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GM Lucas van Foreest

August 3rd, 2018 13 comments

Yesterday the young Dutch player Lucas van Foreest finished on 7/9 in the Condigne Dutch Open. This was 1st equal on points, but GM Erwin l’Ami won on tiebreak. More significantly for Lucas, the score was enough for a final GM norm and gaining enough rating to push him over 2500. So that is the Grandmaster title at age 17. Congratulations!

So what is the Quality Chess connection? Three years ago Lucas was the joint winner of the quiz we ran about the 2015 World Cup, winning 20 free Quality Chess books.

Lucas Van Foreest

So that’s the secret – get 20 Quality Chess books, become a grandmaster. Sadly, that’s not quite the full story. Lucas is clearly a hardworking and talented young man from a famous chess-playing family. Older brother Jorden is a GM and rated well over 2600, while their family website tells me their great grandfather A.E. van Foreest was Dutch Champion three times. And that’s just to mention three members of the family: there are more chessplayers. New quiz question: name a more impressive chess family?

In related news, and with a definite Quality Chess connection, a Chess24 tweet informs me that “Loek van Wely is also organising the Hoogeveen Chess tournament this year (21-27 October), when the matches will be: Svidler vs. Shankland & Jorden van Foreest vs. Fedoseev”

Sam Shankland is of course the author of Small Steps to Giant Improvement. And also US Champion.

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – August and September

August 1st, 2018 No comments

We are continuing our special offer – if you buy three books or more and live in the normal European Union zone (as defined by UPS – for example, they exclude some islands and remote areas) we will send you an extra book free.

Please note that if you buy a Special Offer and are in the EU zone, we will add one free book. For example, the Grandmaster Preparation Special Offer is 6 hardbacks for the price of 5. So if a European buys that, we send Jacob’s 6 GM Preparation hardbacks, plus one free extra book.

The previous default option on the free book was Grandmaster Battle Manual. For August and September we will switch the default option to ATTACKING THE SPANISH. But if you already have that book, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email to salesgroup@qualitychess.co.uk with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:

CHAMPIONS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL
GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR
POSITIONAL CHESS SACRIFICES
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – WHITE GAMBITS
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 2
SAN LUIS 2005
TACTIMANIA
ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3

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GM Matthew Sadler book reviews in NIC

July 27th, 2018 18 comments

The always excellent New in Chess magazine arrived in our office yesterday, with another batch of reviews by GM Matthew Sadler. Three of them were about Quality Chess books.

Small Steps to Great Improvement by Sam Shankland

5/5 Stars “A beautifully produced hardback… Shankland wins me over by illustrating these guidelines beautifully… All in all, an excellent, original book.”

Under the Surface by Jan Markos

5/5 Stars “An incredibly creative book… Markos has a host of original ideas about all sorts of chess topics and a wonderfully witty and enthusiastic way of bringing them across… another fantastic book from Quality Chess!”

Playing 1.e4 e5 by Nikolaos Ntirlis

4/5 Stars “It’s probably pretty much the ideal repertoire for a player wanting to take up 1.e4 e5 without having to learn the whole world! … Ntirlis does his normal thorough, creative job.”

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Small Steps to Giant Improvement – perfect as it is?

June 29th, 2018 45 comments

At some point in the next couple of months we will need to print more copies of Small Steps to Giant Improvement by Sam Shankland. We are delighted with the book, but what did you think of it? Did you see something we should change/correct?

As you will guess, after the blog readers’ suggestions on what we should correct when reprinting Playing 1.e4 e5 (thanks for that) we are once again asking for help.

On a wholly unrelated topic, my pre-World Cup prediction was that England would win the Cup (this is football not chess). I was half-joking to Jacob, but if it turns out be correct then I will claim full credit.

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Playing 1.e4 e5 – reprinting

June 6th, 2018 61 comments

We need to reprint Nikos Ntirlis’s fine book Playing 1.e4 e5. Whenever we reprint a book, we of course take the opportunity to correct any errors we missed the first time. So, do you know of any errors in Playing 1.e4 e5 that we should fix?

Please note that we are reprinting, not updating to the present day or writing a new edition. So “Instead of the Breyer, Nikos should cover the Zaitsev” is not a helpful correction.

We have tried asking the blog for title suggestions, so why not for error-spotting? Call it an experiment.

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – May and June

May 15th, 2018 5 comments

We are continuing our special offer – if you buy three books or more and live in the normal European Union zone (as defined by UPS – for example, they exclude some islands and remote areas) we will send you an extra book free.

Please note that if you buy a Special Offer and are in the EU zone, we will add one free book. For example, the Grandmaster Preparation Special Offer is 6 hardbacks for the price of 5. So if a European buys that, we send Jacob’s 6 GM Preparation hardbacks, plus one free extra book.

The previous default option on the free book was Tactimania. For May and June we will switch the default option to GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL. But if you already have that book, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email to salesgroup@qualitychess.co.uk with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:

CHAMPIONS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR
POSITIONAL CHESS SACRIFICES
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – WHITE GAMBITS
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 2
SAN LUIS 2005
TACTIMANIA
ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3

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Three Excerpts

May 8th, 2018 309 comments

 

 

We have uploaded three excerpts for the three books that should be published on May 30.

Excerpt link for Jaan’s Ehlvest’s Grandmaster Opening Preparation.

Excerpt link for Playing 1.e4 – French Defence & Sicilian Sidelines.

Excerpt link for Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian Main Lines.

Note that both Playing 1.e4 excerpts include abridged variation indexes. But Ehlvest’s book does not, as that book is all about words and explanations, not variations.

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Playing 1.e4 – French Defence & Sicilian Sidelines – excerpt

April 26th, 2018 24 comments

Update: I have just heard from the printer that printing is going to be slightly slower than hoped. For the two Playing 1.e4 books – French Defence & Sicilian Sidelines and Sicilian Main Lines – plus Jaan Ehlvest’s Grandmaster Opening Preparation, the publication date will be May 30th. This is a week later than recently announced. Apologies for the delay.

An excerpt of  Playing 1.e4 – French Defence & Sicilian Sidelines is now available at the following link.

I would be most interested to know what you think, but right now there is another book I need to finish.

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