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Quality Chess Nominated

August 20th, 2010 60 comments

Earlier today we got a phonecall from Ray Edwards, head of the three-man committee deciding the Book of the Year by the English Chess Federation. We were pleased to be nominated, this year with two books. The short list of candidates looks like this:

1) Yasser Seirawan: Chess Duels

2) John Nunn: Understanding Chess Endgames

3) Kopec, Ftacnik & Browne: Champions of the New Millennium

4) Jacob Aagaard: Attacking Manual 1+2

It is very pleasing to have both the books we sent in (each publisher can only send two books) nominated. Whatever the final choice, this is a big moment for Quality Chess – and the authors as well, of course.

See the committee’s reasonings.

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E-mail Problems and chess results

August 9th, 2010 9 comments

The company which runs the servers for our website and e-mails tells us we have had intermittent server outages during the past week. It is possible e-mails we have sent have not been received. Or maybe e-mails you sent to us have not reached us. It’s all a mystery. Apologies if there are any resulting mix-ups. This is beyond our control, but we shall sort it out as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, Andrew is back from the British Championship. No GM norm and he was rather off-form early on, but a storming finish got Andrew into the prizes at 3rd=.

Jacob returns today from the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen. In the Danish league Jacob is a team-mate of our author GM Lars Schandorff. Jacob and Lars had agreed that the team’s board order would be decided by their Tournament Performance Rating in the Politiken Cup. Lars 2478, Jacob 2479.  A clear victory.

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Politiken Cup

August 4th, 2010 152 comments

I am away from the office playing in the Politiken Cup (4/5 so far). But here is a current estimate of when the various books will be available, and the order I expect them to come out.

Christian Bauer Play the Scandinavian September
Mihail Marin Grandmaster Repertoire 4 – The English Opening vol. 2 September
Mihail Marin Grandmaster Repertoire 5 – The English Opening vol. 3 September
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins: Volume 1 – 1961-1985 September/October
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins: Volume 2 – 1986 – 2009 September/October
John Shaw The King’s Gambit September/October
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 8 – The Grunfeld Defence LATER
Milos Pavlovic The Cutting Edge 2 – The Najdorf Sicilian without 6.Bg5 LATER
Mihail Marin Common Grandmaster Mistakes – and how to avoid them LATER
Artur Yusupov Boost your Chess 3 LATER
Bauer, Aagaard (editors) Experts on the Anti-Sicilian Jan-11
Boris Alterman Alterman Gambit Guide – Black Gambits NEXT YEAR
Vassilios Kotronias Middlegame book – TITLE NOT CONFIRMED LATER
Various Grandmaster versus Amateur NEXT YEAR
Milos Pavlovic The Cutting Edge 3 – The Najdorf Sicilian with 6.Bg5 LATER
Various Grandmaster versus Amateur NEXT YEAR
Jacob Aagaard Grandmaster Repertoire x1 – 1.e4 – Ruy Lopez NEXT YEAR
Jacob Aagaard Grandmaster Repertoire x2 – 1.e4 – Sicilian NEXT YEAR
Jacob Aagaard Grandmaster Repertoire x3 – 1.e4 – French/Caro-Kann NEXT YEAR
Jacob Aagaard Grandmaster Repertoire x4 – 1.e4 other e5s NEXT YEAR
Jacob Aagaard Thinking Inside the Box NEXT YEAR
Jacob Aagaard Train your Chess Intuition NEXT YEAR
Tiger Hillarp Persson Middlegame book – TITLE NOT CONFIRMED NEXT YEAR