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A sort of publishing schedule

Obviously we have just published King’s Indian Warfare and Grandmaster Repertoire 19 – Beating Minor Openings. We are very pleased with both of these.

But a number of you have asked for a peek behind the curtain, to see what we are working on besides these. I do not have dates to give you, but I will give you a quick rundown of the general direction of things.

The first books coming out will be something like Luther’s Chess Reformation, which is essentially done and Richard Pert on the Ragozin for Black (starting on move 3, I think). Also Michael Roiz on the Nimzo-Indian is close to completion, as is Key Concepts of Gambit Play by Razuvaev. All four books could make it out in 2016, but it could be close. The reason is that printing and distribution time is usually four weeks, but with Christmas coming, things slow down as we fight for a slot in at the printer with Swedish and Finnish Christmas catalogues. Add a few weeks for finishing the editing and proof reading and it is a bit tight. But there is very reasonable hope.

A bit further down the line we will have the final volume on the King’s Indian by Kotronias, which he delivered quite recently. It will take serious editing, but is next in line. Also the final book in the Tal trilogy, Mikhail Tal – The Invincible will be on the books for early next year.

Of course we are working hard on Playing 1.e4 – The Sicilian and the French

. It is far advanced, but all analysis are not done, so I do not want to be too definite. But a lot has been done and I hope we will surprise and bring it out quite quickly.

I am also working on Thinking Inside the Box and Chess from Scratch at the moment. I am sure that the latter has no interest to you guys, but to me it is quite interesting work.

 

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  1. AJZ
    October 7th, 2016 at 08:22 | #1

    Do you plan sending a newsletter with updates any time soon?

  2. Jacob Aagaard
    October 7th, 2016 at 08:37 | #2

    @AJZ
    Yes, a few small ideas.

  3. Erik
    October 7th, 2016 at 10:23 | #3

    Dear Jacob or John, i am very interested about the choice on what kind of way the sicilian and french will be played in “Playing 1.e4 – The Sicilian and the French”. Can you tell something about that? Greetings Erik

  4. Ray
    October 7th, 2016 at 10:43 | #4

    Great line-up, keep up the great work and I’ll keep on buying your entire catalogue 🙂

  5. Johnnyboy
    October 7th, 2016 at 12:18 | #5

    no mention of Negi?

  6. AMADAN
    October 7th, 2016 at 14:30 | #6

    I just dropped by to say I am loving Kings Indian Warfare – only 4 chapters in but it is excellent.

    Smirn has chosen really instructive games which I have already picked up quite a few ideas from. There are so many chess books on the market covering every aspect of chess but too few in this genre.

    Waiting for MVL’s Najdorf guide now 🙂

  7. Ray
    October 7th, 2016 at 15:32 | #7

    @AMADAN
    I fully agree. And I also like Mikhalevski’s book!

  8. AJZ
    October 7th, 2016 at 15:48 | #8

    Johnnyboy :
    no mention of Negi?

    Right, what’s about Negi 5 & 6? Both in 2017?

  9. David
    October 7th, 2016 at 19:01 | #9

    Hello Jacob!

    Was just wondering if there is any plan on writing a book on the Hedgehog? Am looking at something to play against c4/Nf3 while playing Benoni and Sicilian with black and thought it might be a good option.

  10. October 7th, 2016 at 22:49 | #10

    Great job with Dynamic Decision Making in Chess.

  11. Jacob Aagaard
    October 8th, 2016 at 05:18 | #11

    We will have Negi and Avrukh books in 2017. If I could force them, we would finish both series’s next year. Negi is a full time student at Standford and works on the books in his holidays. Will he finish the next volume in the 6 week break over Christmas? One can hope, but it would be quite an achievement. Boris is more optimistic about when 2A will be done, as he works full time in chess.

    Playing 1.e4: We go Tarrasch and Open against the Sicilian. No cop-outs, though the style is quite frequently not that sharp. A small plus and a nice position is what we are going for.

    We also have a book coming from Axel Smith; it has been written and will happen sooner rather than later. We just received it. But I felt that the books mentioned here are the ones people were a bit more familiar with and wanted to hear about.

  12. Ray
    October 8th, 2016 at 06:15 | #12

    @Jacob Aagaard
    That’s great news, I really liked Pump up your Rating! Can you give any hint on the subject of his next book? (probably you can, but you won’t 🙂 ).

  13. Erik
    October 8th, 2016 at 06:26 | #13

    Thanks Jacob that’s clear and i look forward to it

  14. Thomas
    October 8th, 2016 at 09:40 | #14

    Jacob Aagaard :
    We also have a book coming from Axel Smith; it has been written and will happen sooner rather than later. We just received it. But I felt that the books mentioned here are the ones people were a bit more familiar with and wanted to hear about.

    Oh no, a new book from Axel is exactly what I want to hear about. I call that VERY good news.

  15. Jacob Aagaard
    October 8th, 2016 at 11:38 | #15

    @Thomas
    I will talk more about it in the near future no doubt. I think we are talking just on the other side of the list of books I have mentioned in the post.

  16. Chess25652
    October 8th, 2016 at 16:01 | #16

    @ Jacob Aagaard

    Would you be willing to share how the rest of Avrukh’s repertoire will be split across volumes 2A and 2B?

    Thanks

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    October 8th, 2016 at 17:04 | #17

    @Chess25652
    I would be, but I don’t know! I know that it will not be 100% that 1 becomes 1A and 1B, because there were some move order stuff. And this will also affect the next two volumes. But Boris indicated that he could be finishing the book early next year and by then we will know for sure. Generally I want the author to feel free to go where he wants to go and I don’t like saying something that turns out to be untrue.

  18. Thomas
    October 9th, 2016 at 13:42 | #18

    @Jacob Aagaard
    How far is Flores II ? Any news on that one?

