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Questions for the poll?

Last week’s poll proved what we suspected: you are mainly chess players, not board game players.


One of the best things we ever did in Quality Chess was to start this blog. We had no real plans for it, and just did it because our website manager asked if we wanted one. The communication with people who know of our work is truly inspiring. I think one of the reasons is that it is quite rare we use the blog to promote our books. It feels bad, but at times I think we have to do it…

I really like the polls and the discussions. I want to know what other people think. I do not become a better writer and publisher from listening to my own thoughts. Some results have been truly surprising. Some not.

I was wondering: is there anything you think we should put on the poll? Any wacky (or sensible) question about chess you would like debated? If so, let us know and in time we might use it!

This week we will go non-chess for the poll. It’s football/soccer: Who will win Euro 2016?

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  1. Johnnyboy
    June 6th, 2016 at 12:24 | #1

    A poll question I would ask is
    Which is the most underrated or overrated chess book you would or would not recommend?
    Mine would be :
    underrated: Blunders and Briliancies by Mullen and Moss or Van Perlo’s Endgame tactics- entertaining as well as instructive
    overrated: any Ray Keene database dump

  2. Jose
    June 6th, 2016 at 16:26 | #2

    I live in Spain and although I admit that they have a great team is unlikely to win

  3. Manfred Brod
    June 7th, 2016 at 06:48 | #3

    There is a Football world-ranking of nations (see http://de.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/men/) with 5 european nations it the Top-Ten. These european Top-Teams are:

    – Belgium (Nr. 2)
    – Germany (Nr. 4)
    – Spain (Nr. 6)
    – Portugal (Nr. 8)
    – Austria (Nr. 10)

    And now my question: Where is Austria (Nr. 5 in Europe and Nr. 10 in the world ranking) in your poll-list?

  4. k.r.
    June 7th, 2016 at 09:48 | #4

    @Manfred Brod
    Austria is skiing ;).

    Rating list of best football teams are overrated. Its like in chess when we have kids of 12 years old that are fide masters and in june rating list has 2300 elo and in september 1989 elo.

  5. John Johnson
    June 7th, 2016 at 10:38 | #5

    And on behalf of many readers outside the EU….Yawn!!

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    June 7th, 2016 at 11:38 | #6

    @John Johnson
    Come up with a good question for the future and stop complaining!

  7. John Shaw
    June 7th, 2016 at 11:42 | #7

    @Manfred Brod

    Austria are under ‘Other’, together with Croatia, who are obviously much better than Austria, whatever the rankings say.

  8. John Shaw
    June 7th, 2016 at 11:43 | #8

    @John Johnson

    Jacob has given his solution. And if you can’t suggest a good poll question, then I just might post an in-depth analysis of the merits of Austrian soccer.

  9. Thomas
    June 7th, 2016 at 13:01 | #9

    Where is Scotland?

  10. Jose
    June 7th, 2016 at 13:01 | #10

    Viktor Korchnoi has died
    He will always be remembered as one of the best

  11. The Lurker
    June 7th, 2016 at 15:07 | #11

    Poll question: Which upcoming QC book are you most/least excited about?

  12. Manfred Brod
    June 7th, 2016 at 15:43 | #12

    @ John Shaw:
    Scotland – Nr. 43 – impressive!

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    June 7th, 2016 at 19:57 | #13

    John, Poll Question: Has Quality Chess asked all relevant questions, making future polls irrelevant?

  14. weng siow
    June 8th, 2016 at 03:16 | #14

    @ Jacob, Is that an attempt at a variation of the Liar’s Paradox so beloved of Bertrand Russell?

  15. Ray
    June 8th, 2016 at 06:20 | #15

    Future poll questions:

    – Which books are still missing in the QC range?
    – How do you study our books (maybe different polls for the different types of books, i.e. opening books, middlegame books etc.)?
    – Which aspects of our books could be improved in your opinion (again, maybe different polls for the different types of books)?
    – Would you like us to publish a Najdorf book with two options (6…e6 and 6…e5)? 🙂

  16. The Lurker
    June 8th, 2016 at 07:07 | #16

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Perhaps you should have a poll to find out what the people say?

