway.

  30. Bill
    September 27th, 2014 at 16:28 | #30

    I agree with Katar, A looks better, B looks “borderline creepy” to non-aficionados of chess.

  31. Steven Carr
    September 27th, 2014 at 17:20 | #31

    Cover B.

    In cover A, it looks like he is a bit baffled as to what to do, and is scratching his head in bewilderment.

    In cover B, it looks like his eyes have zeroed in on the correct plan.

  32. Steven Carr
    September 27th, 2014 at 17:21 | #32

    @Pac

    Both are terrible.

  33. SimonB
    September 28th, 2014 at 00:23 | #33

    B looks creepy to be honest, in a leery Stalker’s Handbook kind of way.
    A a bit odd too. Other choices…?

  34. mohdzullsaparmin
    September 28th, 2014 at 01:34 | #34

    Both NOT okay,sorry

  35. chessman
    September 28th, 2014 at 07:38 | #35

    B

  36. guest222
    September 28th, 2014 at 09:09 | #36

    B looks deep – the gaze says a lot : I prefer it.

  37. Confiteor
    September 28th, 2014 at 12:47 | #37

    A

  38. kr
    September 28th, 2014 at 17:25 | #38

    B

  39. Vince
    September 28th, 2014 at 17:26 | #39

    What are nitting patterns? A sequence of Monty Python skits perhaps?

  40. wok64
    September 28th, 2014 at 21:08 | #40

    I prefer cover B – although I would flip the image so that he looks from left to right. Try it out, it makes a difference. This may very well be the reason why most people seem to prefer cover A. I like cover A a lot and would prefer it for a chess novel but I wouldn´t use it for a serious workbook.

  41. September 29th, 2014 at 03:28 | #41

    B.

  42. Simone
    September 29th, 2014 at 08:06 | #42

    B

  43. SimonB
    September 29th, 2014 at 13:37 | #43

    @Vince
    Nitting patterns are the paths taken by nits among heads of unwashed school children. Recorded by little sensors on all of the headlice, put in place at great time but only minimal cost by lowly paid Glaswegian street children, the routes then mapped, the patterns are beautifully fractal.

  44. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    September 29th, 2014 at 14:37 | #44

    The cover of QC books is not their strongest characteristic.

    Perhaps its time to hire a really good and creative graphic artist.

  45. Andre
    September 29th, 2014 at 15:29 | #45

    My answer would also be “C”.

  46. Ray
    September 29th, 2014 at 18:03 | #46

    @Shurlock Ventriloquist
    I dare to disagree – as far as chess books go, QC’s cover designs i.m.o. stand out vs. the competition. I’m not saying it can’t be improved further, but just compare the cover design of a typical QC book with the design of e.g. Chess Stars or Everyman books… need I say more? I rather have QC spend their money on really good authors than on really good grpahic artists by the way 🙂

  47. James
    September 29th, 2014 at 19:30 | #47

    B is cool!

  48. Jacob Aagaard
    September 30th, 2014 at 08:39 | #48

    We do not spend a lot of money on covers. We simply don’t have a lot of money…

  49. J.
    September 30th, 2014 at 12:22 | #49

    @Jacob Aagaard

    The product speaking for itself is always beneficial on the long run.
    I respect this strategy immensely. And the world would be a better place if most companies would adopt this attitude.

    But regarding the Gelfand book, it’s just a matter of asking Boris for a look at his photo albums and choosing a good picture.

  50. Multeplukker
    September 30th, 2014 at 13:45 | #50

    Alternative B for sure. Excellent picture.

    Agree on the Harry Potter comment above for “A”.

    A bit funny that the picture of alternative A is called “CoverB” though…

  51. Jacob Aagaard
    September 30th, 2014 at 13:47 | #51

    @J.
    Letting the product speak for itself is not as much a strategy, as a necessity.

    I will bite my tongue and not be impolite about the second part. Obviously we have talked to Boris and Maya about the covers.

  52. Alfred Palang
    September 30th, 2014 at 22:09 | #52

    A Best! and B sucks

  53. September 30th, 2014 at 22:30 | #53

    2nd one

  54. Tom Bus
    September 30th, 2014 at 22:44 | #54

    A

    Making decisions takes place in the mind and the eyes are only a small part of the process.
    In Cover A we see the whole expression of Gelfand and the figures are a symbol for what takes place in his mind.

  55. Holly McRoberts
    September 30th, 2014 at 22:51 | #55

    I prefer Cover A- the picture with him and the floating pieces. The cover photo interests me because I would assume that he has a “connection” (perhaps a magical one) with the pieces and he is going to divulge his secrets!

  56. Timothy Carr
    September 30th, 2014 at 23:22 | #56

    Cover A….

  57. Tapani
    October 1st, 2014 at 06:36 | #58

    B for sure, it just looks so Gelfandish!

  58. Piotr Kaim
    October 1st, 2014 at 08:29 | #59

    B is risky to my taste. But I would suggest making something more catchy than A.

  59. Bobby
    October 1st, 2014 at 12:39 | #60

    Maybe a version of A with Boris levitating all the pieces matrix fashion would fit in well with the positional theme…
    Something like this http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060831032053/matrix/images/8/88/Neo_stops_bullets_2.JPG

    I also think that Boris would look good in shades…

  60. Raul
    October 1st, 2014 at 16:54 | #61

    I’d prefer a Gelfand-in-action picture like http://cdn.timesofisrael.com/uploads/2012/05/Russia-World-Chess-Ch_Horo.jpg

    I don’t like the dreaminess of photo A, and the floating pieces are imho ridiculous.

    B is OK, but the way his eyes reflect in the glasses is maybe not ideal?

  61. John Kennedy
    October 1st, 2014 at 22:47 | #62

    a for front cover,
    b for back cover

  62. Thomas
    October 2nd, 2014 at 06:37 | #63

    There’s a difference: This isn’t a biography or a best game collection, it’s an instructional book.

  63. Nandy
    October 2nd, 2014 at 06:50 | #64

    B looks perfect!

  64. joflo
    October 3rd, 2014 at 22:36 | #65

    B! A is too boring

  65. Jan Maarten
    October 4th, 2014 at 08:03 | #66

    No flying pieces and I would choose A.
    B is nice because you recognize a typical Gelfand look and he obviously is thinking deeply without using the chessboard.

  66. Kenneth Calitri
    October 5th, 2014 at 09:40 | #67

    I like A without the flying pieces.

  67. kr
    October 9th, 2014 at 19:24 | #68

    Is it possible to buy it preorder?

    Really looking forward buying his book.

  68. Alexander
    October 16th, 2014 at 14:54 | #69

    Go for neither – try and find a better picture of the guy ! 😀

  69. Fer
    December 16th, 2014 at 15:02 | #70

    B better 🙂

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