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Holiday Reading – The Excerpts

 

Over the past few weeks we have all been working hard to get four new books to the printer before we stop for the year. Well, today we killed the last of the stragglers. Considering the delay due to holidays and printing time, the books may not land in shops until the start of February.

So, for your holiday reading, excerpts are now available of the following books:

1.e4 vs The Sicilian I is the second volume of GM Negi’s 1.e4 repertoire. The excerpt is here. In the most recent New in Chess magazine, GM Matthew Sadler gave the first volume what just might be our best ever review.

Chess Structures by GM Mauricio Flores Rios shows how to build your chess understanding in a hurry. The excerpt will give a better idea of the book than my one-sentence attempt. I will be interested to hear what others think of this book, because I think it is hugely instructive.

And finally we have Mar del Plata I and Mar del Plata II – Volumes 2 and 3 in GM Kotronias’s King’s Indian series. It is a repertoire of course, and also full of spectacularly entertaining chess. Actually, that understates it – Kotronias is on a glorious quest to solve chess using the King’s Indian as a sword. I love reading these books, even though as a chessplayer I don’t speak King’s Indian. Excerpts are here and here.

 

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  1. Ray
    December 23rd, 2014 at 18:10 | #1

    I agree – even if you don’t play the KID and never intende to do so in the future, give yourself a treat and buy these books!! They are absolutely brilliant. I think this is going to be a monumental series. I also like the idea of Chess Structures a lot. I think it’s very useful that the chapters are structured according to opening. Thanks QC for another great chess book year, and happy christmas holidays. You deserve it!!

  2. tony
    December 23rd, 2014 at 18:44 | #2

    so the Negi excerpt gives 11 pages on a line where only 2 games have been played ?!
    pretty astonishing

  3. December 23rd, 2014 at 19:31 | #3

    thanks for the excerpts¡¡¡¡….ready to buy chess structures in january…regards

  4. Bebbe
    December 23rd, 2014 at 19:56 | #4

    Seems like four great books! I thought you had reached your peak, but I was wrong.
    What is the three piece variation in the classical Najdorf?

    The Kingsindian has been in my repertoire since I was 12 so now I think Kotronias will provide
    me with some answers in the most critical lines. The Kingsindian really is an awesome opening leading to the kind of fighting positions which reminds us was we love chess.

  5. John Shaw
    December 23rd, 2014 at 21:44 | #5

    @tony

    I don’t know if you mean astonishing good or astonishing bad. I will believe you on the numbers, but two points: We select our excerpts to avoid giving away the biggest novelties in the main lines. And Negi’s lines (in both volumes so far) are not existing theory – they are where theory will go next, following Negi. If you doubt the latter point, then I would suggest keeping a close eye on the lines Negi gave against the French.

  6. John Shaw
    December 23rd, 2014 at 21:49 | #6

    @Bebbe
    ‘Three Piece’ variation is explained in the book as Negi’s name for the set-up (after …e7-e6) of knights on d7 and f6, plus bishop on e7.

  7. Michael Bartlett
    December 23rd, 2014 at 21:58 | #7

    Thanks for the excerpts. What a lovely early Christmas present! Chess Structures should be a nice compliment piece to Sokolov’s middlegame book on structures arising out of d4. Very excited! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  8. Paul
    December 23rd, 2014 at 22:22 | #8

    All 4 books look excellent, but especially the Chess Structures book. On the Spassky-Fischer game in the excerpt, the author does not seem to consider the structure Fischer suggested after the game “I should have sealed the queenside at some point with b4 probably, and I suppose he still has a slight edge”. (Post game press conference, transcript as per Seirawan’s No Regrets”

  9. Ray
    December 24th, 2014 at 07:09 | #9

    @John Shaw
    Indeed – Sadler addresses this point well in his review in NIC Magazine, comparing as an example a line from Berg’s book with Negi’s answer.

  10. TonyRo
    December 24th, 2014 at 08:02 | #10

    They all look unbelievable guys, as usual. Happy holidays to QC!

