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Summer madness…

Hi guys!

Sorry, we have been really busy. Colin and Andrew have played a closed tournament in Dundee. As you can see elsewhere, Andrew won his first closed GM-tournament, but did not make the norm.

Personally, I have been to Copenhagen, Berlin, San Sebastian and San Francisco this summer. Partly on holiday and partly working on projects/training. I am now back at home, preparing for a 6 player-training camp that starts on Saturday. The first two players arrive Thursday and four more on Friday. Four GMs and two IMs. I hope we will have a great week.

Colin is laying the final hands on Grandmaster Repertoire – Pirc Defence by Mihail Marin and Andrew is finishing Playing 1.d4 d5 – A Classical Repertoire by Nikolaos Ntirlis, also known as Nikos.

On Wednesday we are publishing e3 Poison by Axel Smith and Chess Behind Bars by Carl Portman. It is also the release date for the paperback version of Dynamic Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand and yours truly. The hardback was released exactly a year ago during the XtraCon Open in Copenhagen. Quality Chess sponsored the event this year as well. It was won by Jobava after some amazing fighting chess…

Today I am a year older. And a lot of kg lighter… See for yourself!

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  1. Jacob Aagaard
    July 31st, 2017 at 18:09 | #1

    Deliberately no publication dates for these two books. Should also mention that Sharp Endgames by Lund is far advanced.

  2. AJZ
    July 31st, 2017 at 18:41 | #2

    Good news – I will buy GM Rep Pirc for sure. What about Tal III?

  3. Pinpon
    July 31st, 2017 at 19:08 | #3

    I am curious to look at an excerpt of Sharp Endgames by E. Lund
    And his own definition of critical moments 🙂

  4. Boki
    July 31st, 2017 at 20:26 | #4

    Any news for Projects in Berlin ?

  5. PaulH
    July 31st, 2017 at 22:05 | #5

    @Pinpon
    Hansen’s foreword to the book is on Esben’s website. Tells you quite a bit (not sure if the message gets held up if I post a link).

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    July 31st, 2017 at 23:35 | #6

    @AJZ
    Sorry, this is almost done too. We are talking a bit of polishing. Will also make the next round of publications for sure.

  7. Jacob Aagaard
    July 31st, 2017 at 23:36 | #7

    @Boki
    I was on a holiday with my girlfriend. Would love to come back. If anyone wants to organise a training camp there, I would love to come. Really love the city.

  8. Jacob Aagaard
    July 31st, 2017 at 23:36 | #8

    @Pinpon
    We will put an excerpt up. As usual with Lund, the book is rather deep. Very interesting stuff.

  9. mr. d
    August 1st, 2017 at 06:56 | #9

    I bougth playing 1.e4 by John Show vol. 1. One of the best chess books ever. Really, it is. Is there any news about second volume? Is the 2017. possible term?

  10. Pinpon
    August 1st, 2017 at 16:56 | #10

    @PaulH
    TY . Seems promising !

  11. Boki
    August 1st, 2017 at 21:22 | #11

    @Jacob
    Glad you liked Berlin
    I am shure there would be a lot of interest in Berlin for such a Training camp. I was quite impressed by the coverage of your trip to Asia.
    Maybe we could try to arrange something?

  12. A Person
    August 2nd, 2017 at 07:11 | #12

    @AJZ

    Is GM Pirc purely the Pirc or Modern too? Pirc is only vs 1. e4 but may be “sounder” than the Modern.

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    August 2nd, 2017 at 10:19 | #13

    @Boki
    I am open for anything. email me.

  14. Jacob Aagaard
    August 2nd, 2017 at 10:20 | #14

    @A Person
    Purely Pirc. 99% sure. I am not the editor though…

  15. Jacob Aagaard
    August 2nd, 2017 at 10:20 | #15

    @mr. d
    Yes, John is in the dungeon.

  16. Thomas
    August 2nd, 2017 at 10:45 | #16

    Jacob Aagaard :
    Yes, John is in the dungeon.

    I hope he doesn’t come back with “The King’s Gambit, Vol. 2”

  17. Ray
    August 2nd, 2017 at 11:18 | #17

    @ Thomas:

    I think the last word on the King’s Gambit has been said…

  18. August 2nd, 2017 at 21:00 | #18

    Good to hear that the Pirc is not that far off…..as it is a reasonably complex opening with regard to move order, would it be possible to give a slightly better insight than usual into what variations Marin is offering when posting the index extract?

  19. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    August 3rd, 2017 at 18:46 | #19

    Jacob,
    You said that you promised to Dvoretsky’s widow that you will republish his work, namely the two series: School of chess excellence and School of future champions.
    Can you please tell us when this will happen, or should we depend on old edition by Edition Olms.

  20. mr
    August 3rd, 2017 at 19:21 | #20

    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT

    What do you mean with relying on the old Olms edition ? Do you posses those books ? And if yes, why on earth would you buy them again ???

    I know that a lot of (amatuer) chessplayers have OCD when it comes to buying/possessing chessbooks, but buying the same exact book because its from a different publisher is quite extreme.

    And in my opinion Olms is in the same category as QC regarding quality. I even prefer their lay-out.

  21. Mark
    August 3rd, 2017 at 21:32 | #21

    LE BRUIT QUI COURT :
    Jacob,
    You said that you promised to Dvoretsky’s widow that you will republish his work, namely the two series: School of chess excellence and School of future champions.
    Can you please tell us when this will happen, or should we depend on old edition by Edition Olms.

    Did he promise? I thought he said that he had told her that he would be honoured to, but nothing was discussed?

  22. Jacob Aagaard
    August 4th, 2017 at 00:09 | #22

    We offered kindly. I mentioned this, because it did not happen.

  23. Andre
    August 4th, 2017 at 15:06 | #23

    mr :
    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    What do you mean with relying on the old Olms edition ? Do you posses those books ? And if yes, why on earth would you buy them again ???
    I know that a lot of (amatuer) chessplayers have OCD when it comes to buying/possessing chessbooks, but buying the same exact book because its from a different publisher is quite extreme.
    And in my opinion Olms is in the same category as QC regarding quality. I even prefer their lay-out.

    Dvoretsky mentioned in an interview that he had 100s of improvements on his earlier books, but his publisher ( = Olms) didn’t want to include them.
    Probably a money thing. Many changes, new editing, updated layout, proof reading once again. All this costs money … for an update of an old product. “As is” all they have to do is update a few numbers in the imprint and then send an order to the printer for whatever number of books their sales department says.

  24. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    August 4th, 2017 at 18:48 | #24

    GM Pirc before Oktober likely?

  25. Simon Harding
    August 5th, 2017 at 09:41 | #25

    Hey, follow up on an earlier post, Jacob, can you tell us when Positional chess comes onto FC?

  26. Alfonso Gisbert
    August 5th, 2017 at 11:54 | #26

    First of all Congratulations for the excelent Books you are editing, but is there any project for The Spanish Opening, for white? It could be great since there is a long time since something was edited for the spanish opening for white.

  27. Jacob Aagaard
    August 5th, 2017 at 14:45 | #27
  28. Jacob Aagaard
    August 5th, 2017 at 14:46 | #28

    @Andre
    The story is correct as far as I know. But I do not want to comment on other publishers in general. Although I am happy to allow any comparison between our products and those of our competition.

  29. Jacob Aagaard
    August 5th, 2017 at 14:47 | #29

    @Simon Harding
    Just busy. It is fairly high on the to do list, but I am majorly busy.

  30. Jacob Aagaard
    August 5th, 2017 at 14:47 | #30

    @Alfonso Gisbert
    Negi 6, probably next year.

  31. KevHun
    August 5th, 2017 at 15:16 | #31

    Do you have a date yet for the 1d4 d5 book? I am looking forward to the Pirc book too!

  32. Jacob Aagaard
    August 5th, 2017 at 16:34 | #32

    @KevHun
    September for both I hope. They are like a week away from being ready to typeset. So we will send them to print this month sometime.

  33. Jacob Aagaard
    August 5th, 2017 at 16:34 | #33

    Tal 3 has gone to the printer Friday and Sharp Endgames is very near too.

  34. August 5th, 2017 at 18:52 | #34

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Takk for answer. If it is September double release 1. d4 d5 + GM Pirc, that guess seems correct ?

  35. Ray
    August 6th, 2017 at 06:28 | #35

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great, looking forward to Tal volume three! I guess we can expect to see an Excerpt soon then?

  36. The Doctor
    August 6th, 2017 at 07:50 | #36

    Seems like most of the books we ‘know about’ will be published by Sept/Oct.

    I’m intersted to see what QC are planning next.

    I’m hoping the Najdorf book will be a high priority.
    Simply don’t understand why its taken so long!

  37. PaulH
    August 6th, 2017 at 12:19 | #37

    Is Gelfand 3 still scheduled for this year?

  38. Frank van Tellingen
    August 6th, 2017 at 19:27 | #38

    Negi 6 will feature the Ruy Lopez I presume?

    @Jacob Aagaard

  39. Michael
    August 7th, 2017 at 12:41 | #39

    @Frank van Tellingen Jacob answered this a few comments up:

    Q. First of all Congratulations for the excellent books you are editing, but is there any project for The Spanish Opening, for white? It could be great since there is a long time since something was edited for the spanish opening for white.

    A. Negi 6, probably next year.

  40. James2
    August 7th, 2017 at 13:38 | #40

    @Frank van Tellingen
    Negi 6 will include all remaining 1 e4 e4 2 Nf3 according to older posts. The Philidor has already been covered in Negi, so that leaves something like The Elephant, The Latvian, The Petroff and then the whole of the Spanish. That will be a big book considering Chess Stars covered it in the early 2000s and that was a very thick book.

    James

  41. James2
    August 7th, 2017 at 13:39 | #41

    Hi Jacob,

    Just wondering where we are up to with Avrukh 3? Been a little quiet on that on over the last few weeks.

    Also, will you be putting more titles in the ‘Coming Soon’ section as it is looking a little skinny…

    Thank you very much.

    James

  42. David T
    August 7th, 2017 at 17:45 | #42

    James2:

    I own Negi 2-4 but not Negi 1. Are those philidor lines in Negi 1 only lines related to a 1.e4 d6 Phillidor move order? It would be incredibly annoying if Negi 6 is not a full repertoire for 1.e4 e5 2.nf3 and it refers back to volume 1.

    Those chess stars books took two volumes to cover 1.e4 e5 2.nf3, so this one volume time is ambitious.

  43. James2
    August 7th, 2017 at 20:24 | #43

    @David T Negi 1 covers the ‘pure philidor’ move order with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 etc and also it covers 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 e5 (not 3…Nbd7). The excerpt in the opening section shows the contents.

    I think you would need both books 1 and 6 to be able to have a full repertoire after 1 e4 e5.

    James

  44. Jacob Aagaard
    August 7th, 2017 at 20:45 | #44

    @Ray
    Next week. Colin is on holiday.

  45. Jacob Aagaard
    August 7th, 2017 at 20:46 | #45

    @PaulH
    No. The Grand Prix and other things got in our way.

  46. Jacob Aagaard
    August 7th, 2017 at 20:47 | #46

    @James2
    It is coming!

  47. James2
    August 7th, 2017 at 20:51 | #47

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Excellent! I’m looking forward to that one with updated coverage on the King’s Indian and Grunfeld.

    I suppose I’m looking forward to all of the upcoming books, such as Negi 5, Avrukh 3, Shaw 2, Marin Pirc, Niko 1 d4 d5. Busy times at the QC HQ I imagine….

