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We are coming close to finishing a lot of books at the same time currently, leading to a more optimistic and more precise than usual publishing schedule.

Obviously, with January publications, the general problem is that the printer is busy most of December with Christmas catalogues and other seasonal items that really cannot wait as much as a chess book can.

The Soviet Chess Primer and The Modern Tiger are both with the printers. Excerpts are available here: SCP and MT.

Chess Structures – A Grandmaster Guide will be typeset next week. When the printer will be able to print it, we will see. But hopefully before the New Year or at least as the first thing back from the Christmas Holidays.

We are far with the editing of the second volume of Negi’s series, which will be about 400 pages, I think and 1.e4 vs. The Sicilian Volume 1 will be by far the most complex book in the series. We are also more than half way in the editing of the two volumes from Vassilios Kotronias on the Mar del Plata variation of the King’s Indian.  These three books will be ready at the end of January or the start of February. It will be close.

The Hardback edition of Learn from the Legends will be done when someone needs a break or has finished something. It is a priority, but we gave up on the 10 years to the date idea some time ago. It just felt less important than bringing new books out. Some will disagree, others will be happy. But at least it is coming out and with a new chapter on Carlsen as well as some minor corrections all over the place.

The only thing that really has moved (as far as we are concerned) is the Gelfand book. Boris is playing the Mind Games event in China and it is just too tight with 2-3 days to get it done before then. Most of the book is written and edited and I am happy with the result. It has been very challenging to write this book (separate considerations revealed in a separate blog post in a few days’ time), but I am happy with how it is turning out.

The Semi-Slav is far advanced. A few things still need to be analysed deeply and finished. More on that in that piece as well.

All in all, we are working very hard, but the books coming out are better than we usually are able to make them. I am very happy with this list of coming books.

Ilya Maizelis The Soviet Chess Primer 10 Dec
Tiger Hillarp Persson The Modern Tiger 10 Dec
Mauricio Flores Rios Chess Structures – A Grandmaster Guide January
Parimarjan Negi Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian I Jan/Feb
Vassilios Kotronias Kotronias on the King’s Indian – Vol 2 – Mar del Plata I Jan/Feb
Vassilios Kotronias Kotronias on the King’s Indian – Vol 3 – Mar del Plata II Jan/Feb
Mihail Marin Learn from the Legends – Hardback Edition Jan/Feb
Tigran Petrosian Python Strategy February
Boris Gelfand Positional Decision Making in Chess February
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – A GM Guide – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines Winter
Emanuel Berg Grandmaster Repertoire 16 – The French Defence Vol 3 Winter
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire – 1.d4 The Catalan Spring
Lars Schandorff Grandmaster Repertoire 20 – Semi-Slav Spring
Tibor Karolyi Mikhail Tal’s best games 2 – World Champion Spring

If there is a book you expected to see on this list that is not on it, it just means that it is outside the horizon. Writers unfortunately do not coordinate well and they have a tendency to finish the books at the same time at least as much as with a nice well-spaced interval between them. So, sometimes we have to run faster. This is one of those times.

The books exist. They will come. Don’t despair. We are doing all we can.

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  1. Hennie286
    November 19th, 2014 at 16:01 | #1

    Looking forward to Negi against the Najdorf

  2. November 19th, 2014 at 16:04 | #2

    Any more about the Petrosian book?

  3. Michael
    November 19th, 2014 at 17:51 | #3

    No mention of Berg’s volume 3 on the French…..any advance on “winter”, its been a long wait between volumes for us French fans!

    November 19th, 2014 at 19:03 | #4

    please include an excerpt of “chess structures/a grandmaster guide” when possible…thanks

  5. Michael Bartlett
    November 19th, 2014 at 19:10 | #5

    ^ what he said … and also please more info on Python Strategy which I am hoping is a ‘how to’ book on using Karpov’s python approach to chess!!! 🙂

  6. Paul
    November 19th, 2014 at 20:05 | #6

    Yes, on Python Strategy, I am wondering if it is a translation of an old Soviet book by Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, or a new book by Tigran L Petrosian…

    And thank you for your efforts….I bought lots of QC books this year, but (I think) only 2 non QC chess books.