  11. Not a very good chess player
    December 24th, 2014 at 10:03 | #11

    The Chess structures book looks brilliant. It has that style of teaching which I personally find very instructive, but also illuminating. I like writers who give plans and themes which enable me to understand what is going on, which , for me this excerpt does in spades(conceptual?), and makes me want to read and digest the rest of such a book. Looking forward to buying it.

  12. Dachs
    December 24th, 2014 at 10:19 | #12

    Thanks for the excerpts – they really look exceptional, even measured in QC standards:-)
    I’m definitely going to (have to) buy all four books!
    Merry Christmas to all @QC!

  13. John Johnson
    December 24th, 2014 at 11:04 | #13

    I am afraid I will end up with all four on my groaning bookshelves. Merry Christmas to all!!!

  14. tony
    December 24th, 2014 at 13:14 | #14

    @John Shaw
    I meant astonishingly good, sorry for the confusion

  15. John Shaw
    December 24th, 2014 at 16:19 | #15

    @tony

    Hi tony,
    No problem either way, but thanks for clarifying. Talking of clarifying, I gave the wrong answer to Bebbe’s question above. The three-piece set-up is Negi’s name for the set-up with queen on c7, knight on d7 and bishop on e7. Andrew, who edited the book, corrected my dodgy memory.

  16. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    December 24th, 2014 at 17:25 | #16

    Thank you for all the great books.

    Merry Christmas to Quality Chess staff, family and friends.

  17. Seth
    December 25th, 2014 at 03:45 | #17

    Merry Christmas to everyone at Quality Chess!

  18. Bebbe
    December 25th, 2014 at 09:31 | #18

    @John Shaw

    Thank you for the clarification, now it is clear.

  19. TonyB
    December 25th, 2014 at 12:31 | #19

    Hi,

    Would quality chess ever consider doing a black repertoire book by style i.e tactical/positional. A one stop shop for everything including 1 c4, 1 Nf3, 1 g4, 1 b4 etc.

    Also would love to see quality chess doing an endgame book for sub 2000 players. Theoretical and practical endgames, basically how to think playing endgames.

    Tony

  20. James
    December 25th, 2014 at 13:44 | #20

    @Quality Chess team Merry Christmas and thanks for the great books!

  21. December 26th, 2014 at 01:30 | #21

    Quality Chess – Team Merry Christmas and thanks for the great books! You are setting the highest standards at chess publishing! Well done! Happy New Year 🙂

  22. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    December 26th, 2014 at 14:36 | #22

    Marry Christmas to Quality Chess Team and my fellow bloggers and lovers of Quality books 🙂

    Could someone give me hints about:

    1) Avrukh: Grandmaster Repertoire 1A – 1.d4 The Catalan
    – how many books in series and are there new lines or just update of old 2 volumes?
    – when to expect volume 1?

    2) Berg: Grandmaster Repertoire 16 – The French Defence volume 3
    – what’s wrong with book? when does it comes out?

    3) Mikhalevski: Grandmaster Repertoire 19 – Beating Minor Openings
    – delay?

    4) Schandorff: Grandmaster Repertoire 7 The Caro Kann
    – is there any plan to update to book? new editions cause book is hard to find nowdays.

    Thanks.

  23. Jacob Aagaard
    December 26th, 2014 at 18:23 | #23

    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    4. The book is not hard to find at all and there is no plans for a new edition.

  24. FM To Be
    December 28th, 2014 at 18:28 | #24

    What happened with the talk about posible high quality chess training flashcards?

    Now with the complete Yusupov Series, GM Preparation Series, Attacking Manuals and Chess Structures books a great collection of positions should be easy to produce I think.

  25. Jacob Aagaard
    December 28th, 2014 at 20:33 | #25

    @FM To Be
    Remind me of the idea and I will consider it again :-).

  26. Andrew Brett
    December 28th, 2014 at 22:25 | #26

    Really looking forward to seeing all of these.

    Is Kotronias going to do more on the Kid?

    Keep up the good work.

  27. FM To Be
    December 29th, 2014 at 06:17 | #27

    I have proposed for you to produce a book on “essential” positions/patterns, someone else proposed flashcards with training positions from Yusupov’s course.

