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Opening Simulator – King’s Indian Defence

We have sent to the printer Opening Simulator – King’s Indian Defence by Esben Lund and Andreas Skytte Hagen. You can read an excerpt here. We are predicting a publication date of the end of July or the first week of August – printing time can vary.

This is a new style of book for us. It’s an opening book. And it’s a puzzle book. The excerpt explains the idea. In fact, it’s a tricky book to represent in an excerpt, as the book also includes a long introduction (about 80 pages) about standard plans and ideas in the King’s Indian. But we did not include any of that Introduction in the excerpt as chopping a little out of a coherent whole did not work for us.

If you are familiar with Esben Lund’s previous books – most recently, Sharp Endgames and The Secret Life of Bad Bishops – you will know that a huge effort goes into research for his books. And if anything the addition of a co-author, Andreas Skytte Hagen, has allowed an even more ambitious book. So if the King’s Indian Defence interests you, for either colour, then have a look and see what you think.

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  1. Alber
    June 28th, 2019 at 15:27 | #1

    Is a chessable edition expected?

  2. Michael Stewart
    June 29th, 2019 at 05:26 | #2

    I look forward to this new style of book.
    I hope this is the first of many books in this style and should really help to learn the opening!!!

  3. Leon Trotsky
    June 29th, 2019 at 23:25 | #3

    Is this book just printed in hardcover ¿

    Just asking of course, because I like the hardcover versions 😀

  4. Paul H
    June 30th, 2019 at 09:51 | #4

    @Leon Trotsky
    You can see under the book’s entry on the “coming soon” page it is in hardback and paperback.

  5. Lutz Konrad
    July 1st, 2019 at 08:53 | #5

    Dear Mr Lund and Hagen,

    although your approach to learning an opening seems to be new, in Germany in the 1990`s a lot of similar books have been published by Lothar Nikolaiczuk like 100x Pirc/Modern, 100x Grünfeld-Indisch etc. In each book the topic was presented with 100 puzzles and I remember very well that I learned a lot about the Pirc during that time.


  6. John Shaw
    July 1st, 2019 at 09:19 | #6


    I think the “Opening Simulator” is well suited for Chessable. but the timing of its appearance there is not clear.
    Forward Chess is also a good fit for this book, and we expect the publication on Forward Chess will be a week before our paper version, as usual.

    @Leon Trotsky

    As Paul H said, Opening Simulator will be in both hardcover and paperback on publication.

  7. Paul H
    July 1st, 2019 at 09:52 | #7

    @John Shaw
    Esben is one of my favourite QC authors and I like that this (albeit co authored) will be his first hardback release – his previous 3 books were paperback only. Hopefully his 4th book will also be in hardback.

  8. Remco G
    July 1st, 2019 at 09:52 | #8

    Any indication of the level the puzzles are for?

  9. John Shaw
    July 1st, 2019 at 11:51 | #9

    @Remco G

    There are 5 levels of difficulty on the exercises, so they cover a very broad range. Level 1 might include some one or two move ideas, while at Level 5 it’s certainly advanced. The excerpt shows some Level 2 exercises.

  10. Tim S
    July 2nd, 2019 at 08:00 | #10

    Really like this idea. I hope other openings are covered in a similar style in future.

  11. Douwe
    July 2nd, 2019 at 17:52 | #11


  12. Horacy21
    July 10th, 2019 at 09:43 | #12

    Great idea!
    Are there any plans to publish Opening Simulator books on other openings?

  13. Kevin winter
    July 12th, 2019 at 19:06 | #13

    Any more information on the release date ? I want it in hardcover ! 😀

  14. Thomas
    July 13th, 2019 at 15:53 | #14

    I’m still hoping for a new book by Jan Markos.

    “Under the Surface” is the best chessbook I have.
    And I have a lot…

  15. Leon Trotsky
    July 13th, 2019 at 21:48 | #15

    It says 31 July, unless that is changed (¿)

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