Excerpts – Coffeehouse 2 and The Berlin Defence

September 6th, 2021 12 comments

Two new excerpts are now available on books we expect to publish on September 29th.

Coffeehouse Repertoire 1.e4 Volume 2 by Gawain Jones is the second half that completes the English GM’s 1.e4 repertoire. Reactions to the first book were wildly favourable, and Volume 2 is equally impressive. The excerpt is here.

The Berlin Defence by Michael Roiz is a complete repertoire for Black after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5, using what is, at the elite level, the most trusted move – 3…Nf6. GM Michael Roiz was a second in a World Championship match, so he knows how to analyse and explain an opening. The excerpt is here.

I hope you enjoy reading about both books.

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – August & September

August 3rd, 2021 3 comments

It has been a while since we mentioned it, but we are continuing our free-fourth-book offer – if you buy three books or more and live in the normal European Union zone (as defined by UPS – for example, they exclude some islands and remote areas) we will send you an extra book free.

The previous default option on the free book was Chess Behind Bars. For August and September we will switch the default option to GRANDMASTER BATTLE MANUAL. But if you already have that book, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email to salesgroup@qualitychess.co.uk with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:

ATTACKING THE SPANISH
CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE
CHAMPIONS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
CHESS BEHIND BARS
CUTTING EDGE 1: THE OPEN SICILIAN
CUTTING EDGE 2: SICILIAN NAJDORF 6.Be3
GRANDMASTER VERSUS AMATEUR
LUTHER’S CHESS REFORMATION
REGGIO EMILIA 2007/2008
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – WHITE GAMBITS
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 1
THE ALTERMAN GAMBIT GUIDE – BLACK GAMBITS VOLUME 2
THE SECRET LIFE OF BAD BISHOPS
SAN LUIS 2005

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FIDE Book of the Year Shortlist

July 9th, 2021 2 comments

Quality Chess nominated three titles for the FIDE Book of the Year prize. And we are delighted that all three were selected for the shortlist – more than any other publisher. The FIDE announcement can be read here.

Best of luck to all our contenders!

The three titles we nominated are: Decision Making in Major Piece Endings by Boris Gelfand and Jacob Aagaard.

Think Like a Machine by Noam Manella and Zeev Zohar.

And the third nomination was an Italian Renaissance double-act: Move Orders, Tricks and Alternatives and The Main Lines by Martyn Kravtsiv.

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Nigel Short & Gawain Jones – two new books

June 1st, 2021 87 comments

We are happy to confirm that we are printing two new books by two English stars.

Winning by GM Nigel Short is a book where the title gives a good idea of the content. Short gives the inside story to eight of his tournament wins. Excellent annotations, fun stories, fine photos – there is a lot to this book, which is the first Nigel Short has ever written! You can read an excerpt here.

Coffeehouse Repertoire – 1.e4 Volume 1 by GM Gawain Jones is a repertoire book that, in my view, strikes the perfect balance by giving strong, promising lines for White, without overwhelming the reader with a mass of variations. Together with Volume 2 (which will follow in a month or two) this will form a complete repertoire with 1.e4. We are being a little cheeky calling it “coffeehouse” – it is much better than that. You can read an excerpt here.

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Street Smart Chess in action – Guest Post by GM Axel Smith

May 17th, 2021 No comments

In Street Smart Chess, model players teach how to play against opponents of different strengths. The chapters do inevitably clash against each other. If one of the players want to create a tactical game and the other a boring game, both can’t succeed. The question is who manages best. A few days ago, David Navara mentioned that he will play Baskaran Adhiban in Mr. Dodgy Invitational. It was a test for both of them, as Navara’s chapter in Street Smart was beating lower rated opponents, and Adhiban’s was beating higher rated opponents. This time both could succeed with their intentions: winning games. After eleven games, they had played only one draw, with Navara winning 6,5–4,5. But did they follow their own advice? Let’s examine one win each.

David Navara (2697) – Baskaran Adhiban (2660)

MrDodgy Invitational 2 (1.7), 12.05.2021

Axel Smith

1.c4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.d4 Nf6 4.g3 0–0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0–0 Nc6 7.Nc3 Bd7 8.b3 e5 9.d5 Nb8 10.e4 a5 11.Ne1 Na6 12.Nd3 b6 13.Bg5 h6 14.Be3?!

Inviting Black’s next move.

14…Ng4 15.Bd2 f5

Adhiban first step in the ideal attacking game is to “strive for a pawn structure where it’s possible to throw pawns at the opponent’s king at a later stage.” King’s Indian is a good choice doing that.

Read more…
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Gawain Jones on Thinking Aloud for Killer Chess Training

May 12th, 2021 5 comments

Gawain visited www.killerchesstraining.com last week to talk about his forthcoming book, Coffee House Repertoire 1.e4 – Volume 1, which we expect will be out at the very end of June.

You can watch the entire episode here:

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GM Gawain Jones on Killer Chess Training

GM Gawain Jones and GM Jacob Aagaard will be live on “Thinking Aloud”, this Thursday at 16:00 UK time on Killer Chess Training. This class is one of the favourites in the chess academy: Two people. Six positions. Real-time solving. 


Join them for a small preview of the second volume of Gawain’s Coffeehouse Repertoire 1.e4, which will be out in August (the first volume will be out in June).


This class is free for the members of Killer Chess Training, but I have set aside a few places for Quality Chess readers. You can join either by sending me a message on the Facebook page or on the KillerChessTraining (a) gmail.com email.



Candidates Breakdown with GM Jacob Aagaard

April 21st, 2021 7 comments

Jacob is extra busy these last few days; on top of finishing some books and training people all over the world, he is going live on YouTube for a quick view on the games of the day in the ongoing Candidates tournament.

You can see here the scheduled times, here the videos, and here the analysis in replayable format. For those who prefer paper, boards, and pieces, John Hartman from uschess.org has created pdf versions.