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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – December

We are continuing our special 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 The Alterman Gambit Guide – Black Gambits Volume One.

As mentioned in the previous two months, for December we will switch the default option to THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE -BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME TWO. But if you already have the Alterman Gambit Guide 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:


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  1. December 4th, 2016 at 04:02 | #1

    I don’t live in the EU. But if I pay for the shipment can I get the free book offer too?

  2. Tim
    December 4th, 2016 at 07:01 | #2

    What about making this option availiable for forward chess?

  3. Jacob Aagaard
    December 4th, 2016 at 16:59 | #3

    We already give a free book away there. But you can’t easily make the same offer, as we do not have surplus stock on FC! But we might make another book free of charge.

  4. Tim
    December 4th, 2016 at 17:26 | #4

    You did and thank you! But that book was free for everyone and even for those who never purchased any FC book.
    You could do something like Everyman once had for their pgn books – after every 10th purchased book you get one for free.
    I have more than 30 FC books, and one third is from QC. I will continue buying them, but I would still like to enjoy free lunch sometimes 🙂

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    December 4th, 2016 at 21:16 | #5

    It is not technically possible. Apple would not allow us to give free books away.

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    December 4th, 2016 at 21:16 | #6

    Unless it is to everyone.

  7. Krokohol
    December 4th, 2016 at 21:23 | #7

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Is there a chance that you sell a FC-hardcover-bundle at a discounted rate?

  8. Jacob Aagaard
    December 4th, 2016 at 21:59 | #8

    I hope this is a joke? FC hardcover?

  9. Paul H
    December 5th, 2016 at 00:49 | #9

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I think he means a bundle of harcover edition + FC edition at a discounted price. Like New in Chess do with their magazine and app.

  10. Krokohol
    December 5th, 2016 at 05:41 | #10

    @Paul H

  11. Krokohol
    December 5th, 2016 at 06:03 | #11

    @Jacob Aagaard
    No joke. I really love to work with your hardcover books. But for the way to work or tournaments i will not carry those. In the work at home, the FC versions provide a benefit as well like “immediately stockfish”. So for some fundamental works like 1.e4 I have bought a hardcover and a FC. But if there was a bundle for that, i would Do that for nearly all QC books that i would normally buy as hardcover only.

  12. Jacob Aagaard
    December 5th, 2016 at 07:57 | #12

    In order to do this, we would have to give Apple 30% of the income on the sale of our hardcover books. And FC a big chunk as well. I cannot see how we can make it work. New in Chess takes this on the chin, because they are certain electronic format is the future, I guess. We are less sure and are also more focused on surviving from day to day :-).

  13. Gollum
    December 5th, 2016 at 08:57 | #13

    Maybe with each bundle you only provide the hardcover book and a promotional coupon, so when you go to FC to buy, instead of paying 20€ you pay 10€. In that case, would they get the 30% from 10€ (the cost of the FC transaction) or from 40€ (the cost of the total transaction)?

  14. Jacob Aagaard
    December 5th, 2016 at 11:14 | #14

    No, you cannot sell the books cheaper or give them away, unless it is to everyone. Apple thought this through…

  15. December 5th, 2016 at 16:43 | #15

    Is “Lessons with a Grandmaster” with Boris Gulko the Gelfand series for the poor?

  16. Krokohol
    December 5th, 2016 at 17:14 | #16

    @Phil Collins
    I do not think so as the first book of the series was published 5 years ago.

  17. Jerry Snitselaar
    December 5th, 2016 at 18:09 | #17

    @Jacob Aagaard

    I was looking at upgrading a couple of my Soviet Classics to hardcover that I bought as softcover, and noticed the Lipnitsy book doesn’t have a hardcover edition. Are there any plans to bring that out in hardcover in the future? Happy holidays to you guys at QC

  18. Andre
    December 5th, 2016 at 19:56 | #18

    Phil Collins :
    Is “Lessons with a Grandmaster” with Boris Gulko the Gelfand series for the poor?

    I have 2 of these books. I like them. It’s a Q&A dialog thing between Dr Sneed and Gulko. Sneed pretends to try to solve the exercises from the game and does most of the explaining. Gulko plays the Obi-Wan Konobi role and corrects every “mistake” in precise language and sometimes gives advice useful for this kind of position. Gulko played some very attractive chess against world class opponents, so the base material is fine. An 1800 player can learn a lot from their books while a 2000+ player can use them as instructive game collections.
    The flow is nice – Sneed is good with words and brings emotions to the table, Gulko gets to the point quickly. The one thing I don’t like is that the amount of variations is quite low. You get what Gulko considers the critical variations, but there is no proof in a way Marin would do it.

  19. Jacob Aagaard
    December 5th, 2016 at 21:44 | #19

    @Jerry Snitselaar
    With the next print, yes. But this is a few years into the future I fear…

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