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Reply #59 - 03/07/16 at 20:05:14
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well well well, who'd have thought.
  
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Reply #58 - 03/04/16 at 22:10:13
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Thanks everybody, this is definitely the highlight for me these last months! Not sure words can express how grateful I am!

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Congratulations Martin - a well deserved win for a great book!
  

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Reply #56 - 03/01/16 at 16:30:12
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Well done Martin. I have your book. Great for new 1. ...e5 converts like me  Cool
  

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Reply #55 - 03/01/16 at 13:01:46
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Congratulations Martin! Smiley

  
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Reply #54 - 03/01/16 at 08:38:36
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ruzomberok wrote on 02/23/16 at 12:30:16:
I have to say that it's an absolute honour for my book to be amongst the finalists, being a first-time author and all.
During the first voting I would literally check the poll every day and I was amazed to see my book getting all those votes.
And I mean, the level of my competition is absolute world class!
Even if I probably won't win the entire thing, just getting so far definitely means a lot to me, so thank you ChessPub community!  Smiley

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Congratulations!

Opening Repertoire: The Open Games with Black is this year's book of the year!
  

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Reply #53 - 02/25/16 at 10:38:08
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RoleyPoley wrote on 02/24/16 at 22:39:25:
I wonder if this is the most competitive field this vote has had?


Yes some great books came out last year. I have purchased quite a few from the original nominations list, more so I think than from other years, and my final vote was quite difficult, so extra kudos for such a great set of finalists  Cool
  

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Reply #52 - 02/24/16 at 22:39:25
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Chessexplained wrote on 02/24/16 at 19:27:25:
Very cool to be among the finalists! Thanks for nominating my book, looking forward to see the results next week.

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I havent read your book yet, but from reading comments by those who have, it is very popular here.

I wonder if this is the most competitive field this vote has had?
  

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Reply #51 - 02/24/16 at 22:27:18
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ruzomberok wrote on 02/23/16 at 12:30:16:
I have to say that it's an absolute honour for my book to be amongst the finalists, being a first-time author and all.
During the first voting I would literally check the poll every day and I was amazed to see my book getting all those votes.
And I mean, the level of my competition is absolute world class!
Even if I probably won't win the entire thing, just getting so far definitely means a lot to me, so thank you ChessPub community!  Smiley

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It is a strong line up this year, but in my humble opinion your book rightly deserves to be amongst that list. I've enjoyed reading the book. Thank you for taking the time and effort to write it.

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Reply #50 - 02/24/16 at 19:27:25
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Very cool to be among the finalists! Thanks for nominating my book, looking forward to see the results next week.

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Reply #49 - 02/23/16 at 12:30:16
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I have to say that it's an absolute honour for my book to be amongst the finalists, being a first-time author and all.
During the first voting I would literally check the poll every day and I was amazed to see my book getting all those votes.
And I mean, the level of my competition is absolute world class!
Even if I probably won't win the entire thing, just getting so far definitely means a lot to me, so thank you ChessPub community!  Smiley

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Reply #48 - 02/22/16 at 20:28:57
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Hi everybody,

I've now set up the poll, consisting of the 6 books that scored the highest number of votes across the two run-off threads (top 3 from each).

Everyone gets one vote. I've set it to close midnight Monday 29th February (UK time), so hopefully that will give you all enough time to vote.

We then should have the results on Tuesday 1 March.

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Reply #47 - 02/15/16 at 01:59:54
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Very cool.  Nice job on the polls. 

fwiw I voted for one book in each division.

Exciting! and tough too choose.
  
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Reply #46 - 02/14/16 at 22:42:49
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I see; I think that multiple votes is fine, I just wanted to clarify.
  
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Reply #45 - 02/14/16 at 22:01:48
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ErictheRed wrote on 02/14/16 at 21:33:12:
So we should vote once in each thread, I presume?


I set it up for multiple votes in each list as i wasnt sure what to do. I may be able to change it to just one vote, if people prefer.
  

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Reply #44 - 02/14/16 at 21:33:12
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So we should vote once in each thread, I presume?
  
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Reply #43 - 02/14/16 at 21:19:57
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Ok, two nomination voting threads opened (Hopefully i've included all the books from the list). I'll use those votes next week to set up the final list.

http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1455484435/0#0

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http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1455484379/0#0

I hope thats ok with everyone.

