Dear Mr Sloan
Sorry to bother you. I understand from the review in the British Chess Magazine that you are the publisher of Ray Keene's recent book about the Anand-Carlsen world championship match.
Would it be possible to ask you a couple of questions about this?
All the best
Yes. I am the publisher. You may ask your questions.
Thanks very much.
I noticed, in the book, a declaration that the notes to the games in the match itself are "substantially based" on notes that Mr Keene had previously had published in the Times newspaper.
However, I also noticed that the notes to a number of other games in the book were also substantially based on notes previously published, in a variety of places. I could, however, find no declaration to that effect. Was there any such statement that I missed?
There is no doubt that Keene's discussions of various historical figures such as Morphy and Steinitz and [sic - ejh ] similar to what he has written about these people in the past.
I see nothing wrong with this. Why do you question it?
Your copyright notice states that the material is copyright Ray Keene 2013, whereas much of it has in fact been published long before 2013. Can I ask:
a. Were you aware yourself, or made aware by Mr Keene, of the various instances where material you were seeking to publish had already been published?
b. If you were aware, is there any reason why you made no mention of it in the book?
I see no reason why any of this should be mentioned in the book.
What is your point?
If you don't mind - could you just confirm whether you were aware of the previous publication of the material to which I refer, when you published the book?
And further answer came there none.
Of course, Mr Sloan knows very well why this sort of thing "should be mentioned in the book", and why Ray Keene shouldn't be allowed to do the things that he has been allowed to do.
As do the Times, the Spectator, Harper Collins and chessgames.com. All of whom like to stay silent as well.
I suppose they would have to.
But anyway Sam - don't be shy. What did you know?
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