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Killer Chess?

With our new leaflet of planned publications we have revealed the books we are expecting to put out the next nine months. Three of the books in the series of Classics have been translated and will come out slowly. One of them is The Science of Strategy by Kotov. We tried to get a better title from you guys, but I for once you let us down and did not come up with something better (according to us).

So, here is the question: Do you have a better idea for the book about Geller’s games than Killer Chess? This is the cover. The title can be changed.

As always, if you suggest a title that we use, we will put your name on page 2 in the book and send you a free copy.

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  1. Paul H
    May 31st, 2018 at 17:26 | #1

    Efim Geller – The Russian Bear

    On the kotov book, I think it is more you had a very good title already, which worked well with the cover.

  2. Thomas
    May 31st, 2018 at 17:52 | #2

    It would be a good thing to have a remote idea what the book is about.

    Bear hunting in the Ural mountains?

  3. Signalman
    May 31st, 2018 at 17:53 | #3

    “Grin and Bear it !” or possibly “Paws for thought”

  4. barkis
    May 31st, 2018 at 18:03 | #4

    @Paul H
    Geller wasn’t russian. He was a jew (from the ukrainian part of the soviet union)

    My suggestion:
    “Geller brings chess to bear”. Get it?

  5. Thomas
    May 31st, 2018 at 18:06 | #5

    “From Odessa with Love”

  6. Kieran
    May 31st, 2018 at 19:15 | #6

    Geller’s Attack and Kill

  7. Chris
    May 31st, 2018 at 19:18 | #7

    Beating the Best

  8. Chris
    May 31st, 2018 at 19:33 | #8

    The Fighter from Odessa

  9. Paul H
    May 31st, 2018 at 19:50 | #9

    @barkis
    No such country as Ukraine when Geller was born, and he played under the Russian Federation when winning the 1992 World Senior Championship. Not sure the bear on the cover makes sense without a Russia connection either.

  10. Tom Tidom
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:19 | #10

    Efim Geller – Calculate to Win

    Geller´s Strategies and Tactics – Lessons from the Past

    Geller´s Secrets – A Legacy Revealed

    Secret Notes from my Legacy

  11. tarsitius
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:25 | #11

    Don’t wake the bear.

  12. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:33 | #12

    Pawna dance?

  13. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:37 | #13

    Once upawn a time…

  14. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:39 | #14

    Minority attack

  15. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:41 | #15

    8 Little pawns went to the zoo

  16. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:43 | #16

    The nature of chess tactics

  17. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:45 | #17

    Hiding behind wood

  18. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:48 | #18

    Geller’s way

  19. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:49 | #19

    I cannot bear you

  20. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:52 | #20

    Growl I became a queen

  21. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:53 | #21

    Geller’s games and joy

  22. k. r.
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:55 | #22

    In the jaws of Efim Geller

  23. Jacob Aagaard
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:55 | #23

    you do know the key point here is to find a better title, right? Not just say whatever you find funny after 10 beers 🙂

  24. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:56 | #24

    Fabels and games

  25. Douwe
    May 31st, 2018 at 20:59 | #25

    Jacob Aagaard :
    you do know the key point here is to find a better title, right? Not just say whatever you find funny after 10 beers

    No more bear (beer?) hugs

  26. PaulH
    May 31st, 2018 at 21:26 | #26

    Actually, looking some more at cover I update slightly my punt to:
    Efim Geller – The Russian Bear Attacks

  27. Chris
    May 31st, 2018 at 21:28 | #27

    The Chess Beast

  28. IJK
    May 31st, 2018 at 21:52 | #28

    Predator Chess

  29. Paul H
    May 31st, 2018 at 21:58 | #29

    On the wider leaflet Ree reviews the German version of the Kramnik book you are publishing – “Hans Ree would have preferred a more personal book, but Hensel certainly has some stories to tell”. And Sadler gives 5 stars to all the Tal books.

  30. Alexander
    May 31st, 2018 at 22:01 | #30

    Mating …a serial Geller

  31. Paul H
    May 31st, 2018 at 22:07 | #31

    Meant to say in latest New in Chess above.

  32. LaurentS
    May 31st, 2018 at 22:45 | #32

    Russian Hug

  33. David
    May 31st, 2018 at 23:05 | #33

    Beating the Best: Geller’s Greatest Games

    I like the cover, not sure it is appropriate for Geller. Maybe Spassky.
    How similar is the book to Application of Chess Theory?