    Here you mention that you had been discussing this issue http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/blog/?p=2431 Post #24

    I think this flashcard idea is a very good one, a lot of trainers recommend it, even Kosteniuk made her own flashcards with endgame positions from Villa’s 100 Endgames, I would love to have something similar to that, covering:

    Endgames: Theoretical and strategical
    Strategy: Including important pawn structures if possible
    Tactics: Mainly attacking and defensive methods

    These positions are already contained in the Quality Chess workbooks, so it would probably be easy for you to make a good selection of the most instructive ones, heck even if you only made flashcards from Yusupovs excercises that would be great.

    Yeah we could photocopy and produce our own deck of flashcards using different books but I would gladly pay for a sturdy, nice, practical deck with positions selected by you and collegues.

  28. Jacob Aagaard
    December 29th, 2014 at 11:34 | #28

    @Andrew Brett
    I seriously assume that he will complete the repertoire in a few more volumes…

  29. Jacob Aagaard
    December 29th, 2014 at 11:35 | #29

    @FM To Be
    I will discuss with Nikos if this is something we want to do. The market would be quite limited, but the work might also be quite limited!

  30. Gilchrist is a Legend
    December 29th, 2014 at 21:48 | #30

    @Jacob Aagaard
    What has changed in the main lines since GM7 Caro-Kann in terms of theory? Would you recommend using the same lines in GM7 and just run a search in a database for the critical lines?

  31. Jacob Aagaard
    December 29th, 2014 at 22:53 | #31

    @Gilchrist is a Legend
    Yes, but I am not a Caro-Kann player!

  32. James
    December 30th, 2014 at 03:15 | #32

    @Jacob I really like Tibor Karolyi’s series on Karpov and Tal. Will he consider to do Capablanca next? Also can I ask regarding GM 7 – Caro-Kann, does Schandorff have no interest in doing a 2nd edition or does QC not think there’s demand for a 2nd edition? Or both?

  33. RaidRaptors
    December 30th, 2014 at 03:16 | #33

    I know it sounds outlandish, but has Quality Chess considered hiring an expert like Mihail Marin to do a GM Repertoire series on the Pirc defense?

  34. Ray
    December 30th, 2014 at 07:31 | #34

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great! I’m looking forward to his recommendation against the Samisch, since that seems to be a quite critical try nowadays, which is recommended in a number of reportoire books.

  35. Thomas
    December 30th, 2014 at 07:32 | #35

    @James
    Capablanca? Petrosian would be great!

  36. Jacob Aagaard
    December 30th, 2014 at 08:42 | #36

    @James
    We are not currently that interested in doing a second edition. One of the basic reasons is a bit mundane to be honest; we have quite a lot of copies left still and the book keeps on selling. Generally I do not base my decisions on business related matters, but to violate them completely is not possible; John will not allow it!

  37. rigao
    December 30th, 2014 at 09:51 | #37

    Jacob, do you have any idea when will the chess structures book on forwardchess? And the new Avrukh on the Catalan?

    On the new Avrukh books, I think you said it will update both of them, right? If we were to own a forwardchess copy of the old one, would it update to the new one, or is it considered a different product?

    And the last question of the year: is it possible to buy both the physical copy and the digital one (for a modest increase on the physical copy price, let’s say a 30€ book goes to 35€). I would gladly pay this 5€ for the convenience.

  38. Ray
    December 30th, 2014 at 11:10 | #38

    @Thomas
    I agree – there’s a real shortage of good books on Petrosian, so that would be a really nice next project for Karolyi! I would also love a book on Rubinstein, but I guess there’s only so much Karolyi can do, with first still two volumes on Tal to go 🙂

  39. Bebbe
    December 30th, 2014 at 12:50 | #39

    @Ray

    I guess he will recommend the Panno (6.-Nc6) against the Sämisch.
    What is your bet?

