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Publishing Schedule (quick and dirty)

Colin is off today, but sometime over the next few days we will put a few more books in the Coming Soon section. These are the books that are “all under control” (if ever that was true…) and where we know more or less when they will come out.

Many books are close to completion, but we do not know if printing will take three or five weeks, so there is a bit of uncertainty.

There is a special point about Dynamic Decision Making in Chess. Boris will be giving a 90 minute lecture at X-Tra Con Open (formerly Politiken Cup) in Helsingor on the 28th of July, assisted by yours truly. The entry fee is essentially to buy the new book in hardback. This is one month ahead of general publication.

1. e4 vs the Sicilian III is waiting for a few updates from Negi and a proofread. Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines is 90% proofread and will go to the printer this week. GM Repertoire 1B, 1.d4 – The Queen’s Gambit is halfway through editing and will be done within a few weeks. Key Concepts of Gambit Play is lacking a quick edit. Mikhail Tal 3 – The Invincible is lacking a long and thorough edit! The same with King’s Indian Warfare. The authors of Grandmaster Repertoire – The Nimzo-Indian and Kotronias on the King’s Indian 5 have sent many files already. Hopefully they are not far off. Thinking Inside the Box has yet to be fully written.

I have been busy with the Gelfand book and also wanted to spend a bit of time writing a beginner’s book, which is Chess from Scratch. I teach at Fettes College in Edinburgh and wanted to put my experiences of working with beginners on paper. As I am not going to the Olympiad this year,

I save five weeks then, which I will spend on Box (The five weeks is preparation, playing and recovery time. The latter is important. Last Olympiad, I had a car crash two days after returning and was absolutely solely responsible, no matter how my insurance company managed to swing it!).

Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian and French is actually quite far advanced. As with the first book, this is a group project with John as the captain. It has a high priority and will be out even if I have to put John back in the dungeon…

As always, the dates are seasons, as we will try to keep them.

Judit Polgar Dame am Brett – Judit Polgar 3 Summer
Thomas Luther Vom Schüler zum Großmeister Summer
Artur Yusupov Revision and Exam 1 Summer
Parimarjan Negi GM Rep – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian III Summer
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines Summer
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 1B – 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit Summer
Yuri Razuvaev Key Concepts of Gambit Play Summer
Ilya Smirin King’s Indian Warfare Summer
Victor Mikhalevski GM Rep 19 – Beating Minor Openings Summer
Jacob Aagaard Chess From Scratch Summer
Boris Gelfand Dynamic Decision Making in Chess 31st August
Michael Roiz The Nimzo-Indian Autumn
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French Autumn
Tibor Karolyi Mikhail Tal’s best games 3 – The Invincible Autumn
Thomas Luther Luther’s Chess Reformation Autumn
Carl Portman Chess Behind Bars Autumn
Vassilios Kotronias King’s Indian – Volume 5 Autumn
Jacob Aagaard GM Preparation – Thinking Inside the Box Winter
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  1. Bill
    May 24th, 2016 at 14:35 | #1

    I hope never to need “Chess Behind Bars”.

  2. May 24th, 2016 at 14:38 | #2

    Why there is no “Chess Behind Bars” World Championship?

  3. Jimmy
    May 24th, 2016 at 19:26 | #3

    Roiz book on the Nimzo-Indian, will it also include coverage of the QID? And if not, do you have any plans for such a book?

  4. Jacob Aagaard
    May 24th, 2016 at 20:37 | #4

    Yes, we want to follow up with such a book. But it would be too much to put both openings in one book. Michael has worked so hard it is impossible to understand for a normal person; to double the lines would kill him!

  5. James
    May 24th, 2016 at 21:15 | #5

    Thanks for the publishing schedule update Jacob! I will be able to plan summer/autumn birthday presents (and Christmas presents) for my friends/me. It is much appreciated.

  6. Johan
    May 24th, 2016 at 22:26 | #6

    Any chance we got get an index of variation from Johan Shaws e4 books? Curios about what he is suggesting against for example the sicilian (open,grand prix, closed, Bb5,c3?)

  7. The Doctor
    May 24th, 2016 at 22:36 | #7

    Once Kotronias has finished his KID books could you try and persuade him to write a book on the Classical Sicilian ?

  8. Jacob Aagaard
    May 24th, 2016 at 23:04 | #8

    We can always try 🙂

  9. Richard Martin
    May 24th, 2016 at 23:18 | #9

    I hope Negi and Kotronias stay in your employ. Both are brilliant analysts. Your staff and author selection is top notch and the other competitors have no chance against you. Yusopov should not feel bad about his books at all. Very high quality. I hope you can convince him to right for you more as well.

  10. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    May 24th, 2016 at 23:19 | #10

    I har a questions:

    1. What is the Volume 5 Kings Indian book about ? It is about sidelines of Kings Indian ? Is this last volume ?

    2. Is Roiz book on Nimzo-Indian is 4. Dc2 O-O ?

    3. Is Gelfand Positoional Chess book translated or available for different languages ?

    4. How much different is Queen’s Gambit 1B Awruch compared to the last edition ? Is it very different like 1A?

    5. Any Pirc book in future ?

    Thanks a lot !

  11. AJZ
    May 25th, 2016 at 05:48 | #11

    Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen :
    5. Any Pirc book in future ?
    Thanks a lot !

    The Pirc repertoire book is a real challenge and the market gap. But who would dare to write it?

  12. Ray
    May 25th, 2016 at 05:56 | #12

    @ Bill:

    Maybe ‘Chess in bars’? By the way, great line-up – I guess as usual I’ll end up buying most of these books 🙂

  13. Hesse Bub
    May 25th, 2016 at 06:36 | #13

    Well, there are these two Marin DVDs out, they helped me a lot to understand the positional lines. Besides: although I play Pirc for about 20 years exclusively, almost no white player dares to prepare for Pirc below 2000. So just play the Pirc like you want and enjoy your own creativity 🙂

  14. Ray
    May 25th, 2016 at 07:43 | #14

    And there’s recent developments (Vigus) and The perfect Pirc / Modern by Moskalenko. Both are fairly recent books, and it’s not like the theory of the Pirc is developing at breathtaking speed. So I doubt if anything substantial can be add to these existing books / DVD’s that justify a new book?

  15. Jacob Aagaard
    May 25th, 2016 at 08:25 | #15

    @Richard Martin
    Thank you Richard. I do think there are other people out there making great books and in general I am not really for this “who is best” attitude. We do try to market our company to sell our books, we have to. But honestly, I just want to make good work and hope people will like it.

