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Candidates 2020 Part II

Last year John was hoping that the Candidates tournament would go ahead without any disruptions from viruses or anything else. We all know how that worked out.
Here we are again, waiting for the second part to start in 10 days, so let’s have a second quiz, in addition to the one from last year; show your expertise or guess wildly, have a go, and tell your friends about it.

Winner gets 10 Quality Chess books of their choice on Forward Chess app and one-month free subscription of KillerChessTraining.com. Runner-up gets one-month free subscription of KillerChessTraining.com.

Please make sure to enter before the event kicks off – Round 1 is scheduled for April 19 and submissions will close before the first round starts. Enter by clicking on the following quiz link and selecting your answers. Only one entry per person, through their gmail account, to avoid spam.

Regarding Killer Chess Training

Last year, we mentioned 365 Chess Academy. This year finds us with a change in the name and improved services. Killer Chess Training is the place for you to train daily with GM Jacob Aagaard, GM Sam Shankland, GM Ivan Cheparinov, GM Alexander Motylev, GM Iván Salgado López, GM Julen Arizmendi, GM Sabino Brunello and IM Renier Castellanos.

You put in one hour of training every day for a year and we put in the fresh daily material, the best trainers, and the online community (which we are currently rebuilding). Even if you miss the live class (we do our best so that there are at least two live classes per week for each time zone), there is a recording available that gives you the advantage of pausing, putting the positions on the board, and think about them for as long as you need.

But even if you do not have an hour every day, but only have time for a bit of Homework on the weekends, submit in time and you will get personal feedback from GM Jacob Aagaard. Homework Club alone is worth the membership fee!

Training daily with some of the best trainers in the world, but at a price of less than €2/$2/£2/INR 170 per class, is an opportunity that you should not miss.

Get in touch via our Facebook page or send an email to KillerChessTraining (a) gmail.com to ask for anything you want to know, for example, installments options (yes, we do offer them), purchasing completed courses, or about the €19 trial membership that we made available again just now and will be up for a week.

Gambit Weekend Camp free giveaway

December 4th, 2020 18 comments

As John said in a previous blog, Quality Chess has just published The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit. In that connection, Killer Chess Training is organizing a Gambit weekend.

For any reader of Quality Chess who wants to join the simul tomorrow, the 5th of December, 17:00-19:00 UK time, just join the team.

Also, you can join our Blitz tournament on Sunday for free here.

Now, for anyone who wants to join for the whole weekend for free, we came up with a special offer. Whoever takes a photo of their brand new Exhilarating Elephant Gambit book and upload it on social media, tagging Killer Chess Training – The rebranded 365chessacademy using the @KillerChessTraining shortcut for Facebook and Instagram, will get a free pass for the whole weekend. Bonus point if you tag also The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit page @ElephantGambit.

If your book has not arrived yet, you can make a post tagging the pages and you can use the book cover photo.

Yes, if you buy your copy now, you can still get the Gambit weekend for free.

Afterwards, go to the Killer Chess Training e-shop, add the Gambit Weekend Camp and check out without paying.

Send us an email to KillerChessTraining (a) gmail (dot) com with your order number and we will activate your pass. We can guarantee the pass for the first 50 people.

You will own the product and have access to the recordings indefinitely, so even if the live classes are not compatible with your schedule, it is still worth it signing up.

If you are not a social media person, we respect that. Go to the website, add the Gambit weekend camp to your basket, checkout without paying, send us and a photo of your book and we will activate your pass.

Endgames Camp by 365 Chess Academy

October 6th, 2020 3 comments

365 Chess Academy is hosting a three-day camp to celebrate the publication of the 2012 World Championship Challenger Boris Gelfand’s two new endgame books; Technical Decision Making in Chess and Decision Making in Major Piece Endings by Quality Chess.

GM Boris Gelfand is returning as a guest lecturer to 365 Chess Academy. He will be joined by some of our regular coaches, such as GM Jacob Aagaard, GM Sam Shankland, GM Julen Arizmendi, and IM Renier Castellanos.

This camp is completely free for 365 subscribers and is offered at a hugely discounted price for non-subscribers; only $49!

We highly recommend that you subscribe at least with a monthly membership ($99), so that you can enjoy all these great chess trainers on a regular basis. Click here to go to the shop.