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Reply #42 - 02/14/16 at 19:42:27
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LeeRoth wrote on 02/14/16 at 19:39:18:
RoleyPoley wrote on 02/13/16 at 21:37:44:
OK, i'm looking at setting up a poll, but i have hit a snag. There are about 17 titles nominated in the thread but only space for 15 in the poll. I've listed the books below. Any suggestions how we narrow this down?

Attacking the Caro Kann by Dreev,
1. e4 vs the Sicilian I and II by Negi Parimarjan --
GM Rep 16 French Defence Volume Three by Emanuel Berg
Killer Dutch by Simon Williams
Smerdon's Scandanavian,
GM Rep Dragon, Gawain Jones.
Martin Lokander Open Games
The Even More Flexible French, Moskalenko (20th July 2015)
'The Catalan (GM Rep 1A) - Boris Avrukh (Quality Chess)'.
The Queen's Gambit Accepted by A.Delchev and S. Semkov
Old Indian MBM Junior Tay
Bologan's Ruy Lopez, by Victor Bologan
Beating the Anti-Sicilians (GM Rep 6A), by Vassilios Kotronias
Opening Repertoire: The Caro-Kann, by Jovanka Houska
Opening Repertoire: Nimzo and Bogo Indian, by Christof Sielecki
The Queen's Indian Move by Move, by Lorin D'Costa
GM Rep 20 Semi Slav Lars Schandorff'



I don't see the Kotronias Kings Indian books.


Well spotted. I think i accidentally deleted it when copying the list across. it will be on the list.
  

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Reply #41 - 02/14/16 at 19:41:19
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barnaby wrote on 02/14/16 at 19:10:33:
When there are too many candidates it creates a situation in which a plurality is more likely than a clear consensus view.

Maybe you needs to create a two division playoff format to winnow down the field to set of worthy finalists.   Smiley

This way there is a clear winner.  I mean, the whole thing is an exercise anyway, why not go all in?   Cool


That had crossed my mind. I had just been a little concerned of voting burnout!

I dont know if you can run more than one poll in a thread, so if i create 2 nomination voting threads to determine the final list of about 6-10 books, and then the final vote can be set up in this thread?
  

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Reply #40 - 02/14/16 at 19:39:18
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RoleyPoley wrote on 02/13/16 at 21:37:44:
OK, i'm looking at setting up a poll, but i have hit a snag. There are about 17 titles nominated in the thread but only space for 15 in the poll. I've listed the books below. Any suggestions how we narrow this down?

Attacking the Caro Kann by Dreev,
1. e4 vs the Sicilian I and II by Negi Parimarjan --
GM Rep 16 French Defence Volume Three by Emanuel Berg
Killer Dutch by Simon Williams
Smerdon's Scandanavian,
GM Rep Dragon, Gawain Jones.
Martin Lokander Open Games
The Even More Flexible French, Moskalenko (20th July 2015)
'The Catalan (GM Rep 1A) - Boris Avrukh (Quality Chess)'.
The Queen's Gambit Accepted by A.Delchev and S. Semkov
Old Indian MBM Junior Tay
Bologan's Ruy Lopez, by Victor Bologan
Beating the Anti-Sicilians (GM Rep 6A), by Vassilios Kotronias
Opening Repertoire: The Caro-Kann, by Jovanka Houska
Opening Repertoire: Nimzo and Bogo Indian, by Christof Sielecki
The Queen's Indian Move by Move, by Lorin D'Costa
GM Rep 20 Semi Slav Lars Schandorff'



I don't see the Kotronias Kings Indian books.
  
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Reply #39 - 02/14/16 at 19:10:33
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When there are too many candidates it creates a situation in which a plurality is more likely than a clear consensus view.

Maybe you needs to create a two division playoff format to winnow down the field to set of worthy finalists.   Smiley

This way there is a clear winner.  I mean, the whole thing is an exercise anyway, why not go all in?   Cool
  
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Reply #38 - 02/14/16 at 19:01:37
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ErictheRed wrote on 02/14/16 at 18:27:36:
Personally, I'd err on the side of leaving books in the poll and letting the people vote.  Not to name names or cast aspersions, but a few of the books we're considering adding or removing or wondering whether they qualify, etc., have no chance of winning.  This is our personal award, best to just let us vote, in my opinion.