  40. Bebbe
    December 30th, 2014 at 16:17 | #40

    How is Marins Anti-KID recommendation from GM-4 holding up these days?
    From the games I have seen (one game by Kotronias!) it seems like black is equalizing after:

    1.c4, g6 2.g3, Bg7 3.Bg2, Nf6 4.Nc3, 0-0 5.e4,d6 6.Nge2, c5 7.0-0, Nc6 8.d3, Rb8 9.h3, a6
    10.a4, Ne8 11.Be3, Nc7 12.d4, cxd4 13.Nxd4, Ne6 14.Nde2, Bd7! (14.-Ne5 was given by Marin with a slight edge or white). The plan with 14.-Bd7 is to play Na5 followed by b5.

    Any thoughts on this?

  41. jackson
    December 30th, 2014 at 17:39 | #41

    @Ray
    There are already two books on Rubinstein by another publisher (I have them but haven’t read them yet). Capablanca would be welcome, there was a book on him which John Nunn updated to algebraic, but it seems like it has gone out of print. Spassky?

  42. Jacob Aagaard
    December 30th, 2014 at 19:32 | #42

    @rigao
    I don’t know the dates. They are definitely new products. And sadly it is not possible to do this without giving all the money to Apple/Google. We have tried and we have not found a sensible way to do it.

  43. Jacob Aagaard
    December 30th, 2014 at 19:32 | #43

    @Ray
    We will soon have a book BY Petrosian if that can temp…

  44. Michael Bartlett
    December 30th, 2014 at 22:10 | #44

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I would buy it. I also want the cover to be Jacob sitting at a board while a hot blonde stands next to him – a homage to Lev Alburt’s book on 300 essential positions.

  45. RaidRaptors
    December 31st, 2014 at 00:02 | #45

    @Bebbe

    I found this idea as well while studying the English. Will Kotronias include a repertoire for unusual tries by White against the KID (for instance London System, Botvinnik setup, etc.) or is that what Mikhalevski’s book is going to be for?

  46. Thomas
    December 31st, 2014 at 07:16 | #46

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I’m very curious what the Petrosjan book will be.

  47. Bebbe
    December 31st, 2014 at 09:38 | #47

    @Thomas

    Do you agree with my verdict regarding the position?
    The London system against the Kings Indian can be found
    in Avrukhs GM-11. A KID-repertoire against 1.c4, 1.Nf3 and 1.g3
    has not been written by QC as far as I know.

  48. Bebbe
    December 31st, 2014 at 09:40 | #48

    @RaidRaptors

    Sorry this was for RaidRaptors

    Do you agree with my verdict regarding the position?
    The London system against the Kings Indian can be found
    in Avrukhs GM-11. A KID-repertoire against 1.c4, 1.Nf3 and 1.g3
    has not been written by QC as far as I know.

  49. John Johnson
    December 31st, 2014 at 11:52 | #49

    Yes but the Rubinstein books are a biography with little serious analysis at all. I think his chess deserves a look, and Karolyi would surely be a good choice to have that look.

  50. Reini
    December 31st, 2014 at 13:22 | #50

    Gelfand is a big Rubinstein fan and said he learned a lot from his games. I’m sure a Rubinstein book deeply annotated by Gelfand would be a top seller.

    Another sort of books I would love to see are books like the chess structure book but dedicated to a specific opening. Ideally full of games where a decent GM wins against a 2100-2300 player because he understands the nuances (structure, plans, pieces to exchange,….. ) of the opening and the corresponding middlegame better than his opponent. Personally, I learn the most from such games.

    Happy new year!

  51. Jacob Aagaard
    December 31st, 2014 at 16:12 | #51

    @RaidRaptors
    That sounds like Avrukh’s book?

  52. Jacob Aagaard
    December 31st, 2014 at 16:18 | #52

    @Reini
    There are about a dozen annotated Rubinstein games in Boris’ book…

  53. Mehmet
    December 31st, 2014 at 16:56 | #53

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @Reini
    There are about a dozen annotated Rubinstein games in Boris’ book…

    Young Gelfand’s style was resembling Rubinstein’s to me.

    By the way is there a new about Najdorf-scheveningen book GM-6?