Schedule (UK timings)

Friday 9 October

17:30 GM Jacob Aagaard – Deep analysis in the Endgame.
19:30 GM Sam Shankland – Low on time? Being Practical in Modern Endgames

Saturday 10 October

17:00 GM Julen Arizmendi – Tricks, traps and tactics in the endgame
19:00 GM Boris Gelfand – Technical Decision Making in Chess
21:00 Simul with GM Sam Shankland

Sunday 11 October

17:00 IM Renier Castellanos – The five rules of opposite coloured bishop endings
19:00 GM Boris Gelfand – Decision Making in Major Piece Endings

Check out the timings of the camp in your local time zone here, using our Google Calendar.

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Online class on Playing the Petroff

August 27th, 2020 7 comments

GM Swapnil Dhopade will be joining 365 Chess Academy for a lecture based on his book, Playing the Petroff, published in July.

The session will take place on Monday the 31st of August, 14:30 UK time.

For those of you interested in attending, we have made arrangements for a few free spots. You will need a Zoom account to attend the class.

All you have to do is send a message to 365ChessAcademy (a) gmail.com, or use the template on the website or send a message on their Facebook page.

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New Cover: Boris Gelfand – Decision making in Major Piece Endings

August 12th, 2020 13 comments

Boris feels strongly that this cover reflects the spirit of the book better, so we followed his intuition.

The previous copperish colors didn’t work, so I went with silver, to make sure the face is the focal point of the whole cover and not just of the great photo that Maria Emelianova took.

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Changes in shipping fees and a new Special Offer

August 6th, 2020 5 comments

Dear customers,

I do not know how many of you have noticed, but we had some small changes in shipping fees.

For more than ten years we have kept the prices in shipping fees steady, despite the increases.

In the past 3-4 months, Royal Mail in the UK and US Post Office have significantly raised their prices, courier services as well, flights are still not resumed in many places in the world. We apologize, but we need to charge a bit extra for shipping.

It’s not just an increase in the price though, it comes with improving the service; we are shipping more and more parcels with courier services so, in many cases, we can now provide tracking numbers and the books will get to you much faster. Applying flat international shipping saves your and our time with back and forth emails for postage enquires, leaving time to process the orders faster. We have also unified the charges for all European countries.
Here, you can see the new shipping fees.

Number of BooksShipping to Europe Free EU* book?Shipping rest of the world
1 book

€ 7no€ 10
2 books
€ 10no€ 20
3 books
€ 10yes€ 30
4 books
€ 10yes€ 40
5 books
€ 10yes€ 40
6 books€ 10yes, 2€ 40
Special OffersDiscounted PriceShipping to Europe Free EU* book?Shipping rest of the world
Grandmaster Preparation series in Hardcover€ 149.99€ 10yes, 1€ 40
Yusupov Complete Series in Hardcover € 224.95€ 10yes, 1€ 50
Classics€ 89.99€ 10yes, 1€ 40
Tibor Karoly collection in Hardcover€ 124.99€ 10A free book is already included
€ 40

We also increased the number of special offers by one. The new Tibor Karoly Hardcover Collection. 4 books for the price of 6 and only €10 postage for Europe!

The Tibor Karoly Hardcover Collection includes 6 books for the price of 4:

Mikhail Tal’s Best Games 1 – The Magic of Youth (HB)

Mikhail Tal’s Best Games 2 – The World Champion (HB)

Mikhail Tal’s Best Games 3 – The Invincible (HB)

Karpov’s Strategic Wins 1 – The Making of a Champion (HB)

Karpov’s Strategic Wins 2 – The Prime Years (HB)

Genius in the Background (paperback)

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Coffeehouse Repertoire 1.e4 by Gawain Jones

August 4th, 2020 41 comments

Hello again, with another debate for a new book cover!

Did you know that Gawain was working on these books? Well, now you do 🙂

After our previous debate for Sam Shankland’s Small Steps 2 Success, once again we ask for your input for this cover. We are settled on the color scheme and on the cover for volume 2, as you can see on the top left corner. Which one would you prefer for volume one? And which one you definitely don’t want to see on the cover?

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Cover: Boris Gelfand – Decision making in Major Piece Endings

We know we just published some amazing books, but the work never stops here in Quality Chess. Of course, I am not an editor. My contribution is different and I do love the process of creating covers for these amazing books. Special thanks to©️ChessBase India/Amruta Mokal for the photo.

If everything goes according to plan, in September you will be able to get both the two new Gelfand books. For those of you that this is the first time hearing about these books, click here for the Decision making in Major Piece Endings and here for the Technical Decision Making in Chess.