  16. Jacob Aagaard
    May 25th, 2016 at 08:27 | #16

    @Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    1. It is the last volume so it will cover everything not already in the books. Sidelines and not to forget, the Samisch.
    2. I think he is going 4…d5, but honestly, I am not sure. I did know, but forgot. Wait 6-8 weeks and all will be revealed.
    3. It is sold for Russian, Italian and French rights.
    4. A new book, like with 1A. A few things have not changed, so they stayed in. But it is a new book.
    5. We hope so.

    May 25th, 2016 at 11:39 | #17

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Is there any chance for GM Repertoire 6B Najdorf by Ftacnik for this year? What gone wrong with so good book which is almost sold out?

  18. Jacob Aagaard
    May 25th, 2016 at 12:15 | #18

    Lubomir asked to be relieved of the project. We have found another author (combination) and the book will exists, probably at the very end of the year. I am reluctant to say any more, as we have had a few bad luck projects in the past.

    May 25th, 2016 at 12:25 | #19

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great news!

    Besides, you can then indulge readers and give for big lines 2 options for Black based on Scheveningen Be2 and more Najdorf spirited Be3 lines!

    Hopefully Ftacnik book can be reprinted, cause some of us are happy with this book as it is!

  20. Jacob Aagaard
    May 25th, 2016 at 12:37 | #20

    I am glad you liked the old book, but hopefully you already have a copy, so no reprinting is necessary. Regarding two choices. I feel under constant pressure…

  21. AJZ
    May 25th, 2016 at 13:09 | #21

    Ray :
    And there’s recent developments (Vigus) and The perfect Pirc / Modern by Moskalenko. Both are fairly recent books, and it’s not like the theory of the Pirc is developing at breathtaking speed. So I doubt if anything substantial can be add to these existing books / DVD’s that justify a new book?

    Well, the fact is that there is no Pirc repertoire book released recently. Vigus’s books are very good but they are not repertoire books but the most important games collections with some original analysis but not very deep. Moskalenko’s book covers not all the lines and once again analysis are not that deep. DVDs don’t count as they’re significantly less detailed that books – they’re mostly introductory.
    What I meant was that I would like to have more detailed treatment of the Pirc like GM Rep books from Quality Chess or even like the one from repertoire series by Everymanchess. For now the only hope is Kornev’s planned but delayed book on Pirc/King’s Indian Repertoire from Chessstars. Besides, Stockfish writes nice books but it takes time I don’t have 🙂

  22. Ray
    May 25th, 2016 at 13:55 | #22

    @ AJZ:

    I understand what you mean, and it would indeed be nice to have a repertoire book on the Pirc. On the other hand, Pirc Alert is quite good, and is it really that outdated? I.m.o. you can still use that book as a basis for your repertoire, and then look e.g. in Recent Developments by Vigus which lines you need to update. Again, theory isn’t progressing that quickly in the Pirc, because it is not popular at all at GM level. Besides, isn’t the point of playing the Pirc that it’s supposed to be a relatively low-theory option?

  23. May 25th, 2016 at 13:55 | #23

    Jacob Aagaard :
    Lubomir asked to be relieved of the project. We have found another author (combination) and the book will exists, probably at the very end of the year. I am reluctant to say any more, as we have had a few bad luck projects in the past.

    I thought because of Negi there would be no GM-Rep 6b because the Najdorf is refuted

  24. James
    May 25th, 2016 at 14:04 | #24


    Far be it from me to plug any other publisher, but isn’t another publisher about to release a book on the Pirc called ‘The Pirc: Move By Move’ by Nigel Davies? Apparently it’s arrival is imminent.

  25. Jacob Aagaard
    May 25th, 2016 at 15:40 | #25

    No problem. I don’t consider such a book competition.

    May 25th, 2016 at 16:58 | #26

    Jacob Aagaard :
    I am glad you liked the old book, but hopefully you already have a copy, so no reprinting is necessary. Regarding two choices. I feel under constant pressure…

    Two years ago I had my hardcover copy. Then I switched to 1.e4 e5 as Black, and foolishly gave away book to some antique bookshop for few euros. Now, after realizing what a “crimen” I have done, I have order hardcover copy from topschach.de few days ago. And I still expect arrival…

    What a story 🙂

  27. AJZ
    May 25th, 2016 at 18:17 | #27

    Yes it is but he himself in the introduction tell us that “it’s not a repertoire book as such” – his goal is to “instil in the reader an understanding of the Pirc so that they can start their journey with this opening”. So my point is still valid.

  28. AJZ
    May 25th, 2016 at 18:29 | #28

    For me advanced opening books should develop opening theory, so it’s not so important if the line/opening is played by many GMs or not provided it’s sound. After all, we are buying Quality Chess books on opening theory, because they give us new ideas and fresh analysis, aren’t we?

  29. James
    May 25th, 2016 at 18:54 | #29


    I hadn’t read anything about it I’m afraid AJZ. I think the Quality Chess opening books are much better than the the Move by Move Series (although I appreciate they are aimed at different levels of player). My point was to bring it to you attention, if you weren’t aware.

  30. PaulH
    May 25th, 2016 at 20:36 | #30

    Obviously I realise above is not written in stone etc but is the order roughly indicative of the order of publication? Just wondering why Negi is above John.

  31. Jacob Aagaard
    May 25th, 2016 at 21:21 | #31

    Oh, it is random. John’s book is going to the printer this week, while we are waiting for the final updates from Negi before it is going away.

  32. Remco G
    May 26th, 2016 at 07:08 | #32

    Does that mean an excerpt will also be posted soon?

  33. Jacob Aagaard
    May 26th, 2016 at 12:43 | #33
  34. Douwe
    May 26th, 2016 at 20:15 | #34

    You’ve done e4-e5 and want to go back to e4-c5? Can you explain a bit, please?

  35. May 26th, 2016 at 20:45 | #35

    Will QC ever do chess videos like Chess24?

  36. Ray
    May 27th, 2016 at 16:12 | #36

    @Phil Collins
    Negi gives ‘=’ in several variations, but I guess you were joking.

  37. Jerome
    May 29th, 2016 at 08:43 | #37


    when is the Najdorf 6 Bg5 book out?

  38. Jacob Aagaard
  39. Franck steenbekkers
    May 29th, 2016 at 14:17 | #39

    When is Sicilian 3 at forwardchess

  40. The Doctor
    May 30th, 2016 at 10:38 | #40

    After playing recent congress, I think my need for the Minor openings book is quite pressing.
    There were so many English/Reti openings, far more than 1.e4 and 1.d4 2.c4 combined!!