    James

  48. Frank van Tellingen
    August 7th, 2017 at 20:57 | #48

    Thanks, sorry, I am a lousy or lazy blog reader@Michael

  49. Andre
    August 8th, 2017 at 06:31 | #49

    David T :
    James2:
    I own Negi 2-4 but not Negi 1. Are those philidor lines in Negi 1 only lines related to a 1.e4 d6 Phillidor move order? It would be incredibly annoying if Negi 6 is not a full repertoire for 1.e4 e5 2.nf3 and it refers back to volume 1.

    John Shaw covers both e5 and Philidor move orders too. John’s book is more detailed in the minor lines, which Negi doesn’t think are worth much space in GM Rep book. The solutions to the more important lines are different in both books.
    So you could also consider to get John’s book.

  50. Reyk
    August 8th, 2017 at 08:30 | #50

    @David T

    David T :
    James2:
    I own Negi 2-4 but not Negi 1. Are those philidor lines in Negi 1 only lines related to a 1.e4 d6 Phillidor move order? It would be incredibly annoying if Negi 6 is not a full repertoire for 1.e4 e5 2.nf3 and it refers back to volume 1.
    Those chess stars books took two volumes to cover 1.e4 e5 2.nf3, so this one volume time is ambitious.

    I assume it’s hard to distinguish lines only related to a 1.e4 d6 move order from the rest of the Philidor, as you can reach the Philidor via 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 and don’t have to play 3…Nbd7. Also what would you gain, if it covered – let’s say – the Hanham only? You can still reach it via 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 move order. And in general: What’s the point of having a complete repertoire after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 in one volume if Black can still choose Caro-Kann, French etc. after your 1.e4?

    Hanham, Antoshin etc. it’s all there in volume 1. With Antoshin etc. handled under “minor lines”. So unless Negi does a little bit of Kontronias and updates previous volumes in the final one, I suppose he won’t return to the Philidor.

    I agree that Shaw is a good source here. While Negi suggests a Bf4/Be2 hybrid against the Antoshin for instance, Shaw recommends the g3 lines. Both are good for White, but the latter might be a bit simpler.

  51. James2
    August 8th, 2017 at 09:35 | #51

    Good morning Jacob and John,

    I was wondering how Playing 1 e4 volume 2 was getting on? I think at the beginning of the year we were all hopeful that it might be a release in 2017. Is it likely we will be holding the book in our hands before 31st December or is it now more likely to be a release early in 2018?

    Thank you.

    James

  52. Yozhik
    August 8th, 2017 at 10:12 | #52

    Hello Jacob,
    e3 Poison really really is a fantastic book, I think. But I failed to find a hint as to what White should do after 1.Nf3 d6 with the idea …Bg4. Say, 2.d4 Bg4, and now e3(!), I guess, but then what?
    Anyway, Keep up the good work!

  53. Jose
    August 8th, 2017 at 13:39 | #53

    Could the Vienna Game (1.e4,e5 2.Nc3) be considered a serious alternative with white?

  54. Andrew Greet
    August 8th, 2017 at 16:16 | #54

    @Yozhik
    1…d6 2.d4 Bg4 is mentioned briefly in the Dutch chapter, on page 237. It’s a slightly odd place to include it, but it didn’t really fit into any other part of the book so I guess Axel thought this was the best place to put it. For what it’s worth, 3.e3 seems like a reasonable move there although Axel gives a different idea.

  55. Jacob Aagaard
    August 8th, 2017 at 16:33 | #55

    @Jose
    Nah

  56. Jacob Aagaard
    August 8th, 2017 at 16:34 | #56

    @James2
    So much work has been done. Still, we are probably too ambitious with this project, so we are still some months out. How many? If I make a projection, the combined laughter of the people on the block may kick the planet out of orbit…

  57. John Shaw
    August 8th, 2017 at 16:43 | #57

    @James2
    @Jacob Aagaard

    I am confident the 2nd Volume of Playing 1.e4 will be published on a Wednesday.

  58. jose
    August 8th, 2017 at 16:49 | #58

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I suppose nah is no…
    At 2200 elo?

  59. David T
    August 8th, 2017 at 17:52 | #59

    Reyk:

    “What’s the point of having a complete repertoire after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 in one volume if Black can still choose Caro-Kann, French etc. after your 1.e4?”

    I have different books for my CK and French repertoire. Like many players, my white repertoire is pieced together from many books to get the systems I want. My current 1.e4e5 repertoire is based on the two volumes from chess stars, supplemented with my own research. These need updating, and it is unfortunate I have to buy a second book just for a chapter or two on the philidor. I think it is illogical to not put all of 1.e4 e5 in one book. At least Negi didn’t put the Petroff in volume 5, the Latvian in volume 2, and the elephant gambit in volume 3.

  60. Thomas
    August 9th, 2017 at 05:10 | #60

    John Shaw :
    I am confident the 2nd Volume of Playing 1.e4 will be published on a Wednesday.

    What a relief to hear the book comes out before Britain leaves the Gregorian calendar.

  61. Ray
    August 9th, 2017 at 06:26 | #61

    @ David T:

    “It’s illogical to not put all of 1.e4 e5 in one book.” I don’t see why this is any more illogical than not putting all of 1.e4 c5 in one book. I think there’s only a limited amount of pages a book can have and still be commercially viable. And it is even doubtful if the Spanish can fit into one volume (Berlin, Marshall, Breyer, Zaitsev, Tschigorin, Open Spanish are just some major options which each in itself could merit a separate book), so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Negi series will end up with 7 volumes rather than 6. I guess the consequence of mixing and matching from different authors is that every once in a while you end up buying a book which you use only a part of.

  62. Yozhik
    August 9th, 2017 at 12:16 | #62

    @Andrew Greet
    Ah, OK, thank you!

  63. David T
    August 9th, 2017 at 15:50 | #63

    @Ray:

    I think it may go 2 volumes as well. The phillidor appears to be a meager 2 chapters of 37 from Negi 1, I think they could have fit such a small section it in with the other e4e5 materials. The Sicilian in a case where the total pages are so large it can’t be printed as one book. In this case it makes sense to print over multiple volumes. Although it would not have made sense to mix 1/6th of it across each of the six books as there will be people just buying for the Sicilian coverage.

  64. John
    August 10th, 2017 at 02:49 | #64

    @Yozhik @Andrew Greet

    I’m also struggling with the various move orders and where they are covered. I’m solving this by entering all the theoretical lines into Chess Opening Wizard (free plug to great software!) as I read the book. This will pick up the transpostions and show if there are any major moves that are not covered.

  65. John Simmons
    August 11th, 2017 at 08:10 | #65

    @John Don’t think that’s meant to be the approach with e3 poison. Think supposed to learn the structures, and then go free form between 1.Nf3, 1e3, 1c4 and 1d4 etc dependent on mood or opponent. Not really sure if it is genius or umm not. It’s the sort of thing could easily imagine being written in the 60’s, will be interesting to see what reviewer’s make of it. There are so nicely annotated games. One of the more interesting one a Tarrasch French were white deliberately exchanges IQP. Think need to be quite an advanced player to make the most of it.

  66. FredPhil
    August 11th, 2017 at 09:04 | #66

    @John Simmons and @John
    I’ve just received the book yesterday and just browsed it 2 hours. I think that you sump up perfectly the book: a lot of things (openings/middelgames/annotated games/psychology/thoughts/quotes) and you take what you want when you want.

    It could be perhaps possible to extend the choices with cumming’s 1 c4 repertoire which goes with e3 lines ?

  67. Leon Trotsky
    August 11th, 2017 at 09:36 | #67

    Which is expected to be typeset first, the Pirc book or the Classical d4 d5?

  68. John Johnson
    August 11th, 2017 at 10:55 | #68

    I got it yesterday too, and really just looked at the intro and the Grunfeld chapter. At the least it is an interesting take, it will take some more reading to really form an opinion.

  69. August 11th, 2017 at 12:49 | #69

    I got the book “e3 poison” today’s early morning and I came late to my work as I couldn’t stop myself from reading it 😀
    I have no idea if I will play this in serious games as I play too many openings with white, but I just enjoy reading books which I can read from cover to cover (GM repertoire series is more like encyclopedia or dictionary). Also I love the concept of opening repertoire based on chess understanding rather than remembering lots of lines, that’s a practical choice for an amateur and chess lover like me who still wants to get a GM title.

  70. The Lurker
    August 11th, 2017 at 15:00 | #70

    @David T
    If they put the Philidor coverage in with 1. e4 e5, some people would complain that it’s not in the same volume as the Pirc. You can’t please everyone.

    I would just like to see the series done.

  71. Ray
    August 11th, 2017 at 15:13 | #71

    What I really love about e3 Poision are the chapter introductions with thorough discussions of the various pawn structures. This is something I often miss in opening books. But it’s indeed a move order puzzle if you want to stick to one first move (in my case 1.Nf3). I don’t want to allow the Slav (I’m using Delchev’s anti-Slav repertoire) and the Queen’s Gambit, and then 1.d4 is not the best choice 🙂

  72. James2
    August 11th, 2017 at 19:14 | #72

    Hi all at QC,

    With the start of the new season looming, I wanted to ask if it is likely that we will be holding Negi 5 in our hands by 25th December 2017….? (This seems hopeful as Negi has been busy and we haven’t heard anything on it of late).

    Thanks as always.

    James

  73. Jacob Aagaard
    August 11th, 2017 at 21:52 | #73

    @James2
    No idea

  74. James2
    August 11th, 2017 at 22:00 | #74

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Ok Jacob.

    Thanks. Have a good weekend.

  75. Mike
    August 12th, 2017 at 00:26 | #75

    Does Marin’s Pirc book contain anything on the Archbishop Attack? Thank you.

  76. James2
    August 12th, 2017 at 18:53 | #76

    I was thinking, to cut down on Negi’s workload, he could play (in the mainline Ruy Lopez after 7..0-0) he could advocate 8 d4 (to avoid the Marshall) and then after the most probable reply of 8..d6, then 9 c3 transposing to the Bogolubow variation.

    If he was to use this as his mainline after 7..d6 8 c3 0-0 9 d4 (not h3) then he would avoid all of the variations after C92 to C99. After the most expected response of 9 Bg4 then he could essay 10 d5. I notice that Negi has played this way but also you could investigate 10 Be3. I’m not sure this will happen as I think the point of the series is to give lines against the absolute mainlines so by not playing 9 h3 one could argue it is ducking the theoretical battle.

    Anyway, if Negi isn’t doing 9 d4 it would be nice to see it somewhere. Negi obviously likes it.

    James

  77. John Johnson
    August 12th, 2017 at 21:11 | #77

    The e3 book is, at the least, one of the more interesting books I’ve looked at in a while. I like the pawn structure discussion, I may like the philosophy even more. I am about to start looking at the QGD and QGA sections. I don’t think the King’s Indian parts are as convincing as the rest of the repertoire, but I want to look at that again. I think it may be Smith’s second book of the year.

  78. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    August 13th, 2017 at 11:24 | #78

    Jacob,

    Is there any chance to publish GM Guide 1.c4 for White? It would be most welcome book with first class opening like English. Marin’s 3 tomes might be daunting for practical/club players…

    Please make it happen…

    Thanks.

  79. Doug Eckert
    August 13th, 2017 at 21:39 | #79

    @James2
    The d3 lines will cut down on a lot of theory and provide chances for a White advantage. That would be my guess on the Ruy repertoire. If everything is covered in the Ruy Lopez it could go over 1,000 pages. I would be surprised if White can get an edge with the 9 d4 lines, White may even need to be careful.

