Good or bad news?
A few details that might interest regular readers.
First off, I really hate this when it happens: The headers for two pages in the ATTACK & DEFENCE book say “Calculation”, which is a bit of a pain. Luckily Colin has changed it for the excerpt; but the printed version is dead and gone.
John is working hard on Playing 1.e4. If you are a 1.d4 player and hate getting killed by well-prepared opponents; this is probably bad news. If you play 1.e4, this should be good news. I have personally played a lot of this repertoire in 2012 with great success.
I am getting towards the end of ENDGAME PLAY quite quickly. In general I think this will be the least popular book in the series as endgame books traditionally don’t sell (unless your name is Mark Dvoretsky of course). For this reason I am just going to finish it and put it out there. Another two weeks of uninterrupted writing should do it, as I spent a concentrated month on it at the beginning of the year (and a few hours 2-3 times a week since then). I quite like the book as it is, but I am considering adding a few additional small sections. Karsten Muller has gracefully provided me with some positions and as a fan of the series in general, he has insisted that he should also write the foreword. As I was planning to ask him anyway, this is of course very welcome!
ATTACK & DEFENCE and PUMP UP YOUR RATING should be out in 2-3 weeks. To be honest, I have been away from the office, training a 2600 intensively for a week and sort of lost track of where we are in the printing cycle. I shall try to do an updated publishing schedule soon.
Colin is 75% into the editing on PLAYING THE FRENCH. My contribution to this book is not as great as it was for GRANDMASTER 10: THE TARRASCH DEFENCE, but I might have saved the most important main line against the Tarrasch (3.Nd2) line! Nikos has done a great job and I managed to find only cosmetic changes to his analysis. I think we will publish his next solo project under his name alone. It is always nice to see when you invest your confidence in a person that they reward it with a great performance. Nikos can no longer be said to be a well-kept Greek secret…
Finally; Emanuel Berg might have done too much material on the French Winaver. The current mood is to split it into two big volumes. We have done three books over 600 pages in our time, two of them recently. But it is impractical in quite a lot of ways. We understand that sales numbers will be less for a two-volume Winaver compendium, but they will work better as books and respect the author’s work. To me this is quite important. And for the hardcore French/theory fans, this will hopefully be very popular.
Your feedback is welcome.