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The Science of Strategy

So guys, I said that we would want some help. Some already guessed this would be with the titles for a few of the books. The first one is a book by Alexander Kotov, not previously translated into English. The Russian title was “The Textbook of Chess Strategy”, which we did not like at all. We are currently going with: The Science of Strategy, but feel that a better choice may be out there.

So, this is your chance to get your name on page 2 and your title on the cover. Suggestions are very welcome! Has to work with the theme and the cover.

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  1. Victor
    March 29th, 2018 at 11:09 | #1

    Another Kotov´s book… “Bigmouth strikes again!”.

  2. Tom Tidom
    March 29th, 2018 at 11:10 | #2

    Some suggestions:

    1. Kotov´s Primer on Chess Strategy
    2. Classical Chess Strategy explained
    3. The Development of Chess Strategy – A Classical Treatise

  3. JQRC
    March 29th, 2018 at 11:22 | #3

    The Russians teach you strategy
    Time to really learn chess strategy
    Kotov pure strategy : why classic knowledge is important

  4. Ray
    March 29th, 2018 at 11:27 | #4

    I actually like the proposed title, but here are some other options:

    1. Every Russian schoolboy knows…
    2. Soviet Chess Strategy reloaded
    3. Foundations of Chess Strategy
    4. Standard Chess Strategy

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    March 29th, 2018 at 11:45 | #5

    Is the third one not a Lars Bo Hansen book?

  6. James2
    March 29th, 2018 at 12:06 | #6

    How about The Application of Chess Strategy or Chess Strategy: An Essay or (one for old Batsford) Winning With Chess Strategy? :0)


  7. James2
    March 29th, 2018 at 12:16 | #7

    How about Chess Strategy: A Modern Treatise or Winning Chess: Priming the Prelates or Practiacal Chess Theory Applied: You Win!


  8. James2
    March 29th, 2018 at 12:47 | #8

    I’ve thought of another one: The Soviet School: Strategize Like a Grandamaster?


  9. James2
    March 29th, 2018 at 12:53 | #9

    Or another one: Doctorin’ The Doctrine: Chess the Right Way?

    Or perhaps another Smiths inspires title: Kotov – Take a Bow?

    I think they are my final suggestions now.


  10. kutlu hasan
    March 29th, 2018 at 13:35 | #10

    Soviet school of strategy

  11. vassilism
    March 29th, 2018 at 13:36 | #11

    “Explore the kernel of chess strategy”
    “Explore the core of chess strategy”

  12. Gordon
    March 29th, 2018 at 13:58 | #12

    The strategic way

  13. LaurentF
    March 29th, 2018 at 14:02 | #13

    My proposal: Kotov’s chess strategy elements

  14. S J Harding
    March 29th, 2018 at 14:14 | #14

    Botvinnik Wept: Soviet Chess Strategy

  15. Sinclair
    March 29th, 2018 at 14:43 | #15

    An Analysis of Chess Strategy

  16. Clemens
    March 29th, 2018 at 14:44 | #16

    Strategize like a grandmaster

  17. James2
    March 29th, 2018 at 14:47 | #17

    I couldn’t resist another one I’m afraid; Kotov’s Crunch!


  18. Dobby
    March 29th, 2018 at 15:01 | #18

    „The Nucleus of Strategy“ or less scientific „The Core of Strategy“ fits to the cover 🙂

  19. Steve
    March 29th, 2018 at 15:08 | #19

    Don’t get Kotov guard.

    Please don’t use this one. The original suggestion seems best to me so far.

  20. Pinpon
    March 29th, 2018 at 15:42 | #20

    Master Chess Strategy , the Russian way / Master of Chess Strategy : the Russian way

  21. Pinpon
    March 29th, 2018 at 15:47 | #21

    Chess Strategy Principles

  22. Pinpon
    March 29th, 2018 at 16:02 | #22

    Up to date

  23. Robert R
    March 29th, 2018 at 16:04 | #23

    Your intended action is, in my view, a bit of a liberty. So I would ask you all to reconsider the merits of the original title, but rendered TEXTBOOK ON CHESS STRATEGY or A TEXTBOOK ON CHESS STRATEGY.
    We have used textbooks to learn many things in life, the association for struggling players will be positive. Textbook on Chess Strategy has a brusque, Russian feel (No definite/indefinite articles). A Textbook on Chess Strategy, prettier, is perhaps just as good. Of the various ways of juggling the words, these are best to my North American ears.
    Altering the titles of old books is a mistake. I wish you wouldn’t do this. Save your “Science” title for a book in the future that fits it perfectly.

  24. John Upper
    March 29th, 2018 at 16:58 | #24

    Take your Kotov and sit down!

