Nigel Short & Gawain Jones – two new books

June 1st, 2021 19 comments

We are happy to confirm that we are printing two new books by two English stars.

Winning by GM Nigel Short is a book where the title gives a good idea of the content. Short gives the inside story to eight of his tournament wins. Excellent annotations, fun stories, fine photos – there is a lot to this book, which is the first Nigel Short has ever written! You can read an excerpt here.

Coffeehouse Repertoire – 1.e4 Volume 1 by GM Gawain Jones is a repertoire book that, in my view, strikes the perfect balance by giving strong, promising lines for White, without overwhelming the reader with a mass of variations. Together with Volume 2 (which will follow in a month or two) this will form a complete repertoire with 1.e4. We are being a little cheeky calling it “coffeehouse” – it is much better than that. You can read an excerpt here.

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Street Smart Chess in action – Guest Post by GM Axel Smith

May 17th, 2021 No comments

In Street Smart Chess, model players teach how to play against opponents of different strengths. The chapters do inevitably clash against each other. If one of the players want to create a tactical game and the other a boring game, both can’t succeed. The question is who manages best. A few days ago, David Navara mentioned that he will play Baskaran Adhiban in Mr. Dodgy Invitational. It was a test for both of them, as Navara’s chapter in Street Smart was beating lower rated opponents, and Adhiban’s was beating higher rated opponents. This time both could succeed with their intentions: winning games. After eleven games, they had played only one draw, with Navara winning 6,5–4,5. But did they follow their own advice? Let’s examine one win each.

David Navara (2697) – Baskaran Adhiban (2660)

MrDodgy Invitational 2 (1.7), 12.05.2021

Axel Smith

1.c4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.d4 Nf6 4.g3 0–0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0–0 Nc6 7.Nc3 Bd7 8.b3 e5 9.d5 Nb8 10.e4 a5 11.Ne1 Na6 12.Nd3 b6 13.Bg5 h6 14.Be3?!

Inviting Black’s next move.

14…Ng4 15.Bd2 f5

Adhiban first step in the ideal attacking game is to “strive for a pawn structure where it’s possible to throw pawns at the opponent’s king at a later stage.” King’s Indian is a good choice doing that.

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Gawain Jones on Thinking Aloud for Killer Chess Training

May 12th, 2021 5 comments

Gawain visited www.killerchesstraining.com last week to talk about his forthcoming book, Coffee House Repertoire 1.e4 – Volume 1, which we expect will be out at the very end of June.

You can watch the entire episode here:

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GM Gawain Jones on Killer Chess Training

GM Gawain Jones and GM Jacob Aagaard will be live on “Thinking Aloud”, this Thursday at 16:00 UK time on Killer Chess Training. This class is one of the favourites in the chess academy: Two people. Six positions. Real-time solving. 


Join them for a small preview of the second volume of Gawain’s Coffeehouse Repertoire 1.e4, which will be out in August (the first volume will be out in June).


This class is free for the members of Killer Chess Training, but I have set aside a few places for Quality Chess readers. You can join either by sending me a message on the Facebook page or on the KillerChessTraining (a) gmail.com email.



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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