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-32.6 in Tallinn! Marin on 1.c4 c5.

January 27th, 2010 79 comments

Our warehouse has informed us that our books will not arrive today as scheduled. A bit of detective work shows that between the – 32.6 (“I am no eskimo” – our printer) and the -22 in Poland, apparently DHL has suffered a problem. It looks a bit like this:

Hopefully the books will arrive tomorrow…

Marin said the following about the 1.c4 c5 repertoire, which a lot of you have asked about:

Here is a draft plan for the 1…c5 part: White plays 2.g3 (as in all the lines of the whole repertoire, with the exception of 1…b6), thus avoiding the hedgehog. Against the reversed Maroczy I will analyze a system based on a2-a3 (You will find a couple of games of mine in the database). In the closed line, I recommend d2-d4 against e7-e6 (planning Nge7). In the lines classified under A39, starting with Qd4-d3, I will examine other lines than Khalifman (for instance, I prefer Be3 over Bd2).

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Updated Publishing Schedule

January 19th, 2010 89 comments

As said earlier, I will stop giving exact estimated dates, as they are confusing people. An estimate is not a commitment, but how things will work out if everything runs smoothly. Alas, it rarely does, so I am coming with these rather vague dates instead. I hope they will concur better with people’s expectations.

Three books are confirmed for next Wednesday (Note to self – put Boost your chess 1 on the webshop). GM2 is written and a lot has been edited. However, the book is so big, so we are not 100% certain about the 17th February publication date.

Anyway, here is the list:

Jacob Aagaard Attacking Manual Volume 2 27 January 2010
Jacob Aagaard Attacking Manual Volume 1 2nd edition 27 January 2010
Artur Yusupov Boost your Chess 1 27 January 2010
Boris Avrukh Grandmaster Repertoire 2 – 1.d4 Volume Two 17/24 Feb 2010
Mihail Marin Grossmeister Repertoire 3 – 1.c4 e5 17/24 Feb 2010
Boris Alterman The Alterman Gambit Guide – White Gambits March 2010
Milos Pavlovic The Cutting Edge: The Open Sicilian 1 March 2010
John Shaw Quality Chess Puzzle Book March 2010
Lars Schandorff Grandmaster Repertoire 7 – The Caro-Kann March/April 2010
Christian Bauer Play the Scandinavian Defence March/April 2010
Lubomir Ftacnik Grandmaster Repertoire 6 – The Sicilian Defence March/April 2010
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins: Volume 1 – 1961-1985 April/May 2010
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins: Volume 2 – 1986 – 2009 April/May 2010
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The big freeze hits Glasgow

January 8th, 2010 46 comments

With temperatures of -21.6 in Scotland it is clear that Winter has hit our small nation hard, not to speak of the Quality Chess office. We have several times struggled to find our way home. On Tuesday Jacob spent 15 minutes in a queue of 52 people (and time to count it) to buy his ticket home. Wednesday he was wise enough to buy it at 1pm. However, at 5.28 pm, when he was at the platform, all trains going West out of Glasgow were cancelled. He went to the ticket booth to get a refund, but was there (after waiting 10 min. in the queue) told that the train was at the platform. He ran down. The train doors were closed. Ran all the way up to the driver (50 metres?). The driver looked at him and took off. Back up to the booth. Wait in line? Not a chance, jumped the queue. Was refused a refund as the ticket had been purchased more than one hour previously! Thought about killing someone when a superior stepped in and authorised the refund. Went for the bus, never showed. A later one did. 10 km in 150 min. Can’t you walk this faster?

Oh yeah, and the office is bloody cold too.

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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 ChessCafe.com 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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