  19. Jacob Aagaard
    October 9th, 2016 at 13:53 | #19

    @Thomas
    He is working away and we have already seen some material. And it is good.

  20. Leaf
    October 9th, 2016 at 14:09 | #20

    Have been waiting for Chess from Scratch for a while, hopefully it can appear soon …

    Thanks for all these wonderful books …

  21. Jacob Aagaard
    October 9th, 2016 at 14:54 | #21

    @Leaf
    We are trying to make the whole concept work and we have different partners we will work with for it. I have, quite typically, involved myself in too many projects at once. Again.

  22. James2
    October 9th, 2016 at 16:21 | #22

    Is there any more news on Nikos 1..d5 book? Very much looking forward to that one, I must say.

    Thank you.

  23. Jacob Aagaard
    October 9th, 2016 at 16:29 | #23

    @James2
    He said he will need a few weeks to finish it. As he is an active trainer, he keeps on updating it and will be able to deliver it, when we are ready to work on it, which will probably be in the beginning of 2017.

  24. James2
    October 9th, 2016 at 16:36 | #24

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Ah, this is good news. Hopefully it will be out Feb-April 17! Thanks for the quick reply Jacob. I’ve really been enjoying Niko’s book on 1..e5 over the last few months.

  25. Jacob Aagaard
    October 9th, 2016 at 17:05 | #25

    @James2
    Glad to hear it. March-April would be great, but I am reluctant to say that this is what will happen :-).

  26. The Doctor
    October 9th, 2016 at 17:54 | #26

    Playing 1.e4 – The Sicilian and the French

    Not out in 2016 then 🙁

    I must say I’ve got a lot of use from Vol 1 and looking forward to Vol 2 particularly the Tarrasch French stuff.

    I noticed you are VERY tight lipped about the variation of the Open you are recommending!!

  27. Jacob Aagaard
    October 9th, 2016 at 19:48 | #27

    @The Doctor
    Generally we are aiming for a small consistent pull, not too many psycho lines. See Negi for that!

  28. The Doctor
    October 9th, 2016 at 21:39 | #28

    @Jacob Aagaard

    I’m all for quiet lines! Some of Negi’s stuff is a bit too wild! It’s a good idea to have a contrast makes me look forward to it even more

  29. Leaf
    October 10th, 2016 at 00:53 | #29

    Suddenly notice there is an endgame book by Vlatko Kovaceivc in Amazon, but cannot find it here … Any short story about this book … ? Wish to see more endgame and middle-game books …

    https://www.amazon.com/Quality-Chess-Endings-Vlatko-Kovacevic/dp/9197600423

  30. Jacob Aagaard
    October 10th, 2016 at 08:18 | #30

    @Leaf
    We had edited it and were about to publish it and we realised that the author had also sold the material to the organisers of the World Youth and they published it. In English. The translation we had paid for. Extracts, sure, but from all five books. This is simply fraud. So we decided to chuck it all. We never got our money back.

  31. Tom
    October 10th, 2016 at 23:11 | #31

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Flores II? Did I miss something? *Loved* Chess Structures.

  32. MrMindful
    October 11th, 2016 at 18:51 | #32

    Hi,
    Is the new Axel Smith book in a similar vein to his first?

  33. Jacob Aagaard
    October 13th, 2016 at 08:12 | #33

    @MrMindful
    No, not really.

  34. October 15th, 2016 at 15:15 | #34

    @Jacob

    “I am also working on Thinking Inside the Box and Chess from Scratch at the moment. I am sure that the latter has no interest to you guys, but to me it is quite interesting work”.

    Can you reveal more info? I have at least a few questions:
    1. When Thinking Inside the Box will be published? At the end of this year or at first two months next year?
    2. How far are you at this book? Any estimation? How much is done: 70, 80, 90%?
    3. What about the book “Chess from Scratch”? I saw a short info about it when I received my books and saw a leaflet. What is the target of this book? What will be inside this book?

    I will be very grateful if you would be able to share some secrets and answer my questions. You may not believe, but there are (some) people who really like your books (no matter if they are old or new ones). Thank you in advance!

  35. Jacob Aagaard
    October 15th, 2016 at 17:56 | #35

    @Tomasz Chessthinker
    1. We will see
    2. Less, sadly
    3. It is a beginners’s book

    I have about 8 half-done books at the moment. I have to change the way I am working.

  36. John Johnson
    October 15th, 2016 at 18:25 | #36

    I am really enjoying the Mikhalevski book!!! Kudos!

  37. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    October 16th, 2016 at 16:52 | #37

    Will there be any of GM REPERTOIRE Open Games for Black?

    Such book would cover ground for GM REP Open Spanish!

    I’m aware that Ntrilis wrote about same thing in Playing 1.e4 e5, but that’s not a GM Level/Style book!

  38. John Johnson
    October 17th, 2016 at 10:53 | #38

    Mikhalevski wrote a good book on the Open for QC.

  39. David
    October 17th, 2016 at 11:20 | #39

    @JacobAagaard

    David :
    Hello Jacob!
    Was just wondering if there is any plan on writing a book on the Hedgehog? Am looking at something to play against c4/Nf3 while playing Benoni and Sicilian with black and thought it might be a good option.

  40. Reyk
    October 17th, 2016 at 14:05 | #40

    I think LE BRUIT QUI COURT is aware of Mikhalevski’s book and wants an accompanying GM REP book for the open games (non Ruy stuff).

    Not sure how big the market for that would be as we have Ntirlis’, Lokander’s and Bologan’s books. All very good imho and not that old. They might not be at GM level depth or at least only partly. But combine these books and you have a very good ground for investigation and a flexible repertoire.

  41. John Shaw
    October 17th, 2016 at 14:47 | #41

    @David

    Hi David,

    We have no plans for a Hedgehog book that I can recall. But a book we have just published includes quite a few Hedgehogs. Mikhalevski’s ‘Beating Minor Openings’ has various Hedgehog-like lines, getting there via a 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 move order, with …c7-c5 arriving later.

