ACP Book of the Year Award – We need your advice!

We have just received the invitation to the ACP award. As usual each publisher is allowed to put forward two books for consideration by the members of the Association of Chess Professionals.

Last year the prize was won by yours truly with Grandmaster Preparation – Calculation one (1!) vote ahead of Judit Polgar’s How I Beat Fischer’s Record. If John and I had voted, Judit would have won, but as “consolidation” she won the prestigious ECF Book of the Year Award later in the year.

On the side I have included some of our best non-opening book titles from the last year. Which one do you think we should put forward?

Here is the result of the last poll.

46 thoughts on “ACP Book of the Year Award – We need your advice!”

  1. I think that instructional books addressed to the amateur player tend to do well. So voted for *Pump*, which is the only one of the five I have bought. And it is outstanding.

  2. I own “Pump up your Rating”, “Strategic Play”, and Yusupov’s third book. The latter is probably great (I just worked myself through the very first in the series, aimed at <1500 players, and despite being a 2100 player, I still learned a lot!). "Strategic Play" I haven't looked at yet, I have to read "Positional Play" first. So I voted for Pump, because what I have read in it so far is great, and because I have an autographed copy, and because I know Axel's father-in-law rather well πŸ˜‰

  3. Wow …….. looks like Pump up your rating will win in landslide. I own 3 of the 5 books nominated, but not Pump up your rating. I have a vague idea what it is like from the PDF. Could people who have read it tell us why they enjoyed it and why they think it is such a good book in their opinion. I might end up getting it!

  4. PS voted for Grandmaster preparation – strategic play. I have never read a book as challenging as this one. Can anyone think of a book that does like this one?

  5. Frankfurter Bub

    Ed: I just start to work through Pump up. Just the first chapter was a real eye opener to me. Axel’s sentence “No pawn lever – no plan” made me think about one the problems in my game. Actually two weeks after I went throught this chapter the sentence hit me during a game. Then it was easy: I played g5! offered a pawn for positional compensation and got a tremendous position.
    It was not just the sentence itself, but how Axel presented his idea, how he lost again and again to Evgeny Agreest before he understood the importance of pawn levers in all kind of positions.
    I will take my time, but I am sure working through “Pump up” will increase my playing threnght (around 1800/1900 Elo).
    By the way: like always it is worth to go for the hardcover. I makes working throught the book so much easier.

  6. I have four of the books, don’t have the Carslen book . . yet ( although have dropped some pretty heavy hints to family regarding my forthcoming b/day). Honestly any of the 4 would be a deserving winner, my vote would be for GM to Top Ten – It is as brilliant as the others and dare I say a more exciting read πŸ™‚

  7. grinding_tolya

    I grade books according to how they appeal to me.
    Yusupov’s book is the one that appealed most to me. (I also own Pump up your rating and Strategic Play). The theory/exercise ratio is the best you can get for players with limited time who work on their chess.

    Pump up your rating is a book I can’t stand, as it propagates a chess which I don’t practise.
    I have to add that Axel Smith did succeeded in his endeavor, as it ignited a discussion in myself about chess. (If I remember correctly he stated that this was his goal in the introduction).

    I like Strategic Play, but at the moment life clashes with the required effort I should invest in a book as this one.

    So my vote goes to Strategic Play, as it’s the book which after working trough would potentially satisfies me the most.

  8. @grinding_tol

    Can you explain what you mean by “Pump up your rating is a book I can’t stand, as it propagates a chess which I don’t practise.” ?

  9. Can Watson be considered in a sense a “co-author” of “Excelling at Chess”? Maybe this is why Jacob (subconsciously?) counted one more of Watson’s books!

  10. A few months ago, I wanted to get a game collection of Aronian’s to a friend of mine but I was kind of shocked there was none on the market in English. Maybe that would be a good project for Quality Chess? Aronian seems to have a very big fanbase online, most of them not Armenians.

  11. Which is the best book in past 10 yrs from Quality chess is a big question.
    I counted that I have 9 of the 15 books listed and they are very different.
    What is also interesting is that an opening book was not nominated in the list and correct me if I am wrong, but opening books would probably sell more than the other books. Although that does not make them better chess books I think.
    For me Attacking Manual I has been the best with a lot to gain from it, Legends would be a very close second. As I do not have The Pump book I can not include in my top 3 as I have not read it, but interesting it has many votes in early voting. Possibly Build up your chess would be my 3rd pick as it was the first book of an exceptional series of books.

  12. I have to say I have many of those books. I chose Learn from Legends, but was tempted greatly by San Luis and Positional Chess Sacrifices. Marin slightly topped his compatriot. We need more books from both!

  13. Jacob Aagaard

    @Ed
    I hope the idea that if we are dealing with a series, the first volume represents the whole series.

    I was going to do an opening equivalent next week.

  14. I also voted for Learn from the Legends. I still think it would be great to have a hardcopy ‘QC 10 yr anniversary’ edition…

  15. This is the most difficult vote so far. I have 13/15 (wonder why i donot have all)
    With a very small margin i pick marin learn from the legends , as it is more of a classic chess book,

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