  41. Jacob Aagaard
    May 30th, 2016 at 14:36 | #41

    @Franck steenbekkers
    Maybe six-eight weeks. Depends on Negi. If he delivered now, it could be a bit sooner even.

  42. May 30th, 2016 at 20:11 | #42

    Actually a book about how to play white against the Pirc and Modern is the real gap. There have been loads of books about playing black.

  43. May 30th, 2016 at 20:18 | #43

    I’m really excited by the Quality Chess coming soon list. I can see me buying at 8 of them, indeed that’s about a 90% probability. I do love being able to get them through Forward Chess, I have far too many physical books.

  44. Ray
    May 31st, 2016 at 06:06 | #44

    @ Mark Crowther
    I.m.o. Andrew Greet’s repertoire book is quite good, and I don’t think it’s that outdated.

  45. Jerome
    May 31st, 2016 at 16:17 | #45

    No the one by Ftacnik

  46. May 31st, 2016 at 19:44 | #46

    Thanks. I discovered I had that. I will take a look.

  47. Bobby
    June 1st, 2016 at 11:28 | #47

    What will be suggested by Negi against Scheveningen and similar?

  48. Jacob Aagaard
    June 1st, 2016 at 11:33 | #48

    All will be released in a few weeks.

  49. Jacob Aagaard
    June 1st, 2016 at 11:33 | #49

    The line against the Scandinavian has been overtaken by time, but there are many good things in that book indeed.

  50. Jacob Aagaard
    June 1st, 2016 at 12:16 | #50

    Btw. we will put a 1.e4 excerpt up in the very near future. It looks like the 29th June is the publication date.

  51. Gollum
    June 1st, 2016 at 12:27 | #51

    One week early in FC as usual?

  52. Wolfsblut
    June 1st, 2016 at 12:27 | #52

    @Jacob Aagaard

  53. Ray
    June 1st, 2016 at 12:54 | #53


  54. Jerome
    June 1st, 2016 at 15:24 | #54

    @Jacob Aagaard
    No the one by Ftacnik

    June 1st, 2016 at 17:24 | #55

    playing 1.e4 excerpt on line !! Very good

  56. Tom Tidom
    June 1st, 2016 at 17:29 | #56

    More than 620 pages for the first volume of “Playing 1.e4” – perhaps its a good idea for me to switch to the ebook format now. 😉

    As expected the excerpt looks excellent. I am a bit surprised that 4.Nf3 vs. the Alekhine was selected since I thought that would be Negi´s choice.

  57. Thomas
    June 1st, 2016 at 17:57 | #57

    There’s an excerpt!!
    Jippieyiyoopdayay !

  58. TonyRo
    June 1st, 2016 at 19:03 | #58

    Looks really great guys, awesome work! Excited to check it out soon on FC!

  59. Ray
    June 2nd, 2016 at 05:56 | #59

    I agree with the above. And good to see 4.Bg5 recommended against the Pirc!

  60. Jasper
    June 2nd, 2016 at 07:06 | #60

    Looks great. With over 600 pages I would be very interested to see the stats on physical sales vs. the forward chess sales.

  61. Grimsey64
    June 2nd, 2016 at 09:17 | #61

    Thanks for the excerpt !
    I just have to wait for the book now (end of june). It wont’ be too long.

    Could you give us a hint on the lines used vs Sicilian (Open, Bb5 ?) and French (Advance, Tarrasch ?)

  62. Ray
    June 2nd, 2016 at 09:29 | #62

    French Tarrasch and Open Sicilian.

  63. Jacob Aagaard
    June 2nd, 2016 at 10:09 | #63

    I guess it will be 9% FC as usual.

  64. Jacob Aagaard
    June 2nd, 2016 at 10:09 | #64


  65. tipau
    June 2nd, 2016 at 10:49 | #65

    I believe it will be the Open Sicilian and French Tarrasch from what’s been said before. I’d prefer Bb5 Sicilian lines, but there are other good sources for that.

  66. Vassilis
    June 2nd, 2016 at 11:47 | #66

    I saw the excerpt and it looks that the analysis is based on model games. (I have Avrukh’s book from Quality that is quite different). Are model games also used in the other chapters?

  67. John Shaw
    June 2nd, 2016 at 12:17 | #67

    Tom Tidom :
    As expected the excerpt looks excellent. I am a bit surprised that 4.Nf3 vs. the Alekhine was selected since I thought that would be Negi´s choice.

    Glad you like it.
    Re the Alekhine: my decision there felt almost forced. 4.Nf3 is the move I like best, and I believe it is also the strongest. I don’t intentionally recommend inferior moves, so it has to be the repertoire move.
    It’s a different situation in, for example, the Najdorf. 6.Bg5 is the sharpest (and is Negi’s move) but I doubt many GMs would claim that moves such as 6.Be3 or 6.Be2 are definitely inferior.

    I don’t know yet what Negi will give against the Alekhine. Maybe he will try to mate it by force with the Four Pawns Attack!?

  68. John Shaw
    June 2nd, 2016 at 12:25 | #68


    It varies from chapter to chapter. Using model games was the main plan, but in some variations I changed it to a GM Repertoire style A-B-C variation layout. A couple of reasons for that. In some lines, there were no suitable model games. Also, in some cases the theory goes rather deep, and I think the A-B-C style makes it easier to follow.

  69. Thomas Mørkøre
    June 2nd, 2016 at 22:22 | #69

    It has been a long time (in fact not Since “LARSEN” by Jan Løfberg) That I have looked forward to a book as I do now. I Think Qualitychess did the Right thing not to rush the project – Quality takes time. The excerpt looks promising. Congratulation Mr. Shaw; yet another fine book.

  70. June 3rd, 2016 at 20:34 | #70

    I found your book idea “Chess Behind Bars” very thought provoking because I have written a feature screenplay about this subject. I would love to bounce around the idea with you Mr. Aagaard as it involves a number of key demographics in the NYC chess scene. I can be reached at dixondeuxyeux@gmail.com

  71. The Doctor
    June 5th, 2016 at 13:58 | #71

    Firstly I’m looking forward to the 1.e4 books by John, you have a sale there in Hardback!

    What I want to ask is

    I’m also looking forward to the GM Repertoire on the Nimzo-Indian Defence by Roiz. I think it will be well received. But will you cover a repertoire for Black after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 (Possible a Queen’s Indian Defence). Also is it your intention to offer a Black repertoire after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 (The Catalan)?

    I think the book people are very interested in coming in the GM Repertoire on the Najdorf. What sort of time frame are you looking at and have you made a decision on the old 6…e6 or 6…e5 debate? For what its worth I really liked the 6…e6 systems.

