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So we landed on November 1st for publication of Grandmaster Repertoire – The Pirc Defence by Mihail Marin, Sharp Endgames by Esben Lund and The Thinkers our photography book by super photographer David Llada. All three are available in our webshop for purchase.

Besides this concrete date, nothing is really changed from the previous publishing schedule. We are working hard to complete books. Lots of them, hopefully, over the winter months.

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  1. mr
    October 8th, 2017 at 11:03 | #1

    Sharp Endgames looks like a great book. At what rating group is it aimed ?

    In ‘Pump up your rating’ Axel shared a link to an endgame database, (100 endgame positions he finds important) but I couldn’t find it on your website ?
    The link he provided http://qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/pumpupyourratingendgames.pgn

  2. dextro53
    October 8th, 2017 at 12:37 | #2

    When is the taimanov gm repertoire going to be released and who is writing it?

  3. Jacob Aagaard
    October 8th, 2017 at 13:21 | #3

    @dextro53
    See, if we wanted to release that information, we would write it in our publishing schedules. What we have said is that we are working on it, no promises πŸ™‚

  4. James2
    October 8th, 2017 at 18:42 | #4

    Hi all at QC,

    I know there are 2 books covering the open games (Marin, 10 years old now) and Nikos 1 e4 e5 but are there any plans to do either a) a GM Repertoire on the Open games from black’s perspective and or b) any book (GM Repertoire or not) on any lines of the Ruy Lopez (e.g. on 6..Bc5).

    Thank you.

    James

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    October 8th, 2017 at 22:33 | #5

    @James2
    No πŸ™‚

  6. A Davies
    October 9th, 2017 at 05:43 | #6

    @mr
    The following link works for me;
    http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/PumpUpYourRatingOpening.pgn
    If it goes that doesn’t then try the article from John Hartman’s review website;
    https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/the-book-of-the-year/
    The link from there is in the third to last paragraph.
    Hope this helps mate!

  7. A Davies
    October 9th, 2017 at 05:45 | #7
  8. Reyk
    October 9th, 2017 at 12:16 | #8

    Many thanks, Davies!

  9. Leon Trotsky
    October 10th, 2017 at 05:21 | #9

    So the Pirc excerpt is up, I was wondering if it is 4. Ae3 c6 ? I cannot tell if this is the reply for 4. Ae3. Is the Classical the line with 6…c6?

  10. mr
    October 10th, 2017 at 16:12 | #10

    Thanks A Davies

    I started studying theoretical endgames, and suddenly I have problems with tactics, anyone else ever had this problem ? (perhaps its the cold I have)

  11. October 10th, 2017 at 18:45 | #11

    @Leon

    Have to agree that the extracts Quality offer are often pretty disappointing in so far as working out the repertoire lines the author has chosen. I play the Pirc but am reluctant to buy this book based on the index provided.

    I think Chess Stars do this aspect really well.

  12. The Doctor
    October 10th, 2017 at 19:04 | #12

    @Michael

    I gave to agree. I mentioned the same thing a while back.

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    October 10th, 2017 at 19:16 | #13

    @Michael
    We will take your feedback into account. Thanks

  14. James2
    October 10th, 2017 at 20:04 | #14

    I’ve you’ve noticed with Chess Stars, they generally work ‘ECO forward’ and by that I mean if you look at the Kornev King’s Indian book, they work from E60 to E99. I’m not saying it is always the case but it is generally the case where they can.

    James

  15. Leon Trotsky
    October 10th, 2017 at 22:12 | #15

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I think it would be nice to have the entire Table of Contents with each chapter starting the move sequence from move 1. This allows buyers to see the lines given, especially in excerpts, but also when browsing quickly in a chess book store.

    Of course this does not matter to me in this case, because I shall buy the Pirc book anyway :). But it helps also when reading the book, to know in which sequence to study each chapter.

  16. Leon Trotsky
    October 10th, 2017 at 22:20 | #16

    @Jacob Aagaard
    For example, in the Pirc excerpt, for the 4. Ae3 chapters, there are three: 5. Cf3, 5. h3, 5. Dd2. The problem is that these moves are all viable against both 4…c6 and 4…Ag7, and I cannot tell which is the recommendation for Black.

  17. Andrew Greet
    October 11th, 2017 at 11:47 | #17

    Against 4.Be3, Marin recommends 4…c6. After 5.Nf3 he gives 5…Bg7, while both 5.h3 and 5.Qd2 are met by 5…c6.
    Against the Classical, he gives 6…c6.
    I hope this helps.

  18. Thomas
    October 11th, 2017 at 11:50 | #18

    @Andrew Greet
    So Marin recommends 4.Be3 c6 5.Qd2 c6 ? #Confused

  19. Jacob Aagaard
    October 11th, 2017 at 12:27 | #19

    @Leon Trotsky
    I would probably want to do it a bit differently, but I understand the sentiment and we shall discuss it internally.

  20. Andrew Greet
    October 11th, 2017 at 13:14 | #20

    @Thomas

    Apologies for the typo. Against 5.h3 and 5.Qd2 he recommends 5…Nbd7.

