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Publishing Schedule – September

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Here is a list of some of our forthcoming books. As always, the dates are what we are aiming for and not an official publishing schedule.

Ilya Maizelis Chess from Scratch October
Judit Polgar A Game of Queens October
Tiger Hillarp-Persson The Modern Tiger October
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines Winter
Boris Gelfand Positional Decision Making in Chess Winter
Mauricio Flores Rios Chess Structures – A GM Guide Winter
Mihail Marin Learn from the Legends – Hardback Winter
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 1A – 1.d4 The Catalan Winter
Parimarjan Negi GM – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian I Winter
Emanuel Berg GM 16 – The French Defence Vol 3 Winter
Vassilios Kotronias KID – Vol 2 – Mar del Plata I Winter
Vassilios Kotronias KID – Vol 3 – Mar del Plata II Winter
Lars Schandorff GM 20 – Semi-Slav Winter
Lubomir Ftacnik GM 6B – The Najdorf Winter
Wojciech Moranda Race Up the Rankings Spring
Tibor Karolyi Tal’s Best Games 2 – World Champion Spring
Victor Mikhalevski GM 19 – Beating Minor Openings Spring
Parimarjan Negi GM – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian II Spring
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French Summer


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  1. September 3rd, 2014 at 10:48 | #1

    Nice to see that Avrukh is making a new 1.d4 series for white though I personally would have preferred something other than the Catalan. Will the other books also use the same openings like Nf3-e3 against the Slav, g3 against King’s Indian and Grunfeld?

  2. garryk
    September 3rd, 2014 at 11:23 | #2

    Again the catalan?? let me suppose the next titles

    – winning against the catalan
    – the new catalan for white
    – dismantling the catalan
    – the cutting edge catalan
    – understanding the catalan
    – avrukh on the catalan

    and so on for the next ten years… 🙂

  3. Thomas
    September 3rd, 2014 at 11:48 | #3

    @garryk If you prefer a book on the Sokolsky you should probably look somewhere else.

  4. garryk
    September 3rd, 2014 at 11:54 | #4

    Not the sokolsky…but it’s time for a nimzo book don’t you think!?

  5. Thomas
    September 3rd, 2014 at 12:07 | #5

    A Nimzo book would be fine of course. But I don’t see the point in criticizing Avrukh for doing a second edition of his Catalan book. It’s simply something else.

  6. Roy-in
    September 3rd, 2014 at 12:28 | #6

    Thinking Inside the Box in missing in the list, is it mistake or only will be ready after next summer?

  7. Niall Doran
    September 3rd, 2014 at 12:33 | #7

    ‘Pump up your Rating’ and ‘Race up the Ranking’ sound very similar!

    What will be the content of ‘Race’?

  8. garryk
    September 3rd, 2014 at 13:02 | #8

    Let me explain. In my opinion you don’t play the catalan to get an edge, you play it in order to reach a playable middlegame that you like. After the first edition, many of Avrukh’s recommendations were neutralized in little time. Of course now Avrukh will propose new improvements but I suppose they will be neutralized very quickly because it’s the Catalan and after all there isn’t an edge for White. So this is my point: if you want to play the Catalan the first edition is enough…you have a playable middlegame, play on…if you want an edge you have to face the Nimzo…the real Nimzo…therefore my irony…how many books on the Catalan we’ll have before a book on the Nimzo?

  9. Thomas
    September 3rd, 2014 at 13:09 | #9

    @garryk Sorry. No point in such a discussion.

  10. garryk
    September 3rd, 2014 at 13:11 | #10

    I only expressed my opinion. If you don’t want to discuss…do not discuss! 🙂

  11. Alpha
    September 3rd, 2014 at 13:50 | #11

    Im probably going to end up buying all non-opening books on that list and probably the semi-slav one too. Btw Karolyi is a fantastic book writer and I sure hope he makes another series after he’s done with Tal (I would vote for Smyslov or Petrosian, maybe Korchnoi too but that one would take like 6 volumes heh, not that I would complain about it).

  12. wolfsblut
    September 3rd, 2014 at 13:59 | #12

    ‘ Playing 1.e4’ again postponed…

  13. wolfsblut
    September 3rd, 2014 at 14:00 | #13

    But perhaps it appears in November?

  14. pabstars
    September 3rd, 2014 at 14:47 | #14

    Even though I have also just looked so much forward to Shaw’s e4-books, there are really some other interesting books. The following seem like must-haves for me just before X-mas:

    1. Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines
    2. Positional Decision Making in Chess
    3. Chess Structures – A GM Guide
    4. The Modern Tiger
    5. Learn from the Legends – Hardback

    Other potential books are the Tal and Polgar books. IMO, the books on Karpov are true masterpieces and if the books on Tal are just close to being just as good, they will also be must-haves…

  15. Andre
    September 3rd, 2014 at 14:49 | #15

    wolfsblut :
    ‘ Playing 1.e4′ again postponed…

    I would wish for QC to put more emphasis on their internally written books. Why not delay something else instead?

  16. chris
    September 3rd, 2014 at 15:07 | #16

    pabstars :Even though I have also just looked so much forward to Shaw’s e4-books, there are really some other interesting books. The following seem like must-haves for me just before X-mas:
    1. Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines2. Positional Decision Making in Chess3. Chess Structures – A GM Guide4. The Modern Tiger5. Learn from the Legends – Hardback
    Other potential books are the Tal and Polgar books. IMO, the books on Karpov are true masterpieces and if the books on Tal are just close to being just as good, they will also be must-haves…

    IF they are all published before X-mas 🙂
    Winter means end of december earliest…

  17. Phil Colllins
    September 3rd, 2014 at 16:31 | #17

    wolfsblut :
    ‘ Playing 1.e4′ again postponed…

    It’s a John-Shaw book! We have to wait… 2018? 😉

  18. Blue Knight
    September 3rd, 2014 at 17:02 | #18

    pabstars :Even though I have also just looked so much forward to Shaw’s e4-books, there are really some other interesting books. The following seem like must-haves for me just before X-mas:
    1. Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines2. Positional Decision Making in Chess3. Chess Structures – A GM Guide4. The Modern Tiger5. Learn from the Legends – Hardback
    Other potential books are the Tal and Polgar books. IMO, the books on Karpov are true masterpieces and if the books on Tal are just close to being just as good, they will also be must-haves…

    Personally, I would prefer some books on Keres. Long time ago for some works on this great player and they are no more still in print for a long time, I guess. I think some works on this great player, and theoretician (he made many contributions to the theory. E.g. look at his defenses in the Ruy Lopez) is necessary.