  34. Joshua Lee
    June 1st, 2018 at 00:07 | #34

    Ef’ing Killer Chess

  35. Andre
    June 1st, 2018 at 00:09 | #35

    “Efim Geller – Eating the World Champions”
    “Efim Geller – Deadly Threat”

    “Dangerous Encounters”
    “Chess to the Max”

  36. Finefettle
    June 1st, 2018 at 01:05 | #36

    Chess on the Precipice

  37. CK
    June 1st, 2018 at 01:43 | #37

    Dominant Chess Strategy

    Then, something came up with the Revenant or catching fish from the river, and it was time to stop.

  38. Bill
    June 1st, 2018 at 03:43 | #38

    Chess for Grizzlies (apologies to the late Simon Webb)

  39. Omar Shah
    June 1st, 2018 at 03:55 | #39

    A Second to None : Efim Geller
    -it is a play on Efim being a GM Second to many many top players (including World Champions) and yet being one of the best at scalping World Champions. He has one of best scores against many world Champions.
    Actually, GM Kevin Spraggett once said to me that Geller’s Book; “Application of Chess Theory” should be called “How to Beat World Champions”.

  40. Omar Shah
    June 1st, 2018 at 03:58 | #40

    The Chess Bawse: Efim Geller

  41. Alfonso Gisbert
    June 1st, 2018 at 06:45 | #41

    “Pawns can never go back!”

  42. Alexander
    June 1st, 2018 at 07:17 | #42

    “Clawing to the top”

  43. Jacob Aagaard
    June 1st, 2018 at 07:38 | #43

    @David
    A lot of overlap. Our book has a lot more games, mainly. Twice as many. We decided that to republish them was better than having a “volume 2” approach. We pick up the costs, those who had the other book gets some games twice, while those who did not, get them extra.

  44. Phil Collins
    June 1st, 2018 at 08:07 | #44

    “Fischer’s nightmare!”

  45. Steve
    June 1st, 2018 at 09:08 | #45

    Mauling the World Champions

  46. HamHockJinn
    June 1st, 2018 at 09:33 | #46

    “Geller, Geller, Geller, huh tell me more, tell me more”

  47. Seth A.
    June 1st, 2018 at 13:52 | #47

    Homicidal Play

  48. Chris
    June 1st, 2018 at 16:47 | #48

    The Elephant Gambit by Quality chess. Krazy staff.

  49. Birdyfox
    June 1st, 2018 at 16:50 | #49

    “All Claws out”

    “With Claws and Fangs”

    “Claws on the Chessboard”

  50. Michael Naylor
    June 1st, 2018 at 17:29 | #50

    Fierce Moves

  51. June 1st, 2018 at 18:14 | #51

    Why not simple and descriptive? Geller’s Best Games of Chess

  52. Klaus Kristensen
    June 1st, 2018 at 18:14 | #52

    The smoking bear.

  53. Cowe
    June 1st, 2018 at 18:46 | #53

    David :
    Beating the Best: Geller’s Greatest Games
    I like the cover, not sure it is appropriate for Geller. Maybe Spassky.
    How similar is the book to Application of Chess Theory?

    +1
    Better save the pic & title for Spassky, aka The Beast from the East.

  54. Douwe
    June 1st, 2018 at 19:15 | #54

    Yes, again 10 beers allready… here we go again!

    In Russia they learn bears to do tricks: Geller’s tricks. Magic with pawns.

    By doing so the bear becomes a puppet: Look who is pulling Geller!

    All the pictures I found show Geller smoking: Holy smoke!

    I like his score against Fischer: How to kill a Robear (if there needs to be a killing theme)

    And of course chess players are nerds with posters (at leat I used to be): I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

  55. Dachs
    June 2nd, 2018 at 03:29 | #55

    I think I read somewhere (Kasparow?) that in the Soviet Union he was colloquially called ‘Petrovich’.
    So, what about something including Bewitching (Bewit- crossed out in Smirin-style and replaced with Petrovi-)…
    … according to contest, e. g. Attacking Chess.

  56. Dachs
    June 2nd, 2018 at 03:30 | #56

    (content)

  57. Jacob Aagaard
    June 2nd, 2018 at 07:04 | #57

    @Douwe
    When the smoking ban came in, in the early 1990s, Geller dropped more than 50 rating points on the following list 🙂

  58. Tom Tidom
    June 2nd, 2018 at 10:50 | #58

    One more try:

    Chess in the Wild – How to tame your Opponent

  59. Jose
    June 2nd, 2018 at 11:38 | #59

    I suppose that the book “The Woodpecker method” will improve slightly my calculation skill and visualization. No?

