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Jumping off the bridge

Here it is, I am going to make some accurate predictions about a few future publications. Accurate, in the sense that I will give dates when I believe these books will be out. How accurate this turns out to be only time will tell. So here are my predictions:

29th April
Boris Avrukh’s book Grandmaster Repertoire 1A – The Catalan will be our big release of course. Let me underline again (and again) that this is a new book. Yes, there is a small overlap with the first volume and a few lines that are repeated. But Boris has done the work and fans of the first book should be happy with this book as well.
The other release is a book in the Classics series, Python Strategy (in our opinion a better title than “The Strategy of Soundness”) with collected writings by Tigran Petrosian. We are very happy with this book and we hope you will be too.

20th May
A triple release date. First of all, there is Boris Gelfand’s Positional Decision Making in Chess, which in my honest opinion is a great release. But then I am biased.
Then there is Learn from the Legends – 10th Anniversary Edition by Mihail Marin. This is our most popular book from the first ten years of our company. I hope this new version will find an audience. It deserves it.
Finally, there is a little book by Razuvaev on gambits, called HOOLABALOO in the Classics series.

June somewhere
Another triple publication! Lars Schandorff’s Grandmaster Repertoire 20 – The Semi-Slav, Tibor Karolyi’s Tal’s Best Games 2 – The World Champion and John Shaw’s Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines.

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  1. paddyirish
    March 27th, 2015 at 16:15 | #1


  2. paddyirish
    March 27th, 2015 at 16:18 | #2

    “Jumping off the Bridge” after all the “self-help” posts???

    Petrosian, Gelfand and Tal books are very much on my list.

    Will there be much difference between the 10th Anniversary Learn from the Legends and the earlier editions?

  3. paddyirish
    March 27th, 2015 at 16:19 | #3

    Sorry, please delete the first post – somehow hit submit rather than deleting the caps lock …

  4. J.
    March 27th, 2015 at 16:26 | #4


    Corrections and an additional chapter on Magnus Carlsen.

    Hoolabaloo ? I’m still searching for the 1 april association.

  5. Michel Barbaut
    March 27th, 2015 at 19:04 | #5

    “Finally, there is a little book by Razuvaev on gambits, called HOOLABALOO in the Classics series”
    Can we have a little more explanations ? Theoritical lines ?, study of middle game in gambit openings, etc ? Thanks

  6. James
    March 27th, 2015 at 19:18 | #6

    @Jacob Will there be a Grandmaster Repertoire 1B or something like that completing Avrukh’s new repertoire? Or is 1A a standalone book?

  7. Ray
    March 27th, 2015 at 19:24 | #7

    The complete series will be rewritten!

  8. Ray
    March 27th, 2015 at 19:25 | #8

    Great line-up for the coming months! I still have some backlog to buy, and these are also must-buys, so it’s clear where my savings are going the coming months 🙂

  9. The Lurker
    March 27th, 2015 at 20:07 | #9

    Don’t the Playing 1.e4/Shaw books need to simmer on the back burner for a few more years? 😉

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    March 27th, 2015 at 22:12 | #10

    I find it rather spectacular that Colin managed to put the post online without checking with John or myself what the name of Razuvaev’s book will be. Or at least inserting it himself. I thought I made it clear in my draft that it had to be checked, with the title I gave it. Apparently not!
    Just for the hell of it, I will leave it over the weekend. Please make a lot of comments about it and then I will take down this point Sunday night (really just kidding!).

  11. Senchean
    March 28th, 2015 at 04:15 | #11

    I’ve been looking forward to Python Strategy since November. 1, because it’s Tigran Petrosian whom is one of my favorite players. 2, because I know it’s a translation of Strategy of Reliability which I have only found in Russian and can’t read.. But I still don’t know what the book is actually about. Is it just a games collection with Petrosian’s Analysis? Is it Petrosian actually talking about his strategy and approach to chess? The above post said “with collected writings” so I’m assuming that’s an addition to the book. And the description of the book under “coming soon” really doesn’t explain much. What does the book actually discuss?

    As a side note, I’m also looking forward to Positional Decision Making in Chess.

  12. Ray
    March 28th, 2015 at 08:29 | #12

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I guess you have ‘self-steering teams of highly trained professionals’ at the office 🙂

  13. Fat cat is fat
    March 28th, 2015 at 11:04 | #13

    Will Avrukh also recommend g3 against other openings like the Grunfeld and King’s Indian as he did with his older book? I’m a d4 player who would love to add Avrukh’s books to his repertoire as long as they don’t involve g3 🙂 I know that he won’t have g3 against any slav but it would be great if he also offered a repertoire without g3 against other openings this time.

    I’m guessing that he won’t be giving the line with the bishop on g2 against the Benko since the king walk line gives a bigger advantage.

    • Jacob Aagaard
      March 29th, 2015 at 07:59 | #14

      One book at a time!

  14. Phille
    March 28th, 2015 at 11:49 | #15

    I would buy any book called HOOLABALOO without a second thought, but I’m dying to know what lines HOOLABALOO will be about.

  15. Armando Lobato
    March 28th, 2015 at 11:59 | #16

    GHOST-BOOKS: Some ches publishers give a date (or a season) for a book to come out and they don’t comply. YEARS pass and the books don’t see the light. Examples of this are: the two books “Playing 1.e4” John Shaw, “Attacking with the Isolated Queen’s Pawn” John Emms y “Attacking chess: The King’s Gambit” Timothy Taylor. The last thing I knew from these books was Jacob’s comment (Feb.26th.), “No one will believe this, but we will finish this book in March and maybe have it out in April”.
    You’re right, I don’t believe it.

