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Playing 1.e4 update – our backs have broken

Hi Guys,

We have good and bad news. The good news is that we have a publication date for Playing 1.e4 – French and Sicilian Defences, the bad news is that we have been forced into making a decision we did not want to make. We really really really wanted this to be a single-volume companion to the first book. But physically it cannot be done. We currently have 1000+ Word pages to typeset. We know from experience that anything over 600 pages is way too big as a book. And with our recent decision to upgrade to 90 gram paper, this only becomes even more of a problem.

We have therefore made the decision to split the book and will end up with two books:

Playing 1.e4 – French Defence and Sicilian Sidelines

Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian Main Lines


Both books will be more than 400 printed pages. The splitting makes it possible for us to keep our standard 10.5 font size, to include variation indexes at the back of the book and in all other ways make no compromises on quality – no need to delete material that really should be in the book. We will be fined by some distributors for cancelling the original title and we know that some customers will be upset with us.

Nothing about this split pleases us, except that the book will be done. And we have a publication date: 23rd May 2018. For both volumes. It will incidentally also be the publication date for Jaan Ehlvest’s book Grandmaster Opening Preparation.

The final Playing 1.e4 books will be excellent, but the effort involved has been massive – far too much to be a rational business decision. John said at our editorial meeting: “Once we are done with this book, it no longer exists. We shall never ever talk about it again.

Looking at the European Championship, I noticed that the line we suggested against the Caro-Kann is alive and well.

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  1. Thomas
    March 20th, 2018 at 11:55 | #1

    “Once we are done with this book, it no longer exists. We shall never ever talk about it again.”

    Strange advertisement for a “Magnum opus”.

  2. John Shaw
    March 20th, 2018 at 11:59 | #2

    @Thomas

    Not really an advertisement. More an honest admission that finishing these books has required a painful effort. The advert would be “The final Playing 1.e4 books will be excellent.” Which I also believe is true.

  3. Peter
    March 20th, 2018 at 12:54 | #3

    The good thing is, that would also mean getting two pdf-excerpts for free!?

  4. James2
    March 20th, 2018 at 13:08 | #4

    Yes! Good news! Well done all at QC. I can’t wait to be reading these two upcoming books.

    James 2

  5. Ray
    March 20th, 2018 at 13:57 | #5

    Great news, and congratulations with this result! I don’t mind buying two books at all, they look nice on my book shelf 🙂 . And looking at Negi’s experience with the 3 volumes on the Sicilian, maybe 2 books (without resorting to sidelines) was an unrealistic target to begin with. Anyway, I sincerely hope that you they will sell very well!

  6. Remco G
    March 20th, 2018 at 14:10 | #6

    Great, but — wouldn’t it make much more sense to make a clean split, French in one book and Sicilian in another?

  7. Ray
    March 20th, 2018 at 14:15 | #7

    The Sicilian is much bigger…

  8. Jorge Fernández Vázquez
    March 20th, 2018 at 14:35 | #8

    Hi Jacob, can we know what will be the contents of the Ehlvest’s book?

  9. James2
    March 20th, 2018 at 14:37 | #9

    When can we hope for any exerpts of the new books please? Also, are we nearing the 2018 pdf brochure?

    Thanks all.

    James

  10. Dennis K
    March 20th, 2018 at 14:43 | #10

    The good new is great and the bad news doesn’t matter. I eagerly await these books, and will buy both as soon as they are available.

  11. TM
    March 20th, 2018 at 15:43 | #11

    Once again the QC team has done the right decision. I’ll reward this attitude buying both books. Thanks for your great work!

  12. Cowe
    March 20th, 2018 at 15:59 | #12

    Beware of not growing two heads the size of the first one 🙂
    Apart from that, a bundle offer would be a nice touch…

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    March 20th, 2018 at 17:02 | #13

    @Jorge Fernández Vázquez
    It will indeed be for sale at some point. It is essays about opening preparation. I have not read it personally, so this is all I can tell you.

  14. Tom Tidom
    March 20th, 2018 at 17:24 | #14

    The split is a perfectly understandable decision and I see no reason to critisize you for being rational.

    It´s the content that matters and for this I have high hopes since I like volume 1 very much.

  15. Michael Yip
    March 20th, 2018 at 17:51 | #15

    2 books instead of one is not problem. Always happy to get a good book.

  16. James2
    March 20th, 2018 at 18:20 | #16

    Presuming you will be using the original ISBN for one of the books, can you let us know the ISBN for the second book please?

    Thank you.

    James

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    March 20th, 2018 at 18:53 | #17

    @James2
    No, we need to change both ISBNs. We will put them on the product page.

  18. Johnnyboy
    March 20th, 2018 at 19:06 | #18

    Not too surprised! John you can now rest in pieces. You’ve now completed 4 tour de forces but keeping on schedule hasn’t been your strongpoint. In the nicest way possible please keep writing but never announce a further book till you have sent it to the printers to avoid disappointment! Thanks for all the unseen editing for others’ books we haven’t fully appreciated

  19. James2
    March 20th, 2018 at 19:10 | #19

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Ok, thanks Jacob.

  20. Alice Red
    March 20th, 2018 at 19:57 | #20

    I’m confused. If you chose the Scotch instead of the Spanish against 1…e5 why opt for the Open Sicilian (which I’m assuming is causing all the headaches) against 1…c5?

  21. James2
    March 20th, 2018 at 20:27 | #21

    @Alice Red
    Negi will be doing the Spanish in one of his books, so they probably didn’t want to duplicate work and space was a factor.

    Nothing wrong with the Open Sicilian as an option. You could choose Be2 against all of the B30-B90 lines and cut down on a lot of work (that is what Taylor did in his Everyman book) but I think this will be a cracker. Also, perhaps they felt they had some new insight into some of the existing theory there….

    There are so many other books on anti-sicilians. I think there will be a 1 e4 repertoire coming out from Everyman in a couple of months by Lakdawaka. It says he recommends Bb5 lines against the Sicilian. I’m sure it will be an interesting book.

    Thank you.

    James

  22. Pinpon
    March 20th, 2018 at 20:32 | #22

    Should be my 93rd and 94th book at QC .
    What will be the 100th ?
    King’s Gambit 2 by John or 1.c4 c5 by Nikos ( which would be logical ) 🤔 ?

  23. Thomas
    March 20th, 2018 at 20:42 | #23

    @James2

    An interesting book by L.? There’s always hope. Somewhere.

  24. James2
    March 20th, 2018 at 20:56 | #24

    @Pinpon
    Perhaps spmething might catch your eye from the (as yet unpublished) 2018 brochure. It might be Negi 4 or 5! Or perhaps An Anti-Computer Repertoire in Black and White.

