St. Patrick’s Day Newsletter
In case you missed it, here is a link to my special newsletter that I sent out on St. Patrick’s Day: http://archive.aweber.com/tacticstime/7BcWg/h/Happy_St_Patrick_s_Day_.htm
I included some news about chess eBooks, and news about my book being possibly published in paperback by New in Chess.
- Paperback Version of Tactics Time News
I spoke with my contacts at New in Chess yesterday via Skype, and over e-mail.
They are going to send me a copy of their book 1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners
This book would be similar to how the Tactics Time book would look in paperback.
It has 12 problems per page, which is quite a lot, compared to my Kindle book, which has only one problem per page.
The cost would be in the 12-16 dollar range, which I think is very reasonable.
So, I am looking forward to getting the book in the mail, and checking it out!
My first impression of this book from looking at the amazon sales page, is that it has some of the problems that are typical of chess books. The cover is very boring. The title is kind of clumsy – why is the word “too” at the end?
But the actual problems look good in the preview, which is the most important part.
I am excited about the possibility of the book being published in print! If anyone is familiar with this book, and has any feedback about it, let me know!
Tactics Time featured on aWeber’s Marketing Blog
If you have been following me for a while, you probably know that I am very interested in Internet marketing. I find the topic of marketing very interested, and like to study the topic, and try different ideas.
Having an eBook out on amazon has really helped me to get new subscribers to my chess tactics e-mail newsletter, and to sell more copies of my Tactics Time Training Database (my collection of problems that was used to make the eBook).
I had been e-mailing with Amanda at aWeber (the company I use to send my e-mail newsletter, and a company I highly recommend), about how my number of subscribers had really gone up after publishing an eBook on amazon, and she thought this would make a great story.
You can read their blog post about Tactics Time here:
Taken down by “The Boss”
Tactics Time has been the #1 selling Kindle chess book on amazon for months, but recently Garry Kasparov put his book How Life Imitates Chess out on Kindle for only $2.99, and he has taken over the #1 spot.
So now, Tactics Time is imitating Anatoly Karpov, getting knocked from the number #1 spot by The Boss!
Portuguese version of Tactics Time
Edson Cortiano of Brazil has been working on translating Tactics Time into Portuguese!
Here is an example of the translation:
71…Nd3 was a winning move that was missed in the game. It attacks and will win the e5 pawn. If this pawn moves forward with e6, then Nc5+ forks the King and Pawn. If the pawn does nothing, black just takes it. The e pawn is won either way.
71…Cd3 era o lance vencedor, que não foi encontrado na partida. O Cavalo ataca e ganha o peão “e5”. Se o peão avança para “e6”, Cc5+ dá duplo no Rei e no Peão. Se o peão não faz nada, as Pretas simplesmente o tomam. O peão “e” está perdido de qualquer jeito. Se ficar o bicho pega, se correr o bicho come.
I have no idea what this says, but it looks cool!
New Name for Tactics Time Kids book
Anthea has been working hard on updating our eBook formerly known as “Tactics Time for Kids”.
This book was not a great seller compared to our main book, so we needed to do some tweaks and refactoring.
The new title hopefully gives readers a better idea of what the book is about, and contains more “keywords”, which should help with search results.
We are working on getting a new cover as well, and should have that by the end of the week.
Anthea has also been going through, and adding links to all the games, so readers can play through them if they want to.
The basic idea of the book is that you have to learn to crawl before you can walk.
Just like the saying “In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is King”, with low rated chess players, “In the land of beginner chess players, the man who can see one move captures is King”.
Stephen Dann’s Chess Column
Some more Sunday Chess Columns by Stephen Dann, which features positions from the Tactics Time eBook:
Sunday March 17, http://www.telegram.com/article/20130317/NEWS/103179752/0
Sunday March 10, http://www.telegram.com/article/20130310/NEWS/103109743/1011
Colorado Chess Politics
There has been a lot of e-mail and Facebook traffic (including flames and slander) lately about the Colorado Closed tournament. This event is supposed to be an invitational tournament, where the top players compete.
The controversy revolves around one player, Mike Ginat, who has only played 5 USCF rated games in the past year (the minimum is 6), and has questionable residency ties to Colorado.
Some board members of the CSCA (Colorado State Chess Association) are saying he has been invited, and others are saying that he is not invited.
Supposedly it is going to be resolved this weekend at the Colorado Class Championships near Ft. Collins.
My personal opinion is that the rules should be followed in terms of who gets invited to tournament, and who does not get invited. Otherwise, there is no purpose to having these rules. But I don’t really have a strong emotional investment in the whole thing.
The Class Championships are a fun tournament, because the winners of each section get to represent Colorado in a yearly match against New Mexico.
I have not decided yet if I will be playing, but I would like to!