  7. wolfsblut
    November 19th, 2014 at 22:14 | #7

    Many nice books to come ….to buy… ! I am also very interested in the book by Petrosjan.
    Once again I am asking about the book by John. I am accepting further delay (what else) but would like to know a bit what is going on…is the answer against Caro clear (3.e5 and 4.Nf3?) and is the book otherwise basically written?

  8. Gilchrist is a Legend
    November 19th, 2014 at 22:36 | #8

    So it looks like Tiger’s Modern is in time for before Christmas. What does he recommend for the Austrian Attack with the Pirc?

  9. Alpha
    November 20th, 2014 at 03:02 | #9

    No hardcover for the Maizelis book?

  10. Ray
    November 20th, 2014 at 07:30 | #10

    Same here – great line-up of practically all ‘must-buys’! Very much looking forward to it. And the book on the Najdorf… 400 pages on one line… Is he trying to bust the Najdorf or what?!

  11. John Johnson
    November 20th, 2014 at 11:49 | #11

    In time for Christmas, someone will have to swim fast to make it to frozen Florida. Ahh I will buy it eventually.

  12. Confiteor
    November 20th, 2014 at 14:22 | #12

    Hello Jacob, some information on the book “Python Strategy”?

  13. John Shaw
    November 20th, 2014 at 14:54 | #13

    wolfsblut :
    Once again I am asking about the book by John. I am accepting further delay (what else) but would like to know a bit what is going on…is the answer against Caro clear (3.e5 and 4.Nf3?) and is the book otherwise basically written?

    Against the Caro it will be 3.e5 but I will keep move 4 for later. And no, the book is not otherwise finished. I have other books to work on as well and we’ll take a civilised break over Christmas and the New Year, but let’s say we’ll finish my 1.e4 book in January and have it printed and available in February. We don’t normally make such clear predictions, but if I say it here, it might nudge me into making it happen.

  14. Pumba
    November 20th, 2014 at 18:49 | #14

    Hi, will Schandorff’s Book only deal with the real Semi-Slav since the other lines like 4.e3 can be looked up in Avrukhs book?
    Which line will be covered against the Meran?

  15. Maurice Ravel
    November 20th, 2014 at 19:06 | #15

    Dear QC people. I am new to this forum and would like to begin by thanking you for providing world-wide chess enthusiasts with high quality (and quite honestly, … addictive) chess books.

    As a 1.d4 player, I am curious whether GM Avrukh is planning to re-write all books from scratch or whether only the Catalan will be significantly modified. Particularly, I am wondering if he plans to recommend the fianchetto variation against the Benoni. Probably too early to say… but I am taking my chances!

    I apologize if these questions were asked somewhere else.



  16. Ray
    November 20th, 2014 at 21:45 | #16

    @John Shaw
    🙂 That’s quite some nudge you’re making here 🙂

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    November 20th, 2014 at 22:40 | #17

    It is a book written by Tigran Petrosian, which we have back from translation. I think Danny looked through it, but I really do not know the content really well. I will have to, as I am checking for blunders in the analysis and so on over the next few weeks.

  18. Jacob Aagaard
    November 20th, 2014 at 22:40 | #18

    Trying, yes.

  19. Jacob Aagaard
    November 20th, 2014 at 22:41 | #19

    No. Economical decision. Apologies.

  20. Jacob Aagaard
    November 20th, 2014 at 22:42 | #20

    An old book. Or we have been tricked!

  21. Jacob Aagaard
    November 20th, 2014 at 22:42 | #21

    @John Johnson
    Chess4Less always gets the books over with FedEx. They are there a day or two after the European release.

  22. Markus
    November 20th, 2014 at 22:49 | #22

    Will “The Soviet Chess Primer” be available in forwardchess? It’s not listed in their coming soon section.

  23. November 21st, 2014 at 01:49 | #23

    The Soviet Chess Primer excerpt looks good. I thought it would be too basic but it is not. I think I will get it as a review, back to basics.