  42. James2
    October 17th, 2016 at 14:54 | #42

    I was wondering where the Pert Ragozin book is up to? It has been mentioned that it could be out in 2016, although I don’t see it appearing in the coming soon section.

    Also, does this book recommend 3..Bb4 after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 by white? (I know the Ragozin formally includes Nf3, so if it isn’t 3..Bb4 on move 3, what might we be in store for?)

    Thank you.

    James

  43. John Shaw
    October 17th, 2016 at 15:12 | #43

    @James2

    The only reason Pert’s Ragozin book is not in ‘Coming Soon’ is that we have no cover designed yet. It will appear soon. And yes, it’s 3…Bb4 after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3.

  44. James2
    October 17th, 2016 at 15:15 | #44

    @John Shaw
    Ah, good. Thank you John.

  45. Xavi
    October 17th, 2016 at 15:53 | #45

    So… there is no 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 move order in the Ragozin book? After 3…d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 we have a Ragozin on the board (hurrah!), but after 3…d5 there is also Bg5 -not a pure Ragozin because Bb4+ would be followed by Nbd2- and it would be nice to have his line covered.

    Thx in advance !

  46. Thomas
    October 18th, 2016 at 05:49 | #46

    Xavi :
    it would be nice to have his line covered.

    Isn’t black just a pawn up after dxc4?

  47. Xavi
    October 18th, 2016 at 09:02 | #47

    Thomas :

    Xavi :
    it would be nice to have his line covered.

    Isn’t black just a pawn up after dxc4?

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2 dxc4 is a kind of Viena/Ragozin mix or something like that. I don’t know. Statistics shows that Blacks wins more than White, so…. maybe it’s not a critical line

    We’ll see.

  48. John Shaw
    October 18th, 2016 at 11:15 | #48

    Xavi :
    So… there is no 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 move order in the Ragozin book? After 3…d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 we have a Ragozin on the board (hurrah!), but after 3…d5 there is also Bg5 -not a pure Ragozin because Bb4+ would be followed by Nbd2- and it would be nice to have his line covered.
    Thx in advance !

    Yes, that’s all covered in the book, but we get there using a 1…d5 move order, not 1…Nf6 (for reasons Richard explains in the book). Our move order is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 and then if 3.Nf3 we go 3…Nf6 and reach the position you are talking about. Richard covers 4.Nc3 (normal Ragozin) but also your 4.Bg5, Catalan 4.g3, even 4.e3 is there.

    “Playing the Ragozin” is a complete repertoire for Black after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6, so Richard covers White’s attempts even when they lead to non-Ragozin lines.

  49. FREDPHIL
    October 18th, 2016 at 11:19 | #49

    John Shaw :

    Xavi :
    So… there is no 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 move order in the Ragozin book? After 3…d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 we have a Ragozin on the board (hurrah!), but after 3…d5 there is also Bg5 -not a pure Ragozin because Bb4+ would be followed by Nbd2- and it would be nice to have his line covered.
    Thx in advance !

    Yes, that’s all covered in the book, but we get there using a 1…d5 move order, not 1…Nf6 (for reasons Richard explains in the book). Our move order is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 and then if 3.Nf3 we go 3…Nf6 and reach the position you are talking about. Richard covers 4.Nc3 (normal Ragozin) but also your 4.Bg5, Catalan 4.g3, even 4.e3 is there.
    “Playing the Ragozin” is a complete repertoire for Black after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6, so Richard covers White’s attempts even when they lead to non-Ragozin lines.

    A dream come true

  50. Xavi
    October 18th, 2016 at 11:53 | #50

    John Shaw :

    Xavi :
    So… there is no 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 move order in the Ragozin book? After 3…d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 we have a Ragozin on the board (hurrah!), but after 3…d5 there is also Bg5 -not a pure Ragozin because Bb4+ would be followed by Nbd2- and it would be nice to have his line covered.
    Thx in advance !

    Yes, that’s all covered in the book, but we get there using a 1…d5 move order, not 1…Nf6 (for reasons Richard explains in the book). Our move order is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 and then if 3.Nf3 we go 3…Nf6 and reach the position you are talking about. Richard covers 4.Nc3 (normal Ragozin) but also your 4.Bg5, Catalan 4.g3, even 4.e3 is there.
    “Playing the Ragozin” is a complete repertoire for Black after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6, so Richard covers White’s attempts even when they lead to non-Ragozin lines.

    Thanks, John. You have a convinced buyer now 🙂

  51. John Shaw
    October 18th, 2016 at 13:10 | #51

    “Playing the Ragozin” is now on our Coming Soon page, with its new cover. Note the dynamic orange arrow from f8 to b4.

    http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/products/1/290/playing_the_ragozin_by_richard_pert/

    Off-topic: in the ‘Chigorin Memorial’ Ilya Smirin is on 3/3 and Piotr ‘Quiz-winner’ Nguyen is on 2.5/3 after the better of a draw against former FIDE World Champion Alexander Khalifman.

  52. James2
    October 18th, 2016 at 13:13 | #52

    Thank you for all of the information re the upcoming Pert book. Very excited about this as it is covering a problem spot for me. Thanks all at Quality Chess.

    James

  53. Ray
    October 18th, 2016 at 13:20 | #53

    @ John Shaw
    Nice touch: rePERToire (note the orange letters in the subtitle) 🙂

  54. James2
    October 18th, 2016 at 13:21 | #54

    Ray :
    @ John Shaw
    Nice touch: rePERToire (note the orange letters in the subtitle)

    If you look at the first ‘R’ in repertoire it is actually highlighted too, giving the name ‘R Pert’ in orange…

  55. James2
    October 18th, 2016 at 13:27 | #55

    Re the Pert book, presuming the Catalan is handled with 4..Bb4+, it would be nice to see 5 Bd2 Bd6 covered. This would seem to fit in with a ‘..Bb4’ approach. From the databases it seems to have been quite popular lately too.

