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We have updated our Coming Soon page with some titles we plan to publish in Spring and Summer of 2020. It’s quite a few books, so I will keep the details brief in this post. You can read more about each book on its own webpage, as linked below. The first five books below are expected in Spring 2020.

Playing the Grünfeld by Alexey Kovalchuk. The title tells the story – a fighting repertoire against 1.d4 by a talented young Russian player.

GM Mihail Marin will supply a two-volume Black repertoire against 1.d4 using 1…f5, with the aggressive Leningrad Dutch at its heart. The titles are Leningrad Dutch and Dutch Sidelines.

The 2600+ Ukrainian GM Martyn Kravtsiv is writing two volumes from White’s perspective after 1.e4 e5. The title Italian Renaissance tell the story – Bc4 is White’s choice, covered at both move 2 and 3, for added flexibility. There will be Volume I and Volume 2.

The following four titles are expected in Summer 2020.

Playing the Stonewall Dutch by Nikola Sedlak is another where the title is self-explanatory. A bold repertoire against 1.d4.

Think like a Machine by Manella & Zohar explores what chessplayers can learn from computers, using lots of spectacular examples where we humans struggle to find the right moves.

In Playing the Petroff Swapnil Dhopade, one of the new generation of Indian GMs, shares a repertoire against 1.e4 that is both compact and reliable.

In A Matter of Technique GM Jacob Aagaard starts a new series called Grandmaster Knowledge. The annotator’s cliché for winning a won position is that “the rest is a matter of technique” – this book shows how it should be done.

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  1. Andrew Greet
    January 9th, 2020 at 17:31 | #1

    Just to be clear, the front cover images are not yet finalized. We are well aware of certain changes which need to be made to some of the covers (perhaps the most glaring mistake as things stand is the differing angles of the board photos on the Marin Dutch books). We just didn’t want to delay the announcement of these new titles any longer, so rest assured we will fine-tune the cover designs in due course.

  2. Birdyfox
    January 9th, 2020 at 18:02 | #2

    What a program !! Fantastic list, I can’t wait ! Thanks for your announcement.

  3. January 9th, 2020 at 18:32 | #3

    The Petroff at last looking forward

  4. Pinpon
    January 9th, 2020 at 18:38 | #4

    Well done !
    Interesting to see if the Petroff book will be Bd6 oriented in the ‘’ old ‘’ main line
    Btw , will we see the upcoming Gelfand book in summer 2020 ?

  5. Mich
    January 9th, 2020 at 18:50 | #5

    Good news … but where is Dumbo ???

  6. January 9th, 2020 at 19:16 | #6

    Can’t believe my luck…. a book from Quality on the Petroff!! …..like Pinpon would be even happier if the Old Main Line is based around 6…Bd6 but as I also play 6…Nc6 I’m not going to be too worried either way.

  7. Leon Trotsky
    January 9th, 2020 at 21:59 | #7

    That is a lot of books.

    I was wondering if Marin’s Dutch books would have the flag of the Netherlands as background, but that is not necessary anyway.

    There has not been a book on the Stonewall Dutch since Agdestein’s book.

    I wonder how the Playing the Grünfeld book differs from Awrukh’s two volumes.

  8. Alex
    January 9th, 2020 at 23:57 | #8

    Love that caped pawn cover! 😀

    I’m also considering the Grunfeld book but I am unsure how to handle 1. c4 and 1. Nf3. Perhaps the symmetrical English is the way to go? I know it probably won’t be in the scope of the book but it would be nice to see if he has any general suggestions. I’ve been trying the KID lately and being basically universal other than vs 1. e4 is one of the best parts.

  9. The Doctor
    January 10th, 2020 at 08:22 | #9

    @Alex
    Against 1 Nf3 QC have given extensive coverage of Anti-Grunfeld lines in Beating Minor Openings

    Against 1 c4 I’m guessing most Grunfeld players plat 1…Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 as given in the recent Chess Stars book on the Grunfeld.

  10. Duvupov
    January 10th, 2020 at 09:37 | #10

    Interested in the Petroff book. If the old main line is Bd6 I wonder how the repertoire will differ from ‘ Fight 1.e4 like Caruana’.
    Looks like the writer doesn’t play the Petroff himself, or am I missing something? Any hints on lines already?