That is my preferred view but there are more books nominated than there is space on the poll for (maximum of 15, 17 titles nominated) so i cant include all of the books and would prefer some sort of agreement amongst members as to what i should remove from the list
  

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Reply #37 - 02/14/16 at 18:27:36
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Personally, I'd err on the side of leaving books in the poll and letting the people vote.  Not to name names or cast aspersions, but a few of the books we're considering adding or removing or wondering whether they qualify, etc., have no chance of winning.  This is our personal award, best to just let us vote, in my opinion.
  
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Reply #36 - 02/14/16 at 17:17:13
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He did a DVD and a e-book by the same name, both through his GingerGM imprint. Is that self-publishing, exactly?

The e-book and the Everyman book are quite similar. My cursory glance some time ago suggested that the edits were minor and perhaps slight additions were made.

  
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Reply #35 - 02/14/16 at 15:51:50
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I think Williams should stay in, if only because self-published books are de facto not considered here. Otherwise it's a Catch-22.
  
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Reply #34 - 02/14/16 at 12:47:32
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Cheers Bibs.

In that case, if no one else has any objections i will remove Moskalenko's book from the list this evening and post the poll (UK time).
  

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Reply #33 - 02/14/16 at 11:36:39
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There's not so much that's new in Moskalenko really. Hmmm, bit of a scam really.
Houska - a different issue. I consider it different enough to be a new text.
  
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Reply #32 - 02/14/16 at 11:07:08
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Thanks, I was thinking along the same lines but am not sure which of those books fall into the slightly updated category (for example Keano says there are 12 new chapters/ 100 new pages in Moskalenko's book on the french - is this really less new material than either of Houska, Avrukh or Katronios' books?).

I'll remove Williams title from the list, and still need to decide on one more.
  

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Agree with the idea to remove those suggested, for the reasons given.
  
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It would be reasonable to exclude 2015 publications which are relatively minor updates of previous editions


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Reply #29 - 02/14/16 at 08:08:35
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It would be reasonable to exclude 2015 publications which are relatively minor updates of previous editions. In my opinion this applies clearly to Williams (for the reason already given), fairly clearly to Moskalenko, and not necessarily to Houska (there's a lot of new work in her 2015 edition). I believe Avrukh's update also has a lot of new work but I haven't seen it for myself.
  
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Isn't the Killer Dutch a thinly disguised (and perhaps marginally updated) reprint of Williams' self-published book by the same name from a couple of years ago?
  
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OK, i'm looking at setting up a poll, but i have hit a snag. There are about 17 titles nominated in the thread but only space for 15 in the poll. I've listed the books below. Any suggestions how we narrow this down?

Attacking the Caro Kann by Dreev,
1. e4 vs the Sicilian I and II by Negi Parimarjan --
GM Rep 16 French Defence Volume Three by Emanuel Berg
Killer Dutch by Simon Williams
Smerdon's Scandanavian,
GM Rep Dragon, Gawain Jones.
Martin Lokander Open Games
The Even More Flexible French, Moskalenko (20th July 2015)
'The Catalan (GM Rep 1A) - Boris Avrukh (Quality Chess)'.
The Queen's Gambit Accepted by A.Delchev and S. Semkov
Old Indian MBM Junior Tay
Bologan's Ruy Lopez, by Victor Bologan
Beating the Anti-Sicilians (GM Rep 6A), by Vassilios Kotronias
Opening Repertoire: The Caro-Kann, by Jovanka Houska
Opening Repertoire: Nimzo and Bogo Indian, by Christof Sielecki
The Queen's Indian Move by Move, by Lorin D'Costa
GM Rep 20 Semi Slav Lars Schandorff'

  

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Reply #26 - 02/12/16 at 19:22:39
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Smyslov_Fan wrote on 01/27/16 at 23:58:14:
I forgot to announce the dates this time.

As per tradition, nominations will be closed on January 31st. I will set up a poll shortly after January 31st, and the voting will close at the end of February 29th.


Time for a poll?  Still plenty of time to get the voting done by February 29th.
  
