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Grandmaster Preparation on Forward Chess (and the poll result)

Last week’s poll question was ‘Who will win the 2017 US Championship?’ As expected, the Big Three collected almost all the votes. Wesley So was top, getting over half the vote, with Caruana on 30% and Nakamura on a surprisingly low 10%. The games start a couple of days from now, so we shall see.

I will take a break from asking poll questions this week to announce that four of Jacob’s Grandmaster Preparation books – Calculation, Attack & Defence, Endgame Play and Strategic Play – are now available on Forward Chess. The remaining two books in the series – Positional Play and Thinking Inside the Box – will appear on FC in due course. So if you prefer ebooks to physical books (they do take up less room) then now is your chance to catch up on Jacob’s series.

Jacob is of course on his Asian tour, and we will keep you updated on where he is and what he is up to.

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  1. Paul H
    March 27th, 2017 at 16:29 | #1

    Is there still a plan to offer the full set at a discount on FC? (Hopefully my memory is correct Jacob once mentioned here)

  2. John Shaw
    March 28th, 2017 at 09:56 | #2

    @Paul H

    When all 6 GM Preparation books are available, there will certainly be a special offer on the physical books – we put 6 for the price of 5 on many booklets and catalogues over the years.

    It is not so simple on FC, whatever Quality Chess or Forward Chess want to do. As things stand now, it is not possible to offer a discount on a single book or offer a bundle of books at a discounted price. That may change in the future, but it’s not in my control so I cannot promise anything.

  3. Paul H
    March 28th, 2017 at 21:08 | #3

    @John Shaw
    Could you not just sell one mega book on Forward Chess containing all 6 books (admittedly would be big download) at the discounted price (presumably $100 in FC native currency)?

    With 5 of the 6 books having been published years ago, charging the standard $19.99 (£19.99 on iOS in UK) seems to me ambitious – but of course, just a polite suggestion, as you are the boss!

  4. John Shaw
    March 29th, 2017 at 11:05 | #4

    @Paul H
    I was told the bundle of books is not currently possible. One big megabook? I will check.

    I know the US/UK price comparison on iOS looks tough on the UK side. It’s partly the changing exchange rate, but largely that the UK charges VAT on ebooks, and that US price is without tax (many US states don’t add a tax on ebooks).

    As you said, the UK Apple price is £19.99. I believe the UK Android price is £14.99. Big difference. That’s because we can vary Android prices country by country to get something normal-looking. With Apple we set a price in one country (the US), and Apple converts it to prices in other countries automatically. It works fine for most countries, but, for the reasons mentioned above, is tough on the UK iOS price.

    I would like Apple and Android prices to be the same in the same country, but Apple’s pricing system makes that impossible.

  5. Ray
    March 29th, 2017 at 11:39 | #5

    I guess that’s called competition (between retailers)…

  6. Paul
    March 29th, 2017 at 16:55 | #6

    Are there any plans to put Marin’s English books on forward chess? or Schandorff’s Caro book?

  7. Jacob Aagaard
    March 29th, 2017 at 19:50 | #7

    No, they are too old and would not get enough sales to justify it.

  8. Michel Legein
    March 29th, 2017 at 20:20 | #8

    The Yusupov series would be great.

  9. Michel Legein
    March 29th, 2017 at 20:20 | #9

    and so would the two Karpov books by Karolyi.

  10. John Shaw
    March 30th, 2017 at 09:09 | #10

    @Michel Legein
    We don’t have the rights to do the Yusupov series as ebooks, so that’s not a possibility.

    We were very happy with the Karpov books, but we don’t plan to go that far back in our list of books (they were from 2011) converting them into ebooks.

  11. pabstars
    March 30th, 2017 at 11:18 | #11

    Do you have any plans of updating Marin’s books on the English opening? Having the Modern Tiger is a sensation even though the original Tiger’s Modern was excellent!

  12. James2
    March 30th, 2017 at 12:19 | #12

    Hi all,

    Is there any more information as to when the 2017 pdf catalogue will be up on the site? I asked Jacob just over a week ago and he mentioned that it was almost done, with Colin to finish it off and put it up?

    Thank you.


  13. John Shaw
    March 30th, 2017 at 12:33 | #13

    No plans on updating them, as Mihail Marin will be working on new books. But we would like a new book on the English.

  14. John Shaw
    March 30th, 2017 at 12:34 | #14

    Soon. We just need to finish off a couple of details.

  15. James2
    March 30th, 2017 at 13:20 | #15

    @John Shaw

    I also wanted to ask about 1 d4 d5 by Nikos. After the moves 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 I have speculated before that rather than looking at the well worn lines of 4..Be7, that the book might contain the line 4..Nbd7. I have also looked at the database again and 4..a6 is also popular lately.

    I am I getting warm with either 4..Nbd7 or 4..a6 recommended in the book….. ?


  16. John Shaw
    March 30th, 2017 at 17:00 | #16


    I shouldn’t give too many guesses about Nikos’s book. But the fresh 4…Nbd7 may well feature.

    I can give a link to the 2017 leaflet.


    We have not printed it yet, so if you spot anything fishy, please let me know!