  21. Leon Trotsky
    October 11th, 2017 at 18:41 | #21

    @Andrew Greet
    Thanks. Against 5…c5 6. Ab5+ in the Austrian, does Marin recommend 8…Axb5 9. exf7+ and putting the king of d7 or f8, or allow the repetition with 8…fxe6?

  22. Ray
    October 12th, 2017 at 05:45 | #22

    Marin is never running away from a draw, so he’ll probably go for 8…fxe6 πŸ™‚

  23. Andrew Greet
    October 12th, 2017 at 16:02 | #23

    Marin recommends 8…fxe6, while also providing some analysis of 8…Bxb5 9.exf7+ Kf8 as a way of keeping the game going.

    I’m not a Pirc player; but if I was, I would deal with the draw problem as follows. I’d have Marin’s book as my main reference work, and would use it to have 5…c5 as an option in games where an early draw wouldn’t be a problem. However, I’d also probably supplement it with either The Modern Tiger or some other book with good coverage of 5…0-0, in order to vary my responses and avoid the drawing line against much weaker opponents or in other must-win games.

  24. Leon Trotsky
    October 13th, 2017 at 01:02 | #24

    @Andrew Greet
    In some FIDE events where they have some no-draw rule before move 30 or whatever, are repetitions allowed? Still it is good that he provided two lines though.

    In the 5…c5 line, another crucial option is when White goes 6. dxc5 Da5 7. Dd4. If I am not mistaken, someone here recommended this line for a book? πŸ™‚

  25. Jacob Aagaard
    October 13th, 2017 at 08:13 | #25

    @Leon Trotsky
    Yes, repetitions are not draw agreements.

  26. Andrew Greet
    October 13th, 2017 at 10:52 | #26

    @Leon Trotsky

    Hmm, 7.Qd4… looks to me like a real patzer’s move!
    Joking aside, of course it’s covered in the book, and Mihail has found a good solution.

  27. Isolani
    October 13th, 2017 at 15:48 | #27

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @Michael
    We will take your feedback into account. Thanks

    At last! I used to complain here about all those uninformative excerpts but get tired (and saved some money).
    By the way, I find d4d5 excerpt quite good from an informative point of view, so my standards may be not that extravagants. Nikos intro is just what I like to know on the lines covered before buying. Of course, a more concrete opening may require a bit more detail but it’s fine for me.
    On the other side, the Nimzo excerpt is really, really a step too far in the art of saying nothing on the lines covered.

  28. James2
    October 14th, 2017 at 07:07 | #28

    I don’t see Negi 5 or Avrukh 2A on the coming soon list. I think it has been mentioned recently that Avrukh will be out this year but I can’t remember. We haven’t heard much about Negi in a while.

    Any further information on these two at the moment please?

    Thank you.

    James

  29. Jacob Aagaard
    October 14th, 2017 at 12:27 | #29

    @James2
    We are hoping to get 2A out December/January

  30. James2
    October 14th, 2017 at 13:26 | #30

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Ahhh, good!

    Thanks Jacob!!

  31. Fredrik23
    October 14th, 2017 at 14:17 | #31

    Hi Jacob,
    My elo is around 2100. I started to play since I was a kid, reach 2100 around 5 years ago and didn’t make any real progress. I have never studied chess properly, mostly I was reading some books, have some lessons with a coach and play a great amount of blitz games over the internet.

    I decide to take chess seriously and try to reach 2500. I can put 1 hour per day of “quality” time. I don’t care how long is going to take to reach this level, so I don’t to focus just on something short term like opening preparation.

    How would you study chess if you were in my situation?
    Do you think a coach would be useful in my situation? One of my biggest problem is that I am not sure on what are my main strength and weaknesses as a player. If you were me, how would you choose a good coach and what you do you think is the best way to take advantage of having a coach?

    Thank you for your help,
    Fredrik

  32. Thomas
    October 15th, 2017 at 05:47 | #32

    @Isolani
    Agreed. I also didn’t buy any Agatha Christie book because they never told the name of the murderer in the summary on the cover, so I couldn’t decide if I liked it.

  33. Jacob Aagaard
    October 15th, 2017 at 06:22 | #33

    @Thomas
    I am sure there is a middle ground to be found and we will investigate it over the next two weeks before the next release.

  34. Timotheos Lirindzakis
    October 15th, 2017 at 11:26 | #34

    I would like to ask about the possibility for a book about the Queen`s Indian defence from Black point of view.When and who will be the author?Thank you very much.

  35. Johnnyboy
    October 15th, 2017 at 14:46 | #35

    Have to say I would prefer more information here. Haven’t bought key concepts in gambit play as some of the gambit names in the excerpts are too vague eg “scotch”… could be any of a number of gambits or a brief coverage of all. At a bookstall you could browse through the book to see if they were of interest to you but you are buying an expensive book…

  36. Johnnyboy
    October 15th, 2017 at 14:49 | #36

    … In the dark when buying it online or through forward chess.
    On a positive note you got a great write up for all your work and methods from Ghopade in today’s Isle of Man article on chessbase news. Congratulations

  37. kingfury
    October 15th, 2017 at 18:00 | #37

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Does Nikolaos cover/have a line against the 6.Qc2 in the queen’s gambit exchange variation?As you can see this is the white repertoire of Lars in his Playing 1.d4 .

