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Looking into 2018

First off, I can announce a few publications on the 17th of January. We will finally have Grandmaster Repertoire 2A – The King’s Indian and Grünfeld out. When you have produced as many books as we have, a certain repetitiveness can creep in, but I have to say with this book, I am truly excited. It is really a Class A opening book. The amount of new ideas and the imagination of them is quite impressive. Boris Avrukh is still the king.

At the same time, we will also release the paperback version of Thinking Inside the Box. This is of course my own book; and will probably continue to be my seminal work. I will leave it to others to judge it. I have been pleased with the feedback I have received from strong players in private, but I will have to let you take my word for it.

Also, we have reprinted Python Strategy. It is always nice to see books about the less flashy greats of the past do well. It helps that it is a good book, of course.

Looking a bit further ahead, we have a collection of essay on the middlegame by Slovakian grandmaster Jan Markos called Under the Surface nearing completion of editing. I am predicting a March publication.

The same will happen with the first title by double Olympic gold medallist, American grandmaster Sam Shankland, titled Small Steps to Giant Improvement in Chess. This is a book about pawn play. We are putting a “pawn goes to moon” cover together to justify the title. Sam is at an event in St Louis in the beginning of March, where we are hoping to have a pre-release lecture happening. The book will be widely available one to two weeks later.

 

Also hopefully out in March will be Playing 1.e4 – The French and the Sicilian. Do not listen to the cynics. A lot has happened, and John and Andrew are working non-stop completing this book, not looking sideways for anything or anyone. Nikos and I are assisting too. As always with John’s books, this one is an ambitious team project. Are we talking 700 pages? Not sure. Maybe more even.

Further down the line we have Michael Rioz with Grandmaster Repertoire – The Queen’s Indian Defence, which he says he will hand in before the end of the year. We also have a book on the Taimanov Sicilian with only two minor chapters needed to be written.

Waiting in our inbox for an available editor, we also have the next book from grandmaster Axel Smith. This one is co-written with another Swedish grandmaster, Hans Tikkanen. Some of you may remember that Tikkanen means “woodpecker” in Finnish. This is why Axel has previously talked about The Woodpecker Method, which is also the title of their joint venture.

I am hoping April as the release month for these three books. And no, this is not the final cover, but a small sketch I made and sent to our graphic designers as an initial direction of travel. There has been some changes to the concept already; just thought maybe one or two of you would be amused by my poor drawing skills…

We have other titles planned. A few classics. A book from Boris Gelfand towards the end of 2018. Hopefully a book or two from Negi (we are pushing him) and then I am writing on a few books, as always. I know this is not a complete 2018 list, but for December, for us, this is pretty good.

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  1. Lucifer
    December 7th, 2017 at 10:37 | #1

    Great news though GM2A will come only after Christmas!

  2. Remco G
    December 7th, 2017 at 10:54 | #2

    Solid list!

  3. Johnnyboy
    December 7th, 2017 at 11:02 | #3

    Interesting list and Playing e4 volume 2 in June hopefully

  4. Paul H
    December 7th, 2017 at 11:20 | #4

    Did something happen to the Ehlvest book?

  5. Franck steenbekkers
    December 7th, 2017 at 11:40 | #5

    Who is the writer of the Taimanov book

  6. Vittal
    December 7th, 2017 at 11:54 | #6

    Any hints on when Yusupov’s Revision and Exam 2(Beyond the basics) and 3(Mastery) would be launched in 2018 🙂

  7. Matt
    December 7th, 2017 at 12:13 | #7

    Just want to correct, Jan Markos is Slovak GM. Other than that very nice list!

  8. Ray
    December 7th, 2017 at 12:17 | #8

    Great line-up, and I’m especially looking forward to Sam Shankland’s book on pawn play!

  9. James2
    December 7th, 2017 at 12:36 | #9

    That sketch is great! The woodpecker looks like he is on drugs though with those eyes….

    James

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    December 7th, 2017 at 12:44 | #10

    @Matt
    I know, just tired. Sorry.

