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1.e4 vs Minor Defences by Negi – Excerpt

The fifth volume in Parimarjan Negi’s superb 1.e4 series will be published on September 30th1.e4 vs Minor Defences You can try a brief taste of Negi’s new work with the excerpt. As the title suggests, Negi deals with the Alekhine, Scandinavian, Pirc and Modern Defences, plus various lesser options.

September 30th is also the day when we publish Boris Gelfand’s next two books – Technical Decision Making in Chess and Decision Making in Major Piece Endings. Excerpts of those two books are just a few days away.

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  1. SimonB
    August 18th, 2020 at 11:18 | #1

    Spiffing! Looking forward to this one. Less fussed about any Elephants coming over the hill, but this, oh yeah.
    Quick note on something to correct: “This was the dubious continuation of Sukandar – Tiviakov, Jakarta 2015. White chose a suboptimal continuation, but still went on to defeat *his* much higher rated opponent.”
    The white player is female, I believe.

  2. Andrew Greet
    August 18th, 2020 at 13:17 | #2

    Good spot Simon – fire the editor I say.

  3. Tobias
    August 18th, 2020 at 13:30 | #3

    Oh, we can get QC staff fired by pointing out such mistakes in their books? Can we also get their jobs as editors that way? World, beware, I shall strive to become chess editor! Just a minor request to change the company name to “Average Chess” in the process.

  4. Peter
    August 18th, 2020 at 13:44 | #4

    I’d suggest “Equality Chess” instead, at least for all those opening tomes…

  5. JB
    August 18th, 2020 at 20:28 | #5

    Intrigued that Parimajan refutes John’s favourite Qd8 Scandi in under 3 pages! Sorry John you’ll just have to take up the Najdorf!
    Also presuming Negi adopts the Pirc move order Philidor e4 d6 d4 Nf6 Nc3 e5 transposing into his 2014 book…. does he give any updates on the lines he gave then? Dubov and others not so intimidated by white in the Philidor anymore so maybe a change of emphasis/lines needed as it was 6 years ago since it was published?

  6. JB
    August 18th, 2020 at 20:29 | #6

    Transposing with 4. Nf3….

  7. Seth
    August 19th, 2020 at 00:32 | #7

    It’s happening!!!

  8. Ray
    August 19th, 2020 at 11:16 | #8

    Just 400 pages this time… I’d say Negi is slipping in his ambition level 🙂 . Who knows 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 will fit into one (last) volume?!

  9. Andrew Greet
    August 19th, 2020 at 11:39 | #9

    JB – We appreciate that times change and Black may have found other defensive resources in the Philidor compared to 2014; but this new book was already larger than expected and challenging in various ways, so updating the entire Philidor section would have been a bit much.
    However, Pari did cover an unusual Pirc/Modern move order involving an early …Nc6/…e5 by Black, when Nge2 and f2-f3 can transpose to the Fianchetto Philidor after …exd4. This particular Philidor is pretty dubious for Black, but Pari did take the opportunity to include a few extra lines in that variation which were missing from Volume 1.

  10. Remco G
    August 19th, 2020 at 13:47 | #10

    Amusing that 1.e4 h6?! makes it to the abridged variation index! Now that’s a move I have never thought about before.

  11. JB
    August 19th, 2020 at 17:12 | #11

    @Andrew Greet
    Thanks Andrew.,…was always a bit worried I never get my pawn back in Negis chosen Philidor line saccing the a pawn once black worked out a defence. Still looking forward to the time,.. always top quality with Parimarjan and some creative ideas 😁

  12. Tim
    August 19th, 2020 at 21:30 | #12

    I’m very much looking forward to this book. Great news that it will be out in just over a month. Including the abridged variation index in the excerpt is much appreciated. Will be available on Forward Chess as well?

  13. Benjamin Fitch
    August 19th, 2020 at 21:54 | #13

    I was slightly surprised to see “1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3!”. It’s is unarguably very practical. I wonder whether the author believes that it’s also equally as strong as 2.d4 theoretically (after 2.Nf3 e5 in particular). Black does have a knight blocking the c-pawn unnecessarily either way, so perhaps 2.Nf3 really is just as strong.

  14. Andrew Greet
    August 20th, 2020 at 15:14 | #14

    Tim – Yes, it will be on FC; should be available a week earlier on the digital format, as is standard.

