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The Queen’s Indian Defence

We are working on our 2018 catalogue at the moment and have decided to reveal it slowly, one book at a time. With some of the books, we may even request your help…

But let us start with this one: Michael Roiz follows up to his best-selling Grandmaster Repertoire book on the Nimzo-Indian with a companion volume dealing with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6, simply called The Queen’s Indian Defence. After playing several tournaments, Michael is currently finishing off the final chapters of the book, which we anticipate will be released in the early summer.

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  1. William
    March 26th, 2018 at 11:27 | #1

    Excellent, fills a gap in the market. I suppose the repertoire is based on g3 Ba6?

  2. Jacob Aagaard
    March 26th, 2018 at 11:58 | #2

    @William
    I think so. Michael is finishing exactly those chapters at the moment.

  3. Johnnyboy
    March 26th, 2018 at 14:24 | #3

    Jacob
    has either Jan or Peter been tapped for a possible QC book as yet? Their candidates show are the best chess entertainment bar none at the moment (sorry QC!).
    Informative, humourous, interesting anecdotes and they pitch it at a level where club players and GMs can all get something out of their analysis.
    Just a thought..
    While I’m sure they’d be great at opening books a more Learn from the Legends style approach might be better …

  4. Gollum
    March 26th, 2018 at 15:35 | #4

    Will it cover 1.d4 Cf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3? Otherwise Roiz won’t have a complete repertoire.

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    March 26th, 2018 at 16:21 | #5

    @Gollum
    Yes he will

  6. Tom Tidom
    March 26th, 2018 at 17:25 | #6

    I am curious to read more about the “With some of the books, we may even request your help…” thing.

  7. TonyRo
    March 26th, 2018 at 18:21 | #7

    I would guess with titles?

  8. Mark
    March 26th, 2018 at 19:35 | #8

    Will there be consideration of different move orders leading up to the QID. I am thinking of how a QID player should approach English, Reti and Queens Pawn Games?

  9. Pinpon
    March 26th, 2018 at 20:03 | #9

    @TonyRo
    I have a pending patent on ” How to bore your opponents to death ” even if i have my doubts on it becoming a bestseller

  10. James2
    March 26th, 2018 at 20:08 | #10

    @Mark
    I think you might find that these were covered in Beating d4 Sidelines by Avrukh and Beating Minor Openings by Mikhalevski. Of course, the Avrukh book is a few years old now, and I would love to see what Roiz recommended against the openings you mentioned.

    James

  11. Thomas
    March 26th, 2018 at 20:27 | #11

    @PinPon
    I could write a book named “Mishandling the Sicilian”, but maybe NIC would sue me for the similarity.

  12. TonyRo
    March 26th, 2018 at 21:15 | #12

    Pinpon :
    @TonyRo
    I have a pending patent on ” How to bore your opponents to death ” even if i have my doubts on it becoming a bestseller

    I might have to take you to court over that one! 😉

  13. Leon Trotsky
    March 27th, 2018 at 08:09 | #13

    I wonder what is the recommendation for Catalan. I feel that it is more critical now than both 3. Cc3 and 3. Cf3.

  14. Ray
    March 27th, 2018 at 09:11 | #14

    Great news – looking very much forward to this one 🙂 . Roiz’ book on the Nimzo-Indian is fantastic in my opinion!

  15. Alexander
    March 27th, 2018 at 09:52 | #15

    Good authors = good books 🙂
    Looking forward, even though I am not planning to add this to my rep. in general, I have a “thing” for well-written (and well-explained) books.

    Once again – another pearl from QC coming up!

  16. Pinpon
    March 27th, 2018 at 11:40 | #16

    @Thomas
    NIC should not sue you if you try «  Dismantling the Sicilian ( pizzas ) « 

  17. Pinpon
    March 27th, 2018 at 11:46 | #17

    @TonyRo
    Ok , so i’ll try «  New modernized methods to bore your opponents to death – and win « 
    😇

  18. RYV
    March 27th, 2018 at 14:24 | #18

    Mark :
    Will there be consideration of different move orders leading up to the QID. I am thinking of how a QID player should approach English, Reti and Queens Pawn Games?

    yes, chapter on QID set-up ( without black pawn on d5) against London system & colle -Zuke would be nice !

  19. Jacob Aagaard
    March 27th, 2018 at 17:34 | #19

    @Pinpon
    Intentionally missing the joke, I think it is important not to violate other people’s imagination by stealing their titles. We have had some of ours copied over time and it feels bad. Chess Lessons was the same as a Yusupov book that everyone had forgotten.

  20. March 27th, 2018 at 21:30 | #20

    Didn’t Alpha Zero throw a shadow on this defence? Another hint: nobody played it in the candidates.