  56. October 18th, 2016 at 18:05 | #56

    John Shaw :

    Xavi :

    Yes, that’s all covered in the book, but we get there using a 1…d5 move order, not 1…Nf6 (for reasons Richard explains in the book)..

    He wants to avoid the Trompowsky!

  57. The Doctor
    October 18th, 2016 at 20:11 | #57

    Seems like the Ragozin compliments the new GM Rep book on the NID very well

  58. AJZ
    October 19th, 2016 at 07:30 | #58

    Any chance for the PIRC repertoire book? It might be in the Playing… series, if GM REP is as for now too much of an effort.

  59. Reyk
    October 19th, 2016 at 10:47 | #59

    @AJZ

    There have been hints that Marin might do something about the Pirc. If I’m not mistaken.

  60. Ray
    October 19th, 2016 at 14:46 | #60

    Really? I haven’t noticed, but it would be great! In the meantime, Chess Stars are publishing a book on the Pirc in december (by Kornev).

  61. Ray
    October 19th, 2016 at 14:49 | #61

    PS: Shaw gives a knight ending in the 4.Bg5 variation as white’s best chance, but this ending is basically equal. With one of THE Pirc experts in the QC team, it comes as no surprise that this was a tough nut to crack 🙂 . Which made me think: it would also be great if McNab could write a Playin the Pirc book for QC!

  62. Marcus
    October 19th, 2016 at 15:53 | #62

    Will Michael Roiz present a light-squared or dark-squared strategy in his nimo book?

  63. Stephen Jiang
    October 19th, 2016 at 16:46 | #63

    Anyone see this article in chess.com: https://www.chess.com/news/view/experience-leads-in-hoogeveen-matches-7327 that advertise one of my favorite book from Quality Chess.

    It is very funny (I like this book, though it did not help the young boy)
    – after Van Foreest lost the first game in KID, “Shortly after analyzing with his opponent, Van Foreest returned to the press room to show the new weapon he had just bought!”

    – A photo showed he had a Kotronias’ KID book with him, then –

    And then, on Tuesday Van Foreest had Black again in game three—indeed, it was another King’s Indian. But somehow Vassilios Kotronias failed to help Van Foreest properly, or perhaps was it the Dutchman failing to understand all the necessary opening intricacies in just two days? In any case, Sokolov punished his opponent nicely for abandoning his king.

  64. Pinpon
    October 19th, 2016 at 17:19 | #64

    To be fair , Van Foreest has not followed Kotronias line in the Be2+Be3 variation ( Quick Nc5 before a5 to provoke Bf3 or f3 )

  65. Remco G
    October 19th, 2016 at 18:32 | #65

    Besides the KID games, another mention of QC by GM Reinderman in his analysis of the second game on schaaksite.nl “7.Bf4 A new move, but apparently this is in Negi. Sokolov didn’t know it and already had to spend a lot of time.”

  66. AJZ
    October 20th, 2016 at 08:54 | #66

    @Ray

    Yes, definitely there are good candidates out there but is there a HERO?
    As for now only GM Kornev is fighting for the title, although he is a double agent: he will have to put down his recommendations in 4.Be3 lines from one of his 1.d4 series books for White.
    To tell you the truth, I was hoping for Be3 lines against Pirc/Modern from GM Shaw.

  67. David
    October 20th, 2016 at 23:30 | #67

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Was also wondering about any plans on the offbeat queens gambit openings, such as Chigorins Defence, Albin Counter-gambit, Latvian defence (d4 d5 c4 Bf5), double queens gambit, etc? Any plans on the dutch Leningrad or Stonewall? Any book on the Budapest or Fajarowicz?

  68. The Doctor
    October 21st, 2016 at 05:12 | #68

    @David
    That would contradict their motto, “Tired of bad positions? Try the main lines.”

  69. chess25652
    October 21st, 2016 at 05:35 | #69

    In fact, maybe these have already been refuted by Avrukh 🙂

  70. McBear
    October 21st, 2016 at 06:22 | #70

    @chess25652:
    not every opening of David’s list is of the same calibre. I guess the Leningrad for instance is quite a playable opening and still unrefuted.

  71. AJZ
    October 21st, 2016 at 07:22 | #71

    @McBear
    I agree that the Leningrad variation is still a good option – I managed to find equality against Avrukh’s lines (the double fianchetto). I’m hoping for and wouldn’t be surprised to see “Playing the Leningrad Dutch” by GM Marin in the future.

  72. Frank
    October 21st, 2016 at 13:14 | #72

    @AJZ
    When he has finished “Playing the Pirc”. 😉

  73. Jacob Aagaard
    October 21st, 2016 at 13:46 | #73

    @David
    It is not really our style. So, currently not.

  74. Andrew Brett
    October 24th, 2016 at 11:30 | #74

    Any news on when the Nimzo book will be out

  75. Jacob Aagaard
    October 24th, 2016 at 12:10 | #75

    @Andrew Brett
    We are at final checks before typesetting.

  76. The Doctor
    October 24th, 2016 at 13:51 | #76

    Jacob

    Which will be first the GM Rep NID or Playing the Ragozin?

  77. Jacob Aagaard
    October 24th, 2016 at 14:24 | #77

    @The Doctor
    Very similar timings. Don’t know is the honest answer.

  78. The Doctor
    October 25th, 2016 at 20:34 | #78

    Regarding GM Rep 19

    Is Santasiere’s Folly missing?

    1.Nf3 d5 2.b4

  79. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    October 27th, 2016 at 23:10 | #79

    Is både GrandMaster Repertoire Nimzo Indian and Playing the Ragozin still planned for December before New Year ?

