Archive for April, 2009

McNab wins Coulsdon International

April 21st, 2009 12 comments

Scottish GM Colin McNab won the recent Coulsdon GM tournament. His unbeaten score of 9/13 put him a point clear of his nearest rivals. Colin McNab is one of our regular proofreaders at Quality Chess, so we congratulate Colin while making the dubious claim that reading our books is entirely responsible for his success.

John Shaw

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Avrukh’s 1.d4 soon out in Italian

April 16th, 2009 3 comments

Our Italian partner Caissa Italia has finished the translation of Boris Avrukh’s groundbreaking book “Grandmaster Repertoire 1 – 1.d4 volume one”. We are not sure exactly when the book will be out in Italian, but we are sure that it will not disappoint.

A german edition will be published by Quality Chess before too long as well.

Here is the cover for the Italian edition.


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Opening books in practice

April 9th, 2009 17 comments

We have published a number of opening books, and I would like to hear from readers how well (surely not badly?) they have worked when you put them into practice.

I also like to keep an eye on whether top-level players are using the lines our authors have suggested, and the new ideas that they uncover in them. For example, Avrukh’s chosen line against the Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Nh4) was rare when we printed and now seems to be the favoured choice of the elite (Topalov, Carlsen, Morozevich, Wang Yue, etc.). I am not suggesting they are all simply following Avrukh (Topalov played it before the book, and he is a trend-setter), but it’s good to see the lines are relevant.

If you have spotted an interesting new idea played in one of our lines, then feel free to post it (or just the game reference) in comments.

John Shaw

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April 3rd, 2009 6 comments

A few of the questions we received concerning the lines and omissions (how can you avoid omissions?) to Grandmaster Repertoire 1 – 1.d4 volume one, have been covered by Boris Avrukh in a pgn file, which can be found in the free e-books section.

Jacob Aagaard

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Authors in action

April 3rd, 2009 3 comments

Our authors usually either start as our friends or end up that way, so we like to see them playing well:

Mihail Marin has just finished first equal in the Reykjavik Open, with his 1.c4 repertoire scoring heavily.

The April FIDE rating list shows Tiger Hillarp Persson as Sweden’s new Number 1 at a chunky 2618.

And, as I mentioned a few days ago, IM Sabino Brunello won his second GM norm a few weeks ago.

Congratulations to them all.

John Shaw

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Chess – the musical massacre

April 2nd, 2009 3 comments

Last night I was at a local production at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow of the musical CHESS together with my wife and her ABBA loving friends. The quality of the production was varied, with a few stunning performances. The story shows little understanding of the actual game, and draws on Fischer, Karpov and Korchnoi in equal amounts.

There were a few amazing moments for a chess player. One was when Max Euwe was left out of the song with all the world champions, another was when they actually played a game on stage.

Black started the game and the pieces looked to be incorrectly placed on the board, however, at one moment I realised that the white pieces were black and the black white.

The game they played before “Fischer” wiped the pieces of the board was: 1. e4 h5 2. Nh3 c6 3. Nf4 d5 4. Nxd5 cxd5 5. b4 Bg4 6. Be2 dxe4 7. Bxg4 hxg4 8.Qxg4 Nf6

Obviously, the match had to be postponed, and “Karpov” (who later defects and becomes “Korchnoi”) has to beg the world champion to continue, or the match would be void.

The only non-fictional element that at one time must have seemed amusing, was when the FIDE president and arbiter, changes the rules mid-way in the second match.

All in all, a travesty towards chess. Why do non-chess playing friends always think that you are interested in this sort of low level chess aspects?

Jacob Aagaard

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Website still being updated

April 1st, 2009 2 comments

We are still improving the website, which means that it is not working in perfect order. We are using a shareware program for the site, and it has certain limitations we are trying to get around. One of them is the ordering of the books on the site.

For instance, in the coming soon category the books coming soon is the first in the list, in the category, but the books on the front are the ones coming in some time. Not ideal, but harder to solve than one would have thought…

Jacob Aagaard

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