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Vlog update – we will be back

Hi guys! Sorry that there has been a bit silent on the blog lately. John is as always pulled in 27 directions at once. Nikos has been ill and is finishing his book, Playing 1.d4 d5. Finally, I was in America where I managed to play a friendly blitz game with the World no. 4 and play on stage with one of the greatest guitarists of our time…

I lost of course, but still… Thanks to Wesley for agreeing to play with me, it was truly an experience of a lifetime.

The main reason I was in St Louis was because the US Team was being honoured at a fundraiser for the St Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center, or however their long complicated name goes… I was meant to be in California cracking the whip over Sam Shankland, but we had to do this in St Louis instead, where it was quite a bit colder than California! Still, we survived by baricading ourselves in the five star hotel. Here is Sam calculating…

Oh yeah, and then I indulged in my guitar habits. I am a poor player by any standard, but I enjoy it and that makes me a grandmaster in having fun. Here I am on stage with Steve Vai and band. Around 1990 Vai won award after award as the best guitarist in the World. Then “Grunge came along and chopped everyone’s heads off” as he phrased it. It was an honour and a privilege to get to play with him.

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  1. Jeffrey Hall
    January 16th, 2017 at 23:19 | #1

    “Nikos has been ill and is finishing his book, Playing 1.d4 d5. ”

    What book is this, GM Aagaard??

  2. PaulH
    January 16th, 2017 at 23:31 | #2

    You are coaching Sam Shankland? Had not read that before.

  3. Thomas
    January 17th, 2017 at 07:06 | #3

    Any news on “Tal the Invincible” ?

  4. Jacob Aagaard
    January 17th, 2017 at 08:01 | #4

    @PaulH
    Three and a half years already. Two Olympiad golds so far and from 2600 to 2681 peak.

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    January 17th, 2017 at 08:02 | #5

    @Thomas
    The editing process is quite advanced. A few months at most.

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    January 17th, 2017 at 08:02 | #6

    @Jeffrey Hall
    Playing 1.d4 d5 – A Classical Repertoire. A follow-up to the 1.e4 e5 book. There has been chatter on it on these pages and Nikos has answered some questions.

  7. James2
    January 17th, 2017 at 10:32 | #7

    Good morning Jacob,

    Thank you very much for the news. I would like to ask you when we might be getting the 2017 pdf catalogue and also an updated publishing schedule. I’m sure this is your most hated question, but I thought it might be my time to play the bad guy this time.

    Thank you.

    James

  8. Jacob Aagaard
    January 17th, 2017 at 14:50 | #8

    @James2
    I don’t mind that people are interested in what we do. The answer is yes.

  9. January 18th, 2017 at 12:28 | #9

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @PaulH
    Three and a half years already. Two Olympiad golds so far and from 2600 to 2681 peak.

    Can you share some typical working plan schedule with players of high calibre? (IM or GM level). I will be very happy if you write an article (at the blog) related to work schedule at chess (not revealing the real schedule of your students, but sharing some general info).

    Thank you in advance!

    BTW. How long have you been playing the guitar?

    • Jacob Aagaard
      January 19th, 2017 at 09:34 | #10

      I might write something about it in Box.

      A few years in total, with a break of 12-14 years in the middle. But I really do not get a lot of time to practice.

  10. Franck steenbekkers
    January 18th, 2017 at 15:01 | #11

    Is the nimzo alreeds on firwardchess

  11. ForwardChess
    January 18th, 2017 at 15:22 | #12

    Yes, absolutely, and some people are already reading it!

  12. Ray
    January 18th, 2017 at 15:58 | #13

    Thanks for clarifying this – so we can expect an updated publishing schedule on ‘yes’ 🙂 .

  13. Paul H
    January 18th, 2017 at 15:59 | #14

    @ForwardChess
    Presumably on their android device….not in iOS store yet.

  14. The Doctor
    January 18th, 2017 at 16:24 | #15

    @Paul H
    Yes no luck on Apple devices

  15. ForwardChess
    January 18th, 2017 at 17:55 | #16

    Sorry about that, this is odd. We flipped the switch on iOS a couple of hours ago.
    Could, you, please, restart your device and take another look?

  16. Antonio G.
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:00 | #17

    The Nimzo isn´t in Forward Chess for Ios yet.

  17. The Doctor
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:05 | #18

    @ForwardChess
    Well I still can’t get it on iOS?

  18. Matt
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:07 | #19

    ForwardChess :
    Sorry about that, this is odd. We flipped the switch on iOS a couple of hours ago.
    Could, you, please, restart your device and take another look?

    Restarted my device, but still hasn’t appeared.

  19. The Doctor
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:11 | #20

    Matt :

    ForwardChess :
    Sorry about that, this is odd. We flipped the switch on iOS a couple of hours ago.
    Could, you, please, restart your device and take another look?

    Restarted my device, but still hasn’t appeared.

    Me neither, obviously a problem their end

  20. dave-o
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:16 | #21

    Same here – restarted iOS device and it’s still not showing up. Thanks for looking into it!