  11. Karl
    January 10th, 2020 at 10:06 | #11

    After publishing “Playing the stonewall dutch”, is there any hope for “Playing the london system”? 😉

  12. Andrew Greet
    January 10th, 2020 at 10:54 | #12

    Leon T: Avrukh’s books were cutting edge at the time and are still of much value, but theory moves on and there are certain lines in his books in which Black has come under some pressure. Kovalchuk’s repertoire benefits from more up-to-date theory, as well as analysis from stronger engines, more recent elite GM games and so on. There are also certain lines where Avrukh’s analysis still holds up, but Kovalchuk offers another solution which he happens to find more appealing.

    Duvupov: Swapnil has played the Petroff a few times although it’s true that it hasn’t exactly formed the backbone of his repertoire. Still, we think his analysis of it is first-rate.

    Karl: We are not yet desperate enough to advocate the London System! (Just joking – sort of…) If you’re looking for a guide to that opening, Sedlak’s books published by NIC are in my opinion your best chance to equalize with White.

  13. Thomas
    January 10th, 2020 at 11:07 | #13

    @Andrew Greet

    Sedlak’s books were published by Chess Evolution. The NIC book is Romero’s.

  14. Andrew Greet
    January 10th, 2020 at 11:24 | #14

    @Thomas
    You’re absolutely right; thanks for the correction. I googled the book and the top few results were NIC, so I lazily named them as the publisher, forgetting that they also run a shop!

  15. John Shaw
    January 10th, 2020 at 11:34 | #15

    Mich :
    Good news … but where is Dumbo ???

    “The Electrifying Elephant Gambit” is also on the way. The books in the post above are not yet a complete list of our plans, and many publication dates remain to be clarified.

  16. Ray
    January 10th, 2020 at 12:54 | #16

    Great line-up, with lots of must buys! Thanks a lot!!

  17. Paul H
    January 10th, 2020 at 13:50 | #17

    @John Shaw
    Is completion of Negi still pencilled in at some point?

  18. Karl
    January 10th, 2020 at 13:52 | #18

    Andrew Greet :
    Karl: We are not yet desperate enough to advocate the London System! (Just joking – sort of…) If you’re looking for a guide to that opening, Sedlak’s books published by NIC are in my opinion your best chance to equalize with White.

    It am joking too. But just look at your banner http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/i/banner5.png
    With the stonewall book you’re moving into that direction. Soon or later i will see a london system book from quality chess. 😉

  19. The Doctor
    January 10th, 2020 at 13:53 | #19

    I’m quite interested in Jacob’s book ‘A Matter of Technique’ as I spend too much time looking at openings, get great positions then generally only achieve draws!
    My question is what rating of player is this aimed at?
    As I’m only around 2000 rated, will this be much use to me?

  20. John Shaw
    January 10th, 2020 at 15:18 | #20

    Paul H :
    @John Shaw
    Is completion of Negi still pencilled in at some point?

    Yes. And the next one in the Negi series will be this year – that’s “1.e4 vs Minor Defences”.

  21. Thomas
    January 10th, 2020 at 15:26 | #21

    2020 will be a long year….

  22. Andrew Greet
    January 10th, 2020 at 15:30 | #22

    Paul: Yes, Negi 5 will happen in 2020.

    Karl: Thanks for the point about the banner. If we ever publish a London repertoire for White we’ll be sure to change it to “Tired of good positions?” etc.

    ‘Doctor’: My guess is that even though the typical reader of Jacob’s books may be rated a little higher, an ambitious 2000-rated player should still be able to get a lot out of them. We’ll be able to answer better once the book is finished of course.

  23. Tom Tidom
    January 10th, 2020 at 15:38 | #23

    John Shaw :

    Paul H :
    @John Shaw
    Is completion of Negi still pencilled in at some point?

    Yes. And the next one in the Negi series will be this year – that’s “1.e4 vs Minor Defences”.

    While I´m happy to read this it probably also means that the coverage of the Ruy Lopez from White´s side is quite far in the future.

    Perhaps someone is willing to write “Playing the Ruy Lopez” in the meantime ;-).

  24. Jacob Aagaard
    January 10th, 2020 at 17:22 | #24

    A Matter of Technique will not be an exercise book, so should be accessible from 1500 or so and upwards. The pieces move the same and stronger players are not that often smarter, just more trained, talented and well-read.