    I agree with John, I just received e3 poison yesterday and I really like it. An idea book that covers a broad territory. I am trying to figure out if there are any omissions in the repertoire and the transitions. But, the ideas are great. Trying to figure out if I put it up there with Playing 1 e4 e5, A Classical Repertoire, by Ntirlis, which is my favorite opening book of all time. My only quibble with that book is Ntirlis quoted about 30 more games in the book to look at which for completeness, I wish had been included. I am sure they were cut to keep it at 400 pages.

  80. Topnotch
    August 13th, 2017 at 21:41 | #80

    More good news for Modern/Pirc players. In Playing 1.e4 Vol 1 The following line is given on page 569 as slightly better for White: 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Bg4 6.0-0 Nc6 7.Rd1 e5 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 exd4 11.cxd4 Nd7 12.Be3 Nb6 13.Bb3 Na5 14.Nc3 Nxb3 15.axb3 however closer examination reveals that Black is fine in this position, and in fact it is White who is in danger of easily becoming worse after say 15…Re8 for e.g.

    Shaw mentions in the book that GM Borki Predojevic on chessopenings24-7.com considers the above position after 10.Qf3 as slightly better for White, but Borki has since updated this file giving the assessment as equal but without further analysis.

    I like this simple 4.Bc4 concept against the Modern and I’m hoping the Quality Chess Team can find something I missed to make this line promising for White again.

  81. Jacob Aagaard
    August 13th, 2017 at 23:32 | #81

    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    Sounds sensible

  82. Ray
    August 14th, 2017 at 05:57 | #82

    @ Doug Eckert

    I don’t think it would make sense to recommend the Ruy Lopez without going for the main lines, as in the rest of the series. Besides, even if the d3 lines would indeed provide chances for a white advantage (which I seriously doubt), there is also the dreaded Berlin, which really is equal. The whole world top has moved on to the Slow Italian nowadays, so if Negi would recommend lines with d2-d3 i.m.o. it would be more logical to choose the Slow Italian than the Ruy Lopez with d2-d3, since the former would rule out the Berlin.

  83. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    August 14th, 2017 at 08:49 | #83

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    Sounds sensible

    This would be very well received…to have an elite opening in one book for aspiring players…

    Competing recent titles, besides Marin’s opus magnum are:

    1. Craig Pritchett: Play the English!
    2. Alexander Khalifman: 1.Nf3 – Opening for White according to Kramnik 3
    3. David Cummings: The English

    Who could be the author?

    • Jacob Aagaard
      August 14th, 2017 at 09:06 | #84

      I just think it sounds like a good idea.

  84. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    August 14th, 2017 at 09:13 | #85

    I’m pleased that you like it, and I’m even happier that one day it will see a daylight 🙂

  85. hasan kutlu
    August 14th, 2017 at 11:59 | #86

    A BOOK FROM DREEV ON THE CARO KAN IS IT A OPTION

  86. Paul H
    August 14th, 2017 at 12:03 | #87

    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    Think John commented this would be a worthy project last year……

  87. jackson
    August 14th, 2017 at 16:12 | #88

    LE BRUIT QUI COURT :

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    Sounds sensible

    This would be very well received…to have an elite opening in one book for aspiring players…
    Competing recent titles, besides Marin’s opus magnum are:
    1. Craig Pritchett: Play the English!
    2. Alexander Khalifman: 1.Nf3 – Opening for White according to Kramnik 3
    3. David Cummings: The English
    Who could be the author?

    “The Full English Opening: Mastering the Fundamentals” by Carsten Hansen by another publisher is on the way

  88. James2
    August 14th, 2017 at 17:33 | #89

    Hi all at QC HQ,

    It warmed my heat to see two new additional pictures in the coming soon section today. Especially looking forward to Nikos 1 d4 d5 book. I think it will be just the thing I’ve been looking for for a long time.

    I have the Kornev Pirc book by Chess Stars and I’m not altogether happy with some of the Pirc lines advocated. I’m looking forward to what Marin suggests, but more importantly, his explanations.

    Thanks all.

    James

  89. Jacob Aagaard
    August 14th, 2017 at 21:33 | #90

    @Paul H
    It exists. But for White!

  90. Jacob Aagaard
    August 14th, 2017 at 21:33 | #91

    @James2
    I will start typesetting the 1.d4 d5 book tomorrow.

  91. James2
    August 14th, 2017 at 22:53 | #92
  92. August 15th, 2017 at 03:23 | #93

    @Jacob …..Any chance that either the Pirc or the QGD could be on sale at Chess & Bridge by the 13th of September as I will be in London through to the 20th?

  93. Glenn Snow
    August 15th, 2017 at 04:58 | #94

    @Topnotch
    The computer says 6.e5! is very good for White.

  94. Glenn Snow
    August 15th, 2017 at 05:02 | #95

    @Glenn Snow
    After I wrote that I noticed the book actually gives 6.e5!

  95. Leon Trotsky
    August 15th, 2017 at 06:29 | #96

    I am guessing that the order option should come soon on the Pirc and 1. d4 d5 books…anticipating mid-September release, hopefully.

  96. Jacob Aagaard
    August 15th, 2017 at 08:46 | #97

    @Michael
    No, sorry

  97. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    August 15th, 2017 at 10:29 | #98

    I’m really appreciating and supporting individuals like Ntrilis. He is an average rank-and-file player who proved that hard work, enthusiasm and sheer determination can you lead you to the top. Look at him now: he is an opening, corr and opening specialist, second to GM’s and Olympic teams. Congratulations!

    Besides Nikos, I like also Tony Rotella and Martin Lokander who share common chess path. As said somewhere on the blog, a joint Ntrilis/Rotella venture on GM Guide Kalashnikov is very welcomed.

    After Nikos finishes Playing 1.e4 e5, please put another challenging task upon him: to write GM Guide 1.c4 English for White 🙂

    PS Jacob, please consider rewarding your best book authors by us, fans and book buyers… You could open PayPal account on which we could donate some sum for beloved author. This could be also a good motivation for future releases…

  98. Thomas
    August 15th, 2017 at 10:40 | #99

    I keep buying the books. Should be motivation enough.

  99. Jacob Aagaard
    August 15th, 2017 at 12:41 | #100

    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    If you want to send money to Nikos, please email us and I can guarantee that he will accept it with gratitude 🙂

  100. cashparov
    August 15th, 2017 at 12:47 | #101

    I’m really curious about the page count for 1.d4 d5 since the book will cover so much ground – QGD main lines, d4 sidelines as well as 1.c4/Nf3 (QGD vs. Reti). I wonder if 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 is covered – white’s most poisonous move order. 😉

  101. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    August 15th, 2017 at 13:31 | #102

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Donation would be a kind of support for future releases…i.e. if he is the author of GM Guide Kalashnikov for Black, or GM Guide English for White, then I’ll donate right now!

  102. Ray
    August 15th, 2017 at 14:00 | #103

    Can we also pay in bitcoins? They are at an all time high now…

  103. Topnotch
    August 15th, 2017 at 16:43 | #104

    Glenn Snow :
    @Topnotch
    The computer says 6.e5! is very good for White.

    Thanks for the reply Glen, I am pretty sure I examined 6.e5 and concluded that Black was fine. I will check my file when I get home from work this evening to confirm and post a follow up then.

    In the meantime thoughts are welcome from other posters regarding this line against the Modern from Playing 1.e4 Volume 1.

  104. Mike
    August 15th, 2017 at 17:49 | #105

    @Jacob Aagaard: Does Marin’s cover the Archbishop Attack? Thank you.

  105. Oscar
    August 15th, 2017 at 18:57 | #106

    Wasn’t there a rumour about a photo book / coffee table book being published by Quality Chess in autumn?

  106. Leon Trotsky
    August 15th, 2017 at 21:54 | #107

    Would Berg be interested in updating how the 13…b5 line of the Main line Winawer with 7. Dg4 0-0 8. Ld3 Sbc6 in his Winawer book is going nowadays? Have not heard much about this line lately.

  107. PaulH
    August 15th, 2017 at 22:32 | #108

    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    I agree with you on Nikos and Tony Rotella. Esben Lund is another one who deserves praise, even though he is titled.

  108. Topnotch
    August 15th, 2017 at 23:59 | #109

    Topnotch :

    Glenn Snow :
    @Topnotch
    The computer says 6.e5! is very good for White.

    Thanks for the reply Glen, I am pretty sure I examined 6.e5 and concluded that Black was fine. I will check my file when I get home from work this evening to confirm and post a follow up then.
    In the meantime thoughts are welcome from other posters regarding this line against the Modern from Playing 1.e4 Volume 1.

    Ok I checked my file and as suspected Black is doing fine so long as he is well prepared. A key game here is: Kudryavtsev,Yaroslav Viktorovic – Vorobiyov,Pavel Aleksandrovic (2270) [B06]
    RUS/TC5/Final (RUS) ICCF, 15.09.2009
    1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Nc6 6.e5 dxe5 7.dxe5 Ng4 8.e6 Bxe6 9.Bxe6 fxe6 10.Ng5 [10.Qxe6 Nd4! 11.Qxg4 (11.Nxd4? Qxd4 12.0-0 Nxf2 wins for Black) Nxc2+ 12.Ke2 Nxa1 13.Rd1 Qc8 14.Qc4 Qf5 (I. Chirila – G. Szabo, Amara 2007) 15.Nc3!= White has sufficient compensation but no more than that] 10…Nd4 11.Qxg4 Nxc2+ 12.Ke2 0-0 [12…Qd7!?] 13.Na3 Nd4+ [13…Nxa1 14.Qh3 h6 is also fine for Black] 14.Kf1 Qd6! = Drawn on move 51.

    And as you say Glen, Playing 1.e4 does mention 6.e5 but does not assess it as good only unclear. Perhaps you…

  109. Topnotch
    August 16th, 2017 at 00:01 | #110

    And as you say Glen, Playing 1.e4 does mention 6.e5 but does not assess it as good only unclear. Perhaps you are conflating the game position with the one reached after 5…0-0 or 5…Bg4 when I agree 6.e5 is a promising continuation.

  110. Lasker
    August 16th, 2017 at 08:57 | #111

    I am interested what Nikos’ antidote to the Catalan is… Is it the Mainline, a closed line or something rare?

  111. Andrew Greet
    August 16th, 2017 at 11:08 | #112

    @Lasker
    Nikos is meeting the Catalan with 4…dxc4 5.0-0 a6.

  112. James2
    August 16th, 2017 at 12:14 | #113

    Come on, come on, come on with the typesetting Jacob!!! I think we’re all very eager for Nikos’ new book as Playing 1 e4 e5 was such a good read. :0)

    Looking forward to it very much.

    James

  113. James2
    August 16th, 2017 at 12:22 | #114

    @Andrew Greet
    Hi Andrew,

    Does this mean that 1 c4 e6 2 Nf3 d5 3 g3 Nf6 4 Bg2 (starting either 1 c4/1 Nf3) is being met by 4 dxc4, and then 5 Qa4+ c6? This would seem to be consistent, and Yusupov also recommends it in his series of books.

    (If it is this line then hopefully 5 Qa4+ won’t be met by 5..Bd7/6..c5/7..Bc6. That has been popular lately but it doesn’t appeal to me.)

    I know I shouldn’t be fishing for information but anyway….

    Thank you.

    James

  114. Jacob Aagaard
    August 16th, 2017 at 12:26 | #115

    @James2
    I am on it! On page 79

  115. Andrew Greet
    August 16th, 2017 at 14:17 | #116

    @James2
    Nikos recommends the line that doesn’t appeal to you. Have a look at his analysis when the book comes out; you never know, you might grow to like it. If not, just do your own research on 5…c6 or some other option.