  38. Alfonso Gisbert
    October 15th, 2017 at 18:51 | #38

    Dear Jacob,

    Who is going to be The author of playing the najdorf? And when is planned to be out?

  39. Ray
    October 16th, 2017 at 05:53 | #39

    @kingfury

    Absolutely! If you (want to) play the QGD, you should definitely buy this book – it’s brilliant!

  40. Jacob Aagaard
    October 16th, 2017 at 08:37 | #40

    @Timotheos Lirindzakis
    Hopefully Roiz and hopefully early next year. But let us see how things work out.

  41. Jacob Aagaard
    October 16th, 2017 at 08:38 | #41

    @Johnnyboy
    Thank you

  42. Jacob Aagaard
    October 16th, 2017 at 08:38 | #42

    @Alfonso Gisbert
    Next year and it is too early to mention his name.

  43. kingfury
    October 16th, 2017 at 12:30 | #43

    @Ray

    Thanks!Yes I’d definitely buy the QGD book of Nikolaos.

  44. James
    October 18th, 2017 at 10:48 | #44

    @Jacob is there any chance of a new Caro-Kann (C-K) rep book in the future? I’d love to see Ntirlis have a go at it, especially after his great success with the QGD book. I’d love a book just like that, but for the C-K. Perhaps offering a more ‘practical’ and/or ‘solid’ approach like Karpov used to play it, than some of the more recent C-K reps published by rival publishers. That said, I would buy it even if it offered modern sharp lines. The more reps published on the C-K the merrier!

  45. James2
    October 18th, 2017 at 11:52 | #45

    @James
    Chess Stars are releasing book 2 of Kornev’s Black repertoire with ..d5 and ..c6 in November.

    James

  46. James2
    October 18th, 2017 at 13:05 | #46

    Hi John,

    Just a polite enquiry to see how you are getting on with your second Playing 1 e4 book?

    Thank you.

    James

  47. James2
    October 18th, 2017 at 14:32 | #47

    Hi Andrew,

    I just wanted to ask if (in Marin’s new Pirc book) is 2 g3 or 2 c4 covered, with the white intention of trying to achieve a Botvinnik English set up (whilst perhaps not transposing to the fianchetto chapter?). You could always meet that system with d6/Nf6/g6/Bg7/0-0 and then ..c5 (not blocking the bishop’s diagonal) but sometimes I feel that this gives white what he wants which is to play h3, f4-f5 and hack away on the kingside.

    Thank you very much.

    James

  48. Jacob Aagaard
    October 18th, 2017 at 21:53 | #48

    @James
    Not short term

  49. Jacob Aagaard
    October 18th, 2017 at 21:54 | #49

    @James2
    John is making progress, but it is an ambitious piece of work…

  50. Christoph
    October 18th, 2017 at 22:12 | #50

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Since you’re making the announcement for this particular book for (at least) over a year now, you should clearly overthink your marketing strategy.
    I feel kind of fooled about the announcement when you’re saying “Winter 2016”, “Spring 2017”, “Summer 2017”, “Autumn 2017”, “Winter 2017/18”.
    So, will Berlin finish their airport before you’re publishing the second part of Playing 1. e4?

  51. Ray
    October 19th, 2017 at 05:57 | #51

    @ Jacob Aagaard

    Fitting the French and Open Sicilian into one volume (of non-biblical size) while still providing a reasonably complete and ambitious repertoire sounds next to impossible to me… Negi needed 4 volumes for this, so I guess 2 volumes would already be a challenge.

  52. Jacob Aagaard
    October 19th, 2017 at 08:25 | #52

    @Ray
    The problem comes from running a company at the same time and be home by tea-time…

  53. Ray
    October 19th, 2017 at 09:32 | #53

    With these challenging boundary conditions it will be downright heroic to finish such an ambitious book πŸ™‚

  54. Thomas
    October 19th, 2017 at 11:13 | #54

    Ever considered hiring a ghost writer? Some names come to mind that could write such a book over a weekend. Well, the results might not exactly comply to QC-standards…

  55. Andrew Greet
    October 19th, 2017 at 11:49 | #55

    @James2
    Yes, he considers 2.c4 and suggests a good antidote against the Botvinnik set-up.

  56. James2
    October 19th, 2017 at 11:54 | #56

    @Andrew Greet
    Ahha! Good. Sometimes those things might slip through the net, but I would have been very surprised if wasn’t in there somewhere.

    Thanks Andrew.

    James

  57. Pinpon
    October 19th, 2017 at 18:08 | #57

    We are all expecting John’s autobiography ” My Life in the Dungeon ”
    Maybe 2018 ?

  58. The Lurker
    October 19th, 2017 at 20:28 | #58

    Pinpon :
    We are all expecting John’s autobiography ” My Life in the Dungeon ”
    Maybe 2018 ?