    Chess Strategy: 1914-1976

  25. Johnnyboy
    March 29th, 2018 at 17:46 | #25

    My plan involves the Bee Gees on the front cover of the book in full 70s flares and open necked shirts and very tight trousers staring at a chessboard…in soft focus of course…

    title: “”Strategy- ah, ah ah ah, staying alive”

    blurb on back
    “Strategy- when you need a plan so it won’t go wrong
    It’s Strategy
    When your trainer cries and you don’t know why
    It’s hard to bear
    With no engine to help you you’re
    Goin’ nowhere
    When you lose control and your position has holes
    It’s Strategy
    When the initiative dies and you don’t know why
    It’s hard to bear
    But with Kotov to help you you’re
    Goin’ somewhere”

    May be slightly overlong but if QC do gatefold picture disc special editions then that may sort that minor problem out…

  26. Alex
    March 29th, 2018 at 18:50 | #26

    The building blocks of chess strategy.

  27. Alex
    March 29th, 2018 at 18:52 | #27

    Every russian schoolboy’s chess strategy.

  28. James2
    March 29th, 2018 at 19:00 | #28

    We could also try some similar lyrics to Maroon 5’s Moves Like Ragger :0)


  29. Gert
    March 29th, 2018 at 19:37 | #29

    My suggestion in the spirit of the original title would be “Chess Strategy Insight”.

  30. Boki
    March 29th, 2018 at 20:08 | #30

    Strategic Play like a Grandmaster

  31. Gert
    March 29th, 2018 at 20:11 | #31

    Another suggestion: “The Center of Strategy”

  32. James2
    March 29th, 2018 at 20:20 | #32

    How about Core Principles of Chess Strategy?

  33. Thomas
    March 29th, 2018 at 20:33 | #33

    Looking at the cover I’d say “The Nucleus of Strategy”.

  34. cyberhound
    March 29th, 2018 at 21:03 | #34

    Strategize like a Grandmaster.
    Strategic Science: Kotov’s Quanta.
    Strategic Science in Chess: Beating the Hiesenberg Uncertainty Principle

  35. Joeri
    March 29th, 2018 at 21:28 | #35

    Fundamental Chess Strategy

  36. Doug Eckert
    March 29th, 2018 at 21:34 | #36

    Space: The Final Frontier of Strategy.

    A tribute to Leonard Nimoy whose passing has now been 3 years. Hard to believe it has been that long. In the tv show at least he was purported to be a great 3 dimensional chessplayer.

  37. Christophe
    March 30th, 2018 at 05:25 | #37

    I would suggest: Fundamental Elements of Chess Strategy.

  38. A. N. Burumcekci
    March 30th, 2018 at 07:40 | #38

    @Robert R

    +1. I believe the author has the right to the name of the book. Maybe a subtitle can be added to increase interest such as The Russian Way or something else.

    • Jacob Aagaard
      March 30th, 2018 at 08:16 | #39

      No author ever has the final say on a title.

  39. Ray
    March 30th, 2018 at 07:41 | #40

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Yes, you’re right – I didn’t realise 🙂

  40. Ray
    March 30th, 2018 at 07:49 | #41

    🙂 Here are some other titles inspired by Smiths songs:

    Chess is murder
    The king is dead

    But seriously, I still prefer the original title.

  41. Omar Shah
    March 30th, 2018 at 07:52 | #42

    “Stratagems of Chess” by Alexander Kotov

    “Scheming,Systematized Soviet Style” (4 S’s) by Kotov

    “Soviet Style Scheming Systematized ” by Kotov

    “Scheming Soviet Style” (3 S’s) by Kotov

    “Kotov’s Legacy: Strategize Like a GM” by Kotov

    “Strategize Like a GM” by Kotov

  42. Jacob Aagaard
    March 30th, 2018 at 07:53 | #43

    “Hum it and I will break your legs”

  43. Andrew Brett
    March 30th, 2018 at 09:07 | #44

    Chess dynamics and mechanics.

    Any details on the level that this is pitched at and the page length?

  44. Franco Rivola
    March 30th, 2018 at 09:23 | #45

    Atomic Structure of Chess Strategy

    Strategy: the Atomic Structure of Chess

    Chess Strategy : Atomic Structure of the Game

    Atom Heart Chess Strategy (maybe best of all, but provided there are no copyright problems … Pink Floyd)

  45. JQRC
    March 30th, 2018 at 10:01 | #46

    Kotov’s strategic legacy

  46. Bill
    March 30th, 2018 at 11:06 | #47

    Kotov’s Correct Chess
    Correct Chess by Kotov

  47. James2
    March 30th, 2018 at 12:37 | #48

    Perhaps this book could be done like a musical birthday card? As soon as the pages are open we get a full rendition of the Howard’s Way theme? ;0)