  21. Dennis K
    March 27th, 2018 at 22:04 | #21

    Nobody (or almost nobody) played the Sicilian in the Candidates either, and it’s hardly been refuted. One tournament with eight players is a very small statistical sample.

  22. William
    March 27th, 2018 at 22:54 | #22

    A lot has been written about the (slightly unfair?) enginematch but just as an example, Stockfish could have chosen something different at move 21 in the d5 pawn sacrifice-lines, and the game containing g3 Ba6, Stockfish chose a new move while 15.Qb8 seems fine.

  23. Sam
    March 28th, 2018 at 00:55 | #23

    @Leon Trotsky
    Considering Quality Chess has already dealt with the Catalan in two recent books, perhaps they might be going for a Fianchetto Benoni? One thing I noticed that started to become a bit popular was after Avrukh’s recommendation of 10.Bf4 that 10…Bf5 which wasn’t mentioned seems to be doing just fine and after 11.Nh4 …Bc8 and …Bg4!? both seem to be doing okay.

  24. Ray
    March 28th, 2018 at 07:07 | #24

    I think the Benoni is an interesting opening, but i.m.o. it doesn’t fit so well with a Queen’s Indian repertoire. The philosophy of these two openings is quite different.

  25. Jacob Aagaard
    March 28th, 2018 at 08:53 | #25

    When you have eight players who play with each other all the time, there is a tendency that they end up analysing the same openings. And when you spend 50 hours trying to find something for White, you eventually want to play the opening with Black. Therefore these guys get very similar repertoires.

  26. Cowe
    March 28th, 2018 at 14:38 | #26

    Jacob Aagaard :
    And when you spend 50 hours trying to find something for White, you eventually want to play the opening with Black.

    Nice point 🙂

  27. James2
    March 28th, 2018 at 14:57 | #27

    @Jacob Aagaard
    This is very true! I have experienced it myself! I’m sure everyone has.

    James

  28. March 31st, 2018 at 12:16 | #28

    Based on Roiz’ own games I’m guessing that he will propose the ultra-fashionable …d5 4 Bg2 Bb4+ line against the Catalan. His game with black against Postny is annotated by himself in the MegaDB (at least it is in my DB) and is an excellent example on how to handle those positions. Ok, there’s also been R.Pert’s 5 Bd2 Bd6 covered in his Ragozin book and Danny King also proposed the given line in his DVD vs 1 d4. Let’s see…
    Maybe a fitting title could be “The reliable Queen’s Indian” ?!

  29. Al
    April 1st, 2018 at 15:33 | #29

    @ Jacob
    Hi Jacob. I would want to ask you: Are you still planning to write the serie “Chess from Scratch”? If so, when could it be possible released?
    Al

  30. Jacob Aagaard
    April 1st, 2018 at 16:53 | #30

    @Al
    The first of the workbooks will be out in the spring. Basically, a lot of things have been put on hold recently because of two things. Playing 1.e4, which eventually became two books. And also I caught a nasty infection and have been quite ill for some months. I am OK now, but I lost a lot of time. The first book out will be a Workbook, then the books will come, first slowly (many duties), then faster, over the next 12-18 months.

  31. Al
    April 1st, 2018 at 18:00 | #31

    Hi Jacob.
    Thanks for answering my question, and I am glad to hear that you are ok and I wish all the best in your coming projects.
    Jacob, I have a new query, how do you want to structure your coming series? For instance, like Yusupov series or like your Grandmaster Preparation series or something different.

  32. Siddhartha Gautama
    April 1st, 2018 at 19:54 | #32

    @QID book
    I would love to see an QID setup against the Torre or London.
    Because of Avrukh book, we are well prepared and I don`t think that GM Roiz needs to push further into the sidelines.
    But against these two openings I would be very happy, if GM Roiz can give as another setup

  33. Leon Trotsky
    April 1st, 2018 at 21:37 | #33

    @Sam
    But the book description says that it deals with the Catalan after 3. g3. From what I knew, the Catalan is 3. g3 d5 only, but 3. g3 itself without specifying Black response has no official name. Or maybe I am wrong of course..

    Even so, does 3. g3 c5 fit in with a solid Nimzo/Queen’s repertoire? I think that Black is fine in the Fianchetto Benoni, but it is much sharper than the Queen’s Indian itself. And White can try 4. Cf3 if s/he wants.

    If it is 3. g3 d5, I assume it will be something solid. Any insights, editors ? 😀

  34. Jacob Aagaard
    April 1st, 2018 at 23:21 | #34

    @Al
    This will be really basic stuff. We are starting with how the pieces move. It is not too dissimilar to the Step Method, although I have quite a lot of different ideas how to do things. Ideally, it will provide kids with more options. My own have used both Step books and the draft for my books.