  25. RYV
    January 10th, 2020 at 20:57 | #25

    jacob’s book should be of the highest need. We all loose winning ( or draw) position so often. It is really important to learn how to do to concretize a wining advantage and not let our opponent escape.

  26. William
    January 10th, 2020 at 21:51 | #26

    What are the other planned books in the series Grandmaster Knowledge?

  27. January 11th, 2020 at 04:10 | #27

    Andrew Greet :
    Duvupov: Swapnil has played the Petroff a few times although it’s true that it hasn’t exactly formed the backbone of his repertoire. Still, we think his analysis of it is first-rate.

    If he does decide to go with 6….Nc6 in the Old Main Line, it would be good if Swapnil could include something on white’s 8 Nd2. Sakaev included a two line note in his 2011 book on the Petroff but subsequent authors have ignored it. It is quite a popular sideline and very common in ICCF games. It may look passive but it is not without it’s subtleties.

    Thanks.

  28. Paul H
    January 11th, 2020 at 17:31 | #28

    Thanks for the update on Negi.

    Are you also able to provide an update on the plans for the Grandmaster Preparation series? I notice on Chessable an expanded edition of Calculation- with video from Jacob- is in the coming soon section.

  29. Jeroen
    January 11th, 2020 at 22:50 | #29

    Surely this is the most impressive lineup of forthcoming titles I’ve seen in a long time. I’m very much looking forward to the The Italian Renaissance. Keep up to good work!

  30. JB
    January 12th, 2020 at 09:28 | #30

    Hey Xmas came early in January! Even though (in a non Brexit manner) I couldn’t give a monkeys for all the Dutch there’s a lot to look forward to. Seeing a major clash between the Italian and Petroff book so is John getting locked in the dungeon again to edit one book while Andrew edits the other up in the daylight and neither allowed to look at each others notes? Very happy Jacob catering to club players.. I’ll never be a GM but trying to be the best I can be and his new book seems more at my level. Keep healthy Jacob! Good luck and we’ll all ignore the publication dates as usual and just enjoy them when they arrive 😀👍

  31. JB
    January 12th, 2020 at 09:56 | #31

    PS After finishing your MVL black rep books with the Najdorf and Grunfeld books looking forward to the Magnus version with the Qd6 Scandi, Norwegian Rat and some more quality mainline stuff.😂

  32. The Doctor
    January 12th, 2020 at 11:16 | #32

    John Shaw is a middlegame expert – maybe a book on the subject in a future?

  33. Leaf
    January 12th, 2020 at 23:11 | #33

    For the book Stonewall Dutch by Nikola Sedlak, does it cover everything after 1. d4 f5 ?

    Does it cover 1. Nf3 and 1. c4?

    Thanks.

  34. Patrick
    January 14th, 2020 at 20:51 | #34

    It seems like everyone is harping over the opening books. While I myself am interested in the Italian books and the Stonewall Dutch book, the other two, and probably the biggest two for me, will be the two non-opening books! Think Like a Machine and A Matter of Technique!

  35. Andrew Greet
    January 17th, 2020 at 11:18 | #35

    JB – Excellent suggestions; in the meantime we’ve got the Elephant Gambit on the way to satisfy your desire for a quality repertoire to last a lifetime.

    Doctor – John is definitely a middlegame expert, as long as we can define a middlegame as a position with nothing but a rook and a number of pawns on each side. But in any case, running the company combined with editing/proofreading duties keeps John busy to say the least, so don’t expect any more books authored by him anytime soon.

    Leaf – The Stonewall book focuses on d4/c4 set-ups. Obviously we understand that there would have been a certain value in covering earlier deviations too. On the other hand, there are many other books covering sidelines after 1.d4 f5, and ultimately we decided that an in-depth guide to the d4/c4 realm would be the best way to let the author shine. Sedlak has generally favoured the 1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 move order in his own games; obviously this only works if you play the French as well – but if you do, then it’s an excellent option for a Dutch player.

  36. Luis
    January 19th, 2020 at 12:10 | #36

    Hello

    When will be known which line Negi proposes against the Alekhine.