  54. RaidRaptors
    January 1st, 2015 at 08:48 | #54

    @Jacob Aagard

    I was referring to the upcoming book by Mikhalevski which was GM Repertoire 19 – Beating Unusual Openings. I believe this gives a flexible opening repertoire for Black against every line but d4 and e4? If I’m not mistaken, the Avrukh book on d4 sidelines only covers stuff like the London system.

  55. RaidRaptors
    January 1st, 2015 at 08:51 | #55

    @Bebbe

    Yeah, I reached a similar verdict after looking at the same line you mentioned. At one point I was studying those positions for opening preparation but I’m not entirely satisfied with the winning potential of such positions. I’m looking for a way to steer lines like the English into slightly more complicated and sharp positions, if that’s possible! Hopefully Mikhalevski’s upcoming book will answer some of these questions.

  56. Bebbe
    January 1st, 2015 at 09:19 | #56

    @RaidRaptors

    I agree that the winning potential for black is not so great in the variation I mentioned.
    An option with more winning potential for black is:

    1.c4, g6 2.g3, Bg7 3.Bg2, Nf6 4.Nc3, 0-0 5.e4,d6 6.Nge2, e5 7.0-0, c6 8.d3

    Here black has a lot of alternatives. 8.-a6, 8.-Na6 or 8.-Nbd7 seems best I think.
    What do you prefer?

  57. Bebbe
    January 1st, 2015 at 12:58 | #57

    I had a look at this. Best seems to be 8.-Nbd7 9.h3, a6 10.Be3, b5 11.Qd2

    Here 11.-Bb7 is given. I saw some games with either 11.-Rb8 or 11.-Re8.
    My choice would be 11.-Rb8 since it prevents white from playing 12.b4.
    Later on black can play Bb7. Now the bishop can retreat to a8 if necessary.
    Black will prepare the break d5 in the centre.
    There is a lot of play in the position and should be a good choice when trying to win with black.

  58. Ray
    January 1st, 2015 at 13:05 | #58

    @Bebbe
    I agree Kotronias will probably recommend the Panno , or else 6…c5. It would be nice if he could resurrect the classical variation with …e5, but I guess that will be impossible to resurrect…

  59. Ray
    January 1st, 2015 at 13:06 | #59

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Absolutely, looking forward to that onde as well!

  60. Ray
    January 1st, 2015 at 13:08 | #60

    @Bebbe
    Not yet, but Mikhalevski is writing a book on non-1.e4 and 1.d4 openings from black’s perspective. Another nook on my must-have list 🙂

  61. Bebbe
    January 1st, 2015 at 13:42 | #61

    @Ray

    My feeling is that Kotrobias is trying to create a real fighting repertoire for black.
    For that purpose the Panno is more fitting than 6.-c5 since the later can lead to drawish endgames by force if white wants it.

    I dont really know what the problem with 6.-e5 is. A bit less dynamic than the alternatives maybe.
    I played it in the 90s and entered the queen sacrifice variation (7.d5, Nh5 8.Qd2, Qh4+9.g3, Nxg3 10.Qf2, Nxf1 11.Qxh4, Nxe3 when given the opportunity. This is considered clearly better for white now. If he can resurrect this I will be very happy.

  62. Ray
    January 1st, 2015 at 13:53 | #62

    @Bebbe
    That’s a funny coincidence – I also used to play that variation, but in the 80s 🙂 Unfortunately white can avoid it by delaying d4-d5. I had the book of Andrew Martin at that time, which was actually quite inspiring to me. The whole KID in a little over a 100 pages 🙂

  63. Bebbe
    January 2nd, 2015 at 09:22 | #63

    @Ray

    Yes 7.Nge2 is a problem for black.
    In the variation in question 12.Qf2, Nxc4 13.Qe2, Nb6 14.h4 seems critical.
    I suppose 14.-h5 15.Nh3, Na6 makes sense.
    Is this playable for black?

  64. RaidRaptors
    January 2nd, 2015 at 09:24 | #64

    @Bebbe

    I’m pretty sure that Kotronias will either advocate the Panno or 6…e5. In my opinion, 6…c5 is a clean equalizer but like you said, too drawish especially in the Gambit Accepted Nd5 lines. I honestly don’t see much wrong with the classical e5 variation except that Black has to have an incredible sense of dynamics to properly handle it.