    I will also being two other series of books, at advanced level. One new series of exercise books; new exercises, some new angles, based on what I do with my GM students, but not surprising in any way. And a series of books which are more like the Gelfand books, although without Boris of course :-).

  35. Jacob Aagaard
    April 1st, 2018 at 23:22 | #35

    @Leon Trotsky
    We do not debate lines at any depth before we send things to the printer. Too much time spent on this in the past and it often ends up with us having to justify ourselves, which is not the goal.

  36. Al
    April 2nd, 2018 at 15:00 | #36

    @ Jacob
    Thanks a million.

  37. The Doctor
    April 3rd, 2018 at 22:24 | #37

    Regarding the new Taimanov book

    I hope Black has found a good way to combat 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd 4.Nd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3

    This seems to be a thorn in the side of Taimanov players these days. I noticed MVL just beat Anand in it. Hopefully the author will help is find a good line against this?

  38. Johnnyboy
    April 4th, 2018 at 07:22 | #38

    @The Doctor
    Negi Kotronias and now the new Dismantling the Sicilian have all gone down the Qf3 route as well. Wonder if the new e4 book goes there too. Whatever John chooses the new Taimanov book will have a lot of white ideas to deal with…

  39. The Doctor
    April 4th, 2018 at 07:33 | #39

    @Johnnyboy
    Negi recommends the English Attack, this seems easy for Black to deal with according to current theory.

    Wonder when QC will give us more news on the Taimanov book?

  40. Johnnyboy
    April 4th, 2018 at 07:34 | #40

    Sorry my mistake Negi and the old Dismantling the Sicilian went for Qd2 instead of Qf3 so the Taimanov book has 2 important lines to counter

  41. Jacob Aagaard
    April 4th, 2018 at 11:48 | #41

    @The Doctor
    I think the author delivered all the files. We have not looked at them in detail, as it would be cheating as long as we are working on Playing 1.e4. What I am saying is, that nothing is delayed because of this, just that we will get to it as the next thing, but the next thing will be in 1-2 weeks.

  42. Doug Eckert
    April 4th, 2018 at 18:11 | #42

    @Jacob Aagaard That is a surprising answer. Given that we know chess is a draw, achieving a position with chances for both sides seems like a reasonable outcome for either a White or Black opening repertoire. I would think with two books coming out with some overlap within a short time frame you would want to cross check both manuscripts to make sure there is not any obvious contradiction. If there is, harmonizing on a chances for both sides variation seems reasonable. At the same time, I do understand the requirement to finish projects since I am also in a service orientated project business.

  43. April 4th, 2018 at 20:28 | #43

    a)Taimanov: 6.g3 is and was my main concern, 7.Qf3, there was a nice game by Caruana recently.

    b)Game collection: I don’t know, if game collections are a sell hit, but a new book about the best games with deep comments like Stohl’s Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces could be a nice christmas present.

    c) Caruana: my best games/his best games with strong emphasis on his opening repertoire, strengstes and weaknesses

  44. Thomas
    April 4th, 2018 at 20:34 | #44

    gewgaw :
    c) Caruana: my best games/his best games with strong emphasis on his opening repertoire, strengstes and weaknesses

    Magnus, is that you?

  45. John Simmons
    April 10th, 2018 at 12:24 | #45

    In the Taimanov 6g3, I thought Delchev’s “Safest sicilian” from 2009 or so dealt with it quite well, and there are other solutions too.

  46. Johnnyboy
    April 10th, 2018 at 13:36 | #46

    Rereading Andrew’s QI book from 10 years ago. Andrew said he’d chosen lines that allowed unbalanced positions and the chance to play for a win (though he did dodge the 5.Qc2 pawn sac line after g3 Ba6) . Some QC books are a bit too ‘perfect play from both sides, draw agreed’ rather than slightly less perfect play but chances to win. Having not bought Roiz Nimzo book yet is he more likely to go down the safety first route with the new QI book or unbalanced play? QI always struck me as too solid and though I bought Andrew’s book I didn’t really play it much. Any opinions? Thanks

  47. Ray
    April 10th, 2018 at 14:14 | #47

    @ Johnnyboy

    I.m.o. Roiz’ repertoire is absolutely ambitious for black, with lots of dynamic variations. E.g. his recommendation against 4.f4 is very sharp, and also against 4.Qc2 he gives dynamic lines with plenty of chances for black to play for a win. Against 4.e3 he chooses the Karpov variation. Maybe this is a bit more difficult to win for black if white knows what he is doing (IQP positions), but the Rubinstein is simply very solid for white. In general, if you want unbalanced play, why play the QID and not e.g. the Modern Benoni or KID?

