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Quality Chess newsletter – new books and critical games

November 25th, 2011 6 comments

Dear Quality Chess Reader,

Since our last newsletter we have published several books:

The Alterman Gambit Guide: Black Gambits 1 explains dynamic chess using gambits as a vehicle. Compared to the previous volume in the series, White Gambits, the level of chess is a little higher and Black Gambits 1 could form the basis of an aggressive repertoire against 1.d4 and 1.c4. Gambit lines against 1.e4 will be covered in the concluding volume of the series, Black Gambits 2.

Advanced Chess Tactics by Lev Psakhis is, as the name suggests, about advanced chess tactics. Perhaps I should say a little more? Psakhis covers his topic by studying attacking chess and adds his own great wit and wisdom.

Grandmaster versus Amateur is written by seven grandmasters – Pavel Eljanov, Peter Heine Nielsen, Boris Avrukh, Mihail Marin, Tiger Hillarp Persson plus Jacob Aagaard and me. We told the authors the title and asked them to write a chapter on whatever that suggested to them. As we had hoped, the results were diverse, instructive and entertaining.

Grandmaster Repertoire 10: The Tarrasch Defence by Jacob Aagaard and Nikolaos Ntirlis will be available in early December. It covers an exciting opening that for too long has had a bad reputation. The Tarrasch deserves a revival and the original analysis in this book will spark that renaissance.

Chess Evolution 1 is the latest volume in GM Yusupov’s award-winning instructional series. This follows on from Build Up Your Chess 1 and Boost Your Chess 1 to complete the set of three books at The Fundamentals level.

This time our games collection covers a wide range. It is available in ChessBase or pdf format. I will not list everything, but the file includes a game each annotated by GMs Jonny Hector and Sabino Brunello. In the latter game Mihail Marin’s English repertoire is tested with great success. Boris Avrukh’s Grünfeld repertoire is also featured in several games where new ideas were tried. The rest I shall leave as a surprise.

Regards,
John Shaw
Chief Editor
Quality Chess

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New Version of the Newsletter pdf and pgn

August 2nd, 2011 9 comments

Not a new newsletter, yet. Instead at this pdf link you will find the same material in a more user-friendly layout. In fact, more like one of our books.

Also, a new version of the pgn. The only change in the pgn is making one of the puzzles slightly easier by giving the correct side to play (thanks to Adolfo for telling us).

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Quality Chess Newsletter – six new books and much analysis

July 25th, 2011 70 comments

Dear Quality Chess Reader,

In the long gap since our previous newsletter we have kept busy editing and publishing books. We also managed to move office; our fancy computers survived the trip, so we’ll call the move a success and forget the logistical chaos.

Our recent books include:

Boris Avrukh’s two volumes on the Grünfeld: Grandmaster Repertoire 8 and Grandmaster Repertoire 9. Avrukh’s previous books on 1.d4 were universally praised, so his latest efforts were highly anticipated. We believe Boris has at least matched and perhaps exceeded his earlier standard. See what you think.

Tibor Karolyi also has a new two-volume series. Karpov’s Strategic Wins 1 – The Making of a Champion and Karpov’s Strategic Wins 2 – The Prime Years. The reviews have been ecstatic.

The Grandmaster Battle Manual by Vassilios Kotronias is a profound exploration and explanation of the lessons the Greek GM has learned in his years as a professional player.

Tactimania by GM Glenn Flear is a fun and original puzzle book. The manga-style art on the cover and throughout seems to have misled some into thinking it’s a book for children. Not so. It’s for all those who want to test their tactical mettle. If you enjoy Japanese-style art, then that’s just a bonus.

Since it has been a while since our last missive, we have a bumper collection of games and analysis in pdf or pgn format. The pdf stretches to 50 pages, so it’s really a small book. There is so much analysis that it is tough to pick a highlight, but perhaps many will be interested in GM Boris Avrukh’s analysis of Giri-Swinkels, a recent game that is relevant to Boris’s Grünfeld repertoire.

