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Three New Books on the Way

On May 18th we expect to publish three new books, from authors Mikhail Tal, Boris Gulko & Joel Sneed, and Gawain Jones. Excerpts are available for all three.

The Chess Alchemist by Mikhail Tal is a unique book containing 80 of Tal’s best games spanning four decades of his chess career, all annotated by the Magician himself. Normally at this point I explain who the author is, but… it’s Mikhail Tal – the celebrated World Champion whose writing was always entertaining.

An excerpt is available here.

Analyzing the Chess Mind by Gulko & Sneed delves into all aspects of chess psychology and offers practical advice for players of all levels, often using Gulko’s own games against elite players. An excerpt is available here.

The authors are ideally qualified for the topic: GM Boris Gulko is one of the few players to have a plus score against Garry Kasparov, and is also the only man to have been both Soviet and U.S. Champion. He also has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Moscow State University. Dr. Joel R. Sneed is a Professor of Psychology at the City University of New York.

King’s Indian 2 by Gawain Jones: the second and final part of a complete repertoire for Black by the world-class English GM. You would expect a King’s Indian repertoire to help the reader against 1.d4, but GM Gawain Jones went further – after reading his books you will also be ready for 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 and… everything except 1.e4.

An excerpt is available here.

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  1. Dave
    April 6th, 2022 at 16:24 | #1

    Congratulations on these books! Gawain’s Chessable course is a masterpiece and it’s great to have this complete in book form too. And Tal is my favorite world champion of all time, nice that he is such a magician as to be able to write books from beyond the grave.

  2. J. Hall
    April 7th, 2022 at 03:12 | #2

    Any idea when you will publish the 2022 Catalog??

  3. James2
    April 7th, 2022 at 09:14 | #3

    Good morning,

    I was just looking at the pdf excerpt for Jones’s King’s Indian 2, and I was wondering if somebody might be able to let me know what Jones recommends after 1 d4 Nf2 2 Bf4 please? I am hoping it is 2…c5.

    Thank you.


  4. James2
    April 7th, 2022 at 09:18 | #4

    I forgot to add I think it will be 2…d5 to stay consistent with the repertoire, but anyway… :0)

  5. Andrew Greet
    April 7th, 2022 at 09:36 | #5

    After 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4, Jones recommends 2…g6.
    (I assume 2…d5 was some sort of typo, as this would hardly be consistent with a King’s Indian repertoire.)

  6. James2
    April 7th, 2022 at 11:03 | #6

    @Andrew Greet
    What I meant was to be consistent with what Jones might recommend against the Jobava London. In the excerpt it just says ‘we play a quick …c5 after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3 Bf4. What is does not say is whether this quick c5 is 3…c5 or perhaps after 3…g6.

    I was thinking after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bf4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 this may not be consistent with what is recommended after 1 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 d5. Sorry for the confusion.

    Thank you for your reply.

  7. Andrew Greet
    April 7th, 2022 at 12:07 | #7

    Ah, I see what you mean. Yes, in the case of the Jobava Veresov/London, the plan is a kingside fianchetto in conjunction with …c5 whenever possible. This ties in nicely with the coverage of the Barry Attack, to which the Jobava line can easily transpose. In general, the rule Gawain follows for most of these sidelines is to play the usual KID moves, but if White plays Nc3 to threaten e2-e4 at any point, we react with …d5.

  8. James2
    April 7th, 2022 at 12:42 | #8

    @Andrew Greet
    That’s great Andrew, thank you! I think because I wasn’t sure whether it was 3…g6 or 3…c5 after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3 Bf4 I asked the question.

    You have done a magnificent job on Jones I. I am very much looking forward to Jones II.


  9. Andrew
    April 10th, 2022 at 20:18 | #9

    Will Jones’ King’s Indian 1/2 be available on Forward Chess or be purely in paperback format?

  10. George Hollands
    April 11th, 2022 at 11:04 | #10

    @J. Hall
    Maybe John Shaw is working on the catalogue, so 2025? 🙂

    Jokes aside – I’m also full of anticipation of seeing the catalogue, I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

  11. Bebbe
    April 11th, 2022 at 11:59 | #11

    What is Jones recommendation against the Trompowsky?

    Looking forward to Nikos book on the English Opening.

    April 11th, 2022 at 13:29 | #12

    To Jacob any news of the new book of nikos

  13. James2
    April 13th, 2022 at 13:07 | #13

    I think this one may have been answered in a different thread. I’m sure it said Jones’s books on the King’s Indian will not be available on Forward Chess.

  14. Andrew Greet
    April 13th, 2022 at 14:38 | #14

    To answer a few of the above queries:

    * Thanks James for the positive feedback.

    * As has been discussed in another thread, the Jones KID books started out as a Chessable course, and we don’t have the rights to publish via Forward Chess.

    * Jones gives 2…g6 against the Tromp.

    * Nikos has done a lot of great work on the English, and we will provide further details in due course.

  15. CbT
    April 20th, 2022 at 06:04 | #15


    Seeing as one key line from Gawain KID vol. 1 is:
    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.Be3 Qe7…

    and this seems quite realistic to get from 1.d4 d6
    2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nd7!? 5.e4 e5!? 6.Be2 Ngf6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Be3 Qe7
    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 for those who really dislike say 1.d4 d6 2.e4 g6 3.Nc3. Is there any discussion of move order to reach this 6…Nbd7 KID tabya through different pathways and which variations are avoided (I think quite many) and which needs to be learned if so?

