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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lack of Chess Books Keeps Iran Behind World-Level, Says Publisher

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There is a scarcity of chess books in Iran and that has slowed down the progress of chess in the country, according to a sports publisher in the country. Manager of Farzin Publications and a member of the Cultural Association of Sports Publishers Hussein Ghiasi has said there are very few compilations and authored works on chess in the Iranian book market, keeping Iran almost 150 years behind the world level of the game in other countries.

Speaking to the country's news agency IBNA, he said the high price of paper in Iran is one of the reasons for the low number of releases in the field, besides the expansion of virtual and online courses for chess. He further underlined the advantages of printed guidebooks for chess as offering more details on every move and position in the game. He said online and virtual courses of the game can never replace printed guidebooks. He went on to add that there are several perfect Persian translations of foreign works on chess available.

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