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New year, better paper

January 13th, 2018 25 comments

A few years ago we were made aware that some of our books had problems with the binding. Before this, we had heard about maybe 10 books out of hundred thousand, which is not enough for being worried. Now people told us it was ten out of the hundred books they had bought from us. A 100-fold increase in the problem! From 0.01% – a bad luck, please get a replacement from your vendor and they will get one from us – situation, to a “holy cow!”, this is actually a problem!

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First look at Boris Avrukhs Grandmaster Repertoire 1.d4 2A – The Kings Indian and Grunfeld Defence

January 11th, 2018 4 comments

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – January and February

January 8th, 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 Positional Chess Sacrifices. For January and February we will switch the default option to GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR. 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
POITIONAL 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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Chess Book Collectors Book of the Year 2017

January 8th, 2018 2 comments

The Pulitzer Prize of chess is probably the English Chess Federations Chess Book of the Year award. It deserves this comparison because the committee have repeatedly chosen very good books as winners. They have also had an attitude of spreading the award a bit; their main objective is to promote chess literature. This year the judges unanimously agreed to give the award to Jan Timman for his book Timman’s Titans, which is absolutely deserved. Timman is a major chess writer and this is perhaps his most important book.

At Quality Chess we were ecstatic to be nominated for both our entries (each publisher can send only two books for consideration), which is great in a year where we published few books. Especially as one of them were an opening book. I think Thinking Inside the Box is my best book, but did not believe that such a technical book would win. It rarely does. For example, we could not even get the Yusupov series nominated! The last time a truly technical book won was when Nunn’s Chess Endings won in 2011.

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Nikos with a quick overview on the Mihail Marin book, Grandmaster Repertoire – Pirc Defence

December 7th, 2017 53 comments

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Looking into 2018

December 7th, 2017 408 comments

First off, I can announce a few publications on the 17th of January. We will finally have Grandmaster Repertoire 2A – The King’s Indian and Grünfeld out. When you have produced as many books as we have, a certain repetitiveness can creep in, but I have to say with this book, I am truly excited. It is really a Class A opening book. The amount of new ideas and the imagination of them is quite impressive. Boris Avrukh is still the king.

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Thanks Garry

November 22nd, 2017 1 comment

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The Thinkers on the way

November 14th, 2017 5 comments

David Llada’s beautiful photography book The Thinkers was unfortunately delayed at the printers in Barcelona, but it is ready now. Any remaining websales should be sent out tomorrow. Apologies if you have been waiting impatiently, but David’s work of art is worth the wait.

As I mentioned in a previous blog comment, if you ordered our three new books at the same time, then we posted the first two already, and the third one, The Thinkers, will follow now.

A recurring question from those who have not seen The Thinkers yet is: “Who is in it?” Or more personally: “Am I in it?” Well, I am not photographed in it, but you might be. Below the fold is a list, in alphabetical order of surname, of those who are portrayed in the book. Guess who is first?

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