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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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The Science of Strategy

March 29th, 2018 196 comments

So guys, I said that we would want some help. Some already guessed this would be with the titles for a few of the books. The first one is a book by Alexander Kotov, not previously translated into English. The Russian title was “The Textbook of Chess Strategy”, which we did not like at all. We are currently going with: The Science of Strategy, but feel that a better choice may be out there.

So, this is your chance to get your name on page 2 and your title on the cover. Suggestions are very welcome! Has to work with the theme and the cover.

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The Queen’s Indian Defence

March 26th, 2018 154 comments

We are working on our 2018 catalogue at the moment and have decided to reveal it slowly, one book at a time. With some of the books, we may even request your help…

But let us start with this one: Michael Roiz follows up to his best-selling Grandmaster Repertoire book on the Nimzo-Indian with a companion volume dealing with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6, simply called The Queen’s Indian Defence. After playing several tournaments, Michael is currently finishing off the final chapters of the book, which we anticipate will be released in the early summer.

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Small Steps to Giant Improvement

March 22nd, 2018 31 comments

On Wednesday you will find a general release of Sam Shankland’s book, Small Steps to Giant Improvement, a book on handling pawn play (already available on Forward Chess). It is Sam’s first book. Probably you already know the name. Sam is a double gold medal winner at the Olympiad and has twice played board 1 for the US at the World Team Championship. A week ago he gave a lecture at St Louis Chess Club, presenting the book. You can see an excerpt here. And St Louis Chess Club have put a video of the lecture on YouTube:

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Not a memorable game, but…

March 21st, 2018 8 comments

Andrew and I played the Glasgow League last night. Andrew played something that had the feeling of being a novelty on move 3, but Morozevich had been there first. He may want to play it again, so no spoilers.

I played board two and got nothing from the opening. I tried a pawn sacrifice that does not really work on closer inspection, but with an hour for 30 moves and 15 for the rest, it makes sense to play a bit loosely. I won the exchange and played the technical phase as it should be done. Slow improvement and full control. On move 40 I got the chance for a nice finish.

White to play and win in more ways than one!

Andrew sadly lost, the match ended 4-4 and with it our hopes went from dead to buried. The league score can be found on

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