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Vlog 4 – A bit of controversy…

November 17th, 2016 77 comments
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Very short and very quick update on the publishing schedule – Three books out the 21st December

November 14th, 2016 52 comments

Hi guys,

If we were to get books out for the 21st December (a bit shaky, snow in Poland could cause delays…), we would have to upload the final files to our printer this Friday. We decided, reviewing the progress last week, that this cannot happen with all four books. Key Concepts of Gambit Play has already been uploaded. Luther’s Chess Reformation will be uploaded in 1-2 days. Finally, we are working hard, all of us, to get Playing the Ragozin finished for Friday. We will make it, but decided that we were not 100% happy with pushing Grandmaster Repertoire – The Nimzo-Indian out the door this week too.

A) It felt as if we were working ourselves too hard. Mistakes come from that.

B) We felt that there were places where we wanted Michael to add a bit more explanation. The analysis are excellent and no one will be disappointed with that, we just felt that the human side of the book could do with a little more attention as well.

So we decided to push this book into January.

We will do other books next year too, of course. Lot’s of other books. But that will be for another day.

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Thoughts on the first World Championship Game

November 11th, 2016 4 comments

Magnus Carlsen’s main second is Peter Heine Nielsen. Peter has a quirky sense of humour. In 2010 when he was Anand’s chief second against Topalov, Anand played the same line in the Slav Kramnik had done in the 2006 match. A typical PHN joke as far as I am concerned.
Carlsen and PHN get along really well, from what I have heard. And the idea to play the Trumpowski can have arisen from either of them. But it is certainly a conscious joke that then evolved to a real choice…

The quiz has been closed. I will put up a link to the excel sheet once I have edited it.

 

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – November

October 28th, 2016 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. The previous default option on the free book was The Alterman Gambit Guide – White Gambits.

As mentioned last month, for November we will switch the default option to THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE  -BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1 (and it will be VOLUME 2 for December). But if you already have the Alterman Gambit Guide 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:

QUALITY CHESS PUZZLE BOOK
CHESS LESSONS
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
POSITIONAL CHESS SACRIFICES
GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR
GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
TACTIMANIA
SAN LUIS 2005
ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3

This week’s poll question is effectively replaced by the World Championship Quiz, but I should mention the result of last week’s poll. Read more…

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A sort of publishing schedule

October 7th, 2016 140 comments

Obviously we have just published King’s Indian Warfare and Grandmaster Repertoire 19 – Beating Minor Openings. We are very pleased with both of these.

But a number of you have asked for a peek behind the curtain, to see what we are working on besides these. I do not have dates to give you, but I will give you a quick rundown of the general direction of things.

The first books coming out will be something like Luther’s Chess Reformation, which is essentially done and Richard Pert on the Ragozin for Black (starting on move 3, I think). Also Michael Roiz on the Nimzo-Indian is close to completion, as is Key Concepts of Gambit Play by Razuvaev. All four books could make it out in 2016, but it could be close. The reason is that printing and distribution time is usually four weeks, but with Christmas coming, things slow down as we fight for a slot in at the printer with Swedish and Finnish Christmas catalogues. Add a few weeks for finishing the editing and proof reading and it is a bit tight. But there is very reasonable hope.

A bit further down the line we will have the final volume on the King’s Indian by Kotronias, which he delivered quite recently. It will take serious editing, but is next in line. Also the final book in the Tal trilogy, Mikhail Tal – The Invincible will be on the books for early next year.

Of course we are working hard on Playing 1.e4 – The Sicilian and the French

. It is far advanced, but all analysis are not done, so I do not want to be too definite. But a lot has been done and I hope we will surprise and bring it out quite quickly.

I am also working on Thinking Inside the Box and Chess from Scratch at the moment. I am sure that the latter has no interest to you guys, but to me it is quite interesting work.

 

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – October

October 4th, 2016 8 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 but include the United Kingdom) we will send you an extra book free. The previous default option on the free book was the Quality Chess Puzzle Book.

For October we will change that to THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – WHITE GAMBITS by Boris Alterman. The plan for November and December will be to switch the default option to BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1 for November, then VOLUME 2 for December. But if you already have the Alterman Gambit Guide 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:

QUALITY CHESS PUZZLE BOOK
CHESS LESSONS
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
POSITIONAL CHESS SACRIFICES
GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR
GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
TACTIMANIA
SAN LUIS 2005
ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3

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Olympiad Quiz – Way too early prediction

September 13th, 2016 51 comments

I took the freedom of guessing on some of the final results of the Quiz. They may change, but at the moment, Gollum is in the lead with a projected 11 correct answers. It will take a bit of time to get confirmed which Iranians that made norms and other details. And some games are still in play, meaning that the final results may change!

The excel sheet is here.

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Something about methodology and binding, hardbacks and so on…

September 9th, 2016 36 comments

Based on some of the discussions here on the blog recently and over time, I just wanted to briefly touch on a few subjects.

First off, just a little bit of an update. I uploaded two books to our printer Sunday night. They are: Read more…

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