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From the “deathbed” of Jacob Aagaard

May 18th, 2011 159 comments

These weeks we are finishing a few books, all ready about the same time. The following books are all but done:

Tactimania (pdf excerpt)

Grandmaster Battle Manual (pdf excerpt)

Grandmaster Repertoire 8 – The Grunfeld Defence (pdf excerpt)

Grossmeister Repertoire 5 – Die Englisch Eroffnungen (pdf excerpt)

My apologies for spelling mistakes and missing umlauts. I am simply to ill to care. I have gone to work the last three days with fever, to ensure that these books are coming out. And I am not the only one. I hear coughing all around me throughout the day. John claims his brain is melted, and is probably right on the money, as he claimed he had finished Chapter 6 of Grandmaster Battle Manual a week ago, but in reality had only typed in the page numbers for Chapter 5 twice!

A combination of such insidents means that this is a likely publishing schedule for the next few months.

Kotronias The Grandmaster Battle Manual 17 June
Glenn Flear Tactimania 17 June
GERMAN GM 5 17 June
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 8 – The Grunfeld Defence Volume 1 1 July
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 9 – The Grunfeld Defence Volume 2 1 July
Artur Yusupov Chess Evolution 1 29 July
Nikos/Aagaard Grandmaster Repertoire 10 – The Tarrasch Defence 29 July
Aagaard, Shaw (editors) Grandmaster versus Amateur August
Suba Positional Chess Sacrifices August
John Shaw The King’s Gambit September
Boris Alterman Alterman Gambit Guide – Black Gambits September
GERMAN Alterman 1+2 September
Martin Weteschnik Chess Tactics from Scratch – UCT 2nd edition October
Lev Psakhis Advanced Chess Tactics October
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Change to the Grandmaster Repertoire Series – Grunfeld in two volumes

April 29th, 2011 40 comments

At times we have to admit to great limitations when it comes to planning. We believed that Grandmaster Repertoire 8 – The Grunfeld Defence was going to be 550 pages – but as we are getting closer to finishing the book, we have realised that 700 pages is more likely.

We cannot do this; it is too much.

We have thus decided to split the book into two volumes. We will have Grandmaster Repertoire 8: The Grunfeld Defence Volume 1 and Grandmaster Repertoire 9: The Grunfeld Defence Volume 2. We have lowered the price, but overall it will of course be more expensive. We are sorry about this, but nothing else makes sense.

Those who have already ordered the book on our website will of course receive both volumes at no additional charge, or they can contact us demanding a refund. However, we hope these customers will see this as a bonus – two books for the price of one.

One knock-on effect of this change is we have to renumber the book previously known as GM9. It is now Grandmaster Repertoire 10: The Tarrasch Defence.

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Avrukh wins ChessPublishing Book of the Year prize

March 7th, 2011 2 comments

 

After a tough fight, Boris Avrukh’s Grandmaster Repertoire 2 won the public vote for the ChessPublishing Book of the Year prize. Congratulations to Boris and thanks to all those who voted.

Last year the first volume of Mihail Marin’s 1.c4 GM Repertoire won this prize, so ChessPublishing regulars clearly have excellent taste. Next year we shall attempt to three-peat.

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Use Marin to beat the World No. 1

December 10th, 2010 71 comments

I am at times asked how reliable our books are, and at what level they can be used. I have to bite my tongue, because what I really wanted to say in such a situation is that player X, rated 2700+ has just bought the books on our website – and most likely not to put under the Christmas three. Peter Heine Nielsen said about some of our books that they were “of use even at the highest level.” He is the chief second of the World Champion, so it is easy to read things into such a statement. One player you could easily suspect of having read our books is English Grandmaster Luke McShane. In this game he follows the recommendation of GM Mihail Marin in Grandmaster Repertoire 5 as a stepping stone to beat the World number one. Whatever I say hereafter, I feel I can say it with full confidence…

Luke McShane – Magnus Carlsen [A37]

London Chess Classic, 1st Round, 08.12.2010

1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.0–0 Nh6

A sideline, but still a serious Read more…

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Quality Chess Newsletter – Marin, Bauer and lots of chess

October 11th, 2010 67 comments

Dear Quality Chess Reader,

Andrew Greet and I have just returned from the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. Andrew was non-playing captain of the English Women’s team, who performed above expectations. I was Board 3 for the Scottish team in the Open section; we finished slightly below our seeding, despite beating all the teams we were meant to beat and only losing to our betters.

