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EU & Covid

Dear Quality Chess Customer,

The arrival of 2021 has brought about some reluctant optimism to our fellow consciousness, but also its own set of challenges.

We are based in Glasgow, UK, which has brought two particular challenges. First off, we are seemingly the global epicentre of the pandemic at the moment. We have more deaths per capita than the US or any other major country. As a result, our country has entered into a longer strict lockdown. We are still working, but everything is a bit tricky.

Secondly, the United Kingdom has finally left the EU. John and I were not in favour of this, but it is what it is. We are currently facing some bureaucratic challenges that the UK government or our business organisations did not properly prepare us for. We are working on solving them and hopefully will soon. It is red tape and today computers make it easy for those who know what to do. We just need to find that person!

The effect of this on some of our customers is the following:

Some web sales are delayed. Our website will be updated by tomorrow, showing exactly what has gone out. A lot will go out tomorrow. They will probably take longer to go out than usual, but hopefully not too much.

Orders from chess specialists. At the moment we have to solve the EORI issue. Once we have done so, we are ready to ship books out again. Hopefully it will take just a few days.

Best wishes,

Jacob Aagaard

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  1. Pedro Espinosa
    January 11th, 2021 at 18:18 | #1

    Thanks for the info, Jacob. Is your country leaving the EU going to impact on Custom taxes for those of us in the Continent?

  2. Foo
    January 11th, 2021 at 19:36 | #2

    Not sure if someone has asked this already, but why is the Grandmaster Preparation series out of stock, but all 6 books are still available ?

  3. RB
    January 11th, 2021 at 21:04 | #3

    Thanks for the information Jacob. When can we expect a Calendar for 2021?

  4. Frank
    January 12th, 2021 at 06:57 | #4

    Hello to all of you, best wishes and keep on keeping on.
    If you would ever need some crowd-funding, I am sure
    many chess players like myself would chip in. Kind regards
    from Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

  5. d.
    January 12th, 2021 at 16:16 | #5

    Best wishes to you all — stay safe and well.

  6. Alan C Rodenstein
    January 13th, 2021 at 11:37 | #6

    Stay well to everyone at Quality Chess. Worse than the States. I am embarrassed that my county has become a negative metric for COVID 19. Hopefully, things will improve after 20 Jan. Good luck with your post- Brexit challenges.

    I am looking forward to the new edition of the Caro Kann. I hope you will have a sample pdf soon!

    Thanks for the great chess work you do!

  7. Alan C Rodenstein
    January 13th, 2021 at 11:40 | #7

    Stay well to everyone at Quality Chess. Worse than the States. I am embarrassed that my country has become a negative metric for COVID 19. Hopefully, things will improve after 20 Jan. Good luck with your post- Brexit challenges.

    I am looking forward to the new edition of the Caro Kann. I hope you will have a sample pdf soon!

    Thanks for the great chess work you do!

  8. Jacob Aagaard
    January 15th, 2021 at 15:34 | #8

    @Pedro Espinosa
    I just don’t know

  9. Jacob Aagaard
    January 15th, 2021 at 15:34 | #9

    @RB
    February

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    January 15th, 2021 at 15:35 | #10

    @Foo
    I think we are temporarily out of hardback for one of the books. Not sure. Not my department.

  11. Jacob Aagaard
    January 15th, 2021 at 15:36 | #11

    @Frank
    Financially we are fine. Just bureaucracy to overcome. Should be sorted by next week, is the last I heard. But nothing is certain.

  12. Jacob Aagaard
    January 15th, 2021 at 15:37 | #12

    @Alan C Rodenstein
    There should be a sample up in 1-2 weeks. The proof reading is ongoing and it will be out in February together with the new Axel Smith book.

  13. Tobias
    January 15th, 2021 at 18:42 | #13

    Another book by Axel, interesting. Cannot remember having seen an announcement, but it is in the “upcoming” section on the website.

  14. Jacob Aagaard
    January 15th, 2021 at 23:20 | #14

    @Tobias
    We really have struggled a lot throughout this year making everything work. Hopefully 2021 will be better. I will personally take a more managerial role going forward; assisting John with a lot of day to day things.