  80. FM To Be
    October 28th, 2016 at 06:12 | #80

    Here is an interview with Dvoretsky https://en.chessbase.com/post/mark-dvoretsky-s-final-interview-part-i

    Could you please get the rights to publish Dvoretsky’s Card Files in a nice hardback?

  81. The Doctor
    October 28th, 2016 at 07:08 | #81
  82. Jacob Aagaard
    October 28th, 2016 at 18:04 | #82

    @Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    It will be very close. I hope we will make it. I would say 60-40.

  83. Stephen Jiang
    November 1st, 2016 at 00:32 | #83

    I have a question, Tapani Sammalvuo’s English Attack book is about 14 years old. I just wonder any GM Repertoire book covers English Attack against Sicilian extensively? If not, any plan to publish a book in this topic?

  84. Jacob Aagaard
    November 1st, 2016 at 11:18 | #84

    @Stephen Jiang
    We will see

  85. darko
    November 2nd, 2016 at 08:23 | #85

    Do you have any aproximate date of John Shaw’s Playing 1.e4 part 2 book?
    I’m looking forward to buy this book. (Ragozin too :))

  86. Jacob Aagaard
    November 2nd, 2016 at 10:33 | #86

    @darko
    We are quite far, but sadly we will not finish it in 2016.

  87. The Doctor
    November 2nd, 2016 at 17:48 | #87
  88. Franck steenbekkers
    November 3rd, 2016 at 23:47 | #88

    When Will the excerpts be published of the nimzo and the ragozin book

  89. Jacob Aagaard
    November 4th, 2016 at 07:39 | #89

    @Franck steenbekkers
    When they are sent to the printer. Same answer as always.

  90. Steve
    November 4th, 2016 at 12:20 | #90

    I think the question is when will they be sent to the printer? 🙂

    Great website and great set of books. They are really helping me develop as a player, so thank you. I am looking forwards to getting hold of the Ragozin and a bit later the Nimzo.

    Fingers crossed I can read one of them on my week off work in December.

  91. November 4th, 2016 at 13:33 | #91

    Do You and Yusupov have “Revision & Exam” for “Beyond The Basics” and “Mastery” in the pipeline, maybe even in the pipeline for 2017?

    And sorry in advance if this has been answered before 🙂

  92. John Shaw
    November 4th, 2016 at 14:21 | #92

    @Rasmus Petersen
    No precise knowledge yet, but we are obviously keen to see it happen.

  93. John Shaw
    November 4th, 2016 at 14:22 | #93
  94. Andre
    November 4th, 2016 at 15:15 | #94

    A very nice excerpt, and strangely enough a variation I’ve played quite often. 🙂
    I’m looking forward to my free copy. Maybe Santa brings it to me for Christmas. 😉

  95. Tim
    November 5th, 2016 at 19:16 | #95

    Two questions for QC stuff
    1 . Are there any plans/chance for Yusupov books to be released for Forward Chess? Since I started to study books this way, Im not buying paper books anymore 🙂
    2. Will Negi make a volume covering white side of scandinavian, alekhine, pirc, modern and rare replies to e4? If yes, will this be made before the endless volumes of ruy lopez?

  96. Jacob Aagaard
    November 5th, 2016 at 19:33 | #96

    @Tim
    1. Probably not. Artur does not want it.
    2. Yes

  97. Tim
    November 5th, 2016 at 19:44 | #97

    Old school 🙂 His suggestion of moving pieces on a real board would sound ridiculous on forward chess, but still…I hope he change his mind.
    Forward chess is real board too 🙂

  98. Subtle
    November 6th, 2016 at 19:04 | #98

    “Could you please get the rights to publish Dvoretsky’s Card Files in a nice hardback?”

    I would want that, too!

  99. franck steenbekkers
    November 6th, 2016 at 19:28 | #99

    When Will the next negi be published?(easter2017?) Ruby lopez or rare defence ???
    Just one ruy lopez is planned or…

  100. Johnnyboy
    November 6th, 2016 at 21:04 | #100

    Two questions about the Razuvaev sample.
    Anyone getting annoying pop up adverts on forward chess apart from me… If so is this deliberate by either fc or qc?
    Secondly any chance of actually telling us which gambits the book covers.. While I can work out some eg the shirov /shabalov in the semi slav some are just too vague eg the Scotch
    Thanks

  101. Jacob Aagaard
    November 7th, 2016 at 08:22 | #101

    @Johnnyboy
    Pop ups is not us. Ask FC directly. I will talk about the book in the Vlog today.

  102. Johnnyboy
    November 7th, 2016 at 12:04 | #102

    Apologies Jacob it was the pdf off the website not FC. I thought my pdf viewer was ad free so it may be a problem my end rather than anything in general.

  103. Jacob Aagaard
    November 7th, 2016 at 14:51 | #103

    The PDF is from us. If you use a PDF viewer, it is something you downloaded and not really within our reach 🙂

  104. Topnotch
    November 8th, 2016 at 17:13 | #104

    I uploaded a post yesterday and somehow it’s not showing on the Site. Anybody else having problems with posts not registering?

  105. John Shaw
    November 8th, 2016 at 21:27 | #105

    @Topnotch
    Unfortunately there have been problems over the past few days with both the blog and our main site. Related to our server, or so I am told. I hope it is fixed now.

    So sorry if a planned comment disappeared. I cannot see anything waiting to be approved, so I think it is gone. Can you post it again?

  106. TopNotch
    November 9th, 2016 at 00:35 | #106

    Thanks for your reply John I will reconstruct the post and upload soon.

    Regards,

    Toppy

  107. TopNotch
    November 10th, 2016 at 02:22 | #107

    Still having the same issues uploading stuff, now I’m getting an error from the site saying duplicate post detected when I try to re-upload the missing message.

  108. TopNotch
    November 10th, 2016 at 22:46 | #108

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @darko
    We are quite far, but sadly we will not finish it in 2016.