    Shhhh!!! We don’t want to give John any ideas! Next thing we know, he will write “My Life in the Dungeon” before he finishes “Playing 1. e4”. “Dungeon” will then be stretched into a series, “A Tale of Mire and Lice”. Then he’ll take 6 years converting that into a critically acclaimed cable TV series. Then 6 years after that, he’ll release a prequel, “A Knight of the Seven Chessboards”…

  59. kingfury
    October 22nd, 2017 at 08:40 | #59

    @Jacob/Andrew

    I’d like to inquire about Michael Roiz’s main recommendation on 4.e3 and 4.Qc2 main line?As I’d like to use this book together with Playing 1.d4 d5 of Nikos.Wiaiting for the book of Nikos to arrive.
    Thanks in advance.

  60. Jacob Aagaard
    October 22nd, 2017 at 11:50 | #60

    @kingfury
    We don’t do repertoire revelations before the book is at the printer.

  61. PaulH
    October 22nd, 2017 at 13:29 | #61

    @kingfury
    If you are talking about the Nimzo book, which I think you are, it is e3 O-O, with the Bd3 line met by d5. For Qc2, it is d5 lines.

  62. Jacob Aagaard
    October 22nd, 2017 at 14:20 | #62

    @PaulH
    Gosh yeah, I thought it was the QID book πŸ™‚

  63. kingfury
    October 22nd, 2017 at 15:54 | #63

    @PaulH

    Thanks

  64. Leon Trotsky
    October 24th, 2017 at 08:08 | #64

    Is the Forward Chess version published on the given date at QC local time or another timezone?

  65. Johnnyboy
    October 25th, 2017 at 15:01 | #65

    Wee question on pricing on Forward Chess . Have accepted that you must have some agreement with Boris as his books are all priced higher than the other qc tomes as he is a big ‘name’ in chess but why is Sharp Endgames similarly priced higher. Can’t be just a ‘prices are going up’ as Marin released on same day but has a bigger name and reputation as an author and his book is bigger but priced cheaper. Thanks

  66. Ray
    October 25th, 2017 at 16:46 | #66

    @Johnnyboy
    Marin cheaper? I see on Forward Chess that both GM Pirc and Sharp Endgames are priced $ 19,99.

  67. Johnnyboy
    October 25th, 2017 at 16:57 | #67

    its 17.99 lund and 13.99 marin in uk pounds

  68. Johnnyboy
    October 25th, 2017 at 16:58 | #68

    looks like a pricing mistake

  69. Johnnyboy
    October 25th, 2017 at 16:59 | #69

    are the gelfand books more expensive than standard in the us then as here?

  70. Pinpon
    October 25th, 2017 at 17:14 | #70

    Same price in euros .
    Most probably a Brexit effect πŸ™‚

  71. Johnnyboy
    October 25th, 2017 at 17:17 | #71

    final straw for Theresa May if chess book consequences for Brexit- mass revolt in the streets

  72. bebbe
    October 26th, 2017 at 09:19 | #72

    What is Roiz recomendation against 4.f3 in the NID?

    Is the queens gambit toally harmless for black now after Nikos 1.d4, d5?
    What is whites best shot at an edge after 1.d4, d5? Catalan?
    I know nikos recomend 4.-dxc4 5.Nf3, a6 against the catalan,
    What is his recomendations against 6.Ne5 and 6.0-0?

  73. bebbe
    October 26th, 2017 at 09:22 | #73

    Should be 4.-dxc4 5.Bg2, a6

  74. bebbe
    October 26th, 2017 at 09:28 | #74

    Is the Catalan a good choice for an attacking player?
    Some lines were black takes the pawn and try to hang on to it are really exciting.
    The mainline 6.-dxc4 and the closed Catalan can however be quite dull.

    Some lines in the Bogoindian after 1.d4, Nf6 2.c4, e6 3.g3, Bb4+ can also be quite dull.

    Currently I play the 4.f3 NID which almost always leads to exciting play.

  75. James2
    October 26th, 2017 at 12:28 | #75

    @bebbe
    Just a thought, why don’t you buy the book and find out?

    James

  76. James2
    October 26th, 2017 at 12:35 | #76

    Hi all,

    I have already ordered the new Marin Pirc book which will be released next week, but I wanted to ask if anybody who has already purchased the electronic version what their initial thoughts are? Also, if they have the Kornev Pirc book from the end of last year, how does it compare to that.

    Thank you very much.

    James

  77. John Shaw
    October 26th, 2017 at 15:20 | #77

    Johnnyboy :
    its 17.99 lund and 13.99 marin in uk pounds

    Lund and Marin on Forward Chess look the same UK pound price as each other on my devices (as they should be). Maybe something was changed by FC since you commented.

  78. October 26th, 2017 at 17:49 | #78

    @bebbe

    Roiz gives 4…c5 against 4 f3.

    The Catalan tends to be more about building on small positional advantages than direct attacks.

  79. PaulH
    October 26th, 2017 at 22:08 | #79

    Mr Sadler does not like the e3 poison book in latest New in Chess. First negative QC review I can recall….but having read the book I thought he makes some good points.

  80. James2
    October 26th, 2017 at 22:59 | #80

    Hi Jacob,

    I know Kotronias has completed his work on the King’s Indian, but I was wondering if there was any chance he might be considering a book on 1 d4 sidelines, together with lines against the English and Reti (and perhaps 1 b3, f4, etc) from a King’s Indian player’s perspective. I think while it would be popular the answer will perhaps be ‘No’…..

