Archive for September, 2010

Attacking Manual 1&2 wins 2010 ECF Book of the Year

September 28th, 2010 78 comments

I am proud to have won the 2010 ECF Book of the Year award for Attacking Manual 1 – 2nd edition and Attacking Manual 2. The reason why I did not originally write this project for Everyman despite a very nice offer, but set up Quality Chess instead, was that I wanted it to be perfect – and that I wanted to win this prize. This is the biggest achievement of my career by far.

English Chess Federation

BOOK of the YEAR 2010

The judges this year were faced with a particularly difficult choice as all the four books listed had considerable, but differing merits. The choice finally fell on a two volume work which had taken the author no less than eight years to write.

The book is Attacking Chess Volumes 1 and 2 by Jacob Aagaard, published by Quality Chess at £23.99 each.  These constitute a substantial work totalling 720 pages in all, excellently laid out and printed. The volumes are written in a lively manner, which keeps the reader entertained as well as interested.

The genesis of the book is found in the introduction to volume 1. Aagaard felt that the role of intuition had been undervalued in chess writing. Good players not only calculate but also have a feeling for what might be possible in a given position, which can be described as intuition. Aagaard also felt that there was a shortage of good books on attacking play –by which he means attacking the King. There are many excellent titles on combinations, but Aagaard is looking for the conditions when an attack may be possible (King in the middle is an obvious example) and how that attack may be prepared and prosecuted. In other words Aagaard is trying to develop the reader’s attacking intuition.

Volume 2 is, in the words of the author “what to do when the attack is up and running”.

Whilst doing this, Aagaard introduces new concepts and ideas into the text. To help in this process he gives preview diagrams of the positions to be discussed, which the reader is invited to consider before reading on, a valuable learning tool.

The author has obtained the games and positions for both volumes from a wide range of contemporary sources, many of which were new to the judges. It is also clear that throughout Aagaard has provided fresh commentary and analysis. The reader can simply enjoy the many fascinating positions or study in depth, but either way there are many hours of pleasure to be found in these two books.

Aagaard has written a significant and original treatise on the fine art of attacking play and is a worthy winner of the Book of the Year 2010.

R B Edwards  J Farrand  D Friedgood 27th September 2010

Slight price change to GM5

September 21st, 2010 13 comments

Because GM5 is “only” 280 pages, I have decided to cut the price down to 24.99 for the softcover and 32.99 for hardback edition. Those that have pre-paid will receive a refund of the 3 euro difference somewhere in the next few weeks. The reason this does not happen immediately, is because I have to work out how to do it!

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Release dates for Play the Scandinavian, GM4 and GM5

September 15th, 2010 111 comments

We have finally got a date confirmed from the printer. The Christmas catalogues are starting to get in and they need to be printed, but we managed to get slots for

  • Play the Scandinavian (PDF excerpt)
  • Grandmaster Repertoire 4 – The English volume 2 (PDF excerpt)
  • Grandmaster Repertoire 5 – The English volume 3 (PDF excerpt)

Here is our general overview. As always I avoid being too specific, as I don’t want to disappoint anyone.

Christian Bauer Play the Scandinavian 17 October
Mihail Marin Grandmaster Repertoire 4 – The English Opening vol. 2 17 October
Mihail Marin Grandmaster Repertoire 5 – The English Opening vol. 3 17 October
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins: Volume 1 – 1961-1985 Dec/Jan
Tibor Karolyi Karpov’s Strategic Wins: Volume 2 – 1986 – 2009 Dec/Jan
John Shaw The King’s Gambit Dec/Jan
Artur Yusupov Boost your Chess 3 Dec/Jan
Vassilios Kotronias The Grandmaster Battle Manual Dec/Jan
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 8 – The Grunfeld Defence 2011
Milos Pavlovic The Cutting Edge 2 – The Najdorf Sicilian without 6.Bg5 2011
Aagaard, Shaw (editors) Experts on the Anti-Sicilian 2011
Vladimir Popov Chess Lessons 2011
Aagaard, Shaw (editors) Grandmaster versus Amateur 2011
Boris Alterman Alterman Gambit Guide – Black Gambits 2011
Artur Yusupov Chess Evolution 1 2011
Suba Positional Chess Sacrifices 2011
Milos Pavlovic The Cutting Edge 3 – The Najdorf Sicilian with 6.Bg5 2011
Martin Weteschnik Understanding Chess Tactics 2nd edition 2011
Sabino Brunello Cutting Edge 4 – The Nimzo-Indian 2011
Vassilios Kotronias Grandmaster Repertoire – The King’s Indian Defence 1 2011
Vassilios Kotronias Grandmaster Repertoire – The King’s Indian Defence 2 2011
Romanovsky Soviet Middlegame Technique 2011
David Vigorito Play the Semi-Slav 2 2011
Tiger Hillarp Persson Middlegame book – TITLE NOT CONFIRMED 2011
Artur Yusupov Chess Evolution 2 2011
Jacob Aagaard Thinking Inside the Box 2011/12
Jacob Aagaard Train your Chess Intuition 2011/12
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Newsletter 7th Sept. 2010 – Bauer & ECF Book of the Year shortlist

September 8th, 2010 26 comments

Dear Quality Chess Reader,

We recently received encouragement from England: Champions of the New Millennium and Jacob’s Attacking Manual 1 and Attacking Manual 2 were placed on the shortlist for the ECF Book of the Year prize. These were the only books we put forward for the prize and the judges’ comments were flattering.

Publication News: Play the Scandinavian by GM Christian Bauer will be out in late September. The French Super-GM is a noted expert on the 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 lines on which his book concentrates.

GM Mihail Marin will soon complete his repertoire for White with 1.c4: Grandmaster Repertoire 4 and Grandmaster Repertoire 5 should be out in October.

GM Boris Avrukh’s Grandmaster Repertoire 2 will be available in a German translation in late September. A hardcover version of the English version is available on our website and soon also in shops in Europe, plus probably Chess4Less and ChessCafe in the USA.

We are continuing our new idea of including a ChessBase file with the newsletter. This time it includes:

An update and some comments on Ftacnik’s Grandmaster Repertoire 6

A few updates on Schandorff’s Grandmaster Repertoire 7 – mainly relating to small things lacking in the book.

A nice game Andrew lost at the British, but also a win where he used an Avrukh novelty (“I well and truly Avrukhed him,”; Andrew told me.)

This ChessBase file is also available as a pdf printout for those without ChessBase – the same goes for the first newsletter.

More will follow about Grandmaster Repertoire 6 in another newsletter in a few weeks.

Regards, John Shaw

Chief Editor,

Quality Chess

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