Candidates Breakdown with GM Jacob Aagaard

April 21st, 2021 7 comments

Jacob is extra busy these last few days; on top of finishing some books and training people all over the world, he is going live on YouTube for a quick view on the games of the day in the ongoing Candidates tournament.

You can see here the scheduled times, here the videos, and here the analysis in replayable format. For those who prefer paper, boards, and pieces, John Hartman from uschess.org has created pdf versions.

Shipping fee changes to Oceania

April 19th, 2021 8 comments

One of my favourite things in this job is to take books from our bookcases in the office, pack them up and send them off to another bookcase all over of the world. It is just so nice for me to have this reminder that there is still a huge world out there, daydreaming about traveling with the books to Brazil, Australia, Kenya, Hong Kong, Vladivostok, Dubai, Indonesia or some lovely Mediterranean village. I look forward to the day that an order for Antarctica will pop up. Or a photo of Quality Chess books in Antarctica. That would be so cool, on so many levels!

Anyway, after I am done daydreaming about travelling again, the books are packed up nice and tight, all the labels are in place, Claire and I look out to find the best way to ship them. It’s not the lowest offer we are going for, but the one that makes more sense to us. For example, delivering two books in 3 days to the USA for £30/€34/$50 is better for the buyer than have it delivered for €23 in 10 days. So we choose the option we would like to receive as customers. €34 and 2 working days delivery. And that is how we operate here at Quality Chess.

In the last 18 months though shipping cost and shipping times have skyrocketed. All those of you that you are shipping goods worldwide, understand what I am talking about. We had to increase the shipping fee after 10 years of keeping the same price and it worked. The costs are now covered and that is what our goal is; to offer the books to everyone who cannot get the books from a chess shop, while being able to cover the expenses.

But the prices for Oceania keep going up. It used to be £19.20 to send a book to Oceania with Royal Mail and it would take at least 4 weeks. It was manageable. But a little after we increased the shipping cost to €10 per book and we promised to keep it there for a year, Royal Mail increased their prices and nowadays it is £26 and it takes 8 weeks minimum. It is just unacceptable, so we went for courier services. With the average price cover for a book being €25 plus €10 shipping, and just the shipping cost for Oceania for a single book being €45, without taking into consideration any other cost, we have two options. Either stop shipping there, which would violate the principle of offering the books to everyone worldwide, or come up with a solution that will be better for everyone. You know us, we went for option number two.

Effective immediately, orders for Oceania will have a €45 flat shipping rate with UPS and the delivery will be fast! We understand people that only want to buy one book will be disappointed and we are very sorry, but there is nothing else we can do. Talk to a friend and order books together; it’s cheaper for you and better for the environment.

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Candidates 2020 Part II

Last year John was hoping that the Candidates tournament would go ahead without any disruptions from viruses or anything else. We all know how that worked out.
Here we are again, waiting for the second part to start in 10 days, so let’s have a second quiz, in addition to the one from last year; show your expertise or guess wildly, have a go, and tell your friends about it.

Winner gets 10 Quality Chess books of their choice on Forward Chess app and one-month free subscription of KillerChessTraining.com. Runner-up gets one-month free subscription of KillerChessTraining.com.

Please make sure to enter before the event kicks off – Round 1 is scheduled for April 19 and submissions will close before the first round starts. Enter by clicking on the following quiz link and selecting your answers. Only one entry per person, through their gmail account, to avoid spam.

Regarding Killer Chess Training

Last year, we mentioned 365 Chess Academy. This year finds us with a change in the name and improved services. Killer Chess Training is the place for you to train daily with GM Jacob Aagaard, GM Sam Shankland, GM Ivan Cheparinov, GM Alexander Motylev, GM Iván Salgado López, GM Julen Arizmendi, GM Sabino Brunello and IM Renier Castellanos.

You put in one hour of training every day for a year and we put in the fresh daily material, the best trainers, and the online community (which we are currently rebuilding). Even if you miss the live class (we do our best so that there are at least two live classes per week for each time zone), there is a recording available that gives you the advantage of pausing, putting the positions on the board, and think about them for as long as you need.

But even if you do not have an hour every day, but only have time for a bit of Homework on the weekends, submit in time and you will get personal feedback from GM Jacob Aagaard. Homework Club alone is worth the membership fee!

Training daily with some of the best trainers in the world, but at a price of less than €2/$2/£2/INR 170 per class, is an opportunity that you should not miss.

Get in touch via our Facebook page or send an email to KillerChessTraining (a) gmail.com to ask for anything you want to know, for example, installments options (yes, we do offer them), purchasing completed courses, or about the €19 trial membership that we made available again just now and will be up for a week.

