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The Thinkers on the way

November 14th, 2017 5 comments

David Llada’s beautiful photography book The Thinkers was unfortunately delayed at the printers in Barcelona, but it is ready now. Any remaining websales should be sent out tomorrow. Apologies if you have been waiting impatiently, but David’s work of art is worth the wait.

As I mentioned in a previous blog comment, if you ordered our three new books at the same time, then we posted the first two already, and the third one, The Thinkers, will follow now.

A recurring question from those who have not seen The Thinkers yet is: “Who is in it?” Or more personally: “Am I in it?” Well, I am not photographed in it, but you might be. Below the fold is a list, in alphabetical order of surname, of those who are portrayed in the book. Guess who is first?

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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – November and December

November 1st, 2017 27 comments

We are continuing our special offer – if you buy three books or more and live in the normal European Union zone (as defined by UPS – for example, they exclude some islands and remote areas) we will send you an extra book free.

Please note that if you buy a Special Offer and are in the EU zone, we will add one free book. For example, the Grandmaster Preparation Special Offer is 6 hardbacks for the price of 5. So if a European buys that, we send Jacob’s 6 GM Preparation hardbacks, plus one free extra book.

The previous default option on the free book was Carlsen’s Assault on the Throne. For November and December we will switch the default option to Positional Chess Sacrifices. But if you already have that book, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email to with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:


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Excerpts and books for sale

October 6th, 2017 180 comments

So we landed on November 1st for publication of Grandmaster Repertoire – The Pirc Defence by Mihail Marin, Sharp Endgames by Esben Lund and The Thinkers our photography book by super photographer David Llada. All three are available in our webshop for purchase.

Besides this concrete date, nothing is really changed from the previous publishing schedule. We are working hard to complete books. Lots of them, hopefully, over the winter months.

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David Llada Q&A

October 5th, 2017 11 comments

While I am preparing a publishing schedule and a magazine article, for a few lectures I will give in the weekend and training two Indian players who have found their way into my house, I am surfing the internet and I found this:

Q&A with David Llada

As we are publishing David’s book on the 1st of November, I thought it only fitting that we promote this nice initiative!

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A quick short term publishing schedule

September 20th, 2017 227 comments

Hi guys, I am really busy working away on books, so I wanted to tell you what the next few publications are likely to be. This does not mean that other books have been forgotten. Negi and Shaw are still on the way, the QID is coming down the line, as are more Gelfand book and a lot of other interesting stuff, we would like to keep secret for a little bit.

This is just what we are looking to complete over the very near future.

Tibor Karolyi Mikhail Tal’s best games 3 – The Invincible 27 September 2017
Nikos Ntirlis Playing 1.d4 d5 – A Classical Repertoire 27 September 2017
Mihail Marin Grandmaster Repertoire – Pirc Autumn
Esben Lund Sharp Endgames Autumn
Jaan Ehlvest Opening Preparation Autumn
Axel Smith Woodpecker Autumn
David Llada The Thinkers Autumn
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 2A Autumn

Marin’s book on the Pirc is at the printer and Sharp Endgames by Lund will follow briefly. The Thinkers are going to print any moment and Andrew is moving swiftly through the editing of Avrukh’s latest 1.d4 book.

But I also wanted to take the time to tell you about two books that will come slightly later in the autumn; a book on opening preparation by former participant in the Candidates matches, Jaan Ehlvest, which is promising to be an interesting read, and a book for the more practically inclined, by Axel Smith on the Woodpecker Method. The final titles and covers have not been decided, but I would be surprised if we did not go with The Woodpecker Method

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How to contact us

August 14th, 2017 19 comments

Just a quick note on the best way to approach us on anything.

a) Write to us on the blog. In 99% of all cases, others will be interested in our answers as well and it is not private. There will be some exceptions, like sending us links not everyone should see or something like this. In that case:

b) email one of us. If you email all five of us, you will take time away from four people who would not reply that could be used working on books. If you email all of us, expect to be reprimanded harshly.

c) contact us privately on messenger Sunday evening with trivial questions. Guess what brought up this post! Please respect that when you send a message to one of us that will come up on our phone outside office hours, you are invading our privacy. Please don’t do it.

To sum up:

Almost everything should be put on the blog. We check everything and answer all serious questions. In rare cases, email one of us.

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Summer madness…

July 31st, 2017 323 comments

Hi guys!

Sorry, we have been really busy. Colin and Andrew have played a closed tournament in Dundee. As you can see elsewhere, Andrew won his first closed GM-tournament, but did not make the norm.

Personally, I have been to Copenhagen, Berlin, San Sebastian and San Francisco this summer. Partly on holiday and partly working on projects/training. I am now back at home, preparing for a 6 player-training camp that starts on Saturday. The first two players arrive Thursday and four more on Friday. Four GMs and two IMs. I hope we will have a great week.

Colin is laying the final hands on Grandmaster Repertoire – Pirc Defence by Mihail Marin and Andrew is finishing Playing 1.d4 d5 – A Classical Repertoire by Nikolaos Ntirlis, also known as Nikos.

On Wednesday we are publishing e3 Poison by Axel Smith and Chess Behind Bars by Carl Portman. It is also the release date for the paperback version of Dynamic Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand and yours truly. The hardback was released exactly a year ago during the XtraCon Open in Copenhagen. Quality Chess sponsored the event this year as well. It was won by Jobava after some amazing fighting chess…

Today I am a year older. And a lot of kg lighter… See for yourself!

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Three books on August 2nd

July 11th, 2017 89 comments

On August 2nd we will publish two new books and make a third available in paperback for the first time.

e3 Poison is GM Axel Smith’s follow-up to Pump Up Your Rating. This new book is a White repertoire with a difference – based on the moves d4, Nf3, c4 and e3, but White has great flexibility in his move order. An excerpt can be found here.

Chess Behind Bars by Carl Portman offers a guide to chess in prisons that, we confidently claim, will instruct and entertain regardless of your situation. An excerpt can be found here.

Dynamic Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand was an excellently-received book, and previously had only been available in hardcover. From August 2nd, a paperback version will also be available. An excerpt can be found here.

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