    Regards CbT

  16. Andrew Greet
    April 20th, 2022 at 15:01 | #16

    No, there is no discussion of those move orders. The …Nbd7 system is essentially there as a bonus section of an already huge work, so anyone wishing to tinker with the move order will have to figure out such details for themselves.

  17. CbT
    April 20th, 2022 at 16:10 | #17


    Okay. Thank you. As far as I can see Gawain doesn’t actively utilise these transpositional possibilities himself, so I knew my ask was a bit of a long shot.

    There is some definite practical value to my mind if with, let’s call it 1…d6 move order trickery, you can just more or less reach Gawain’s 6…Nbd7 lines. That’s why I thought I’d mention it.

    Off the top of my head; at least if going Nd7 early as in say 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Nbd7… A bit of a downside would be black having committed to Nd7 vs the fianchetto. Or you can see it as a opportunity to also get Kotronias QC KID book that I think covers this. Also vs. some other stuff e.g. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.e4 g6 5.Be3 e5 6.h3. For example Gawain likes some exd4 taking idea against this (if I recall correctly) but he wouldn’t have a knight on d7 early.

  18. Benjamin Fitch
    April 21st, 2022 at 04:26 | #18

    The move-order trick I’m concerned about is 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nb1! and now my d-pawn can’t move backward to d6.

  19. Thomas
    April 21st, 2022 at 14:07 | #19

    Benjamin Fitch :
    The move-order trick I’m concerned about is 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nb1! and now my d-pawn can’t move backward to d6.

    But it looks like a forced draw after 3.-Ng8!

  20. John Christopher Simmons
    April 24th, 2022 at 09:46 | #20

    Gawain Jones King’s Indian books look very nice and intend to get them. Especially interested in the 6….Nb-d7 line of vol 1. Sometime ago 8Be3 Re8 was a fresh idea to provoke d5, and then re-group with Bf8-e7 etc. Is there a problem with this line these days, or Gawain just prefers Qe7?

    For the Chess Alchemist how many of the games roughly, are annotations by Tal not previously published in an English language book? A game in the excerpt was pretty much the same as that in Tal’s Life and games book as far as I could tell.

  21. Jacob Aagaard
    May 6th, 2022 at 15:33 | #21

    4.c4! Tricked!

  22. Jacob Aagaard
    May 6th, 2022 at 15:34 | #22

    Renier said it is essentially done. Nikos got a promotion at work, so everything slowed down for him. Another reminder that this is not big business.

  23. Jacob Aagaard
    May 6th, 2022 at 15:35 | #23

    Purely paper, because of Chessable.

  24. Jacob Aagaard
    May 6th, 2022 at 15:35 | #24

    To me the move order I would fear is White aiming for the Samisch

  25. Ed
    May 9th, 2022 at 20:14 | #25

    Jacob Aagaard :
    Renier said it is essentially done. Nikos got a promotion at work, so everything slowed down for him. Another reminder that this is not big business.

    The English opening by Nikos will it start 1. c4 2. g3 like Marin or will the first moves be different?

  26. Paul H
    May 12th, 2022 at 13:13 | #26

    Are you abandoning forward chess that only 1 of the 3 books are going there, yet all 3 are on Chess Tempo (whatever that is- I am too technically and financially invested in forward chess to care, and fragmentation helps no one). I had understood chessable owning the electronic rights to Jones being the impediment to it being on Forward Chess…but it appears on Chess Tempo along with the Tal book.

  27. Paul H
    May 12th, 2022 at 13:15 | #27

    Actually ignore the above….I misread your email blast and it is the Yusupov book going there.

  28. CbT
    May 13th, 2022 at 20:44 | #28


    Couldn’t find this continuation in GM Rep King’s Indian 1. Rarely played though. Any recommendation?
    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.Be3 e5 8.Qc2
    This seems to me at least like it would confuse a bit.

    If 8…Qe7 there could be some reason for white not to transpose back to the book with castling and instead go 9.Rd1!?. E.g. suppose black full on tries to imitate p.23 with 9…c6 10.d5 c5 11.Nd2 Kh8 then 12.h4 already looks pretty interesting for white.
    If 8…Ng4 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bh4 is probably fine for black but he also has to play with a knight on d7 and not c6.


  29. Charles
    May 14th, 2022 at 12:02 | #29

    Will Gawain Jones’ Coffeehouse Repertoire be coming to the Chessable platform? I learn the lines better from the spaced repetition there, and his videos for his KID course were fantastic.

  30. Andrew Greet
    May 16th, 2022 at 10:36 | #30

    A few quick thoughts off the top of my head:
    – In the 8…Qe7 line, the white knight generally isn’t so well placed on d2 in the blocked central structure, so instead of 11…Kh8 which encourages White to push the h-pawn, you could consider 11…a6 or some other neutral/generally useful move to make 12.h4 less tempting. If White castles, then you can revert to the usual plan.
    – If you think 8…Ng4 is fine for Black too, then this is also worth considering. As you said, the knight is committed to d7 but White has also spent a tempo on Qc2, so it seems a fair trade-off.

  31. Jacob Aagaard
    May 16th, 2022 at 13:35 | #31

    @Paul H
    As you picked up, we are not. Some books we do not have digital rights for, usually Russian classics. So some of them will not appear there. But if we can, we put everything on Forward Chess.

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