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Mihail Marin – Compulsive Writer…

March 25th, 2009 16 comments

Today we got a bit of a surprise. The world’s best chess writer (in my opinion), Mihail Marin, has been writing a book on the English for us for some time.  He is actually a good bit over his deadline.

What he said today, is that besides the 128 pages on 1.c4 c6 I have already seen – he has written another 250 or so pages on 1.c4 e5.

As the English covers a good deal more than just these two lines, and because there are only so many pages you can have in a book before it becomes a brick, we have simply no choice.

The already announced book will be two volumes. It is slightly annoying, but we can survive. I hope the readers can forgive us. What was originally thought to be a quick 128 page book on a simple opening has become one of the most ambitious chess books of modern times.

It is widely recognised that Boris Avrukh started the GM Repertoire series with a bang. Now it seems that Marin will keep the level way up high.

I feel sorry for the poor guy who has to write the 1.e4 books (we are planning 3 at this moment, but this will maybe be 20?).

Jacob Aagaard

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Reviews

March 17th, 2009 16 comments

We try to keep our website up-to-date with details of reviews of our books. For example, today I added a few quotes from a great review by IM Jeremy Silman on Boris Avrukh’s Grandmaster Repertoire 1.

Opinions on our  books are always welcome, including constructive criticism.

John Shaw

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Attacking Manual 2

March 16th, 2009 4 comments

I am finally writing effectively on the Attacking Manual 2. As always when I begin on a new book, I was very low on confidence, but this has now shifted and I feel that I will be very happy about this book.
Hopefully I will be able to finish it so that it will be out at the end of April or start of May, together with a second edition of AM1.

Jacob Aagaard

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New Blog

March 11th, 2009 2 comments

Throughout the last half year we have worked on/off on developing our website. We have had a return of the various excerpts and updates to the site, as well as a fine-tuning of the layout.

In all this time our main focus have been to produce more good chess books. In general we consider ourselves successful in this effort. Recently both Boris Avrukh’s Grandmaster Repertoire 1 – 1.d4 and Lars Schandorff’s Playing the Queen’s Gambit have received great reviews. We are very proud to have been a part of producing these books.

At the moment we are working on a lot of projects, from where the first will probably be ready in April. The main ones we are finishing at the moment are Champions of the New Millennium and Attacking the Spanish. Not soon after these we hope to have Attacking Manual 2 and Build up Your Chess 3 ready.

A bit further along in the spring we are looking at The King’s Gambit by John Shaw as well as a number of other titles, including Grandmaster Repertoire volumes 2+3.

We are also planning to expand out site a little bit with a forum, but this is months away.

Jacob Aagaard

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