  17. SimonB
    June 8th, 2016 at 08:18 | #17

    Think of Scotland.
    Rank the following adjectives for those giving the most accurate impression of Scotland, in your view. Choose up to four, ranking from 1-4, 1 being most characteristic.
    1. Bleak 2. Dreary 3. Cold 4. Depressing 5. Uncivilized 6. Foggy 7. Wet 8. Cloudy

  18. Jacob Aagaard
    June 8th, 2016 at 09:39 | #18

    7 for sure

  19. Thomas
    June 8th, 2016 at 09:40 | #19

    You’re from England as you don’t know any other adjectives to describe a country?

  20. Vassilis
    June 8th, 2016 at 10:21 | #20

    Who was the best player who never become WC?

  21. John Johnson
    June 8th, 2016 at 10:36 | #21

    Paul Keres leaps to mind.

  22. Ray
    June 8th, 2016 at 11:40 | #22

    Rubinstein is another contender

  23. John Shaw
    June 8th, 2016 at 12:06 | #23

    @John Johnson


    All true, but it’s poll questions we need now, not your answers!

  24. John Shaw
    June 8th, 2016 at 12:08 | #24


    It’s a lovely sunny day in beautiful Scotland.

  25. Johnnyboy
    June 8th, 2016 at 12:27 | #25

    Please remember John and Jacob are from the dreich west coast of Scotland. Quite bonny here in the east as the QC have arranged the rain to fall on them first…

  26. jackson
    June 8th, 2016 at 15:13 | #26

    – which chess books should QC release in the classic series?

  27. Steve S.
    June 9th, 2016 at 05:25 | #27

    without a doubt Korchnoi who dominated men less than half his age for 50 years!

  28. Vassilis
    June 9th, 2016 at 06:06 | #28

    @Steve S.
    I just set a question for a poll… However, I strongly disagree. My vote is for Keres

  29. Remco G
    June 9th, 2016 at 06:41 | #29


    What time control do you prefer for _viewing_ chess (what time control should a tournament have to make it more likely for you to watch it live)

    What is your favourite website for viewing top tournaments live (with “the tournament website” an option)

  30. Jacob Aagaard
    June 9th, 2016 at 07:36 | #30

    @Remco G
    Did the last one once already!

  31. Steve S.
    June 9th, 2016 at 10:40 | #31

    It is commonly known that Korchnoi “threw” his last game of the 1973 match per KGB orders. Otherwise it is also true however that Keres was denied a valid chance to play for the title. To me both these men should have, by all reasonable accounts, become World Champions. I say Korchnoi because, due to his longevity and the number of GM scalps he has taken over the years I give hime just a slight edge plus his almost Ivanchuk creativity harkening back to the modern golden age of chess.

  32. Steve S.
    June 9th, 2016 at 10:42 | #32

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Jacob, any plans for GM Repertoire The Dutch? Thanks guys for all the hard work and excellent, excellent products!

  33. John Johnson
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:11 | #33

    Here is the Boris question. When are you going to do a book on Rubinstein?

  34. Remco G
    June 9th, 2016 at 20:30 | #34

    @Jacob: I thought the one that was done was for playing, not viewing top tournaments? Or maybe I don’t know all previous QC blog polls by heart, but that would be disappointing.

  35. John Johnson
    June 9th, 2016 at 21:35 | #35

    @Steve S.
    So Keres gets slammed for having a heart attack? You’re a tough grader.

  36. Bill
    June 10th, 2016 at 04:45 | #36

    Poll question: Should there be a GM Repertoire The Colle?
    If so, I’ll certainly purchase it on FC.

  37. Steve S.
    June 10th, 2016 at 06:05 | #37

    @John Johnson
    I never EVER mentioned a heart attack nor in any way, shape or form did I slam Keres. Not sure at all where you got such a ludicrous idea John. As well I also think Rubinstein, Nimzowitsch and Timman come to mind.