    Both the queen sac variation and the famous game Karpov-Kasparov have given me faith in e5. With that said, the Panno variation is also a good choice, almost as sharp as the Mar Del Plata lines except both players attack on opposite wings!

  65. Bebbe
    January 2nd, 2015 at 10:11 | #65

    @RaidRaptors

    So you still believe in the Queen sac variation.
    It is a very interesting position to analyse.
    What are you playing against 12.Qf2?
    I will start to play it again if something satisfactory
    is found against 12.Qf2.

  66. Franck steenbekkers
    January 2nd, 2015 at 18:51 | #66

    What Will be first?
    The book negi Siciliaan 1 or the forwardchess edition

  67. RaidRaptors
    January 2nd, 2015 at 22:06 | #67

    @Bebbe

    Here are some sample lines I analyzed a while ago. Please tell me if you had specific questions about certain variations, but I hope these sample lines show you that Black is fighting for a win even after the critical 12.Qf2

    12. Qf2 Bh6!? (I believe in making the g7 bishop active at once) 13. h4
    (13. b3?! Na6!= 14. a3 Nc5 15. Rb1?? Nd3+ -+) 13… Na6 14. h5 Bf4! 15. hxg6 fxg6
    16. Nge2 Bg5! (It can sometimes get tricky with where to put the dark square bishop but keeping it on this diagonal will put White under a lot of pressure) 17. Ng3 Nb4! 18. Ke2 Nbc2 19. Rag1 Nd4+ 20. Kd3 Ng4! (A fatal tactic after which Black has no problems winning) 21. Qg2
    Rxf3+ 22. Qxf3 Nxf3 23. Rf1 Nfh2 24. Re1 Nf2+ 25. Ke2 Nxh1 26. Rxh1 Bg4+
    27. Kd3 Nf3 28. Nce2 Rf8 29. Rf1 h5 30. Nh1 h4 31. Nf2 Ne1+ 32. Kc3 Rf3+
    33. Kb4 Nc2+ 34. Kb5 (34. Ka4 Bd7+ 35. Ka5 Ra3+ 36. bxa3 Bd2+ 37. Nc3
    Bxc3#) 34. .. Bd7+ 35. Ka5 Ra3+ 36. bxa3 Bd2+ 37. Nc3 Bxc3#)

  68. Bebbe
    January 3rd, 2015 at 08:44 | #68

    @RaidRaptors

    Thanks for sharing your analysis. This is great stuff!
    I think you analysis proves that 13.h4 is not dangerous
    for black.

    What are you playing against 13.Nd1?
    There can follow 13.-Nxc4 14. Qc2.
    Eventually black will loose the c7-pawn.

  69. RaidRaptors
    January 4th, 2015 at 03:08 | #69

    @Bebbe

    After searching for a couple of hours, I finally found my old notebook! I have been keeping this analysis to myself for quite a while now, but since you asked, I’ll share!

