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The Sicilian Taimanov – a problem and solutions

December 11th, 2019 No comments

A reader, “Mr X”, pointed out a big improvement for White in a sideline given in The Sicilian Taimanov. So, with thanks to Mr X, I will share the problem line, and offer a couple of my own suggestions to patch the sideline.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3 Nf6 8.0–0–0 Ne5 9.Qg3 b5 10.a3!? Bb7! 11.Bxb5!? Rc8 12.Bd3

The author met this rare sideline with a sharp line leading to a repetition. It’s on page 423 of Chapter 20. But there is a problem lurking at the end of that line, as Mr X pointed out in an email to us.

The main line continues 12.Be2 Neg4 and then, for example, 13.Qxc7 Rxc7 when Black has ample compensation.

12…Nh5 13.Qg5 g6 14.f4 f5 15.fxe5 Be7 16.Qh6 Bf8

With a repetition, was the expectation. Except, as Mr X pointed out, White has a superb queen sacrifice.

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2019 World Cup Quiz–Winners

November 22nd, 2019 2 comments

We have been planning to announce the winner of our World Cup Quiz for a while now, but we wanted to announce all the winners at once. Yes, there was a tie for first when all the correct answers were known. Five winners, but only three have replied to our emails.

So congratulations to Vilka Sipila of Finland, Stefan Liepold of Germany, and Marija Martinović of Croatia. The latter, before her marriage, was named Marija Čačić, and was one of the winners of our 2015 World Cup quiz. So clearly a chess-quizzing star.

It is a five-way share of 20 books, so 4 books each, but we expanded that to 5 books each, just to be friendly. Books will be on the way to the winners.

As for the two missing winners, we have email addresses, which of course I will not publish here. But we are still seeking them. Based on email addresses, one missing winner seems to be Italian while the other is Croatian. So if you happen to be Italian or Croatian and entered our quiz, then please check your emails, or see if you scored 14/27 points – that was the winning total.

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – November and December

November 18th, 2019 1 comment

We are continuing our free-fourth-book 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, if a European buys the Special Offer on our award-winning Grandmaster Preparation series, then we would send the 6 hardcovers, plus one free extra book.

The previous default option on the free book was Grandmaster Repertoire 7 – The Caro-Kann. For November and December we will switch the default option to The Alterman Gambit Guide – White Gambits. 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:

ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
CHAMPIONS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3
GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL
GRANDMASTER REPERTOIRE 7 – THE CARO-KANN (HB)
GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 2
SAN LUIS 2005

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The Anand Files & Playing the Najdorf – New Excerpts

November 6th, 2019 57 comments

We recently made two new excerpts available.

The Anand Files will be published on November 20. Its excerpt is here

Playing the Najdorf by David Vigorito will be published on December 11. Its excerpt is here

Both books are excellent. And big. 512 pages for the Anand book and 544 for the Najdorf.

And of course on November 20 there will also be the superb Small Steps 2 Success by Sam Shankland. Its excerpt is here.

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World Cup 2019 – Quality Chess Quiz – The Answers

October 18th, 2019 6 comments

The World Cup ended a week or so back, so it’s time for results of our Quiz. Sorry for the delay – we were busy finishing books.

Below are what we believe to be the correct answers to all the questions. Before we assess your entries, and then declare a winner, let’s check that all the answers below are true. Any disagreements or ambiguities? The only debate I know about is Question 17, where Vitiugov and Grischuk were both knocked out in the Quarterfinals, but it seems to me that Vitiugov went further, as he lasted to the Armageddon stage.

  1. What will the most common opening move be in Round 1 (excluding playoffs)?
    1.e4
  2. Predict the score: Lu Shanglei – Boris Gelfand (excluding playoffs)
    1-1
  3. Predict the score: Eltaj Safarli – Sam Shankland (excluding playoffs)
    1-1
  4. Who will win the World Cup?
    Teimour Radjabov
  5. How many top seeds (1-64) will be knocked out in Round 1
    15
  6. How many Round 2 matches will end in Armageddon Blitz?
    1
  7. Predict the four semi-finalists. (2 points per correct answer)
    Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Teimour Radjabov
  8. Which round will Gawain Jones reach?
    2
  9. How many 1-1 draws will Anish Giri have (excluding playoffs)?
    2
  10. How many Black wins will there be in Round 4 (excluding playoffs)?
    0
  11. Predict the score: Jorge Cori – Nihal Sarin (excluding playoffs)
    0-2
  12. Predict the score: Michael Adams – Aravindh Chithambaram (excluding playoffs)
    1-1
  13. Predict the score: Baskaran Adhiban – Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (excluding playoffs)
    1.5-0.5
  14. How many Indians will there be in Round 3?
    2
  15. Who will be the youngest quarter finalist?
    Jeffery Xiong
  16. How many USA players will make it to the 4th round?
    3
  17. Which home player (Russian) will go furthest?
    Nikita Vitiugov (quarterfinal Armageddon)
  18. Which country will have the most players in the third round?
    Russia
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Three books with excerpts

September 27th, 2019 39 comments

We have updated the website with new publication dates and excerpts.

So on October 30 we will publish three books – two new ones and one new version of an old favourite.

Soviet Outcast is the first time Grigory Levenfish’s memoir has been published in English. Our subtitle The Life & Games of Grigory Levenfish tells what to expect. I will add that while the annotated games are excellent, the stories of pre- and post-revolutionary Russian are, in my view, even better. To the original memoir we have added plenty of bonus material, including an excellent article by Jacob Aagaard. You can read an excerpt here.

Alma is a novel and a novelty for Quality Chess – our first book of fiction. Judit Berg is a best-selling award-winning children’s author, and in the fun adventure story Alma there is also a chess element contributed by Judit Polgar. You can read an excerpt here.

The new-ish book is an expanded and updated edition of Advanced Chess Tactics by Lev Psakhis. We improved what was already in the first edition, and Lev wrote a new chapter about his life-long favourite, the French Defence. You can read an excerpt here.

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – September and October

September 13th, 2019 5 comments

We are continuing our free-fourth-book 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, if a European buys the Special Offer on our award-winning Grandmaster Preparation series, then we would send the 6 hardcovers, plus one free extra book.

The previous default option on the free book was Tactimania. For September and October we will switch the default option to the hardcover version of Grandmaster Repertoire 7 – The Caro-Kann. 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:

ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
CHAMPIONS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3
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

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World Cup 2019 – Quality Chess Quiz

September 6th, 2019 11 comments

We have run a few quizzes before, and they have been fun, so with the 2019 World Cup starting soon in Khanty-Mansiysk, let’s have another. I say it’s for fun, but there is a winner-takes-all prize.

Quality Chess will send a box of 20 books to your home. 10 of them chosen by you, 10 of them chosen by us. All you have to do is to predict some results in the World Cup. We will contact the winner once the World Cup is over and organize the shipment of the prize.

Cut-off date for submissions is Tuesday 10th September at 11:00 UK time (15:00 Khanty-Mansiysk Local Time). To enter click on this link and select your answers. Only one entry per person please. Good luck!

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