    • Jacob Aagaard
      June 3rd, 2018 at 17:13 | #60

      Hopefully a lot!

  60. The Doctor
    June 2nd, 2018 at 14:23 | #61

    On a separate tpoic (I really couldn’t care less what the name of the book is) good to see software Chess on Desktop. Surprised QC has not mentioned it!!

  61. The Doctor
    June 2nd, 2018 at 14:24 | #62

    Forward Chess I mean 🙄

  62. The Doctor
    June 2nd, 2018 at 16:01 | #63

    First impressions of FC on the MacBook is very pleasing indeed!

  63. Paul H
    June 2nd, 2018 at 16:33 | #64

    @The Doctor
    There was a discussion under one unconnected blogpost a while back. I agree it is fantastic – but my optimal use is non mac. Two screens- one with Forward Chess, one with Chessbase is in my view the dream way to study an opening. Then can refresh your knowledge on the phone app on the train to work.

    Other uses would be to create “flash cards” for endgame positions or Jacobs GM series in chessbase.

    All of course possible with the book version, but productivity goes through the roof.

  64. Sinclair
    June 2nd, 2018 at 21:57 | #65

    Power Play Chess

  65. Janjic Slobodan
    June 3rd, 2018 at 11:42 | #66

    I wanna suggest:

    The Master Of Masters

    Efim Geller

  66. Steve W
    June 3rd, 2018 at 11:55 | #67

    The Bear Claws Attack or Taming the Bear

  67. Patrick
    June 3rd, 2018 at 12:02 | #68

    Go To Gell!

  68. Nathan
    June 3rd, 2018 at 14:49 | #69

    The Bare Necessities of Chess

  69. John Simmons
    June 3rd, 2018 at 15:33 | #70

    Geller Chess, I am thinking about production costs, only need to change two letters 😐

  70. Eramirez156
    June 3rd, 2018 at 15:53 | #71

    I left a comment yesterday but perhaps it didn’t go through

    “Geller’s Quarry”

  71. Lars Pedersen
    June 3rd, 2018 at 16:39 | #72

    “Efim Gellers games” or “A book about Efim Gellers games”.

    Just tell it like it is. “Killer chess” is corny.

  72. June 3rd, 2018 at 21:01 | #73

    The Geller Method to Improve in Chess

  73. Chris Wainscott
    June 3rd, 2018 at 21:02 | #74

    Efim Geller: Chess Predator

    Predatory Chess

  74. cyberhoune
    June 3rd, 2018 at 21:25 | #75

    To paraphrase Steven King:

    “A Bear of fearsome size” – Efim Geller’s chess.

    Geller’s Games — “Bears will be Bears”.

  75. Andrew Brett
    June 3rd, 2018 at 22:24 | #76

    Did you settle on the title of the Kotov book?

  76. Topnotch
    June 3rd, 2018 at 22:43 | #77

    Efim Geller: Nightmare Nemesis of the World Champions.

  77. Jacob Aagaard
    June 3rd, 2018 at 22:44 | #78

    @Andrew Brett
    We went with what we had.

  78. John Upper
    June 3rd, 2018 at 23:54 | #79

    This click bait stuff on QC is just terrible: some of the worst posts ever.
    Stick with the original title, and please stop asking for “help” with title ideas.

    FWIW, posts from a “99designs” cover competition might be worth trying.

  79. Bernard Carpinter
    June 4th, 2018 at 04:42 | #80

    Chess Assassin, or
    Geller: Chess Assassin

  80. Jacob Aagaard
    June 4th, 2018 at 07:41 | #81

    @John Upper
    Now I find that offensive. With the Kotov book, we for the first time did not find a better title from our readers. With other books we did. Wtf is that click bait. With this Geller book, we have improved our understanding of what to do with a title we are not fully happy with and will use ideas from some people in this post.

  81. Ray
    June 4th, 2018 at 09:31 | #82

    @ barkis

    Besides, I fail to see the relevance of Geller’s faith – you seem to mix up nationality and religion, as if there were no people with a jewish faith in Russia. It’s like saying ‘Fischer was not a Spaniard, he was an anti-semite’.

  82. Ray
    June 4th, 2018 at 09:37 | #83

    Power Chess
    Relentless
    No Mercy

  83. Mario Carignani
    June 4th, 2018 at 12:11 | #84

    Smashing chess
    (maybe) ¿?

