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FIDE Book of the Year Shortlist

July 9th, 2021 2 comments

Quality Chess nominated three titles for the FIDE Book of the Year prize. And we are delighted that all three were selected for the shortlist – more than any other publisher. The FIDE announcement can be read here.

Best of luck to all our contenders!

The three titles we nominated are: Decision Making in Major Piece Endings by Boris Gelfand and Jacob Aagaard.

Think Like a Machine by Noam Manella and Zeev Zohar.

And the third nomination was an Italian Renaissance double-act: Move Orders, Tricks and Alternatives and The Main Lines by Martyn Kravtsiv.

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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.

Quality Chess quiz – 2020 Candidates

March 11th, 2020 11 comments

Let’s hope the Candidates tournament goes ahead without any disruptions from viruses or anything else – let’s keep the drama on the chessboard. So we will continue our tradition of having a quiz before major events, so you can either show your expertise or guess wildly.

Winner gets 10 Quality Chess books (you choose 5 we choose 5) and one month free subscription of 365 Chess Academy. Runner-up gets one month free subscription of 365 Chess Academy.

Please make sure to enter before the event kicks off – Round 1 is scheduled for March 17, at 11.00 UTC. Enter by clicking on the following quiz link and selecting your answers. Only one entry per person, thanks.

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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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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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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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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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ECF Book of the Year – Under the Surface

October 8th, 2018 15 comments

I mentioned in a previous blog post that the two books nominated by Quality Chess for the English Chess Federation Book of the Year prize had both been chosen for the four-book shortlist. Well, we have a winner. Congratulations to GM Jan Markos, as his Under the Surface is the 2018 ECF Book of the Year. The judges had many kind words including “The winner stood out for its original approach and quality of writing” and “An original, fascinating and very worthy winner of the 2018 Book of the Year.”

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