    Note that we call 12-year-old Nihal Sarin an IM because he will be an IM the next time FIDE hold a meeting, so that will be true when the leaflet is printed.

  17. Andre
    March 30th, 2017 at 21:54 | #17

    Have another look at the Avrukh KI & GI paragraph. You switch from plural to singular and back in the same sentence. It sounds wrong.

  18. Kassy
    March 30th, 2017 at 23:55 | #18

    You are killing me.
    At least 5 books I will almost surely buy…even though I have about 150 in my to be read list.

  19. FM To Be
    March 31st, 2017 at 05:15 | #19

    @John Shaw

    Nice catalogue, unfortunately there is no sight of “Chess From Scratch”, which was “almost finished” and on the 2016 leaflet… Will that first book of the series be published this year?

    Thanks and best regards!

  20. John Shaw
    March 31st, 2017 at 09:05 | #20

    Thanks. We will change that sentence.

  21. CK
    March 31st, 2017 at 11:53 | #21

    Is there any update on the release of the TITB book on FC? TIA

  22. TonyRo
    March 31st, 2017 at 12:18 | #22

    Great catalogue guys, can’t wait for the Marin Pirc book! Any tentative ETA on that one?

  23. Ray
    March 31st, 2017 at 14:01 | #23

    Great line-up – as usual I’ll end up buying (almost) all of them 🙂

  24. John Shaw
    March 31st, 2017 at 14:33 | #24

    CK :
    Is there any update on the release of the TITB book on FC? TIA

    Excellent acronym usage. No real update. We are essentially at the end of writing and editing but with typesetting, proofreading and ebook conversion to go, I would just be making bad guesses.

  25. John Shaw
    March 31st, 2017 at 14:34 | #25


    Glad you like it. And very tentatively, Summer for Marin’s Pirc book.

  26. Jacob Aagaard
    March 31st, 2017 at 19:44 | #26

    @FM To Be
    The whole project grew and is still growing. It has a very high priority for me.

  27. April 3rd, 2017 at 06:07 | #27

    @John Shaw

    Regarding your comment “we would like a new book on the English”…..I’m sure that there are a significant number of your readers that would agree with you on that ….fingers crossed that you find a welling author in the near future..

  28. FM To Be
    April 4th, 2017 at 02:27 | #28

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Im quite happy to see that the “From The Scratch” project is bigger now and with a high priority! Now for another quite interesting subject to me, at a more advanced level…

    Are there any new for Flores II and III?

    Thanks and best regards!

  29. Cowe
    April 4th, 2017 at 15:35 | #29

    Michael :
    @John Shaw
    Regarding your comment “we would like a new book on the English”…..I’m sure that there are a significant number of your readers that would agree with you on that ….fingers crossed that you find a welling author in the near future..

    meaning, from White side ? surely Marin’s book are quite reliable, if a bit optimistic at places (e.g. King’s english, karpov line, 4knights with Bb4, Keres line…). Since they we’re published Black often plays 1…e5 (to avoid being move-ordered in d4 lines), and in return some English players go 1.Nf3. I’d rather expect a repertoire with Nf3/g3 rather than c4 🙂
    So, in which direction would you see a new English book, updated Marin or non-g3 systems?

  30. April 4th, 2017 at 22:35 | #30

    Certainly I would hope that any new book is from White’s prospective….(Beating Minor Openings pretty much covers things from Black’s side)…..Not sure that 2g3 offers White that much at present so would like to see some alternatives against 1…e5 and in particular 1….c5.

    Have played 1 Nf3/2 g3 for many years (have both the original and re-write of all the Opening for White according to Kramnik books) but 1….d5 seems to be the common response nowadays and White’s choices currently seem a little restricted after 2 g3…just my view.

  31. Ray
    April 5th, 2017 at 06:01 | #31

    @ Michael:

    I guess that’s why Kramnik plays 2.d4 after 1.Nf3 d5 – which is also recommended in Opening for White according to Kramnik?

  32. April 5th, 2017 at 06:13 | #32


    No doubt, and Kramnik is very good in such positions, but for me after 1 d4 d5, I think 2 Nf3 limits Whites options in the Queen’s Gambit/Slav variations ….

  33. John Shaw
    April 5th, 2017 at 10:14 | #33

    @FM To Be
    Mauricio Flores Rios is one of our favourite authors, so yes we plan more books with Mauricio. More details later, but nothing new to say now.

  34. John Shaw
    April 5th, 2017 at 10:16 | #34

    I am imagining the English Opening book from White’s perspective, and a brand new book, not an update of Marin’s books.

  35. pabstars
    April 5th, 2017 at 11:08 | #35

    Do you expect that the new book on the English Opening will be in 2017?

  36. Krokohol
    May 19th, 2017 at 09:33 | #36

    I have bought TTIB on Forward Chess and have a suggestion. There are some references like “See page xyz”. In a electronic document, such a reference should be supported by a hyperlink because there is no page count… A Name Index without hyperlinks is useless as well.

  37. Jacob Aagaard
    May 19th, 2017 at 10:59 | #37

    Please make this suggestion to Forward Chess and not us 🙂

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