  116. James2
    August 16th, 2017 at 14:40 | #117

    @Andrew Greet
    Thanks Andrew! I’ll wait to see what Nikos comes up with. As you say, he might point out some very interesting options in that line that I didn’t even consider or know existed.

    Thank you for taking the time to reply.

    James

  117. James2
    August 16th, 2017 at 15:21 | #118

    I had another query on Nikos’ new upcoming book.

    I was just wondering in the Blackmar Diemer gambit, does he recommend full acceptance with 4..exf3 5 Nxf3 and then some 5th move, or does he deviate earlier than full acceptance.

    Thank you.

    James

  118. Andrew Greet
    August 16th, 2017 at 15:25 | #119

    @James2
    You’re welcome.
    In the BDG, he takes the pawn and then plays …e6, as it’s the closest option to a QGD set-up.

  119. James2
    August 16th, 2017 at 15:36 | #120

    @Andrew Greet
    That is given as Euwe’s Defence in Lanes book from way back when. I will look that up and see what I can see….

    It’s been a good day for some titbits on Nikos 1 d4 d5. I think it will be jammed with really rich content. I haven’t looked forward to a book so much in a long time.

    James

  120. Leon Trotsky
    August 16th, 2017 at 18:53 | #121

    Interested on Marin approach against Austrian and 4. Le3. 6…Sa6 with 8…Lg4 would be good line for Black. And 4. Le3 c6 or 4. Ae3 Ag7, I feel both are good.

  121. Edgar allan poe
    August 17th, 2017 at 00:40 | #122

    Hello, by reading in the (otherwise)fabolous e3 poison i found a hole in Mr. Smith repertoire. He proposes
    1.Sf3 e6 2.e3 d5 3.c4 Sf6 4.b3 but what about 4….. c6 to get a semislav sidestepping miss meran?
    Can you tell me what i am missing
    Best regards

  122. Leon Trotsky
    August 17th, 2017 at 03:11 | #123

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Typesetting for Pirc after 1. d4 d5 I imagine? Or simultaneously..

  123. Jacob Aagaard
    August 17th, 2017 at 08:35 | #124

    @Leon Trotsky
    Right after

  124. Ray
    August 17th, 2017 at 10:50 | #125

    @ Jacob Aagaard

    Great! Very much looking forward to these two books. And also to the third volume on Tal! Speaking of which, any chance of an excerpt for that one?

    Thanks for all these great books!

  125. Till
    August 17th, 2017 at 11:51 | #126

    @Edgar allan poe
    Play 5.Nc3 and by Delchev’s anti-slav repertoire :).

    You could also play 4.d4 (instead of 4.b3) and only after 4…Be7 continue with 5.b3

  126. Till
    August 17th, 2017 at 12:53 | #127

    Till :
    @Edgar allan poe
    Play 5.Nc3 and by Delchev’s anti-slav repertoire :).
    You could also play 4.d4 (instead of 4.b3) and only after 4…Be7 continue with 5.b3

    by => buy (just to make sure)

  127. John Shaw
    August 17th, 2017 at 15:42 | #128

    Ray :
    @ Jacob Aagaard
    And also to the third volume on Tal! Speaking of which, any chance of an excerpt for that one?

    Thanks for the reminder. “Mikhail Tal’s Best Games 3” excerpt is now available at http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Tal3TheInvincible-excerpt.pdf

  128. Ray
    August 17th, 2017 at 17:04 | #129

    @John Shaw
    Great, and the pleasure is all mine 🙂

  129. Gollum
    August 17th, 2017 at 17:58 | #130

    Who are those in the last picture of the excerpt? It would seem Ivanchuck and Shirov, but I most probably am mistaken.

  130. FM To Be
    August 17th, 2017 at 18:19 | #131

    I would like to build a repertoire based on 4 books:

    Niko’s 2 books for black e5&d5
    John’s 2 books for White e4

    Is there any advantage to having a classical repertoire like this?

    For example reinforcing important skills, training a logical handling of the fundamentals of chess, increasing knowledge which could be applicable to other areas of the game, etc? Please help!

    🙂

  131. James2
    August 17th, 2017 at 18:58 | #132

    @FM To Be
    I’d like to add something here if I may. I am about 1900 Elo, but I don’t play regularly. I played a number of years ago, left it, then came back a couple of years ago. I was switching my openings from when I first played, and I tried the Pirc as black, and the King’s Indian. I never felt too comfortable with the lack of space as black (I don’t care which superstars plays the King’s Indian).

    I got the first six Yusupov books this year (February), and although I sometimes used a board (and sometimes didn’t) I can still remember sitting at the board and doing the first exercise in the first book.

    I then went back to playing 1 e4 e5 as black and the positions I got when I played online (5 minutes each) were ones I as recognising from the books. I had a better idea of what I was doing having looked at the Yusupov books.

    To cut a long story short, it feels much better for me to have a classical repertoire as black rather than fiddle around with less space/less frequently seen openings having looked at Yusupov and that is why I’m looking forward to Nikos’ new book.

  132. James2
    August 17th, 2017 at 19:00 | #133

    That said, I’m looking forward to Marin’s book on the Pirc as I think it is good to have an alternative, perhaps more combative opening in your repertoire. I think Marin will do an excellent job.

  133. Jacob Aagaard
    August 17th, 2017 at 21:24 | #134

    @FM To Be
    Sounds very sensible. This repertoire will last you a lifetime.

  134. Leon Trotsky
    August 17th, 2017 at 21:30 | #135

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Very good. Sounds like Pirc and 1 d4 d5 on track for September for both Forward Chess and paper!

  135. Prody
    August 18th, 2017 at 08:51 | #136

    Hi
    I was wondering about Nikos book, he recommends the 3…Be7 or the 3…Nf6 move order ? Thanks

  136. Kirill
    August 18th, 2017 at 11:07 | #137

    @Prody
    3…Nf6.

  137. James2
    August 18th, 2017 at 11:28 | #138

    @Prody
    I think it will be 3..Nf6

  138. James2
    August 18th, 2017 at 11:29 | #139

    Hi John,

    How are you getting on with Playing 1. e4 book 2? Does a March/April 2018 release seem feasible at this point in time?

    Thank you very much.

    James

  139. Reyk
    August 18th, 2017 at 11:44 | #140

    Gollum :
    Who are those in the last picture of the excerpt? It would seem Ivanchuck and Shirov, but I most probably am mistaken.

    You are most likely not mistaken 😉
    I’m pretty sure about Ivanchuk und almost sure about Shirov as well.

  140. LaurentF
    August 18th, 2017 at 13:01 | #141

    Reyk :

    Gollum :
    Who are those in the last picture of the excerpt? It would seem Ivanchuck and Shirov, but I most probably am mistaken.

    You are most likely not mistaken
    I’m pretty sure about Ivanchuk und almost sure about Shirov as well.

    I achieved the same results when I saw the picture.
    For Shirov, i’s almost sure because he is a latvian like Tal himself.

  141. Edgar allan poe
    August 18th, 2017 at 13:48 | #142

    @till
    Thanks for the valuable hint!!

  142. Cash
    August 18th, 2017 at 16:01 | #143

    What version of the Queen’s gambit declined will be recommended in playing 1.d4,d5?

  143. Tim
    August 19th, 2017 at 04:07 | #144

    Are there any plans to convert John’s King’s Gambit for FC? This book is probably the last word on KG for years to come, so it will be great to have an electronic version.

  144. Douwe
    August 19th, 2017 at 06:52 | #145

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @FM To Be
    Sounds very sensible. This repertoire will last you a lifetime.

    I like this repertoire! Will QC publish updates every now and then?

  145. Tom Tidom
    August 19th, 2017 at 10:48 | #146

    Edgar allan poe :
    […]He proposes1.Sf3 e6 2.e3 d5 3.c4 Sf6 4.b3 but what about 4….. c6 to get a semislav sidestepping miss meran?
    Can you tell me what i am missing
    Best regards

    This seems like a valid question to me as well. And I am sure QC has a better answer than proposing to buy another book from another publisher ;-).

  146. The Doctor
    August 19th, 2017 at 15:20 | #147

    @Cash

    Check out recent games by Kramnik in the QGD and you won’t be far off.

  147. Jacob Aagaard
    August 19th, 2017 at 18:57 | #148

    @Tim
    Too costly

  148. Jacob Aagaard
    August 19th, 2017 at 18:57 | #149

    @Douwe
    No, this is not our style. The audience would be very limited and kill our business model.

  149. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    August 19th, 2017 at 19:00 | #150

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Do you have perhaps an author in mind or alreday hired, and when is book likely out? I know that we’re talking about distant future, but I would like to hope for such book 🙂

  150. Jacob Aagaard
    August 19th, 2017 at 19:09 | #151

    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    So you will know why I do not want to comment any further

  151. Andrew brett
    August 19th, 2017 at 19:15 | #152

    Any idea when an extract will be released on The d4d5 Nikos book? I am looking forward to it!

  152. Leaf
    August 20th, 2017 at 00:20 | #153

    Dear Jacob,

    If a player builds a repertoire based on 4 books:

    White: e3 poison
    Black: Niko’s QGD, Johan Hellsten’s Kan, Vassilios Kotronias’ Anti-Sicilian

    The idea is to play e3 poison for both Black and White …

    Is there any disadvantage for this idea … ?

    Thanks …

  153. Ray
    August 20th, 2017 at 07:01 | #154

    @Leaf
    Well, it could be a bit boring, and maybe not optimal for your general chess development if you get the same type of positions on the board over and over again.

  154. August 20th, 2017 at 08:02 | #155

    @Leaf
    Think Hellsten’s book is somewhat out dated now (an opportunity for QC perhaps) but otherwise throw Cummings book on the English and Pert’s book on the Ragozin and it sounds like a pretty solid/good repertoire to me.

  155. Jacob Aagaard
    August 20th, 2017 at 15:17 | #156

    @Leaf
    Don’t think so.

  156. Mike
    August 21st, 2017 at 07:18 | #157

    Jacob: Third attempt here and I hope it’s a charm. Does Marin’s Pirc cover the Archbishop Attack? Thank you.

  157. The Doctor
    August 21st, 2017 at 08:11 | #158

    @Mike

    If it’s as thorough as the other GM Rep’s (not including GM 6) I’m sure it will.

  158. Mike
    August 21st, 2017 at 08:43 | #159

    If it’s anywhere as thorough as the English, then it will be. But it’s one volume, not three, and as openings go there’s not much out there on the ABA. Oh well, I’ll just have to hope. And yes, aside from GM 6 I’ve never been disappointed by any QC books. @The Doctor

  159. John Shaw
    August 21st, 2017 at 09:16 | #160

    Mike :
    Jacob: Third attempt here and I hope it’s a charm. Does Marin’s Pirc cover the Archbishop Attack? Thank you.

    I think the Archbishop Attack is something with Be3, h3 and g4 – if so, then yes it’s covered. Or 4.h3 and 5.g4, without Be3, is also covered.

  160. James2
    August 21st, 2017 at 10:58 | #161

    Hi John!

    How are you getting on with Playing 1 e4 vol. 2? Are we looking at an early (March) 2018 release?

    Thank you very much.

    James

  161. John Shaw
    August 21st, 2017 at 11:22 | #162

    @James2

    Hi James,

    I am working away and making progress, but I have (finally) learned not to make guesses on dates.

  162. James2
    August 21st, 2017 at 11:33 | #163

    @John Shaw
    I see. Shame. I think everyone is looking forward to that publication.

    Thanks anyway.

