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World Cup 2019 – Quality Chess Quiz – The Answers

October 18th, 2019 1 comment

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 35 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 3 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 9 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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Practical Chess Beauty – ECF Book of the Year shortlist

September 5th, 2019 No comments

We are delighted that Practical Chess Beauty by Yochanan Afek has been selected for the shortlist for the English Chess Federation Book of the Year prize. To quote the ECF judges: “Afek is one of the world’s best and most prolific end game study composers and it is possible simply to enjoy a remarkable collection of studies which feature truly astonishing play. As far as the judges are aware this is the first time that a book of end game studies has appeared in BOY. The volume is beautifully produced to Quality Chess usual high standards.”

The prizewinner should be announced next month.

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Coming Soon – Anand, Shankland, Alma

August 16th, 2019 18 comments

Our Coming Soon section has some new additions. We will say more about the books later, but for now a brief introduction.

The Anand Files – The World Championship Story 2008-2012. Michiel Abeln tells the inside story of Anand’s dramatic World Championship matches against Kramnik, Topalov and Gelfand. Abeln extensively interviewed Anand’s seconds about their experiences. The ideal expert to state an opinion on the book is Viswanathan Anand, who writes in the Foreword: “Basically, I love this book. The level of detail is fabulous, and as I read it I felt I was reliving the entire five-year period during which these three matches happened.”

Small Steps 2 Success by Sam Shankland. The 2018 US Champion and double Olympiad gold medallist follows up his excellent Small Steps to Giant Improvement with a work about passed pawns. I am biased as ever, but this is top-notch instruction. The cover above is Version B, for those who followed the previous debate.

Alma and the Dark Dominion by Judit Berg. A new area for us – fiction. Judit Berg is an award-winning, bestselling children’s author from Hungary. Alma is a fun adventure story that has some chess content supplied by Judit Polgar.

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Websales posting…

July 29th, 2019 74 comments

Our new books, Opening Simulator – KID by Lund and Hagen, and The Nemesis by Efim Geller are printed and being posted to those who have bought them on our website.

While we were printing, we took the chance to reprint some other books that had been out of stock in either paperback or hardcover. So The Catalan by Boris Avrukh and The King’s Gambit, by me, are now available again in both formats. Above is a photo of the newly reprinted, and ridiculously heavy, hardcover of The King’s Gambit. In case you are wondering, that seam along the middle of the spine is not damage – our hardbacks are wrapped in plastic so they arrive in pristine condition.

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Small Steps – Chessable video

July 22nd, 2019 7 comments

Small Steps to Giant Improvement by Sam Shankland has been available on Chessable for some time, but now extra video content can also be bought. It’s over 10 hours of Sam on video, being instructive. As is usual on Chessable, new content is introduced at a sales price, so if you are interested in this video then go for it in the first week.

You can see the introduction to Sam’s video below.

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