  19. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    September 3rd, 2014 at 18:06 | #19

    Another book on the Catalan and no GM book on the Nimzo/QID complex?

  20. Jugador
    September 3rd, 2014 at 21:24 | #20

    Excellent I want to reas what Avkruk will say about the new ideas in the powerful catalan

  21. Michael Bartlett
    September 3rd, 2014 at 22:23 | #21

    @Niall Doran

    Agreed. Excited to hear this info. @jacob?

  22. Gilchrist is a Legend
    September 3rd, 2014 at 22:35 | #22

    Nice to see so many GM Repertoires, I plan to buy them all. Also it appears that Modern Tiger is part of the treble publication in October. I think that it shall be very interesting, I wonder what he recommends for the Austrian Attack lines. Hopefully it is released in October, and GM16 before New Years.

  23. Seth
    September 4th, 2014 at 01:16 | #23

    I would like to request Quality Chess to approach GM Fabiano Caruana and ask him to author a book entitled, “How I Solved Chess.”

    Thank you.

  24. Jacob Aagaard
    September 4th, 2014 at 08:17 | #24

    @Phil Colllins
    The book is not “delayed”. It is not finished and for this reason cannot be published.

    @Shurlock Ventriloquist
    We have two 1.d4 repertoire series’. The most frequent is Lars Schandorff’s Playing 1.d4, which includes a repertoire against the Nimzo. To be honest, I just cannot recognise people’s frustration with the reality of what we are doing. If you think Everyman are not publishing enough on the Nimzo, complain to Everyman, not us please.

  25. Chessbooklover
    September 4th, 2014 at 08:32 | #25

    It was actually solved by Stockfish. All Caruana did was memorizing the solution(s).

  26. Franck
    September 4th, 2014 at 09:50 | #26

    Is Sicilian 1 from Negi the 6 Bg5 book of the Najdorf??
    btw a big compliment of the people of QC!!! wow what a long list of must buy books!!
    I thing we simple chess fans can immagine how much work it cost to make and publish all this wonderfull books.
    Jacob and Co thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. J.
    September 4th, 2014 at 09:58 | #27

    Moranda hasn’t been very active for a while, so maybe it’s about time management and getting to 2600 elo.

    It’s nice to see that qc has found a stable rythm in publishing books. Unfortunately time is scare and work is much, which makes it difficult to follow for me. It will only be Boris’s and perhaps Floris’s book this time.

    @Jacob: is there any possibility on a follow up book on Psakhis advanced chess tactics ? I believe it to be the most underrated QC book as I still can’t choose between it and “learn from the legends” for the “if I can only pick one book”.

  28. Niall Doran
    September 4th, 2014 at 10:15 | #28


    If he’s solved chess, we’re going to have to have him killed!

  29. John Shaw
    September 4th, 2014 at 10:48 | #29

    Phil Colllins :

    wolfsblut :
    ‘ Playing 1.e4′ again postponed…

    It’s a John-Shaw book! We have to wait… 2018?

    Just for that, I will make it 2019. Actually, I would predict 2014, or the first month of 2015 if we run into some unexpected problem (like a paper shortage).

  30. Chessbooklover
    September 4th, 2014 at 10:50 | #30

    @Niall Doran

    It’s too late now. He should have been stopped before the tournament.

    We need a new game.

  31. Jacob Aagaard
    September 4th, 2014 at 12:58 | #31

    Pick Attacking Manual 1 then! No, we have no plans. And yes, it is a nice book.

  32. James
    September 4th, 2014 at 13:00 | #32


    How many volumes will there be in the new Avrukh GM 1.d4 repertoire books? Will it be 2 volumes like last time? Also will it be an updated version of his repertoire from several years ago? Or will a lot of things be completely different? Thank you!

  33. Jacob Aagaard
    September 4th, 2014 at 15:31 | #33

    Written from scratch and in more volumes. Preferably four, but I do not want to be a prisoner of that prediction…

  34. Michael Bartlett
    September 4th, 2014 at 16:21 | #34

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Any details on Race Up The Ratings and how it differs from Pump Up?

  35. Jacob Aagaard
    September 4th, 2014 at 16:24 | #35

    @Michael Bartlett
    Only the title is similar. But it is a book in the same genre.

  36. Seth
    September 5th, 2014 at 00:36 | #36


    No doubt using the “say aloud” method suggested by GM Aagaard on this very blog. 😉

  37. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    September 5th, 2014 at 01:28 | #37

    Jacob: If you going to ask for people’s opinions about what you are doing you may sometimes get some opinions that fall outside of total agreement.

    Its a big enough universe for people to be right and still not agree.

    fwiw: a gm repertoire for the BLACK side of the Nimzo/QID at Quality Chess levels seems well beyond the scope of Everyman. I mention it here on your blog with the hope that it is something you would consider.

  38. Ed
    September 5th, 2014 at 02:57 | #38

    Everyman produced an excellent book on the Nimzo by Dearing.
    Although published 2006, still relevant today as the Nimzo is a very flexible opening.
    I would say this book is one of the best Everyman has produced.
    My favourite publisher is by far Quality Chess.