    James

  25. Alice Red
    March 20th, 2018 at 20:59 | #25

    James2 :
    @Alice Red
    Negi will be doing the Spanish in one of his books, so they probably didn’t want to duplicate work and space was a factor.
    Nothing wrong with the Open Sicilian as an option. You could choose Be2 against all of the B30-B90 lines and cut down on a lot of work (that is what Taylor did in his Everyman book) but I think this will be a cracker. Also, perhaps they felt they had some new insight into some of the existing theory there….
    There are so many other books on anti-sicilians. I think there will be a 1 e4 repertoire coming out from Everyman in a couple of months by Lakdawaka. It says he recommends Bb5 lines against the Sicilian. I’m sure it will be an interesting book.
    Thank you.
    James

    You’re proving my point. Yes, Negi will write a book on the Spanish but that book is not out yet, but you know what is? His repertoire based on the Open Sicilian. And if space is a factor in the decision to ignore the Ruy it most certainly should also count when it comes to the Sicilian. As far as the number of books on anti-sicilians, that’s not an argument, there are many books on the Scotch too, and that didn’t stop GM Shaw to include it in his repertoire.

  26. Johnnyboy
    March 20th, 2018 at 21:56 | #26

    Any indication where the sidelines vs main lines split lie?
    And how does it compare to Kotronias’ Anti Sicilian book?
    Know I will buy the mainline book but not sure if I need the other

    Thanks

  27. SimonB
    March 20th, 2018 at 23:12 | #27

    Fantastic to hear that these are coming out. Huzzah.
    Sound business sense to separate. Put an exclamation on that – a good move.
    Yes, aim for the best, but a) there are business decisions to be made and b) you all need to retain your sanity.
    As a keen player here who reads and tries to get better when time avails, thank you to your team for your conscientious efforts. Respect. I’ll be buying both in hard copy and on FC.

  28. Doug Eckert
    March 21st, 2018 at 01:54 | #28

    Two questions:
    1. If the Word pages are 1,000+ doesn’t that translate into 2 500+ page books rather than 2 400+ page books?
    2. Now that Playing 1. e4 volume 1 has been out for two years, do you plan to update that volume for the rapidly changing theory?

    Congrats on nearing the end of this project.

    Question 2. was a joke in the hope you don’t ban me from your website.

  29. March 21st, 2018 at 03:21 | #29

    Hi Jacob, John and cohorts:

    A question: I see that you are not doing a softcover version of Under The Surface (at least not right now). That’s fine by me. What about a Forward Chess version? That’s actually my favorite format, and so I am hopeful. Keep up the great work!

  30. Ray
    March 21st, 2018 at 07:30 | #30

    @ Alice Red

    I don’t understand – what’s wrong with combining the Scotch with the Open Sicilian? There are loads of people who play both. Essentially black is equal after both 1…e5 and 1…c5 so it seems to me it’s more a matter of personal taste whether to opt for the Scotch, the Ruy Lopez or the Italian, and the Open Sicilian, a Bb5 Sicilian or the Alapin.

  31. Jacob Aagaard
    March 21st, 2018 at 08:16 | #31

    @Alice Red
    Because it is the only serious way to play. The Scotch is a serious opening, the Grand Prix Attack is not.

  32. Jacob Aagaard
    March 21st, 2018 at 08:18 | #32

    @Alice Red
    There are no serious books on the Scotch since Peter Well’s book, which is almost from the 1990s?!

  33. Jacob Aagaard
    March 21st, 2018 at 08:19 | #33

    @Johnnyboy
    The sidelines are stuff like Pin Variation, Move 2 alternatives and so on. Already the four knights will be in the second book. The first book is 90% on the French.

  34. Jacob Aagaard
    March 21st, 2018 at 08:19 | #34

    @Doug Eckert
    Something like 2x 440, I think.

  35. Jacob Aagaard
    March 21st, 2018 at 08:22 | #35

    @SimonB
    We obviously love to sell the same book twice to as many customers as possible! Thank you. But really, the main reason for the split here was that a 850-900 page book is unmanageable in many many ways. John had big emotional reservations doing the split.

    Someone mentioned a bundle deal. The books will come to almost €80 for three, so maybe I can get John to make a special offer on them!? It is worth a try at least.

  36. Jacob Aagaard
    March 21st, 2018 at 08:25 | #36

    @Pete Prochaska
    Yes, the book should be coming out on Forward Chess today. We follow the Amazon system which is that books that are only out in Hardback will be somewhat dearer in electronic format until the paperback comes out, when the price drops.

    Yes, we are desperately trying to move everyone on to hardback. There are a few reasons for this, mainly that we do not put hardbacks on Amazon and other discount websites: It gives us a chance to follow their system of wanting 6-9 months warning and gives the chess retailers a chance to stay in business. Also, we think this luxury format is what will make people enjoy our books the most and keep us in business long term.

  37. Tournesol
    March 21st, 2018 at 16:07 | #37

    The split is good news for my back – I can take a single book with me without training for heavyweight championships before 😉

    And considering time and efforts John and the team spent it’s more than ok paying for 2 books …

  38. Alice Red
    March 21st, 2018 at 19:16 | #38

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @Alice Red
    Because it is the only serious way to play. The Scotch is a serious opening, the Grand Prix Attack is not.

    Oh come on! You’re the best author in the chess community by far but this is disingenuous. You know very well I’m talking about the Rossolimo/Moscow or the Alapin, not the Grand Prix Attack. Anyway, the bigger issue, which you did not address, is the fact that there already is a 1.e4 repertoire series based on the Sicilian mainlines written by GM Negi. So now the obvious question is: how does this repertoire differ from that of Negi?

    • Jacob Aagaard
      March 22nd, 2018 at 07:57 | #39

      I do not find my suggestion disingenuous. I find the Grand Prix on par with those other lines and would rather prepare this than those for myself. I could just as well have used them as examples, I used what attracted me most as an alternative. If you think it is a ridiculous line, fine, but I do not.

      There is hardly any overlap with Negi. He goes heavy with 6.Bg5 against the Najdorf, we go 6.f3. The same with the Classical. Dragon he goes 9.Bc4, we go 9.0-0-0 and so on. There is no point trying to sell the same product twice. Cheating your customers or lying to them is not a long term strategy and we do this for what we have always hoped would be a living, not as a way to cash in and run away.

      We definitely make mistakes and no doubt there will be mistakes in these books as well. But looking at a recent book from a competitor where positions where Black is lost by +4 are recommended as part of a repertoire, I feel good by comparison. This is of course an extreme case, but still…

  39. RYV
    March 21st, 2018 at 21:21 | #40

    no problem with 2 books
    the other good news is that now QC team is ready to work on the remaining projects ( najdorf, taimanov, Elvest….)

  40. Seth
    March 21st, 2018 at 21:37 | #41

    I thought the “Bad News” was going to be, “Unfortunately, John Shaw has taken on a new project to be entitled, ‘The Ruy Lopez – A Chess History of a Much Beloved Opening'”.

  41. ANDREW BRETT
    March 21st, 2018 at 22:05 | #42

    Good news – 2 books which will be well worth buying. Somebody should buy John a drink after his Herculean efforts. On a different tack, any thoughts from the Quality team on the Candidates !?