  48. Seth A.
    March 30th, 2018 at 12:41 | #49

    What about:
    Dissecting chess strategy

  49. Ray
    March 30th, 2018 at 13:20 | #50

    @Franco Rivola
    ‘Atomic’ is a Blondie song…

  50. James2
    March 30th, 2018 at 13:35 | #51

    Thomas Dolby ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ is another…

  51. Pedro
    March 30th, 2018 at 14:47 | #52

    ‘Core Chess Strategies’ or ‘Core Chess Strategy’

  52. Nermid
    March 30th, 2018 at 15:39 | #53

    (The) Big Bang Strategy

  53. Mark
    March 30th, 2018 at 16:09 | #54

    “Strategy’s Periodic Table”
    This also alludes to the fact that Mendeleev, possibly Russia’s greatest scientist developed the concept of The Periodic Table.

  54. mn
    March 30th, 2018 at 21:31 | #55

    I actually really like “The Science of Strategy as a title.

  55. Franco Rivola
    March 30th, 2018 at 21:48 | #56

    Atom Heart Mother is a LP by Pink Floyd !

  56. Sinclair
    March 30th, 2018 at 21:58 | #57

    The Enigma of Chess Strategems

  57. Jacob Aagaard
    March 30th, 2018 at 22:08 | #58

    So far I cannot see anyone have done better. We do actually work on these titles after all!

  58. fortune
    March 30th, 2018 at 23:31 | #59

    “The Science Behind Chess Strategy ” Alexander Kotov

  59. March 30th, 2018 at 23:40 | #60

    Although I’m not creative enough to help by offering an alternative title all I would say is that as soon as I saw a chess book with a word like “science” in the title I would put it back on the shelf and look at something else……science seems to me to suggest boring and very hard work!

    Doubtlessly it will attract some, but suspect us lazy players (and there are a good few of us out here) will not go there…

  60. Thomas
    March 31st, 2018 at 05:52 | #61

    What kind of books do you prefer? “Nuke them with the Grob-Attack?”

  61. March 31st, 2018 at 07:29 | #62


    Actually no, it’s unsound…..the three books that I have treasured the most are Judgement and Planning, My System and BCE …..

  62. Cowe
    March 31st, 2018 at 10:47 | #63

    Hard to find a proper title w/o knowing the book. Guess the interest of this book is mainly historic, so the title should retain an historic flavor. Maybe “Chess for strategists”, “strategic chess battleplans”, “essential chess strategy” ?

  63. Alice Red
    March 31st, 2018 at 14:33 | #64

    Since Kotov is best known for the “Tree of Analysis” I would suggest something that reminds potential readers of that fact and at the same time tries to make it clear it’s a different type of book. For example: “Beyond the tree of analysis, Kotov on Strategy” or vice-versa.

  64. Alfred Wallner
    March 31st, 2018 at 17:15 | #65

    “Secrets of Chess Strategy” by Alexander Kotov or
    “My Search for Chess Strategy” by Alexander Kotov

    All the best!

  65. jackson
    March 31st, 2018 at 17:24 | #66

    study of chess strategy
    survey of chess strategy
    research of chess strategy

  66. Jacquez Lacan
    March 31st, 2018 at 18:20 | #67

    Mr. Aagaard,
    To tell you the truth, I do not think this is a good book. It is quite similar to the book entitled “How to Become a Grandmaster” which is a Russian edition of postumously assembled teaching materials by Kotov. Why don’t you publish the three volumes by Pachman in one volume entitled “Complete Chess Strategy”, and his other two books on tactics (Pieces and Pawns in Action & Attacking the King, the titles are something of the sort) and entitle this second volume “Complete Chess Tactics”. And it is not that I need the Pachman editions for myself, I just propose a great contribution to chess literature. All these 5 volumes by Pachman have only been published in descriptive notation, what a shame!!!

  67. Douwe
    March 31st, 2018 at 19:17 | #68

    But really, what does it mean, this sentence: “The science of Strategy”?

    I think it is an empty title like this.

  68. Douwe
    March 31st, 2018 at 19:18 | #69

    Chess Strategy. Explained.

  69. Johnnyboy
    March 31st, 2018 at 19:55 | #70

    Out of Book? – The Strategic Look

  70. Remco G
    March 31st, 2018 at 21:05 | #71

    Is there anything about the content of the book that’s different from other books on strategy? Then maybe the title can refer that. Otherwise there’s either generic titles or jokes, I guess.

    So how about Pump Up Your Kotov…

  71. Kinghartattack
    March 31st, 2018 at 22:44 | #72

    Accelerate your Chess Strategy

  72. April 1st, 2018 at 02:05 | #73

    “Chess Strategy From Scratch” by GM Alexander Kotov.