  84. Egis
    June 4th, 2018 at 14:13 | #85

    Please don’t use any words what could be associate with killing or a murder. Chess is a peaceful game. As a coach I would never recommend a book with similar title to a kid. There is a Russian book by E.Geller – How to win against the champions. Are you translating it? Then the title is already thought by the author ( my assumption as the book was published in 2005 while the Efim passed away in 1998)

  85. Antillian
    June 4th, 2018 at 14:30 | #86

    Defcon Chess

  86. Frank
    June 4th, 2018 at 15:13 | #87

    Unleashing the beast / Beating the Elite

  87. jackson
    June 4th, 2018 at 16:54 | #88

    John Hartmann :
    Why not simple and descriptive? Geller’s Best Games of Chess

    This. And no bear would be just fine.

  88. June 4th, 2018 at 17:14 | #89

    – Grizzly Chess (more friendly & poetic than Killer Chess)
    – Play(ing) Chess like a Grizzly

  89. Robert R
    June 4th, 2018 at 18:50 | #90

    The cover is perfect.

  90. RYV
    June 4th, 2018 at 19:20 | #91

    If the book was already published years ago and if it is mostly a new edition without major change it make sense to keep the old title…or at least to mention it was former published under that title.
    This apply to the Kotov book also as i dont understand if it is something new (?!) or only a new “arrangement” of an old book ?

  91. Jacob Aagaard
    June 4th, 2018 at 21:09 | #92

    @RYV
    The Geller book is much more than The Application of Chess Theory re-translated, if this was your question.

  92. Cowe
    June 4th, 2018 at 21:17 | #93

    It could help if QC gave a quick description of books for which they need titles. What”s the point of proposing random synonyms if noone knows what’s in the book?

  93. Leon Trotsky
    June 5th, 2018 at 01:19 | #94

    Is that Elephant Gambit book a repertoire book? I am quite surprised about a book on this opening, but who knows 😀

    On the title of Jefim Geller, how about a photo of Trotsky and Geller morphing into each other ?

  94. JB
    June 5th, 2018 at 05:43 | #95

    @Cowe
    Hear Hear. They had even decided on the cover already for Science of Strategy.

  95. Remco G
    June 5th, 2018 at 07:35 | #96

    I think a book on Geller should be findable by searching on his name, and in a list of book titles it should be possible to figure out what kind of book it is. So I like titles that have his actual name in them.

    You could still make a geller/killer pun by using it in a phrase that people will recognize, like “The Geller Instinct” or so. But the pun seems pretty far fetched in the first place.

  96. kaimano
    June 5th, 2018 at 08:13 | #97

    Remco G :
    I think a book on Geller should be findable by searching on his name, and in a list of book titles it should be possible to figure out what kind of book it is. So I like titles that have his actual name in them.
    You could still make a geller/killer pun by using it in a phrase that people will recognize, like “The Geller Instinct” or so. But the pun seems pretty far fetched in the first place.

    The Geller Instinct is a great title!

  97. Dr Bob
    June 5th, 2018 at 09:29 | #98

    ‘Geller’s Odessa Files’?
    Needed a spy themed cover really.

    How about simply: ‘Geller Attacks’

  98. Seth A.
    June 5th, 2018 at 10:43 | #99

    The Hunter (or something to that effect)

  99. Adweith UP
    June 5th, 2018 at 15:23 | #100

    The Title Killer Chess is too abstract
    Books need ambitious titles
    Killing The Geller Way

  100. Vladimir Bronski
    June 5th, 2018 at 17:38 | #101

    ‘Geller – Maximalist and Inventor’

    or why not as in Kasparov’s Predecessors: ‘ Geller – Threat to the Champions’

  101. Marcel
    June 5th, 2018 at 20:19 | #102

    NEW title:

    battle cruiser EFIM GELLER

    NEW coverartwork: a battle cruiser

  102. Sinclair
    June 5th, 2018 at 23:00 | #103

    Geller’s All-In Chess Anthology

  103. Sinclair
    June 6th, 2018 at 03:43 | #104

    Geller’s heavyweight chess games

  104. Sinclair
    June 6th, 2018 at 07:00 | #105

    Geller’s eyeful of chess

  105. John Johnson
    June 6th, 2018 at 10:38 | #106

    Geller on chess!!! voila.

