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Calculation on Chessable

The latest Quality Chess book available in the Chessable format is GM Jacob Aagaard’s Calculation. If you are interested in this book in this format then it is best to act within a week, as it is Chessable tradition to offer the course at a reduced price for the first week.

If you have bought any of our books in Chessable format then I am interested to hear what you think about it. This is only the third book we have put on Chessable (after The Woodpecker Method and Small Steps to Giant Improvement) and so far feedback seems highly favourable.

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  1. Peter
    January 8th, 2019 at 14:39 | #1

    They are all really good in this format. I’d say The Woodpecker Method provides the most value given the way Chessable trains the user using spaced repetition. I have no idea if memorizing and reviewing the exercises/examples in Small Steps or Calculation will provide significant long term benefit but I certainly hope so!

  2. Stigma
    January 11th, 2019 at 21:40 | #2

    I got into an argument on the Chessable forum where I felt publishing the Woodpecker Method on Chessable was a bad idea, since the method and the platform are in a method conflict: The point of the Woodpecker method is intensive, even exhausting repetition, while Chessable’s (and SuperMemo’s, Anki’s etc.) spaced repetition is all about economy in learning: Learning lots of stuff with exactly the frequency of repetitions needed, no more.

    In the end it may not matter much, as it’s likely both methods work. And I did end up buying the book on Chessable anyway! There was a tantalizing pledge that “if the course reaches 1,000 students in the first month, we promise to add yet another feature: custom spaced-repetition intervals (Stretch goal!). If we can get there, it means this book can override Chessable’s default recommendation of spaced review intervals and set it to exactly what the authors recommend.” – which would have been fantastic and even useful for comparing the two methods scientifically. But despite good interest the stretch goal wasn’t reached. Anyway I guess both companies are fine with nobody knowing for sure which method is best…

  3. Stigma
    January 11th, 2019 at 21:51 | #3

    My main reason for getting the Woodpecker anyway was it’s an excellent collection of exercises. What can I say, I’ve come to always expect quality from this publisher! As for the other two QC+Chessable books, I already had both in hardcover (which I reserve for chess books I reckon will be instant classics).

    I feel tactics, opening repertoires and endgame theory are particularly well-suited to the Chessable format, so you may want to consider that if you’re going to put more books on there. Also Rios’ Chess Structures has been heavily requested on their Wishlist, and I would love to see that.

  4. guest222
    January 11th, 2019 at 22:33 | #4

    Woodpecker method is really well suited to Chessable. I’m not so sure about the other two titles (I think Chessable is more useful for remembering common short patterns), but I haven’t bought them on Chessable (I have them in book format).

  5. John A Johnson
    January 12th, 2019 at 11:58 | #5

    I have several books on Chessable, and I think it is a good service. Of course some books translate better than others. Generally I think it is very worthwhile.

  6. boki
    January 13th, 2019 at 11:12 | #6

    I have some non-QC books on Chessable and was not too thrilled. I see the point for Opening books, but only for a lower level of ppening books. I cannot imagine it is suitable for Negi or Avrukhs books, as you would loose sight.

    For Woodpecker (which i have on Forward Chess) it might be perfect, but for Calculation (good old Hardback) I also donot see the point, but of Course i may be wrong

  7. Seth A.
    January 13th, 2019 at 12:22 | #7

    @boki True, something like the Grandmaster Repertoire series would be a lot of information. However, Chessable has an option for you to learn only the important variations instead of all of them. If QC can select just the main lines as important to study, I think it would be manageable.

  8. Soviet School
    January 14th, 2019 at 21:54 | #8

    I tried Chessable and maybe I am using it incorrectly but it seems mind crushingly boring

  9. marc
    January 16th, 2019 at 08:52 | #9

    I bought The Woodpecker Method on Chessable. It’s OK but the Move Trainer is very basic and does its own thing; it does not use the woodpecker method.
    I bought an openings book (not a Quality Chess book) but I returned it because the Soft-Fail Moves implementation was so unreliable.
    They are aiming to upgrade their Move Trainer around the middle of this year, so I suggest you wait for that.
    If you do wish to release more Chessable books before then, I suggest you try the ones that you sell most copies of.

  10. Stigma
    January 17th, 2019 at 18:55 | #10

    Soviet School :
    I tried Chessable and maybe I am using it incorrectly but it seems mind crushingly boring

    Could you expand on why? A lot of the content there is based on material also published as paper / ebooks / video lectures. Meaning it has the original content PLUS the training features, ehich you are of course free to not make use of if you don’t like them. So it’s hard to understand logically how the same content could be more boring on Chessable than in other formats. The lowest possible assessment should be “equally boring”?

  11. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    January 18th, 2019 at 18:47 | #11

    @Stigma – As someone who does not use Chessable, I find both viewpoints valuable. It’s like one of those feature comparison charts. Which boxes does Chessable tick compared to other formats, and for boxes that are *only* ticked by Chessable, how well does it work?

  12. Kinghartattack
    January 20th, 2019 at 20:34 | #12

    I have just started using Chessable and am working through 100 Endgames you Must Know which seems to be their most popular book. I think it is a very useful program (although whether it is better than Jacob’s suggestion in the Introduction of his Endgame Play to make a ChessBase training file of the positions I do not know!). One thought is that Chessable is expensive, particularly if you already have the physical book. Also, I like having the physical book to refer back to whilst going through the book in Chessable, and still love the physical feel of physical books, particularly of the quality shown by Quality Chess. So I would be interested if it has been considered whether the Chessable book could be purchased for an extra amount (less than current Chessable prices) at the same time as buying the physical book. I suspect many buy the Informator hard copy and disc at the same time for similar reasons.

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    January 21st, 2019 at 15:52 | #13

    @Kinghartattack
    Thank you for your comments. We always listen, even if we do not answer everything.

  14. January 21st, 2019 at 18:02 | #14

    Jacob Aagaard :@Kinghartattack Thank you for your comments. We always listen, even if we do not answer everything.

    Any comment on progress toward the publication of the Taimanov Sicilian?

  15. Kinghartattack
    January 21st, 2019 at 19:08 | #15

    One other thought – I treasure my copy of the 10 hardback volumes in the Yusupov series and think that this is tailor made for Chessable. I see it is a very popular request on their website too.

  16. JB
    January 21st, 2019 at 19:15 | #16

    @Kinghartattack
    I like the physical book too. I bought a few Qc books on Forward Chess first and then ended up buying the physical copy as well. And as for tidy guru Marie Condo, (who thinks you shouldn’t have more than 30 books total) she’d have a coronary if she saw how many chess books I have. I’m sitting on 89QC books let alone other publishers. When the joists start to warp too much I may think of giving up. 😀

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    January 22nd, 2019 at 09:36 | #17

    @Kinghartattack
    We are aware, of course.

  18. Stigma
    February 5th, 2019 at 04:42 | #18

    One thing I’ve taken up in the Chessable forum a couple of times is a lack of good courses on attacking play so far. There are many on checkmates (and other tactics), but that’s not quite the same thing.

    Coincidentally, Quality Chess have published three of the best and most systematic books ever on attacking chess! One by Gormally and two by Aagaard. Something to think about for Chessable in the future?

  19. Tim S
    February 5th, 2019 at 09:00 | #19

    I’m midway through the Gormally book now and have thought several times that it would be perfect for chessable.

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