    This way it would fit into your upcoming From Scratch Series.

  73. Sinclair
    April 1st, 2018 at 06:16 | #74

    The Logic of Chess Strategy

  74. Kinghartattack
    April 1st, 2018 at 06:54 | #75

    The Theory of Chess Strategy

  75. Lucifer
    April 1st, 2018 at 07:04 | #76

    “Scientific Chess Strategy”

  76. Phil Collins
    April 1st, 2018 at 07:40 | #77

    Kotov? “The KGB plays chess”

  77. Ray
    April 1st, 2018 at 08:02 | #78

    “Chess Strategy 1.0”

  78. Douwe
    April 1st, 2018 at 08:18 | #79

    The atoms of Chess Strategy
    Nuclear Pawns clear the way, Kotov’s Strategy is here to stay
    Countdown to zero
    Fire up your strategy
    Evolutionize your chess strategy
    All the strategy’s pawns
    Strategize your pawns

  79. Douwe
    April 1st, 2018 at 08:20 | #80

    Pawn says “No” – chess strategy demystified

  80. Douwe
    April 1st, 2018 at 08:23 | #81

    Educated guesses in chess strategy

  81. Steve
    April 1st, 2018 at 09:19 | #82

    Strategy: the nucleus of chess

    Chess strategy: a theory of everything

  82. Jacob Aagaard
    April 1st, 2018 at 09:26 | #83

    @Jeffrey Hall
    Except that we are not trying to jam things into a series that have nothing to do with that series 🙂

  83. Lucifer
    April 1st, 2018 at 09:41 | #84

    @Franco Rivola
    Quantum Chess Strategy
    Experimental Chess Strategy
    Computational Tools in Chess Strategy

  84. Ray
    April 1st, 2018 at 10:35 | #85

    Chess strategy for aspiring Nobel prize laureates

  85. Bill
    April 1st, 2018 at 14:51 | #86

    The Chernobyl Variation

  86. Douwe
    April 1st, 2018 at 17:38 | #87

    Inside the pawn’s mind
    Chess strategy decomposed
    The decomposition of chess strategy
    Pawn’s play in strategy
    Strategic observations of a mere pawn
    Lessons in strategy
    Particles of chess strategy

  87. Douwe
    April 1st, 2018 at 17:47 | #88

    Orbital strategy
    Pawns, orbit and strategy
    Pawn and atom – the definite guide in chess strategy
    How to do chess strategy and bring nuclear winters to your chess competitors with Kotov’s manual
    Chess strategy – dissolving pawns to atoms and more strategies by Kotov
    Chess strategies finally translated in english from russian

  88. April 1st, 2018 at 19:26 | #89

    How about the DNA of Chess Strategy? Which implies a very deep seated root for all positional ideas. Or the DNA of Chess?

  89. Wayne Hatcher
    April 2nd, 2018 at 00:44 | #90

    Importance of Strategy in Chess

  90. Wayne Hatcher
    April 2nd, 2018 at 00:48 | #91

    Strategy Isotopes

  91. Kinghartattack
    April 2nd, 2018 at 07:39 | #92

    A Classic Guide to Chess Strategy

  92. tamz29
    April 2nd, 2018 at 07:47 | #93

    Chess Strategy Dogma

    Chess Strategy Axiom

  93. Ostria
    April 2nd, 2018 at 08:11 | #94

    The essence of Chess Strategy or
    The essence of Strategy in Chess

  94. Lucifer
    April 2nd, 2018 at 10:32 | #95

    Classical Chess Strategy Evolution: From Statistical Mechanical to Quantum

  95. Nathan
    April 2nd, 2018 at 14:14 | #96

    Soviet Chess Plans

  96. Bill
    April 2nd, 2018 at 14:15 | #97

    Chess Strategy Reengineered
    Chess Strategy for a New Era

  97. RYV
    April 2nd, 2018 at 15:47 | #98

    Hi Jacob
    Not easy to give a title without having read the book. Anyway, from what we know about Kotov’s other books and the soviet era vision of chess , strategy in chess is more related to some “methodical planning” and his ineluctable realisation than a science.
    “Method in chess ” is maybe already a book by Y.Dorfman but something like “method in chess strategy ” might be closer to Kotov’s mind .

    Anyway, if you are just looking to get a nice title for commercial purpose, i will suggest the direct ” sex over the board” ( that one will need a new cover !)