  11. Jacob Aagaard
    December 7th, 2017 at 12:44 | #11

    I still have not recovered from the Fat Boys breaking up 🙁

  12. Pinpon
    December 7th, 2017 at 12:47 | #12

    Great news !
    Hopefully the QID book will include fresh analysis on Polugaevsky Nh4 ! ( since Alphazero seems to like it a lot and had crushed S8 with it )

  13. Johnnyboy
    December 7th, 2017 at 14:16 | #13

    i’m of two minds whether John should read the new Dismantling the Sicilian- if he reads it he will go back and look at lines he has previously covered and it will be even more state of the art. Downside is we won’t see it till xmas 2018. All in all I think you need to cross it off John’s xmas list…

  14. Frank van Tellingen
    December 7th, 2017 at 15:30 | #14

    Looking forward (foremost) to John’s book. The first part cleared up a lot of things that I was either too lazy to find out in the past or ignorant about (since my last theory-update was around 1994). The first book was very informative and a very helpful starting point for my preparation (recently I got his antidote against the Portugese Gambit on the board, which gave me a nice advantage on the clock and a good position). Just very curious what he will recommend against the Sicilians, having already bought and read Negi’s books, but it won’t hurt to have more options.
    Happy New Year to John (and Andrew).

  15. Ray
    December 7th, 2017 at 15:48 | #15

    @ Johnnyboy:

    Wat struck me in Dismantling the Sicilian 2nd Edition is that it’s quite concise. If you subtract the illustrative games and general chapter introductions, you end up with less than 300 pages repertoire. Which is quite good, considering it deals with main line Sicilians.

    But of course John’s book will also cover the French, which is also quite some theory, even of he recommends the Tarrasch rather than 3.Nc3.

  16. John Shaw
    December 7th, 2017 at 16:08 | #16

    Johnnyboy :
    i’m of two minds whether John should read the new Dismantling the Sicilian- if he reads it he will go back and look at lines he has previously covered and it will be even more state of the art. Downside is we won’t see it till xmas 2018. All in all I think you need to cross it off John’s xmas list…

    Too late, I already have this book. I have no doubt Max Illingworth has done an excellent job, so I will check it for sure. But it will not slow me down, as there is not so much overlap with our plans. I cannot give any more details than that.

  17. John Shaw
    December 7th, 2017 at 16:14 | #17

    We have put up an excerpt for Boris Avrukh’s “King’s Indian and Grunfeld – Grandmaster Repertoire 2A” at the following link:

    http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/GM2A-KingsIndianandGrunfeld-excerpt.pdf

    We took into account feedback that some would like the excerpt to give a more detailed idea of the lines covered. See what you think.

  18. James2
    December 7th, 2017 at 17:23 | #18

    @John Shaw
    That abridged variation section at the end is what I think many people were looking for.

    I think perhaps some people thought that in prvious excerpts you’d see the contents section and then a few pages on a line that would be 9th choice for good opponents. At least this way one can go away and explore the upcoming lines on your own and then go and see what Avrukh suggestions when you have the book.

    It almost gives some hooks to hang the actual lines on before you read the book. It is like memory. The more you know about something, the easier it is to remember new information about it when you already know something about it.

    Thanks John.

    James

  19. James2
    December 7th, 2017 at 17:25 | #19

    @John Shaw
    The only question now is in Chapter 4, Line E does Avrukh recommend 10 Nh4!? ? I’m thinking he will!

    James

  20. James2
    December 7th, 2017 at 17:29 | #20

    @James2
    Ooops, I’f I’d read page 4 of the excerpt I would have seen he does….

  21. Mark
    December 7th, 2017 at 17:45 | #21

    @John Shaw
    I think that you have done a great job with the excert. It covers everything i would want to see (barring the rest of the book 😉 ). I dont understand it when publishers only show a contents page – knowing how the chapters themselves look is important, as is knowing the lines the book covers and getting to read the introduction helps understand what the intention with the book is.

  22. December 7th, 2017 at 18:25 | #22

    @ Jacob/John Shaw

    Many thanks for listening to previous blogs on an improved insight into the contents of QC opening books. The abridged variation section in Avrukh’s 2A is excellent…thank you

  23. Isolani
    December 7th, 2017 at 18:30 | #23

    Any chance the Taimanov book will cover both the 5…a6 and the 5…Qc7 move order? Or just Qc7 as all previous repertoire books?