    Here is the missing post – I was sorry to hear that Plaing 1.e4 – Volume 2 will be delayed until 2017, but hopefully that will make it that much better. By the way I have been working through The Pirc chapter of Volume 1 and discovered a line not covered in the book that seems to be a very effective counter to your recommended 4.Bg5 system. Good news for Pirc fans presumably, and bad news for Playing 1.e4 readers. See illustrative games below:

    Guennoun,Anthony (2101) – Guidarelli,Laurent (2438) [B07]
    Calvi Balagne op 02nd Calvi (7), 24.02.2005

    1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.Qd2 h6 6.Bf4 a6 7.f3 Nbd7 8.0-0-0 b5 9.g4 Nb6 10.Bd3 b4 11.Nce2 c5 12.dxc5 dxc5 13.Qe3 Nfd7 14.e5 Nd5 15.Qf2 e6 16.Bg3 Qa5 17.Bc4 N5b6 0-1

    I look forward to hearing the Quality Chess Team’s input and conclusions on the above line.

    Best wishes,

    Toppy

  109. Leaf
    November 11th, 2016 at 07:33 | #109

    Dear Jacob,

    May I have some related questions: (or maybe they are in face the same question)

    1. In GM games, for Black, more often to see d5, c6, Nf6, Bf5/g4 to meet KIA than d5+c5; but for White, more often to see d4+c4 to meet KID … If Black is fine with c6+d5, why not play c3+d4 as White … ?

    2. In GM games, why Colle/London/Torre systems are less often seen than d4+c4 … ? Is it because they are bad or some subtle reasons we normal players don’t know … ?

    3. If a junior plays Colle/London/Torre as White (and Slav as Black) so that he can spend more time on middle-game and endgames, will it become a problem later when he becomes a master … ? Does he still need to change back to d4+c4 at that time … ? (which means that he ‘wastes’ his previous years to study and play d4+c3)

    4. Does QC have any plans for books on Colle/London/Torre systems … ?

    Thanks,
    Leaf

  110. The Doctor
    November 11th, 2016 at 08:20 | #110

    @Leaf
    4. Does QC have any plans for books on Colle/London/Torre systems … ?

    Ergh…….lets hope not…..the less people playing this awful garbage the better ?

  111. The Doctor
    November 11th, 2016 at 08:25 | #111

    I’ll explain the last comment….at the level I play this is played as a ‘system opening’ by lazy soensoes who have no time or effort to play anything else. They play with no ambition and keep things dolid purely in the effort not to lose. Generally these are the people who are happier not to those than they are to win

  112. McBear
    November 11th, 2016 at 10:55 | #112

    @Leaf: “Being okay” against the KIA does not mean “being better”. Playing d4+c3 you are certainly “okay” as well but c4 after d4 offers more chances to play for a win. That said, Queen’s Pawn Openings are not “bad” but against decent opposition more often than not you will have to play an equal position.

  113. Steven S.
    November 11th, 2016 at 11:07 | #113

    to the Doctor: The Colle Torre London systems have been essayed by one of the greatest lists of who’ who in the history of modern chess. Judit Polgar, Magnus and other top level like Aronian, Svidler, Gelfand, Vishy, etc. have all enjoyed some top flight games in these systems. There is actually a world of theory, novelties and deeply tactical lines and traps that have recently been discovered. Your view is deeply limited and incorrect. You are making 2800 assesments at a 1800 level of play. I would strongly advise against it. Prognosis: Research the more modern books( 2 just came out not to mention some fabulous Zuke Nuke em on the Zukertort and Colle. Hodgson and Plaskett and other great English GMs had great success with the Torre back when.

  114. Pinpon
    November 11th, 2016 at 11:23 | #114

    Beating 1.d4 sidelines by B.Avrukh ( GM11 ) deals with Colle / Zukertort / Torre / London from a ..e6 or …g6 perspective

  115. Jacob Aagaard
    November 11th, 2016 at 11:34 | #115

    @Leaf
    These systems are great defensive set-ups. The reason they do not interest us a lot from the white side is that we think the idea of opening theory as White is to try to play for an advantage. If you want to be defensive with White, why bother? If you want a stable but aggressive position, try the Catalan for example.

    There are some new books out on the London and it has been played a bit by the top guys recently, but I think mainly because some of they wanted a quick break from opening theory. They have all moved on. But of course it is a better version of a system that just about equalises with Black against a 2nd tier setup.

  116. Nikos Ntirlis
    November 11th, 2016 at 11:42 | #116

    @TopNotch
    Hello Toppy 🙂

    This 6…a6 line is very rare and not a GM has tried it yet. In John’s book 6…g5 is given and there is a little note on 6…c6. Both moves have been seen many many more times than 6…a6 which is the 6th option for Black in my database. But, to me as a move it makes better sense than 6…c6 for example and indeed it might be a thing for the future.

    I have started an IDEA analysis for this move in order to take a look at White’s basic options at move 7 because i am not sure if 7.f3 is the right move. Also, i am not sure if after 7.f3, White should castle so quickly and thus give Black a clear target. This is all vergin ground and if for example i had faced this line in a corr game, i’d certainly take my time and analyse for 4-5 nights before deciding for a move (and certainly a couple of these nights i’d arrange some engine tournaments at my PC because i cannot find even any engine games in this position!). So, if you give me some time i’ll be able to give you an idea of a possible improvement for White.

  117. James2
    November 11th, 2016 at 16:07 | #117

    If you look at the Sutovsky – David game from the 6th round of the European Club Championship today Sutovsky has wheeled out John’s recommended Caro Kann line. David chose 7..Be7 against it.

    James

  118. The Doctor
    November 11th, 2016 at 16:18 | #118

    @Steven S.
    I think Jacob basically agreed with me ?