  42. James2
    March 21st, 2018 at 22:23 | #43

    @ANDREW BRETT
    The company could buy John a bottle of whisky and claim it against tax as a ‘trivial benefit’. :0)

    James

  43. James2
    March 21st, 2018 at 22:25 | #44

    @James2
    Of course, it cannot bea reward for performance at work, so it could be because he is such a smashing guy!

    James

  44. Jacob Aagaard
    March 21st, 2018 at 22:27 | #45

    @ANDREW BRETT
    We are all writing on this book. John and Nikos more than Andrew and I, but everyone has put in 100s of hours.

  45. William
    March 22nd, 2018 at 00:37 | #46

    Great to see the latest digital books on forward chess, but the new price makes me think again purchasing as the alternative for slightly more is a marvelous hardcover with high quality paper. Pity, was always eager to buy both (in case of titb for example).

    • Jacob Aagaard
      March 22nd, 2018 at 07:51 | #47

      As explained somewhere, we follow the Amazon formula for setting the digital price. The initial release of “Improvement” books is in 90% of the cases in Hardcover only. We generally want to nudge people on to that format, as we find it greatly superior. Also, we do not sell hardcover books through what we can call the standard book distribution network (bookshops and Amazon), so it gives the chess specialists a head start with new titles. Their continued existence is essential to our industry continuing, so this is how we do things. As the idea is not to push people onto Forward Chess through discounts, the price of the book follows the hardcover until the paperback is released, when we will lower it.

  46. Topnotch
    March 22nd, 2018 at 05:47 | #48

    I’m lost for words except to say, that after such a wait Vol. 2 better had contain the refutation of the French. I myself have been working hard on the Tarrasch Variation for White and failed to find an edge anywhere in the 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 Lines. Perhaps a last hope for White to extract a little something may lie hidden somewhere in the 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 lines. If all else fails there is always the Exchange French to fall back on, which although offering next to nothing usually frustrates the hell out of Frenchies who much prefer maneuvering in closed positions.

    By the way, when you announced May as the release date, you meant 2018 right?

    • Jacob Aagaard
      March 22nd, 2018 at 07:43 | #49

      I am pretty sure I deliberately wrote 2018 in the post 🙂

  47. Ray
    March 22nd, 2018 at 09:05 | #50

    @ Topnotch

    Don’t forget Negi, who made a very nice effort with 3.Nc3.

  48. Ray
    March 22nd, 2018 at 09:08 | #51

    @ Jacob Aagaard

    For what it’s worth, you’re in the good company of Sveshnikov, who calls the Grand Prix one of the best anti-Sicilians. I’ve played some anti-Sicilians off and on, but I like the Open Sicilians much more since white is attacking. So I’m happy with QC’s choice 🙂 .

  49. Johnnyboy
    March 22nd, 2018 at 16:39 | #52

    Jacob Aagaard :
    I do not find my suggestion disingenuous. I find the Grand Prix on par with those other lines and would rather prepare this than those for myself. I could just as well have used them as examples, I used what attracted me most as an alternative. If you think it is a ridiculous line, fine, but I do not.
    There is hardly any overlap with Negi. He goes heavy with 6.Bg5 against the Najdorf, we go 6.f3. The same with the Classical. Dragon he goes 9.Bc4, we go 9.0-0-0 and so on. There is no point trying to sell the same product twice. Cheating your customers or lying to them is not a long term strategy and we do this for what we have always hoped would be a living, not as a way to cash in and run away.
    We definitely make mistakes and no doubt there will be mistakes in these books as well. But looking at a recent book from a competitor where positions where Black is lost by +4 are recommended as part of a repertoire, I feel good by comparison. This is of course an extreme case, but still…

    Really like this non-duplication of other QC book choices against the Sicilian so we can choose a type of repertoire we best suits our strengths or even mix and match with Negi but we really need an alternative to the Scotch from John’s book against 1.e4 e5 so we can do the same. Please tell us that Negi isn’t going to try and beat the 6 year wait…

  50. Johnnyboy
    March 22nd, 2018 at 16:40 | #53

    ….till we get his next tome and that there hasn’t been a change of heart and god forbid he has put his career first…

  51. Neil Sullivan
    March 22nd, 2018 at 16:55 | #54

    Jacob Aagaard :
    As explained somewhere, we follow the Amazon formula for setting the digital price. The initial release of “Improvement” books is in 90% of the cases in Hardcover only. We generally want to nudge people on to that format, as we find it greatly superior. Also, we do not sell hardcover books through what we can call the standard book distribution network (bookshops and Amazon), so it gives the chess specialists a head start with new titles. Their continued existence is essential to our industry continuing, so this is how we do things. As the idea is not to push people onto Forward Chess through discounts, the price of the book follows the hardcover until the paperback is released, when we will lower it.

    Sorry, I’d like to make sure I understand this. Most of your titles will be coming out in hardcover? These won’t be available through amazon. Have I got that right?

    This is significant for some regions of the world. Living in Montreal, I don’t have ready access to a specialist shop that carries your books. I can order them from outside the country, but with the US exchange rate and the crazy shipping costs, they are prohibitively expensive. Is the plan to have them come out in paperback down the road – assuming HC sales justify it?

  52. John Shaw
    March 22nd, 2018 at 17:24 | #55

    @Neil Sullivan

    For opening theory books, our plan is to publish paperbacks and hardcovers at the same time.

    For books that are not about opening theory, we will usually plan to publish in hardcover only first, generally followed by a paperback version 6 months or more later.

    “Living in Montreal, I don’t have ready access to a specialist shop that carries your books.”

    Chess ‘n Math in Canada generally have our books. At least they did as of a few months ago. Are they not convenient for you?

  53. Neil Sullivan
    March 22nd, 2018 at 18:06 | #56

    John Shaw :
    @Neil Sullivan
    For opening theory books, our plan is to publish paperbacks and hardcovers at the same time.
    For books that are not about opening theory, we will usually plan to publish in hardcover only first, generally followed by a paperback version 6 months or more later.
    “Living in Montreal, I don’t have ready access to a specialist shop that carries your books.”
    Chess ‘n Math in Canada generally have our books. At least they did as of a few months ago. Are they not convenient for you?

    While I have qualms about buying from that particular business, they are convenient. I haven’t seen QC books there the few times I have stopped in though.

  54. March 22nd, 2018 at 21:41 | #57

    @ Neil Sullivan

    I agree with you on postage costs, you should try living in New Zealand…..A year or so back I wanted to buy a book through the USCF …..the postage they quoted was more expensive than I paid for a set of golf clubs I had sent via FedEx from the USA!

    Just got a quote for a book from the UK…the book was GBP18.99 the postage GBP 19.95, needless to say I didn’t buy it.

    Thank goodness QC are very supportive of customers with their postage charges …..

  55. Andre
    March 22nd, 2018 at 23:31 | #58

    @Jacob:
    I guess this newsbit means the books won’t be in time for your trip to Germany?