  21. Paul H
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:29 | #22

    Not sure where other people are but perhaps with Apple reportedly dramatically increasing prices in U.K. (And perhaps other non US) App Store in next day or so, there is some moratorium on things being released outside US?

  22. ForwardChess
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:31 | #23

    Strange indeed. The book is “green” in the console. Maybe the fact that Apple is reviewing the next version of the app is interfering somehow. We will try to investigate.

  23. The Doctor
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:37 | #24

    Sounds like we are going to get it any time soon. I’ll try again tomorrow ?

  24. The Doctor
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:38 | #25

    I meant to say NOT going to get it any time soon

  25. dave-o
    January 18th, 2017 at 20:52 | #26

    I live in Trumpistan and still have the issue, so It doesn’t appear to be a country thing.

    Oh well, I think I can live with playing the Semi-Slav a few more days. 🙂

  26. dave-o
    January 18th, 2017 at 21:28 | #27

    It’s there. Woot!

  27. ForwardChess
    January 18th, 2017 at 21:36 | #28

    Excellent! Please let us know if you have any feedback.
    (info at forwardchess.com)

  28. James2
    January 21st, 2017 at 14:05 | #29

    Hi Jacob,

    I am watching the current round at Tata Steel. I noticed Ahdiban played the English Defence (1 d4 e6 2 c4 b6) and I was wondering if there might be any plans to produce a book on this by Quality Chess? I know it isn’t a hugely popular opening, but playing this way against 1 d4/ 2c4 and also 1 c4 b6 seems very interesting. (Obviously 1 e4 b6 and 1 d4 b6 are not as good and wouldn’t be played as white can play 2 e4). There aren’t too many books on this opening and an up to date book could be useful.

    Thank you.

    James

  29. MN
    January 21st, 2017 at 21:22 | #30

    Isn’t 3 e4 Bb7 4 Bd3 meant to be a pretty big problem in that opening?

  30. Jacob Aagaard
    January 21st, 2017 at 21:58 | #31

    @James2
    Not much has happened since Bauer’s book on the subject. Get that 🙂

  31. Ray
    January 22nd, 2017 at 07:39 | #32

    And for a good reason in my opinion. White has several ways to an advantage. Imo the English Defence is just an inferior opening.

  32. James2
    January 22nd, 2017 at 09:24 | #33

    Hi All,

    I wouldn’r have expected this opening to feature in books by QC, I thought I’d just ask that as I was waiting for the commentary break to end.

    Anyway, back to forthcoming books, if I may. Nikos mentioned on one of the threads that he was days away from submitting his 1 d4 d5 book for editing. I know he has been ill, but has this happended yet. I, like many I suppose, am very interested in this book.

    Thank you.

    James

  33. Soviet School
    January 23rd, 2017 at 11:58 | #34

    I just looked at Forward Chess, It looks like The Forward chess version of Quality Chess books have just gone up by 33 percent typically £19.99 when before most were around £14.99
    The Pound hasn’t dropped by that much is it possible to buy in Euros or Dollars on the app?

  34. Jacob Aagaard
    January 23rd, 2017 at 12:31 | #35

    @Soviet School
    It is something Apply did. I am not happy about it. We will see what we can do.

  35. Jacob Aagaard
    January 23rd, 2017 at 12:49 | #36

    Can someone else from around Europe and the US tell us which prices they are seeing?

  36. Paul H
    January 23rd, 2017 at 14:16 | #37

    @Jacob Aagaard
    As I understood it was just UK, Turkey and India where Apple changed prices. In U.K. It took effect of £1 being $1. I went on a bit of a buying binge the last week….was sure to pick up Roiz the moment it appeared on Forward Chess.

    Of course not your fault, but at £19.99 I prefer to buy the hardback from yourselves or Chess and Bridge in London.

  37. Jacob Aagaard
    January 23rd, 2017 at 14:32 | #38

    @Paul H
    And so you should!

  38. Gollum
    January 23rd, 2017 at 21:18 | #39

    In Spain it costs 22.99€, which in my humble opinion is a lot more than it should cost, but I buy openings books there as I find it more comfortable in electronic format.

  39. Paul H
    January 23rd, 2017 at 23:39 | #40

    @Gollum
    Our problem is- as Jacob allludes- living in the EU, where in many places there is no/reduced VAT on printed books, but Brussels dictates the full rate is always charged on their electronic counterparts.

  40. Bill
    January 24th, 2017 at 02:53 | #41

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Still seeing $19.99 in the US. With no VAT, it’s no surprise that the I’ve bought the vast majority of my QC titles via the FC app (saves paper and clutter, so I’m being environmentally and maritally sound).

  41. Trevor
    January 30th, 2017 at 00:39 | #42

    Hi Jacob,
    Playing on stage with Steve Vai probably eclipses winning the British!
    How did that opportunity come about?

  42. Jacob Aagaard
    January 30th, 2017 at 16:56 | #43

    @Trevor
    Vaiacademy

  43. Hard Truther
    January 30th, 2017 at 18:28 | #44

    The best friends one will ever make are the ones they pay.

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