    Benjamin – Pari is of the opinion that 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5! is fine for Black. So the exclam reflects both this and the practical advantage of 2.Nf3 being repertoire-friendly after 2…e5.

  15. Luis
    August 20th, 2020 at 15:49 | #15

    “1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5! is fine for Black” – This is interesting! Any analysis on this or not since 2.da is not recommended move

    Pity that the more complete index is not given

    Surprised to see the assessment of !? to 4…Bf5 and 4…Nb6 in the Alekhine
    Also surrpised to see only two pages on 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 c6. Is there any transposition to other lines?
    What is Negis recommended 7th move against 4.Nf3 g6, or do we need to wait for the copy

    thanks for all the good work

  16. Benjamin Fitch
    August 20th, 2020 at 15:59 | #16

    Thanks, Andrew! I’d say that I’d look forward to an upcoming QC book on 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5!, but now 2.Nf3! is a good reason to avoid 1…Nc6, so never mind. 🙂

  17. Andrew Greet
    August 21st, 2020 at 09:14 | #17

    No further analysis of 2.d4 d5 – just his opinion that Black should be fine.

    We don’t give the complete index because that alone would reveal a lot of novelties and other details which, frankly, are too valuable to include in a free PDF.

    Regarding 4…Bg4 5.Be2 c6, it would have been possible to analyse it in more detail, but I get the impression that Pari doesn’t think it’s a great line for Black, so he just gives a few lines and doesn’t spend too much time on it.

    In the 4…g6 line, he favours 7.Ng5 and I’ll say no more.

    Please note: not all “What does Negi give against X?” questions will be answered, so everyone, please don’t take this as a cue to bombard the blog with them. This was a fairly sensible question and I was feeling generous.

  18. Ray
    August 21st, 2020 at 11:46 | #18

    @Benjamin Fitch
    I don’t think it’s that simple. After 2.Nf3 d6 we transpose to a Pirc where black has avoided white’s most aggressive lines. The downside is that black is a little bit less flexible with a knight already on c6, but Bauer believes in black’s chances.

  19. Michael Agermose
    August 21st, 2020 at 13:22 | #19

    @Andrew Greet
    Damn, there goes my Blackmar-Diemer gambit down the drain 😉

  20. Benjamin Fitch
    August 21st, 2020 at 15:57 | #20

    That’s interesting, for sure. (We could hope for a themed match between P. Negi and C. Bauer.) I think that for many, “a little bit less flexible” might seem a bit understated considering the Bb5 possibilities in some lines, d5 possibilities in other lines, and the blocked c-pawn in all lines. But that’s an opinion and doesn’t prove anything. When we get a quantum computer that solves chess using an unlimited number of parallel universes for simultaneous processing, we’ll get actual proof.

  21. Luis
    August 21st, 2020 at 20:08 | #21


    Thanks, concerning

    i) “No further analysis of 2.d4 d5 – just his opinion that Black should be fine”

    I wonder whether a simple comment stating this in the book, could be usefull. Many times, references (even without analysis) to alternative lines or quick explanations for the choices of the author’s main lines are useful to the reader (it makes us think).
    Shaw’s book often gives such explanations (e.g., I remember a few in the Scotch and in Scandinavian and I guess there should be some in the other chapters).
    Negi’s book agains the Najdorf also has a few, e.g, a short explanation motivating a new move in the Gothenburg variation, etc.

    ii) “In the 4…g6 line, he favours 7.Ng5 and I’ll say no more”

    well, I am mildly enthusiastic to see his analysis. I said “mildly” hoping not to see a “minimal” approachas given by John Shaw

    iii) As a last question, if am i allowed to, I was surpised by the number of pages in Larsen’s Alekhine, 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 Nd7 and with a “?” on this last move. Surprised because it appears to me that John Shaw’s analysis has simply killed this line. So, why 5 pages? To redo the analysis, correct/improve some line or give an alternative (also good) line not needing to
    memorize all the analysis in John’s book?

    looking forward to the book

  22. middlewave
    August 22nd, 2020 at 04:17 | #22

    Regardless of what Bauer may think, 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 is not a Pirc at all, and Black will never reach the Classical Pirc by transposition unless White is asleep at the wheel. There are concrete reasons this opening sequence is just bad, and you don’t need any aggressive lines to similar to those Pirc ones to prove it. There is a reason why this is almost never played in serious chess.

