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Killer Chess?

May 31st, 2018 135 comments

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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No, we do not know this boy and we have not bribed him…

May 31st, 2018 No comments

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And they said writing a book would be bad for your chess…

May 21st, 2018 10 comments

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The fourth Type of Decision

May 18th, 2018 11 comments

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Copyright and fair use in chess literature

May 9th, 2018 53 comments

I have been in this business for now 20 years and in this period, I have seen some things I have found crossed the line in what is known as fair use of other people’s work.

First, let’s define fair use. You can quote small passages mainly with the aim of 1. Commentary/criticism or 2. Parody. If you reproduce other people’s text, it will require acknowledgement of the origin.

As an author, I have tried to be plagiarised and receive compensation. As a publisher, we have caught three authors in presenting another’s work as their own. Two of these books were fixed; in one of these cases it was a few passages from Wikipedia and a few left-over variations from other people’s analysis. In all cases I have seen of plagiarism, it is the weakest part of the book.

I am bringing this up because there has been online debate about a recent book published by New in Chess, The Shereshevsky Method. The book is translated from Russian by Steve Giddins. It contains long passages from John Nunn’s seminal work, Secrets of Practical Chess as well as Positional Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand and myself. It contains a lot of nice words about the books, but also exceeds the “fair use” definition. Read more…

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Excerpts should be up tomorrow

May 7th, 2018 26 comments

Colin does them. Today is what we call a Bank Holiday in the UK. I have no idea why these exist and before you explain it to me, I should say I do not really care. Basically, the office is shut; people will be back tomorrow… I presume Colin will put up excerpts for the books that went to the printer on Friday.

Meanwhile, I was looking through the databases for any games that followed the first Playing 1.e4 book and found this little gem, from 1.e4 to +- without a moments thought :-).

White to play and win


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Sam Shankland…

April 29th, 2018 27 comments

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Sam Shankland in the news

April 29th, 2018 16 comments

Hi guys. I am in Delhi at the last day of a training camp with seven wonderful Indian ladies. It is a wonderful experience and I have to say that despite knowing most of them in advance, I have been blown away by the dedication, enthusiasm and skill these ladies possess. I should also add that each and every one of them are an excellent human being. David Llada correctly called me extremely lucky to be allowed to work with them. And yes, I am also getting paid…

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