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Coming Soon – Anand, Shankland, Alma

Our Coming Soon section has some new additions. We will say more about the books later, but for now a brief introduction.

The Anand Files – The World Championship Story 2008-2012. Michiel Abeln tells the inside story of Anand’s dramatic World Championship matches against Kramnik, Topalov and Gelfand. Abeln extensively interviewed Anand’s seconds about their experiences. The ideal expert to state an opinion on the book is Viswanathan Anand, who writes in the Foreword: “Basically, I love this book. The level of detail is fabulous, and as I read it I felt I was reliving the entire five-year period during which these three matches happened.”

Small Steps 2 Success by Sam Shankland. The 2018 US Champion and double Olympiad gold medallist follows up his excellent Small Steps to Giant Improvement with a work about passed pawns. I am biased as ever, but this is top-notch instruction. The cover above is Version B, for those who followed the previous debate.

Alma and the Dark Dominion by Judit Berg. A new area for us – fiction. Judit Berg is an award-winning, bestselling children’s author from Hungary. Alma is a fun adventure story that has some chess content supplied by Judit Polgar.

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  1. Seth
    August 16th, 2019 at 20:46 | #1

    Great news!

    And I love how the door has been left open for a sequel to the Anand book.

    What am I talking about? “The Anand Ranks” of course.

  2. The Doctor
    August 17th, 2019 at 07:41 | #2

    The Anand book look nice and may be dirty a purchase!
    A bit disappointed not to see the Najdorf book there, will this be out this year?

  3. The Doctor
    August 17th, 2019 at 07:42 | #3

    Worth a purchase 🙄

  4. Zol
    August 17th, 2019 at 09:33 | #4

    Hi,
    What about the Gelfand book announced this year?
    Any more specific release date?
    Thanks

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    August 17th, 2019 at 11:02 | #5

    @The Doctor
    Do not mistake the absence of a cover for the absence of progress

  6. The Doctor
    August 17th, 2019 at 19:39 | #6

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Oh I see 😉

  7. marios
    August 17th, 2019 at 23:17 | #7

    what about “chess from scratch” vol 2?
    September is here. I trusted Quality Chess and now i am in a very difficult position.

  8. hasan
    August 18th, 2019 at 09:34 | #8

    Rioz would be the man to right a book on the Breyer spanish keep up the good work

  9. Franck Steenbekkers
    August 19th, 2019 at 21:57 | #9

    Is there news about hero negi?
    And Marin leningrader

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    August 23rd, 2019 at 12:54 | #10

    @marios
    I understand your frustration. I was ill, others were ill and we had a lot of obligations. I want it done more than anyone

  11. Pinpon
    August 24th, 2019 at 18:29 | #11

    Ha ha , Shankland ‘s new book excerpt is available !

  12. Steve
    August 27th, 2019 at 15:27 | #12

    Will the Anand Files have any games and analysis in it, or is does “the inside story” mean it is purely biographical?

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    August 27th, 2019 at 22:16 | #13

    @Steve
    It is inside Anand’s team. Lot’s of games and lots of stories.

  14. Ray
    August 28th, 2019 at 09:08 | #14

    @Pinpon
    Looks quite interesting, definitely a must buy! I really liked his first book.

  15. Paul
    September 1st, 2019 at 14:19 | #15

    Dear Jacob,
    regarding the book about the Najdorf: Against 6.Be3 and 6.Be2: will the book cover variations with e6 oder with e5? What’s the recommendation against 6.Be3 and 6.Bg5?
    Thanks a lot in advance😉

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