  72. Jacob Aagaard
    June 5th, 2016 at 17:44 | #72

    @The Doctor
    I think we need to focus on what is right in front of us. But let me say that we can see the obvious as well, though this does not always mean we are in control of what happens…

  73. Remco G
    June 7th, 2016 at 07:06 | #73

    Seems these books are going to reintroduce 1.e4 into my repertoire, after 15 years absence. Unfortunately what made me stop were the Sicilian and French, but I’ll get this one anyway 🙂

    Is the plan against the Sicilian to use the Open, or does it have the Rossolimo against 2…Nc6 or so?

  74. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    June 7th, 2016 at 07:06 | #74

    @Jacob Aagaard
    6-8 weeks ? If Nimzo-Indian excerpt is done on 6-8 weeks, then August release seems likely.

  75. Jacob Aagaard
    June 7th, 2016 at 11:39 | #75

    @Remco G
    Open all the way, I think.

  76. Jacob Aagaard
    June 7th, 2016 at 11:39 | #76

    @Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    Or September. But this is my planning. Later on, God will laugh…

    June 11th, 2016 at 18:40 | #77

    Jacob Aagaard :
    Lubomir asked to be relieved of the project. We have found another author (combination) and the book will exists, probably at the very end of the year. I am reluctant to say any more, as we have had a few bad luck projects in the past.

    Sadly, I browsed trough all internet sites and I couldn’t find hardcover copy!!!

    Could you publish some 100 hardcovers, just for sake old followers and collectors? I don’t care about future 6B, I’ll buy it also 🙂

  78. Grant Gravitas
    June 12th, 2016 at 00:23 | #78

    Is Avrukh going to cover 4.e3 against the Slav again? Looking forward to studying his new book!

  79. Basquou
    June 13th, 2016 at 09:45 | #79

    I will surely look like a dumb to ask such a question, but the book that is intriguing me the most is Chess from Scratch (ok i am personnaly eagerly waiting next Avrukh book).
    When more information about its content/structure will be available? Is it a structured way to learn chess up to a certain level ?
    Thanks in advance for ur answers.

  80. Jacob Aagaard
    June 13th, 2016 at 10:41 | #80

    It is a beginners book. Starting with learning the moves.

  81. Ray
    June 13th, 2016 at 14:02 | #81

    @ Grant Gravitas

    That will indeed be interesting. In his book on the Slav he said that he analysed a bit deeper and concluded black is ok in a line he previously thought better for white. Who knows, maybe he has analysed a bit deeper still and is recommending the same line for white now 🙂

  82. Lasker
    June 14th, 2016 at 18:37 | #82

    I was looking for a Book or material about the QGD from Black’s point of view and was really shocked how little stuff is aroud… Some beginnerbooks which are outdated, some strange PGN files and some highly overpriced DVDs. There is a huge gap to be filled. I really hope strongly there will be a QC book in the future about this topic, it is really sad to see the lack of material about such an important opening 🙁

  83. Jacob Aagaard
    June 14th, 2016 at 21:34 | #83

    Yes, there will be.

  84. Ben
    June 14th, 2016 at 22:34 | #84

    Dear Jacob,

    In this future book on the QGD, is the Tartakower will be covered ?

    Thx in advance.


  85. Gollum
    June 15th, 2016 at 08:08 | #85


    How is that in english the ortodox defense came to be called QGD (which is anything except 2…dc after 1.d4 d5 2.c4)?

    Even assuming you call QGD to the sequence 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 (which is not accurate), you still have the Tarrasch after 3.Nf3 c5 (which is covered by QC).

    So, do you say QGD is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 or you need to expand it to 4.Bg5 Be7 (otherwise 4.Nf3 Bb4 seems to be something else, and there is the Cambridge-Springs after 4.Bg5 too)?

  86. Lasker
    June 15th, 2016 at 08:28 | #86

    This wasn’t clear, thanks Gollum. I think in a previous blog here was the wish for the coverege of the older mainlines like the Tartakower or Lasker, for the exchange variantion with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 or 3….Be7, the different white plans (minority attack, botvinniks f3 and e4, 0-0-0 and the kingside pawnpush etc.) plus the tries like 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 and similar diviations which aren’t part of the usual Queenspawn openings like the London, Torre etc. which are already covered well. There is some real theoretical fundation missing in those older, traditional lines like the Tartakower and the Lasker (I think the relatively best ist the book by Cox from 2011 but this is an other level of analytical work). These solid lines are quite more or less frequently played by stong grandmasters, were tested in many WCM (Anand – Topalov etc.) but still I find it hard to find deep and good material about it. Mostly there is historical stuff around from the classical games. The Ragozin and e.g. the Vienna are quite popular and there have been some good material for example by Gustafsson but there are also questions after the Carlsen-Kramnik game in the QGD exchange if Shorts’ Variation is still reliable etc. I hope you got what my point was and thank you Jacob and the others of QC for the great care you take about suggestions from the readers. This is really rare these days.

  87. Lasker
    June 15th, 2016 at 08:45 | #87

    I forgot to mention especially when it comes to the exchange 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cx ex there are mostly recommendations to go for the plan with 8.Nh5 (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd exd 5 Bg5 c6 6 Qc2 Be7 7 e3 Nbd7 8 Bd3 Nh5) against the 6.Qc2 move order or for the Short Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd exd 5 Bg5 c6 6 e3 Bf5) with the double pawns after Qf3. Here it would be helpful to have analysis and work on which variations should be the best path for black and also if the traditional other exchange lines (which Yusupov liked to play quite a lot) are viable. I think a good solution would be to cover it as a repertoire book, take the 5.Bf4 QG and the Catalan also into the mix and produce a book in the rough shape of Cox’ “Declining the Queens gambit” but with a really good theoretical base and new evaluation which path is the most promising for Black to take. This could be a “Playing the xxxx” book for the practical player in form of a solid and well organized repertoire (like Nikolaos’ Playing 1.e4 e5) or a grandmaster repertoire series which could deal in more detail with all the variations. Both would surely gift the traditional lines a new theoretical baseline for years to come.

  88. Ben
    June 15th, 2016 at 10:22 | #88

    Hi Lasker,

    I could not more agree with you, let’s hope QC team and Jacob will herad us about this legitimate request 🙂


  89. Gollum
    June 15th, 2016 at 11:47 | #89

    I would like something based on the ortodox too. I stopped playing it because a couple of painful defeats against the exchange variation. But I do want the ortodox with Be7 (i do not know if Ragozin is considered as an Ortodox variation).

    Sadly QC produces more books than I can study… I am lagging behind already.

