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Practical Chess Beauty by Yochanan Afek

I am happy to announce we have a new book on the way: Practical Chess Beauty by Yochanan Afek. To quote from the cover:

“Solving studies is well established as an effective method of chess improvement. In Practical Chess Beauty one of the world’s greatest study composers, Yochanan Afek, shares his finest creations.

Fire your imagination, gain a greater appreciation of chess geometry, and develop a finer feeling for the pieces’ potential by trying to find the ideas hidden in the hundreds of studies in this book. Or simply wonder at some of the most stunning chess moves ever conceived.”

Publishers claiming “our books are great” always look suspicious, given our obvious bias, but this book really is great. There have been so many times in editing when we have boggled at a move, and said: “That can’t possibly work!” But then it does.

The author has framed his book to be useful for the practical player seeking improvement, but it also works wonderfully as pure entertainment. It’s too early for an excerpt (maybe next week) and I will guess at a publication date in late October or the start of November.

I will give one example from the book. White to play and win (I will give the solution next week). The main line is only 5 moves long, but you will do well to spot the winners and the best defensive try. Stretch your brain – do not switch on that engine.

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  1. Ray
    September 14th, 2018 at 13:06 | #1

    Great, this is indeed something QC hasn’t done before 🙂 .

  2. Seth A.
    September 14th, 2018 at 13:13 | #2

    I am sure this book is going to be amazing.
    But, for some reason, I am much more amazed at how beautiful the book cover is. 🙂

  3. RYV
    September 14th, 2018 at 15:31 | #3

    well done jacob
    so finally you succeed to get mister Afek to deliver an original work!

  4. RWL
    September 14th, 2018 at 16:03 | #4

    So when will it be released?

  5. Franck Steenbekkers
    September 14th, 2018 at 21:01 | #5

    Afek s New book is a must buy. He wrote alreedy great books and is a great trainer and a wonderfull and nice personen. What other New books can we also expect

  6. Seth
    September 15th, 2018 at 04:20 | #6


  7. Jeroen Bollaart
    September 15th, 2018 at 06:16 | #7

    I have been in Yochanan Afek’s training group in Utrecht, The Netherlands, since 2007. I have always found his lessons, books inspiring. Yochanan has a great passion for chess and when I haven’t worked on tactics or endgames for some days, I remember the first advice he gave me: ‘Solve tactical puzzles every day, Jeroen, make it a habit!’. It sure has helped me to reach a 1900+ FIDE rating after being an 1700/1800 rated player for decades, and I am still improving.
    I am looking forward very much to this new book by Quality Chess!

  8. neiman
    September 15th, 2018 at 09:56 | #8

    Extremely exciting ! Afek is my favourite composer because he is overall a strong over-the-board player, so his studies are simple, clear, practical and that makes them even more beautiful thanks to his inexhaustible imagination.
    Resolving practical studies is also the best training just before a tournament, to polish a tactical preparation.

  9. Jacob Aagaard
    September 16th, 2018 at 08:38 | #9

    Thank you. I have been pestering him for a decade to get him to write it. And it is simply wonderful. I think this is a good chance for book of the year.

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