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Quality Chess Newsletter – ACP Book of the Year Prize


Dear Quality Chess Reader,

All modesty aside, we must announce another Quality Chess prize winner – in fact a 1-2. Jacob Aagaard won the Association of Chess Professionals’ 2013 Book of the Year prize for Grandmaster Preparation: Calculation. In second place, just one vote behind, was How I Beat Fischer’s Record by Judit Polgar. My personal congratulations to both authors.

This award means that Jacob is the chess author who has won the most prizes – ACP, ECF, Boleslavsky, ChessCafe and Guardian. It was close with Mark Dvoretsky and John Nunn before, but Jacob now has his nose in front.

In a supersized chess file (pdf or pgn) there are many games from the Danish Championship and Danish Blitz Championship, plus analysis that updates and adds to Grandmaster Repertoire 12: The Modern Benoni. The new Danish Champion is GM Davor Palo, but who is their new Blitz Champion? It was another prize for GM Jacob Aagaard.


John Shaw

Chief Editor

Quality Chess


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  1. April 25th, 2013 at 21:07 | #1

    Congratulations for all the people who created these books! It is a reason for being PROUD – when this kind of prizes are given for such books! Great work! Keep the (high) QUALITY CHESS (books) going! 🙂

  2. Benoniac
    April 25th, 2013 at 23:01 | #2

    I just love what I have seen of Grandmaster 12 so far …

    Its QUALITY 🙂

    April 26th, 2013 at 18:50 | #3


    Did you consider to launch another type of GM GUIDE for Black vs 1.e4 like 1….e5?

    And how about another one vs 1.d4 & 1.c4?

    It would be much appreciated if you do them 🙂

  4. The Lurker
    April 26th, 2013 at 19:08 | #4

    Let him finish the books he’s working on now first.

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    April 26th, 2013 at 20:00 | #5

    I think e5 against 1.d4 will not be very commercial :-).

    The Lurker is of course right; we need to finish some books before we make new ones!

    April 27th, 2013 at 08:14 | #6

    Any news on GM Najdorf? When will Ftacnik’s books be out, in pair ore one after another. How come that they are not in coming soon section?

    I just wonder what will be new in them that will force me to buy both hardcovers for 70 euros 🙂

  7. Ray
    April 27th, 2013 at 15:27 | #7

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Besides, you have answered this question several times already – you are planning in the future to publish a GM guide 1.e4 e5.

  8. Ray
    April 27th, 2013 at 15:28 | #8

    Or was it a GM Reportoire?

  9. Ray
    April 27th, 2013 at 15:28 | #9

    Sorry, I’ll stop talking to myself :-).

  10. Ray
    April 27th, 2013 at 15:29 | #10

    Maybe because they’re not coming soon?

  11. The Doctor
    April 27th, 2013 at 16:05 | #11

    Is there any plans on any Nimzo-Indian for Black in the near future/or distant future even?!

  12. Jacob Aagaard
    April 28th, 2013 at 08:55 | #12

    I think so too. We have done a lot of work, but we need to finish a few other books first.

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    April 28th, 2013 at 08:56 | #13

    We can only do so many books at a time. We are planning 1.e4 e5 from both perspective. But patience is necessary.

  14. Jacob Aagaard
    April 28th, 2013 at 08:56 | #14

    @The Doctor
    Yes. Medium terms.

  15. Ray
    April 28th, 2013 at 09:03 | #15

    @Jacob Aagaard
    No problem – plenty of other QC books to study in the meantime! I’m currently studying the first ‘ blue book’ of the Yusupov series chapter 3 (on Opening Play), and judging from the number of errors I’m making in trying to solve the puzzles, there is plenty of general opening knowledge still to be acquired :-).

  16. Gilchrist is a Legend
    April 28th, 2013 at 09:24 | #16

    I still am reading GM12, then perhaps Strategic Play and some more GM11, and by then probably the French book. My entire repertoire is basically QC books..

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