Archive for October, 2009

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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Build up your Chess is best instructional book – FIDE

October 22nd, 2009 16 comments

We are delighted to announce that Artur Yusupov has won the prestigious Boleslavsky Medal for his series Build up your Chess. This prize is awarded by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, to the best instructional book (it is also open to computer software or articles).

Winning a worldwide prize is remarkable, but the standard of the competition makes it even better: 2nd place was awarded to Garry Kasparov and 3rd was Mark Dvoretsky.

The full announcement can be seen at the FIDE website

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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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Only draw with Boris Gelfand

October 20th, 2009 No comments

Quality Chess co-sponsors the Herbert Garrett Memorial grant in Italy, which supports up and coming talents; previously Vocaturo and Caruana, who are now GM’s. This year’s award was presented by World no. 6, Israeli GM Boris Gelfand. If you read Italian, you can find some information about the award here.

On the Sunday we all moved on to play the 12th edition of the 15-min rapid tournament in Rocca di Papa, a mountain village outside Rome. Gelfand was seeded 1st Read more…

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Slightly altered Publishing Schedule

October 16th, 2009 43 comments

We have made some slight changes to the publishing schedule. Latest version looks like this:

author title expected
Marin/Garrett Reggio Emilia 2007/2008 11 November 2009
Tibor Karolyi Genius in the Background 11 November 2009
Jacob Aagaard Attacking Manual Volume 1 25 November 2009
Jacob Aagaard Attacking Manual Volume 2 25 November 2009
John Shaw Quality Chess Puzzle Book 02 December 2009
Artur Yusupov Boost your Chess 1 02 December 2009
Boris Avrukh Grandmaster Repertoire 2 09 December 2009


Boris Alterman The Alterman Gambit Guide – White 27 January 2010
John Shaw The King’s Gambit 27 January 2010
Lubomir Ftacnik Grandmaster Repertoire 5 – The Sicilian 03 February 2010
Mihail Marin Grandmaster Repertoire 4 – The English 2 17 February 2010
Lars Schandorff Grandmaster Repertoire 6 – The Caro-Kann 17 February 2010
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins 1 – 1961-1985 03 March 2010
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins 2 – 1986 – 2009 03 March 2010
Boris Alterman The Alterman Gambit Guide – Black 17 March 2010
Artur Yusupov Boost your Chess 2 01 May 2010
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Avrukh against the Slav

October 13th, 2009 12 comments

There has been some recent chat about Avrukh’s line against the Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3) and whether 4…Bg4 is a complete solution.

Avrukh’s line continues 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Nh4!? when some have echoed Boris’s observation that this is tempo down on another Slav line (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qb6). This is not so significant for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the other line is now not highly regarded for Black, so White being a tempo down on it still leaves plenty of scope for an edge. Secondly, and more importantly Read more…

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Kosten reviews Marin

October 12th, 2009 8 comments

New reviews are always interesting, but especially so when the reviewer is a major expert on the subject. So I am particularly happy that GM Tony Kosten, author of The Dynamic English, is a fan of Marin’s GM Repertoire 3: The English Opening Vol.1.

A few highlights:

“It is immediately evident that this book is written by a strong Grandmaster who plays the opening himself and who thoroughly understands all the strategic and tactical nuances.

For most of the last ten years people have been asking me when I was going to write The Dynamic English 2nd Edition, and finally I can say there is no need, I think that had I decided to write an updated version this is the book I would have liked to have produced!

Perhaps the biggest compliment I can offer is that this is the only book that I will now be taking with me to my tournaments and team matches!”

Read the full review at

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