    Anyway, thank you.

    James

  81. Johnnyboy
    October 27th, 2017 at 00:22 | #81

    @John Shaw
    Yes price change same as yours on my device too

  82. Ray
    October 27th, 2017 at 08:12 | #82

    @James2
    I think I read somewhere (on this blog?) that Kotronias has quit writing chess books?

  83. Cowe
    October 27th, 2017 at 09:59 | #83

    @Bebbe on Catalan vs Nimzo, adding to Michael’s comment:
    – With Nf3 and g3 White is buying King safety, which is especially important in rapid games. Clearly you can’t expect king safety AND attacking chances, so be ready for a long game, barring the occasional blunder on the long diagonal.
    – Quite often White has to sacrifce a queenside pawn for uncertain compensation (e.g. stranded b7 bishop), “uncertain” being related to players strength. There’s a risk for White to let the compensation slip away whitout even noticing. See if it fits your style.

    If you like exciting chess and you’re happy with the f3 nimzo, imo there’s no reason to move to Catalan, which is primarioly an anti-nimzo option. Just my 2c of course.

  84. Bebbe
    October 27th, 2017 at 12:14 | #84

    @Cowe

    Thanks for your advice!

    I want to keep my 4.f3 Nimzo. It really fits my style better than the Catalan.

    The Catalan is a good safe extra option that can be used against 1.d4, Nf6 2.c4, e6, against 1.d4, d5 2.c4, e6 and the triangle system. I dont mind sacrificing a pawn for uncertain compensation. The king is safer than in the f3-Nimzo.

    What really concerns me are the dull variations (closed, bogo) and also the Benoni after 1.d4, Nf6 2.c4, e6 3.g3 since I play the Taimanov against the Benoni which fits wit the NID.

  85. Jacob Aagaard
    October 27th, 2017 at 13:58 | #85

    @James2
    Kotronias has indeed taken a break from writing after writing a lot over a few years.

  86. James2
    October 27th, 2017 at 14:48 | #86

    @Ray
    Thanks Ray, and thanks Jacob. That’s a shame as it would have been a nice subject to get his views on.

    Thanks all.

    James

  87. Ray
    October 27th, 2017 at 14:58 | #87

    @Bebbe
    I.m.o. the Catalan set-up is pretty harmless against the Triangle System (see e.g. Scherbakov’s book on the Triangle).

  88. Bebbe
    October 27th, 2017 at 15:47 | #88

    @Ray

    I do not agree. What do you play after 1.d4,d5 2.c4,e6 3.Nf3,c6 4.g3?

  89. Bebbe
    October 27th, 2017 at 15:51 | #89

    Thinking of sticking to the f3 nimzo and play the Catalan only after the Queen’s gambit moveorder. If black plays 3.-d5 instead of nimzo there is cxd5.

  90. Jacob Aagaard
    October 27th, 2017 at 16:11 | #90

    @Ray
    The Noteboom is not in a good shape at the moment though πŸ™

  91. Ray
    October 27th, 2017 at 17:02 | #91

    @Bebbe
    I suggest you look it up yourself in Scherbakov’s book…

  92. Ray
    October 27th, 2017 at 17:02 | #92

    @Jacob Aagaard
    That’s true πŸ™‚

  93. Ray
    October 27th, 2017 at 17:05 | #93

    @Bebbe
    If I were you I would switch to 1.e4. I’ve tried the Catalan myself a few times (and I have also played the 4.f3 Nimzo), but it’s an awful lot of theory and it’s so flexible that most of the time I don’t have a clue what to do. When I played 1.d4, I preferred the QG Exchange, since the plans are quite clear. But of course in the meantime this has been defused by Nikos πŸ™‚

  94. Seth
    October 27th, 2017 at 19:44 | #94

    Hi! I was unsure where to post this question. Hopefully this is OK.

    Would Nikolaos have a recommendation against 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.b3? This annoying sideline is rather popular around these parts. Any areas (like games) to base further my further investigations would be really appreciated.

    I love this book, by the way! The introductions in the chapters serve as a nice foundation to teach this opening to my students. I also want to play some of these lines. 10/10 Would buy again. πŸ™‚

  95. Bebbe
    October 27th, 2017 at 19:46 | #95

    @Ray

    I have, he recommends 4.-dxc4 5. Bg2, b5, very sharp and critical.

    I do not think there is less theory after1.e4 if White plays mainline theory.
    Played it a lot as junior and tried it again in some games ten years ago.
    I like being white in the Sicilian, but had problems against the e5 French and the Caro.
    The French is also very flexible and difficult strategically. I got outplayed pretty badly in a couple of French games against strong opponents.

    The Petroff and the Berlin is not my cup of tea. Some of the e4 lines ebbs out to quickly.

    Personally I think d4 is the most combative move, but this is of course.

    Appreciate your advice but have already tried this.

    I agree that the Catalan is very theoretical and is hard to play well.
    But the queens gambit seems a dead end right now.

  96. Bebbe
    October 27th, 2017 at 19:47 | #96

    This is of course a matter of taste.