    JAmes

  163. Ray
    August 21st, 2017 at 11:59 | #164

    @ John Shaw

    I guess it must be frustrating deciding how to deal with all those ‘0.00’ engine assessments in the Najdorf 🙂 .

  164. Pat
    August 21st, 2017 at 16:23 | #165

    @Jacob Aagaard
    So if Tal3 went to printer almost 3 weeks ago when will it be available to purchase in the shops?

  165. Mike Houser
    August 21st, 2017 at 22:22 | #166

    @John Shaw
    Thanks, John. I can’t wait to order a copy. Then I’ll wait no so patiently for the final two volumes of Avrukh’s 1 d4, maybe a QGD and definitely the Najdorf, not to mention the final twho volumes of Negi’s 1 e4. At that point I should have all I ever need of openings in this lifetime. The final ongoing tasks would be to keep theory updated.
    Non-opening books: Tal and whomever else Karolyi profiles, hopefully Petrosian, Spassky and Smyslov. Anyone else would be appreciated.

  166. Thomas Mørkøre
    August 22nd, 2017 at 07:32 | #167

    A Good book on spassky’s games is long overdue! In some interviews I have seen, the great man is toying with the idea to write a game collection himself. But I dont think that Will ever happen. Karolyi books are both instructive and educational. I really enjoy to sit with my chess set, have a Good cup of cofee and play through the games of Tal and Karpov with the radio in the background.

  167. Jacob Aagaard
    August 22nd, 2017 at 08:22 | #168

    @Mike
    For the umpteenth time, I do not discuss lines before the book is off to the printer.

  168. Jacob Aagaard
    August 22nd, 2017 at 08:31 | #169

    @Pat
    We publish our books in twos or threes, so that the smaller dealers can order new books without having disproportionately high postage costs when ordering them. They are the foundation of our business, our promotional system, by taking our books out to tournaments.

    I don’t do the dates, but this is the situation. This is why it is taking a bit extra.

  169. Cowe
    August 22nd, 2017 at 09:09 | #170

    Hi, is there any QC book covering the Ruy Lopez Deferred Steinitz (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6, intending …Bd7 and quick …g6-Bg7) for either colour? it seems to replace the Philidor as the potato-masher opening, no doubt due to outstanding contributions by Negi and Shaw on Philidor white side. So, any coverage of the Deffered Steinitz before Negi Spanish book?

  170. Ray
    August 22nd, 2017 at 09:30 | #171

    @Cowe

    No. But why not play the Berlin instead, if you like potato-mashing?

  171. Cowe
    August 22nd, 2017 at 09:39 | #172

    For 99.99% OTB players (in which I am), the Berlin Endgame is quite difficult to play for Black. Plus, a4 and Re1 lines are not great point-grinders as well. Most common point-grinders vs e4 are the Modern and Philidor, the latter being replaced – in my experience – by the Deferred Steinitz. hence the question.

  172. Ray
    August 22nd, 2017 at 10:42 | #173

    I see – but in that case maybe the Pirc would also be a good point-grinder option? At least it also puts a pawn on d6 🙂 .

  173. cashparov
    August 22nd, 2017 at 10:55 | #174

    What about the Scandinavian with Qd8 as a potato-masher vs e4? It isn’t pretty but avoids the early move alternatives of 1.e4 e5.

  174. Sam
    August 22nd, 2017 at 11:35 | #175

    @Cowe
    You could check this database out by Modern Chess on the Steinitz Deferred: https://www.modern-chess.com/en/chess-databases/database=15

  175. Cowe
    August 22nd, 2017 at 13:46 | #176

    Point-grinding (admittedly better than potato-mashing) is not about beating really bad players with any opening. It’s when you face decent players, whom you should beat, without using your peer-to-peer repertoire aimed at equalizing (esp 1.e4 e5). Such players can prepare against sharp variations or find a killer move over the board, but tend to drift and make more inaccuracies than yourself when there’s no clear threat or plan. So, point-grinders have no forced draws, few unavoidable critical positions, many divergent paths (to mitigate book or computer preparation), and allow to gradually put pressure on the opponent. Also, as this is for OTB play, it doesn’t matter if the resulting positions are within computers’ drawing zone.

    In my eyes the Deferred Steinitz fits the bill for an 1…e5 player, and deserves study from both sides. I don’t know all QC books content, that”s why I asked if this opening was covered someplace ?

  176. Reyk
    August 22nd, 2017 at 14:04 | #177

    Cowe :
    In my eyes the Deferred Steinitz fits the bill for an 1…e5 player, and deserves study from both sides. I don’t know all QC books content, that”s why I asked if this opening was covered someplace ?

    I don’t think so as it doesn’t fit Ntirlis’ repertoire and John Shaw opted for Scotch. Negi is yet to come. Finally it’s not in Marin’s and Brunello’s books either. The only other place in the opening department, I’m not sure of, are Naiditsch’s evolution books. Besides game collections etc. of course.

  177. Ray
    August 22nd, 2017 at 14:47 | #178

    I.m.o. the Deferred Steinitz doesn’t justify a whole book – a few pages with some key ideas should be enough. After all, that’s the whole point of playing such an opening with a low-theory approach.

  178. Cowe
    August 22nd, 2017 at 16:29 | #179

    @Sam
    Thanks for the link! the intro gives away a small trick: this opening works better if White is not familiar with King”s Indian positions. yet the best player should prevail anyway.

    By the way, there is no coverage for the Italian as well, with neither colour? that would be sensible, since;

    a) despite Nikos’ efforts, his Two Knights line against Ng5 and Bd3 looks a bit shaky, Black has a small material deficit but enough chaos to claim compensation ;

    b) if I were going to play d3 in the Spanish, where Black can have an improved Breyer, I would rather play the d3/c3/(a4) italian instead, with slippery equality.

  179. Pinpon
    August 22nd, 2017 at 17:10 | #180

    Why not a Arkhangelsk/Neo Arkhangelsk book ?
    Not seen any on the market

  180. cashparov
    August 22nd, 2017 at 20:15 | #181

    By the way, there is a non-QC book devoted to the Steinitz Deferred – Slay the Spanish! by Timothy Taylor, from 2011.

  181. Jacob Aagaard
    August 22nd, 2017 at 20:50 | #182

    @cashparov
    Why would you need a book if you want to play like that? Besides it was covered in Bauer’s book.

  182. cashparov
    August 23rd, 2017 at 10:41 | #183

    I don’t need a book on the Qd8 Scandinavian; only suggesting it as a low-maintenance alternative to 1.e4 e5.
    Jacob, have you exited the 1.d4 d5 typesetting dungeon? 😉

  183. hasan kutlu
    August 23rd, 2017 at 11:37 | #184

    3 and last try any books of the alekhine defence or a book from dreev of navara in the pipeline

    many grreetings hasan

  184. August 23rd, 2017 at 13:30 | #185

    @cashparov
    Qd8 Scandinavian is simply bad: Fischer knew it and Robatsch learnt it!

  185. John Shaw
    August 23rd, 2017 at 13:33 | #186

    @hasan kutlu
    No plans on the Alekhine, or for books by Dreev or Navara. If you are a Dreev fan, he has written some books for ‘Chess Stars’.

  186. Jacob Aagaard
    August 23rd, 2017 at 15:18 | #187

    @cashparov
    Yes, proof reading is happening…

  187. cashparov
    August 23rd, 2017 at 16:41 | #188

    Excellent news, I’ll be grabbing my copy on Forward Chess ASAP.

  188. The Doctor
    August 23rd, 2017 at 17:48 | #189

    Any more news on the Najdorf book?

    I don’t want to know any lines just if it’s being written and maybe what stage it’s at?

    P.S. I also agree that a ‘Playing the English’ would be welcome!!

  189. Leon Trotsky
    August 23rd, 2017 at 18:44 | #190

    Would it be a good estimate that 1. d4 d5 and Pirc release on 20-something September, in the last week of the month?

  190. James2
    August 23rd, 2017 at 19:35 | #191

    Leon Trotsky :
    Would it be a good estimate that 1. d4 d5 and Pirc release on 20-something September, in the last week of the month?

    I was hoping around this date too for both, but then revised it mentally to second week in October…

    James

  191. Jacob Aagaard
    August 23rd, 2017 at 20:12 | #192

    @Leon Trotsky
    Pirc will be a few weeks after 1.d4 d5 I think.

  192. Leon Trotsky
    August 23rd, 2017 at 22:02 | #193

    @Jacob Aagaard
    So Pirc and 1. d4 d5 and not paired in a joint release? Or are both of them being released single this time?

  193. Richard
    August 24th, 2017 at 02:00 | #194

    Hello, not sure if it’s the right place to ask, but are there any plans to make some QC classics like Maizelis “The Soviet Chess Primer” or Romanovsky “Soviet Middlegame Technique” available on Forward Chess?
    FC versions of “My System” and “Chess Praxis” are really well done, would love to see more classics on it.
    Thanks.

  194. Jacob Aagaard
    August 24th, 2017 at 09:03 | #195

    @Richard
    No, not really. Everything we want on Forward Chess is already there, except for Positional Play, which I still have to update a bit before it goes up 🙁

  195. The Doctor
    August 24th, 2017 at 20:27 | #196

    @The Doctor
    Okay I’ll stop asking 😕

  196. Jose
    August 25th, 2017 at 09:23 | #197

    Is “Quality Chess Puzzle book” (Shaw) a little easier than “Calculation” (Aagard)?
    It’s a good idea reading the chapters on calculation of the Yusupov books before the two above?
    For people with little time available

    Thanks.

  197. LaurentF
    August 25th, 2017 at 09:55 | #198

    Jose :
    Is “Quality Chess Puzzle book” (Shaw) a little easier than “Calculation” (Aagard)?
    It’s a good idea reading the chapters on calculation of the Yusupov books before the two above?
    For people with little time available
    Thanks.

    Hi all,
    I’m also interested to hear Jacob’s point of view about that !

  198. Jacob Aagaard
    August 25th, 2017 at 11:13 | #199

    @Jose
    Yes, it is generally easier, but in level there is not such a big difference between them. The Puzzle Book is good, maybe somewhat underrated. Reading Yusupov’s stuff is always good; there are many good ways of working on chess…

  199. jose
    August 25th, 2017 at 15:45 | #200

    Play the openings of your repertoire and analysis of games with the openings that you play to learn patterns
    Training visualization and calculation
    Play and study endgames
    I think this is the most basic

  200. Johnnyboy
    August 26th, 2017 at 15:24 | #201

    In a shameless begging manner…. Any chance of a World Cup competition?

  201. jose
    August 26th, 2017 at 17:54 | #202

    I’m not a talented player…

  202. Sam
    August 27th, 2017 at 01:06 | #203

    Looking forward to Avrukh 2A, hoping he will give 8.Bf4 in the KID after 6…Nc6 and 7…a6. Seems like it is scoring extremely well at the moment and it isn’t all that easy for black to equalize.

  203. Leon Trotsky
    August 27th, 2017 at 02:36 | #204

    1. d4 d5 listed on Forward Chess for release on 20.09.17. Pirc should be close 8-D

  204. cashparov
    August 27th, 2017 at 10:20 | #205

    I’m somewhat surprised 1.d4 d5 will be only 336 pages long, considering the breadth of variations that are covered. I was expecting the book to easily clock in at 400+ pages.

  205. Jacob Aagaard
    August 27th, 2017 at 16:27 | #206

    @Sam
    Just over two months is my prediction.

