The other day when I published a list of new books we will have in stock from now through July, experience has told me this is always risky. Even though the vast majority of the listed books are still yet to be printed and shipped, this is a “feel” for what people “might want.”
I use the phrase, “might want” because in the end, all kinds of things have been known to happen (at the last minute).
We have a long way to go to “hear” from everybody, but so far the #1 pick is CHESS DUELS by Alekhine. In point of fact, they were ordered a few days ago, and already all the “probables” are spoken for! By that we mean, the number I ordered, have already matched the number the Butler was advised that people were interested in! That means I need to contact the publisher (who gets paid in advance) and tell him I will need ANOTHER batch the same as the last order and theoretically it could be even better than that.
But, before I go hog wild, it will be a good idea to see if that title keeps “trending.” These are games annotated, probably mostly the games of others, between 1893 or so to 1920. Alekhine’s notes are always interesting as many of you know. In fact one person wrote that this exercise increased Alekhine’s strength by leaps and bounds! No doubt.
Another book which is on many minds is Karolyi’s book on Carlsen’s Endgame skills. Again, not a surprise. And, Karolyi is a good author.
This is scary because just telling me you have an “interest” in a number of these titles doesn’t necessarily imply you will buy any of them from us! I wish it were so. It does show me that chess people are still interested IN chess books.
On the Alekhine Duels book there is not much profit at all for me in this book because shipping from Europe can be expensive. On the other hand, you could easily end up with a very nice and much admired book. If I am wrong, I will have some of these titles in spades for too long of a time.
A DOLLAR OFF
I did mention the other day that if your “wish list title” converts to a BUY, you will get an extra dollar off of the net price of the book! It doesn’t sound like a lot but our books we sell to you are usually already discounted!
When the various books show I will have a “piece” on each one to confirm your willingness to purchase or not purchase. Since I do want to make the sale instead of it going to the Wal-Mart of books (Amazon), you can count on us pulling out the stops. In the meantime, the list may have expanded some and if it has, you will get a MAIL notification of that. Mail usually stays around while email is often deleted.
If you aren’t on our regular email list, I will reprint the list of titles below so that you can tell us if you have more than just a casual interest. Thus, you will be able to make a decision one way or the other when the time comes. Below is the list. Cut and paste if you know how to do that and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The asterisk means that title is already in stock. The numeral in parentheses indicates (on a scale of 1 to 10) the probable desirability of this book by our audience. Since Chess Duels has a (5) and in fact is the #1 title being “wished” for it doesn’t mean I was way off base, it could mean that it was near the top of the list below, OR, people “woke up” and are excited about anything by Alekhine. Who knows?
*Carlsen vs. Karjakin 2016 by Alburt & Crumiller + Kramnik. In Stock.. (6)
Chess Duels 1893-1920 by Alekhine. Should be here in 3-4 weeks. (5)
*Thinking Inside the Box by Aagaard. Terrific. In Stock. (9)
The Full English Opening: Mastering the Fundamentals by Hansen. July. (7)
Playing 1.e4: Sicilian & French by Shaw. May. (6)
The Schliemann Defence Move by Move by Tay. May or sooner. (7)
Essential Endgames (combined) by Flear, Ward… Maybe in 2 weeks. (6)
First Steps: The Scandinavian by Lakdawala. April. (6)
Masters of Attack by Raetsky. Combined. Maybe April. (7)
A Complete Guide to Queen’s Gambit Play by Raetsky… May. (5)
The Bb5 Sicilian: Move by Move by Hansen. May. (6)
Strategic Chess Exercises; Find the Right Way to Outplay Your Opponent by Bricard. July. (5)
The Shereshevsky Method to Improve in Chess from Club Player to Master. April. (7)
Winning in the Chess Opening: 700 Ways to Ambush by Kalinichenko. July. (7)
Great Games by Chess Legends by McDonald, Crouch… (combined). May. (7)
10 Great Ways to Get Better at Chess by Davies, McDonald… May. (combined) (5)
First Steps: Caro-Kann Defence by A. Martin. May. (6)
Simple and More Simple Chess by Emms. (combined) June. (7)
The Art of the Tarrasch Defence by Bezgodov. June. (6)
How Ulf Beats Black: Bulletproof Strategic Repertoire for White by Lakdawala. June. (7)
Strike Like Judit: The Winning Tactics of Chess Legend Judit Polgar by Hertan. June. (6)
Super Chess Kids by Zaninotto. June. (4)
*1.d4: King’s Indian & Grünfeld by Avrukh. In stock. (6)
*Everyone’s Second Chess Book by Heisman. 2nd ed. In stock. (5)
The Najdorf in Black and White by Smith. To be reordered. (7)
Endgame Virtuoso Magnus Carlsen by Karolyi. April? (8)
Bologan’s Caro-Kann: A Modern Repertoire for Black. July. (7)
It wouldn’t surprise us if a number of these books will show up a month or so earlier than predicted by the publishers, nor would it surprise us if some other titles get slipped in here while we are waiting for the above.
Either way we would be much obliged if you could drop us a line about titles you would like to know more about.
BOB, the Chess Butler