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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #65 - 06/06/16 at 08:11:57
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1) World Champions Play the King's Gambit
2) Why Not the King's Knight Gambit?
3) The Scary Queen Check with ...d5
4) The Scary Queen Check without ...d5
5) The Bogo Tabiya and how it may be avoided
6) Three Gambits from The Bogo Tabiya
    1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.d4 d5 6.exd5 cxd5 7.Bb3 Bd6
    a) The Fischer Gambit 8.Nge2
    b) The Short Gambit   8.Nf3
    c) The Eberth Gambit  8.Qf3
7) The Modern Defense ...d5 on move 2 or 3
8) Black Pretends a Bishop is a Knight (lines with ...g5 or ...Be7)
9) Rare Third Moves for Black
10) Offbeat Declines
11) The Classical King's Gambit Declined
    1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.c3
12) The King's Gambit Met by Gambit

I have never been annoyed by Taylor's writing, because his side comments generally have something to do with chess.

p 501 "One thing I learned from Alexander Kotov's Think Like a Grandmaster is that when you are contemplating a sharp or tactical move, don't look at the secondary lines until you have closely examined the critical stuff."

There are some minor writing idiosyncrasies such as the widespread abbreviation B for Bishop.

p 501 "...moving the B again so that it may be exchanged for a knight, and..."

  
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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #64 - 06/05/16 at 18:23:03
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It's an unusual approach.
Aiming at the near-blind market with massive text.
Is there actually a Braille version too? That would be thoughtful.

Regarding actual chess content, for which forgive the impertinent query. How does it stack up theoretically? Lines covered?

And on the Irritating Style stakes, how's it looking in the Lakdawala versus Taylor fight?
  
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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #63 - 06/05/16 at 11:58:49
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IM_Serious wrote on 06/04/16 at 14:17:17:
Apparently it's finally published.

Hardcover, only 200 copies, 792 pages, $90 includes shipping.

facebook.com/TimTaylorChessFiction/posts/1037113699676482




Thats a shame. It's probably very unlikely that i will be buying a copy then.
  

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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #62 - 06/05/16 at 08:21:49
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i.imgur.com/1vUW8dg.png

Nope, I'm just a consumer who has waited a Long Time for this book.

1) The book really exists, I have it in my grubby hands right now!

2) It's huge. It's almost exactly the same size as Skinner's book of Alekhine's Chess Games (McFarland).

3) The print is extra large. It looks like 19-point font, so many old-timers can probably read this without glasses.

  
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Reply #61 - 06/05/16 at 02:37:27
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Firstly, welcome!
Interesting first post. Just out of interest, forgive the curiosity. Are you the author?
  
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Reply #60 - 06/04/16 at 14:17:17
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Apparently it's finally published.

Hardcover, only 200 copies, 792 pages, $90 includes shipping.

facebook.com/TimTaylorChessFiction/posts/1037113699676482

  
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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #59 - 03/23/16 at 04:07:43
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Hi,

I'm sorry but I've been AWOL from the site for a while now. Looking back over the course of this discussion, perhaps it is time to close the thread entirely.

i will give the parties one last chance to respond, then close this thread on or around Easter. I won't delete it, so others may refer to it. But I agree that it's time to move on.
  
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Reply #58 - 02/28/16 at 07:10:37
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I'm inclined to second katar's post.  (For the record, I'm a Southern United-Statesian whose recollection of Taylor dates from his participation in the National Open in Mobile, Alabama in 1977) ...
  
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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #57 - 02/28/16 at 06:28:17
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CaptainDunsel wrote on 02/27/16 at 14:36:17:
I talked to a publisher who confirmed the prevailing opinion in the industry that Taylor lacks a certain emotional maturity, which I've noticed is clear even from his chess writings.  Just read his chess analysis, and see for yourself.

