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Newsletter 9th June 2010 – Hardback reprints, Radio Alterman and Schedule

June 9th, 2010 No comments

Dear Quality Chess Reader, 


Recently we have experimented by printing some of our books in hardbackIt was a success both in the favourable feedback we received on our blog and in terms of the sales. In fact, the hardbacks disappeared so quickly that we at Quality Chess did not even get to keep a personal copy. For this and other reasons we are reprinting more hardback versions of Soviet Chess Strategy and GM Repertoire 7: The Caro-Kann. We hope they will be available in 3-4 weeks.   

GM Boris Alterman was on John Watson’s ICC Radio show Chess Talk. Boris talked about about his book The Alterman Gambit Guide – White Gambits which John Watson spoke about very favourably. A few quotes (from Jacob’s memory): "A great section on the Panov… Designed with the average player in mind. Can also be used by club players and other more experienced players… A very well produced book, typical of Quality Chess."  

The Quality Chess Puzzle Book and GM Repertoire 6 – The Sicilian Defence will both be out in early July. Some of our readers generously contributed to the puzzle book by sending in their best chess moments, which we used to create a chapter called Contributions from our Readers 


Regards, Quality Chess


Publication Schedule (with predicted page numbers)


Lubomir Ftacnik    Grandmaster Repertoire 6 – The Sicilian Defence   July   356

John Shaw   Quality Chess Puzzle Book    July    256

Christian Bauer     Play the Scandinavian     July/August    320

Artur Yusupov    Boost your Chess 2    July/August    288

Mihail Marin    Grandmaster Repertoire 4 – The English Opening vol. 2    August   480 

Mihail Marin    Grandmaster Repertoire 5 – The English Opening vol. 3    August   320

Tibor Karolyi    Karpov’s Strategic Wins: Volume 1 – 1961-1985    September    360

Tibor Karolyi     Karpov’s Strategic Wins: Volume 2 – 1986-2009 September    360

John Shaw     The King’s Gambit      September/October    256

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Hardcover limited editions – order April 5th

March 24th, 2010 46 comments

Having mulled this over for some time, we have decided to yield to the demand for hardcover editions of some of our titles. I had originally said that it would increase the price by 20-30 euro, and it would if we were planning to sell the books through the usual outlets. However, we will only be selling them on this site, and they will be in a limited quantity.

We have thus ordered 32 copies of The Cutting Edge 1, of which 5 copies have already been spoken for. So, 27 remain. The selling price will be 29.99 euro, which basically covers the extra cost of having this limited edition, and hopefully does not leave us with too big a hole in our pockets!

Later on in the spring we will have limited editions of GM4-7. After this we will think. In connection with this I have to violate something I said on the blog earlier – that we will not offer these before an excerpt is up. We will. However, I will not be limiting the number of the edition until three weeks before publication, so those waiting for an excerpt will have a fair shot.

The Limited edition category on the website will go live on the 5th of April.

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New Year’s Resolutions

January 1st, 2010 19 comments

In Quality Chess we have aspired to make the best chess books possible since our first books in 2004, Learn from the Legends and Experts vs. the Sicilian. Overall we believe we have been successful in our endeavours and have produced some memorable books, such as Understanding Chess Tactics, The Sveshnikov Reloaded and the Grandmaster Repertoire and Build up your Chess series, to mention but a few.

It is not in our nature to rest on our laurels. These past six years that we have worked on Quality Chess have been an uphill battle and a learning process. It has taken the time it takes to finish a masters degree, and we now think that we have graduated, receiving the first ever Boleslavsky Medal for the Build up your Chess series. On the way we were proud to win the Book of the Year from the ECF for San Luis 2005 and the prize for Learn from the Legends.

Ambitions should be ambitious, so we would like to share our aims for 2010:

1) In the first three months of 2010 we will supersede the quality (and possibly quantity) of our 2009 production.

2) Throughout all of 2010 we will do better than we have done before.

Jacob & John

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Attacking Manual 2 uploaded (finally)

December 31st, 2009 15 comments

Here, on New Year’s eve, I have finally uploaded Attacking Manual 2 to the printer. It will thus hopefully be ready for shipping from our warehouse from the 20th of January. I have uploaded the first 15 of the 464 pages as an excerpt. I will put it on the main site and so on, when I return to the office on the 5th. You can find the excerpt here.

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Yusupov in action

December 15th, 2009 1 comment

We enjoy hearing from chessplayers who study our books and feel the benefit. The photo below shows players from the Sachovy Klub Lipa in a pub in the Czech Republic working hard on Artur Yusupov’s Build up your Chess 2. At least I assume they are working hard.


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Brilliant Boris in Battle

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Israel did not play well at the European Team Championship in Novi Sad this year. Overall the team got 50%. The hero in a lot of their matches was Quality Chess author Boris Avrukh, who often was the sole winner in a 2,5-1,5 victory.
Read more…

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Reggio Emilia excerpt

October 27th, 2009 4 comments

We have an excerpt ready for Reggio Emilia 2007/2008, the tournament book about the Golden Jubilee edition of this famous tournament. I think the book is about 4-5 weeks away from publishing, meaning that the schedule has slided a little bit again. Let’s blame Andrew who is away at the European Team Championship as the English’ Women’s coach; he does not have time to read these pages…

The book is written partly by Mihail Marin and partly by the other participants in the event. The level of the event was very high and many great games were played there.

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UK Postal Strike – Not a problem for purchases on this website

October 22nd, 2009 No comments

The Royal Mail is facing a series of strikes, mainly because they fear an effective sorting machine will put manual sorting workers out of work, as I understand it. At the moment the Royal Mail is losing a penny on every letter it delivers.

This conflict should not affect Quality Chess or purchases on our website. We will simply send all parcels from Poland until the conflict is resolved.

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