    • Jacob Aagaard
      March 29th, 2015 at 08:02 | #17

      The alternative is of course that we do not answer all the questions about when books will be ready and what we are working on. In that case we would never be wrong…

  16. Andre
    March 28th, 2015 at 13:41 | #18

    @Armando Lobato
    Taylor’s KG book is canceled. He and his publisher got into a major pissing contest over something. Details on Taylor’s blog. I think I’ve seen a similar book by Taylor on the NiC release list. Maybe they’ve picked it up.

  17. Ed
    March 28th, 2015 at 14:15 | #19

    @Armando Lobato
    “June somewhere” 2016

  18. The Doctor
    March 28th, 2015 at 15:24 | #20

    Another ‘GHOST BOOK’ is GM Rep 6A The Sicilian Najdorf. This has been coming soon for A LONG TIME

  19. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    March 28th, 2015 at 18:27 | #21

    Been playing the Schandorf 1. d4 lines since the books came out with great success so June cannot come quickly enough for me to get hands on the Semi Slav effort.

    @ Fat Cat is Fat re: Benko Gambit and the King walk line. Was playing this but new developments in Benko (See NIC 114) allow Black to avoid the argument entirely and get a solid fighting position. Switched over to the b6 var so will be interesting to see what Avrukh offers here.

    • Jacob Aagaard
      March 29th, 2015 at 07:57 | #22

      Lars sent his final chapter last night. Danny will be the editor of this book (Nikos already helped a lot checking the chess). It will work quite efficiently I expect. So everything is good on this account.

  20. The Third
    March 28th, 2015 at 19:03 | #23

    So far it seems like betting on Negi against Shaw would work out. Just a few more “two month” delays and Negi is done first.

  21. The Doctor
    March 29th, 2015 at 16:50 | #24

    Jacob Aagaard :
    The alternative is of course that we do not answer all the questions about when books will be ready and what we are working on. In that case we would never be wrong…

    That would not be good

  22. Seth
    March 29th, 2015 at 19:30 | #25

    I would much prefer Quality Chess take a stab at when the books might be out rather than keep everything quiet.

  23. J.
    March 29th, 2015 at 19:58 | #26

    It’s one big marketing trick
    It’s all about keeping the customers interested in your books.
    By reading 10x about Pyrhon Strategy I have become interested in the book.
    Without this blog I would only realize this book wxists during my occasionall visit to the chessbookshop.

    So don’t worry guys, QC will keep us posted.

  24. Jacob Aagaard
    March 29th, 2015 at 21:08 | #27

    You clever bastard, I wish I was as clever as you!

  25. James
    March 30th, 2015 at 13:01 | #28

    @Jacob can you give any indication of when we could hope to see Avrukh’s 2nd ed of GM Rep 2? Are we talking Winter 2015 or early/spring 2016? Thanks!

  26. Phille
    March 30th, 2015 at 13:07 | #29

    I still wonder about the Razuvaev book. It must be a translation of Encyclopedia gambit from 2007. But it seems a bit odd to translate a book about specific opening lines from (pretty much) the pre-rybka era.

  27. Michael Bartlett
    March 30th, 2015 at 20:25 | #30

    Jacob – for the love of God – please put us out of our misery and give us a PDF sneak preview for the Python book. Ideally from the ‘squeeze’ section if possible 🙂

    Call it an early Easter present!

  28. Jacob Aagaard
    March 30th, 2015 at 21:05 | #31

    @Michael Bartlett
    I think you are mixing two books together here! We will finish Avrukh, then Petrosian. Excerpts when sent to the printer as usual.

  29. Senchean
    March 30th, 2015 at 21:57 | #32

    Jacob can you tell us exactly what Python strategy is about? Is it just a games collection or is it actually discussing strategy?

  30. Gerry
    March 31st, 2015 at 00:03 | #33

    Any chance of an electronic version of Learn from the Legends.

  31. SimonB
    March 31st, 2015 at 02:38 | #34

    As a language point, it may be more appropriate to write of ‘specific’ predictions (in contrast to ‘vague’) rather than ‘accurate’. They may or may not be ‘accurate’, and time will tell.
    *Editor hat off, whimsy hat on*
    Different issue now, but how about a ‘Gorm speaks’ column here? A Caissic Katie Hopkins of sorts. Sure Danny has lots to get off his … chessed.

  32. Yohan
    March 31st, 2015 at 04:57 | #35

    I’m about 2100 USCF, how much of the GM Repertoire do I need to memorize?

  33. Ray
    March 31st, 2015 at 06:28 | #36

    Nikos has written a nice post on it on 14th april, 2014:


  34. Seth
    March 31st, 2015 at 07:07 | #37


    I believe the answer in the past has been, “Only the bolded main lines are really necessary to memorize.” And even then, not all of it is necessary…sometimes the author(s) stretch them out 30+ moves just to illustrate a game/make a point.

  35. Dennis M
    March 31st, 2015 at 15:08 | #38

    Is there a reason it’s being called “Hoolabaloo” when the word is “hullabaloo”?

  36. Jacob Aagaard
    March 31st, 2015 at 17:08 | #39

    @Dennis M
    Translation 😉

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