  15. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    January 16th, 2021 at 16:22 | #15

    RE: We just need to find that person!

    You should consider a remote worker. There are some tricky mangerial issues around remote workers, not least around intellectual property. But one bonus is a remote worker can’t give or get COVID-19. Not to say me, I think I’m qualified but my employer has too much red tape over outside work. I could help out short term for maybe a free book at the end, but for a serious solution you would need to advertise. Too bad you’re not in the EU any more, it kind of restricts your options.

  16. Al
    January 17th, 2021 at 18:17 | #16

    Hi all. Are you planning to release the first book of the serie “Chess from Scratch” soon?

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    January 21st, 2021 at 20:37 | #17

    @Al
    This summer is my hope.

  18. Thomas
    January 22nd, 2021 at 10:04 | #18

    Some days ago I had the dream, that QC would publish a translation of Markos and Navaras new book.
    As I see this dream will come true. Thank you!

  19. Tobias
    January 22nd, 2021 at 22:58 | #19

    Thomas :
    Some days ago I had the dream, that QC would publish a translation of Markos and Navaras new book.
    As I see this dream will come true. Thank you!

    That’s a translation?

  20. Thomas
    January 22nd, 2021 at 23:07 | #20

    Original title “Tajna prisada”

  21. Guillermo
    January 24th, 2021 at 14:40 | #21

    Dear Jacob,

    I’d like to ask you in which order would you recomend me reading the following books, which I had purchased some time ago but I couldn’t never work on seriously because of some personal stuff going on. I have positional decision making in chess (i read half of it around 2 years ago and I was loving it) and grandmaster preparation: calculation and positional play. Im around 2150 fide rated at the moment, and i plan on taking chess very seriously to try to get to the next step as soon as over the board play can come back. I am also considering getting another book, and I was thinking that maybe thinking inside the box could be a good fit. What would you recommend?

    I dont know if this is the right way to contact you on this, but I read on posts from year ago that you prefer that we post questions like this one on the forum so others can see instead of emaling you. If this was the wrong place to ask you this, feel free to delete this and im sorry.

  22. Jacob Aagaard
    January 24th, 2021 at 22:57 | #22

    Yes, it is a translation. But it is more accurate to say that it is written in two languages. Jan is deeply involved with the translation and the original contract was with us. But we are of course happy that it is out in his native tongue as well.

  23. Thomas
    January 25th, 2021 at 16:51 | #23

    Great! Jan’s first book for QC is one of the best around.

  24. Tim
    January 30th, 2021 at 13:08 | #24

    Hi Jacob,
    I understand & sympathise with the ‘teething problems’ over Brexit.
    Could the Forward Chess versions of coming soon books be released? Should be no Brexit aggro there

  25. Alex
    February 10th, 2021 at 17:28 | #25

    Hello. I recall reading a while ago that there were “Grandmaster Training” books coming (collection of tough positions to solve, I think). I was curious if/when they would be published. Thank you.

    • Jacob Aagaard
      February 18th, 2021 at 17:58 | #26

      2022 at the earliest. I have been slightly reworking and expanding the idea. But mainly the Technique books are a lot of work and will be done first.

  26. Jeff
    February 15th, 2021 at 03:41 | #27

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Mid-February today. Much longer wait for 2021 publication PDF?

  27. Jacob Aagaard
    February 18th, 2021 at 17:41 | #28

    @Jeff
    We need to finalise a few covers. Lately we have spent a lot of energy on Brexit problems.

  28. Jeff
    February 18th, 2021 at 22:52 | #29

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Thank you for the update.

    Sorry to hear about the Brexit problems. Glad you are still in business, given what has happened to Scottish fishermen.

  29. February 20th, 2021 at 17:01 | #30

    Thank you for the update!

    Dario

  30. John
    February 23rd, 2021 at 07:44 | #31

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Are shipping issues to EU countries solved now?

  31. Jacob Aagaard
    February 23rd, 2021 at 18:17 | #32

    @John
    There was no problem to begin with inside the EU

  32. John
    February 25th, 2021 at 09:47 | #33

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Oh ok, I thought there was some issues regarding Brexit and customs

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