    @Shurlock Ventriloquist
    My favourite publisher is Quality Chess.
    However Everyman have produced an excellent book on the Nimzo by Dearimg.
    I would say it is one of the best they have produced.
    Although published 2006, theory in the Nimzo would not have progressed that much.
    The opening is very flexible and any new novelties may be picked up in a chess magazine or chess database of recent games.
    I know Quality Chess are the best and also my first choice but as this is not available you will find this book is very good.

  39. Ed
    September 5th, 2014 at 03:03 | #39

    Sorry for repetition above.
    Also the everyman on queens indian by Andrew Greet who I believe is now on staff
    Of Quality Chess is also a very good book and published 2009.
    Again I know Quality chess is the best but as nimzo/QID not available I think you will find these alternatives satisfactory. I hope this helps : )

  40. Jacob Aagaard
    September 5th, 2014 at 08:43 | #40

    @Shurlock Ventriloquist
    When you talk the Catalan, you are talking an anti-Nimzo system. Meaning from White’s side. The criticism was that we have neglected the Nimzo. This is unfair. I did not go into the debate about the quality of the openings, but could have done so. I found it less appealing, because I felt the idea that Topalov, Kramnik, Gelfand and many others do not understand that they are playing a second tier opening is not really worth talking about.
    Actually, Avrukh has another line against the Nimzo, 4.e3 and 5.Nge2! Because of the Schandorff books this is a no-go area. In the end Boris decided that the Catalan was as good a chance as anything; including against the Queen’s Gambit.
    I think accepting different opinions and allowing unfair criticism to go unpassed are different things. This time around I answered the question: Why the Catalan, which is a fair question.

    Does that make sense?

  41. Jacob Aagaard
    September 5th, 2014 at 08:47 | #41

    We have a contract for a Nimzo-book with a very strong GM – from BLACK’s point of view. It is the third contract we have had. This time I am very hopeful it will be fulfilled. With the QID and Catalan, I think wait and see is a good idea. We do have a QGD book on the way, so if you are willing to answer 3.Nf3 with 3…d5, you are ok. Or we have a recent book on the Modern Benoni, where 3…c5 will fulfill most of your needs (though not 4.g3 transposing into the English).

  42. Thomas
    September 5th, 2014 at 08:58 | #42

    QGD sounds interesting….

  43. Gilchrist is a Legend
    September 5th, 2014 at 09:06 | #43

    De Beste Zet have GM16 listed for 24.12.2014, but hopefully it publishes before Christmas or New Years. That is still winter, though…

  44. Jean-Marie
    September 5th, 2014 at 09:25 | #44

    Hi Jacob,
    What are the subjects covered by Maizlis’s book “Chess from scratch”. Is it a book for beginners or more advanced players ? Thanks.

  45. Ed
    September 5th, 2014 at 10:18 | #45

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Any idea which variation of QGD will be in the book?

  46. Ray
    September 5th, 2014 at 10:36 | #46

    @Gilchrist is a Legend
    Winter starts on 21 December and ends on 20 March… So ‘Winter’ probably means these books will be published in early 2015.

  47. Reini
    September 5th, 2014 at 13:13 | #47

    Hi Jacob,
    is the new Avrukh series the promised surprise or can we count on another one to be published with the next NIC magazine?

  48. Jacob Aagaard
    September 5th, 2014 at 13:43 | #48


  49. Jacob Aagaard
    September 5th, 2014 at 13:44 | #49

    I think another common definition is Dec-Feb?!

  50. Jacob Aagaard
    September 5th, 2014 at 13:44 | #50


  51. Ray
    September 5th, 2014 at 15:42 | #51

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I was hoping you would say that 🙂

    September 5th, 2014 at 16:56 | #52

    a book about 1.Nf3 or 1.g3 could be included into upcoming projects??…thanks

  53. JB
    September 6th, 2014 at 11:50 | #53

    Quick question: is the najdorf going to be a one-volume repertoire vs. e4?

    September 6th, 2014 at 17:17 | #54

    Dear Jacob,

    As many of our blogger friends I also own Avrukh’s two 1.d4 repertoire books in hardcover 🙂

    I’m very delighted to read announcement for his new repertoire for 1.d4 players.

    My main question is around which lines will he forge it? Shall it be Catalan as core, or some new lines? Besides, you mentioned 4 books? How come? His second volume has 600 pages, so you will probably make 2 book from it…

    And you will divide volume 1 into two books, am I right?

    Thanks 🙂 for reply

  55. Floh
    September 6th, 2014 at 21:51 | #55

    It would be great, if the second of Avrukh’s 4+ volumes d4 series would be 1.d4: the (real) slav.

  56. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    September 7th, 2014 at 01:28 | #56

    @ Ed: The Dearing book is outdated in several key lines.

    @ Jacob: I believe you may have misinterpreted my missive. I was not critiquing your editorial choices only asking that a GM book from the Black side of the Nimzo would be considered. My query was not meant to antagonize or to be snarky.

  57. Jacob Aagaard
    September 7th, 2014 at 09:56 | #57

    Starting 5…a6.

  58. Jacob Aagaard
    September 7th, 2014 at 09:56 | #58
  59. Jacob Aagaard
    September 7th, 2014 at 09:57 | #59

    @Shurlock Ventriloquist
    Ok. This has been in the works for a while, as you could have seen many places here on the blog. I think it will happen this time.

  60. Ray
    September 7th, 2014 at 11:19 | #60

    I wonder what Avrukh will recommend against Slav – in his recent book on the Slave he analysed his recommendation for white in his book on 1.d4 a bit deeper and concluded that it is fine for black on second thought. Maybe on third thought it will be better for white after all 🙂

  61. Lars
    September 7th, 2014 at 17:01 | #61

    I think a GMR on the Ragozin would be interesting. I’ve noticed that among others quite a few of the top women players (eg the Kosintseva sisters and Hou Yifan) play it frequently.

  62. Grant
    September 8th, 2014 at 00:22 | #62

    The Najdorf book will be interesting. Is Ftacnik heavily involved with the new edition? I must say that the impression I received from an earlier blog was that a lot of the work was done by the QC team.