    12. Qf2 Bh6!? (As I said before, developing the g7 bishop is key) 13. Nd1 Nxc4 14. Qc2
    b5!! (Black should open lines for his pieces on the queenside, and force White to make a queenside concession to move the c4 knight) 15. a4 (15. b3?! Na3! (Black is already better) 16. Qxc7 Na6 17. Qc6 Rb8! (White has so many extra pawns but he is in big trouble! The lines are insanely complicated, so feel free to analyze these ideas further!) 18. Kf1 Rb6 19. Qc3 f5 20.
    Kg2 b4 21. Qe1 Nc2 22. Qh4 Kg7 23. Rb1 fxe4 24. Rb2 Bf5! (Black should win the game pretty smoothly)) 15. .. f5! (Black’s attacking on all sides of the board, hoping to catch the White king in the center! I judge the position as unclear, but easier for Black to play.) 16. axb5
    Ne3!! (This paradoxical move centralizes the dark square bishop and makes the White king very uncomfortable. In many lines the dark square bishop will retreat to b6 and Black can play further on the f-file and dark squares with Nd7-c5.) 17. Nxe3 Bxe3 18. Qxc7 fxe4 19. fxe4 (19. Ra4! (A hard move to see which keeps the f-file closed by recapturing on e4. Still, Black is completely fine) Nd7 20. Rxe4 Bb6 21. Qxd6 (White is several pawns up but Black’s initiative is sufficient compensation)
    Nc5 22. Re3 Bf5 23. Ne2 Rad8 24. Qxe5 Nd3+ 25. Rxd3 Bxd3 26. Nd4 Rfe8 27.
    Ne6 Rd7 28. Qc3 Bf5 29. Qc6 Bxe6 30. dxe6 Rde7 31. Kd1 Rd8+ (Black should hold the endgame comfortably with his active rooks, and this is after perfect play by White!) 32. Ke2 Rde8 (It should be a draw by repetition or the e6 pawn will fall)
    33. Kd3 (White is trying to avoid perpetual but this can only land him in trouble) Rd8+ 34. Ke4? Rc7 (White’s queen is trapped!)) 19. .. Nd7 20. Ne2 Nc5 21. Qxd6 Bg4 22. h3 Nd3+
    23. Kd1 Nf2+ 24. Ke1 Bd2+! (White’s king is completely helpless even after optimal play by White!) 25. Kxd2 Nxe4+ 26. Ke3 Nxd6 27. hxg4 Nxb5 (Black has an extra pawn in the endgame, for whatever it’s worth!)

  70. Bebbe
    January 4th, 2015 at 09:03 | #70

    @RaidRaptors

    Thanks for your effort! I appreciate it.
    In your mainline 20.Qc4 could be an improvement.
    Then 20.-Nf6 21.Ra3, Bb6 22.h3, Bd7 23.Ne2
    Black has som kind of fortress with attacking chances.
    I would rather play black but asess this as “unclear”.

    If white castles queenside with21.Qd3, Bb6 22.0-0-0
    black has 22.- Nxe4!! 23. Dxe4, Tf4! 24.Qe1, Lf5 and
    black is clearly better.

    All in all you have convinced me and will try this when
    given a chance.

    What is the status of the traditional 12.Ke2, Nxc4 13.Tc1?
    Kasparov mentioned the move 13.-c6!? in one of his books.

  71. Ray
    January 5th, 2015 at 14:53 | #71

    @Bebbe
    All very interesting indeed, but what do you do against 7.Nge2?

  72. Bebbe
    January 5th, 2015 at 20:04 | #72

    @Ray

    I will play 7.-c6 8.Qd2, Nbd7 with the following variations:

    a) 9.0-0-0, a6 10.Kb1, b5 11.Nc1, exd4 12.Bxd4, b4

    b) 9.0-0-0, a6 10.Bh6, Bxh6 11.Qxh6, b5

    c) 9.d5, cxd5 10. cxd5, a6 11.g4, h5

    What is your concern here?

  73. Ray
    January 6th, 2015 at 08:39 | #73

    @Bebbe
    Not anything specific, but I think 7.Nge2 was recommended by both Schandorff and in a white reportoire by Chess Stars on the Anti-Grunfeld (and maybe even by Kaufman in his recent book on the Anti-Grunfeld). I would assume that all these authors have analysed this to a plus by white 🙂

  74. John Shaw
    January 6th, 2015 at 14:41 | #74

    Franck steenbekkers :
    What Will be first?
    The book negi Siciliaan 1 or the forwardchess edition

    The ForwardChess editions of Negi and Flores Rios will be first – a week before the day the physical books arrive in shops.

    For those who have ordered their physical copies direct from our website, we will as always send as soon as possible (some of the lucky ones may get a copy a day or two before the books arrive at the shops). The time it takes for delivery all depends of course on where you are.

  75. Alexander
    January 9th, 2015 at 09:00 | #75

    Any chance of getting closer to an actual release date for Berg’s 3rd volume on the French Defence (GM Rep. 16) ?

  76. Jacob Aagaard
    January 9th, 2015 at 10:13 | #76

    I could give you one, but it would not be honest, because we just do not know. The editing is progressing well and I hope the book will be ready for a March release, but honestly, I am not sure.

