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Tiger and Soviet Chess Primer – plus a Judit Polgar Trilogy Special Offer


Today is the official publication day of The Modern Tiger and The Soviet Chess Primer. Some websale customers may already have their copies, so do tell us what you think.

For those unfamiliar with the new books, The Modern Tiger is by the same author as “Tiger’s Modern” and on the same topic, but ten years later and twice as big.

The Soviet Chess Primer is less obvious to explain. Yes, it starts with the very basics (so suitable for adult beginners) but then the level goes upwards quickly. So it’s a witty instructive read for everyone from beginners to grandmasters. A weird-sounding claim, but true.

Check out the excerpts for Tiger and Soviet if you haven’t already.

Polgár trilogy

In addition we are making a new special offer on Judit Polgar’s superb trilogy. All three hardcover books are now priced at €24.99 which would normally make it €74.97 to buy all three. Except, as a special offer, we will only charge €59.99. And free delivery (to EU people). Plus, since it’s almost Christmas, we will add a free book of your choosing from the usual list.

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  1. rigao
    December 10th, 2014 at 15:56 | #1

    I have to say the 60€ for 4 books (3 polgar and an old one, which for me I think would be the san luis 2005) is a great offer. In spring I bought 2 theory books (slav and french) for this price…

    Now I don’t know what to gift myself for christmass. I was almost conviced to buy something from forwardchess just to check it out.

    Damn you Quality Chess.


  2. Jacob Aagaard
    December 10th, 2014 at 21:00 | #2

    Get The Modern Tiger from Forward Chess as well and you can truly enjoy the holiday festivities!

  3. kratnasan
    December 10th, 2014 at 21:12 | #3

    Now Judit has finished her trilogy. It was successful and deservedly well received. Has she any plans/ideas about continuing her writing carrier?

  4. Gilbert
    December 10th, 2014 at 23:48 | #4

    The combination of the Polgar trilogy and The Modern Tiger 2nd Edition is also possible ?!
    Posting is not precise on this..

  5. rigao
    December 11th, 2014 at 06:55 | #5

    @Jacob I have to acknowledge that I’m curious about the modern tiger, but owning the Schandorff’s Caro and the Ntirlis’ french, I think I have 1. e4 covered. For 1. d4 I have Ntirlis’ Tarrasch, so I forbid myself to buy any more opening books, at least from black’s perspective.

    I was thinking more of an ending book in forwardchess, and as yours is way out of my level, I was thinking of de la Villa’s 100 endgames you must know. In time, I want to own the Dvoretsky book, hard cover. It is an amazing book and it makes sense now that the 4th edition is going to be published.

    Anyone knowhs how do tactic books feel in forwardchess? I downloaded Weteschnik (yes, I had to look the spelling up) sample, but it only has the introduction… I am worried about the usability going from problem to solution and back again.

  6. rigao
    December 11th, 2014 at 06:57 | #6

    I forgot I also own Avrukh’s Slav… too much books to study and I cannot think of anything else than to buy more books… I think I have a problem.

  7. Jacob Aagaard
    December 11th, 2014 at 09:02 | #7

    Not to my knowledge.

  8. Jacob Aagaard
    December 11th, 2014 at 09:03 | #8

    I can’t see the problem. Except that it is too “many” books…

  9. Ray
    December 11th, 2014 at 09:44 | #9

    Wow, that’s a great offer, thanks!! I’ll definitely go for that. Could you maybe repeat which books I can choose from as a free extra? I remember San Luis and Regio Emilia, but I forgot the other. Thanks!

  10. pabstars
    December 11th, 2014 at 09:59 | #10

    I have the “Old Tiger” and this was a really good book. The caro-cann, slav and French books are excellent for a solid repertoire with black. I ordered the new Tiger which is good when used as a surprise weapon I’m sure. Since it is soon X-mas, I also ordered the Polgar books. Have thought of buying them for ages because they got such good reviews, but the nice discount convinced me. You should just continue to buy some more chess books; I think they make people happy 🙂

  11. rigao
    December 11th, 2014 at 10:59 | #11

    My next theory book will probably be Avrukhs revision of his 1. d4. At least I hope I can restrain myself that long.