  24. Adrien
    November 21st, 2014 at 07:08 | #24

    Hello, can you say something about beating minors openings by mikhalevski?

  25. wolfsblut
    November 21st, 2014 at 14:41 | #25

    ‘ I have other books to work on as well and we’ll take a civilised break over Christmas and the New Year, but let’s say we’ll finish my 1.e4 book in January and have it printed and available in February. We don’t normally make such clear predictions, but if I say it here, it might nudge me into making it happen.’
    It would be a perfect start in 2015…..for me…..!
    Thanks, John, for your answer.

  26. John Shaw
    November 21st, 2014 at 15:59 | #26



    For “The Soviet Chess Primer” my thoughts were that a “beginner’s book” did not make sense for Forward Chess – or at least it is not a priority to convert it into FC. That is still true, but Maizelis’s book, as Jay mentioned, is much less of a beginner’s book than I had originally thought. Yes, it starts with the basics, but the level goes upwards in a hurry. As Mark Dvoretsky says in his Foreword, he and other strong players regularly re-read this book with pleasure.

    So make that a “maybe” for Maizelis on FC, but for right now, FC are converting our new opening books, including “The Modern Tiger”.

  27. James
    November 22nd, 2014 at 12:40 | #27

    @Jacob Will Avrukh only be doing a book on the Catalan? Or will it be a complete repertoire? I hope it’s the latter because I would like to see his updates in the Slow Slav and KID + Gruenfeld fianchetto variations too.

  28. Capodoglio
    November 22nd, 2014 at 15:39 | #28

    They said it will be a complete repertoire and probably 4 books, if I remember correctly!

  29. Jacob Aagaard
    November 22nd, 2014 at 16:06 | #29

    Yes for volume 1.

  30. trandism
    November 22nd, 2014 at 23:58 | #30

    I’m wondering if he’ll go for 8.Bf4 in the Panno. Also curious as to what he’ll add in the modern benoni. But I guess I’ll have to wait for considerable time to find out.

  31. middlewave
    November 23rd, 2014 at 09:15 | #31

    Patience is a virtue 🙂

    November 23rd, 2014 at 10:33 | #32


    May I suggest that you launch a 21st century edition of best middlegame book ever written by Max Euwe. Namely, he wrote 2 volumes, so you could make one combined version.

    What’s more valuable than a classic in new hardback edition!

    Please consider my suggestion very seriously!

  33. Jacob Aagaard
    November 23rd, 2014 at 15:33 | #33

    A new version does exist already. I cannot see what we can add to this.

    November 23rd, 2014 at 16:25 | #34

    @Jacob Aagaard
    It’s from 1994, but you could do them better 🙂

  35. Jacob Aagaard
    November 23rd, 2014 at 16:38 | #35

    I really cannot see the point! They are available. Sure, we could typeset the books better and do a bit of checking, but it would be the same books. It would on top of this of course be difficult to work out getting the rights for these books. They are in print after all…

  36. jackson
    November 23rd, 2014 at 17:47 | #36

    Must be imported through amazon, and there you find reviews complaining about horrible binding and bad editing 🙁 Your books are simply outstanding.

    What about “the Road to chess Mastery” by the same author?

  37. Michael Bartlett
    November 23rd, 2014 at 18:38 | #37

    Yes Road to Chess Mastery 21st Century edition would be awesome. I love that book! Maybe even Benko’s Chess Endgame Lessons. Own both volumes – almost impossible to find.

  38. Jacob Aagaard
    November 24th, 2014 at 07:34 | #38

    @Michael Bartlett
    Again it is in print. At least I managed to buy it. Certainly we could improve it at great financial outlay, but both creatively and financially, I fail to see the point.

  39. The Doctor
    December 1st, 2014 at 15:49 | #39

    Don’t know if the question has been answered but how many books is Kotronias planning on the KID.

    Reckon Vol 3 Other Classical KID Petrosian, Gligoric Exchange and others.
    Vol 4 Saemisch, Four Pawns, Averbakh
    Vol 5 Others

    Any info to give??

  40. Luís Bacelar
    December 1st, 2014 at 18:54 | #40

    Kotronias books are always important and the King’s Indian will become a landmark in Quality Chess ambitious projects.