  38. Jacob Aagaard
    June 10th, 2016 at 09:38 | #38

    @Remco G
    We are talking maybe 18 months ago…

  39. Jacob Aagaard
    June 10th, 2016 at 09:40 | #39


  40. Gollum
    June 10th, 2016 at 10:20 | #40

    Jacob Aagaard :

    It would seem so if the elite were not using the London seriously (or Kramnik the g3 thing he uses). At this point it seems that anything that gives you a healthy position is worth a chance, as there seems no way to get a minor advantage anywhere anyways.

  41. Ray
    June 10th, 2016 at 12:27 | #41

    @Steve S.
    Or Bronstein.

  42. Steve S.
    June 10th, 2016 at 12:29 | #42

    Don’t get me started on Davidovich. I sometimes think he, above all else, deserved to be World Champion at least 3 times! 🙂

  43. The Doctor
    June 10th, 2016 at 15:28 | #43

    The @Jacob Aagaard
    Agreed ?

  44. Pinpon
    June 10th, 2016 at 18:04 | #44

    Poll : What is the country where QC books are the most sold ? 1-China 2- Germany 3- UK 4- USA

  45. Ray
    June 11th, 2016 at 11:49 | #45

    That sounds more like a quizz to me…

  46. Pinpon
    June 11th, 2016 at 13:24 | #46

    Right – so ” will be in the N years to come “

  47. Oscar
    June 11th, 2016 at 18:57 | #47

    Besides Rubinstein, Nimzovich, Bronstein, Keres, Korchnoi, Tarrasch also seems a contender for best never world champion. In my personal opinion, Timman is not and neither is Ivanchuk. At least one year where you were the best sounds reasonable, not only counting the highs but also the lows.

  48. Jacob Aagaard
    June 12th, 2016 at 07:01 | #48

    Ivanchuk was number one in the live ratings in 2007. So were Carlsen, Kramnik, Anand, Topalov. Maybe one more.

  49. Steven S.
    June 12th, 2016 at 10:38 | #49

    You are free to disagree but he was second strongest on the planet in rankings for : By 1982 Timman was ranked second in the world, behind only Anatoly Karpov. In the 1980s he won a number of very strong tournaments, including Amsterdam IBM in 1981, Wijk aan Zee 1981, and 1985, Linares 1988, the 1989 Euwe Memorial, and the 1989 World Cup tournament in Rotterdam. Other major successes included Las Palmas 1981, Mar del Plata 1982, Bugojno 1984, and Sarajevo 1984. One of his notable later successes was the 2nd Immopar Rapid Tournament in 1991, a weekend event which attracted a huge amount of prize money. In this knock-out format tournament he defeated Gata Kamsky 1½–½, Karpov 2–0, Viswanathan Anand 1½–½, and finally the World Champion Garry Kasparov 1½–½ to win the first prize of approximately 75,000 USD. His performance was equivalent to an Elo rating of 2950.

  50. Steven S.
    June 12th, 2016 at 10:39 | #50

    Anyone who can beat Kamsky( at his best then), Vishy, and Garry has my vote for sure!

  51. Steven S.
    June 12th, 2016 at 10:42 | #51

    @Steven S.
    By the way adjusted for American inflation (or global, etc.) his first prize of $75,000 had the same buying power as $309,356.32 in 2016.

  52. Oscar
    June 12th, 2016 at 12:07 | #52

    Timman had its successes, surely, but I’d pick any of the others over him anytime. As for Ivanchuk, being first on the list for a while is quite a feat. But counting only the good periods, and not the bad ones immediately before or after, does not seem fair. If a good period would have lasted at least a year I’d think differently. Maybe that could be one of the requirements to decide about the best non world champion: being best of the world at least one year.

  53. Jacob Aagaard
    June 12th, 2016 at 15:15 | #53

    Carlsen was only number one for a day in 2007, in comparison. I am not sure Ivanchuk was no. 1 on any official lists either 🙂

  54. Oscar
    June 12th, 2016 at 17:26 | #54

    So a next poll could be about the player who was closest to / most deserved / something else being world champion? Phrasing the question is difficult for me. Ivanchuk was stronger than Tarrasch, still I think the latter was better compared to the time he played in.

  55. Thomas
    June 12th, 2016 at 17:57 | #55

    Oscar :
    Ivanchuk was stronger than Tarrasch

    Look at Havanna: Chucky is alive and kicking!

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