  90. Enantiodromit
    June 15th, 2016 at 18:41 | #90

    I would really apreciate a good QC work on the QGD as well !!!
    Currently there are some theoretical inconsistencies, especially in the exchange variations after
    6. e3, since the 6…Bf5 variation seems to be in trouble after the Carlsen – Kramnik game…maybe there is someone who is able to make 6. e3 Qb6!? really work ?!

  91. Pinpon
    June 15th, 2016 at 22:08 | #91

    @ Lasker : Sadler’s book on QGD is outdated but pretty good

  92. Vassilis
    June 17th, 2016 at 05:26 | #92

    +1 for Chandler’s book.It is not dedicated to black but it describes plans for both sides pretty well

  93. Jacob Aagaard
    June 17th, 2016 at 08:37 | #93

    7.Qd2 and the answer is no.

  94. James
    June 19th, 2016 at 07:14 | #94

    Any more concrete information when the next new book excerpt (Negi or otherwise) will be put up please?

  95. Jacob Aagaard
    June 19th, 2016 at 07:57 | #95

    It is almost done. Andrew is inserting the final updates and missing lines we found that Parimarjan had overlooked into the book now. I have already typeset 14 chapters, about 320 pages, so we are in proofreading as soon as the Gelfand book is out the door. I can see this book coming out in the beginning of August no problem.

  96. James
    June 19th, 2016 at 11:57 | #96

    That is great news! Thank you.

  97. Paul
    June 20th, 2016 at 13:14 | #97

    Update on 1.d4 1b?

  98. Jacob Aagaard
    June 20th, 2016 at 19:18 | #98

    August I hope and believe.

  99. The Doctor
    June 20th, 2016 at 21:59 | #99

    @Jacob Aagaard

    How’s the Minor Openings and Nimzo-Indian coming along?
    Cheers in advance!


  100. Jacob Aagaard
    June 20th, 2016 at 23:04 | #100

    @The Doctor
    They are summer books as well, if September is summer too. The Minor Openings is quite big, but will hopefully be done quite soon anyway.

  101. steven S.
    June 21st, 2016 at 05:29 | #101

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Hi Jacob. Any plans for GM Dutch repertoire? Thanks

  102. Ray
    June 21st, 2016 at 06:15 | #102

    @ Jacob Aagaard
    I guess one can hardly call the English and Reti ‘minor openings’ anymore… It seems that all the top GMs are playing these openings nowadays.

  103. Bebbe
    June 21st, 2016 at 07:28 | #103


    I agree, the English is one of the main openings. I think the reason for this is that
    many of the positions are less forcing than efter e4 and d4. There is no Petroff, Berlin Wall
    or Slav killing the game.

    @ Jacob Aagaard
    When will we see Another GM repertoire book on the English from whites perspective?

  104. Jacob Aagaard
    June 21st, 2016 at 17:04 | #104

    You got a point, but flank openings was taken 😉

  105. The Doctor
    June 22nd, 2016 at 05:25 | #105

    Will ‘Attacking 1.e4’ be available on Forward Chess today?

  106. Gollum
    June 22nd, 2016 at 06:26 | #106

    According to FC website it should. Unfortunately it is not yet… a lot of today remains, though.

  107. Jacob Aagaard
    June 22nd, 2016 at 08:35 | #107

    Remember it is uploaded by a US company. They are still in the middle of the night.

  108. Manfred Brod
    June 22nd, 2016 at 09:04 | #108

    “Attacking 1.e4” is on the FC website!

  109. Manfred Brod
    June 22nd, 2016 at 09:07 | #109

    Price on “Forward Chess”: € 20,99. The sample is (as always) free.

  110. Paul H
    June 22nd, 2016 at 10:09 | #110

    Presumably you mean Android store. Still to appear on Apple….

  111. Pawn Dillinger
    June 26th, 2016 at 23:40 | #111

    I see GM 19 Minor Openings has been pushed back yet again, this time till Autumn, when the pessimistic side of me thinks it will yet again be pushed back until Winter, then Spring….Sorry for the negativity; I just want it the most, then KID 5 and the the rest of the 1 e4 Negi series. And the rest of the new Avrukh 1 d4 books, and the Sicilian Najdorf. It says a lot about Quality Chess when I have only one minor whiner. Great job guys.

  112. Jacob Aagaard
    June 27th, 2016 at 06:16 | #112

    @Pawn Dillinger
    It is not pushed back as far as I am concerned. It is still in the same place in the hierarchy as before, it is just that it has gone from likely August to likely September.

  113. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    June 27th, 2016 at 07:05 | #113

    Stands there excerpt for ,,Von Schüler zum Großmeister”?

    And is 1. e4 book still on time for this week?

  114. Zaro
    June 27th, 2016 at 13:48 | #114

    am i right, that there are none of these fantastic hardcover editions in german language?

  115. John Shaw
    June 28th, 2016 at 09:46 | #115

    Zaro :
    am i right, that there are none of these fantastic hardcover editions in german language?

    Of the two German-language books we are publishing now: ‘Vom Schüler zum Großmeister’ by Thomas Luther is paperback only, while ‘Dame am Brett’ by Judit Polgar is hardcover only.

    I think we need to add something in German on the book’s webpages to make that clear.

  116. Manfred Brod
    June 28th, 2016 at 13:18 | #116

    Will be the English-Luther in Hardcover? If available i try to buy the hardcover-edition.

  117. Pawn Dillinger
    June 30th, 2016 at 04:23 | #117

    Sounds good. I’ll take your word for it and will continue to build my enthusiasm. Even reading about a particular month like September is great news. And as I wrote, if that’s the worst whining one could do, it says a lot about QC. Thanks for the input.@Jacob Aagaard

  118. Paul
    June 30th, 2016 at 11:39 | #118

    You guys are awesome! I just downloaded the excerpt of Dynamic Decision Making and you guys added puzzles!

    Whoever thought of that deserves a slap on the back, a raise, and a small vacation to some topical country.

  119. Thomas
    June 30th, 2016 at 18:49 | #119

    I only had a quick look, but Luthers book looks very nice.
    Not to speak of Johns opus. First look is “very impressive”.

  120. Ray
    July 1st, 2016 at 07:24 | #120

    I agree, and also great to see some attention for Geller’s games – I like his style and thinks he’s a bit underestimated!

  121. Jacob Aagaard
    July 1st, 2016 at 11:55 | #121

    Thank you. I am going to San Francisco on holiday Sunday. Not sure if it is topical or tropical, but for a Scot it will be plenty warm…

  122. Paul
    July 1st, 2016 at 21:16 | #122

    San Francisco weather is supposed to be reasonably nice on Sunday (certainly warm for a Scot), and forecasted to be very warm next week, so you’re in luck (I live near there).