  97. Bebbe
    October 27th, 2017 at 19:49 | #97

    The f3-nimzo is not that theoretical. It is a great fighting weapon I think.

  98. mn
    October 28th, 2017 at 03:31 | #98

    Can we have some hints to the recommendation against 4 Bg5 in the Pirc book please? πŸ™‚

  99. Andre
    October 28th, 2017 at 08:40 | #99

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @Ray
    The Noteboom is not in a good shape at the moment though

    What’s the critical line(s)?

  100. Franck steenbekkers
    October 28th, 2017 at 11:44 | #100

    @mn
    Marin recommend 4…c6

  101. James2
    October 28th, 2017 at 11:55 | #101

    I was hoping to see John front up for Scotland at the European Team Championships… Has Jacob confiscated his passport while he puts the finishing touches to Playing 1 e4 vol. 2?! ;0)

    James

  102. Jacob Aagaard
    October 28th, 2017 at 11:59 | #102

    @James2
    John is sort of retired I think, although we have not spoken about it. Not even a league game for almost a year.

  103. TD
    October 28th, 2017 at 13:04 | #103

    @PaulH,

    I was thinking of buying “e3 Poison”, but I am curious about Sadler’s (and your) negative points.

  104. Paul H
    October 28th, 2017 at 13:59 | #104

    @TD
    Some comments from Sadler:
    “The first feeling I had was that I could barely follow which lines Smith was recommending. Nuggets of information were spread – almost hidden you might say – all over the book. For example- I found just 3 quick references to Smith’s preferred move order”

    “Why does Smith spend a whole chapter analysing the anti Benko ….. where the move e3 never comes into play”

    “There’s a really good book on 1Nf3/2 e3 somewhere in there, but the organisation of the material is too chaotic to bring that out properly”

    From my perspective I enjoyed it very much as a general treatise, with a view to improving the range of positions I could play. But I didn’t feel it gave me a repertoire or coherent understanding of a system. Which I think is similar to Sadler’s commentary.

    I would be interested to hear the QC’s guys thoughts when they digest the whole review.

  105. TD
    October 28th, 2017 at 14:28 | #105

    Thanks PaulH!

  106. James2
    October 28th, 2017 at 15:23 | #106

    @Franck steenbekkers
    Hi Franck,

    I was just wondering, the only 4..c6 line that Shaw gives in his book is 5 Qd2 b5 6 e5. What does Marin recommend against 5 Qd2, and if it is not covered by Shaw, does John have any suggestions after reading Marin’s book?

    Thank you very much.

    James

  107. October 28th, 2017 at 18:32 | #107

    @Franck steenbekkers

    Out of interest does Marin cover 5 Bxf6 after 4…c6 and similarly if he is recommending 5….b5 after 5 Qd2 does he again look at the Bxf6 capture.

    Rarely played, but a line in which black needs to know what he is doing to avoid a disadvantage. One of the reasons I prefer 4….Bg7 to 4….c6.

    Thanks

  108. Ray
    October 29th, 2017 at 08:08 | #108

    @Paul H
    I agree with Sadler’s points. I also tried to distill a repertoire from the book, but it was too cumbersome. Also (a point not mentioned by Sadler) what really bothered me is that Smith doesn’s give any (computer) assessments at the end of his lines. To be fair, he explains his views on this, but still it’s annoying if (like me) you go for an ambitious white repertoire. I think the book is more for understanding and one should not try to build a repertoire from it with a variation tree. I can imagine this works fine for a lot of people, but not so for me.

  109. Jacob Aagaard
    October 29th, 2017 at 18:00 | #109

    Smith’s book cannot be seen as a simple repertoire a la Avrukh, play this, this and this. It is based on understanding the arising position and knowing where you are better and where you are not and then trying to steer in that direction. Some feedback we have had is fantastic, some of it is more like Sadler’s. This always happens when someone does something non-standard and ambitious. If you try to look for the simple repertoire, as Sadler seemed to have done, it fails. But square pecks do not fit in round holes. which I would argue is not the fault of the hole or the peck, but of the person trying to make them fit.

  110. Jacob Aagaard
    October 29th, 2017 at 18:01 | #110

    Sadler once gave Practical Chess Defence 3/5 (ten years after publication, he had written that no books on defence existed so I sent it to him as a present, not with the intention of having it reviewed). I strongly disagree with this evaluation. It is my first really good book. But we all have different taste and I do not think a lukewarm review means we have done anything wrong.

  111. Pinpon
    October 29th, 2017 at 20:26 | #111

    Smith’s book is a good book and there are many interesting ideas .
    As a 1.c4/1.Nf3/1.d4 player , i was the ideal customer and i was most interested by QGR / Anti Gruenfeld / Anti Nimzo / Anti Slav positions .
    Of course there is nothing magical with e3 ( surprised ? ) but even the so called ” Poor Man’s Benoni ” is worth analysis ( just don’t play it against Svidler πŸ˜‰ )

  112. Pinpon
    October 29th, 2017 at 21:42 | #112

    Began to read and study E.Lund’s book .
    Looks excellent !