  12. John Shaw
    December 11th, 2014 at 11:12 | #12

    Gilbert :
    The combination of the Polgar trilogy and The Modern Tiger 2nd Edition is also possible ?!
    Posting is not precise on this..

    No, The Modern Tiger as a free extra book is not possible. The extra book can be chosen from one of our older books (in general), not one of the brand new ones. To answer Ray’s question at the same time, the list includes:

    SAN LUIS 2005

    If you wish a different free one, you can always try your luck by asking in email to salesgroup@qualitychess.co.uk

  13. SimonB
    December 11th, 2014 at 11:31 | #13

    Thoroughly enjoying T’sM on FC so far. Good choices in Austrian, Bg5 particularly. Shows some humour in the writing style too, unusual and commendable.
    I rather query the hippo choice tho, and have bad personal experience there, that as someone who rarely loses locally. A very tough line to play at amateur level. I suggest this to be an unwise choice, IMHO.
    Interesting to note the assumption in Be3 lines that a knight coming h3 to g5 is to be avoided, and lopped off. I have often found that it just gets stuck uselessly on that square. Again, bitter experience, at a reasonablish level – versus GMs.

  14. Bill
    December 11th, 2014 at 14:22 | #14

    I’ve always appreciated your insights on another forum. How much memory work do you think is required to play T’s M at a reasonable amateur level? Too difficult for an older player starting out with it (vs something like the French where pawn structures are more stable)?
    Comparisons with Moskalenko?
    Like you, I find ForwardChess the way to go. Amazing improvement over reading a book.

  15. Gary
    December 12th, 2014 at 10:36 | #15

    Really enjoying the Soviet Chess Primer so far, much as I did Questions of Modern Chess Theory, and the illustrations really add a lot of character. I very much hope this won’t be the last of the Classics or hidden Soviet/Other gems to be brought back out to a wider audience.

  16. Anb
    December 12th, 2014 at 12:18 | #16

    Hear, hear.

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    December 12th, 2014 at 13:59 | #17

    The Petrosian book will be edited in January; but I am not sure exactly when we will put it out. To fit with something else for sure.

  18. pabstars
    December 16th, 2014 at 13:33 | #18

    This review: https://chesscafe.com/book-reviews/a-game-of-queens/ definitely hasn’t made the offer less attractive. I’m really looking forward to X-mas when I may open the trilogy and the Tiger!

  19. Simone
    December 22nd, 2014 at 10:05 | #19

    I already have the first of Judit Polgar’s books, but i’m interested in the offer. Is it possible to pick another book instead of JP teaches chess 1? For example one between Soviet chess primer or Endgame play (paperback).

    BTW, Merry Xmas to Quality Chess, and thanks for your great work 😉

  20. Steve
    December 30th, 2014 at 01:50 | #20

    dear Jacob,
    I get my Quality Chess books via the Book Depository (otherwise postage is relatively very large for us Aussies.)
    Any idea when The Modern Tiger will be back in stock at the B.D.?
    Am really keen to get it.

    (Happy new year!)

  21. Chris S
    January 5th, 2015 at 05:51 | #21

    Is this deal for a free book (with the purchase of the polgar tirlogy) still available?

  22. Jacob Aagaard
    January 5th, 2015 at 19:42 | #22

    @Chris S
    Yes. Currently the default is CHAMPIONS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM, but email Claire if you want one of the other ones we have offered.

  23. Tom Tidom
    January 6th, 2015 at 19:25 | #23

    I started reading The Modern Tiger and just observed a small error on page 25 where in the right column in the note beginning with 10…Qc7! the line continues 11.c3 Nh6 and now 12.0-0N is suggested following 12…Ng4 13.Bc1 0-0 14.Rc1 Bb7. Obviously it is not possible for White to put a piece on c1 on both move 13 and 14 and I assume instead 13.Bd2 is the move intended?!

    I mention this mainly because I thought that nowadays the moves in a book would be copied from a database which would eliminate such ´typos´.

    Otherwise I like what I have read so far with the minor complaint that the format with complete games is in my opinion not best suited for a book on opening theory.