  48. Ray
    April 10th, 2018 at 14:17 | #48

    PS: regarding you comment on ‘perfect play from both sides, draw agreed’: I play the black repertoire from Ntirlis’ Playing 1.d4 d5 book, and it is my experience so fat that hardly anyone follows the critical theoretical line past move 10 or so. So this is i.m.o. more a hypothetical point, in reality behind the board anything can and does happen.

  49. Johnnyboy
    April 10th, 2018 at 14:35 | #49

    Thanks Ray. Relying on slav/semi slav at the moment but in reality trying to persuade myself that I need to buy another 2 QC books

  50. April 10th, 2018 at 19:21 | #50

    Ray :
    PS: regarding you comment on ‘perfect play from both sides, draw agreed’: I play the black repertoire from Ntirlis’ Playing 1.d4 d5 book, and it is my experience so fat that hardly anyone follows the critical theoretical line past move 10 or so. So this is i.m.o. more a hypothetical point, in reality behind the board anything can and does happen.

    What level are your opponents?

  51. Douwe
    April 10th, 2018 at 23:57 | #51

    @Ray
    And: How do you like it so far?

  52. Ray
    April 11th, 2018 at 06:23 | #52

    @ Alex Relyea
    Between 2100 and 2200 ELO rating.

    @ Douwe
    I like it a lot, because of it combines solidity and simplicity while still giving chances to play for a win. For example, last week I played a quite exciting game in the Exchange variation. Thanks to Nikos’ clear strategic guidelines I knew exactly how to defuse white’s minority attack (play for …b5 and …Nc4), and after some inaccuracies by white I won.

  53. Cowe
    April 11th, 2018 at 09:00 | #53

    @John Simmons
    re g4 Taimanov: in fact Delchev omits a mainline where White can play Nd5 and Black has to give her white-squared Bishop, which is rather annoying. He also reckons, surely from personal experience, that in classical system with a4-a5, White players are not risking much and tend to know well these lines. Finally the drastic remedy with …h5 looks a bit shaky and may not be everybody’s taste. However this g3 poison is rather specialized (mainly against Taimanov and …e6 4 Knights). Not sure it will be addressed in a book for White, as Qf3 lines are a trendy and entertaining way to play with 0-0-0 against the Taimanov.

  54. Cowe
    April 11th, 2018 at 09:01 | #54

    @Cowe
    edit: re g3 taimanov

  55. Cowe
    April 11th, 2018 at 09:19 | #55

    @Ray
    @Ray & guys: Regarding classical QGD, it’s fair to say that Black’s aim in this opening is to reach an equal rook ending. Sometimes you play an absolutely correct game against much stronger plyer, only to be ground in said ending. Not the best way to trap heffalumps 🙂

  56. Ray
    April 11th, 2018 at 10:44 | #56

    @ Cowe

    Maybe it’s more efficient then to spend one’s time on studying (rook) endings than on booking up in the latest wrinkles of the 6.Bg5 Najdorf :-). I.m.o. to become consistently stronger (vs having a one-off success against a higher rated opponent because you trapped him in the opening) you have to become stronger in all aspects of the game. If your endgame level is e.g. 2000, I don’t think it’s realistic to expect to consistently draw against 2200 opponents.

  57. James2
    April 11th, 2018 at 11:57 | #57

    @Ray
    I totally agree with Ray.

  58. Cowe
    April 11th, 2018 at 17:36 | #58

    Agreed as well. Improving one’s endgame play is a great way to climb the chess ladder. Very point-efficient and teaches tactical resilience (i.e. not collapsing in worse or equal positions), which is imo a pivotal achievement. But then playing the QGD doesn’t grant Black an equal ending, it’s just the goal.

  59. Leon Trotsky
    April 11th, 2018 at 23:20 | #59

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Hopefully published in early (Northern hemisphere) summer 😀

    Since the Ragozin and QGD books all included different lines against the Catalan, at least it is guaranteed that Roiz will recommend something different than those (without telling us which one it will be)?

  60. Ray
    April 12th, 2018 at 06:15 | #60

    @ Cowe
    I agree that the QGD does not grant black an (equal) ending, but you yourself mentioned being ‘ground in said ending’ -that’s the statement I reacted to. Reaching the ending in the first place is of course an entirely different topic, although in the Kramnik variation (…Nbd7) it happens soon enough 🙂

  61. Breno
    April 17th, 2018 at 15:11 | #61

    I am in doubt about buy this book , i don´t play this line of 4.ba6 because of the sacrificial line of 5.Qc2 , and then after c5 just d5, that follows a very boring line in with usually black just suffers and draw with best play., Roiz recommend something in that line , or he avoid this line ( with c5 on move 5 )at all?

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