  24. Johnnyboy
    December 7th, 2017 at 20:35 | #24

    Really like the abridged index. I’ve taken a punt in the dark with some qc books not knowing what I’m getting. Mostly very pleased I did but still wavering about a few titles. Any chance of a retrospective abridged index for roiz nimzo and key concepts books in particular? Sure other readers may have titles they would like an abridged version of… Anyone?

  25. Jacob Aagaard
    December 7th, 2017 at 21:46 | #25

    @Vittal
    No hints from Artur 🙁

  26. Jacob Aagaard
    December 7th, 2017 at 21:49 | #26

    @Johnnyboy
    I will take a punch at this one and say no. We are looking forward only. But Nikos has made a small video on the Marin book on the Pirc Defence, which we will put up tomorrow.

  27. Jacob Aagaard
    December 7th, 2017 at 21:55 | #27

    @Isolani
    I think it is Qc7 only

  28. vassilis
    December 8th, 2017 at 07:36 | #28

    Is there any plan for a second book by Rios in pawn structures?

  29. Johnnyboy
    December 8th, 2017 at 12:38 | #29

    @Jacob Aagaard
    ok- worth a try- must be a lot of extra effort but definitely holding back on a purchase for those two titles

  30. Lucifer
    December 8th, 2017 at 13:18 | #30

    Looking forward to see GM2B in 2018!

  31. Siddhartha Gautama
    December 8th, 2017 at 16:47 | #31

    John Shaw :
    We took into account feedback that some would like the excerpt to give a more detailed idea of the lines covered. See what you think.

    This is excellent!

  32. Leon Trotsky
    December 8th, 2017 at 19:48 | #32

    Are the coverage of the Benoni and others in GM2C?

  33. John NS
    December 9th, 2017 at 05:05 | #33

    @John Shaw

    Thanks John for a great extract that gives you a very good idea of the contents.

  34. David
    December 9th, 2017 at 13:46 | #34

    @JohnShaw
    I have liked the excrept but I would have preferred to see the full index to have a concrete idea of what he reccomends against every black line instead of just seeing what black lines are, which I already know. The abridged index is not enough in my opinion.

  35. Chris
    December 10th, 2017 at 18:40 | #35

    David :
    @JohnShaw
    I have liked the excrept but I would have preferred to see the full index to have a concrete idea of what he reccomends against every black line instead of just seeing what black lines are, which I already know. The abridged index is not enough in my opinion.

    If give everything in an excerpt, why should you buy the book…

  36. Chris
    December 10th, 2017 at 18:45 | #36

    My woodpecker would be worse, Jacob 😉

  37. Alpacino34
    December 10th, 2017 at 22:05 | #37

    it would be nice to cover, Benoni again, because, with the sacrifice of quality, the black achieve a fantastic game. Otherwise, I think best of all about your publishing house, also Avrukh.

  38. Jeff Hall
    December 11th, 2017 at 04:16 | #38

    Book suggestion:

    ALPHA ZEROS BEST GAMES

    An instructive book aimed at club players examining highly instructive games from Alpha Zero’s incredible 28-0 wipeout of Stockfish 8, including the Game 3 “Immortal Zugzwang Game”.

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1899416

  39. Ray
    December 11th, 2017 at 12:48 | #39

    Jeff Hall:

    Great game by Alpha Zero!

    No the wait of for the first (QC?) opening book based on Alpha Zero’s insights 🙂

  40. Ray
    December 11th, 2017 at 12:49 | #40

    Sorry, the last sentence was meant as “Now the wait is for…”

  41. Jacob Aagaard
    December 11th, 2017 at 18:01 | #41

    @Chris
    Let’s call it a tie…

  42. Jacob Aagaard
    December 11th, 2017 at 18:03 | #42

    @Jeff Hall
    I am curious if the Stockfish team allowed this match. I doubt it. As I understand it, Stockfish was deliberately diminished; no opening book and on a inferior processor.

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