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Excerpts of new books

We now have excerpts available of all three of the new books that will be published on July 15th.

Playing the Stonewall Dutch has an excerpt here.

Think like a Machine has an excerpt here.

Playing the Petroff has an excerpt here.

I hope you enjoy them.

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  1. TD
    June 11th, 2020 at 15:19 | #1

    The excerpt of Playing the Stonewall Dutch looks great!

  2. TD
    June 11th, 2020 at 15:23 | #2

    But I would like the cover to show the Stonewall from the Black side, please.

  3. Tobias
    June 12th, 2020 at 15:17 | #3

    No coverage of 1. d4 f5 2. g4!? In the Stonewall dutch?

    Also, I would be interested why the move order with 1. … e6 is pre-dominant in the book. Is there a specific reason to avoid certain lines but allow transposition to the French? The chapter on 1.d4 f5 seems long enough with about 35 pages after all.

  4. TD
    June 12th, 2020 at 15:38 | #4

    Maybe because Sedlak also plays the French?

  5. Andrew Greet
    June 12th, 2020 at 16:48 | #5

    1.d4 f5 2.g4 is mentioned, but as a note rather than a main variation.

    Sedlak discusses move orders in the book but the gist of it is as follows. If Black is happy with a French (as Sedlak himself clearly is), then the 1.d4 e6 move order offers a more convenient way of reaching the Stonewall, as it rules out all kinds of options which White might try after 1.d4 f5. The Stonewall (not to mention Classical) Dutch and French often go hand in hand for this reason. So he gives 1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 as the primary move order, but then also provides a repertoire against the various 1.d4 f5 possibilities, for the benefit of readers who do not wish to allow a French.

  6. Tobias
    June 12th, 2020 at 17:06 | #6

    @Andrew Greet
    Thanks! Makes perfect sense!
    I think I might get the book as my recent tries with a Nimzo/Ragozin led to too many dull positions. And having QC offer a new book on the Stonewall increases my confidence in its soundness.

  7. Andrew Greet
    June 12th, 2020 at 17:14 | #7

    You’re welcome. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed in the event that you buy the book. Nikola really knows his stuff and both he and I (as the editor) invested a lot of effort into making it the best it could be.

  8. Ray
    June 13th, 2020 at 15:31 | #8

    Looks great indeed! I myself also play 1.d4 e6 (and French against 1.e4), so this is very convenient to me. Against 2.c4 I play 2…Bb4+, which is also quite interesting imo. And against 2.Nf3 or 2.g3 you can play a Stonewall Dutch.

  9. RWL
    June 13th, 2020 at 16:19 | #9

    @Andrew Greet
    Is it possible that the game with Predojevic is what led the author to switch to the move order that appears in the book? Also does he offer analysis of this game in B5 2).e4!? page 267?

  10. Andrew Greet
    June 13th, 2020 at 18:51 | #10

    The book does not mention a Predojevic-Sedlak game under 1.d4 f5 2.e4, but I’ve just looked it up. (For the benefit of anyone else who wants to do so, you may find it helpful to know that 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 fxe4 was the actual move order.) Nikola gives a more accurate sequence for Black in the book, following a correspondence game where Black kept the extra pawn for insufficient compensation.

  11. Daniel
    June 14th, 2020 at 09:04 | #11

    I understand that Gawain Jones is writing a full repertoire with 1 e4. Any details yet? Page count or number of volumes etc?

  12. A Super Talent
    June 14th, 2020 at 13:13 | #12

    @Andrew Greet
    Andrew, I have a few questions. Please answer if possible.
    1. Let us say I am trying to expand my repertoire from exclusively playing Kings Indian and Benoni
    positions. Would you suggest the Leningrad Dutch or the Stonewall? I am referring to Marin’s upcoming work on the same and Sedlak’s books for this study. Stylistically, which book will suit which player? It would be nice to hear this.
    Also, an additional point to understand here is that 1.d4 e6 is not a very good move order against the London System, as White ducks the critical Bf5 c5 systems from Black’s end. Any suggestions from Sedlak on countering this move order?
    2. In Think like a Machine, the authors mention that they only analysed positions upto depth 30. However as a correspondence player I have often noticed that depth 30 is virtually useless in many positions. The authors humbly admit the same, and I respect them for it, but won’t such a decision compromise the quality of the book?
    3. How will Gawain’s series compare with Negi’s works and Shaw’s works? Will there be another Open Sicilian recommendation from him?
    Thanks and Stay safe!