  56. Doug Eckert
    March 22nd, 2018 at 23:45 | #59

    @Michael
    Michael, I am not sure what the USCF postage costs are, but, I do know that from ordering direct from QC, the actual postage on the box is substantially greater than what QC has charged me. I have commented on here before they should charge me and or I will make it up to them. It is pretty ridiculous. But, it is easier for me to order direct from QC since I prefer the hardback books. Most places don’t carry them. I was at Sam’s lecture from the other thread and purchased his book then, so that saved QC postage on that book.

  57. Doug Eckert
    March 22nd, 2018 at 23:46 | #60

    The main point is that QC’s postage policies are more than fair.

  58. March 23rd, 2018 at 00:39 | #61

    @Doug Eckert

    Totally agree with you and long may QC’s policy last!

  59. mn
    March 23rd, 2018 at 08:42 | #62

    @Neil Sullivan
    I work for Chess N’ Math – I’m curious what your qualms are.

  60. Ray
    March 23rd, 2018 at 13:24 | #63

    @Michael
    I guess we Europeans are subsidising for the more than fair postage QC postage policies for those living outside Europe, but never mind 🙂

  61. Andrew Greet
    March 23rd, 2018 at 13:50 | #64

    @Ray
    We do not overcharge on postage in one region to subsidise postage to any other region. Postage rates vary depending on the size of the book(s) in question, but on average the cost to customers of 5/8 Euros for 1/2 books is significantly less than the amount we pay for postage within Europe.
    European customers may also benefit from free postage (not to mention a free book) when ordering three titles. So I would say we are more than fair to European customers as well.

  62. Doug Eckert
    March 23rd, 2018 at 15:50 | #65

    @Andrew Greet
    Andrew I did not intend to start any controversy here. QC is simply a great company. Best chess books ever, very fair with customers and responsive. Couldn’t ask for more. As a customer, my only concern is that we keep you in business so we can continue to have new product for many years to come.

    One of the posters mentioned in a thread they were coming up on 100 titles in their library from QC which is impressive. I am only at 55, 35 in hardback. Not sure I have enough time to get through all of them in the detail I would like over the next 10 years. But, I am glad that I have them and look forward to working through these books as well as many more in the future.

  63. Jacob Aagaard
    March 23rd, 2018 at 22:12 | #66

    @Andre
    I think we will be one week out.

  64. Jacob Aagaard
    March 23rd, 2018 at 22:17 | #67

    Our postage policy is based on us making at least the same which we would do if selling through a normal shop, but not much more. I originally designed it a decade ago on the principle that there will be people all over the World who want to buy our books, but have no access to an outlet. I wanted us to make the same + a bit more to account for the time it takes to package the books, as we do from selling them to the shops.

    I see no reason to change our policy. It works for everyone I think. Of course it is a pity we cannot give customers outside the EU the same service as inside the EU, but it is not cost effective. However, with special offers, such as the Yusupov series, you can always contact us and we will work out how much extra the postage is and we will meet you there.

  65. Franck Steenbekkers
    March 24th, 2018 at 07:59 | #68

    @Jacob Aagaard
    What repertoire book makes this plus4 mistake

  66. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    March 24th, 2018 at 08:16 | #69

    Dear Jacob other staff members,

    Many many thanks for lifting standards of chess books publishing to the sky!!!

    I’m very pleased with 1.e4 GM Guide cause I switched back to play 1.e4 after many years… thankfully to Shaw’s first book dealing with Scotch et al.

    I have no problem with 3 books in the series and the money is for no issue cause for the quality of the book we all expect I’m ready to pay 50 euros for each and every one 🙂

    Many thanks and special honor goes to Nikos – he is amateur just like myself but he has so strong working ethic and craziness for chess which makes him one of the best chess opening books authors.

    Just like Tony Rotella, Nikos is a driving force for Quality chess so I expect that Tony and Rotella write joint project on “GM Guide – Playing the Sicilian for Black with Kalashnikov” which definitely is destined to be a top-notch lifelong weapon for Black 🙂

    Again, congratulations and my deepest regards to the Quality Chess Team!

  67. Dextro53
    March 24th, 2018 at 15:14 | #70

    Can’t wait for the scotch and ruy Lopez GM repertoire!

  68. Jacob Aagaard
    March 24th, 2018 at 19:05 | #71

    @Dextro53
    Scotch was in Playing 1.e4 Volume 1!

  69. jose
    March 24th, 2018 at 21:32 | #72

    “Sicilian Endgames” would be an interesting book.
    Each chapter about one of the different variations.

  70. The Doctor
    March 25th, 2018 at 06:37 | #73

    What’s next in the horizon after the 1.e4 books, is it the QID or the Taimanov or something we are you to know about 😋

  71. Jacob Aagaard
    March 25th, 2018 at 08:10 | #74

    @The Doctor
    Yes, those.

  72. Eagle
    March 26th, 2018 at 20:16 | #75

    I got no problem with all this whatsoever.

  73. James2
    March 27th, 2018 at 17:48 | #76

    Hi all,

    I just wanted to ask is 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 g6 will be met with 3 d4 looking to a transposition to whatever is recommended against the Accelerated Dragon? It could be that 3 cxd4 is met by 4 Qxd4 or that even a different 3rd white move is used.

    I think though, that it will be 3 d4 looking to transpose to the Accelerated Dragon line, and I think that line will be the Maroczy Bind!

    Thank you.

    James

  74. Franck steenbekkers
    March 28th, 2018 at 04:41 | #77

    Is there news About the negi books…or is our friend from India silent

  75. Paul H
    March 28th, 2018 at 08:07 | #78

    Will there be an extract soon, given you are taking orders?

  76. Jacob Aagaard
    March 28th, 2018 at 08:51 | #79

    @Paul H
    Still a few weeks away

  77. Maxbot
    March 29th, 2018 at 12:54 | #80

    Please Publish them; i cant wait any longer 🙂
    There Will be An offer for just two of The trilogy? Because many People (as me) Will already possess The first

  78. bebbe
    April 3rd, 2018 at 10:10 | #81

    Any plans for an update on Marins trilogy on the English?
    I keep coming back to these masterpieces.
    It really is opening books about the opening, middlegame and endgames.

    I would love to see him write something on the Leningrad Dutch or the Classical Sicilian.

  79. Jacob Aagaard
    April 3rd, 2018 at 10:43 | #82

    @bebbe
    No plans for an update.

  80. David
    April 3rd, 2018 at 23:00 | #83

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Jacob, any reason why you don’t sell one book with only the french and the other with only sicilian? (Besides of the fact that it sells you two books for people who wants a white repertoire against 1…c5?)

  81. Topnotch
    April 4th, 2018 at 01:16 | #84

    David :
    @Jacob Aagaard
    Jacob, any reason why you don’t sell one book with only the french and the other with only sicilian? (Besides of the fact that it sells you two books for people who wants a white repertoire against 1…c5?)

    Already asked by Remco in post #6 and answered by Ray in post #7.

