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Lyudmil Tsvetkov
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The Secret of Chess

Post by Lyudmil Tsvetkov » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:10 pm

Hello everyone.

I wrote a new book, titled 'The Secret of Chess'.

It is available for a modest charge here: http://www.secretofchess.com

I would have offered the book free to everyone on this forum, but, unfortunately, I had to leave my job couple of years ago, to be able to fully concentrate on chess.

So, my only alternative to trying to sell a few copies would be to go taxi-driving. (In Bulgaria, most educated people drive taxis)

More about the book and some excerpts on the above site.

PS. If anyone buys, please advise if things work, I am doing this for the first time.

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Re: The Secret of Chess

Post by Guenther » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:37 pm

Lyudmil Tsvetkov wrote:Hello everyone.

I wrote a new book, titled 'The Secret of Chess'.

It is available for a modest charge here: http://www.secretofchess.com

I would have offered the book free to everyone on this forum, but, unfortunately, I had to leave my job couple of years ago, to be able to fully concentrate on chess.

So, my only alternative to trying to sell a few copies would be to go taxi-driving. (In Bulgaria, most educated people drive taxis)

More about the book and some excerpts on the above site.

PS. If anyone buys, please advise if things work, I am doing this for the first time.
A hint for the pictures on the website:
All I have seen so far are not proportionally resized, this should be fixed, because it looks bad and unprofessional.
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Re: The Secret of Chess

Post by Rodolfo Leoni » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:18 pm

Lyudmil Tsvetkov wrote:Hello everyone.

I wrote a new book, titled 'The Secret of Chess'.

It is available for a modest charge here: http://www.secretofchess.com

I would have offered the book free to everyone on this forum, but, unfortunately, I had to leave my job couple of years ago, to be able to fully concentrate on chess.

So, my only alternative to trying to sell a few copies would be to go taxi-driving. (In Bulgaria, most educated people drive taxis)

More about the book and some excerpts on the above site.

PS. If anyone buys, please advise if things work, I am doing this for the first time.
My best, sincere wishes for this work.

BTW, I'm building an e-book for schoolboys/girls here, for free. No secrets, only basics. :)
I'm trying to make it interactive with excercises. It could be interesting if it works like a GUI for helping with some practice. As you seem skilled enough as a programmer, it could be an idea for you too...
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Re: The Secret of Chess

Post by Lyudmil Tsvetkov » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:24 pm

Guenther wrote:
Lyudmil Tsvetkov wrote:Hello everyone.

I wrote a new book, titled 'The Secret of Chess'.

It is available for a modest charge here: http://www.secretofchess.com

I would have offered the book free to everyone on this forum, but, unfortunately, I had to leave my job couple of years ago, to be able to fully concentrate on chess.

So, my only alternative to trying to sell a few copies would be to go taxi-driving. (In Bulgaria, most educated people drive taxis)

More about the book and some excerpts on the above site.

PS. If anyone buys, please advise if things work, I am doing this for the first time.
A hint for the pictures on the website:
All I have seen so far are not proportionally resized, this should be fixed, because it looks bad and unprofessional.
I know, Guenther, I know.

this is the first site I ever build, so I am actually very happy with it. :)

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Re: The Secret of Chess

Post by Lyudmil Tsvetkov » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:29 pm

Rodolfo Leoni wrote:
Lyudmil Tsvetkov wrote:Hello everyone.

I wrote a new book, titled 'The Secret of Chess'.

It is available for a modest charge here: http://www.secretofchess.com

I would have offered the book free to everyone on this forum, but, unfortunately, I had to leave my job couple of years ago, to be able to fully concentrate on chess.

So, my only alternative to trying to sell a few copies would be to go taxi-driving. (In Bulgaria, most educated people drive taxis)

More about the book and some excerpts on the above site.

PS. If anyone buys, please advise if things work, I am doing this for the first time.
My best, sincere wishes for this work.

BTW, I'm building an e-book for schoolboys/girls here, for free. No secrets, only basics. :)
I'm trying to make it interactive with excercises. It could be interesting if it works like a GUI for helping with some practice. As you seem skilled enough as a programmer, it could be an idea for you too...
thanks Rodolfo.

I hope you are successful with your project, too.

me, a skilled programmer?

I learned C/C++ basics just over a year ago, so I guess I am the newbiest there is of newbies.

unfortunately(or maybe fortunately, who knows after all), most of my youth I wasted with studying completely different topics and working completely boring jobs.

now it is time for a change, to only fail again. :)

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Re: The Secret of Chess

Post by Guenther » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:29 pm

Lyudmil Tsvetkov wrote:
Guenther wrote:
Lyudmil Tsvetkov wrote:Hello everyone.

I wrote a new book, titled 'The Secret of Chess'.

It is available for a modest charge here: http://www.secretofchess.com

I would have offered the book free to everyone on this forum, but, unfortunately, I had to leave my job couple of years ago, to be able to fully concentrate on chess.

So, my only alternative to trying to sell a few copies would be to go taxi-driving. (In Bulgaria, most educated people drive taxis)

More about the book and some excerpts on the above site.

PS. If anyone buys, please advise if things work, I am doing this for the first time.
A hint for the pictures on the website:
All I have seen so far are not proportionally resized, this should be fixed, because it looks bad and unprofessional.
I know, Guenther, I know.

this is the first site I ever build, so I am actually very happy with it. :)
BTW you should also add information about how the book is delivered, if it is a real book and if there is extra charge for delivering.
Or is the 'book' a pdf download and a link will be sent? I really wish you luck with this enterprise.
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Re: The Secret of Chess

Post by Rodolfo Leoni » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:38 pm

Lyudmil Tsvetkov wrote:............
me, a skilled programmer?

I learned C/C++ basics just over a year ago, so I guess I am the newbiest there is of newbies.

...........
If I'll be able to complete my (part time) hobby/work with something interesting I can send you the code. Or maybe, if I'll do a "chess e-book write program", I'll send it to you. I don't know when, though. It's not so easy.

Only Visual Basic! I understand nothing of C/C++... :)
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Re: The Secret of Chess

Post by hgm » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:46 pm

Rodolfo Leoni wrote:BTW, I'm building an e-book for schoolboys/girls here, for free. No secrets, only basics. :)
I'm trying to make it interactive with excercises. It could be interesting if it works like a GUI for helping with some practice.
I have developed a JavaScript program for implementing a GUI for Chess. (Actually for almost arbitrary chess variants.) It allows you to drag pieces over the board, highlighting their pseudo-legal moves, and can collect them in a game. (e.g. http://hgm.numati.net/variants/elven )

I would also want to use it for hosting solutions to (mate) problems, but I haven't thought of a good way to do that. The solution to a problem is really a tree, not a game. If there is no engine in there that punishes all mistakes that get you mated very quickly, it would be tedious to provide the entire solution tree. I was thinking of a system where, once you asked for the solution, the diagram shows you the key move, and then allows you to play a defensive move before showing the next one, etc. Basically it is like a tree in an opening book.

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Re: The Secret of Chess

Post by cdani » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:19 pm

Good luck with it!!

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Re: The Secret of Chess

Post by Lyudmil Tsvetkov » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:25 pm

cdani wrote:Good luck with it!!
thanks Daniel.

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