  206. Johnnyboy
    August 27th, 2017 at 17:40 | #207

    @cashparov
    Worried it will be similar to the semi slav book- a much thinner tome than his e4 e5 book. The semi slav book was great for getting a draw but so many lines ended in a perpetual (esp in the botvinnik) or with no play that it wasn’t suitable to ‘play the book’ if you wanted to win. I liked eg Bologan’s idea of a back up line for when you do need this- hoping this won’t be the case with the QGD

  207. Johnnyboy
    August 27th, 2017 at 17:46 | #208

    Apologies Nikos of course it was Lars book on the semi slav- still hope it has a playable alternative

  208. Paul H
    August 27th, 2017 at 18:59 | #209

    @cashparov
    e4e5 was only 10% longer and he had a lot more fiddly sidelines to cover.

  209. James2
    August 28th, 2017 at 09:30 | #210

    @Leon Trotsky
    Good morning Jacob,

    I saw this listed on Forward Chess over the weekend too. Any idea when we might hope for an excerpt please?

    Thank you very much.

    James

  210. John Shaw
    August 28th, 2017 at 13:23 | #211

    @James2

    An excerpt of ‘Playing 1.d4 d5 – A Classical Repertoire’ is available now at http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Playing1d4d5-excerpt.pdf

    With a predicted QC publication date for it and ‘Mikhail Tal’s Best Games 3’ of September 27.

  211. James2
    August 28th, 2017 at 13:32 | #212

    @John Shaw
    Hi John,

    I’e just seen that the excerpt is up! It looks like it is going to be another winner for Nikos. I can’t wait for the end of September.

    Thank you very much.

    James

  212. Franck steenbekkers
    August 28th, 2017 at 15:54 | #213

    When will this book on forward chess

  213. John Shaw
    August 28th, 2017 at 16:09 | #214

    Franck steenbekkers :

    When will this book on forward chess

    It should be on Forward Chess a week before us, as usual. So, Forward Chess September 20, Quality Chess September 27.

  214. Leon Trotsky
    August 28th, 2017 at 19:00 | #215

    @John Shaw
    Is Pirc likely to be in first week October, at least for Forward Chess?

  215. RYV
    August 28th, 2017 at 20:21 | #216

    Previous books on QGD ( Schandorff, Dreev, Kornev, Watson..) were all from white ´s point of view. Having Nikos book’s defending black’s side will be very interresting.

  216. James2
    August 28th, 2017 at 22:09 | #217

    Hi John,

    I’m sure it is, but could I just check that the Veresov is covered in Chapter 6 of Playing 1 d4 d5? It might seem a trivial point but I don’t see an arrow on the b1 knight at the start of chapter 6.

    Thank you.

    James

  217. FM To Be
    August 28th, 2017 at 22:37 | #218

    .
    I know it’s a bit soon… but anyway.

    Nikos, I dont want to research for myself a repertoire against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3, how about you writting a book with a repertoire against these 2 moves plus other “offbeat” openings such 1.b3, 1.b4, 1.g3, 1.g4 and 1.f4? Blending with the repertoire you suggested against d4 and e4 of course.

    I want you to build me a total repertoire for Black 🙂

    What do you think?

  218. James2
    August 28th, 2017 at 22:53 | #219

    @FM To Be
    What you have asked has been done in Mikhalevski last year. The only thing is he doesn’t specifically recommend a ‘specifically QGD’ approach to 1 Nf3 and 1 c4. Nikos is doing that, and the rest is in Mikhalevski.

    What would be the point in Nikos doing a book on what you propose? Mightn’t his time be spent better looking at something else?

    James

  219. FM To Be
    August 28th, 2017 at 23:35 | #220

    @James2
    .
    James2

    In the “1.d4 d5” excerpt, Nikos says he will give advice against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3, but that for a full repertoire one should do the research oneself, thats why I though about a repertoire for this based on the QGD specifically.

    Regarding the other minor openings, Mikhalevski is probably quite detailed as the rest of the “GM Repertoire” series, and I was thinking of an “easier” repertoire by Nikos (GM guide/Playing the), one that suits the QGD/e5 approach/structure he recommends in his repertoires.

    I have no idea about these minor openings and I wouldnt like to follow a repertoire that may go against the spirit/structure/preference of Nikos repertoires that I would be studying.

  220. Doug Eckert
    August 29th, 2017 at 05:10 | #221

    @FM To Be I haven’t seen the Nikos book yet obviously. Even though 1…d5 is not my repertoire, I will buy it since I enjoyed his previous book. To your question on QGD repertoire against the English and 1 Nf3. I am an English player and have spent too much time looking at these lines. Against 1 c4 e6 2 g3 d5 3 Bg2 Nf6 4 Nf3 Be7 5 0-0 0-0 6 b3 b6 is solid for Black. Marin gave 7 Bb2 Bb7 8 e3 Nbd7 9 Nc3 Ne4. Marin analyzed 10 Ne2 while Delcev analyzed 10 Qe2. Good luck finding a real advantage for White. Mikhalevski gives 1 Nf3 d5 2 e3 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 Nc3 or 4 b3 recommending 4…c5 against both. In e3 Poison Smith introduces subtleties in these position to consider. As White, I am OK playing these positions as pawn structure changes and breaks are available to create chances. But, that is also true for Black. To build a repertoire as Black, probably looking at 3 or 4 key games is all that is required and understanding the structures. Against the other moves, I would buy Mikhalevski’s book. It certainly has opened my eyes to other possibilities that are fun to play. My repertoire was too narrow for too long and I am working to change that.

  221. Ray
    August 29th, 2017 at 05:57 | #222

    @ FM To Be

    You should simply do yourself a favour and buy Mikhalevski’s book. It’s really really good, and totally in classical style (putting pawns in the centre whenever possible). I play his repertoire against 1.Nf3 and it fits fine with the rest of my repertoire against 1.d4 (Nimzo from Roiz and Ragozin from Pert).

  222. Chris
    August 29th, 2017 at 11:29 | #223

    Concerning Nikos 1.d4 d5-Book:

    I’m very impressed and partly surprised by the choices Nikos offers the reader (realy looking forward for 6…b6 against 5.Bf4!!) but over all I think it’s going to be a great book, too (I really love the 1.e4 e5 one!).
    One thing that makes me wonder is the published chapter dealing with line 3c (exchange, short castling). I have checked these lines myself in the past and came to understand the power of the early 8.h3. I couldn’t find equality for black in these lines – maybe because I overestimate the Exchange Variation from Whites point of view. It would be nice to know wether Nikos adresses 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd exd 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.h3 at all (maybe in the not yet published section 3a?).
    Thanks for your answer

  223. Nikos Ntirlis
    August 29th, 2017 at 12:31 | #224

    Hello guys,

    The book has a repertoire againt 1.Nf3/1.c4. I couldn’t name it “complete” because i do not look at every possible move and GM game ever played (following a scientific “GM-Rep”-style approach). So, i think that this part of the book with only a bit of personal research (mainly on the sidelines) will be “complete” for anybody.

    @Doug Exckert:
    Obviously the line you give is fine for Black and in fact he has a few choices (put the bishop on b7 or a6 for example). BUT, you have to be able to play the Be7-dxc4 line against the Catalan. As i am offering a different Catalan line, it was a bit more difficult to find a playable line for Black which is a fit for the repertoire but also fine from a theoretical point of view.

  224. Nikos Ntirlis
    August 29th, 2017 at 12:56 | #225

    @Chris
    Yes, it is considered and it is indeed a very serious choice.

  225. Chris
    August 29th, 2017 at 13:52 | #226

    @ Nikos
    Thank you very much for the instant answer! Great to hear that it will also be covered!

  226. Andrew Greet
    August 29th, 2017 at 14:01 | #227

    @James2
    Yes, the Veresov is included.

  227. James2
    August 30th, 2017 at 09:37 | #228

    @Andrew Greet
    Thank you Andrew.

    James

  228. John Johnson
    August 30th, 2017 at 10:49 | #229

    I would like to add my homage to the Mikhalevski book too. Worthy of book of the year consideration in my opinion.

  229. bebbe
    August 30th, 2017 at 11:01 | #230

    Like Axels idea of a repertoire based on pawn structure.
    I play the Dutch leningrad against 1.d4, 1.c4, 1.Nf3 and 1.g3.
    I consider start playing the bird Leningrad although I know black will easily equalize if he knows what he is doing.

    The benefits are that I will reach the same pawn structures and have a better understanding than most of my opponents which of course is a practical advantage
    I will use the sicilian against 1.e4.
    Thus there are only three openings to learn, bird, dutch and Sicilian.

    Tried this repertoire in blitz and it was a success. Is the repertoire good enough to use it even against GMs in classical chess?

    I have played all kind of openings earlier and have a lot of experience in different pwn structures. Is this repertoire too limiting?

  230. RYV
    August 30th, 2017 at 11:28 | #231

    @bebbe
    If you play only A limited number of game per year [<20]. Then, even with a limited repertoire you will have A variety of games. With many more games, playing the same system again and again is boring….that is why we change opening regulary.

  231. Bulkington
    August 30th, 2017 at 11:31 | #232

    @bebbe
    GM H. Danielsen had similar ideas and wrote a book about the Bird Leningrad called “The Polar Bear”. I once had a chance to browse through the book and I remember that he suggested to place the queen on c2 instead of e1…

  232. bebbe
    August 30th, 2017 at 12:16 | #233

    @RYV

    I play only 3-10 classical games per year. 15 years ago I played 40-70 classical games per year. That I play so rarely is one of the main reasons of why I consider this change. It is hard to keep up with the theory in a lot of different openings. When I start playing more it is time to widen the repertoire.

    @Bulkington

    I am aware of H.Danielsens approach. He plays the bird/dutch Leningrad in a different way than I do. More positional. I prefer to place the queen on e1/e8 which may sometimes lead to a big attack on the kingside.

  233. RYV
    August 30th, 2017 at 15:07 | #234

    @bebbe
    If you want to play the same kind of opening with black and white, you should consider playing KIA and KID. Many IM and GM plays this way Nf3(f6)-g3(g6)-Bg2(g7)-00-d3(d6) whatever opponent’s move.

  234. Cowe
    August 30th, 2017 at 15:11 | #235

    @John Johnson
    Which one? his Open Spanish is a masterpiece in the litteral sense, a book of outstanding quality whatever the merits of this opening. Hope Marin’s Pirc is made in the same wood. Minor Openings I didn’t read, just looks too big for a single paper book.

  235. James2
    August 30th, 2017 at 15:28 | #236

    I have Beating Minor Openings. It is a fantastic book. Similar in concept to Avrukh’s 1 d4 Sidelines. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something against non 1 e4 and 1 d4.

    James

  236. The Lurker
    August 30th, 2017 at 17:05 | #237

    Cowe :
    @John Johnson
    Minor Openings I didn’t read, just looks too big for a single paper book.

    If you’re worried about it falling apart, buy the hardcover.

  237. bebbe
    August 30th, 2017 at 17:13 | #238

    @RYV

    Yes I know. I have played the KID a lot. It really is a high maintenance opening.
    White has so many critical tries. I like the Leningrad dutch better at the moment.
    There are fewer really critical tries for white. I like the kind of play it leads to with play over the whole board. There is also no exchange variation. In the KID there are many.

  238. RYV
    August 30th, 2017 at 18:11 | #239

    Weakening the kingside by moving the f pawn before closing the center seems too dangerous to me ( king safety is my major concern ). So i feel the KI set up more convicing when it comes to avoid opening debate and concentrate on middle game.

  239. Bebbe
    August 30th, 2017 at 18:51 | #240

    I agree that kring safety is an issue in the leningrad. Whites space advantage in the kid is also a concern. Black is also more likely to end up in a position without counterplay.

