The Italian Renaissance – Published August 26 – Excerpts now

July 30th, 2020 21 comments

Both volumes of The Italian Renaissance by Martyn Kravtsiv – Move Orders, Tricks & Alternatives and The Main Lines –will be published on August 26.

Volume I covers the Bishop’s Opening (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4) and the Petroff Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6). An excerpt is here.

Volume II covers the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4). An excerpt is here.

Taken together, these books show how White can challenge 1.e4 e5 with lots of creative new Italian ideas. I edited these books, so I know how much amazing chess they contain – plenty of Ukrainian GM human cleverness, not just deep computer analysis.

I hope you like them when you see them, with the two excerpts now just a brief taster.

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Cover: Boris Gelfand – Decision making in Major Piece Endings

We know we just published some amazing books, but the work never stops here in Quality Chess. Of course, I am not an editor. My contribution is different and I do love the process of creating covers for these amazing books. Special thanks to©️ChessBase India/Amruta Mokal for the photo.

If everything goes according to plan, in September you will be able to get both the two new Gelfand books. For those of you that this is the first time hearing about these books, click here for the Decision making in Major Piece Endings and here for the Technical Decision Making in Chess.

Free ‘Book of the Month’ – July and August

July 2nd, 2020 8 comments

We are continuing our free-fourth-book 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. This seems like a good time for a reminder that we will publish three new titles on July 15.

Please note that if you buy a Special Offer and are in the EU zone, we will add one free book. For example, if a European buys the Special Offer on our award-winning Grandmaster Preparation series, then we would send the 6 hardcovers, plus one free extra book.

The previous default option on the free book was The Alterman Gambit Guide – Black Gambits Volume 2 . For July and August we will switch the default option to Luther’s Chess Reformation. 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 of new books

June 11th, 2020 140 comments

We now have excerpts available of all three of the new books that will be published on July 15th.

Playing the Stonewall Dutch has an excerpt here.

Think like a Machine has an excerpt here.

Playing the Petroff has an excerpt here.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Big publication date – 15 July

May 31st, 2020 28 comments

Hi guys, I wanted to give two solid dates for you and one shaky. Anyway, just an update on various things.

But first off, if you are a member of The Chess Book Collectors group on Facebook, please vote on your favourite chess cover of 2019. It is a little thing to do to recognise the people who put in a lot of time trying to please your aesthetic sensibilities. We do not care if you vote for one of our books or a book from another publisher. But we do ask you to vote.

On the 15th July we will have multiple publications. First of all, we will have four books released in paperback, The Anand Files, Soviet Outcast, Small Steps 2 Success and The Nemesis.

Secondly, we have three new books coming: Playing the Stonewall Dutch, Playing the Petroff and Think Like a Machine.

As usual, we will be publishing the opening books in both paperback and hardcover, while the middlegame book will be published in hardcover and in paperback in half a year or more. This system is part of keeping your local chess specialist in business. The books do eventually become available on Amazon, we need those sales too stay in business, but remember that without the 50-100 chess specialists, the whole business of chess literature would seize to exist.

Further down the line, we have two volumes of The Italian Renaissance coming on August 12th, written by the strong Ukrainian GM Martyn Kravtsiv.

On the 16th September, we will release volume 3 and 4 in the Boris Gelfand Decision Making series. These will be the announced Technical Decision Making in Chess and a companion volume called Decision Making in Heavy Piece Endings, which will focus on positions with rooks and queens only.

We are also working on other books, such as the two Dutch Leningrad books by Marin, volume 5 of the Negi-series on 1.e4, the From Scratch series and of course my bloated project, A Matter of Technique, which is not an endgame book…

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Webshop update

May 11th, 2020 4 comments

Saturday I made a bad mistake. While packing up web orders, I sent out the final copy of my first book for Quality Chess Practical Chess Defence, which is now not available through the website. Shops will still have it, but we are out. At the moment we are not reprinting. If I in 1-2 years look at it again, I would make an entirely new version, but at the moment I am busy with a lot of other things. The mistake is that I did not write a note to the buyer. I am sorry!

Also, there is a mistake that I know of in the book. Exercise 170 is to win, not to draw!

This position is also in Quality Chess Puzzle Book, the book John Shaw wrote based on the first of my collections of training material for Boris Gelfand.

About the webshop

We are open for business. But things are going slowly for another week still. I am doing the packing and posting personally. I go to the post office 2-3 times per week to send out the parcels. I am going in a moment, actually. There were too many to pack Saturday! I first had to go to the office to pick up the books…

Be patient. The books will come, just a bit slower than usual.

Also remember that the postal workers are also adjusting and that bringing out the latest book on the Grunfeld is not worth dying for, even if people are dying to read it.

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Forward Chess, Videos and Discount Coupons

April 13th, 2020 11 comments

Hello Quality Chess readers. These are unusual times, but I am sure you see plenty about that on other websites, so other than wishing you all well, I shall stick to chess-related topics.

Our friends at Forward Chess have started having authors record videos about their books. A recent example is Boris Avrukh’s video about Dynamic Systems

Forward Chess are also offering a 20% discount on Quality Chess books for the next two weeks – until April 28. The discount uses a special coupon which is applied on the shopping cart screen of their website. Please note that the discount only works on the Forward Chess webstore, as app stores don’t allow coupons. The coupon code is QUALITY

You can find Quality Chess books on Forward Chess at the previous link.

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Quality Chess quiz – 2020 Candidates

March 11th, 2020 11 comments

Let’s hope the Candidates tournament goes ahead without any disruptions from viruses or anything else – let’s keep the drama on the chessboard. So we will continue our tradition of having a quiz before major events, so you can either show your expertise or guess wildly.

Winner gets 10 Quality Chess books (you choose 5 we choose 5) and one month free subscription of 365 Chess Academy. Runner-up gets one month free subscription of 365 Chess Academy.

Please make sure to enter before the event kicks off – Round 1 is scheduled for March 17, at 11.00 UTC. Enter by clicking on the following quiz link and selecting your answers. Only one entry per person, thanks.

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