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Apparently it is another intelligent marketing ploy to call an, as yet, untitled book in our publishing schedule Hoolabaloo in the draft of the last blog post I wrote. As Colin had edited something incorrectly in a previous blog post, he thought it was a cute way of drawing extra attention to the book. What can I say? Can’t keep raw talent down?!

The book is a small book – probably 128 pages – in the Classics series by one of the true greats of chess writing, Yuri Razuvaev. It is about various ideas in the opening, mainly gambits, written in 2003. A nice light read. The Russian title does not translate well, so we are looking for a cool idea for a title.

Obviously there is a prize – a free copy of the book and your name on page two will be awarded for the best title – the one we use that is. Suggestions below. We will make a decision at our editorial meeting on Monday.

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  1. SlavoF
    March 31st, 2015 at 17:49 | #1


    just to be sure about what book we talking about here, russian title is “Современные гамбитные идеи в шахматной партии” – something like “Contemporary gambit ideas in chess”, right?

    — s.

  2. Tobias
    March 31st, 2015 at 18:06 | #2

    Gambits are often not “that sound” but lots of fun to play, so why not something like “Spice Up Your Chess”.

  3. SlavoF
    March 31st, 2015 at 18:18 | #3

    I suggest title: “Fight for initiative” or “Everything for initiative”

    — s.

  4. JT
    March 31st, 2015 at 18:19 | #4

    “Catastophe In The Editing,” I think.

    But really, isn’t “Hoolabaloo” a football term referring to a Hullabaloo caused by Hooligans?

  5. guest222
    March 31st, 2015 at 18:38 | #5

    “Play Razu-sharp chess”

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    March 31st, 2015 at 18:50 | #6

    Come on guys, you can be a big more inventive than that!

  7. Jacob Aagaard
    March 31st, 2015 at 18:50 | #7
  8. Andre
    March 31st, 2015 at 18:51 | #8

    “The Basics of Gambit Play”
    “Key Concepts of Gambit Play”
    “Modern Gambit Play”

  9. Ray
    March 31st, 2015 at 18:57 | #9

    “Post-Soviet Gambit Guide”
    “Russian Roulette”
    “Razuvaev on Gambits”
    “Chess on the Edge”

  10. The Lurker
    March 31st, 2015 at 19:22 | #10

    The Art of Saccing Pawns for Fun and Profit

  11. Tobias
    March 31st, 2015 at 19:23 | #11

    “The Sorrows of a Young Pawn” – Göthe will turn over in his grave 😉

  12. mario
    March 31st, 2015 at 19:44 | #12

    A pawn ! a pawn ! my kingdom for a pawn ! 🙂

  13. TonyRo
    March 31st, 2015 at 19:51 | #13

    “Pawn Down: A Revered Russian Trainer’s Thoughts on Aggressive Openings”

    “Energetic Opening Strategy: Learn from One of Russia’s Best”

    I have a penchant for silly-long opening titles with colons, what can I say. Adds some drama. 🙂

  14. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    March 31st, 2015 at 20:05 | #14

    Chess Treachery

  15. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    March 31st, 2015 at 20:08 | #15

    The Paradox of Chess Gambits

  16. Kinghartattack
    March 31st, 2015 at 20:33 | #16

    SOS MY Chess is a Mess!

  17. Lars Ekholm
    March 31st, 2015 at 20:39 | #17

    Fifty Shades of gambit play

  18. Nestor
    March 31st, 2015 at 20:40 | #18

    Sac it and see

  19. Trefor
    March 31st, 2015 at 20:59 | #19

    Risque Moves?

  20. Manfred Brod
    March 31st, 2015 at 20:59 | #20

    Creative Opening Play
    Dynamic Opening Play
    Dynamic Gambit Play
    Creative Gambit Play

  21. Manfred Brod
    March 31st, 2015 at 21:06 | #21

    Squeezing your Opponent

  22. TonyBreen
    March 31st, 2015 at 21:30 | #22

    The little book of big ideas.

  23. SimonB
    March 31st, 2015 at 21:42 | #23

    ‘Improve your sacs life’
    For professional chess players, a subtitle might be ‘wash’.

  24. TonyRo
    March 31st, 2015 at 22:03 | #24

    Pretty sad I didn’t think of all of these sac pawns.

  25. SR
    March 31st, 2015 at 23:25 | #25

    Post-Soviet Gambit Primer
    The Thin/Little Book of Openings/Gambits
    Opening Praxis

  26. Seth
    April 1st, 2015 at 01:43 | #26

    “Dawn? Yawn. Pawn!”