  24. Jacob Aagaard
    January 6th, 2015 at 19:48 | #24

    @Tom Tidom
    Sadly not all authors do this, although we have told them to NEVER EVER write the moves in by hand.

  25. Tom Tidom
    January 6th, 2015 at 21:11 | #25

    Thanks for your answer.

    Perhaps the actual typo is in the move numbering and the sequence shouldn´t read as given above but instead 12… (not 13…) 0-0 13.Rc1 Bb7 as an alternative to 12…Ng4 13.Bc1.

    Since the line starting with 10…Qc7! is the author´s main recommendation it would be nice if this could be clarified sometime. How does it read in the electronic version?

  26. Bebbe
    January 7th, 2015 at 13:31 | #26

    What does Tiger recommend against 4.f4, Nf6 5.Nf3, c5 6.Bb5, Bd7 7.e5, Ng4 8.e6?

  27. Thomas
    January 7th, 2015 at 14:31 | #27

    Nothing. He plays 5.-0-0.

  28. Bebbe
    January 7th, 2015 at 14:41 | #28

    ok I see. And what does he recommend after 6.Bd3?

    6.-Nc6?, 6.-Na6?

  29. Ray
    January 7th, 2015 at 15:00 | #29


  30. Bebbe
    January 7th, 2015 at 15:10 | #30

    And after 7.0-0?

    7.-e5 or 7.-Bg4?

  31. Thomas
    January 7th, 2015 at 18:18 | #31

    I fear the book might be a little to voluminous to post it line by line.

  32. Bebbe
    January 8th, 2015 at 06:43 | #32


    Yes, and I do not think QC likes it :).

  33. Raul
    January 9th, 2015 at 10:21 | #33

    http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/blog/?p=3381 could give you some clues though 🙂

  34. Bebbe
    January 11th, 2015 at 10:57 | #34


    The position you refer to comes from 6.-Nc6 7.e5.
    I have still not figured out what he recommends against 7.0-0.

  35. Kalle
    January 20th, 2015 at 08:30 | #35

    What about ‘Beating minor openings” by Mikhalishin ? Is it in the works ?

    I am clearly missing a good GM Anti-english, Anti-Reti book. I dont think it exist on the market.
    Repertoire books are mostly handling anti-english /Anti -Reti set ups like side lines.

    Thanks for all nice books coming out from you.

  36. pabstars
    January 20th, 2015 at 08:51 | #36

    I have finished the first volume of Polgar and I’m approaching page 100 in the second volume. I find these books really enjoyable and it is nice that it is quite easy to follow the games/themes without a chess set which makes the books perfect for train trips.

    The new edition of the Modern Tiger is very entertaining. I have only looked at some games in the Hippopotamus section and this is excellent I find.

  37. Jacob Aagaard
    January 20th, 2015 at 09:34 | #37

    Going slower than we would like, but we have to accept that the author has not finished the book :-(.

  38. rigao
    January 20th, 2015 at 12:06 | #38

    English is a minor opening? So far Marin has 3 volumes on it and Khalifman advocated for 1. Nf3 (which transposes to english if black wants) on 6 volumes. So much for being a ‘minor opening’.

    I agree that there is a gap in black repertoires against english, though. With the Tarrasch I try to avoid specific knowledge (Marin transposes to a Tarrasch covered in Nikos and Jacob book, Khalifman directly goes for the QGD), but I miss some specific knowledge against the major tries.

  39. John Shaw
    January 20th, 2015 at 13:38 | #39


    By using the word ‘minor’ no one here is suggesting 1.Nf3 or 1.c4 are bad moves, just that they are, at most levels of competition, less common than 1.e4 or 1.d4. For example, I think at the current Wijk aan Zee A group, most of the games have started with 1.d4 or 1.e4.

    We could call the book “Beating All Openings except 1.e4 and 1.d4” – that would be clear but not very catchy. “Beating Minor Openings plus 1.c4 and 1.Nf3” – also not a great title.

    “Beating the Flank Openings” makes some sense, but Kotronias already used that title almost 20 year ago.

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