    Is Ftacnik sticking to 6 Bg5 Nbd7?

    I assume because Negi”s book and the new Najdorf book will come out within a short period, neither Ftacnik nor Negi would have had the opportunity to see what the other has written? Any chance of both books coming out this year?

  63. weng
    September 8th, 2014 at 03:07 | #63

    @ Lars,
    While I have an interest in the Ragozin, and there is a recent book on the Ragozin by Vladimir Barsky, I am not sure that a GM Rep solely on the Ragozin is viable. To play the Ragozin as your Black repertoire against 1 d4, you must also have another opening against 1 d4 … Nf3 w/o Nc3. I think then we are back to a question which has been asked frequently on this blog, whether QC is going to publish a Black Repertoire against 1 d4 based on the NID/?? (QID?). I think (I might be wrong) you can substitute Ragozin for NID but you still need that other opening.
    Jacob has answered very recently that QC has a contract with strong GM for a GM Rep on NID. I suppose in the light of that development, very unlikely that QC will do a GM Rep on the Ragozin. Also bearing in mind that NID is supposedly more complex, safer, stronger Black Opening than the Ragozin.
    But I agree with you and a QC book on the Ragozin is on my wish list together perhaps with disucssion of the Vienna Var!
    Also on my wishlist is a Mihail Marin book on the Pirc, yes I know he has recently done a DVD on this but I prefer books.
    Just my 2 cents.

  64. Gilchrist is a Legend
    September 8th, 2014 at 07:47 | #64

    The Ragozin is played via 3. Nf3; 3…d5 4. Nc3 Bb4. There is no choice between the Ragozin and Nimzo, but rather the Ragozin, QID, or Bogo, since 3. Nc3 Bb4 is just the Nimzo, where 4. Nf3 could transpose should Black wish to play 4…d5, but obviously White can simplt play against the Nimzo with other lines. I believe that this combination of Nimzo against 3. Nc3 and the Ragozin against 3. Nf3 is what is played by the Kosintsevas and Hou Yifan.

  65. Gilchrist is a Legend
    September 8th, 2014 at 07:49 | #65

    I wonder if Modern Tiger is updates on the existing lines or has new lines in main variations. Regardless this should also be useful for Pirc players I think.

  66. Gilchrist is a Legend
    September 8th, 2014 at 07:56 | #66

    I am interested too, if there shall be another line too, like the Gelfand, Delayed Poisoned Pawn, Old Main Line, etc. 6…Nbd7 is definitely into the group that is considered main lines rather than just a sideline since GM6 in 2010–many GMs use this often now, and I would be unsurprised should the theory here have increased by 500% minimum.

  67. September 8th, 2014 at 10:32 | #67

    @ Gilchrist is a Legend, my mistake. You are right. sigh! no wonder my chess is bad hen I cannot remember simple stuff like this!
    But yes, a GM Rep base don NID+Ragozin would be awesome but then some would prefer NID with QID.

  68. Trispios
    September 8th, 2014 at 13:46 | #68

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I am very glad to read this about the Nimzo from black’s point of view. I’ll need something against 3.Nf3! though

  69. Blue Knight
    September 8th, 2014 at 16:29 | #69

    @weng siow
    Or rather NID/Bogo. Bogo is more consistent with the Nimzo, and there are transpositions from Bogo to Nimzo, with the bishop deployment to b4…

    Or even, like a recent New in Chess book, a repertoire based on 1… e6 against 1.d4 and 1.e4, and even versus everything. 🙂

  70. Seth
    September 9th, 2014 at 01:29 | #70

    I’ve never found the black side of the Bogo to be at all appealing. Looks too depressing.

    The main line Ragozin where Black is trying to restrain e3-e4 also looks depressing but maybe it’s just a matter of taste. To me, it seems like White has all day to prep this advance while Black must tread carefully.

  71. Roy-in
    September 9th, 2014 at 13:18 | #71

    @jacob, Thinking Inside the Box in missing in the list, is it mistake or only will be ready after next summer?

  72. Jacob Aagaard
    September 9th, 2014 at 21:07 | #72

    I do not want to announce it until it is written. I am really tired at the moment and focusing on the Gelfand project.

  73. Seth
    September 9th, 2014 at 21:51 | #73

    Today has been a nice day.

    Not only did I receive the last of the GM Prep books in the mail, but I saw my name in print for the first time in a book.


  74. September 10th, 2014 at 20:40 | #74

    🙂 It would be great to have GM Tiviakov writing the book on the Nimzo/Queen’s Indian 🙂 But I’m really looking forward to it.

    Regarding GM 20 – Is it possible to make a statement regarding the lines included? Or at least the system so we can change our repertoires in time and update it with this book ;-D ?

    And does QC plan a new WCC book on Anand-Carlsen II ?


  75. Ozzy Knight
    September 11th, 2014 at 07:37 | #75

    Will any of the middlegame books e.g. The Secret Life of Bad Bishops, Chess Structures etc. be on forwardchess?

  76. Thomas
    September 11th, 2014 at 12:01 | #76

    Tiviakov? Does he write in the style of his DVDs? “This line is good – you have to believe me!” – without any explanation?

  77. Alex
    September 11th, 2014 at 12:17 | #77

    @Thomas, in general I think Tiviakov’s DVD are fine, which one are you referring to ? Besides, I have the opportunity to take lessons with him and he explains very very well.

  78. Thomas
    September 11th, 2014 at 12:44 | #78

    I’m thinking of his French Tarrasch DVD, where he repeatedly appeals to the listeners to believe him instead of giving a clue why his move is good.
    Maybe his other works are better, I don’t know.

  79. Alex
    September 11th, 2014 at 13:54 | #79


    Well, this is why it is better to play 3.Nc3 :). More seriously, I don’t have the French one so I cannot say a word there !