Regards,
John Shaw
Chief Editor
Quality Chess

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Boris Avrukh Seminar 5-8 May in Glasgow

April 14th, 2011 7 comments

Quality Chess is pleased to host a fourteen-hour training seminar over four days with probably the most renowned theoretician in the world. GM Boris Avrukh has worked with Gelfand, Kramnik and Caruana and is currently the trainer of the Israeli national team.

The sessions will be divided into two themes: the opening and the middlegame.
Thursday the 5th 19-22: Preparation at Grandmaster level
Friday the 6th 19-22: Developments in Avrukh’s 1.d4 repertoire
Saturday the 7th 14-18: Prophylactic Play
Sunday the 8th 12-16: Aggressive Play

Venue: Quality Chess office, Central Chambers, 93 Hope Street, Suite 45 (Mezzanine floor). Entrance next to Caffe Nero, opposite Glasgow Central Station.

Price: £120 for all four days. 50% discount for juniors and those living outside Scotland who travel here to attend. £60 for a single day attendance. If we have more than 20 full paying customers (or equivalent income) every participant will get a free copy of a Quality Chess book. Every participant will receive a 25% discount on QC books bought during the lectures.

Payment method: To reserve your place, please send a cheque made out to Jacob Aagaard to 20 Balvie Road, Glasgow, G62 7TA, UK. Please also confirm via e-mail to jacob@qualitychess.co.uk.

Born in 1978 in Kazakhstan, Boris started playing chess at the age of 6. His first big win was the Soviet u-12 Championship (beating among others Sergey Movsesian). Later the same year he won the u-12 World Championship. In 1991 he won silver in the u-14 European Championship. In 1995 his family moved to the famous chess city of Beer-Sheva in Israel, where Boris received a lot of support from the director of the Beer-Sheva Chess Club, Ilyau Levant. From 1995-2000 Boris worked with Grandmasters Mark Tseitlin and Alexander Huzman (Gelfand’s coach for many years). The work bore fruit and in 1998 he became a grandmaster.

Boris’s debut as a chess writer was Grandmaster Repertoire 1 – 1.d4 Volume One in 2008 and he was immediately hailed as one of the world’s top chess theorists. The book’s impact on top level and amateur chess has been exceptional and also brought great success to Quality Chess. In 2010 Boris repeated this success with the second part of his repertoire: Grandmaster Repertoire 2 – 1.d4 Volume Two. In June his new book, Grandmaster Repertoire 8 – The Grunfeld Defence will be published. All of these books are published by Quality Chess.
From 1998 to 2009 Boris played for the Israeli national team. His success as an author, and subsequent training and lecturing jobs, meant that he was not selected for the 2010 Olympiad due to the principle that only full-time players should be in the team, although he was clearly strong enough. The national coach decided Boris’s abilities were better used as a second and he now works for the Israeli national team in that capacity.

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Boris Avrukh update

March 28th, 2011 47 comments

We are estimating that Grandmaster Repertoire 8 – The Grunfeld Defence by Boris Avrukh will be available at the 3rd of June. Those who are eager to take up the Grunfeld before then, are recommended to look out for Delchev’s book for Chess Stars, which should be available in 2-3 weeks. We expect to have Vassilios Kotronias beautiful middlegame book The Grandmaster Battle Manual ready for the 3rd as well.

As something new, we will try to get the excerpts to you a bit early, even though they will not have a reliable contents page at this early stage.

On top of this we have made an agreement with Boris that he will work on a GM Repertoire book on 1.d4 deviations. This means a repertoire for Black after 1.d4 not followed by c2-c4 – be it for Grunfeld/KID players, Nimzo or Queen’s Gambit players. We hope to be able to include this book in our production for the end of the year, or early 2012.

Now I am off to send off the contract.

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Experts on the Anti-Sicilians publication date confirmed

March 22nd, 2011 46 comments

With all 440 pages uploaded, we have managed to get a publication date from the printer confirmed, as well as to speculate about the upcoming publication dates. The following titles might not be all the titles we will publish in 2011, but we hope to publish them all in 2011. If that makes any sense.