    More to publishing – I want to compliment John on the 1. e4 book – it’s very good! I have been working on it since published in FC and I’m quite impressed.

  123. Paul
    July 1st, 2016 at 21:17 | #123

    PS – This is a different Paul!

  124. Jacob Aagaard
    July 2nd, 2016 at 08:44 | #124

    Thank you

  125. Ray
    July 2nd, 2016 at 10:27 | #125

    I’d like to second that. It’s more than worth the long wait! Another great effort by QC 🙂

  126. Lasker
    July 2nd, 2016 at 15:49 | #126

    Got my 1. e4 book yesterday and I must say it is fantastic! Thank you John for all the work and also the entire QC team. I knew it would be good but it is far better than I imagined it to be.

    But I still have 2 other questions for you.

    1. Is it possible to give a hint (yet) how Victor Mikhalevski will battle the English and Reti in the upcoming book about “minor openings”?

    2. Are there any plans for a book about the Petroff for black?

    Thank you in advance

  127. The Doctor
    July 2nd, 2016 at 17:58 | #127


    I’d love to know what the minor openings book will recommend too!!

    July 3rd, 2016 at 14:40 | #128

    Many of you wondered how on earth Quality Team couldn’t update Ftacnik’s “Grandmaster Repertoire 6 – The Sicilian Defence”, which was out of print 6 years ago!!!

    Why, cause Najdorf is THE ELITE Black opening 🙂

    Working and talking with a Serbian GM Elo 2537 I was informed that Ftacnik’s book didn’t stood the test of time, and albeit once he was good analyst, his book on Najdorf was rather poor.

    My conclusion was that that was the really reason why Quality Team didn’t want him to write second edition.

    But who can? Waiting for more than 2 years!

    Shame, they have a bestseller, a blockbuster, but they don’t want to launch second edition!

  129. Jacob Aagaard
    July 3rd, 2016 at 14:42 | #129

    Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong 🙂

    July 3rd, 2016 at 15:10 | #130

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I hope so!

    You could easily sell 10 000 copies with new edition! Well, this is project which should be a top priority!

  131. Anssi Manninen
    July 3rd, 2016 at 19:40 | #131

    When the Avrukh book is available?

  132. Jacob Aagaard
    July 4th, 2016 at 06:03 | #132

    @Anssi Manninen
    In two months time, at most.

  133. RB
    July 4th, 2016 at 09:14 | #133

    And what about Negi’s Sicilian,when is it available?

  134. Ludvig Sandström
    July 5th, 2016 at 01:24 | #134

    Any update on when Avrukhs book on the Queens gambit will be out?

  135. Ludvig Sandström
    July 5th, 2016 at 01:28 | #135

    Sorry – poor attention..question asnwered 3 posts above..so retracted 🙂

  136. Jacob Aagaard
    July 5th, 2016 at 04:04 | #136

    August somewhere. Maybe 31st.

  137. Jupp53
    July 5th, 2016 at 11:44 | #137

    The german edition of the Polgar book #3 made me happy. It is really great!

  138. Steve
    July 5th, 2016 at 12:10 | #138

    Are there plans to update and release Playing 1.d4: The Queen’s Gambit by Lars Schandorff? I cannot get hold of a paperback version of this book at the moment.

  139. The Doctor
    July 6th, 2016 at 05:57 | #139

    After scanning John’s Playing 1.e4 book,(it’s very good) it’s made me real learn the Volume 2 any ideas when this will be done. This year or early next?

    Cheers in advance

  140. The Doctor
    July 6th, 2016 at 05:58 | #140

    Sorry for predictive text. Should see eager to know when’s Volume 2 is going to be released!

  141. John Shaw
    July 6th, 2016 at 09:18 | #141

    @The Doctor

    Volume 2 will be this year. And I’m glad you like Volume 1.

  142. Ray
    July 6th, 2016 at 10:39 | #142

    @ John Shaw

    Great, very much looking forward to this! (and all the other upcoming releases 🙂 )

  143. James
    July 9th, 2016 at 17:24 | #143

    Will Negi be recommending 6Be3/ 7Qf3 against the Taimanov? Thank you.

  144. Kirill
    July 9th, 2016 at 19:13 | #144

    Will Grandmaster Reporoire on Benko happen? Thank you.

  145. Thomas
    July 11th, 2016 at 17:26 | #145

    Is it really possible that Vassilios forgot to include then Taimanov variation (9. Bd2) in his books on the Mar del Plata ?
    I just can’t believe it, as he covered anything else !
    Or am I missing something ?

  146. Hysan Wong
    July 11th, 2016 at 20:05 | #146

    Ludvig Sandström :
    Any update on when Avrukhs book on the Queens gambit will be out?

    Ditto. The next Winter would come in few months.

  147. Jacob Aagaard
    July 12th, 2016 at 17:13 | #147

    @Hysan Wong
    It is almost finished; then it will take about 6 weeks for the proof reading and printing. I am hoping we can include it in the 31st August batch, but no promises.

  148. Pinpon
    July 12th, 2016 at 17:40 | #148

    @Thomas . True . 9.Bd2 and 10.Rc1 is not covered in Vol3 .

  149. AJZ
    July 12th, 2016 at 19:25 | #149

    There are some important lines not covered in Kotronias Anti-Sicilian book and in Negi’s 3 there is no 10…Qb8 line in the Dragon. Are you planning any newsletter with updates?

  150. July 19th, 2016 at 12:48 | #150

    Kirill :
    Will Grandmaster Reporoire on Benko happen? Thank you.

    some time ago a clear NO was said after I asked about it…so maybe repeated asking might help to give an update on the excellent Pinski-Book….

  151. John Shaw
    July 19th, 2016 at 15:37 | #151



    I am reliably informed (by the author) that this line is not good, but it should have been mentioned, at least briefly. So Kotronias will say something about it, and we will share it with you, but right now all his efforts are going into finishing the final volume.

  152. Kirill
    July 19th, 2016 at 16:36 | #152

    Thank you very much.

  153. Pinpon
    July 19th, 2016 at 20:04 | #153

    @ John Shaw : Thank you . Taimanov’s variation as i see it is an attempt to play useful moves be fore committing the knight on e1 or g5 and has mainly historical value ( Fisher 1971 ! )

  154. James
    July 19th, 2016 at 20:29 | #154

    Is there any update as to when the next pdf excerpt (for any of the forthcoming books) will be put up please?

  155. AJZ
    July 28th, 2016 at 08:35 | #155

    Negi III is available for pre-order but there is no excerpt yet – when it comes?
    Is there a chance for an index of variations be included in the excerpt?