  23. Ray
    August 22nd, 2020 at 08:13 | #23

    Well, I’m glad that’s settled then once and for all.

  24. SimonB
    August 22nd, 2020 at 09:24 | #24


    I appreciate it’s the internet and all that, where every one has an opinion (but not necessarily an informed one), and anyone is a dog, but perhaps you could give lines? Otherwise, that’s just an empty shout.
    This does often transpose into a Pirc. One of the leading players hereabouts plays this move order, and one sees Pircs resulting. Classical lines or 4.Be3 lines (where the …Nc6 lines are proving robust, and white can be seen playing an ugly Qe3 move).
    Looking forward to seeing white’s bust (as it were). Woof.

  25. Benjamin Fitch
    August 22nd, 2020 at 17:20 | #25

    There’s excellent coverage for White of 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 in John Shaw’s Playing 1.e4…Minor Lines book, by the way.

  26. Frank
    August 22nd, 2020 at 20:21 | #26

    Irina Sukandar is indeed female.

  27. Frank
    August 22nd, 2020 at 22:45 | #27

    I wholeheartedly disagree on this point. I think John did a monstrous job of high quality, with a lot of variations and more than enough elucidations. I owe him at least two full points in league games against the Portugese Gambit, since his recommended line was so good, it was hardly possible to technically ruin the advantage. I do wonder though why he played the Scandinavian himself against Nakamura at the Olypiad, but maybe that is a question for some other time. (And of course it would be rather hard to chose an opening anyway against Nakamura). @Luis

  28. Luis
    August 23rd, 2020 at 09:07 | #28


    which point do you disagree with? tks

  29. Frank
    August 23rd, 2020 at 12:29 | #29

    Luis, that John gives only minimal explanations. But of course I did not read your post accurately enough. You did notice all the nice lines John gave, so I wish to appologize if my assumption was incorrect. @Luis

  30. Luis
    August 23rd, 2020 at 17:52 | #30


    No problem at all. Perhaps my sentence “I wonder whether a simple comment stating this in the book, could be usefull” was ambiguous. I was refering to Negi’s opinion on 1…Nc6 2.d4 d5 and that even a short sentence such as “1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5! is fine for Black” (even without further analysis) could/should be written in the book as an indication to the reader.
    I did not understand if Andrew’s comment on Negi’s opinion is shared only here in the blog or also in the book. In the book such a comment would reach a wider audience.

    And yes, John’s book is excellent with a very good mixture of deep analysis and nice (not minimal :)) explanations. I really like those explanations where John is diverging from the analysis on a previous known book and explaining . Also, his thought process such as “I first thought about this move but then after some analysis I found out that … and this why I have chosen a [different move]” are quite nice, at least in the cases I saw and still remember.

  31. August 24th, 2020 at 09:00 | #31

    If an author chooses one option and rejects another, it’s his decision if wants to add any specific details about the rejected line, such as an interesting novelty for the opponent or whatever. So I think the right attitude for readers is to appreciate any such details as useful bonus information, but not to expect them every time the author makes a decision about which line to recommend.

    As for the 5…Nd7? Alekhine, you are right that John killed it, but there are sure to be some readers who don’t already own ‘Playing 1.e4’, so it wouldn’t be fair to expect them to buy that as well – even though it would be good for business if they did.

  32. Luis Gouveia
    August 24th, 2020 at 18:42 | #32


    I understand and please do not see my comment as a lack of respect to the author’s decision on what what to write.

    Please do not confuse my “enthusiasm” of Negi’s assessment on the 1….Nc6 2.d4 d5 line with an attempt of myself to intrude on Negi’s writing.

    Thanks for the clarification on 5…Nd7??

  33. Andrew Brett
    August 25th, 2020 at 09:24 | #33

    Very pleased with the Najdorf , Grunfeld and Petroff books-. Looking forward to the Italian and of course Negi Episode 5 ! Seems some lines in the Petroff/Italian are overlapping so will be interesting to contrast.

    Is Negi Book 6 the finale ? What’s a rough expectation ?

    Any news on Jacob’s technique book and what that will cover ?

  34. Cowe
    August 25th, 2020 at 11:05 | #34

    Assuming that 500+ pages is the practical limit for paperbooks and that White will allow all mainline spanish (ie no d3 or anti-marshall shortcut), you can expect 6a, 6b etc. ANd of course the Elephant deserves its own volume.