    “Red Pawn Rising”


    “I always Sac the Pawns I Love”

    “Ye Olde Pawn Shoppe”

  27. JohnG
    April 1st, 2015 at 02:04 | #27

    In for a penny, in for a pawn.

  28. Douwe
    April 1st, 2015 at 02:34 | #28

    A pawn a day keeps boredom away
    No pawn no glory
    The secret life of pawns after sacs
    A pawn down
    Can Yu sac it? Yes Yu can!
    How to raise your spirit after being pawn down
    Raise Yur Chess
    Razublade Chess
    Sac it and other ways to leave
    Good, Bad, Sacs
    Chess Yoga
    How To: Sacravaev
    Veni Vidi Yuri

  29. Omar Shah
    April 1st, 2015 at 03:33 | #29

    Hi Guys, A synonyms word for Gambit is Jig. So how about:
    “The Jig in Chess”,
    “The Jig is in Chess”
    “Getting Jiggy in Chess”

    More to come……

    P.S. Long time reader, first time poster, Big fan Mr.Aagaard!!

  30. Thuy
    April 1st, 2015 at 05:14 | #30

    “Romantic chess opening!”

  31. Ray
    April 1st, 2015 at 05:53 | #31

    “Chess sacks”

  32. edgarallanpoe
    April 1st, 2015 at 05:55 | #32

    Hello,my proposal is
    gem bites-
    a collection of petite fours in dynamic chess delivered by a russian legend

  33. Matt
    April 1st, 2015 at 07:37 | #33

    “Give it up”

  34. Nico
    April 1st, 2015 at 08:00 | #34

    “What Botvinnik, Smyslov and Karpov never knew”

  35. Douwe
    April 1st, 2015 at 08:06 | #35

    The knight that got it right
    Pawn(s) to pieces
    The pawn that made a point
    One pawn down seven to go
    Life sacs, mate!
    Pawn perfect

  36. Soviet School
    April 1st, 2015 at 08:15 | #36

    ‘From Matter to Energy’

  37. Tom Tidom
    April 1st, 2015 at 08:21 | #37

    “A pawn is pawn?!”
    “Pawns are living on the edge”
    “Essential Knowledge: Gambit Play in the Opening”
    “A Pawns life – The Fate to be sacrificed”
    “Gambit Play in the Opening from Scratch” 😉
    “More Fun in the Opening? Play Gambits!”
    “How a Miniature is born – Gambit Play for the Brave”
    “Winning under 20 Moves – An Introduction into Gambit Play”
    “Openings for the Brave and the Bold”

  38. Douwe
    April 1st, 2015 at 09:36 | #38

    Pawns to the left, pieces to the right, this is a gambit fight!
    Tiny little cuty pawn, you won’t make it until dawn
    Veni Vidi Foetsie! (“Foetsie” is Dutch for “gone”)
    From Zero to Hero (is From’s gambit included?)
    Pawnie dreams and knightmares

  39. Phille
    April 1st, 2015 at 10:12 | #39

    In the spirit of the original title would be something like:
    – 21st century gambit ideas
    – 21st century gambit play
    – gambit lines for the 21st century
    – gambits of the 21st century
    or some other variation thereof.

  40. Ed
    April 1st, 2015 at 10:22 | #40

    “Opening Sacrifice Play”
    “Gambit Grabbers”

  41. Phille
    April 1st, 2015 at 10:28 | #41

    – Gambit Armory
    – Gambit Weaponry
    To reflect that it is a loose collection, not a repertoire.
    And maybe a 21st century subtitle. Or “of a russian chess coach”-addendum.

  42. J.
    April 1st, 2015 at 11:23 | #42

    Gambit Reasoning

  43. Hesse Bub
    April 1st, 2015 at 12:39 | #43

    What you ever wanted to know about gambit play – and never dare to ask
    Tired of good positions – try the gambit lines!

  44. Douwe
    April 1st, 2015 at 14:01 | #44

    Gloomy Gambits Doomy fights
    Gambit for the jugular
    Gambit Grid
    My father went to Russia and all he got me was this book

  45. garryk
    April 1st, 2015 at 14:23 | #45

    “Russian Roulette” is my choice

  46. JR
    April 1st, 2015 at 15:29 | #46

    “Are We Not Pawns ?” + cover banner “I had one too many”

  47. Pierre
    April 1st, 2015 at 16:25 | #47

    Dylanesque : “only a pawn in their game” 😉

  48. The Lurker
    April 1st, 2015 at 16:41 | #48

    And Then There Were Seven

  49. jupp53
    April 1st, 2015 at 17:38 | #49

    Razer Razuvaev shaves oppenents
    (with gambit ideas)

  50. jupp53
    April 1st, 2015 at 17:42 | #50

    Razer Razuvaev sharpens your play.