  240. Bebbe
    August 30th, 2017 at 18:55 | #241

    In leningrad there is always counterplay at the cost of weaknesses. It really is a matter of style

  241. August 30th, 2017 at 20:35 | #242

    The Leningrad Dutch is not as bad as it looks and from theoretical point of view Black holds his own in the main lines easily. It is of course dangerous for both sides so it’s not always a practical choice but if you need to beat weaker player then it certainly is.

  242. Bebbe
    August 30th, 2017 at 20:54 | #243

    @piongu

    I agree although I also think it is possible to beat stronger players as well. The Leningrad is not for players who are afraid of losing. What is your opinion of the Bird Leningrad? Does whites extra move matter?

  243. Ray
    August 31st, 2017 at 06:15 | #244

    @ Bebbe

    I don’t think white’s extra tempo matters in the Bird Leningrad. Check out Mikhalevski 🙂 . As with most ‘reversed’ openings, black can get easy equality. But I guess the idea is that white can compensate for that with better knowledge of the typical plans and structures (e.g., I have played chess for many years, but NEVER encountered the Bird Leningrad). On the other hand, if you play this against a seasoned 1.d4 player I guess it shouldn’t be too difficult for him to find something behind the board.

  244. RYV
    August 31st, 2017 at 07:23 | #245

    After 1.d4 f5 black has a grip on the e4square (and some weakness on kinfside)
    After 1.f4 white already get the weakened kingside but not the full control of the e5 square as black is still able to play pawn d6. So I would prefer to play f4 only after black has play d5

  245. Bulkington
    August 31st, 2017 at 07:34 | #246

    In a way the Dutch Leningrad is reactive (not passive). White has plenty of very different and forcing setups against the f5/d6 structure and Black reacts accordingly. With Black one can easily end up in an e6-d5 structure or a stonewall or you have hanging pawns on e5 and f5 not to mention the nasty anti-systems. Playing the Leningrad system with White, however, this reactive nature obviously does not exist, White is in the driver seat… Malanjuk never played it with White.
    Any way, that`s just theory. What matters is OTB. Certainly it sound like a plan, quite a naughty approach.

  246. RYV
    August 31st, 2017 at 08:07 | #247

    There is something strange saying the Dutch defense is playable and the bird opening is not …but from gm practice, it looks to be true.

  247. Bulkington
    August 31st, 2017 at 10:12 | #248

    @QC
    My summer madness is over, hiking in England, oh man. In the rare moments I had both cellular coverage and a dry environment I tried to connect to the QC blog. I must say, to read the blog from a mobile phone is quite unpleasant. You might want to consider to give the web page a bit of a face lift, templates supporting adaptation to screen size are state of the art meanwhile.

  248. RYV
    August 31st, 2017 at 10:59 | #249

    @Nikos Ntirlis
    Hi,
    About chapter 3c, is there a discussion about 8.. h6 and 9.. Nh5 or direct 8..Nh5 ? As appart from the Lasker variation the h6 move by black has a general bad reputation.

  249. August 31st, 2017 at 16:49 | #250

    @Bebbe Actually you are asking the right person 😀 I have played more than 100 classical games in 1.f4 (usually it was the Leningrad Bird) and I managed to beat some GMs. With best play from Black I don’t claim White has any advantage but then we can argue if White has any adantage in any other opening. There are different type of advantages for a practical player and getting the position you understand better is one such advantage you can think about playing the Bird.
    As for Mikhalevski’s recommendation – I can’t say it’s bad but many players tend to avoid the main lines in Leningrad Dutch and play for instance 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 so even if someone is 1.d4 player it might not be the most practical option to enter the main line especially being tempo down which is important in some lines.

    @Bulkington It’s not true, late GM Malaniuk played 1.f4 from time to time.

  250. Bebbe
    August 31st, 2017 at 19:24 | #251

    @piongu

    I am lucky, you are an expert. I agree on what you say about the practical advantages. You have proved that it can work.
    What is Mikhalevskis recommendation?

  251. Bebbe
    August 31st, 2017 at 19:30 | #252

    @bulkington

    White can easily create the reactive nature by for instance playing kh1 at some point. Then white can use the theory that exists about the leningrad dutch. Besides kh1 can sometimes be useful.

  252. Bebbe
    August 31st, 2017 at 19:35 | #253

    @Ray

    The d4-player might have an antidutch line in his/her repertoire. Then the positons arising from The bird leningrad might not be familiar.

  253. Bebbe
    August 31st, 2017 at 19:42 | #254

    @Ryv

    The bird is of course playable. The only disadvantage is that it is easier for black to equalize than after the more usual ways to opening the game.

  254. RYV
    August 31st, 2017 at 19:44 | #255

    Bebbe :
    @bulkington
    White can easily create the reactive nature by for instance playing kh1 at some point. Then white can use the theory that exists about the leningrad dutch. Besides kh1 can sometimes be useful.

    this way, you are not trying to get advantage by playing white. It is just loosing a tempo to play your favorite defense.

  255. Bebbe
    August 31st, 2017 at 20:28 | #256

    @Ryv

    I agree with what you say. Moves like Na3 and c3 are of course more useful to try to get an advantage.

  256. September 1st, 2017 at 06:37 | #257

    @Bebbe
    Mikhalevsky goes for principled main lines which has to be objectively good. But from practical point of view it’s not easy to play for everyone. As far as I observed even most of GMs below 2650 don’t fully understand all chess structures (I think also GM Kovalenko did a video on that discussing some differences between 2700 GMs and some ‘weaker’ GMs). Of course learning all chess structures is essential (that’s why I love a book by Flores Rios) but there are so many other things along the way you should master and many strong players have quite narrow opening repertoire.

    Kh1 might be counterproductive sometimes so be careful when playing it. It’s not easy to use the extra tempo but I worked on that many years and there are some interesting ideas. The Bird will never be cutting edge opening but there are some unexplored areas and I think it is underestimated currently.

  257. Bulkington
    September 1st, 2017 at 07:44 | #258

    @Bebbe, @piongu
    There is some strong support for your approach:

    Carlsen – Kramnnik, Leuven 2017 1-0.

    It was a rapid game but Kramnik simply got outplayed.

  258. Ray
    September 1st, 2017 at 11:36 | #259

    Almost everything is “0.00” nowadays, so go ahead and play whatever you like 🙂 . Still, imo an ambitious white player should try for the initiative rather than play a reactive opening, but I guess that’s just my personal view. I play Mikhalevski’s recommendations against the Bird and it really looks like comfortable equality to me. Against die-hard 1.f4 players I think it’s easy to prepare a suitable line, since white’s path is quite narrow.

  259. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    September 1st, 2017 at 14:29 | #260

    1.g3 d5 2.f4 is an interesting move order. It seems effective against players who only play 1.e4 as white. Thanks to David Vigorito for pointing this out to me. The Bird is playable, but in my white games it seems to be one opening where the practical result has almost nothing to do with the theoretical evaluation of the opening.

  260. RYV
    September 1st, 2017 at 15:59 | #261

    @An Ordinary Chessplayer
    after 1.g3 d5 2.f4 Mikhalevski’s recommendations 2.. h5 looks strong.

  261. Bebbe
    September 1st, 2017 at 17:45 | #262

    @Ray

    I have used this approach. Now I will try to be more practical. I think leningrad bird/dutch positions are quite flexible. The solution is to vary the move order to not become a target.

  262. September 1st, 2017 at 18:45 | #263

    @Ray
    Sure but it’s not like I’m recommending any ambitious player to play only one opening. 1.f4 is just an interesting flank opening which deserves more attention than it currently has and that’s it 😉

    Personally I play it more seriously but it’s just because I love it and I play it since my childhood. I always enjoy posing more problems than my opponents expect. I’m amateur who wants to get GM title and this secret weapon helps me along the way 😉

  263. Ray
    September 2nd, 2017 at 05:59 | #264

    @RYV
    And 1.g3 e5 is also fine for black of course.

  264. Tom Tidom
    September 2nd, 2017 at 06:33 | #265

    I wonder what the verdict is on From´s Gambit 1.f4 e5. I remember Mikhalevski wrote he wanted to recommend it but found some problems for Black that are not easy to solve. I know after 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5 5.g3 is supposed to be good for White but what is the best line against 4…Nf6 intending to develop rapidly and attack with …Ng4 and …h5-h4 in case White plays g3?

  265. Bebbe
    September 2nd, 2017 at 07:53 | #266

    @Tom Tidom
    5.Nc3 is the best move. Whiteis supposed to be somewhat better.

  266. September 2nd, 2017 at 07:55 | #267

    @Tom Tidom
    I don’t want to go into details here but I can assure you White has real opening advantage there. You can follow engine’s suggestions in this line.

  267. Tom Tidom
    September 2nd, 2017 at 09:47 | #268

    piongu :
    @Tom Tidom
    […] You can follow engine’s suggestions in this line.

    I did that a while ago and was under the impression that Black´s compensation shouldn´t be underestimated after 5.Nc3 Nc6, e.g. 6.d4 0-0 7.e4 Bb4 and White´s center is a bit shaky. But of course there are other ways for White on move 6.

  268. James2
    September 2nd, 2017 at 11:15 | #269

    Hi all at QC,

    I was just wondering if you have any more information regarding a prospective publication date for Negi 5 please?

    Thank you very much.

    James

  269. Andrew Greet
    September 5th, 2017 at 15:56 | #270

    @RYV
    I just noticed that no one has replied to this question. (Nikos has been busy getting married so I think we can forgive him.) Nikos argues that it is worth including …h6 before …Nh5, and he shows why it is useful in certain lines he recommends. I can’t think of any major drawback of …h6 in any part of his repertoire.

  270. Andrew Greet
    September 5th, 2017 at 17:08 | #271

    @James2
    We hope that Negi will deliver everything early in 2018, but at this stage it’s merely a hope rather than a prediction.

  271. Leon Trotsky
    September 12th, 2017 at 02:52 | #272

    How does Marin plan to play against the Austrian Attack?

  272. Ray
    September 12th, 2017 at 09:53 | #273

    @ Leon Trotsky

    QC are never answering such questions on specific variations before a book has gone to the printer…

  273. Ray
    September 12th, 2017 at 09:56 | #274

    But probably he won’t recommend 5…0-0 6.Bd3 Nc6, since this has been treated in two recent repertoire books by Hillarp Persson and Kornev. Maybe 5…c5, but then he has to find something against Greet’s Qd4.

  274. September 12th, 2017 at 12:56 | #275

    I believe 5…0-0 6.Bd3 Na6 is quite reliable and will be recommended by him.

  275. Ray
    September 12th, 2017 at 13:24 | #276

    Quite reliable? Doesn’t white get a dangerous attack? Anyway, I’m happy with 5…0-0 6.Bd3 Nc6, so I’ll definitely stick to that. Black has no problem at all in that variation.

  276. Franck Steenbekkers
    September 12th, 2017 at 15:47 | #277

    I think it will be 5…-c5!? because the other lines are in recent books

  277. September 12th, 2017 at 16:39 | #278

    @Ray
    Well, The Pirc is not a safe weapon in a first place 😀 The attack may look dangerous of course but I think Marin can prove Black is fine.

  278. Leon Trotsky
    September 12th, 2017 at 18:44 | #279

    If I remember correclt, I think I saw in the database that Marin played 5…0-0 6. Ad3 Ca6 7. 0-0 c5 8. d5 Ag4.

    I think that this is a good, fighting line for Black.

  279. Ray
    September 13th, 2017 at 07:26 | #280

    @ piongu

    The engines will probably give an assessment of ‘0.0’, like most other variations 🙂 .