  80. Ray
    September 12th, 2014 at 12:43 | #80

    @Jacob: I just received the new issue of NIC Magazine today, and naturally I immediately looked for the QC add to see what surprise you have in store for us this autumn. But… I didn’t see anything new, or am I mistaken? What was the surprise you were referring to in an earlier post?

    By the way, love your article on calculation – I hope you will continue with these type of articles for NIC!

  81. Jacob Aagaard
    September 12th, 2014 at 13:15 | #81

    It was Avrukh with a GM1A so to speak – a Catalan book, rewritten from scratch.

  82. Ray
    September 12th, 2014 at 14:24 | #82

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Aha, but then you gave the surprise already away in this updated publishing schedule :-). Nevertheless great that Avrukh will upate his 1.d4 books of course!

  83. Thomas
    September 12th, 2014 at 14:41 | #83

    “Rewritten from scratch” sound like even more than an update!

  84. Filippo
    September 15th, 2014 at 11:25 | #84

    is it possible to get a preview of the items (index of arguents) treated in the next Tiger Hillarp Persson’s book on the Modern Defence?Thanks in advance

  85. Jacob Aagaard
    September 15th, 2014 at 16:32 | #85

    We publish excerpts when the books goes to the printer.

  86. Gilchrist is a Legend
    September 17th, 2014 at 03:30 | #86

    Is a book about the Tromsø Olympiad 2014 planned at some point in the future? I personally think that that was one of the best tournaments that I have ever seen. Also, a very unique venue. I wish that I could have qualified as I would have loved to play in such a tournament, but being 200 ELO below what the minimum would be and bereft of no outstanding tournament performance probably to even be considered left me quite low chances.

  87. Phil Colllins
    September 17th, 2014 at 08:39 | #87

    Tromsø Olympiad 2014 the best tournament? Surpring statement. I heard the opposite: the worst Olympiad evere because of the bad conditions…

  88. Jacob Aagaard
    September 17th, 2014 at 08:59 | #88

    @Gilchrist is a Legend
    The venue was shit, the town nice. No books planned on tournaments for a long time. We have too many other projects we need to complete.

  89. Filippo
    September 17th, 2014 at 10:19 | #89

    Yes Jacob, I know it . However i was just asking for a general description of the items to be covered, being this book the 2nd edition on the same defence by the same (very interesting) author. Thanks…@Jacob Aagaard

  90. Jacob Aagaard
    September 17th, 2014 at 13:13 | #90

    Have work to do. Sorry.

  91. Filippo
    September 17th, 2014 at 15:48 | #91

    Nice answer . Thank you )))
    @Jacob Aagaard

  92. Michael Bartlett
    September 18th, 2014 at 01:53 | #92

    I have two very serious book suggestions for you, Jacob. I propose them as continuations in your ‘positional decision making series’ especially if they are aimed at breaking down how a GM tackles positions throughout a game. The first would be by Caruana on his recent St Louis success. Very detailed analysis of each game, what he prepared, etc how – an emphasis on the tougher choices between plans would be great. Those critical decision moments. The second book by Jonathan Hawkins on how he won the British Championship. Again, same format and motivation.

  93. Michael Bartlett
    September 18th, 2014 at 01:55 | #93

    And, then, of course, the book by Caruana’s trainer … turning his ‘strategic balance’ course into a book. That would be sublime. Unrealistic, I know. But worth shooting for the stars.

  94. Jacob Aagaard
    September 18th, 2014 at 07:08 | #94

    @Michael Bartlett
    Neither would sell enough copies.

  95. Csaba
    September 20th, 2014 at 17:21 | #95

    This is probably not the place to write this but just wanted to thank you for releasing the Forward Chess version of My System! I bought the book a while ago but I never found the time to properly go through it, this will be much easier. For others: it is just 10.80 euros, get it while it’s hot! 🙂

  96. Manfred
    September 21st, 2014 at 00:00 | #96

    I allow myself to give a book suggestion too. In 1999 Gambit and Everyman Chess published a great book called “Nunn´s Chess Openings (NCO)” – a book about all chess openings in one volume. NCO was and (partially) is not only useful for beginners like FCO (Fundamental Chess Openings – Gambit 2009) but for club-players and tournament-players too. The publisher “Sahovski Informator Beograd” tried to copy NCO with their “Small Encyclopedia of chess openings (SEOCO), but in my opinion they failed.
    NCO 2 = QCO (Quality Chess Openings) would´nt be a competition to the “Grandmaster Repertoire” or “Grandmaster Guides” but an important addition to the “Quality Chess book publishing list and – the best selling Quality Chess book in the next three years after publishing.

  97. Patrick
    September 24th, 2014 at 23:08 | #97

    So what is the whole series of GM 1.e4 going to be? 5 Books? More than that? If there are 2 full books on the Sicilian, I figure that there must be at minimum 1 book (maybe more) exclusively on 1…e5 (Ruy/Petroff/Latvian/Philidor Non-Hanham/etc) and a full book on the rest of the “garbage” (Pirc/Alekhine/Scandinavian/etc)

  98. Alan
    September 25th, 2014 at 07:17 | #98

    I’d like to add my thanks for My System on the Forward Chess app. I do like Michael Bartlett’s suggestion about asking Caruana’s trainer (Chuchelov) to turn his 60hr Strategic Balance course into a book!

  99. Confiteor
    September 25th, 2014 at 08:21 | #99

    Alan :
    I’d like to add my thanks for My System on the Forward Chess app. I do like Michael Bartlett’s suggestion about asking Caruana’s trainer (Chuchelov) to turn his 60hr Strategic Balance course into a book!

    Chuchelov book would be best buy!!

  100. Seth
    September 25th, 2014 at 08:32 | #100

    Patrick :So what is the whole series of GM 1.e4 going to be? 5 Books? More than that? If there are 2 full books on the Sicilian, I figure that there must be at minimum 1 book (maybe more) exclusively on 1…e5 (Ruy/Petroff/Latvian/Philidor Non-Hanham/etc) and a full book on the rest of the “garbage” (Pirc/Alekhine/Scandinavian/etc)

    I believe Negi’s series will be 5 books. Pretty sure Jacob, or someone else from the QC staff, has already said which openings will be in each book but I don’t recall.