  98. jackson
    April 2nd, 2018 at 16:49 | #99

    Reflections on Chess Strategy
    Grandmaster Concepts of Chess Strategy
    Kotov’s View on Chess Strategy

  99. jackson
    April 2nd, 2018 at 16:59 | #100

    Components of Strategy

  100. Pinpon
    April 2nd, 2018 at 17:02 | #101

    GM strategy at work

  101. Pinpon
    April 2nd, 2018 at 17:11 | #102

    64 squares under the microscope

  102. nico
    April 2nd, 2018 at 19:37 | #103

    What about:

    “The Core of chess: a textbook on strategy”

  103. peter
    April 2nd, 2018 at 19:43 | #104

    “Plan like a Grandmaster”

  104. JQRC
    April 3rd, 2018 at 06:45 | #105

    STRATEGY The Academical Way

  105. JQRC
    April 3rd, 2018 at 06:50 | #106

    STRATEGY The Scientific Approach

  106. Steve W
    April 3rd, 2018 at 08:19 | #107

    Strategic Vision
    The Horizon of Chess
    Chess Campaigning: The art of strategy

  107. weng nian
    April 3rd, 2018 at 09:36 | #108

    @Peter#102, Kotov already has a book published in English with that title.
    However, along the theme of Kotov’s famous books, “Strategise like a Grandmaster”, but cyberhound has beaten me to this.
    How about:
    “Strategic Planning like a Grandmaster”.

  108. Douwe
    April 3rd, 2018 at 17:58 | #109

    Fundamental Strategy
    Building blocks of Strategy
    Once upon a time… the discovery of strategy

  109. Douwe
    April 3rd, 2018 at 18:00 | #110

    The early days of strategy
    (Soviet’s) Strictly Strategy

  110. Douwe
    April 3rd, 2018 at 18:02 | #111

    One Two Three – Strategy
    Russian proof of strategy

  111. The Doctor
    April 3rd, 2018 at 21:46 | #112

    Sticking with the science theme

    A Quantum Leap into Strategy

  112. Andre
    April 3rd, 2018 at 23:11 | #113

    Why not make things simpler instead of getting more and more artsy with the name suggestions. How about simply telling the reader what he can do with Kotov’s book?

    “Learn Chess Strategy”

    This makes sense under the assumption that his text book starts somewhere near the beginning of strategy.
    The name includes the word “chess” and it doesn’t seem to be already taken. It also pairs well with all kinds of sub-titles or marketing slogans like “Best lessons from the Russian school of Chess”. The name can also be integrated into a series later with other classic texts, if the demand is there, like “Learn Positional Play” or “Learn Dynamic Play”, etc.

  113. Vandros
    April 4th, 2018 at 00:50 | #114

    The Practice of Chess Strategy

  114. Ray
    April 4th, 2018 at 05:53 | #115

    If I’m correct this one wasn’t mentioned yet:

    Systematic Chess Strategy (or ‘S.C.S.’)

  115. April 4th, 2018 at 07:14 | #116

    Chess Strategy Explained

  116. Birdyfox
    April 4th, 2018 at 20:29 | #117

    Strategy : from the Past, for the Future

    Strategic Resonances

    The Quarks of Strategy

    Strategy Revolutions

  117. Michel Barbaut
    April 5th, 2018 at 11:14 | #118

    Strategy Therapy
    Chess Strategy Therapy

  118. Douwe
    April 5th, 2018 at 12:08 | #119

    Undisclosed Soviet Strategies Revealed
    Unique Soviet Strategies Revealed

  119. Ian Jamieson
    April 5th, 2018 at 14:45 | #120

    This is either cheating or lateral thinking, depending on how you view it, but given, as far as I am aware, there is already a Kotov book in English called “Chess Tactics” I think the book should simply be called “Chess Strategy”.

    (There are lots of variations on this above but as far as I can see nobody has suggested just “Chess Strategy” Apologies in advance if I have overlooked it.)

    I accept that there are already books called this by Edward Lasker, Eduard Gufeld and Frank Eagan (and possibly Capablanca) but to my mind this just shows it is a good title. While product differentiation may be desirable for a lesser author or publisher I would not have thought it would be a problem with Kotov or Quality Chess.

    I accept also that it does not go with the cover but if the title is right, which I think it is, then I suggest you change the cover. (You can always use the cover for another book.)

  120. Ian Jamieson
    April 5th, 2018 at 15:29 | #121

    The book also appears from your cover to be in your chess classics series so it should have a classic title.

  121. jackson
    April 5th, 2018 at 17:00 | #122

    The Battle Beginns: Create Your Strategy
    How to Create Strategy
    Applying Strategy
    The Creation of Strategy
    Strategy Evolution

  122. Pinpon
    April 5th, 2018 at 17:37 | #123

    The Strategy Red Book
    Prefaced by JL Hammer ( hopefully )

  123. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    April 5th, 2018 at 20:19 | #124

    “The book also appears from your cover to be in your chess classics series so it should have a classic title.” (Ian Jamieson) …

    Ergo: Classical Chess Strategy. Tom Tidom and Kinghartatta already gave very similar titles, so one of them should get credit if this or similar is selected.

