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Three new titles and the Olympiad Quiz reminder

September 1st, 2016 47 comments

Yesterday we published three books, Dynamic Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand, the second volume in his series. Grandmaster Repertoire 1B – The Queen’s Gambit, which is the second out of four books in Boris Avrukh’s reimagining of a 1.d4 repertoire. And finally Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 vs. the Sicilian III by Parimarjan Negi, which is the fourth volume out of six. All three authors will continue their work on these projects and release more books next year.

Tomorrow the Baku Olympiad begins. We have created a small Quiz, where the winner will win a box of chess books, sent to anywhere in the World. Please go to this link to see the conditions for entering (which is mainly to structure the email according to the example!).

Andrew, John and Colin are all playing in the Olympiad for Scotland, while Nikos is the captain of the Danish team. Claire and I will stay at home. Orders will go out as usual, but single purchases might take 1-2 days longer before they go in the mail.

We will put another newsletter together after the Olympiad – with actual chess content!

Adding to this newsletter, I would like to say that once the Olympiad is over and everyone are back, we will be able to work out exactly where we are with various projects. I have a bit of news now, which is that the Ragozin and the final Kotronias book on the KID are basically done from the authors and will be big priorities. King’s Indian Warfare and Grandmaster Repertoire 19 – Beating Unusual Openings are both going to print this weekend and a few other books are nearing completion. I know at least of one author who is done and just rechecking stuff. But he is playing in Baku too, so probably we will get that book delivered once the guys are back.

Excerpts will be slow in coming. I am busy and Colin is in Baku. We still don’t have an official publication date for these two books. It will be close to radio silence from us for the next two weeks; except that I will pop in, do the Monday poll and a few other minor things.

 

Publishing Schedule

August 14th, 2016 283 comments

Hi guys! Back from holiday and ready to look at when the books will be ready. As you will no doubt understand, we have a lot of responsibilities, so sadly not everything has worked out exactly as I have wanted it. The good news is that Michael Roiz has finished his draft of Grandmaster Repertoire – The Nimzo-Indian. The sad news is that we cannot finish editing it before the Olympiad, so it will have to wait till after Baku. This delays it with a few weeks. It will be out in October only. Sorry.

This is the current list of what is coming… It is VERY UNOFFICIAL with the exception of the accurate dates.

Parimarjan Negi GM Rep – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian III 31 August 2016
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 1B – 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit 31 August 2016
Boris Gelfand Dynamic Decision Making in Chess 31 August 2016
Victor Mikhalevski GM Rep 19 – Beating Minor Openings September
Ilya Smirin King’s Indian Warfare September
Yuri Razuvaev Key Concepts of Gambit Play October I hope
Michael Roiz The Nimzo-Indian October I hope
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French Autumn
Carl Portman Chess Behind Bars Autumn
Richard Pert Playing the Ragozin Autumn
Tibor Karolyi Mikhail Tal’s best games 3 – The Invincible Autumn
Thomas Luther Luther’s Chess Reformation Autumn
Vassilios Kotronias King’s Indian – Volume 5 Hopefully Autumn

 

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – August

August 2nd, 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) we will send you an extra book free. For June and July, the default option on the free book has been the Attacking Manual 1 and 2, respectively. But we will change that now to the QUALITY CHESS PUZZLE BOOK by John Shaw.

But if you already have the Quality Chess Puzzle Book, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:

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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Excerpt – Playing 1.e4

June 2nd, 2016 149 comments

Just a quick announcement that an excerpt of Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines is now available.

So what’s the book like? It’s big – 632 pages. I also hope it’s good, as several people put a lot of effort into it. If printing goes to schedule, it should be published on June 29. And that would mean it would be available on Forward Chess on June 22.

‘Published on June 29’ means that is the first day it will be in chess shops. We generally send out books bought from our website as soon as possible, so if you happen to live somewhere with a quick postal service, you might get lucky and receive the book just before the publication date. The paperbacks have ‘thread-sewn binding’ which is the same binding as our hardcovers, so they should be sturdy.

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – June

June 1st, 2016 17 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. Recently the default option on the free book has been Chess Lessons, but we will change that now to the award-winning ATTACKING MANUAL 1 by Jacob Aagaard.

The plan is to have Attacking Manual 1 as the Free Book of the Month for June, and then in July the default option will switch to Attacking Manual 2. So if for reason you do not have the Attacking Manuals, then the next couple of months are the ideal time to put that right.

Or if you already have Attacking Manual 1, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:

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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Publishing Schedule (quick and dirty)

May 24th, 2016 212 comments

Colin is off today, but sometime over the next few days we will put a few more books in the Coming Soon section. These are the books that are “all under control” (if ever that was true…) and where we know more or less when they will come out.

Many books are close to completion, but we do not know if printing will take three or five weeks, so there is a bit of uncertainty.

There is a special point about Dynamic Decision Making in Chess. Boris will be giving a 90 minute lecture at X-Tra Con Open (formerly Politiken Cup) in Helsingor on the 28th of July, assisted by yours truly. The entry fee is essentially to buy the new book in hardback. This is one month ahead of general publication.

1. e4 vs the Sicilian III is waiting for a few updates from Negi and a proofread. Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines is 90% proofread and will go to the printer this week. GM Repertoire 1B, 1.d4 – The Queen’s Gambit is halfway through editing and will be done within a few weeks. Key Concepts of Gambit Play is lacking a quick edit. Mikhail Tal 3 – The Invincible is lacking a long and thorough edit! The same with King’s Indian Warfare. The authors of Grandmaster Repertoire – The Nimzo-Indian and Kotronias on the King’s Indian 5 have sent many files already. Hopefully they are not far off. Thinking Inside the Box has yet to be fully written.

I have been busy with the Gelfand book and also wanted to spend a bit of time writing a beginner’s book, which is Chess from Scratch. I teach at Fettes College in Edinburgh and wanted to put my experiences of working with beginners on paper. As I am not going to the Olympiad this year, Read more…

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How to deal with paperback issues

May 11th, 2016 28 comments

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We have long been pushing our hardback editions as much as we can without seeming, well, pushy. This has been for one reason mainly; we believe in the product immensely and the feedback we are getting is that people are very pleased with it. They lie open flat, for example, which is an important issue when you are working with books such as the Yusupov series or my own Grandmaster Preparation books.

We have always been happy with the quality of the paperback books and over the years we have received very few complaints about pages falling out of the books. This is if we exclude the first edition of Experts vs. the Sicilian and a reprint of Grandmaster Repertoire 3, where some copies were bound poorly. We took steps to deal with it at the time. Read more…

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Yusupov – Revision & Exam

March 14th, 2016 63 comments

I am feeling a bit guilty that I have been poor at updating the publishing schedule – and that the last one did not have any dates on it. At this point it looks like Kotronias on the King’s Indian 4 – Classical Systems will be out on the 13th of April. Things can always go wrong with the printing process of course, but let’s presume they don’t. So less than a month away. An excerpt is now available.

But what I really wanted to talk about is this beauty:

 

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