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Spongebobiscool wrote on 01/31/16 at 03:18:52:
Attacking the Caro Kann by Dreev, QualityChess


Quality Chess? ITYM Chess Stars, yes?


Yes, thank you for the correction
  
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Attacking the Caro Kann by Dreev, QualityChess


Quality Chess? ITYM Chess Stars, yes?
  
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Attacking the Caro Kann by Dreev, QualityChess
  
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Reply #22 - 01/29/16 at 20:30:53
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Smerdon Scandanavian,
Williams' Killer Dutch, - I've started playing the classical dutch set up because of this book (and am having a blast).
Houska: Opening Repertoire: The Caro-Kann.
Gawain Jones' 2 books on the Dragon. I loved playing the Dragon after reading Ward's books...and these are calling me back!
Martin Lokander Open Games - i really liked this book. First one i've read on open games which i felt in tune with. Not too cluttered with lines or diagrams while offering plenty of bite and explanation.
  

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Reply #21 - 01/29/16 at 10:08:05
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Traditionally, ChessPub only focuses on Opening Books.


Can I break tradition and nomininate

Chess Structures - A Grandmaster Guide by Mauricio Flores Rios published by Quality chess?
  

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Killer Dutch by Williams
Scandinavian by Smearden
  
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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2015!
Reply #19 - 01/27/16 at 23:58:14
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I forgot to announce the dates this time.

As per tradition, nominations will be closed on January 31st. I will set up a poll shortly after January 31st, and the voting will close at the end of February 29th.
  
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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2015!
Reply #18 - 01/23/16 at 19:40:48
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I'm finding it difficult to nominate any titles just yet as i've liked a lot of the opening books i bought this year, and i cant remember which are from 2015!

Everyman in particular have released a lot of good books during this period.

When is the final date for nominating?
  

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Reply #17 - 01/13/16 at 07:37:12
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TalJechin wrote on 01/12/16 at 12:31:52:
Keano wrote on 01/07/16 at 19:15:12:
The Even More Flexible French, Moskalenko (20th July 2015)


Isn't that just an update of The Flexible French?

I think Berg's volume III on the French might be an eligible candidate though, "15 May 2015" according to the bookdepository. I don't have it myself, so this is not a nomination, unless someone else wants it to be...


12 new chapters, 100 extra pages
  
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Reply #16 - 01/12/16 at 22:46:48
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Hello.

TalJechin wrote on 01/12/16 at 12:31:52:
I think Berg's volume III on the French might be an eligible candidate though, "15 May 2015" according to the bookdepository. I don't have it myself, so this is not a nomination, unless someone else wants it to be...

Well. Berg has written a very good book so I will definitely nominate (have the book):

Nomination:
Grandmaster Repertoire 16 - The French Defence Volume Three by Emanuel Berg
Quality Chess, March 2015


Also
LeeRoth wrote on 01/06/16 at 19:19:50:
My nomination: Kotronias's two volume set on the Kings Indian Mar Del Plata.  If I have to pick one of the volumes, then volume I.

Second.

Quote:
1. e4 vs the Sicilian I and II by Negi Parimarjan -- February and November 2015 - Quality Chess

Second.

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1. e4 vs the Sicilian I and II by Negi Parimarjan -- February and November 2015 - Quality Chess
  
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Reply #14 - 01/12/16 at 12:31:52
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Keano wrote on 01/07/16 at 19:15:12:
The Even More Flexible French, Moskalenko (20th July 2015)


Isn't that just an update of The Flexible French?

I think Berg's volume III on the French might be an eligible candidate though, "15 May 2015" according to the bookdepository. I don't have it myself, so this is not a nomination, unless someone else wants it to be...
  
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Reply #13 - 01/08/16 at 10:54:10
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The majority of the book is new, although it's still a fianchetto approach everywhere. He changed his recommendations in both the main line Catalan (6...dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 replacing 8.Qxc4), the Bogo and Modern Benoni (Bf4 instead of Nd2 in the main line) which are what make up the book.
  

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Reply #12 - 01/07/16 at 23:59:34
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tipau wrote on 01/07/16 at 13:31:13:
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Not yet mentioned is 'The Catalan (GM Rep 1A) - Boris Avrukh (Quality Chess)'. I found it a very interesting book but perhaps is being overlooked since the first edition was so influential(?)