    Speaking of classic titles, I remember a conversation my brother had with the neighbor, about a run-down car in our driveway. Neighbor: What kind of car is that? Brother: A “Caprice Classic”. Neighbor: Classic? That’s not a classic. You need to see one of my classic cars. (Explanation: The neighbor had several valuable restored vintage cars in his garage.) Brother: They didn’t make “classic” cars in those days.

  124. Birdyfox
    April 5th, 2018 at 22:07 | #125

    Strategic Fields

  125. Brian Jørgensen
    April 6th, 2018 at 18:38 | #126

    The Power of strategy

  126. Hale-Bopp
    April 6th, 2018 at 20:23 | #127

    – The Universe of Chess Strategy

    – Chemical Composition of Chess Strategy

    – Chess Strategy under the microscope

  127. Alexander
    April 7th, 2018 at 20:39 | #128

    “Kotovian Strategy”
    Plain and simple..

  128. jackson
    April 8th, 2018 at 16:09 | #129

    The Essence of Strategy
    The Lore of Strategy
    Composition of Chess Strategy

  129. Tubbygold
    April 8th, 2018 at 19:08 | #130

    “Chess Strategy – end to end”

  130. Johnnyboy
    April 11th, 2018 at 21:13 | #131

    Time to put us out of our misery Jacob. If we have to stick to the cover (not quite getting it?) here’s my last try
    ‘New Clear Power Strategy’

  131. James2
    April 11th, 2018 at 22:07 | #132

    I think that, even after the fun of this thread, the original title is best.

    If you do it another time, how about not letting us know the title you picked? (You might have to video yourself with a date and time on the videi with your own title before you open the thread so there will be no Doubting Thomas’s if somebody chooses your own suggestion).

    I have enjoyed trying to come up with some titles and even though some of mine were meant to be silly I know have more of an appreciation of how difficult it is to come up with a punchy/relevant title.


  132. albionado
    April 12th, 2018 at 09:46 | #133

    What about, “Strategy: A Soviet Treaty”

  133. Douwe
    April 12th, 2018 at 17:05 | #134

    I was thinking just that. And then a vision came to me. I present to you and to the rest of the world: Elementary (chess) Strategy

    I don’t think it has been mentioned because Google didn’t find it.

  134. Bill
    April 12th, 2018 at 18:30 | #135

    Strategic Chess Fusion
    Energetic Chess Strategy

  135. S J Harding
    April 12th, 2018 at 20:16 | #136

    Elemental Chess Strategy

  136. Michel Legein
    April 12th, 2018 at 20:47 | #137

    Manual of Chess Strategy
    (Soviet) Chess Strategy Manual
    (Russian) Chess Strategy Manual

  137. Clemens
    April 13th, 2018 at 03:39 | #138

    Besides a classic title as Principles of Chess Strategy or Classical Chess Strategy, I found a subtitle; “avoid barking up the wrong tree” quite amusing.

  138. The Lurker
    April 13th, 2018 at 18:05 | #139

    Michel Legein :
    Manual of Chess Strategy

    It seems strange that I would “me-too” someone else’s suggestion, but…

    Michel’s suggestion, “Manual of Chess Strategy”, or “The Manual of Chess Strategy”, would seem the best way to stay very close to a literal translation, without using the unmarketable word “textbook”. I’m not sure what the actual title of Kotov’s book is in Russian, but Google’s translation shows both “manual” and “textbook” as translations for both “учебник” and “руководство”.

  139. Pinpon
    April 13th, 2018 at 19:23 | #140

    Kotov Grand Book ( KGB ) of Strategy

  140. Dr Bob
    April 15th, 2018 at 10:51 | #141

    It’s clearly a picture of an atom with three electrons in the second shell; the two electrons in the innermost shell are not shown. Hence, the title of the book should be:

    Bore On Chess

  141. The Doctor
    April 15th, 2018 at 11:54 | #142

    @Dr Bob
    Very nice

    Seems like its one electron in each of the 3 ‘shells’.
    In the planetary model you would put the 3 electrons in the px, py and pz orbitals in one orbit!

    So if new are talking purely on a chemistry level the whole diagram of the atom is inaccurate!

    But frankly who cares!

  142. The Doctor
    April 15th, 2018 at 11:56 | #143

    @The Doctor
    You might now have figured out what i’m a ‘Doctor’ of! 🙂

  143. Cowe
    April 15th, 2018 at 12:41 | #144

    Pinpon :
    Kotov Grand Book ( KGB ) of Strategy

    +1 for both imagination & accuracy, but I doubt right holders will allow that 🙂

  144. Dr Bob
    April 15th, 2018 at 16:27 | #145

    Talking from a theoretical physics point of view: nothing is orbiting anything else – get over it!