    P.S. Philidor’s Defense was already handled (mangled) in the first book. 🙂

  101. Jacob Aagaard
    September 25th, 2014 at 09:52 | #101
  102. Milen Petrov
    September 25th, 2014 at 15:54 | #102

    Very simple and maybe annoying question for Jacob – why Negi’s book is just called GM Repertoire without any number in the series. Will this continue? And what about the other books in that series – will they still use GM Rep XX. Also wondering why Kotronias’s KID book is not part of the series as it is a full Black repertoire.
    And a second one – what happened with “Cutting Edge” series.
    Thanks in advance

  103. Jacob Aagaard
    September 26th, 2014 at 09:43 | #103

    @Milen Petrov
    We decided that 20 is a good number. Above it seems ridiculous.

    Kotronias is of course not a GM Rep, but a Kotro Super GM Rep+.

    Cutting Edge did not sell. Luckily Everyman decided to copy the concept and will probably continue long after they realise there is no interest.

  104. Ray
    September 26th, 2014 at 11:35 | #104
  105. Modi
    September 28th, 2014 at 22:11 | #105

    @ Jacob,

    I am in the 1700+ range and am going through Martin Weteschnik’s and Yusupov’s(Orange) books. I would take an year to finish the Orange series(3 months for each book and a month for revision). Then later would jump to Green and Blue.

    In the meanwhile I am eager to know if they are they going to write any other books for QC.
    Please say Yes.

    • Jacob Aagaard
      September 30th, 2014 at 13:48 | #106

      We would definitely love for Artur to write another book for us.

  106. J.
    September 29th, 2014 at 19:34 | #107

    Was at the chessbookstore today, and Lund’s book was unfortunately sold out. Bought attack and defence for training. Was wondering if any game collections and/or endgame related books are in the pipeline ?

    Also wanted to to mention that there is a new book on the rauzer from the man himself. (Kozul)
    With quality chess raising the bar, and this new publisher stepping in, as the consumer, I hope we will get into a armsrace of qualitative chess books.

  107. Jacob Aagaard
    September 30th, 2014 at 08:38 | #108

    I have always hoped that others would step up. The more good books that are published, the more readers they will attract ;-).

  108. Thomas
    September 30th, 2014 at 08:58 | #109

    Looking forward to Edouards book…

  109. Thomas
    October 1st, 2014 at 09:32 | #110

    Is it possible to show a correct excerpt on the new Polgar book page?

  110. Gilchrist is a Legend
    October 6th, 2014 at 05:18 | #111

    Just a quick update, but how is Tiger’s Modern for October?

  111. wolfsblut
    October 6th, 2014 at 09:11 | #112

    And I dare to ask about the first Playing 1.e4- book: Still 2014? I would love to read that it is…..John?

  112. S. Hansen
    October 6th, 2014 at 09:48 | #113

    Hi Jacob

    When can we expect to see a book on the Black side of QGD and in which serie will it be (GM rep. playing the… etc)

    • Jacob Aagaard
      October 7th, 2014 at 10:27 | #114

      Hopefully somewhere in 2015.

  113. chris
    October 6th, 2014 at 10:38 | #115

    @ jacob: What rating level are the two attacking manuals aimed for?

    By the way, what about a FAQ about such questions, they drop in here quite often in the blog.

    • Jacob Aagaard
      October 7th, 2014 at 10:28 | #116

      AM1 is probably as readable for 1300s as it is for 2600s. But of course the whole stuff is difficult no matter what the level of your play is. It is chess that defines this, not the writing. I basically think that everyone can understand it.

  114. Paul
    October 7th, 2014 at 15:46 | #117

    I see the Polgar pdf is now available and the book is available to pre-order. Is this a “stand alone” release or will there be some other books released on the same date (the other 2 October releases above are not on the website yet)?

    And also, for the Jacob poll – why is Attacking Manual 2 not listed? Is that deemed not such a great book, or is one Attacking Manual enough for the poll?

  115. Jacob Aagaard
    October 7th, 2014 at 15:50 | #118

    Attacking Manual 2 does not put anything new forward and thus cannot be said as being teaching anything :-). I felt that if you thought that was better than AM1, I would like to kill off your vote immediately!

  116. Capodoglio
    October 8th, 2014 at 15:18 | #119

    Good news on the new updated repertoire from Avrukh (is it four volumes?).

    I see Vigorito didn’t happen for the Semi-Slav, but we got Schandorff! Good stuff!

    Looking forward the Gelfand work, but I’m especially intrigued by Chess Structures, sounds like a very interesting and useful book.

  117. Pierre
    October 8th, 2014 at 18:27 | #120

    Sorry to ask again, I did not catch the answer : when will The Modern Tiger be published ?
    Thx !

  118. FM To Be
    October 8th, 2014 at 20:04 | #121

    Please give more information on the future series “From The Scratch”, could be like a good preparation for Yusupov’s course.

  119. Jacob Aagaard
    October 8th, 2014 at 21:47 | #122
  120. Jacob Aagaard
    October 8th, 2014 at 21:47 | #123

    About 4 weeks. Over 500 pages of great stuff.

  121. Jacob Aagaard
    October 8th, 2014 at 21:48 | #124

    Probably four for Avrukh.

    Chess Structures is supposed to be a masterpiece according to the editor!

  122. Gilchrist is a Legend
    October 8th, 2014 at 23:22 | #125

    @Jacob Aagaard
    That sounds pretty massive for a book on the Modern (bigger than the more theoretical Caro-Kann and French books), but that sounds interesting. Is it an update from the first edition or completely new stuff?