In general, second editions are not considered unless it's a complete rewrite of the original. I don't know, how much would you say is original material?
  
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The Even More Flexible French, Moskalenko (20th July 2015)
  
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Reply #10 - 01/07/16 at 13:31:13
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My favourites of the year have already been mentioned: Bologan's Ruy Lopez book, Lokander's Open Games effort and Smerdon's Scandinavian.

Not yet mentioned is 'The Catalan (GM Rep 1A) - Boris Avrukh (Quality Chess)'. I found it a very interesting book but perhaps is being overlooked since the first edition was so influential(?)
  

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Reply #9 - 01/07/16 at 08:36:57
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The Queen's Gambit Accepted by A.Delchev and S. Semkov. (chess-stars)
A small book which arms you with a solid defence.
  
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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2015!
Reply #8 - 01/07/16 at 08:17:09
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I would like to nominate the below two books:

Houska: Opening Repertoire: The Caro-Kann. Very thorough and detailed descriptions giving good suggestions against Negi's feared new way of handling the caro-kann.
Williams: The Killer Dutch. Not detailed to the same extent but a personal and great book. I have never played the classical Dutch but reading the book gives a very good understanding of the concepts and the opening will definitely be in my repertoire as a surprise weapon.
  
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Reply #7 - 01/07/16 at 04:45:16
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I would like to nominate:

~ Open Games with Black
Martin Lokander
Everyman Press 2015

And 2nd:

~ Kotronias Kings Indian
  
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Reply #6 - 01/06/16 at 19:19:50
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My nomination: Kotronias's two volume set on the Kings Indian Mar Del Plata.  If I have to pick one of the volumes, then volume I. These came out in February and were the opening books I spent the most time with last year. 


  
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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2015!
Reply #5 - 01/06/16 at 18:04:24
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TalJechin wrote on 01/06/16 at 17:47:46:
I haven't been all that busy with chess during 2015, but one book that impressed me - though I'm far from finished reading it, was Junior Tay's Old Indian - Move by Move (June/July 2015)


I noticed that Glenn Flear reviewed that book in the latest Yearbook, but I haven't seen it.  Wonder what he had to say.

  
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I haven't been all that busy with chess during 2015, but one book that impressed me - though I'm far from finished reading it, was Junior Tay's Old Indian - Move by Move (June/July 2015)
  
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Reply #3 - 01/06/16 at 17:18:10
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Bologan's Black Weapons was also very good. And I fully agree on nominating Houska's and Sielecki's books.

So far, i also like Schandorff's book on The Semi-Slav, though it isn't easy at all to digest, which means I haven't read much of it yet Grin
  
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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2015!
Reply #2 - 01/06/16 at 16:58:22
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Five opening books stood out for me in 2015:

Bologan's Ruy Lopez, by Victor Bologan (New in Chess, 08/2015)
Beating the Anti-Sicilians (GM Rep 6A), by Vassilios Kotronias (Quality Chess, 12/2015)
Opening Repertoire: The Caro-Kann, by Jovanka Houska (Everyman Chess, 02/2015)
Opening Repertoire: Nimzo and Bogo Indian, by Christof Sielecki (Everyman Chess, 06/2015)
The Queen's Indian Move by Move, by Lorin D'Costa (Everyman Chess, 12/2015) (I ought to say that I know the author)

I am aware that two of these only made it into 2015 by a few days.

I haven't nominated any other 2015 books by Quality Chess because I haven't read them; I don't doubt that they are all excellent.
  
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Reply #1 - 01/06/16 at 16:37:43
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I would like to nominate the second part of the e4 e5 bible by the great Victor Bologan:


Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black
by Victor Bologan
published in November 2015 as far as I know

But I think that there is another book that I would favour for taking the existing theory huge steps forward:

Smerdon's Scandinavian
by David Smerdon
published 30 Sep 2015 (everymanchess.com)
  
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ChessPub Book of the Year 2015!
01/06/16 at 16:14:53
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Hi all!

It's that time of year again!

What books published for the first time in 2015 deserve to be considered for Chess Book of the Year?

Traditionally, ChessPub only focuses on Opening Books.

Please include the title, author, and date of publication in your nominations!
  
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