    Anyway, it was intended to be a humorous digression. I think that the cover picture is too constraining to allow much sensible input. Something less committal might have led to a title to match the (imho) wonderful, ‘Luther’s Chess Reformation’.

  145. jackson
    April 15th, 2018 at 16:29 | #146

    The Central Elements of Strategy
    Insights in Chess Strategy / Insight of Chess Strategy
    Observations of Chess Strategy

  146. The Doctor
    April 15th, 2018 at 16:41 | #147

    @Dr Bob
    I was complimentary and did say ‘very nice’
    Don’t really think I deserved the get over it comment!

  147. Dr Bob
    April 15th, 2018 at 19:24 | #148

    @The Doctor
    Sorry for the misunderstanding – not intended to be either personal or catty.
    Just my conclusion after a long time trying to make sense of QM, that *I* should be getting over it!

  148. Arthur Patrick Nugent
    April 16th, 2018 at 06:14 | #149

    Strategy in Motion

  149. Arthur Patrick Nugent
    April 18th, 2018 at 04:25 | #150

    The Future of Chess Strategy

  150. Arthur Patrick Nugent
    April 18th, 2018 at 04:33 | #151

    Chess Strategy-The Fourth law of Motion

  151. Ray
    April 18th, 2018 at 06:17 | #152

    Chess strategy: alchemy or science?

  152. Trispios
    April 18th, 2018 at 13:02 | #153

    Strategic thinking in chess

  153. Joshua Lee
    April 19th, 2018 at 16:35 | #154

    This is lehrbuch der schachstrategie Vol 2 3rd edition ?
    so the title should be : Textbook of Strategy Volume 2
    When will Koblencs Book 1 be out?

  154. Javier Castellote
    April 19th, 2018 at 18:32 | #155

    What happened with the third video? The video more complicated and doesnt exists… why? Simptomatic.

  155. Morphy Fan
    April 20th, 2018 at 00:44 | #156

    Can we have your edition of “Paul Morphy by Geza Maroczy”?


    In hardback or paperback by Quality Chess.

    The current edition is physically unavailable… unless you are willing to pay $600+ US

  156. jackson
    April 22nd, 2018 at 16:20 | #157

    The Mechanisms of Strategy
    Substance, Chess Strategy
    The Substance of Strategy
    Strategy in Progress

  157. AdamTheFirst
    April 22nd, 2018 at 16:59 | #158

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Hello, i’m a newbie on this forum, so please don’t hate me, i didn’t really know where to ask this question.
    I wanted to know if there are any books for wannabe coaches other than your “Thinking Inside the Box” (which can be used as a material for coaches as well) ? Just to give you some information, i’m playing around Fide Master level, and i would like to start coaching , tho i’m pretty young (18 old).
    I really appreciate what you’re doing for this community,
    and thanks in advance for your anwer. 🙂

  158. Richard de Goeij- de Haas
    April 23rd, 2018 at 10:03 | #159

    Understanding and Mastering Chess Strategy according to Sovjet Grandmaster Alexander Kotov.

  159. Brian McLaren
    April 24th, 2018 at 04:14 | #160

    It is difficult to come up with a name for a book without looking at the contents or knowing the intention of the author. Is it a comprehensive tome on strategy or is it a barebones primer? As it is an older book and the main selling point may be who wrote it, my choice would be Kotov’s Chess Strategy Primer, or Kotov’s Guide to Chess Strategy, or Basics of Chess Strategy, or Basic Chess Strategy.

  160. MichaelS
    April 24th, 2018 at 14:47 | #161

    Kotov on Strategy

  161. JQRC
    April 25th, 2018 at 13:12 | #162

    Kotov Back to the Future STRATEGY

  162. Jörgen Olsson
    April 29th, 2018 at 21:20 | #163

    Title: Alexander the greats strategyguide-How to be a lion among sheeps.

    May 1st, 2018 at 21:01 | #164

    – Russian Chess Strategy Manual

    – Chess Strategy Manual

  164. Jonathan Doran
    May 2nd, 2018 at 05:09 | #165

    – Strategic Elements of Chess
    – Dynamic Elements in Chess
    – Dynamic Chess Elements

  165. Stigma
    May 5th, 2018 at 01:45 | #166

    The Soviet School of Strategy

    – A title Kotov himself would likely have approved. There’s an alliteration there. And you can leave the reader to wonder whether these days a title like that is slightly tongue-in-cheek (after Yermolinsky and others have tried to debunk the image of a monolithic Soviet School of Chess).

  166. Stigma
    May 5th, 2018 at 01:55 | #167

    Now I see kutlu hasan already suggested Soviet school of Strategy in post #10.
    I still like it though!