  123. Pawn Dillinger
    October 9th, 2014 at 01:02 | #126

    Hi, Jacob:
    First, let me express my gratitude on what a great job Quality Chess has done on its books. I almost need another job just to buy all the books that interest me:-) In addition to your own Grandmaster Prep series, I am most taken with the GM Repertoire books. I’m jazzed about all of the upcoming books. I’m currently enthralled by Parimarjan Negi 1 e4 books. Which leads to this delicate (but logical) question: Has there ever been a discussion on what would be a massive project — 1…e5? Thanks again.

  124. Ray
    October 9th, 2014 at 07:51 | #127

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Wow – no hiding from theory these days – even in formerly ‘theory-light’ openings. I guess theory-averse people have no other choice but to opt for the Latvian Gambit 🙂

  125. Capodoglio
    October 9th, 2014 at 08:28 | #128

    Jacob Aagaard :
    Probably four for Avrukh.
    Chess Structures is supposed to be a masterpiece according to the editor!

    Terrific! Thanks!

  126. Jacob Aagaard
    October 9th, 2014 at 08:34 | #129

    @Gilchrist is a Legend
    The first book was 240 pages or so. The reason this is so big is that he included a lot of stuff from the first book (all rechecked and rewritten) as well as write an entirely new book.

    If he had written from scratch it would be have been a much smaller book…

  127. Pierre
    October 9th, 2014 at 10:29 | #130

    Thanks for the answer !

  128. Bebbe
    October 12th, 2014 at 11:10 | #131

    Semislav by Vigorito should be interesting. I wonder how this book will differ from the one by Vigorito. Are there any plans for a sequel to schandorfs book on the Caro Kann?

  129. Bebbe
    October 12th, 2014 at 11:11 | #132

    I meant by Schandorff, sorry.

  130. Ray
    October 12th, 2014 at 16:52 | #133

    I think this question was asked about a month ago, and the answer was no then.

  131. Bebbe
    October 12th, 2014 at 17:20 | #134


    Thanks for the info. What do you think Schandorff will recommend in the Semi slav?
    I guess 5.-h6 against 5.Bg5. Cambridge Springs could also be a good choice if he wants something solid. I guess it will be 8-Bb7 in the Meran just like in Vigoritos book.

  132. Ray
    October 13th, 2014 at 08:02 | #135

    I’m betting on 5…h6 indeed, but maybe he will offer two options? The Botwinnik will presumably be out of the question…

  133. Bebbe
    October 13th, 2014 at 09:15 | #136


    I agree, the Botvinnik is under tremendous pressure these days. It also requires elephant memory and Houdini-based preparation. The anti moscow 6.Bh4 is really not a picnic either.
    But still it holds up well. So I am hoping for the Cambridge Springs as a compliment which is currently played by many world class players.

  134. SimonB
    October 13th, 2014 at 14:11 | #137

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Looks super. Will it be available quickly on ForwardChess btw? Hope so…!

  135. October 14th, 2014 at 08:08 | #138

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Can you make some comments on Avrukhs upcoming books? Will it just be an update in terms of theory in a format we are used to from the GM Rep. series or will it also include more strategic guidelines as in GM M. Marin’s books on the English opening. Their styles did differ a lot, although people praised Marin’s inclusion of strategic samples in his books.

    Can you make any comment on that?

  136. Jacob Aagaard
    October 14th, 2014 at 19:17 | #139

    Avrukh has his own writing style, just as Marin does. There are people who prefer the move, move, move approach, and others that prefer the more conceptual approach. We are proud to publish books for both type of readers.

  137. Ray
    October 14th, 2014 at 20:06 | #140

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I like both approaches, but my favourite is a combination of moves and explanations as given by Negi in his brilliant book 🙂

  138. October 14th, 2014 at 23:13 | #141

    @posts #61, 63, 64, 67, 69, 70 on the issue of a GMPrep on QGD Ragozin, I was watching Chess24 live commentary on the Shirov-Giri Match part of the 2014 Unive Chess Festival and the commentators, GM Jan Gustafsson and GM Paco Vallejo Pons gave a very good tutorial on the Ragozin, mainlines, pawn structures. They also made the point that the Ragozin is very popular with Black at top level at the moment if Black wishes to play for equality with potential.
    So, GM Shaw, GM Aagaard, GMPrep on QGD Ragozin?

    BTW, trivia: In a position where White has possible minority attack on Q-side, where does Black place the b8-Knight?
    A: watch the video at around 18-19′.

  139. Janman
    October 15th, 2014 at 08:18 | #142

    Nice game on these Knight dances: Ivanchuk-Giri, Leon Masters 2013 (notice for instance White’s moves 17-20, Ivanchuk showing some understanding :D) . Black lost, but not due to his first 20 moves.


  140. Gilchrist is a Legend
    October 16th, 2014 at 07:00 | #143

    Does Berg plan on what could be done against the Negi recommendation in GM 1. e4 against the 13…b5 line in 7. Qg4 0-0 in GM15? I did some analyses for over a week in the line with 15. Ng5 (with Stockfish to avoid tactical problems), and I have some new ideas that I could play if I get the position with Black, but obviously the analyses of a GM are worth more.

  141. Johnnyboy
    October 25th, 2014 at 22:35 | #144

    Hi Jacob

    Loved Negi’s first 1.e4 and looking forward to his Sicilian tomes. I presume it is a ‘Beating the Sicilian” type comprehensive repertoire but which lines are in each volume as there seems to be a significant gap between the publication of each part?
    Ones that can arise via 2…d6 (Najdorf, Scheveningen, Classical, Dragon) in one and others in Volume 2?
    PS Najdorf so popular nowadays and have a copy of Pavlovic’s Cutting Edge 6.Be3- what line does Negi choose against Najdorf as this may determine whether I buy that volume- just what move 6- not the details. Thanks


  142. Ray
    October 27th, 2014 at 11:27 | #145

    The first volume will be just on the Najdorf with 6.Bg5. The second volume will be on all the other Sicilians.