  13. June 14th, 2020 at 17:26 | #13

    @A Super Talent
    1) Only you can make that decision. You might find that the Leningrad make for a more natural transition as you still have a bishop on g7; on the other hand, if the idea is to branch out into a different type of game then you might find the Leningrad too similar in character to the KID/Benoni. So it depends what your priorities are.

    2) I have had no personal involvement in this book, so I can’t give a detailed answer, but it’s safe to assume that a depth of around 30 will be plenty for most of their examples. Take the Shirov game in the excerpt for instance: you may get a different evaluation at depth 30/40/50 or whatever, but the important point is the instructive value of the amazing move found by the machine.

    3) I’ve had no contact with Gawain and it’s much too early to go into details anyway, but he’s obviously a superb player and I’m sure his work will be great. Further details will follow when the time comes.

  14. The Doctor
    June 15th, 2020 at 09:53 | #14

    I don’t think Jones would recommend Open Sicilians as he rarely plays them. I’d guess he’d go for Moscow/Rossilimo lunes like his Everyman book a number of years back!

  15. Frank
    June 15th, 2020 at 15:10 | #15

    Does he? It would be hard to imagine, considerinf all the time and effort put into Playing 1.e4 and Negi’s books.@Daniel

  16. Daniel
    June 15th, 2020 at 15:40 | #16
  17. A Super Talent
    June 16th, 2020 at 12:55 | #17

    @Andrew Greet
    Thanks a lot for your detailed explanations. Your answers make a lot of sense and I will consider all this before buying. With regards to depth 30, yes maybe like you said if you have an idea of showing the machines line as a case of inspiring play, maybe it is enough, but it is common knowledge that Stockfishs depth 30 is not quite enough for the objective truth. But I will rest until I get the book and check it for myself. Any plans on writing a book called play like a machine?

  18. Jacob Aagaard
    June 17th, 2020 at 21:02 | #18

    Regarding depth 30. I worked a lot on that book and checked all the positions personally and with the help of Sam solving them. Some things were added, some positions fell at the wayside. No book is without mistakes, but certainly you will not get the feeling that the chess in this book is superficial.

  19. Micah
    June 21st, 2020 at 21:56 | #19

    Please try and get Sedlak to do a book on the London System! A Quality Chess book on the London System would sell so well!

  20. The Doctor
    June 22nd, 2020 at 15:35 | #20


    I’d definitely use it………….for toilet paper!

  21. mstoe
    June 22nd, 2020 at 19:31 | #21

    Is there any hooe that someday a GM Repertoire with non g3 Mainline will be released? Like QGd Main Lines with Bg5 or Bf4, Bayonet or Mar del Plata vs KID, Bc4 Exchange vs Grünfeld and so on…

  22. mstoe
    June 22nd, 2020 at 19:32 | #22

    mstoe :
    Is there any hooe that someday a GM Repertoire with non g3 Mainline will be released? Like QGd Main Lines with Bg5 or Bf4, Bayonet or Mar del Plata vs KID, Bc4 Exchange vs Grünfeld and so on…

    Forgot to add 1.d4 ^^

  23. June 22nd, 2020 at 19:50 | #23


    A great idea Micah and I also think it would sell well….but QC seem to have something of a closed mind when it comes to the London so I don’t like our chances…

  24. June 22nd, 2020 at 19:55 | #24

    The Doctor :
    I’d definitely use it………….for toilet paper!

    @ The Doctor…….hello is that youuu Dr Tarrasch???

  25. Micah
    June 23rd, 2020 at 01:38 | #25

    I know Sedlak doesn’t like the London against the King’s Indian. Even if Sedlak only covered the London vs. 1…d5, that would be great. I think playing 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 is a good option for players who play 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 as White and don’t want to play 1.d4 d5 2.Bg5.