  167. Johnnyboy
    May 5th, 2018 at 08:47 | #168

    Hmm reading about the new Shereshevsky Method book from New in Chess and examples of plagiarism. Did it involve any Quality Chess titles? Gelfand’s name was mentioned

  168. JB
    May 5th, 2018 at 08:50 | #169

    Are we any nearer to a final title yet?

  169. Steve W
    May 5th, 2018 at 12:01 | #170

    The Road to Endgame…

  170. Jacob Aagaard
    May 5th, 2018 at 15:27 | #171

    The only problem is that we more or less have a book with this title already!

  171. Leaf
    May 5th, 2018 at 23:19 | #172

    Do you mean Road to Endgame is the book “Sharp Endgames”, or is it another new book in the future … ?

  172. Stigma
    May 6th, 2018 at 01:16 | #173

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Hmm, good point. I should have thought of that.

  173. Jacob Aagaard
  174. Sinclair
    May 7th, 2018 at 09:40 | #175

    The Russian Doll – The Insides of Chess Strategy

  175. LaurentS
    May 7th, 2018 at 16:55 | #176

    “The Forest behind the Tree”
    “Chess strategy landscape”

  176. LaurentS
    May 7th, 2018 at 16:58 | #177

    ps: I realize it doesn’t fit at all with the cover, but just couldn’t resist 🙂

  177. Paolo
    May 9th, 2018 at 08:51 | #178

    (The) Orbits of Chess Strategy
    Classical Orbits of Chess Strategy
    Orbits of Classical Chess Strategy


  178. Topnotch
    May 10th, 2018 at 04:08 | #179

    The cover has some blue in it so how about:

    Grandmaster Blueprint to Strategic Mastery

  179. Topnotch
    May 10th, 2018 at 04:09 | #180

    Catchy title and colorful word play. 🙂

  180. jackson
    May 10th, 2018 at 16:05 | #181

    Strategy From the Inner Circuits of Russian Chess

  181. jackson
    May 10th, 2018 at 16:18 | #182

    Focus Points in Strategy
    Masterplans in Strategy

  182. Sinclair
    May 12th, 2018 at 02:27 | #183

    Empirical Chess Strategy

  183. Pinpon
    May 12th, 2018 at 19:46 | #184

    Russians vs 64 squares , a strategical course

  184. Pinpon
    May 12th, 2018 at 19:48 | #185

    Secrets of Russian chess strategy

  185. JB
    May 30th, 2018 at 13:35 | #186

    I see that you went for the original title after all if the new catalogue is to be believed. Slight anticlimax but have to applaud the new Tal cover complete with pawn sporting a combover! Just needed to be holding a fag and downing a brandy as well to be perfect

  186. Jacob Aagaard
    May 30th, 2018 at 14:33 | #187

    We have been a bit unimpressed, but may still change the titles if a better one comes along. The leaflet is just a suggestion of what is coming…

  187. John Shaw
    May 30th, 2018 at 14:40 | #188


    I would not say “The Science of Strategy” is 100% the final title decision. We wanted to put something as a title in the catalogue, and the original title was the front-runner at the time. Probably it still is. I appreciate the effort that has gone into suggesting alternative titles, but I have not spotted one yet that looks a guaranteed winner.

  188. Alejandro Bonillo
    May 30th, 2018 at 14:59 | #189

    Breaking down chess strategy

  189. RYV
    May 30th, 2018 at 15:44 | #190

    @John Shaw

    “methodic chess control”….or i dont buy the book !

  190. jackson
    May 31st, 2018 at 16:45 | #191

    Timeless Strategy
    Immortal Strategy
    Eternal Strategy
    Everlasting Strategy
    Relentless Strategy
    Tremendous Strategy
    Passionate Strategy
    Energetic Strategy
    Ambitious Strategy
    High-Powered Strategy
    Hooked on Strategy
    Shapes of Strategy

  191. Chris
    May 31st, 2018 at 19:16 | #192

    Frame Strategies Like a Grandmaster

  192. MichaelS
    June 2nd, 2018 at 10:02 | #193

    1/ Kotov on Strategy

    2/ Chess Strategy by (or by) Kotov

    Good luck with it.

  193. MichaelS
    June 2nd, 2018 at 10:03 | #194


    2/ Chess Strategy by (or of) Kotov

    3/ Kotov on Chess Strategy


  194. Patrick
    June 3rd, 2018 at 11:58 | #195

    That symbol looks similar to the animation you see when they come out of commercial or change scenes on The Big Bang Theory. So how about:

    Big Bang Strategy!

  195. Satish
    June 21st, 2018 at 22:14 | #196

    The Science , The Chess Strategy and Mr.Kotov

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