  143. Ray
    October 29th, 2014 at 14:21 | #146

    Yesterday I read the QC add in the latest issue of NIC Magazine. It said that Tiger’s Modern will offer two solutions against the Austrian attack, i.e., a ‘Modern’ line (presumably …a6) and a Pirc line. That’s interesting news – I’m looking forward to this completely overhauled second edition! By the way, I’m also curious to see his recommendation against 2.c4. If I remember correctly, in the first edition Tiger recommended to play the KID and admitted the Averbakh is a bit shaky; I wonder if he has found any major improvements because most Modern players are not that keen on learning reams of KID theory 🙂

  144. Chris
    October 29th, 2014 at 18:26 | #147

    @ Jacob:
    Is there any chance the two Classics books that have not appeared as hardcover will in future?

  145. hmddemir
    October 31st, 2014 at 14:57 | #148

    John Shaw’s e4 reportoire will seems to end @2015. Negi’s 5 book will published at the end of 2015 too? Probably i ll get the all books since i am playin e4. since those publishing will take a bit longer, i really wonder which lines will be considered by Negi and Shaw . We know Negi’s reccommendations , but what does Mr. Shaw give as a reportoire against Sicilian and French? I hope those queation can be replied.
    Btw you guys are thinking about a Marshall gambit and anti- Marshall gambit books by black side?

  146. Jacob Aagaard
    October 31st, 2014 at 15:12 | #149

    John will recommend the Scotch, 3.Nd2 against the French and the Open Sicilian.

  147. hmddemir
    November 1st, 2014 at 20:48 | #150

    Jacob Aagaard :@hmddemir John will recommend the Scotch, 3.Nd2 against the French and the Open Sicilian.

    i thought Mr.Shaw reccommend king’s gambit:). at least since i really like his king gambit book, i ll go for king gambit…

    • Jacob Aagaard
      November 3rd, 2014 at 12:06 | #151

      It is already there, so people can mix and match as they want. Two options is hardly a problem!

  148. Franck Steenbekkers
    November 3rd, 2014 at 12:24 | #152

    When will there be a update of the publishing schedule?
    What about the book of mr. Mikhalevsky?

  149. RL
    November 4th, 2014 at 21:39 | #153

    Will the Soviet Chess Primer come out in hardcover?

  150. John Shaw
    November 5th, 2014 at 11:13 | #154


    Sorry, no. Paperback only on “The Soviet Chess Primer”. An excerpt is here: http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Soviet_Chess_Primer-extract.pdf

  151. Gilchrist is a Legend
    November 6th, 2014 at 22:55 | #155

    I notice that The Modern Tiger is gone to the printer–very nice excerpt. I think already that this shall be a very intriguing and excellent book, both for Modern as well as Pirc players. I also note that he discusses the trend at elite level towards classical openings in the excerpt. I bet that this book would change that though. Svidler and Kramnik could be the ideals as they play some form of either opening, and they are quite elite…

  152. Ray
    November 7th, 2014 at 08:58 | #156

    @Gilchrist is a Legend
    I also read in the excerpt that 4…a6 against f4 borders to being incorrect. Therefore Tiger has also recommended as a second option the Pirc against the Austrian Attack. There is indeed a trend towards classical openings, but I hope fashion will swing back sometime soon, if the elite grows tired of the Berlin Wall – or if the masses realise that what’s good for the elite isn’t necessarily good for the masses 🙂

  153. Gilchrist is a Legend
    November 10th, 2014 at 08:44 | #157

    I am very curious as to what Tiger recommends against the Austrian, using the Pirc set-up. I always liked the Benoni-style 6…Na6. Personally I feel that the Austrian against the Pirc, like the Taimanov Attack against the Modern Benoni, is considered to be more dangerous than it really is. Black has 6…Na6, 6…Nc6, and 6…Nbd7, all good moves that lead to interesting play. 6…Na6 can lead to very sharp play where each tempo is seriously important. Given that Tiger’s repertoire is fairly sharp in general, if I had to make a guess, I would guess 6…Na6, but, we have to see in December.

  154. Ray
    November 10th, 2014 at 11:28 | #158

    @Gilchrist is a Legend
    I used to play 6…Na6 some 20 years ago, but I feel it is slightly dubious (or at least very dangerous) now. My preference would be 5…c5, which is also quite sharp. But in that case Tiger would have to find something against Andre Greet’s recommendation with Qd4, which is quite popular nowadays. Given that 4…a6 against 4.f4 is also quite dangerous, maybe he will recommend the ‘more correct’ 5…c5, or otherwise 6…Nc6, which is not bad at all i.m.o.

  155. Bebbe
    November 16th, 2014 at 11:16 | #159

    Is there any chance that Schandorff will recommend the Botvinnik System in his Semislav Book
    or at least give it as an option? If I am up to date on this black is worse in the variation 16.Na4, Qb5. On the other hand I thought 16.Na4, Qa6 is still very much alive, or has it been busted? The critical line is 17.a3, Bxd5 18. Bxd5, Ne5 19. axb4, Rxd5 20. Qe2, cxb4 21. Nc3, Ra5 22. Rxa5, Qxa5 23. Ne4, Nd3. The position in the Botvinnik are exciting so it should be a pity not to cover it.

  156. Jacob Aagaard
    November 16th, 2014 at 13:28 | #160

    He has covered the Botvinnik indeed.

  157. Bebbe
    November 16th, 2014 at 17:13 | #161

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great news! Looking forward to this. Another must-buy.

  158. Martin Dixon
    November 4th, 2016 at 09:41 | #162

    @Jacob Aagaard

    That is unfortunate because it sounds right up Quality Chess’s alley. A 60 hour training course from a well respected coach who is very much in the lime light right now would be fantastic. I have a few repertoire books from QC but I can’t imaging needing four volumes on the KID or the Spanish. After 100 pages my head is drowning in variations. But this course sounds promising and appeals to the aspiring 1800-2200 player audience like myself. Please reconsider. Cheers.

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