  106. Peter
    June 6th, 2018 at 14:53 | #107

    @Remco G
    +1 from me for “The Geller Instinct”

  107. Richard
    June 7th, 2018 at 19:15 | #108

    Chess Mauler

    Chess Brawler

    Scourge of Champions

    Claw Marks: The Games of Efim Geller

    Tooth and Claw: The Games of Efim Geller

  108. Boki
    June 8th, 2018 at 17:40 | #109

    Gellers Legacy,

  109. Frédéric L.
    June 8th, 2018 at 17:43 | #110

    E. Geller:A life of openings research
    or
    E. Geller: openings’ legacy

  110. Jacob Aagaard
    June 8th, 2018 at 18:28 | #111

    We have decided on a bit odd title:

    THE NEMESIS: GELLER’S GREATEST GAMES

  111. Tim
    June 8th, 2018 at 18:34 | #112

    Wild Chess

  112. John
    June 8th, 2018 at 19:27 | #113

    So.. we have a retributing Greek goddess and an angry bear.. more or less covers it!

  113. Lucifer
    June 8th, 2018 at 20:51 | #114

    Winning chess with bear hands

  114. Jupp53
    June 9th, 2018 at 17:56 | #115

    Efim Geller – Positional embrace by a russian bear

  115. Jupp53
    June 9th, 2018 at 17:58 | #116

    Positional bear hug

  116. Pinpon
    June 9th, 2018 at 19:27 | #117

    TN GGG is nice .
    Maybe “ Quest for Perfection , GGG “ ?

  117. Topnotch
    June 10th, 2018 at 18:41 | #118

    Jacob Aagaard :
    We have decided on a bit odd title:
    THE NEMESIS: GELLER’S GREATEST GAMES

    I like it, it’s simple and captures Geller’s greatest claim to fame besides King’s Indian guru quite well.

  118. Jacob Aagaard
    June 10th, 2018 at 21:55 | #119

    @Topnotch
    Thank you. I think you and David together came up with 95% of the title. So this time, asking worked.

  119. Thomas
    June 11th, 2018 at 05:58 | #120

    It’s definitely much better a title than the initially planned.

    Having found the title – all that’s missing is the book…. 🙂

  120. RYV
    June 11th, 2018 at 08:25 | #121

    Well, now you know : a book containing someone’s best games must be titled Someone’s best games !

  121. CK
    June 11th, 2018 at 09:26 | #122

    I am glad the title doesn’t contain a ”bear”, one python is enough for my collection 🙂

  122. Martin Dixon
    June 17th, 2018 at 21:37 | #123

    Seek and Destroy: The Chess Games of Efim Geller

    Martin Dixon

  123. Satish
    June 21st, 2018 at 21:32 | #124

    Chess Synthesis by Efim Geller

  124. Ken Calitri
    June 23rd, 2018 at 18:59 | #125

    The Bear Attacks! or This Bear Attacks! or paraphrasing the famous Russian Qoute This Bear Plays for Mate or Playing for Mate By Efim Geller

  125. JOSE CARLOS FRANCO NUNES DE VIVEIROS
    June 24th, 2018 at 02:18 | #126

    My suggestion is: “Chess Arena: Efim Geller’s Life & Games”

  126. Egis
    June 25th, 2018 at 14:02 | #127

    Thus, the title is known. When will it be published? 🙂

  127. July 24th, 2018 at 17:46 | #128

    “Geller’s Greatest Games”
    “Geller the Giant Killer”
    (He had a fantastic record against the elite players of his time!)

  128. David Parker
    August 7th, 2018 at 01:05 | #129

    Is this book a re-issue of the Pergamon The Application of Chess Theory?

  129. John Shaw
    August 7th, 2018 at 13:24 | #130

    David Parker :
    Is this book a re-issue of the Pergamon The Application of Chess Theory?

    No, not a re-issue. There will be some overlap, as both books involve Geller annotating his own games, but there will be plenty in our book that is not in the old Pergamon book, including more annotated games and memoirs about Geller by other players. Also our book will be a totally fresh translation from Russian.

  130. Bobkane
    August 7th, 2018 at 13:31 | #131

    New title:
    “Seize the Initiative”
    “How Geller beat the worlds best”

  131. John Shaw
    August 7th, 2018 at 13:48 | #132

    @Bobkane

    I appreciate the effort, but as Jacob said above, we have decided on a title:

    Jacob Aagaard :

    We have decided on a bit odd title:

    THE NEMESIS: GELLER’S GREATEST GAMES

  132. BobKane
    August 7th, 2018 at 14:00 | #133

    @John Shaw
    OH! Sorry missed that, I didnt know Geller had a ride at Alton Towers named after him !

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