  113. Jacob Aagaard
    October 29th, 2017 at 22:28 | #113

    Sadler is a great reviewer, because he is honest about what he likes and does not like and argues his case. Sometimes he likes some of our books more than I do, sometimes less. I can live with that :-).

  114. RWL
    October 30th, 2017 at 14:56 | #114

    If I ordered Pirc…Sharp Endgames…The Thinkers are they being shipped separately or are you holding the order until The Thinkers is ready to ship and ship all three together?

  115. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    October 30th, 2017 at 15:11 | #115

    There was also Soltis _The Art of Defense in Chess_ (1975), Marin _Secrets of Chess Defence_ (2003), Crouch _How to Defend in Chess_ (2007), etc., etc., so GM Sadler does not know everything. Unless he was slyly suggesting these books are so bad they don’t actually teach defence.

    I don’t mind if a reviewer dislikes a book that I like. All they have to do is give enough information about the book that I can decide whether I want to buy it. I remember back in the day when Siskel and Ebert were doing their syndicated movie reviews. Two thumbs up, probably good movie. Two thumbs down, probably bad movie. Siskel thumb down, Ebert thumb up, not sure. Siskel thumb up, Ebert thumb down, must see it!

  116. James2
    October 30th, 2017 at 18:12 | #116

    Hi Jacaob!

    The coming soon section is looking a little skinny again……………. :o(

    Ah well, at least the Pirc book will be with me at some point this week! :o)

    James

  117. Jacob Aagaard
    October 31st, 2017 at 11:35 | #117

    @RWL
    All three together. Because the UPS savings we get, which we pass on to the customer, do not come into account if we have to ship twice.

  118. Jacob Aagaard
    October 31st, 2017 at 11:37 | #118

    @An Ordinary Chessplayer
    Sadler did know about these books. I am away and cannot search for his review right now to quote him directly. But somehow it was about working on defence or something like that. It made sense, except he did not know my book πŸ™‚

  119. Jacob Aagaard
    October 31st, 2017 at 11:37 | #119

    @James2
    I will think of you here from Mallorca, where I am continuing my hell holes of the World lecture tour πŸ˜‰

  120. Jacob Aagaard
    October 31st, 2017 at 12:13 | #120

    I know the coming soon section is very slim, we simply have not finished the covers!

  121. Paul H
    October 31st, 2017 at 12:50 | #121

    @James2
    Is the Thinkers delayed by 2 weeks?

    Hopefully Marin/Lund will be at London Chess Centre On Friday, and will acquire those then.

  122. Jacob Aagaard
    October 31st, 2017 at 13:59 | #122

    @Paul H
    Yes, we encountered a technical problem, which I am not really up for talking about right now. But it will be two weeks delayed and everything is OK. The other two books were sent out to all the shops according to the schedule.

  123. James2
    October 31st, 2017 at 14:36 | #123

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Well, I’m hoping to see Negi 5, Avrukh 2 and maybe some we’ve never heard of there soon!!

    I hope you are enjoying your tour Jacob.

    James

  124. RWL
    October 31st, 2017 at 16:45 | #124

    @Jacob Aagaard
    That is disappointing, I understand your need to save money is it possible to invoice me the additional amount so that the books can go out immediately?

  125. Leon Trotsky
    October 31st, 2017 at 21:17 | #125

    @Jacob Aagaard
    So if I understand correctly, Pirc is in the shop tomorrow, and Thinkers in mid-Novembre ?

  126. John Shaw
    November 1st, 2017 at 11:22 | #126

    RWL :
    @Jacob Aagaard
    That is disappointing, I understand your need to save money is it possible to invoice me the additional amount so that the books can go out immediately?

    No need to send us anything more. We posted the first two books in your order two days ago (30th). ‘The Thinkers’ will follow separately as soon as it is available. And we are doing the same for others in a similar position. I know Jacob said differently above, but he is away at the moment, so he didn’t know.

  127. John Shaw
    November 1st, 2017 at 11:27 | #127

    Leon Trotsky :
    @Jacob Aagaard
    So if I understand correctly, Pirc is in the shop tomorrow, and Thinkers in mid-Novembre ?

    Correct. The exceptions are a couple of shops in Spain who received ‘The Thinkers’ directly from the printer, so they are lucky. The rest of us, including me, will have to wait until mid-November to see it.

  128. Boki
    November 1st, 2017 at 14:59 | #128

    The coming soon section is quite funny: One book which is already published and another book which propably will not be published soon πŸ˜€
    (Sorry could not resist, keep up the Great work)

  129. Jacob Aagaard
    November 2nd, 2017 at 10:40 | #129

    @James2
    Avrukh 2A is progressing well and Negi has promised us that something will happen in the next few months, but let’s see how that works out before making promises. πŸ™‚

  130. Zigurds
    November 4th, 2017 at 09:41 | #130

    Hi guys,

    just an observation on an extremely minor line in John’s “playing 1.e4” (which I’m loving): on page 173 after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 d6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Nc3 Ng4 9. h3 Ne5 10.Na4 Bb6 11.Be2 0-0 12.b3 (the novelty) Re8 13.Nxb6 axb6 14.Bb2 John only mentions 14…Bb7 after which his idea is to play a4, f3 and enjoy the pair of bishops. While I agree, the engine suggests 14…Qh4 which puts e4 under pressure and apparently forces white to play f4 in the next couple of moves after which e4 may become a weakness.