Back to the books: the final two volumes of Mihail Marin’s 1.c4 repertoire: Grandmaster Repertoire 4 and Grandmaster Repertoire 5 are being printed now and, if you live in Europe, October 15 is a good prediction of when you will be able to read them.

GM Christian Bauer’s Play the Scandinavian will also be available at the same time. Please note that this book concentrates on 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5; fans of the quirky 3…Qd6 will have to look elsewhere.

Excerpts are available for all three books at the following links: Grandmaster Repertoire 4, Grandmaster Repertoire 5 and Play the Scandinavian.

Attached is a bumper collection of chess analysis: including various puzzles, a couple of Avrukh-crunching Grunfelds, a non-boring Exchange Slav and a friendly but spirited analytical debate between Jacob and Anish Giri. This is available in either ChessBase or pdf format.

Regards,

John Shaw

Chief Editor

Quality Chess

Slight price change to GM5

September 21st, 2010 13 comments

Because GM5 is “only” 280 pages, I have decided to cut the price down to 24.99 for the softcover and 32.99 for hardback edition. Those that have pre-paid will receive a refund of the 3 euro difference somewhere in the next few weeks. The reason this does not happen immediately, is because I have to work out how to do it!

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Play the Caro-Kann like Schandorff – or else

June 28th, 2010 18 comments

An author can save the reader all sorts of suffering with a well constructed opening repertoire. I believe one of the strengths of Lars Schandorff’s GM Repertoire 7 – The Caro-Kann is the way he carefully selects his recommended move order to avoid lines where White has easy attacking play. The following game was played yesterday and shows exactly the sort of thing Lars avoids.

Dobrowolski – Fridman
Wroclaw 2010
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bd2 Ngf6 12.0–0–0 Be7 13.Qe2
This is a dangerous line, especially if Black plays a little too automatically.
13…Rc8
Fridman is a lot higher rated than me, but I think this prepares a move that needs no preparation. Lars suggested the direct 13…c5! planning 14.dxc5 Qc7 or if 14.Rhe1 only then 14…0–0.
The simple 13…0–0 is risky after 14.Nf1 planning g2-g4-g5 with a crude but effective attack.
14.Kb1 0–0 15.Nf1
The same plan proves effective here. Instead 15.Ne5 c5 was fine for Black in Saric – Vallejo Pons, Rijeka 2010.
15…c5 16.g4
I won’t get involved in an exhaustive analysis, but White’s position is certainly easier to play, as shown by the fact that White, although out-rated by about 250 points, hacks straight through.
16…c4
16…cxd4 was an alternative, but after 17.g5 White is faster.
17.g5 hxg5 18.Bxg5 c3 19.Rg1 Qa5
Of course 19…cxb2 is tempting, but in opposite-side castling positions such pawns on b2 generally help the white king to hide behind. In this case, 20.Bh6! is strong, as shown by 20…Nxh5 21.Ng3! or 20…Ne8 21.Bxg7 Nxg7 22.h6.
20.Ne5 Nxe5?
Now Black goes down in flames. The computer calmly suggests 20…Rfd8 when I can’t see a direct breakthrough. My first idea was 21.Re1 to avoid a rook exchange after 21…Nxe5 22.dxe5 and then 22…Nd5 23.Qg4 when I thought the black king had to run. I was wrong. The computer shows a stunning combination: 23…Nb4 24.a3 Rd4!! 25.Qxd4 Nxc2 26.Kxc2 cxb2+ 27.Kxb2 Bxa3+ 28.Kb3 Bf8! White is a rook and knight up and dead lost. Instead maybe 21.Nc4!? is the right start, but that is undeniably a guess.
21.dxe5 Qb4 22.b3 Ne4 23.Bc1 Nc5 24.Rg4 Qa5 25.Qe3 Rfd8 26.Rxg7+! Kxg7 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Nd2!
Making sure one rook survives to kill the black king.
28…Ne4 29.Rg1+ Ng5 30.Nf3 Rd1 31.Nxg5 Rxc1+ 32.Rxc1 Bxg5 33.Rg1 1–0
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Avrukh Super novelty finally in play

