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Vlog 9 – Wiijk aan Zee and Hanging Pawns from Playing 1.d4 d5

January 24th, 2017 18 comments

After a (quite long!) break we are back!

In this video Jacob shows two interesting positions. The first is a simple positional decision (taken wrongly) and the second one a brilliant tactical combination.

Nikos is showing two hanging pawns examples from his upcoming book “Playing 1.d4 d5”

The pgn file can be downloaded here.

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Forward Chess Pricing

January 23rd, 2017 No comments

We have to admit that we are fixated on writing books and don’t know much about the price systems out of our control. But we looked into it after Apple changed their prices in the UK, India and Turkey. Apparently £1 = $1, because the British voters are erratic. Let’s not go there. Looking at xe.com at this moment, £1 = $1.24.

On top of this, the UK charges full VAT on electronic books, 20%. So you arrive at £19.99. As suggested by someone on this blog: Buy the hardback. 

We are outside control on this issue with IOS devices. But not necessarily so with Android, as Forward Chess explains:

“1. Apple – there is nothing we can for one country. Once we specify the ‘tier’, all country prices get filled in automatically. You can pick any tier you wish, for any book.
2. Android – when we set up a new book, we specify the USD price and then convert other currencies. Unless we hit this ‘convert’ button later on, the prices do not change.
That’s why you may see different GBP prices for different books where the USD price is the same.

The bottom line – in Android, we can specify any price, for any book, for any local currency.”

We will do just that.

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Vlog update – we will be back

January 16th, 2017 44 comments

Hi guys! Sorry that there has been a bit silent on the blog lately. John is as always pulled in 27 directions at once. Nikos has been ill and is finishing his book, Playing 1.d4 d5. Finally, I was in America where I managed to play a friendly blitz game with the World no. 4 and play on stage with one of the greatest guitarists of our time… Read more…

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The Mating Game

January 9th, 2017 10 comments

A couple of friends of ours, IM Jovanka Houska and James Essinger, have written a novel together. It is called “The Mating Game” and you can see it at the publisher’s page here.

There is a chess theme, but I am reliably informed it is quite a “racy” book, so not one for children to read. Jovanka was interviewed recently about her book by Sabrina Chevannes for ChessBase – as you can read here.

Andrew has just started reading it, and is highly positive. Any other opinions?

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – January

January 5th, 2017 44 comments

We are continuing our special offer – if you buy three books or more and live in the normal European Union zone (as defined by UPS – for example, they exclude some islands and remote areas) we will send you an extra book free. The previous default option on the free book was The Alterman Gambit Guide – Black Gambits Volume Two.

For January we will switch the default option to GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR. But if you already have that book, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email to salesgroup@qualitychess.co.uk with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:

QUALITY CHESS PUZZLE BOOK
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
POSITIONAL CHESS SACRIFICES
GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
TACTIMANIA
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT – WHITE GAMBITS
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 2
SAN LUIS 2005
ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3

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Happy 2017!

January 4th, 2017 15 comments

Happy New Year from Quality Chess! Today is our first day back in the office in 2017 so we are catching up on a few thousand things.

Before we let 2016 die, we sent The Nimzo-Indian Defence by Michael Roiz to the printer. It will be published on January 25th by us, and will be on Forward Chess a week earlier. An excerpt is here if you would like a preview.

A couple of holiday poll results. Firstly, ‘What did you think of 2016?’ The positive votes add up to a solid chunk, but the single biggest vote went to ‘A bad year’.

The second poll asked: Are you optimistic about 2017? The votes were spread widely, but by a narrow margin you reckon “It’s going to be a blast!”

If you need further optimism, the following link suggests the world is generally becoming a better place, despite occasional blips. It’s nothing to do with chess, but here’s a short conversation from Vox with Steven Pinker.

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