Cutting through Red Tape

February 23rd, 2021 36 comments

Hi guys,

So, we have managed to cut through the red tape. The books are going out and we have used the time to make some improvements to our distribution system, especially to the US. Hopefully more will come soon!

We luckily were already registered for VAT in Poland, so this was not a problem. But we needed an EORI number. We quickly registered for one, but the original paper, from which the scan had been taken from, had to go to Poland. It was stuck forever in customs, due to Covid protocols. It arrived Tuesday and by Friday we were approved.

All orders has thus been sent out and are on the way!

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EU & Covid

January 11th, 2021 33 comments

Dear Quality Chess Customer,

The arrival of 2021 has brought about some reluctant optimism to our fellow consciousness, but also its own set of challenges.

We are based in Glasgow, UK, which has brought two particular challenges. First off, we are seemingly the global epicentre of the pandemic at the moment. We have more deaths per capita than the US or any other major country. As a result, our country has entered into a longer strict lockdown. We are still working, but everything is a bit tricky.

Secondly, the United Kingdom has finally left the EU. John and I were not in favour of this, but it is what it is. We are currently facing some bureaucratic challenges that the UK government or our business organisations did not properly prepare us for. We are working on solving them and hopefully will soon. It is red tape and today computers make it easy for those who know what to do. We just need to find that person!

The effect of this on some of our customers is the following:

Some web sales are delayed. Our website will be updated by tomorrow, showing exactly what has gone out. A lot will go out tomorrow. They will probably take longer to go out than usual, but hopefully not too much.

Orders from chess specialists. At the moment we have to solve the EORI issue. Once we have done so, we are ready to ship books out again. Hopefully it will take just a few days.

Best wishes,

Jacob Aagaard

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Gawain Jones – European Blitz Champion

December 21st, 2020 6 comments

Congratulations from everyone at Quality Chess to GM Gawain Jones, the new European Blitz Champion! The event was held on-line for obvious reasons, with Gawain topping a stellar field, including beating GM David Navara in the semi-final and GM Alexei Shirov in the final.

Gawain is of course the author of two superb books on the Dragon. And Gawain will be back as a Quality Chess author in 2021 when we publish his 1.e4 repertoire books – his recommended variations are dangerous but not the biggest-theory main lines, so we are calling it the 1.e4 Coffeehouse Repertoire. No publication date is fixed, but somewhere in the first half of the year.

This seems as good a place as any to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Bent Larsen book by Mihail Marin – and the title is…

December 8th, 2020 153 comments

We are happy to announce that one of our favourite authors, GM Mihail Marin, is writing a book for Quality Chess about the legendary player Bent Larsen. So we have a great author, fascinating topic, ideas for the cover based on a specially-commissioned painting, but we have one problem – we can’t decide on a title.

We have been playing with ideas based on Larsen’s characteristics: optimism, creativity, fighting spirit, and so many more. Titles such as:
“The Lethal Optimist”
“The Warrior Optimist”
“The Fighting Optimist”
“The Immortal Optimist”
“The Eternal Optimist”
One of us even suggested:
“Hell-Bent on Winning”

So what do you think? Do you like any of the above? Any better ideas? New ideas are welcome – it certainly does not have to be based on any of the above.

If we use your suggested title, we will mention you on page 2 of the book, and send you a free copy of the book you helped to name.

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Gambit Weekend Camp free giveaway

December 4th, 2020 18 comments

As John said in a previous blog, Quality Chess has just published The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit. In that connection, Killer Chess Training is organizing a Gambit weekend.

For any reader of Quality Chess who wants to join the simul tomorrow, the 5th of December, 17:00-19:00 UK time, just join the team.

Also, you can join our Blitz tournament on Sunday for free here.

Now, for anyone who wants to join for the whole weekend for free, we came up with a special offer. Whoever takes a photo of their brand new Exhilarating Elephant Gambit book and upload it on social media, tagging Killer Chess Training – The rebranded 365chessacademy using the @KillerChessTraining shortcut for Facebook and Instagram, will get a free pass for the whole weekend. Bonus point if you tag also The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit page @ElephantGambit.

If your book has not arrived yet, you can make a post tagging the pages and you can use the book cover photo.

Yes, if you buy your copy now, you can still get the Gambit weekend for free.

Afterwards, go to the Killer Chess Training e-shop, add the Gambit Weekend Camp and check out without paying.

Send us an email to KillerChessTraining (a) gmail (dot) com with your order number and we will activate your pass. We can guarantee the pass for the first 50 people.

You will own the product and have access to the recordings indefinitely, so even if the live classes are not compatible with your schedule, it is still worth it signing up.

If you are not a social media person, we respect that. Go to the website, add the Gambit weekend camp to your basket, checkout without paying, send us and a photo of your book and we will activate your pass.