    Although, wondering whether you have in sight a book on the Alekhine (Baburin as the writer?)
    I think many books on how to play against the Alekhine are very interesting, e.g, Shaw and
    Greet (with a diferente editior)

    Thanks, Luis

  37. Pete
    January 20th, 2020 at 06:09 | #37

    Please more info about the new series Grandmaster Knowledge

  38. Mstoe
    January 21st, 2020 at 23:58 | #38

    When will be the official announcement of Negis book? Will he also cover the Pirc & Modern in it& what Lines will he suggest?

  39. January 22nd, 2020 at 18:56 | #39

    @Andrew Greet

    Now that you have GM Nikola Sedlak in your stable of writers he would be an ideal candidate to do a book on Playing The London…theory has moved on since his earlier works and the opening continues to be popular at all levels.

    I know you don’t think much of the opening but, I’m pretty sure that if Quality published a book on the London it would be a stronger seller than a book on lets say the Elephant Gambit!!

  40. Pete
    January 22nd, 2020 at 22:22 | #40

    @Michael

    QualityChess intends to make chess more exciting (even by virtue of Elephant Gambit) rather than boring (London)

  41. TM
    January 23rd, 2020 at 17:22 | #41

    Hello,

    Is there any chance to see in the future books with titles like “Playing the Sozin Variation (Including Fischer’s Attack)” or “Playing the Exchange Ruy Lopez”?

  42. Phil Collins
    January 24th, 2020 at 08:29 | #42

    Playing the Tarrasch Defence would be a nice book. Covering the so called “Dubov Tarrasch”, the new move order with an early Nf6 like Carlsens choice. It should be a complete repertoire: QGD, QP-Openings, Tarrasch vs English/Reti, Tarrasch vs Nimzo-Larsen, Tarrasch vs “Orangutan”, Tarrasch vs Bird.

    * Dubov Tarrasch: The Dubov Tarrasch suggested Tarrasch in the early 1920s in “Die Verteidigung des Damengambits”.

  43. Topnotch
    January 25th, 2020 at 21:51 | #43

    Michael :
    @Andrew Greet
    Now that you have GM Nikola Sedlak in your stable of writers he would be an ideal candidate to do a book on Playing The London…theory has moved on since his earlier works and the opening continues to be popular at all levels.
    I know you don’t think much of the opening but, I’m pretty sure that if Quality published a book on the London it would be a stronger seller than a book on lets say the Elephant Gambit!!

    The London has seen better days, the surprise effect has long gone and enough ink both digital and physical has already been spilt on it. Black is comfortable in most lines and the London offers nothing objectively except a position to just play chess. Just Play Chess – The London System is not a title I think would sell very well, not sexy enough. A book on the Elephant Gambit however, would probably do better since it is such a controversial and little covered topic, so much so that even I would be tempted to buy it if only out of sheer morbid curiosity.

  44. Dayvid Marques
    January 26th, 2020 at 00:24 | #44

    What is the purpose of Boris Gulko’s book that appears in the 2020 quality catalog?

  45. Andrew Greet
    January 27th, 2020 at 12:21 | #45

    Here are the answers to the various questions:

    About Negi – against the Alekhine he’s going main line with 4.Nf3; against the Pirc/Modern it’ll be Be3/Nf3. We’ll announce the publication date when we are ready. We will not announce the announcement date.

    As for the London System, I tend to take a similar view to that of Topnotch in the post above, but John and Jacob are the ones who ultimately decide what to publish. So anything’s possible – but at this stage a prospective London book isn’t exactly at the forefront of our team meetings.

    The Alekhine Defence, Dubov Tarrasch and Exchange Ruy Lopez aren’t the worst ideas I’ve heard. Like I said, anything’s possible, and some ideas are more possible than others.

  46. January 27th, 2020 at 20:39 | #46

    @Topnotch

    “the London offers nothing objectively except a position to just play chess. Just Play Chess”

    Perhaps that is why it is so popular at the highest levels of ICCF…..they just want to play chess in a position which offers imbalances.

  47. Topnotch
    January 28th, 2020 at 14:30 | #47

    Michael :
    @Topnotch
    “the London offers nothing objectively except a position to just play chess. Just Play Chess”
    Perhaps that is why it is so popular at the highest levels of ICCF…..they just want to play chess in a position which offers imbalances.

    Indeed, if you want to keep your repertoire fresh and reliable these days it is essential to have the latest Correspondence Database and keep it updated or else you are likely to face many unpleasant surprises.

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