    I’m talking about guys I play that are about ECF 160-200.
    There are some dangerous lines but objectively are not too challenging. I have two close friends (one who plays the London the other the Colle religiously) they both know they will get no advantage if Black plays a decent system against it but try and outplay their opponents in a roughly equal position based on having more experience with the opening.

    As Jacob said a lot of the big names you state do not play these 1.d4 sidelines often just a break from theory.

    I think at club evel these kind of openings can inhibit improvement as they wheel out there set of preprogrammed moves without any real strategy. Of course this is NOT true with strong club players and better.

  119. Jacob Aagaard
    November 11th, 2016 at 16:54 | #119

    I did not mention that there are a few recent books out on the London. I am OK with it not being from us.

  120. Steven S.
    November 12th, 2016 at 01:46 | #120

    @The Doctor
    Fair enough Doctor but I have seen countless openings where White supposedly loses a tempo or even more tempi and ends up with a crushing advantage in the late middle or endgame or at least a nice tangible edge. Again, not to beat a dead horse to death but a lot of your argument, for some reason, appears to hinge on white playing “pre-programmed, set moves” as though no intelligence is required. And again these players like David Ruddel, author of Zuke Nukem, etc. and Polgar, etc. have learned many, many lines of theory within these respective systems and novelties, traps, tactical lines, ideas etc. The Torre has been a very, very dangerous weapon in the hands of the English GM’s so I fail to see why it is being called into question. All good.

  121. Topnotch
    November 12th, 2016 at 15:09 | #121

    @Nikos Ntirlis

    Thanks for your reply Nikos, its true that the 6…a6 line is rare against the Playing 1.e4 Pirc/Modern recommendation but contrary to what you posted it has been tested successfully at Grandmaster level, and even if it were not, my independent analysis still suggests its very effective.

    I have been attempting to post two supplementary games as a follow up to my original post for days now, but keep getting error messages like duplicate post detected even though the post does not register on the site. Hopefully the supplementary game post will eventually filter through.

    Regards,

    Toppy

  122. Topnotch
    November 12th, 2016 at 16:01 | #122

    Supplementary Games 2:

    Prins,Lodewijk – Adorjan,Andras [B07]
    IBM-B Amsterdam (11), 27.07.1970

    1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Qd2 h6 6. Bf4 a6 7. f3 Nbd7 8. 0-0-0 b5 9 .Bd3 c5 10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. Be3 b4 12. Nce2 Qa5 13. Kb1 Be6 14. Nc1 Nfd7 15. Nb3 Bxb3 16. cxb3 Nxd3 17. Qxd3 0-0 18. Ne2 Kh7 19. Qd2 f5 20. exf5 Qxf5+ 21. Qd3 Qxd3+ 22. Rxd3 Kg8 23. Nf4 Kf7 24. Nd5 a5 25. Rc1 Rac8 26. Rdd1 Rxc1+ 27. Rxc1 Rb8 28. Rc7 Rb5 29. Nf4 Re5 30. Bc1 Nc5 31. h4 Ne6 32. Nxe6 Kxe6 33. a3 Re2 34. Rc2 Rxc2 35. Kxc2 Kd5 36. Kd3 h5 37. Bd2 Kc5 38. Be3+ Kb5 39. Bc1 Bf6 40. g3 e6 41. Ke4 d5+ 42. Kf4 e5+ 43. Ke3 g5 44. hxg5 Bxg5+ 45. f4 Bh6 46. Kf3 e4+ 47. Ke3 Kc5 48. Bd2 Bg7 49. axb4+ axb4 50. Be1 Bxb2 51. f5 Bc1+ 52. Ke2 Bg5 0-1

  123. Topnotch
    November 12th, 2016 at 16:11 | #123

    Supplementary Games 3 and 4:

    Mastronardi,Donato – Nichols,Scott [B07]
    W-ch WS/O/439 email ICCF email, 10.03.2011

    1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bg5 Bg7 5. Qd2 h6 6. Bf4 a6 7. Be2 Nc6 8. 0-0-0 Ng4 9. Bxg4 Bxg4 10. f3 Bd7 11. Nge2 b5 12. e5 b4 13. Ne4 a5 14. Qe3 Kf8 15. g4 a4 16. h4 Qb8 17. h5 g5 18. Nxg5 hxg5 19. Bxg5 Ke8 20. Kb1 Bf8 21. h6 Na5 22. e6 fxe6 23. d5 Nc4 24. Qf4 exd5 25. Bf6 b3 26. Bc3 Qb5 27. h7 Ne5 28. Qe3 Qc4 29. Rd4 bxc2+ 30. Kxc2 Qc6 31. Nf4 Ra5 32. Rb4 Bxg4 33. fxg4 d4 34. Rb8+ Kf7 35. Qxd4 Qxh1 36. Bxa5 Qxh7+ 37. Nd3 Qh2+ 38. Nf2 Nxg4 39. Qd5+ e6 40. Qf3+ Ke7 41. Be1 Ne5 42. Qb7 Qh7+ 43. Qe4 Qxe4+ 44. Nxe4 Rh2+ 45. Kd1 Nd3 46. Bg3 Nxb2+ 47. Ke1 Nd3+ 48. Kf1 Rh8 49. Ke2 Nc1+ 50. Kf3 a3 51. Rb7 Kd7 52. Ra7 Nxa2 53. Rxa3 Nb4 54. Nf6+ Ke7 55. Ne4 Nd5 56. Ke2 e5 57. Ra7 Ke6 58. Kf3 Be7 59. Be1 Rf8+ 0-1

    Chernetskiy,Mykola (2374) – Tkachiev,Vladislav (2636) [B08]
    EU-ch rapid Warsaw (7), 18.12.2010