    My two cents is the decision was made to keep the page count comparable across the three books. Lets hope that necks in addition to backs are not broken, resulting in four books. 🙂

  82. Thomas
    April 4th, 2018 at 18:28 | #85

    For some days I’ve been looking at Markos’ book now.
    I must say it really is an outstanding piece of work.
    Explaining complicated things in a simple way is an art, and the author succeeds in it.
    It looks at chess from angles I never found in a chess book before – and I have a lot.
    It’s probably suitable for different levels of players, everyone will find useful things in it.
    Great! Thank you!

  83. Ray
    April 5th, 2018 at 06:13 | #86

    @ Thomas

    I agree – I also like the set-up with small chapters and a large variety of different topics. Probably Sadler in his review will say that there are ‘some nuggets of wisdom’ in there.

  84. McBear
    April 5th, 2018 at 14:58 | #87

    Thomas :
    For some days I’ve been looking at Markos’ book now.
    I must say it really is an outstanding piece of work.
    Explaining complicated things in a simple way is an art, and the author succeeds in it.
    It looks at chess from angles I never found in a chess book before – and I have a lot.
    It’s probably suitable for different levels of players, everyone will find useful things in it.
    Great! Thank you!

    As I’m interested in buying the book as well, may I ask you if you feel that it helps your thinking process in your next games (in the sense of “ah, ok now I should think about this and that) or is it more like a book enrichening your chess knowledge in general (knights vs bishops, weak squares, etc.) which therefore indirectly helps you find good moves? I hope my question makes sense …

  85. Thomas
    April 5th, 2018 at 19:01 | #88

    @McBear
    Isn’t that the same? But even if there’s a difference, the book is useful for both.
    I haven’t finished it yet. But for example his ideas about the contact between pawns and pieces or his definition of weeknesses are new concepts which are really useful.

  86. McBear
    April 5th, 2018 at 19:17 | #89

    Thomas :
    @McBear
    Isn’t that the same? But even if there’s a difference, the book is useful for both.
    I haven’t finished it yet. But for example his ideas about the contact between pawns and pieces or his definition of weeknesses are new concepts which are really useful.

    Sorry, maybe I did not make myself clear enough. I had something resembling a formula in mind which he may talk about, similar to the different steps good players carry out during the calculation process. But whether something like this is in the book or not, it sounds very interesting anyway. Thank you for sharing your impressions!

  87. Pinpon
    April 5th, 2018 at 19:45 | #90

    @Thomas
    Agreed . An off-beat book which i liked very much .

  88. LaurentF
    April 6th, 2018 at 09:28 | #91

    Thomas :

    I agree too.
    I have read the chapter about comparison between 2 different openings and it was very instructive.
    The part of the book about computer chess is worth reading too.

  89. James2
    April 6th, 2018 at 14:54 | #92

    Hi Jacob,

    I know Avrukh’s GM Repertoire book 2A was released recently, but can we hope for the concluding book 2B in 2018?

    Thank you.

    James

  90. Bill
    April 6th, 2018 at 20:55 | #93

    Jacob,

    There is word on another web site that QC will be publishing a book on the Elephant Gambit? If true, can you provide any details for the curious (e.g. do you consider it to be viable, at least at lower levels)?

  91. James2
    April 6th, 2018 at 20:59 | #94

    @Bill
    I don’t know about that. It would seem to go against the Quality Chess ethos and everything that has been published before…

    James

  92. The Doctor
    April 6th, 2018 at 21:04 | #95

    @Bill
    Was the article on the site published on April 1st by any chance?

    Could explain a lot!

  93. Bill
    April 6th, 2018 at 21:56 | #96

    Chesspub forum.

  94. The Doctor
    April 7th, 2018 at 06:51 | #97

    Bill :
    Chesspub forum.

    Apologies. Sounds interesting.

    So we have a book on the Elephant Gambit, but still none on the Classical Sicilian 😕

  95. Tom Tidom
    April 7th, 2018 at 08:58 | #98

    Bill :
    Chesspub forum.

    Yes, one of the Authors has revealed it there. I know John Shaw mentioned in “Playing 1.e4 I” that the Elephant Gambit is not too bad, but I am surprised (and curious!) that it is worth a whole book.

  96. The Doctor
    April 7th, 2018 at 09:51 | #99

    @Tom Tidom
    After looking at Playing 1.e4 I am quite surprised how decent it is. I’ve never faced it or played it so have no experience or knowledge but was interested to see that it is not so easy for White to get an edge and Blsvk gets plenty of counterplay.

    At club level it could be honed into a pretty decent weapon!

  97. Cowe
    April 7th, 2018 at 09:54 | #100

    April Fool’s surely. But it looks like your reader base has drifted from the “tired of bad positions? play the main lines!” motto.

  98. The Doctor
    April 7th, 2018 at 11:34 | #101

    @Cowe
    Smith-Morra is hardly a main line is is objectively not much better than the Elephant Gambit!

  99. Topnotch
    April 7th, 2018 at 19:05 | #102

    The Doctor :
    @Cowe
    Smith-Morra is hardly a main line is is objectively not much better than the Elephant Gambit!

    The Morra Gambit has been refuted as confirmed by some key correspondence games in the following line:

    1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 e6 5.Bc4 a6 6.Nf3 b5 7.Bb3 Nc6 8.0-0 Na5!

    Now White faces an uphill struggle to making a draw, and to date in praxis Black’s score is overwhelming. By the way this line is not mentioned by any Morra book including Esserman’s.

  100. Topnotch
    April 7th, 2018 at 19:22 | #103

    The Elephant Gambit is at least better than its reputation and has never been treated seriously in Repertoire Books for White. In contrast the Latvian Gambit has seen much more press and is certainly no better.

    Curiously the Elephant is GM Mark Hebden’s weapon of choice in bullet chess on ICC at least it was the last time i checked.

    Whether the Elephant deserves a full book or not is moot, the point is that there is a huge market out there for Gambit play, after all there are still thriving websites devoted to the Blackmar Deimer Gambit, so a well researched tome on the Elephant with a few novelties thrown in will surely sell well.

    As an aside maybe QC could commission Monson to update his Belgrade Gambit treatise or Ginger GM to do something Spicy on it, as Ginger loves stuff like this and has has already expressed enthusiasm for the Gambit.

  101. Remco G
    April 7th, 2018 at 19:36 | #104

    @Cowe: when that motto was coined, Carlsen wasn’t world champion yet. Now we live in a time where the most recent World Championship saw the Trompovsky, the 5.Re1 Berlin, 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 and the 5.f3 Sicilian.

    Tired of getting bad positions? Play better! 🙂

  102. Andre
    April 7th, 2018 at 23:28 | #105

    Topnotch :

    As an aside maybe QC could commission Monson to update his Belgrade Gambit treatise or Ginger GM to do something Spicy on it, as Ginger loves stuff like this and has has already expressed enthusiasm for the Gambit.

    While I really like to watch Ginger GM, he isn’t exactly known for complete research on the openings he writes about. He would need to be taken on a leash to do his homework and provide a product on QC’s standard.

  103. Topnotch
    April 8th, 2018 at 03:56 | #106

    Andre :

    Topnotch :
    As an aside maybe QC could commission Monson to update his Belgrade Gambit treatise or Ginger GM to do something Spicy on it, as Ginger loves stuff like this and has has already expressed enthusiasm for the Gambit.