June 25th, 2010 No comments

Ponomariov – Wang Yue

Kings Tournament, 21.06.2010

One of Boris Avrukh’s novelties was in play in the Kings Tournament in Romania a few days ago. The opening was a big success, and only at move 37 did White let the win slip.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Be2 0–0 7.0–0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Nbd7 11.Rd1 e5 12.d5 e4 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nb6 15.Rb1

15.Bb3 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 cxd5 17.Rxd5 Qb6 18.Qd3 Rfe8 19.Rb1 Rad8 20.Bd2 Rxd5 21.Qxd5 Rd8 22.Qa5 Qxa5 23.Bxa5 b6 24.Be1?! (24.Bb4 was a better chance. The idea is: 24…Rc8 25.b3 Rc2 26.Rd1! Bf6 27.Rd2 with a winning ending.) 24…Rc8 25.a4 (25.b3) 25…Rc2 26.b4 Bc3 27.Bxc3 Rxc3 28.b5 Rc4 29.Ra1 f5 30.Kf1 Kf7 31.Ke1 Ke6 32.Kd2 h5 33.Kd3 1/2–1/2 Gelfand-Wang Yue, Astrakhan 2010.

15…Re8 16.Qc2!N

Avrukh’s novelty.

16…cxd5 17.Bb5 Re6!?

This was not in GM1, but it seems that Ponomariov has had his own look at it, as he plays all Rybka’s moves. 17…Rf8 and 17…Re7 were Avrukh’s moves in his annotations.

18.Qb3 Qh4 19.Bd2 d4 20.Bf1! Rd8 21.g3 Qe7 22.Bg2²

White is better here. He has the two bishops and Black has little to show for it.

22…Qe8 23.exd4 Bxd4 24.Bc3

Getting rid of the strong bishop on d4. Bg2 is better than Nb6.

I also like Rybka’s suggestion: 24.Bg5 Rd7 25.Bf3, which gives White a pleasant long term pressure. I doubt many players will head this way on purpose with Black.

24…Bxc3 25.Rxd8 Qxd8 26.Qxc3 Qe7

Maybe Black can organise his pieces better here.

27.Rd1 h5 28.b3!±

Good domination of the knight. 28.Bxb7 Na4 29.Qc8+ Kg7 30.b3 Nc5 31.Bf3 h4! was probably what Ponomariov was not certain about. I think White is better, but in practice it looks hard to handle.

28.h4 Na4! disturbs the coordination.

28…h4 29.g4 Rd6 30.Rxd6 Qxd6 31.Bxb7 Nd7

White is a pawn up, but the conversion was not effortlessly conducted.

32.Qc8+ Kg7 33.Qd8 Qe6 34.Kg2 Ne5 35.Qd4!?

Not bad, but 35.Qxh4 Qb6 36.Be4 Qd4 37.f3 won.

35…Qf6 36.b4!?

36.Qxa7 Nd3 37.Qe3 Nf4+ 38.Kg1 and the compensation for the pawns should be insufficient.

36…g5 37.a4??

White needs to take the pawn! 37.Qxa7 Nd3 38.Qe3 Nxb4 39.a4 Nc2 40.Qd2 Nd4 41.Qb2 was one winning line.

37…Ng6! 38.Qxf6+!

Also 38.Qxa7 Nf4+ 39.Kh2 Qc3 40.Qe3 Qc7! would give Black enough counterplay.

38…Kxf6 39.b5 Nf4+ 40.Kf3!

The best chance is activity. 40.Kh2 Ke5 41.a5 Kd6 would also make the draw it seems.

40…Ke5 41.a5 Kd6 42.Ke4 Nxh3 43.Kf5 Nxf2 44.Bf3 Kc7 45.Kxg5 h3

Black makes the draw by a tempo.

46.Kf6 h2 47.g5 h1Q 48.Bxh1 Nxh1 49.Kxf7 Ng3 50.g6 Nh5 51.Ke7 Ng7 52.Kf6 Nh5+ 53.Kg5 Ng7 54.Kf6 Nh5+ 55.Kf7 Kd7 56.Kf8 Kc7 57.Kg8 Nf4 58.g7 Ne6 59.Kf7 Nxg7 60.Kxg7 Kd6 61.Kf6 Kc5 62.b6 axb6 63.axb6 Kxb6 ½–½

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