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The Appendix is just an add-on!

January 15th, 2018 25 comments

Those who have read Thinking Inside the Box may have noticed that there are a few pages in the end where I make the case for following a plant based diet. This is sometimes known as a vegan diet, but there is a substantial difference, as veganism is about ending animal cruelty, which I am all for, but which is not why I prefer a plant based diet.

I am convinced that following a plant based diet will improve your health and in turn your chess playing ability and make a brief case in the book. I am also convinced that working on your calculation is much more important. In 2012 we had a World Championship match between two slightly chubby men in their 40s. Athletic ability is not essential for playing good chess, even if extra energy will certainly be useful at times too. Read more…

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New year, better paper

January 13th, 2018 26 comments

A few years ago we were made aware that some of our books had problems with the binding. Before this, we had heard about maybe 10 books out of hundred thousand, which is not enough for being worried. Now people told us it was ten out of the hundred books they had bought from us. A 100-fold increase in the problem! From 0.01% – a bad luck, please get a replacement from your vendor and they will get one from us – situation, to a “holy cow!”, this is actually a problem!

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First look at Boris Avrukhs Grandmaster Repertoire 1.d4 2A – The Kings Indian and Grunfeld Defence

January 11th, 2018 4 comments

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A little training game to solve a common problem

January 8th, 2018 4 comments

Here is an idea for players who have a tendency to give up on solving (Critical Moment thinking – view it like a math problem, you cannot guess, you have to work it out) and just make a move. I did this with Sam Shankland over the holidays and we found it quite entertaining. (Especially in the beginning, before he tired out entirely!)

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Chess Book Collectors Book of the Year 2017

January 8th, 2018 2 comments

The Pulitzer Prize of chess is probably the English Chess Federations Chess Book of the Year award. It deserves this comparison because the committee have repeatedly chosen very good books as winners. They have also had an attitude of spreading the award a bit; their main objective is to promote chess literature. This year the judges unanimously agreed to give the award to Jan Timman for his book Timman’s Titans, which is absolutely deserved. Timman is a major chess writer and this is perhaps his most important book.

At Quality Chess we were ecstatic to be nominated for both our entries (each publisher can send only two books for consideration), which is great in a year where we published few books. Especially as one of them were an opening book. I think Thinking Inside the Box is my best book, but did not believe that such a technical book would win. It rarely does. For example, we could not even get the Yusupov series nominated! The last time a truly technical book won was when Nunn’s Chess Endings won in 2011.

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Happy New Year!

January 3rd, 2018 10 comments

Welcome to 2018. May you have the best year of your life!

I do not have a lot of important news to share, so I will go with a bit of trivia.

In December I spent two weeks in India. First off, I taught for five days at the Dibyendu Barua Academy in Kolkata (which Quality Chess sponsors). It was a wonderful time.

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Nikos with a quick overview on the Mihail Marin book, Grandmaster Repertoire – Pirc Defence

December 7th, 2017 80 comments

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Looking into 2018

December 7th, 2017 440 comments

First off, I can announce a few publications on the 17th of January. We will finally have Grandmaster Repertoire 2A – The King’s Indian and Grünfeld out. When you have produced as many books as we have, a certain repetitiveness can creep in, but I have to say with this book, I am truly excited. It is really a Class A opening book. The amount of new ideas and the imagination of them is quite impressive. Boris Avrukh is still the king.

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