It is fine to discuss events that occurred, but I would like to avoid name-calling and conclusive evaluations of a person's "emotional maturity."
In the quoted text, an anonymous commenter cites an anonymous source as the purported "prevailing opinion in the industry."  Even if all that could be considered true as opposed to a defamatory, unsourced opinion, please let's just stick to the facts and avoid judgments.  Better yet, why not avoid drama altogether and just discuss chess moves.  Taylor was in a vulnerable spot based on his pleas for donations for his wife's health condition, which does not always bring out the best in a person.  Personally I think certain of Taylor's works have redeeming qualities, and he was friendly and courteous to random kibbitzers in a skittles room the one time I interacted with him.  Anyway, I am not trying to be a jerk or start a war.  Just want to see peace and chess here at Chesspub rather than gossip -- regardless whether folks deserve the judgments heaped on them.  Lips Sealed
  

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Reply #56 - 02/27/16 at 14:36:17
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I talked to a publisher who confirmed the prevailing opinion in the industry that Taylor lacks a certain emotional maturity, which I've noticed is clear even from his chess writings.  Just read his chess analysis, and see for yourself.
  
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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #55 - 02/14/16 at 11:23:31
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I'm curious about how big Taylor's book will be. I think on his website he said the manuscipt is 1500 pages ( i forget the term he used) but wont be as big once the printer has done his bit. I'm assuming that this is because diagrams for example that may be included in the book, are given their own page in the manuscript?
  

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Reply #54 - 02/14/16 at 05:56:04
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Perhaps a line could be drawn under this at CP.
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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #53 - 02/13/16 at 21:36:08
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Trefor wrote on 02/03/16 at 07:47:40:
Have just been reading Taylor's WordPress Blog, which explains, in his opinion, why this book is still not published.
I won't give the url here as I obviously have no idea of the truth. Let's just say that he names names and isn't sparing with accusations!


Let's just say he has a rather "imaginative" interpretation of events, as well as a very selective memory.

For instance, regarding the new comment: Before this I had written eight previous books for Everyman, such as Slay the Sicilian, without editing problems, indeed usually with almost no editing at all. I strive to turn in an absolutely clean copy. — Yes, he had written several books previously for Everyman, and I edited almost all of them, indeed without problems, but not with "almost no editing". They were all rigorously edited, not least because he never submitted a "clean copy". Apart from anything else, the manuscripts were always full of abbreviations which had to be individually converted. I already posted about this (and his other complaints about the editing) two years ago on the first page of this thread.

But as regards the offending variation...

Jonathan Tait wrote on 04/24/14 at 07:52:45:
analytical corrections/queries were mostly referred back to Tim for his consideration (some he accepted, some he didn't – fair enough). Occasionally, I might insert something trivial extra, for explanatory purposes (the sort of thing that would be prefaced by "Ed." in a magazine), and add text to that, but these would (almost always) have been thrown up by Fritz running in the background. I'm not sure what went wrong in the case he mentions (maybe I missed a move out when typing them into the document), but I can't look at it until Tim gives the exact reference.


Okay, now he has given the reference, and of course his analysis is correct. So it's rather odd. I'm not sure how this faulty addition got through unchecked. Firstly, as I said, analytical queries/corrections were mostly (as in virtually all) referred back to him – seven pages worth for this book (though, as was his right, he ignored two-thirds of them). Secondly, if this one wasn't referred (which it doesn't appear to have been), I'm not sure how it got through anyway, since Fritz would have been running on my machine too.

Well, it's very annoying of course, though I'm not sure it's really worth throwing your toys out of your pram over. The idea that a reputation could be ruined by one mistake in one bracketed variation is ridiculous. Mistakes are inevitable in chess books. Nevertheless, that doesn't excuse my adding an extraneous one, so apologies are clearly due here – for what little they're worth now.
  

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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #52 - 02/03/16 at 16:29:28
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It may be just me, or it may be the strong influence of the title he chose for his blog, but "Tim Taylor's Chess & Fiction" poses a constant challenge for me separating out the fact from the fiction.

I don't think I am up to the task.

I have found his previous works to have been equally confusing.
  
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Re: Taylor's King's Gambit book pulled?
Reply #51 - 02/03/16 at 15:32:26
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Trefor wrote on 02/03/16 at 07:47:40:
Have just been reading Taylor's WordPress Blog, which explains, in his opinion, why this book is still not published.
I won't give the url here as I obviously have no idea of the truth. Let's just say that he names names and isn't sparing with accusations!

Warning: long blog post.

Anyway. Hope things work out for mr Taylor and that he gets to publish his book some day.

Have a nice day.
  
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