  26. Ray
    June 23rd, 2020 at 07:03 | #26

    Sedlak already wrote two books on the London. I know it’s already a few years ago, but on the other hand I don’t think the theory of the London is developing with the speed of light. So what’s the point of him repeating his earlier work, but now for QC instead of Chess Evolution? Well, there’s the hardcover aspect of course.

  27. June 25th, 2020 at 20:33 | #27


    I have both of Sedlak’s books from Chess Evolution and I think you may be surprised just how much, not only the theory but also the general approach to playing this opening (particularly under the Carslen influence) has changed in the last couple of years.

  28. Hesse_Bub
    June 26th, 2020 at 06:12 | #28

    In “Schach” July 2020 B. Adhiban mentiones he is working on a book for Quality Chess. Can you revale the topic of this book?

  29. Jacob Aagaard
    June 29th, 2020 at 12:15 | #29

    I wish he was, but he is not to our knowledge…

  30. John Shaw
    June 29th, 2020 at 15:19 | #30


    @Jacob Aagaard

    As Jacob said, Adhiban is not a Quality Chess author (sadly), but I think I can guess what the story is about. One of our QC authors is working on a book that features Adhiban in one chapter as a model player to follow. I could imagine Adhiban was very helpful in answering our author’s questions, so yes, he would have been working on a book for QC.

    I will give the full details about the book in a proper post when I have details and a cover.

  31. Craig
    June 30th, 2020 at 16:23 | #31

    Really looking forward to the Gelfand books but a bit disappointed that they’ll only be in hardcover. Pretty curious as to how you decide which get both hard and paperbacks on the same day and which ones get paperbacks a few months later?

  32. Andrew Greet
    June 30th, 2020 at 20:50 | #32

    It’s no secret: our default position is to publish in hardcover initially, with paperback following some months later, as is the norm in the wider publishing industry. We make an exception for opening books, as we recognise that opening theory is more time-sensitive and so it makes sense to make such books available in both formats as early as possible.

  33. George Hollands
    July 1st, 2020 at 08:02 | #33

    The hardbacks are easily worth twice the extra price that QC charge above the paperback editions.

    It might just be my OCD when it comes to my chess library but the fact I have some paperback versions from back before they did hardbacks or before I realised how much better they are – really irks me.

    They’ve released some books over the last couple of years only in PB, which I presume is for commercial reasons. I would normally have purchased the book, I tend to buy everything QC release – but the lack of HB option meant I couldn’t bring myself to.

  34. Craig
    July 1st, 2020 at 21:46 | #34

    I get that some books are far more suited to being a hardback. Practical Chess Beauty or The Anand Files or The Nemesis are good examples but I’m pretty sure the first two Gelfand books were out in paperback on their initial release. Also having to wait 8 months for Small Steps 2 has been rough. Almost there though…

  35. Andrew Greet
    July 2nd, 2020 at 09:27 | #35

    You can check the hardcover/paperback situation with the earlier Gelfand books on our site, but I’ll save you the trouble by copying from the “Positional Decision Making” page:
    Hardcover published 17 June 2015
    Paperback published 3 February 2016

    As you can see, we are consistent in publishing in hardcover first, except opening books for the reason stated previously.

  36. Paul H
    July 2nd, 2020 at 17:43 | #36

    @Andrew Greet
    The slightly irritating position when hardback only is you charge a higher price on Forward Chess until the paperback comes out, when the price goes down. With a paperback release the lower price is charged from day one.
    Of course, it’s your company and you can do what you wish, and realise this also happens in the wider publishing business with kindle releases -though there you never see paperback and hardback released concurrently. But still a bit irritating.

  37. John Shaw
    July 3rd, 2020 at 11:40 | #37

    @Paul H

    Our general rule on Forward Chess pricing is that the FC version should be about 2/3 the price of the paper version (because it’s less expensive to ‘print’ ebooks than paper books).

    So when the paper version is slightly more expensive than normal (as it is with hardcovers) it makes sense to me that the FC version is also slightly more expensive. But I have no doubt different views are also reasonable.

  38. Franck steenbekkers
    July 5th, 2020 at 20:56 | #38

    When will the petrovbook at forward chess?
    Is there more info about the 1 e4 books of Jones

  39. Andrew Greet
    July 6th, 2020 at 11:02 | #39

    @Franck steenbekkers
    Wednesday 8 July, and no.

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