    While I really like to watch Ginger GM, he isn’t exactly known for complete research on the openings he writes about. He would need to be taken on a leash to do his homework and provide a product on QC’s standard.

    Can’t argue with you there.

  104. April 9th, 2018 at 07:21 | #107

    Hello!
    What is the schedule for The Woodpecker Method by Smith,Tickanen?I thought you should publish in April.

  105. LaurentF
    April 9th, 2018 at 12:34 | #108

    One more question about publishing schedule. What about third Gelfand’s book on technical decisions ? Is it still planned for 2018 ?

  106. RYV
    April 9th, 2018 at 18:18 | #109

    I recently faced twice the 4 Knights symetrical english as anti-benoni system.
    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.Nc3 cd 5.Nd4 Nc6
    Aside the russian book from Baguirov ( 1989!) i didnt find any other reference book on that line – Is there any thing availiable or planed from QC or any other editor about this subject ?
    – the line is OK for white ? or for black ?

  107. Pinpon
    April 9th, 2018 at 18:25 | #110

    @RYV
    Maybe J.Watson’s book : English 1…PQ-B4 ? 🤭

  108. TD
    April 9th, 2018 at 18:56 | #111

    @RYV

    Hilton & Ippolito advocate 6.Ndb5 in Wojo’s Weapons 3, and I believe that Cummings advocates 6.a3. Watson in Mastering the Chess Openings Volume 3 discusses these 2 moves plus also 6.g3. Pritchett in Play the English discusses both 6.a3 and 6.g3.

  109. James2
    April 9th, 2018 at 18:58 | #112

    @RYV
    I have a book on the Symmetrical English by Carsten Hansen published by Gambit from 2000. There is certainly a chapter on that line in the later chapters of that book. It is 18 years old now however, but that doesn’t mean it has diminished in relevance. I haven’t looked at it in years though.

    James

  110. James2
    April 9th, 2018 at 19:21 | #113

    Hi all at QC,

    I was wondering if there is any more information at this moment on Negi 5 please? I know he (and you) have been busy but it is 18 months now since we had Negi 4 in our hands.

    Thank you.

    James

  111. The Doctor
    April 9th, 2018 at 21:04 | #114

    @RYV
    Hedgehog v English/Reti gives 5…d5

  112. Johnnyboy
    April 12th, 2018 at 08:05 | #115

    Jacob Aagaard :

    There is hardly any overlap with Negi. He goes heavy with 6.Bg5 against the Najdorf, we go 6.f3. The same with the Classical. Dragon he goes 9.Bc4, we go 9.0-0-0 and so on. There is no point trying to sell the same product twice.

    Hi Jacob
    Not trying to delay a much delayed book any more but just checking that some of the missing lines in Negi’s series have been filled in after reader feedback. If not I’m sure the blog would help out or others may have already pointed out omissions but if you are trying to avoid Negi’s lines and choose Maroczy Bind against the accelerated dragon that you have considered the 2…Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 move order as this was the most obvious omission to me in the Negi series. It seems an easy fix by playing Be3 when probably black will have to play Bg7 and get back to the Negi repertoire but if you are planning the maroczy you have been move ordered out of it. Similarly Negi omits 4…Qc7 in the move order above when after Nc3 probably e6 back to the Taimanov is best but maybe you have chosen a different line against the Taimanov. A bit of guidance on the 2…d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 line when an early 4…e6/…a6/…g6 is played- do we play Nc3/c4/play something else was also missing.there may be other move order niggles others are worried about. Not a criticism but would rather it was…

  113. Johnnyboy
    April 12th, 2018 at 08:05 | #116

    … it was highlighted early rather than after publication. Thanks

  114. Chris
    April 14th, 2018 at 01:28 | #117

    Dear Jacob
    I am somewhat surprised to see your signature under the infamous Solozhenkin letter (https://www.chess.com/news/view/gm-solozhenkin-suspended-for-cheating-accusations-fellow-gms-protest). It contains inter alia the following statement: “Solozhenkin had expressed his opinion and produced arguments, but FIDE Ethics Commission deprived him of playing, coaching, working and being occupied with his favourite employment because of it.“
    From what I can see, Solozhenkin has clearly done more than just “expressed his opinion”. Instead of following the established procedures for suspected cheating, he has chosen to publicly name and shame a 13-year-old girl without proper evidence. In my eyes, such an approach is condemnable and indeed calls for some sanctioning by FIDE. Where will it lead to if Solozhenkin’s approach catches on in the chess world? Somewhat shockingly, some 50 grandmasters have decided to openly defend Solozhenkin in this matter and attack FIDE instead. Can you share your view on this or provide some additional information to help me understand why you signed the letter?
    Chris

  115. PaulH
    April 14th, 2018 at 11:15 | #118

    @Chris
    See his Facebook page for the explanation….

  116. Johnnyboy
    April 15th, 2018 at 08:47 | #119

    Yes think Jacob’s Facebook page a better place for this discussion. Jacob’s not sitting on the fence for sure but not strictly relevant to QC

  117. Jacob Aagaard
    April 16th, 2018 at 10:11 | #120

    I retain the right to have private opinions. One of them is that the burden of proof should remain for all types of crimes. If we have a high burden for proving cheating, we should also have a high burden for proving that an accusation is false. This and other cases show that complaints about cheating are not treated with the impartial seriousness one could wish for and that simply establishing reasonable suspeciouns is a crime.

    If we want a game without cheating, the highest crime cannot be to talk about suspecious behaviour, but actual cheating. At the moment we have a situation where cheating is possible and suspecious behaviour protected. I have personally been cheated against six times that I know of. One where the cheater was later caught and five others where I worked it out. These five were benign; touched piece not moved and GMs helping idiots. Once the GMs were busy with their own games I made a great comeback btw.

    I never complained, because like most people I am worried of being treated with social contempt like those who have actually come out against suspecious behaviour. And as with this case. However, cheating is real and cheaters are always deeply indignant when found out. In chess and life in general. They deny till the end. Surprisingly they have no shame and live off the morality of the rest of it.

    I do not have a public opinion about the content of this case and would not come with assertions online. However, I do not feel that the accusation…

  118. Jacob Aagaard
    April 16th, 2018 at 10:13 | #121

    In other news I am in Bangkok Airport on my way home from a working holiday. Normal broadcasting will resume over the next few days when I get a laptop again!

  119. hasan kutlu
    April 16th, 2018 at 13:02 | #122

    Dear jacob when will we see the published list fore the books fore 2018 greetings

  120. Chris
    April 16th, 2018 at 14:36 | #123

    Jacob Aagaard :
    I retain the right to have private opinions. One of them is that the burden of proof should remain for all types of crimes. If we have a high burden for proving cheating, we should also have a high burden for proving that an accusation is false.