    In this context it is very good news that the volumes concerning the classical variation will be released at the same time (I presume…), where are some critical lines in important variations that justify a deep and actual analisys (bayonett attack for example).

  41. David
    December 1st, 2014 at 21:44 | #41


    I am wondering when/if there will be a book out on the Dragon?

  42. David
    December 1st, 2014 at 23:12 | #42

    Also, when will there be a book against the anti-sicilians for black?

  43. David
    December 1st, 2014 at 23:13 | #43

    Also, when will there be a book for black against the anti-sicilians?

  44. Jacob Aagaard
    December 2nd, 2014 at 08:24 | #44

    We are working on that assumption, but not promising anything.

  45. Jacob Aagaard
    December 2nd, 2014 at 08:25 | #45

    Hopefully next summer.

  46. Jacob Aagaard
    December 2nd, 2014 at 08:25 | #46

    @Luís Bacelar
    Danny is very far with his work. I think January publication is highly likely.

  47. Ray
    December 2nd, 2014 at 12:09 | #47

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great news 🙂 I.m.o. his first book in the series is absolutely brilliant!

  48. keresest
    December 2nd, 2014 at 12:10 | #48

    Regarding anti-sicilians book, will it also include the anti-sicilians against all Black’s main second moves after 1.e4 c5, 2.Nf3 (2…e6, 2…d6, 2…Nc6, etc)? For example 3.g3 against 2…e6 as used by Carlsen in Game 4 of the World Championship match.

  49. Luís Bacelar
    December 2nd, 2014 at 19:07 | #49

    Very good news, this kind of work must not be “hurried” even if according to our wishes it should published yesterday…..

  50. Jacob Aagaard
    December 3rd, 2014 at 08:41 | #50

    @The Doctor
    Not at this stage. The only thing I can say is that the books will come. But exactly how they are cut up we will decide a bit later.

  51. Jacob Aagaard
    December 3rd, 2014 at 08:42 | #51

    @Luís Bacelar
    I disagree. And it is pushed through as fast as we can do it. Our books have never been flawless. It has never been a goal. Up to date is impossible, close it achievable!

  52. Jacob Aagaard
    December 4th, 2014 at 00:09 | #52

    I managed to write 15 pages for Thinking Inside the Box today. It was something I have wanted to formulate for quite a while. I am not sure they were good pages, but it is good to take a day off from other things once in a while to do something on this project.

  53. Gilchrist is a Legend
    December 4th, 2014 at 00:35 | #53

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Since it is 10th December, next week, is the official publishing date, if I remember correctly, this is when shops receive it, and websales could be sent either this Friday and/or next Monday/Tuesday. Is this accurate?

  54. pabstars
    December 4th, 2014 at 07:35 | #54

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Yes, please finish it, so I can do some of your enjoyable exercises on my train trips. Right now, I am forced to do exercises from Yusupov’s Master Series; they are also really good but before doing them, it is necessary to do some homework (read the theory section with a chess set)!

  55. Jacob Aagaard
    December 4th, 2014 at 08:35 | #55

    @Gilchrist is a Legend
    Yes, something like this. I am not sure when the books arrived in Poland. Usually it is on a Wednesday. We then send a few boxes to Glasgow for websales, as well as slowly prepare the boxes so they all arrive at the shops on the following Wednesday. The reason for this is that some customers order the books by pallets that only arrives on Wednesdays. So, it is fair that this is the day for all to receive the books.

  56. Jacob Aagaard
    December 4th, 2014 at 08:37 | #56

    There will not be many exercises in Thinking Inside the Box :-). It will be a book in the style of Excelling at Chess and Pump Up Your Rating.

  57. Ray
    December 4th, 2014 at 09:11 | #57

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great, very much looking forward to the final volume of your Opus Magnum!

  58. Gilchrist is a Legend
    December 4th, 2014 at 09:42 | #58

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Hopefully the websale books arrive this morning then. Looking forward to try Tiger’s recommendations in next tournament. Early Christmas present as well.