    1. Nf3 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. d4 Bg7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bf4 a6 7. Qd2 b5 8. a3 Bb7 9. d5 c6 10. 0-0-0 Nbd7 11. Be2 cxd5 12. exd5 Nb6 13. h4 Nfxd5 14. Nxd5 Nxd5 15. h5 Nxf4 16. Qxf4 g5 17. Qe3 e6 18 .Rd2 0-0 19. Rhd1 Bxf3 20. gxf3 Be5 21. Qe4 Qf6 22. Kb1 d5 23. Qb4 a5 24. Qb3 b4 25. a4 Rac8 26. Bb5 Rc5 27. Rd3 Rfc8 28. R1d2 Qf4 29. Re2 Bf6 30. Rde3 Kg7 31. Rd2 Qh2 32. Re1 Qxh5 33. f4 gxf4 34. Bd7 R8c7 35. Rg1+ Kf8 36. Bb5 Ke7 37. Qd3 Qe5 38. Qb3 Rc3 39. bxc3 Rxc3 40. Qb2 Rg3 41. Qxe5 Rxg1+ 42. Ka2 Bxe5 43. c4 0-1

    Surprisingly, the typical Pirc/Modern…

  124. Topnotch
    November 12th, 2016 at 16:15 | #124

    Conclusion to previous post which was inexplicably cut off:

    Chernetskiy,Mykola (2374) – Tkachiev,Vladislav (2636) [B08]
    EU-ch rapid Warsaw (7), 18.12.2010
    1. Nf3 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. d4 Bg7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bf4 a6 7. Qd2 b5 8. a3 Bb7 9. d5 c6 10. 0-0-0 Nbd7 11. Be2 cxd5 12. exd5 Nb6 13. h4 Nfxd5 14. Nxd5 Nxd5 15. h5 Nxf4 16. Qxf4 g5 17. Qe3 e6 18 .Rd2 0-0 19. Rhd1 Bxf3 20. gxf3 Be5 21. Qe4 Qf6 22. Kb1 d5 23. Qb4 a5 24. Qb3 b4 25. a4 Rac8 26. Bb5 Rc5 27. Rd3 Rfc8 28. R1d2 Qf4 29. Re2 Bf6 30. Rde3 Kg7 31. Rd2 Qh2 32. Re1 Qxh5 33. f4 gxf4 34. Bd7 R8c7 35. Rg1+ Kf8 36. Bb5 Ke7 37. Qd3 Qe5 38. Qb3 Rc3 39. bxc3 Rxc3 40. Qb2 Rg3 41. Qxe5 Rxg1+ 42. Ka2 Bxe5 43. c4 0-1

    Surprisingly, the typical Pirc/Modern plan initiated by 6…a6 and followed by b5 in most cases, looks to be quite a convincing answer to 6. Bf4.

  125. November 13th, 2016 at 08:59 | #125

    One thing missing from QC is a repertoire for older players!

  126. Jacob Aagaard
    November 13th, 2016 at 10:05 | #126

    @Phil Collins
    How would that be structured?

  127. Thomas
    November 13th, 2016 at 10:37 | #127

    Old-Indian, Sicilian Classical, Orthodox QG?

  128. November 13th, 2016 at 11:46 | #128

    Maybe empty pages, because old people can’t remember anything.

  129. SimonB
    November 13th, 2016 at 12:30 | #129

    @Phil Collins
    Speaking of which, old people remembering things and such, Mr Collins, I hear you are back playing songs and performing again? Grrrrreat.
    Touring Japan any time soon…?

  130. Remco G
    November 13th, 2016 at 14:24 | #130

    @PhilCollins: Not true, they have a book on the Caro-Kann already

  131. James2
    November 13th, 2016 at 21:15 | #131

    Hi All,

    I was just wondering if there was an update on Pert (sorry if this has been mentioned over the last few weeks)? It would appear that it mightn’t be out before Christmas? If so, do you have any more of an idea of it’s release date? Thank you.

    James

  132. Jacob Aagaard
    November 14th, 2016 at 06:56 | #132

    @James2
    We are hoping for the 21st Dec

  133. The Doctor
    November 14th, 2016 at 08:27 | #133

    What about GM Rep NID?

  134. Jacob Aagaard
    November 14th, 2016 at 08:38 | #134

    @The Doctor
    January

  135. Pierre
    November 14th, 2016 at 09:41 | #135

    Will Luther’s and Ragozin’s books be out for Christmas ?

  136. James2
    November 14th, 2016 at 10:07 | #136

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Thank you Jacob.

  137. Jacob Aagaard
    November 14th, 2016 at 11:29 | #137

    @Pierre
    I presume so.

  138. Pierre
    November 14th, 2016 at 13:07 | #138

    Thank you Jacob 🙂

  139. Topnotch
    January 9th, 2017 at 22:57 | #139

    Nikos Ntirlis :
    @TopNotch
    Hello Toppy
    This 6…a6 line is very rare and not a GM has tried it yet. In John’s book 6…g5 is given and there is a little note on 6…c6. Both moves have been seen many many more times than 6…a6 which is the 6th option for Black in my database. But, to me as a move it makes better sense than 6…c6 for example and indeed it might be a thing for the future.
    I have started an IDEA analysis for this move in order to take a look at White’s basic options at move 7 because i am not sure if 7.f3 is the right move. Also, i am not sure if after 7.f3, White should castle so quickly and thus give Black a clear target. This is all vergin ground and if for example i had faced this line in a corr game, i’d certainly take my time and analyse for 4-5 nights before deciding for a move (and certainly a couple of these nights i’d arrange some engine tournaments at my PC because i cannot find even any engine games in this position!). So, if you give me some time i’ll be able to give you an idea of a possible improvement for White.

    Hi Nikos, Just checking in to see whether any improvements had been found for White in the line under discussion, as it would be great if 6.Bf4…

  140. Topnotch
    January 9th, 2017 at 23:01 | #140

    That should read: as it would be great if 6. Bf4 could be fashioned into an effective weapon.

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