  156. Ray
    July 28th, 2016 at 09:43 | #156

    The same goes for Avrukh 1B.

  157. John Shaw
    July 28th, 2016 at 10:28 | #157



    The excerpts of both Negi Sicilian III and Avrukh 1B are likely to appear tomorrow. But without the Variation Indexes, as that would give away too many secrets about the repertoire choices.

    Our Variation Indexes are detailed (the one for Avrukh 1B is 10 pages long). I want the excerpts to give you a good idea of what is in the book, but not show the repertoire move-by-move.

  158. Ray
    July 28th, 2016 at 13:47 | #158

    Fair enough, and looking forward to this!

  159. Jacob Aagaard
    July 29th, 2016 at 08:24 | #159

    10…Qb8 is in Negi IV as an appendix.

  160. James
    July 29th, 2016 at 12:34 | #160

    I was wondering, will the excerpts for Avrukh and Negi be on your website before the end of the (working) day? Thank you.

  161. AJZ
    July 29th, 2016 at 15:17 | #161

    Jacob Aagaard :
    10…Qb8 is in Negi IV as an appendix.

    Ok, that’s nice idea – most people who bought Negi III will buy Negi IV.
    Hoping for some solution to Anti-Sicilians book omissions too.

  162. Riccardo
    July 29th, 2016 at 16:23 | #162

    The last news about GM rep 19: 1 month later, is it confirmed for sep\oct? Thanks.

    P.S. What preference against 1.c4? 1…c5, 1…e5 or others? 🙂

  163. James
    July 29th, 2016 at 17:03 | #163

    Is it just me, or is there a typo on the Slav Stonewall introductory page before page 150 in the excerpt for Avrukh 1B? In the introductory page, the line given is 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 f5. Isn’t the knight in the way of ..f5 having played 3..Nf3?

  164. James
    July 29th, 2016 at 17:04 | #164

    (Sorry, that should be 3..Nf6 and not 3..Nf3, just to be clear.)

  165. John Shaw
    July 29th, 2016 at 17:07 | #165


    Yes, well at least it was before the end of the working day for Colin and me. The excerpts for Negi’s Sicilian 3 and Avrukh’s 1B The Queen’s Gambit are at the following links:



  166. James
    July 29th, 2016 at 17:12 | #166

    Thanks John. Remember to check page 5/16 of the pdf excerpt as there appears to be a typo on the page (3..Nf6 instead of what I presume should have been 3..c6).

    Thank you for the excerpts. Have a good weekend.

  167. John Shaw
    July 29th, 2016 at 17:17 | #167

    James :
    (Sorry, that should be 3..Nf6 and not 3..Nf3, just to be clear.)

    It’s an error. It should be 3…e6. A new improved excerpt will appear soon. And the printed book will also be correct. Thanks for mentioning this slip.

  168. James
    July 29th, 2016 at 17:18 | #168

    I just wanted to let you know before anything was sent to the printer!!

  169. John Shaw
    July 29th, 2016 at 17:27 | #169


    Yes, great timing, thanks. Corrected version there now.

  170. Ray
    July 29th, 2016 at 17:41 | #170

    @John Shaw
    Thanks, these look very interesting, as usual 🙂 I’m particularly looking forward to Negi IV,since that will complete my 1.e4 repertoire!

  171. July 29th, 2016 at 18:33 | #171

    If anyone wants to know: The new Luther book is really good!

    Right now I am struggling trough the “Luther-Test” there…really tough nuts…

  172. RB
    July 29th, 2016 at 21:37 | #172

    Does Negi cover the 4 knights line in the Sicilian, which arrises after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 behause I didn’t find it in the contents

  173. John Shaw
    July 30th, 2016 at 08:50 | #173


    Yes, we put the 4 Knights in Chapter 21 on 2…e6 Sidelines.

  174. Mephibosheth
    July 30th, 2016 at 16:44 | #174

    Correction: 10.. Qb8 is in Negi III according the excerpt, not in IV.
    Which is better of course, as IV will be OUTSIDE of the Sicilian.

  175. Mephibosheth
    July 30th, 2016 at 16:46 | #175

    Oh, perhaps means Neg IV, but his THIRD book on the Sicilian (“1 e4 Sicilian III”).
    Somewhat confusing bit I think iTS like this.

  176. TonyB
    July 31st, 2016 at 16:37 | #176

    @Maik I’m looking forward to this one myself. Is it Thomas’ story or does he recommend training methods etc!???

  177. Tim
    July 31st, 2016 at 18:02 | #177

    When Negi finishes his Sicilian saga and starts writing about 1…e5 – will it be Scotch or Ruy Lopez?

  178. Alex
    August 1st, 2016 at 05:45 | #178

    Preview of changes on Indian defenses in Avrukh’s series? I’m guessing it will be another 2 books for the Indian/Dutch/Misc. defenses and that makes it a bit awkward when trying to create a repertoire since that will probably mean another year before getting the analysis.

    I have the Hiarcs book and good chess engines but it would be nice, if it is known, to get an idea of what lines will be dramatically different. I’m talking about completely different systems and not innovations on move 15.

  179. August 1st, 2016 at 06:31 | #179

    TonyB :
    @Maik I’m looking forward to this one myself. Is it Thomas’ story or does he recommend training methods etc!???

    @TonyB Yes, he talks a bit about his upbringing; how he got to GM and his training methods…and (for me at least) quite tough exercises! Sometimes it might be helpful to understand german…for one book at least… 😉

  180. Alex
    August 1st, 2016 at 06:58 | #180

    I was referring to the HIARCS Opening Book Subscription, not just the engine book. I think you guys should consult it for opening books since it often has lines not tested in human games.

    Also, I’m confused as to how thew new Avrukh repertoire has the e4 variation vs the QGA. Can’t Black just move order us really easily with 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 dxc4 4. e4 b5!?

  181. John Johnson
    August 1st, 2016 at 09:58 | #181

    I think John Shaw hinted that Negi would write about the Ruy.

  182. John Shaw
    August 1st, 2016 at 09:59 | #182

    Tim :
    When Negi finishes his Sicilian saga and starts writing about 1…e5 – will it be Scotch or Ruy Lopez?

    The Negi book we will publish at the end of this month finishes the Sicilian part. And I am sure it will be the Ruy Lopez against 1…e5.

  183. John Shaw
    August 1st, 2016 at 10:05 | #183


    That 2…e6 move order you mention (leading to the QGA) is covered in the book, right at the start of Chapter 1. I think Black has move-ordered himself into a not very good line, and Avrukh shows what to do.