  35. JB
    August 25th, 2020 at 13:12 | #35

    @Andrew Brett
    Guess Negi 6 will be it as I’m presuming it to just be one volume to cover 1…e5. Think it was assumed to be the Spanish as John covered the Scotch in his equivalent. When it arrives is another question…. (have a feeling Negi 5 needed a pandemic to help move it on!) Unless he does an Avrukh and starts over again…

  36. David
    August 25th, 2020 at 18:49 | #36

    Any news on Smirin’s Sicilian book? The one he wrote on the King’s Indian is terrific. Thanks!

  37. Benjamin Fitch
    August 25th, 2020 at 22:07 | #37

    If we’re taking bets on the number of volumes for P. Negi’s 1.e4 e5 coverage, my bet is one full volume for the Spanish (perhaps this will come last) and one volume for the Petroff, Latvian, Elephant, and whatever you call 2…Qe7. My reasoning is that the Petroff requires *very* thorough treatment from this series given the current popularity, amount of current theory, and the “slightness” of White’s edge in various lines. I’d guess that the Spanish volume will be a thick one.

  38. Ray
    August 26th, 2020 at 06:39 | #38

    …and after that he can start all over again with updating volume 1. E.g., the Caro-Kann with 3.Nc3/d2 is now considered totally OK for black. The same applies to the Winawer Poisoned Pawn, i.m.o.

  39. Andrew Brett
    August 26th, 2020 at 10:29 | #39

    I would say that Volume 6 will be quicker to write as unlike Vol 5 the author has faced these lines regularly and think Easter next year is likely unless the consequence of the pandemic enables PG to increase his output. I think it’s possible to do all of this Spanish/Petroff in 1 volume but it will be 600 pages! I’m expecting 6 d3 or 8h3 Spanish as I don’t think he will refute the Marshall.

    Negi deserves lots of credit – his poison pawn (Sicilian and French) analysis was particular good although as ever theory marches on ! I always felt the Caro with 3 Nc3nd2 would only give a very small edge at best- John’s 3 e5 ideas seemed more testing

  40. Andrew Brett
    August 26th, 2020 at 10:30 | #40

    I think it’s possible to do all of this Spanish/Petroff in 1 volume but it will be 600 pages! I’m expecting 6 d3 or 8h3 Spanish as I don’t think he will refute the Marshall.

    Negi deserves lots of credit – his poison pawn (Sicilian and French) analysis was particular good although as ever theory marches on ! I always felt the Caro with 3 Nc3nd2 would only give a very small edge at best- John’s 3 e5 ideas seemed more testing

  41. August 26th, 2020 at 19:08 | #41

    @Andrew Brett

    Andrew Brett :
    I think it’s possible to do all of this Spanish/Petroff in 1 volume but it will be 600 pages! I’m expecting 6 d3 or 8h3 Spanish as I don’t think he will refute the Marshall.

    Don’t fancy his chances of making much, if any dent in the Petroff either!

  42. Finn egeland
    September 12th, 2020 at 17:29 | #42

    Look very much forward to this. Negis books are a joy!

  43. luis gouveia
    September 24th, 2020 at 14:03 | #43

    book is already on forward chess

    trying to download the free e-book reader (for windows) but when it finishes downloading it, it
    says it as been bocked because it can damage my computer

    any suggestions? thanks

  44. Tom Tidom
    September 24th, 2020 at 14:10 | #44

    @luis gouveia
    You are more likely to get an answer if you write to forward chess directly (
    Info@forwardchess.com). There is also a contact form on their website.

  45. Paul H
    September 24th, 2020 at 15:52 | #45

    I think there is a small button to ignore this…..it is standard warning in Windows. I clicked to ignore at any rate with no mishaps.

    As per my comment in the other thread, vat rates on ebooks have been slashed in a lot of countries in Europe over the last year. At least for my location (UK), Forward Chess have still to recognise this and are charging VAT at the full rate, even in their own webstore. I would be surprised if the UK is the only country where this is the case. I would like to buy the Negi book, and one of the Gelfands on Forward Chess, but do not like being overcharged.

  46. Luis Gouveia
    September 25th, 2020 at 16:36 | #46

    Tom and Paul

    Thanks and i did it

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