 

Vladimir Popov Chess Lessons 8 April
GERMAN EDITION GM 4 8 April
Aagaard & Shaw Experts on the Anti-Sicilian 8 April
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins 1 – 1961-1985 6 May
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins 2 – 1986 – 2009 6 May
Vassilios Kotronias The Grandmaster Battle Manual May/june
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 8 – The Grunfeld Defence May/june
Glenn Flear Tactimania May/June
Artur Yusupov Chess Evolution 1 June/July
Nikos/Aagaard Grandmaster Repertoire 9 – The Tarrasch Defence June/July
GERMAN GM 5 June/July
Aagaard & Shaw Grandmaster versus Amateur LATER
Martin Weteschnik Chess Tactics from Scratch – UCT 2nd edition LATER
Lev Psakhis Advanced Chess Tactics LATER
John Shaw The King’s Gambit LATER
Suba Positional Chess Sacrifices LATER
Boris Alterman Alterman Gambit Guide – Black Gambits LATER
GERMAN Alterman 1 LATER
GERMAN Alterman 2 LATER
Vassilios Kotronias GM 10 – The King’s Indian Defence LATER
Vassilios Kotronias GM 11 – The King’s Indian Defence LATER
Jacob Aagaard GM – French, Caro-Kann & Philidor LATER
Romanovsky Soviet Middlegame Technique LATER
Vladimir Popov Chess Lessons 8 April
GERMAN EDITION GM 4 8 April
Aagaard & Shaw Experts on the Anti-Sicilian 8 April
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins 1 – 1961-1985 6 May
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins 2 – 1986 – 2009 6 May
Vassilios Kotronias The Grandmaster Battle Manual May/june
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 8 – The Grunfeld Defence May/june
Glenn Flear Tactimania May/June
Artur Yusupov Chess Evolution 1 June/July
Nikos/Aagaard Grandmaster Repertoire 9 – The Tarrasch Defence June/July
GERMAN GM 5 June/July
Aagaard & Shaw Grandmaster versus Amateur LATER
Martin Weteschnik Chess Tactics from Scratch – UCT 2nd edition LATER
Lev Psakhis Advanced Chess Tactics LATER
John Shaw The King’s Gambit LATER
Suba Positional Chess Sacrifices LATER
Boris Alterman Alterman Gambit Guide – Black Gambits LATER
GERMAN Alterman 1 LATER
GERMAN Alterman 2 LATER
Vassilios Kotronias Grandmaster Repertoire 10 – The King’s Indian Defence LATER
Vassilios Kotronias Grandmaster Repertoire 11 – The King’s Indian Defence LATER
Jacob Aagaard Grandmaster Repertoire 1 – French, Caro-Kann & Philidor LATER
Romanovsky Soviet Middlegame Technique LATER
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Experts on the Anti-Sicilian – the final slug

March 18th, 2011 17 comments

Sending a book of to the printer happens on a Friday night one time in three. Outside it is getting dark and dangerous, while we proofread the 440 pages a final time – undoubtedly missing something important. At the end of all books, we hate them. Or rather, we just want to go home…

It seems the book will be out on the 12th April in some countries, and a few days later in others. We will start sending websales on the 11th.

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Terrorist plot against Quality Chess

March 18th, 2011 2 comments

In these times where Saif Gaddafi claims to have paid for half of Sarkozy’s election campaign, where the Danish Minister of Defence says she had not considered that, when asked what would happen if Lybia would retaliate against Danish ships in the Mediterranean once in war, also Quality Chess has suffered hostility against our brand. This afternoon, we found the following evil note on our door:

We are outraged! We assure our readers that this is absolutely untrue! Our draughts are at least decent…

John says I have to go back to Experts on the Anti-Sicilian now :-(. Seems it should be available to ship to shops on the 8th together with Chess Lessons

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