A database with millions of games, many of them annotated, is a useful tool and a challenge to chess literature. Some authors have chosen to see it as an opportunity to copy&paste material, creating the so-called database dumps. At Quality Chess we see the databases as a starting point for our work, not an ideal. The chess author’s responsibility is to apply experience, clarity, analytic skills and basic hard work to offer the reader something that cannot be matched by a computer program. We aim to do this, and think we succeed more often than not.
Also, we have a lot of time for the DVD’s produced by ChessBase and others, but see their limitations too. A five hour video will only cover enough material to fill 10-15 pages in a book. So, although we admire this new development in the industry, they are not a replacement for books when it comes to true knowledge and depth.