Nick Aplin is the Head of Olympic Studies at the Singapore Olympic Academy, and one of the books on chess he wrote with Tibor Károlyi, Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov, was The Guardian's Chess Book of the Year in 2007.
Nick Aplin was educated at Poole Grammar School in Dorset, England (1963–1970). In 1970 he embarked on a period of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) being posted to Papine Secondary School in Kingston Jamaica. Returning to England in 1971 he studied at Loughborough Colleges for his degree in physical education (PE). He graduated in 1976 and secured a teaching position at Marlborough College in Wiltshire. His eight-year stint included three years on an exchange programme in Melbourne, Australia.
In 1984 Nick Aplin envisaged a change in career path. Leaving the boarding school environment he decided to study for a Master's degree. This plan took him back to Loughborough for a year. One of his tutors, the late Alan Guy, encouraged him to consider employment at the newly established College of Physical Education in Singapore. In late 1985 he became the first full-time expatriate lecturer to be employed on a local contract.
Nick Aplin's first book, To the Finishing Line, was published in 2002. It was a set of biographical impressions of the first three Singaporean women Olympians: Tang Pui Wah, Mary Klass and Janet Jesudason. In 2009 he published Perspectives on Physical Education and Sports Science in Singapore. His Genius in the Background, another book on chess he wrote with Tibor Károlyi, was published in 2009.
- Aplin, Nick (2002). To The Finishing Line. Singapore National Printers. ISBN 981-248-000-5.
- Aplin, Nick; Waters, David; Wee-Leong May Lai (2005). Singapore Olympians: The Complete Who's Who 1936-2004. Singapore National Olympic Council. ISBN 978-981-248-072-9.
- Károlyi, Tibor; Aplin, Nick (2007). Kasparov's Fighting Chess 1993-1998. Batsford. ISBN 978-0-7134-8994-1.
- Károlyi, Tibor; Aplin, Nick (2007). Kasparov's Fighting Chess 1999-2005. Batsford. ISBN 978-0-7134-8984-2.
- Károlyi, Tibor; Aplin, Nick (2007). Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-202-4.
- Károlyi, Tibor; Aplin, Nick (2009). Kasparov: How His Predecessors Misled Him About Chess. Batsford. ISBN 978-1-906388-26-3.
- Aplin, Nick, ed. (2009). Perspectives on Physical Education and Sports Science in Singapore: an Eye on the Youth Olympics 2010. McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 978-007-128164-5.
- Károlyi, Tibor; Aplin, Nick (2009). Genius in the Background. Quality Chess. ISBN 978-1-906552-37-4.
- Bennett, Ronan; Daniel King (1 September 2008). "Chess: Erenburg-Banusz, Budapest 2004. White to play". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- Kavalek, Lubomir (4 January 2010). "Chess". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 April 2011.