  131. AliceB
    November 9th, 2017 at 06:26 | #131

    I just bought Marin’s book about Pirc defence, which is my lovely opening. I am happy that there is analysed lot of new ideas and lines, but I found (at the moment) one inconsistency, which is not tragical but little bit annoying.
    After 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bf4 (yes, definitelly sideline) c6 5.Qd2 Nbd7 6.Nf3 Bg7 and now 7.Bh6! which is not mentioned (page 329). In fact black shouldnt play 7…0-0, because then transpose to 7…Nbd7?! line on page 210 (after 8.Bxg7 Kxg7 9.e5 de5 10.de5 Ng4 11.0-0-0 +/-, but position maybe is not so bad), when remains 7..Bxh6 8.Qxh6 which is position, what is maybe somewhere mentioned in the book, bud definitelly not everyone taste (Kasparov-Radjabov 2002)

  132. middlewave
    November 9th, 2017 at 09:39 | #132

    David Llada made a presentation of “The Thinkers” at the European Team Chess Championships in Crete a few days ag, where a few copies were available.
    I got hold of one of them. I saw, touched, smelled the book. Then went through it.
    It’s magical.
    Cannot possibly think of a better chess-related gift to give around. It’s just beautiful.

  133. Areopagiet
    November 9th, 2017 at 11:57 | #133

    @AliceB
    Unfortunately, exactly the same problem exists in the 4) Be3 line. Page 236 gives 4) Be3 c6 5) Qd2 Nbd7 7) Bh6 0-0 and now Marin only mentions 8) 0-0-0, but 8) Bxg7! again leads to the same variation on page 210. This is actually a pretty serious problem for black.

  134. John Shaw
    November 9th, 2017 at 17:01 | #134

    @AliceB
    @Areopagiet

    We will make an update file of any extra Pirc lines that should be mentioned.

    Before we printed, we had two players, with several decades of Pirc-playing experience, check all the key lines were covered , but it seems the many possible transpositions proved too tricky.

  135. Thomas
    November 10th, 2017 at 07:19 | #135

    @John Shaw
    Finding 3.Nd2 doesn’t look too tricky to me.

  136. John Shaw
    November 10th, 2017 at 10:14 | #136

    Thomas :
    @John Shaw
    Finding 3.Nd2 doesn’t look too tricky to me.

    True, but I was referring to the transpositional line that AliceB and Areopagiet mentioned, which was why I put @AliceB and @Areopagiet at the start of my reply. I didn’t think that was too tricky to understand, but here we are.

    Any update will also include 3.Nd2 and the 4.h4 move that James2 mentioned in the other thread. Though 4.h4 should not take too long. After 4…Bg7 the only sensible move is 5.Be2, transposing to line C4 of Chapter 14. White could play a non-sensible move such as 5.h5 but I will happily take that with 5…Nxh5.

  137. James2
    November 10th, 2017 at 16:04 | #137

    @John Shaw Lots of blitz games on ICC by Vlassov (Bazar-Wokzal) with 4 h4. Smerdon also payed this recently. I’m not saying it is any good, but these 4 h4 systems are sometimes met so it would be nice to see what Marin thought.

    Thanks John.

    James

  138. bebbe
    November 16th, 2017 at 09:38 | #138

    I wonder what will be the recommendation in GM repertoire 6a against 6.Bg5?
    Preferably it should be something that gives winning chances, is practical and holds theorethically as well.

  139. bebbe
    November 16th, 2017 at 09:41 | #139

    It would be nice if it could cover the Gelfand variation or the delayed poisoned pawn. I think these variations are in pretty good shape. The poisoned pawn is of course valid but has had extensive coverage elsewhere and is too drawish.

  140. bebbe
    November 16th, 2017 at 10:57 | #140

    What Sicilian gives black best attacking chances? Many would say the dragon but I dont agree. It is true for 9.Bc4 but for other variations it is another matter. Many exchanges and early endgames are normal. I would say the classical with the Kozul against richter rauzer gives black attacking chances or the Najdorf. The Tajmanov,Kan ,the Áccelerated dragon and the Sveshnikov are all rather solid.

  141. Christoph
    November 18th, 2017 at 23:50 | #141

    One short question about the Grunfeld:
    There is the line in the Avrukh about
    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8.
    Be3 Qa5 9. Qd2 Nc6 10. Rb1 a6 11. Rc1 Bg4 12. d5 Rd8 13. Be2 O-O 14. O-O Bxf3
    15. Bxf3 e6 *
    where Svidler points out in his video, that he thinks black has quite some problems after 16. Be2 which is not mentioned by Avrukh. I checked the Updates and didn’t find something as well. Will you update this particular line in the next feature?

  142. Nikos Ntirlis
    November 19th, 2017 at 20:08 | #142

    @Christoph
    Yes, theory goes on sadly… The line remains a good fighting option for Black in practical play, but i think that indeed White gets an edge. I’d suggest to study 11…cxd4 as a simple line for Black to play. If he is any worse, he is by very little.

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