    Thanks Jacob for taking the time to answer my question, even when on vacation. I appreciate that. And of course you have the right to have private opinions, I think nobody will deny that. I happen to believe that your quoted statement above is fundamentally flawed and even dangerous for civilized societies. If we as a society grant unproven accusations the same legal (and moral) protection as the presumption of innocence, we give up one on one of the most fundamental principles of justice and human interaction.
    Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat. I would definitely not want to live in a society that renounces that principle and, though no fan of current FIDE at all, I dearly hope that FIDE will uphold that principle also in the world of chess. That does not prevent me from supporting your call for stronger anti-cheating measures in chess tournaments.

  121. Johnnyboy
    April 16th, 2018 at 15:37 | #124

    I’m very happy when we live in a world of differing opinions but there are also laws so please be very careful that what you say on this website isn’t libellous or you may face the consequences. Not sure about Scottish laws but in most of the UK the burden of proof is on you to prove it rather than anyone to disprove if you accuse someone of cheating. I’m not sure what the laws are in Russia and I presume FIDE have the added complication of trying to balance a whole host of different laws across their many members. Whether the current process is sufficiently rigorous is a separate argument but there has to be due process through the arbiter at the particular tournament/FIDE ethics after that- if not it turns into a disaster like this- I’m afraid Solozhenkin and anyone else who subsequently decides to conduct his own kangaroo court only have themselves to blame if there is a protest from the accuser and you can’t back it up in court.

  122. Chris
    April 16th, 2018 at 16:32 | #125

    Come on @Johnnyboy. Both of us obviously disagree with Jacob here. But he is absolutely entitled to present his view (and also to sign the Solozhenkin letter) without being threatened by some ominous libel charge.

  123. Topnotch
    April 16th, 2018 at 16:42 | #126

    So did she cheat or not? and presuming it could be proven that she did cheat then what should the appropriate punishment be.

    This cheating stuff continues to be annoying.

  124. Ray
    April 16th, 2018 at 16:52 | #127

    I think it’s very difficult to prove that one didn’t cheat… I agree the burden of proof should normally on the side making the accusation It’s one of the basic principles of a civil society.

  125. Johnnyboy
    April 16th, 2018 at 17:19 | #128

    @Chris
    Please read what I wrote. Was not threatening anyone but Solozhenkin put his thoughts on a website and is getting sued.and the same could happen here on the qc blog page. Jacob seems to be quite sensibly not naming any names. His signing of the letter is not at all libellous as he is asking for the punishment to be rescinded nothing at all contraversial there even if others may disagree with him doing so. Personally I think they may have got the punishment about right but I’m not going to get into an argument why I think so with very limited information I just I hope the committee look at the full facts not the number of opinions on either side of the argument.

  126. Chris
    April 16th, 2018 at 17:30 | #129

    @Johnnyboy
    Sorry, I clearly misinterpreted your earlier posting. With what you write now I basically agree.

  127. RYV
    April 16th, 2018 at 17:41 | #130

    @TD
    thx

  128. RYV
    April 16th, 2018 at 17:42 | #131
  129. The Doctor
    April 16th, 2018 at 17:50 | #132

    @RYV
    ??

  130. RYV
    April 16th, 2018 at 20:11 | #133

    @The Doctor
    thx for your reply about hedgehog

  131. PaulH
    April 16th, 2018 at 22:04 | #134

    I see another publisher brings out an e4 book in May. The author takes the unorthodox approach in the introduction of stating he has rarely played e4……

  132. James2
    April 17th, 2018 at 02:18 | #135

    Hi Jacob,

    I do have GM Repertoire 6 The Najdorf by Ftacnik, which is a great book. However, I looked at that particular page in your books and I say that it says ‘Playing the Najdorf’ will be coming out in 2018.

    I just wanted to ask, will this include everything after 1 e4 c5 (like Ftacnik’s book did) or will it be just lines after 5…a6?

    Thank you.

    James

  133. Thomas
    April 17th, 2018 at 04:20 | #136

    @PaulH
    Looking at the excerpt I got the impression that I also could have written that book on a rainy afternoon. Maybe I’m not that experienced and would have taken the sunday morning too.

  134. Csaba
    April 17th, 2018 at 06:32 | #137

    I am obviously in a minority here, but I thought the idea was to have the GM Guides short and readable. I really liked Schandorff’s books and also bought Shaw’s on 1 e4. I guess I could start playing 1 e4 based on that book and some random sources I have, but there’s no way I can read through 440 pages of Sicilian theory for example. I hope you don’t mind this opinion, as I said, most people have no problem with this and I’m sure the books will be successful. It’s just that I will not buy them.

  135. The Doctor
    April 17th, 2018 at 07:03 | #138

    @James2
    The Najdorf book seems to be written by an author who is struggling to come to grips with the project (maybe other commitments?). As it seems to be taking a ridiculous amount of time to write.

  136. Ray
    April 17th, 2018 at 07:39 | #139

    @ Thomas
    Aren’t you being a bit harsh here? The ‘blurb’ says it’s written by ‘one of the world’s leading chess authors’, and besides it gives a complete repertoire with 1.e4 in less than 400 pages. What’s not to like 🙂

    @ Csaba
    I agree with you 440 pages of theory just on 1.e4 c5 doesn’t seem to fit to the basic concept of the GM Guides as e.g. embodied in Schandorff’s books on 1.d4. And don’t forget the 300 pages against the French too 🙂 . I will buy them anyway, but I do think there is some room in the market for less theory-dense books, e.g. in the past I really liked the “Easy guide to” series. Jacob even wrote one of the books in this series, on the Panov attack. These were a nice combination of verbal explanation of the key ideas, and the essential lines. Another format I like is Chess-stars with their combination of chapters on the essential line and more detailed chapters.

  137. Thomas
    April 17th, 2018 at 08:05 | #140

    @Ray
    It’s ridiculous to recommend a line like 6.Be3 in the Caro-Kann and then cover it in less than half a page, simply stating that you have to be prepared being two pawns down. Prepared? How?

    If the late Tony Miles was still alive I’d imagine his short review on such a book.

  138. James2
    April 17th, 2018 at 08:38 | #141

    I think Lakdawala has done some acceptable books. The only thing for me is sometimes he takes 10 sentences to write a 3 world sentence and the embroidery with the vocab is sometimes like wading through treacle.

    Another thing is that I don’t think that book is aimed at the same level as QC’s ‘Playing The…xxxx’ books, let alone Grandmaster Repertoire books. You can’t compare apples and pears, especially if the person who made the pear didn’t want to try to make an apple!

    James

  139. Thomas
    April 17th, 2018 at 09:29 | #142

    @james2
    No problem doing an opening book for players of lower level.
    But then you shouldn’t give mega sharp lines without clear advice what to do next.

  140. Lee
    April 17th, 2018 at 10:05 | #143

    What is the title of this book?

  141. Ray
    April 17th, 2018 at 12:36 | #144

    @ Thomas

    Just to be sure: I was being ironic 🙂

  142. Thomas
    April 17th, 2018 at 13:00 | #145

    @Ray
    Ironic? You should confess you learned chess from such books.