  280. Wolfsblut
    September 13th, 2017 at 11:06 | #281

    I´am very exited about the new book `Playing 1.d4 d5`by Nikos and as always I will buy it on FC and as Hardcover…
    Now there remain one question for me and perhaps many others:
    John, is it sure that we will have your second book ´Playing 1.e4`at latest under the Christmas tree….in the year 2017? I´am looking not so much for a prediction but more for a promise….
    Keep up the great work!
    wolfsblut

  281. Jacob Aagaard
    September 13th, 2017 at 11:37 | #282

    @Wolfsblut
    John is working hard in the dungeon. The first commitment is to quality. So, he is trying, but it is a big endeavor as you will appreciate. What Negi did in three and a half book and Khalifman in 200, John will attempt to do in one.

    Give him some space please, he is not George R.R. Martin, who is working on everything else than the conclusion of the series :-).

  282. Pinpon
    September 13th, 2017 at 12:06 | #283

    Why not have two columns ?
    A classical ” Coming soon ”
    And another one named ” Dungeon ball and chain author(s) at work ” 😊

  283. Ray
    September 13th, 2017 at 13:24 | #284

    @ Jacob Aagaard

    🙂 🙂

  284. RYV
    September 13th, 2017 at 13:39 | #285

    I jacob
    Is there someone else in the dungeon preparing for 2018 ?
    Few weeks/months ago, there were posts about the classical/scheveningen sicilian, about a Kan/Taimanov sicilian book and a possible Najdorf sicilian new volume by a mysterious author ?
    Can you also tell us about other new projects ? (I dont care about publishing schedule, but rather interested in the kind of book you are intented…if not a secret)

  285. Frank van Tellingen
    September 13th, 2017 at 19:24 | #286

    Well, maybe if he is listening to some music produced by some other George Martin, he may relax a bit from time to time. Good luck to John – good lines won’t run away. @Jacob Aagaard

  286. Jacob Aagaard
    September 14th, 2017 at 15:00 | #287

    @RYV
    We have a few chatty books coming that we have not mentioned. Two of them by really strong GMs. I am editing one of them. They will pretty much come out of nowhere, but hopefully be very welcome.

    We have a guy working on a Kan book, but let’s see what happens. Sometimes people abandon projects and they should be allowed to do so. We have never talked about a book on the Classical Sicilian! But a few die-hards mention it all the time :-).

  287. Nico
    September 14th, 2017 at 16:17 | #288

    Well, Tiger was writing something again right? Isn’t this also his “big” work on something like “his way of chess”? 🙂

  288. Cowe
    September 14th, 2017 at 17:12 | #289

    “Way of the Tiger” is a bit obvious, but “Chess for Tiger” and “Yes we Kan” come to mind.

  289. Jacob Aagaard
    September 14th, 2017 at 19:26 | #290

    @Nico
    Let’s see when something is finished. He has been writing for a long time.

  290. RYV
    September 14th, 2017 at 20:00 | #291

    @Jacob Aagaard
    so we have to guess who are those 2″really strong GMs”.
    what is a really strong GM ?
    top 20 ?
    above 2700 ?
    former world champion or candidate ?
    experienced player ( many tournaments wins) ?
    player & trainer ?
    Ivanchouk ?

  291. hasan kutlu
    September 14th, 2017 at 21:07 | #292

    any plans of a petroff book

  292. Jacob Aagaard
    September 14th, 2017 at 21:13 | #293

    @RYV
    I shall keep my mouth shut in the future. Thank you for the reminder 🙂

  293. Jacob Aagaard
    September 14th, 2017 at 21:16 | #294

    @hasan kutlu
    Not right now.

  294. Leon Trotsky
    September 15th, 2017 at 01:06 | #295

    In the database I see that Marin plays quite a few Pirc lately 😀

    He played 4. Ae3 c6 against Landa, but 4…Ag7 against Hou in a blitz.

    I still feel like 5…0-0 agains the Austrian is likely.

  295. Fer
    September 15th, 2017 at 06:16 | #296

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @RYV
    I shall keep my mouth shut in the future. Thank you for the reminder

    😀 lol

  296. Seth
    September 15th, 2017 at 07:13 | #297

    We have never talked about a book on the Classical Sicilian! But a few die-hards mention it all the time :-).

    Did you just say Quality Chess was working on a book about the Classical Sicilian?! Awesome!! 😀

  297. Marcus
    September 15th, 2017 at 10:38 | #298

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @RYV
    We have a few chatty books coming that we have not mentioned. Two of them by really strong GMs. I am editing one of them. They will pretty much come out of nowhere, but hopefully be very welcome.

    Hopefully we get a Queens Indian based on Bb7 variations to fit Mikhalevskis repertoire book 😀

  298. Lasker
    September 15th, 2017 at 11:22 | #299

    To distract everybody a bit from speculating about autors: I recently got the Slav book of Avrukh’s. Very nice read. But I realized most top guys with black, including the chinese players, tend to avoid the classical Slav line with bf5, which Avrukh is proposing. They rather opt for a6 Slavs. Or in case of 1.d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc 5. a4 they play e6 instead of bf5. Have I missed any theoretical news regarding the classical slav? I always thought it was one of the soundest and theoretical healthiest defences to 1.d4 …. ?

  299. Ray
    September 15th, 2017 at 16:05 | #300

    @ Lasker

    It is – I think it is just a matter of fashion.

  300. Frank van Tellingen
    September 15th, 2017 at 18:30 | #301

    Isn’t this the old (and bad) way that Bogoljubow played against Alekhine? (And condemed by Kasparov in My Great Predecessors part I) What about 6.e4 in this line? Won’t White simply be better? @Lasker

  301. Nikos Ntirlis
    September 16th, 2017 at 06:56 | #302

    @Frank van Tellingen

    @Lasker

    This is a matter of fashion. The line is not for everyone. The e4 lines are very sharp, but to my eyes the e3 lines (take for example the Candidates game between Aronian and Svidler) are more critical. Black hasn’t shown complete equality there.

  302. Ray
    September 16th, 2017 at 07:49 | #303

    @Frank van Tellingen
    Meanwhile theory has moved on – i.m.o. Avrukh makes a convincing case for black in this variation. But black is equal in most openings nowadays 🙂

  303. Lasker
    September 16th, 2017 at 10:56 | #304

    @Frank van Tellingen
    you mean 6.e4 in the line 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc 5. a4 e6 and now 6. e4, right? And your comment is based on that line?

    It has recently been played quite a bit but I am not familiar with theory here.

    I am wondering why a lot of Slav specialists prefer a6 and such lines over bf5.

  304. Jacob Aagaard
    September 16th, 2017 at 13:12 | #305

    To me this is a bit like asking why some KID players play 3…d5 🙂

  305. Lasker
    September 16th, 2017 at 14:33 | #306

    Or a subtle hint towards the need of an a6-Slav book by QC 😉 Just kidding

  306. Mehmet
    September 16th, 2017 at 17:17 | #307

    Will you publish books for;
    1) Mainline Sicilian (Najdorf-Scheveningen) ?
    2)Mainline Spanish (Zaitsev-Tschigorin) ?
    I respect the huge effort you put in your publications but in my opinion this tasks are to be done yet.

  307. Lasker
    September 17th, 2017 at 06:45 | #308

    I think a Zaitsev Book is not really needed since there are already 2 realtively new ones out I think? The Sicilian requests will never get old though 😀

  308. Kingfury
    September 17th, 2017 at 09:15 | #309

    I hope the Sicilian Kan would materialized!

  309. Jacob Aagaard
    September 17th, 2017 at 12:57 | #310

    @Mehmet
    No Spanish book for a while for sure. We just did one.

  310. John Buggy
    September 17th, 2017 at 16:42 | #311

    I was just wondering if Avrukh’s 2A book will be coming out in October?

  311. Jacob Aagaard
    September 18th, 2017 at 12:08 | #312
  312. RYV
    September 19th, 2017 at 21:06 | #313

    hello Jacob, John, all QC team
    because of berlin, the italian game ( slow version with d3) is comming back . Is there any interest for a repertoire book on those lines….or just an old book on the subject is still ok ?

  313. Ray
    September 20th, 2017 at 08:01 | #314

    @ RYV

    There’s a quite recent book on the Slow (but venomous!) Italian, published by NIC.

  314. Thomas
    September 20th, 2017 at 09:36 | #315

    Anish Giri in the forward:
    I have little doubt that the variations in this book are neither complete nor faultless and some of the evaluations are to be doubted. Some, checked under the careful microscope of serious hardware and software, can and probably will be proven over-optimistic for White, and in extreme cases may even be blatantly wrong.

  315. Tim S
    September 20th, 2017 at 10:07 | #316

    @Thomas
    That same statement could be made about any book on a White opening, by any author or publishing house.

  316. RYV
    September 20th, 2017 at 11:07 | #317

    Ray :
    @ RYV
    There’s a quite recent book on the Slow (but venomous!) Italian, published by NIC.

    i heard many bad comments about this book..even Giri’s forwords is strange ; looks like he doesnt trust the variations !?
    that’s why i’m asking if QC has any serious work going on or planned

  317. Lucifer
    September 21st, 2017 at 01:42 | #318

    Tim S :
    @Thomas
    That same statement could be made about any book on a White opening, by any author or publishing house.

    Rare exception: a certain book on Catalan (not Avrukh’s) that made an impression that Black is okay or even slightly better in most lines – But the book was supposed to be viewed from White’s perspective.

  318. Pinpon
    September 22nd, 2017 at 16:24 | #319

    Had a more accurate study of ” E3 Poison ” today . Nikos was right , the Gruenfeld ( or anti- Gruenfeld ) chapter is interesting … as many others .
    I was interested by Axel comments on the QI move order , allowing or not dxc4 and a QGA à la Khalifman-Salov ( even if he does not mention this game ) .
    Having a pretty long look at this bishop endgame ( Remember ” Excelling at Chess ” pp 133-137 ! ) , i let Stockfish run at 32. Bh6 ( idea is to meet …f4 with the bischop at d2 )and tried to understand why the evaluation was stopped around +3 only to discover it was another case of B+P with the wrong colour .
    The endgame is drawn ( for instance 32.Bh6 f5 33.Bd2 f4 34.gf Be7 35.f5 ( simplest ) Kxf5 36.f3 h4 37. Kf2 Bf6 38. Bxb4 Bxd4+ 39. Kg2 and so on ) .
    Maybe the reason why Salov repeated the position

  319. Pinpon
    September 24th, 2017 at 18:45 | #320

    There is a rare rook ending at Isle of Man today : R + a,e,f, g,h vs R+e,f,g,h with Vallejo Pons with the a pawn.
    Do you know if there are theoretical reports about those positions ?

  320. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    September 25th, 2017 at 13:35 | #321

    RE Giri’s “strange” comment above – Maybe in Giri’s mind this is an argument in favor of buying the book.

  321. Tim S
    September 25th, 2017 at 14:59 | #322

    The above quote is incomplete and misleading, suggesting that Giri thinks the book is poor. Following directly from the above he says: “But the basic principles, the plans and the concepts as well as the model games offered in this book will help many ambitious chess lovers come closer to understanding the subtleties of this quiet yet fascinating opening.” In other words, theory doesn’t stand still but you can learn a lot from this book.

  322. Pinpon
    September 28th, 2017 at 20:51 | #323

    @Pinpon
    ( Khalifman – Salov ( Bishop ending ))
    That probably means that 25…b4 ( proposed by Jacob ) is the only way to try to win this ending

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