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Best books of 2013 – Your choice


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  1. J.
    July 28th, 2014 at 23:18 | #1

    Does this poll reflect your sales results ?

  2. Jacob Aagaard
    July 29th, 2014 at 13:31 | #2

    There is some correlation, but not really.

  3. Mike Twyble
    July 29th, 2014 at 14:08 | #3

    Always enjoy the polls but there will be no point in running such a poll for 2014. I am just working my way through the Tal Magic of Youth and it is the most outstanding chess book that I have read in many years. It will surely become recognised as a classic and whilst 2014 is only half way through if it does not scoop every book of the year award there is something very wrong with the world. Congratulations to Tibor Karoli ,Andrew Greet and the rest of the team on producing something truly remarkable. If you haven’t bought it yet get you credit cards out everyone you won’t regret it. Can’t wait for the next volume.

  4. Jacob Aagaard
    July 29th, 2014 at 14:28 | #4

    @Mike Twyble
    I am very happy that you like Tibor’s book this much. But we will try to see if we can do things better all the same. There is also a 2nd volume coming of course!

  5. Michael Bartlett
    July 29th, 2014 at 14:40 | #5

    Gormally’s book also will be in the running, I think.

  6. Nestor
    July 29th, 2014 at 20:27 | #6

    I agree there may be no point in running the poll for this year, but not for the reasons suggested; if Gelfand’s book is published in 2014 I would expect it to win hands down.

  7. John Upper
    July 29th, 2014 at 22:49 | #7

    I’ve played through only two of the books on your list (Polgar’s and “Playing the French”) so I can’t make an informed vote.

    Given that caveat, I’m amazed that Polgar’s book has so few votes compared to the others. It’s like a modern version of “The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal”: great attacking games, lots of personality, and a love of chess… and more instructive explanations.
    I also like the fact that you’ve used way more diagrams than usual (sometimes one every two moves), which makes it one of the only game collections I can play through without a board or screen, something I could never do with Karoli’s books.

    FWIW, I expect the Polgar series will be something QC can be proud of years after the (currently better selling!?) opening books have become outdated.

  8. Janman
    July 30th, 2014 at 08:39 | #8

    Given this is the polls section, it’s funny you excluded the Dutch team from the Who will win the Olympiad? Any particular reason? (And I’m very suprised to see Israel having as many votes as Ukraine and China atm.)

  9. Indra Polak
    July 30th, 2014 at 08:54 | #9

    I agree with Janman. The dutch team will win!! Hup Holland!

  10. John Johnson
    July 30th, 2014 at 11:45 | #10

    I thought the Miklahevski book on the Open would get more votes too. I think it is very underrated.

  11. Jacob Aagaard
    July 30th, 2014 at 12:02 | #11

    I don’t think they are seeded in the top 10!? Maybe I got it wrong :-).

  12. Janman
    July 30th, 2014 at 12:19 | #12

    @Jacob Aagaard
    They are 10, Israel is 11 (based on avg elo of all 5 which they use on the tromso site). I wouldn’t have voted for them though.

  13. gerando
    July 30th, 2014 at 15:18 | #13

    I think each person have a tendancy to vote for its own country (I voted for France), but it’s quite remarkable that for the moment England has 0 votes.

  14. Michael Bartlett
    July 30th, 2014 at 15:52 | #14

    I am from England and I can tell you – we are not good at any sport.

  15. GM Rob
    July 30th, 2014 at 18:13 | #15

    Michael Bartlett :I am from England and I can tell you – we are not good at any sport.

    @Michael Bartlett
    I am from England and I can tell you – It could be worse Michael you could come from Scotland 😛

  16. Jacob Aagaard
    July 30th, 2014 at 19:51 | #16

    @Michael Bartlett
    In the UK we won most of our 2008 and 2012 medals in sports where you have to sit down…

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    July 30th, 2014 at 19:53 | #17

    Maybe it changed from when I put it up a month ago?! Or I am a numptie. (No comments please).

  18. Janman
    July 31st, 2014 at 09:37 | #18

    Happy birthday Jacob! Wishing you the best in your endeavours with Quality Chess, as a superb chess instructor and of course as player in the upcoming Olympiad :).

  19. Thomas
    July 31st, 2014 at 10:35 | #19

    Congratulations, Jacob!

  20. Jacob Aagaard
    July 31st, 2014 at 12:09 | #20

    Thank you!

  21. jackson
    August 1st, 2014 at 17:36 | #21

    Indra Polak :I agree with Janman. The dutch team will win!! Hup Holland!

    What about Sweden? Here they are, Agrest, Berg and c:o prepering for the olympiad. Look at the book on the table…


  22. Ray
    August 9th, 2014 at 18:23 | #22

    Isn’t chauvinism a French word?

  23. Jacob Aagaard
    August 9th, 2014 at 22:25 | #23

    Nope! Too many bad books (and then Mayhem!).

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