  59. Gilchrist is a Legend
    December 4th, 2014 at 22:40 | #59

    Looks like good news, “Tiger’s Modern” is moved to Opening from “Coming Soon” and now says “published”.

  60. Jacob Aagaard
    December 5th, 2014 at 08:17 | #60

    @Gilchrist is a Legend
    Rather than earlier, later will be the danger in December I fear.

  61. Manuel
    December 5th, 2014 at 09:02 | #61

    Have you consider to publish “The Soviet Chess Primer” in the Forward Chess app ?

  62. SimonB
    December 5th, 2014 at 13:11 | #62

    Just wondering, any chance of Kotronias’ KID series bing made available on ForwardChess? Really is excellent software. No sighting of the already published one in digital form yet, alas.
    Festive regards to chilly Scotland,

  63. Jacob Aagaard
    December 5th, 2014 at 13:27 | #63

    Not all books will make it to the app. This is one of them.

  64. Jacob Aagaard
    December 5th, 2014 at 13:28 | #64

    The first one was too long. The conversion costs at an early stage were not encouraging for the sales we were looking at. But maybe we will reverse this decision!? We will at least discuss it.

  65. boki
    December 5th, 2014 at 15:24 | #65

    I ended up buying a lot of QC books on Paper and also on Forward Chess 🙂 It is still worth the money
    Just one quick note:
    Negi´s first Volume is in my opinion the finest opening book ever, even better then the absolute opening book GM 1 by Boris Avrukh ! Top notch opening theory with an excellent prose and many ideas – great !

  66. Thomas
    December 5th, 2014 at 16:00 | #66

    I still prefer Berg’s books, but thats a matter of taste.

    Got my copy of the tiger today. Interestingly he recommends e6 in the classical…

  67. Gilchrist is a Legend
    December 5th, 2014 at 20:52 | #67

    What about the Austrian Modern?

  68. Ray
    December 6th, 2014 at 07:36 | #68

    You mean the Hippopotamus?

  69. Thomas
    December 6th, 2014 at 08:45 | #69

    No no, 6.-e6 in the classical instead of 6.-Bg4 or 6.-c6.
    Ponomariov played that line against Kovchan recently.

  70. Ray
    December 6th, 2014 at 11:32 | #70

    Aha, I see. Interesting!

  71. SimonB
    December 6th, 2014 at 13:47 | #71

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Thank you for taking the time to reply. I do so hope these come out digitally. I buy digital and hard copy, and am happy to pay appropriately (more!) for longer ones. I am sure many will feel the same.
    Here’s hoping!

  72. Tom Tidom
    December 6th, 2014 at 15:08 | #72

    6…e6 had already been suggested by Hillarp Persson in the first edition after the tricky move order 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Be2 Nf6 (4…a6 would allow 5.c4) 5.Nc3 0-0 6.0-0.

    Is this now the only recommendation against the classical?

  73. Alexander
    December 10th, 2014 at 10:48 | #73

    Any chance we can get an update on how it is going with GM Rep. #16 ? I know the release date is set for “winter”, but are we then talking during end dec or end feb I wonder ?

  74. Jaques Lacan
    December 29th, 2014 at 23:00 | #74

    Do you intend to publish Pachman’s COMPLETE CHESS STRATEGY (the 3 volumes) in your classics series? It’s a nice book and modern ammateurs don’t read descriptive notation. You can also publish the two tactical volumes by the same guy, Ludek Pachman. How about that? Oh, and THE ART OF THE MIDDLEGAME by Keres and Kotov!

  75. The Doctor
    January 13th, 2015 at 13:18 | #75

    Are there any plan to do a Black repertoire in the ‘Grandmaster Guide’ style similar to ‘Playing the French’ for a 1.d4 defence?

    Dr S

  76. Thomas
    January 13th, 2015 at 14:04 | #76

    ‘Playing the Nimzoindian’ would be a great one.

  77. Jacob Aagaard
    January 13th, 2015 at 14:10 | #77

    @The Doctor
    Long term, not short term. Sorry.

  78. The Doctor
    January 13th, 2015 at 16:46 | #78

    Thanks for the response love your books 😉

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