  77. Alexander
    January 9th, 2015 at 10:36 | #77

    @ Aagaard
    Thanks, both for answering and for being honest (better be genuine than anything else!).
    I shall look VERY much forward to reading it, as I’m rarely ever landing in trouble any longer as long as White plays 3. Nc3..

    I am, however, having some problems understanding The French whenever White embarks on the 3. Nd2.. path (which I’ve been playing as White myself quite a lot). So, obviously, I am dying to read what Berg has to say about it !

    Also – looking super much forward to seeing the Kotronias KID books ! Has it been planned to expand this series beyond vol. 1+2+3 ?

  78. Paul
    January 9th, 2015 at 17:42 | #78

    Is it my imagination, or did the price of your books increase by £1 on forward chess this week to £14.99 for most titles?

  79. Tobias
    January 9th, 2015 at 20:43 | #79

    @Paul
    Probably not ForwardChess but Apple. If you’re on iOS – Apple has adapted App-prices in Europe recently, see http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/07/app-store-pricing-changes/
    That should affect in in-app prices as well.
    If you’re on Android, then I have no clue…

  80. Jacob Aagaard
    January 9th, 2015 at 20:46 | #80

    @Paul
    The exchange rates are handled by Apple/Google. The core price is in dollars and could fluctuate.

  81. Jacob Aagaard
    January 9th, 2015 at 20:47 | #81

    @Alexander
    There is always PLAYING THE FRENCH as well :-). And we do hope we can get Kotronias to complete the series.

  82. Forward Chess
    January 10th, 2015 at 02:21 | #82

    @Paul

    Paul, here is the e-mail we got from Apple this Wednesday:

    “Within the next 36 hours, prices on the App Store will increase for all territories in the European Union as well as in Canada and Norway, decrease in Iceland, and change in Russia. These changes are being made to account for adjustments in value-added tax (VAT) rates and foreign exchange rates.”

  83. Sid
    January 11th, 2015 at 13:57 | #83

    Will Chess Structures be available on Amazon, particularly the hardcover version?

  84. Jacob Aagaard
    January 11th, 2015 at 15:44 | #84

    @Sid
    Only the paperback. For hardback, check out Chess4Less, Chess Books from Europe, ChessCafe or Staunton. I am not sure who has ordered it.

  85. John Pugh
    January 11th, 2015 at 19:53 | #85

    @Sid
    It is available ( as are other Quality Chess Books) from Chess Direct in hardback & paperback.

  86. Mehmet
    January 14th, 2015 at 19:29 | #86

    Hi,

    Any news about semi-slav and antisic./Najdorf books?
    Scheveningen seems to be a little out of fashion and it will be interesting to see if Ftacnik will continue to advice it.Of course if he will write a new edition of the book.

  87. TonyRo
    January 15th, 2015 at 18:21 | #87

    Any update on the release of the new Kotronias and Negi books on Forward Chess? Thanks guys!

  88. Paul
    January 28th, 2015 at 15:08 | #88

    All 4 books are now on Forward Chess. Bought Negi and looks great.

    Should the physical books be shipped next week? The collapsing Euro is making your physical books even better value for a pounds based buyer like me:-)

  89. John Shaw
    January 28th, 2015 at 15:34 | #89

    @TonyRo @Paul

    I was planning to put up a blog post on the 28th mentioning that all 4 new books are now available on Forward Chess. And now it turns out today is the 28th.

    The physical books will start shipping from any moment now, but I think it will be Monday next week before the books arrive here in Glasgow.

  90. Ray
    January 28th, 2015 at 17:26 | #90

    @John Shaw
    Great, very much looking forward to all 4!!

  91. TonyRo
    January 28th, 2015 at 18:14 | #91

    @John Shaw @ForwardChess

    Any chance that there will be a desktop version of the app at some point? I know there are emulators and such, but I have two monitors at my desk at home – it’d be amazing to be able to more easily study QC books while on my computer.

  92. May 21st, 2015 at 22:42 | #92

    GM Kotronias’s King’s Indian series. Where is Averbakh and Samisch variation?

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