The Fischer King's Gambit by IM Timothy Taylor

jatait47
BoggleMeBrains wrote:
 
Also, as a total aside - Mr Tait, what is that NM title you have?  I didn't know we had any national master title in the UK, at least since the old British Master title of yore.

I don't have one either. The only title I have is CC-SIM (senior international master at correspondence chess), but chess.com don't seem to have that one so I guess they made me an "honorary" NM instead Embarassed

tlay80

Anyone know of a way to obtain this book after the privately printed version sold out?

It seems a shame that a squabble over editing would make it unavaialble.  It doesn't even seem as if the author and editor were very far apart on it.  (When the word "butchering" was trotted out, I was expecting that whole chapters had been excised.)  A shame that the author couldn't just mark the corrections on the proofs and ask that they be fixed. 

TundraMike

I would ask Timothy. Last I heard he had 3 left but that was a while ago. I am sure if he has a copy he will sell it to you. 

tlay80

Thanks.  He replied quickly, saying that he's selling the last three for $1000 each.

Oy.

btickler
tlay80 wrote:

Thanks.  He replied quickly, saying that he's selling the last three for $1000 each.

Oy.

Ermm...that's just BS (on his part, not yours).  If there were actually any kind of demand for it that would warrant $1000 for the last 3 copies, the publisher would jump on the chance to do another print run.

tlay80

Or for that matter, he could do another print run himself.

I work in publishing myself (in a completely different field), and in fifteen years, I've never seen a book get to the page proof stage and not get published. 

From the other thread, the editor's responses seem quite reasonable.  Mistakes creep into the proofs all the time.  Fixing them is what proofs are for.  I still don't understand why the author didn't just do that.  Meanwhile, the publisher would have had every incentive to make the book happen, after having surely invested hundreds of hours and well well over $10,000 in the editing, design, and typesetting at that point.  I'm baffled as to why they didn't, but the situation must have gotten very bad indeed for them to just let it go like that.  And that's a loss for everyone -- the publisher, the author, and all of us who want to see a fresh analysis of the Bishop's Gambit.

TundraMike
tlay80 wrote:

Thanks.  He replied quickly, saying that he's selling the last three for $1000 each.

Oy.

Yikes. Maybe he will keep you in mind and sell it to you for the regular price as I do not think anyone will buy them for that.

The book itself was self-published so it's not up to the publisher to reprint but Tim himself.  He did have a backer so he could print the first run. Maybe he will do a second run in PB lowering the cost?  

tlay80

While I've been googling this, I came across a listing for another King's Gambit book that seems not to have been published, by Jonathan Tait himself in fact:

https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Gambit-Uncensored-Jonathan-Tait/dp/1857444302

Might I entice the author (who appears upthread) to say anything about what became of it?

jatait47
tlay80 wrote:

While I've been googling this, I came across a listing for another King's Gambit book that seems not to have been published, by Jonathan Tait himself in fact:

https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Gambit-Uncensored-Jonathan-Tait/dp/1857444302

Might I entice the author (who appears upthread) to say anything about what became of it?

I never finished it.

tlay80

So it goes.  Alas.

I think you should.

jatait47
tlay80 wrote:

So it goes.  Alas.

I think you should.

As things have turned out, other work published since - not least John Shaw's book - would have rendered mine pretty much irrelevant.

I do have things to say about a few lines though, not least 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 h5, which may indeed be forthcoming happy.png

tlay80

Shaw's book is wonderful, of course.  But it would be awfully nice for it not to be the only big, comprehensive KG book out there in the modern world.  Oh well, somebody, some day.

And great to hear you may have a small piece coming out.

pfren
jatait47 έγραψε:
tlay80 wrote:

So it goes.  Alas.

I think you should.

As things have turned out, other work published since - not least John Shaw's book - would have rendered mine pretty much irrelevant.

I do have things to say about a few lines though, not least 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 h5, which may indeed be forthcoming

 

I'm curious to see what you've found for Black in this line. Joop Simmelink has played this several times, but my impression (admittedly without any deep analysis) is that after 4.Bc4 h4 5.Nc3 d6 6.d4 g5 7.Qe2 Black has some urgent problems to solve.

jatait47
pfren wrote:

I'm curious to see what you've found for Black in this line. Joop Simmelink has played this several times, but my impression (admittedly without any deep analysis) is that after 4.Bc4 h4 5.Nc3 d6 6.d4 g5 7.Qe2 Black has some urgent problems to solve.

I know Joop. He actually got this line from me happy.png

Yes, 7 Qe2 can be very dangerous, not least because of the plan of 8 Bd2, 9 0-0-0 and 10 g3. If White gets to play that undisturbed, Black's game just falls apart, which means there's no time for a "standard" set-up (...c7-c6, ...Be7, ...Nd7, etc). Instead, one possibility is 7...Bh6, intending 8 Bd2 g4 9 Ng1 Nc6, targeting White's weak spot (d4). Similarly, 8 g3 Nc6 (e.g. 9 Qf2 hxg3 10 hxg3 g4 11 Nh4 f3). Or if 8 e5 then 8...Kf8 (and 9 0-0 Bg4). Or 8 h3 (giving up on g2-g3) 8...Ne7 (taking control of d5 again). Black's position looks very suspicious – it always looks suspicious; I mean, 3...h5, come on! – but it's surprisingly resilient.