  184. Alex
    August 2nd, 2016 at 07:19 | #184

    Ok, interesting. 🙂

  185. AJZ
    August 3rd, 2016 at 07:21 | #185

    Tim :
    When Negi finishes his Sicilian saga and starts writing about 1…e5 – will it be Scotch or Ruy Lopez?

    I’m hoping that 1.e4 vs Pirc/Modern/Scandinavian&others book will be published before the Ruy Lopez book, as I’m not playing the Ruy.

  186. pawnfury
    August 3rd, 2016 at 14:02 | #186

    @ Jacob & John

    Will Boris Avrukh has a new system against the King’s Indian and Gruenfeld or Is he gonna stick to the 3.g3 systems?

  187. The Doctor
    August 3rd, 2016 at 16:04 | #187

    I think the Scandinavian and the other minor lines are given in the next book. However I would prefer the Ruy Lopez to be the next!!

  188. Alex
    August 4th, 2016 at 23:11 | #188

    I’m also wondering about this but one of the things I liked about his repertoire is the thematic fianchetto vs many lines. It’s not as extreme as Kosten’s 1. c4 2. g3 but it also isn’t neutralized as easily as that repertoire.

  189. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    August 5th, 2016 at 18:43 | #189

    Would the Nimzo-Indian by Roïz still ready for September ¿

  190. August 6th, 2016 at 02:58 | #190

    Not sure that the g3 option strikes fear into the hearts of many Grunfeld or Kings Indian players so I’d like to see a change….
    As a KID player I find the Samisch the most testing so it will be interesting to see what GM Kotronias recommends against it in his last volume in the KID series.

  191. Jacob Aagaard
    August 6th, 2016 at 07:47 | #191

    @Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    Hope and believe we can make it. It is tight.

  192. Alex
    August 6th, 2016 at 08:45 | #192

    The g3 systems don’t challenge the soundness of those openings but they do create a dynamic game with a subtle White pull, usually in the form of a space advantage. They’re also similar to the Benoni and Catalan lines in terms of White’s structure so that makes it easier to adopt the repertoire and understand the positional themes.

    I think the popularity of Kosten’s “The Dynamic English” with 1. c4 2. g3 highlights the appeal of relying on comparable structures. Although in the case of the English some of the responses (certain c6-d5 lines for example) shut down any hope of an advantage if White insists on that approach. The issue is that White defines his structure too early and so Black can respond perfectly to it. Avrukh isn’t as dogmatic and the extra flexibility gives his lines more bite should Black choose to play something offbeat.

    With that said, the big center responses to the Grunfeld and KID do have more threat to Black if he doesn’t know theory. However, if he does, not only are you playing into their hands since they probably like the main lines and are more experienced but you also don’t really get much more than the g3 systems would offer.

  193. August 6th, 2016 at 21:07 | #193


    Well Alex maybe you are right, I’ve been playing both sides of the KID at club, tournament and now correspondence levels since I was 15 (I’m now 65). I have had and still have, little problem dealing with g3 systems as black but on the flip side I have made little progress when playing g3 against the Indian systems as white….maybe that is more about me relating to my positive experiences with black therefore not trusting the White set-up more than anything to do with the effectiveness of the opening line.

    But I do play the Catalan as white and think that GM Avrukh’s book is great. I’m also very sure that he won’t be recommending a g3 approach against the Slav in 1B so perhaps a little flexibility around choice of lines against the Indian systems is also possible?

  194. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    August 6th, 2016 at 23:38 | #194

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    Hope and believe we can make it. It is tight.

    Greit ! When should Forward Chess have this book available you think ? Just approximately

  195. Jacob Aagaard
    August 8th, 2016 at 07:24 | #195
  196. Riccardo
    August 8th, 2016 at 10:03 | #196

    @jacob aagaard
    actually when is expected the publication of GM repertoire 19?

    Maybe the title was too ambitious, nevertheless i am just to curious to read and study it!! 😀

  197. The Doctor
    August 8th, 2016 at 16:48 | #197

    GM 19 seems like a book that QC team are very hush about. No one really seems to know when it will be published or have any hint of what lines it will cover£

  198. trandism
    August 8th, 2016 at 20:08 | #198

    Where is exactly do you find problems in the Saemisch? Grischuk’s piece sac line seems to be doing OK theoretically.

  199. August 9th, 2016 at 01:40 | #199


    My preference has always been to have a d6, e5 pawn formation when playing against the Samisch. These lines are under something of a cloud at present so whilst the c5 setups are OK they are not my preferred option.

    Kotronias tends to favour the e5 setup as well, so I hoping his final volume on the KID will breath some new life into the variation.

  200. Jacob Aagaard
    August 9th, 2016 at 06:13 | #200

    September for sure. Nimzo not till October 🙁

  201. Bobby
    August 10th, 2016 at 08:10 | #201

    Would the Nimzo be ready for Spt?

  202. Ray
    August 10th, 2016 at 08:38 | #202

    @ Bobby:

    It says ‘Nimzo not till October’ in the post just above your post…

  203. Bobby
    August 10th, 2016 at 09:10 | #203


    I was wrong.. Would an excerpt about Nimzo be ready for Spt?

  204. Jacob Aagaard
    August 10th, 2016 at 09:38 | #204

    Hopefully. It will be close, because of the Olympiad.

  205. middlewave
    August 10th, 2016 at 15:20 | #205

    A somewhat related question: will the QC books published on August 31st be available for purchase at the Baku Olympiad?

  206. Riccardo
    August 10th, 2016 at 17:12 | #206

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great!! 😉

  207. AJZ
    August 11th, 2016 at 08:36 | #207

    Any chance that “Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French” will be published at least together with the Nimzo book?

  208. Jacob Aagaard
    August 11th, 2016 at 10:24 | #208

    No, we promise not to hold the Nimzo book back!

  209. Jacob Aagaard
    August 11th, 2016 at 10:24 | #209

    I have not heard of anyone wanting to sell them there. Maybe John knows something, but then he has not told me.

  210. John Shaw
    August 11th, 2016 at 12:57 | #210


    @Jacob Aagaard

    I have no exciting secrets about this. There is a ‘Chess Exhibition’ being held alongside the Baku Olympiad, with various companies selling things, so one would expect chess booksellers to be involved. I emailed the relevant Baku organiser to ask which companies would be selling books there, so I hope I will know more soon.

  211. pawnfury
    August 11th, 2016 at 21:00 | #211

    @ Jacob & John
    Will Boris Avrukh has a new system against the King’s Indian and Gruenfeld or Is he gonna stick to the 3.g3 systems?

  212. Nico
    August 11th, 2016 at 21:43 | #212

    is this one of yours or just a fake?

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