  143. Ray
    April 17th, 2018 at 13:46 | #146

    @ Thomas 🙂 You got me – I confess I bought a new house with an extra room for the complete works of Lakdawala.

  144. Thomas
    April 17th, 2018 at 13:56 | #147

    @Ray
    That’s great.
    And much better than my outdated Schiller/Keene library.

  145. Jacob Aagaard
    April 18th, 2018 at 07:23 | #148

    Skating past most of the stuff here.

    I say this 1.e4 book too. I do think you can do a 1.e4 book in 400 pages. It will have to be really flat lines where Black is easily equal. Doing sharp lines like the one mentioned, where Black is equal too, just does not work on 400 pages.

    We wanted a two book series. It was not possible. We feel this is a failure, even if the final product is good. What we could not get ourselves to do is to recommend something that is entirely toothless, as this is not a book for 1200 and below, but 1200 and above…

  146. Ray
    April 18th, 2018 at 08:55 | #149

    @ Jacob Aagaard

    I agree. For example in the book on ‘Ulf’s repertoire’ lines like the Exchange KID are recommended, and several other lines with early queen exchanges. I do think it’s a viable option for technically-inclined white players, but on the other hand I feel it’s making life a little bit to easy for black.

  147. Cowe
    April 18th, 2018 at 11:12 | #150

    Concrete lines with teeth in the Tarrasch, hope you won’t falter.

  148. Thomas
    April 18th, 2018 at 11:33 | #151

    @Ray
    And that’s the main problem I have with such books. First of all it makes the life easy for the Author.
    Is it really helpful for an improving player to play lines where his only aim is to grind down his opponent in equal endings? I think that’s the approach of an elderly IM who tries to keep up with younger players. You can go with it, but you’ll never learn how to play an attacking game from such a book. And you will have great difficulties switching style later.
    There’s only one Ulf. Cyrus doesn’t come close.

  149. Paul H
    April 18th, 2018 at 12:05 | #152

    I know Jacob dislikes the DVD format, but I think Danny Kings DVD’s from a few years ago are best “lightweight” e4 alternative (Giuoco Pianissimo, Sicilian Grand Prix, exchange vs Caro and French). Obviously not comparable to QCs book in terms of ambition or depth.

    On another note, Forward Chess recently released a PC based app. With two screens on my desktop I find it fantastic for working with QCs books and chessbase (though app is still a work in progress). On the back of how useful it is I bought Jacob’s GM prep series in F.C. (already had the hardbacks). When the e4 books come out, I will for sure buy the F.C. version. In fact, the only physical books I can envisage buying in future are QC hardbacks!

  150. Tygrysek
    April 18th, 2018 at 12:42 | #153

    Forward chess for PC?? That’s new to me. Could you please tell us where to find it (I cannot see it on the FC website)?

  151. James2
    April 18th, 2018 at 12:47 | #154

    @Tygrysek
    I think you can get an endroid emulator (like Bluestacks) for your desktop, download the app through the emulator and away you go. I haven’t tried it myself but imagine it would work.

    James

  152. Paul H
    April 18th, 2018 at 13:01 | #155

    @Tygrysek
    No there is dedicated PC app now (not sure if it is still beta). The link was in one of their newsletters……I’m sure if you email them they will help out.

    Early days, with some glitches (as to be expected) – but I find a VERY useful product.

  153. Jacob Aagaard
    April 18th, 2018 at 15:02 | #156

    @Paul H
    Yes, it was Beta when I heard about it a month or so ago. We look forward to this development with interest too.

  154. ForwardChess
    April 18th, 2018 at 15:23 | #157

    Still beta, for Windows and MacOS, but getting close to official release.
    Email us at info at forwardchess.com if you want to get a peek now.

  155. Ray
    April 18th, 2018 at 16:59 | #158

    @ForwardChess
    Great news that there will also be a version for MacOS, thanks!

  156. Topnotch
    April 18th, 2018 at 18:43 | #159

    Cowe :
    Concrete lines with teeth in the Tarrasch.

    Oxymoron?

  157. Tygrysek
    April 18th, 2018 at 18:58 | #160

    Thank you all for the answers!

  158. Jacob Aagaard
    April 18th, 2018 at 19:03 | #161

    @Topnotch
    We have tried 🙂

  159. Douwe
    April 19th, 2018 at 01:14 | #162

    An E4 repertoire could be done in 400 pages. The name, you ask? “Tired of bad lines? Try the first 8 moves of the main lines!”

  160. mn
    April 19th, 2018 at 02:58 | #163

    any news on when we get a sample? 🙂

  161. Jacob Aagaard
    April 19th, 2018 at 07:28 | #164

    @mn
    The first book will upload next week together with the Ehlvest book. The other briefly thereafter. Samples follow rapidly to this.

  162. Topnotch
    April 19th, 2018 at 14:49 | #165

    James2 :
    I think Lakdawala has done some acceptable books. The only thing for me is sometimes he takes 10 sentences to write a 3 world sentence and the embroidery with the vocab is sometimes like wading through treacle.
    Another thing is that I don’t think that book is aimed at the same level as QC’s ‘Playing The…xxxx’ books, let alone Grandmaster Repertoire books. You can’t compare apples and pears, especially if the person who made the pear didn’t want to try to make an apple!
    James

    If you think Lakdawala is verbose then you haven’t suffered through anything by Valeri Lilov. 🙂

  163. Csaba
    April 19th, 2018 at 19:22 | #166

    Is 1. e4 really that materially different than 1. d4? I really don’t know (never played 1 e4), but are there really no lines like the e3+Nge2 vs Nimzo and Sämisch vs KID that Schandorff recommended? Not the 100% main lines, but something a bit more stable and consistent across subvariations. And I definitely didn’t ask for a 400-page book on 1. e4, was just mentioning that this seems to go against the self-confessed spirit of “GM Guide”/”Playing …” .

    This is what Nikos wrote about the “GM Guides” (maybe some of this is particularly aimed at the GM Guide French book, but it sounds like it’s mostly his idea on the series):
    The puprose of the GM Guide series is to provide a sound repertoire for the club player.
    (…)
    We are recommending positions that are not very demanding in practice, that are positional in nature, no sharp counterattacks, no pawn races, no structural consesions (of course if this is possible!) and we explain why we choose a line over another as well as explain lots of things in general. In this sense, the book is very different from a GM Rep book which focouses on objectivity and deep analysis aimed to serve more ambitious players.
    (quote over)

    So 1200 pages is not focused on objectivity, deep analysis, and it’s not aimed to serve more ambitious players?

    Mind you, he wrote this about 5 years ago, so I don’t mind if QC changed their vision on the “Playing…”/”GM Guide” series, but it would have been nice if you had specifically…

  164. James2
    April 19th, 2018 at 19:25 | #167

    Who cares about whether the last book is one book or two? It will be great to hold the two books and to dig into them and learn about the recommendation. In the end, isn’t that what we want, not some esoterics as to whether it was done in one book or two? I am looking forward to the Negi last two books and also the last book in the Avrukh updated series.

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