  51. Michel Barbaut
    April 1st, 2015 at 18:00 | #51

    “Openings for Pirates of the chessboard”
    “Chess Pirate’s Openings”

  52. Ray
    April 1st, 2015 at 19:28 | #52

    Thanks for your support Garry 🙂

  53. The Lurker
    April 1st, 2015 at 19:55 | #53

    The only problem with “Russian Roulette” is that they might put the book on the gambling shelf in the bookstore by mistake, with all the hold’em and 21 books.

    Other than that, it’s my favorite that I didn’t come up with. 😉

  54. Michael
    April 1st, 2015 at 20:03 | #54

    “Take That!”

  55. PeterHB
    April 1st, 2015 at 21:01 | #55

    Creative initiatives
    Creating chances
    Playing for initiative
    Creating possibilities
    Breathing life into the opening
    Lively openings
    Novel Openings
    Creative Gambits

  56. Joe_P
    April 1st, 2015 at 21:54 | #56

    Long time reader/lurker, first time poster and frequent purchaser – here are my suggestions:
    Blast Away Russian Gambits Everytime/Everywhere (BARGE!)
    Quality Under-Appreciated Gambits (QUAG – which is a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot, rather appropriate)
    Russian Power Gambits (RPGs)
    (Possibly a subtitle to the above or standing on its own: ) Put Your Opponents on Their Heels!
    Gambits That Aren’t Half Fast!
    12 Years A Gambit (possbily with a !? or ?! or ? or !)
    Where’s the Gambit?
    12 Years of Gambits Your Opponents Won’t Know
    Does Opening Theory Change That Much In 12 Years?
    Tried ‘N True (TNT)
    Excelling at Gambits (make sure the cover is white)

  57. Ray
    April 2nd, 2015 at 06:05 | #57
  58. Milen Petrov
    April 2nd, 2015 at 06:25 | #58

    “Gambling in Chess” is my proposal 🙂

  59. Marco van Straaten
    April 2nd, 2015 at 06:38 | #59

    Are you ready to rumble?

  60. White50
    April 2nd, 2015 at 10:10 | #60

    Tune up your Gambit repertoire
    Pump up your Gambit repertoire
    Pimp your Gambit Repertoire
    A pawn a day, keeps the dry positions away!
    Still life with gambits
    Gang up your game-Play gambits
    Go hard or go home- Gambit time
    Gambit time- take no hostages
    Gambits for King hunters
    Initiative is Power – Go for Gambits

  61. Douwe
    April 2nd, 2015 at 10:41 | #61

    How to loose material and make it ccount?
    SOviet Secrets revealed
    Gambits: from translation to annihilation
    Pocket bible for gambelievers
    Quality Chess with one pawn less
    Shallow secrets
    How to harvest points when pawns are sown

  62. OG
    April 2nd, 2015 at 11:01 | #62

    1. (The Gambit) Sacrifices of a pawn star
    2. Pawn Power Play

  63. Thomas
    April 2nd, 2015 at 12:47 | #63

    Reading all these suggestions I think it would be best to stay with “Hoolabaloo”.

  64. Alan
    April 2nd, 2015 at 14:45 | #64

    I think a title needs to be short and punchy.

    Pawn Overboard!

  65. Pallesen
    April 2nd, 2015 at 15:33 | #65

    In for a Spin

  66. jackson
    April 2nd, 2015 at 17:26 | #66

    “Soviet Chess Gambit Collection”

  67. carlos
    April 2nd, 2015 at 19:00 | #67

    I like your idea.
    My title would be:
    Play Tricky with Gambits or
    The Gamba Gambits or
    A Gambit for a Gambit

  68. Olof
    April 2nd, 2015 at 23:37 | #68

    I suggest “Chess oddities”

  69. April 3rd, 2015 at 03:45 | #69

    Wow! There are about 100 suggested chess titles (many of them are very original and creative titles in my opinion). It is a REALLY tough competition, but the reward (award) is amazing one. Here are my proposals:

    1. “Think twice… before you take (it)”
    2. “Gambits – that’s all what you wanted to know”
    3. “Chess wooden ideas that beats the frozen forces”
    4. “You would not dare to gamble like that”
    5. “Gambit ideas: a small modern guide”
    6. “Gambit – sometimes it is better not to take (it)”
    7. “Capture your attention with gambit attacks”
    8. “Storm at the board – the basic info about gambits”
    9. “Gambit – a tricky way to decept (cheat) your opponent”
    10. “Crazy ideas and their implementation: gambits!”
    11. “It could not have happen if you knew it”
    12. “Gambits as dangerous weapon (to surprise your opponent)”
    13. “Crash test for your opponent’s pieces”
    14. “Gambits – when impossible ideas work well”
    15. “Why gambit works – a small guide to everyone”
    16. “Surprise your opponent playing gambits”
    17. “Amazing ideas that work – a guide to gambits”
    18. “An unexpected openings: gambits as a dangerous weapon”
    19. “Do not trust your opponent – gambit rules!”
    20. “When impossible happens – how and why gambits work”

    I hope these titles may give you some food for thoughts. I am aware that most of them are not creative nor original… but at least I tried to be among winners 😉 :). Good luck Quality Chess team! 🙂

    BTW. When are you going to publish this small book (any expected date release)?

  70. April 3rd, 2015 at 04:00 | #70

    If I counted correctly there are 150 (!) suggestions and additional 20 (mine). You will have a really hard task on Monday at editioral meeting. Just voting and discuss for each title about 2 minutes – it gives a few hours of hard work 😉 :). I am extremally curious who will win – and what were (are) the criteria you are going to choose the (final) title.

    As I remind correctly – there was some kind of competition from Gambit Publication – John Nunn has asked about new original chess title – it was probably 5 or more years ago (published at ChessBase website). I really LOVE such competition (and I bet some people who presented their ideas about the title… too!) 🙂

  71. Douwe
    April 3rd, 2015 at 07:09 | #71

    Mother Ruassia’ s epic openings
    Cross the tundra pawns will fall
    Tundra treasures mini guide
    Loose some pawns, attack with pieces, do it fast, before it freezes
    Gambit games that will last
    One two three a pawn for victory / free

  72. April 3rd, 2015 at 09:12 | #72

    “Gambits Galore!”

  73. Douwe
    April 3rd, 2015 at 13:46 | #73

    Gambits: how to get more with less
    Gambits: pearls of pleasure, immortalized
    Gambits: a Russian Rhapsody
    Gambits: a feast of the finest delicacies
    Gambits: chess games of bits and pieces

  74. Duncan Harwood
    April 3rd, 2015 at 13:51 | #74

    Gambits Unlocked
    Gambits Explored
    Secrets of the Sacrifice
    Give a Little, Take a Lot
    Sac, Sac, Mate!

  75. The Idler
    April 3rd, 2015 at 14:31 | #75

    Sacrificial Odyssey

  76. cyberhound
    April 3rd, 2015 at 15:07 | #76

    As Tal would say–Hooliganism in Chess

  77. peter
    April 3rd, 2015 at 21:17 | #77

    “Razuvaev’s little Gambit Guide”
    or “Gambit Ideas”.

  78. Ray
    April 4th, 2015 at 07:43 | #78


  79. Marcel
    April 4th, 2015 at 07:53 | #79

    “book of blood”

  80. Douwe
    April 4th, 2015 at 08:43 | #80

    Little red book of tricks and treason
    Manual of selected gambit openings
    Loosing pawns, stealing points
    Of pawns and points
    Red pawn rising
    Gambits and other ghost stories

  81. Douwe
    April 4th, 2015 at 12:32 | #81

    “Gambits, or: the secret love of a highly reputable trainer”

    Subscript: Openings he was not supposed to teach his pupils.

  82. Jacob Aagaard
    April 4th, 2015 at 14:24 | #82

    The editorial will not be Monday after all. Easter Monday! Probably Tuesday in the middle of the day. No process decided yet. Basically we will get the title that feels right for the book! We will probably think it over a bit.

  83. Chris
    April 5th, 2015 at 07:50 | #83

    Razuvaev: Rage and Rumble in the Opening

  84. Till
    April 5th, 2015 at 13:30 | #84

    – Golden gambit guide.
    – EC(crossed out replaced by G)O: Encyclopedia of gambit openings

  85. April 5th, 2015 at 19:11 | #85

    “Yuri Razuvaev’s Emporium of Chess Gambits”

  86. The Lurker
    April 15th, 2015 at 14:06 | #86

    The contest may be over, but… I can’t believe I didn’t think of this one earlier. In honor of the late, great, British-born American comic, Henny Youngman:

    Take My Pawn, Please!

  87. Jacob Aagaard
    April 15th, 2015 at 14:31 | #87

    We have had a few disruptions in the office, currently John is in London, for example. We will get back to this next week for sure.

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