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Minor, minor publication schedule update

We sent Vassilios Kotronias Grandmaster Repertoire 6A – Beating the Anti-Sicilians away to the printer a while ago. Despite the impending doom, commonly referred to as Christmas, the book will be out soon – 9th December to be exact (and a week before on Forward Chess as usual).

Andrew and Nikos are working around the clock, Andrew during the day and Nikos during the night. They are almost done with Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire, which will be yet another repertoire book for Black based on the Breyer. It seems this is rather popular at the moment! We are hoping this will be the best of the lot, but the competition is stiff.

We are also quite close to finishing Yuri Razuvaev’s book in the classic series, Key Concepts of Gambit Play. It will not go to the printer that quickly though, as John will proofread it and he has to finish his own book first!

This is what we are doing right at the moment. A bit down the line, we will have Mikhalevski: Grandmaster Repertoire 19 – Beating Minor Openings, which will be the final numbered book in the GM Repertoire series, if we exclude A’s, B’s and so on. We will also get around to editing the final book in Tal’s Best Games series, The Invincible. We are working on other projects of course, such as Kotronias on the King’s Indian 4, with the series finishing with volume 5. And no, I will not go through the content of any of these books at this moment.

For a more detailed publishing schedule, maybe the future will provide!?

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  1. November 24th, 2015 at 14:52 | #1

    Future ‘GM Repertoire’ style books will be unnumbered? Or will you abandon the GM Repertoire moniker?

  2. John Shaw
    November 24th, 2015 at 15:00 | #2

    @John Hartmann

    Unnumbered. There will still be GM Repertoires.

  3. November 24th, 2015 at 15:25 | #3

    This seems wise. “Grandmaster Repertoire #75” would be impressive and comical all at once.

  4. k.r.
    November 24th, 2015 at 17:25 | #4

    When will be possible to order 1.e4 e5 book in preorder?

  5. The Lurker
    November 24th, 2015 at 20:11 | #5

    Any news whatsoever on 6B?

  6. TonyRo
    November 24th, 2015 at 20:17 | #6

    Really jazzed up for Nikos’ book! Keep up the hussle! 😀

  7. Grimsey64
    November 24th, 2015 at 20:55 | #7

    No new release date for the first John e4 book?
    I was hoping for an excerpt in november…

  8. Jacob Aagaard
    November 24th, 2015 at 21:41 | #8

    We are getting towards the end. November, no, but hopefully early December.

  9. franck steenbekkers
    November 24th, 2015 at 21:57 | #9

    I think the book of John will be published somewhere in februar?

  10. Jose
    November 24th, 2015 at 22:29 | #10

    Will we see someday the publication of the book “Playing the Grunfeld”?

  11. Jacob Aagaard
    November 24th, 2015 at 22:36 | #11

    @franck steenbekkers
    I am hoping January, but obviously I do not want to give any guarantees!!!

  12. Jacob Aagaard
    November 24th, 2015 at 22:37 | #12

    Not next year at least.

  13. James
    November 25th, 2015 at 06:09 | #13

    @Jacob Aagaard Regarding the Classical 1.e4 e5 repertoire can you say how many pages it’s likely to be? Will it be 500+ for example? I’m curious, because if I understand it right it covers both the Open Games, Breyer and the lines leading up to it.

  14. Remco G
    November 25th, 2015 at 09:12 | #14

    “For a more detailed publishing schedule, maybe the future will provide!?”

    We clearly need a publication schedule publication schedule.

  15. Jacob Aagaard
    November 25th, 2015 at 09:55 | #15

    It will be big, but not massive.

  16. Jacob Aagaard
    November 25th, 2015 at 09:55 | #16

    @Remco G
    This was it!

  17. Hysan Wong
    November 25th, 2015 at 11:34 | #17

    Avrukh’s GM1B Queen’s Gambit was scheduled to be published in winter.
    Would it be out when the weather is still cold?

  18. Jacob Aagaard
    November 25th, 2015 at 12:18 | #18

    @Hysan Wong
    Unless something goes wrong, yes

  19. Hysan Wong
    November 25th, 2015 at 14:12 | #19

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Great to know this. Just a bit anxious when there is no update on this.
    No pressure on Avrukh! We trust that he is doing great work on checking the lines!

  20. James
    November 25th, 2015 at 16:31 | #20

    @Jacob Aagaard and Hysan Wong I will also add (in case you didn’t know) that Jan Gustafsson spoke very highly of Avrukh’s 1A Catalan book in his recent video series for chess24 called “A repertoire against 1.d4. Part 1: Dealing with the Catalan”, I can’t remember word for word what he said, but it was something along the lines of being unable to crack Avrukh’s analysis and agreeing with all his conclusions, coming from an excellent opening theoretician such as Gustafsson it is high praise.

  21. Ray
    November 25th, 2015 at 19:43 | #21

    Except the line with …Bd7 and …0-0-0. The line Avrukh gives has been improved upon for black. But that’s a minor detail 🙂

  22. Jacob Aagaard
    November 26th, 2015 at 06:48 | #22

    As far as I understand, this line is back in trouble for Black again?! But I have to admit that I am not very theoretical…

  23. Alexander
    November 26th, 2015 at 10:31 | #23

    However much sense it probably makes to have the “last numbered” book in the GM Rep. Series, it still feels a bit like it’s the “end of an era”. I know you will probably argue that GM Rep. Books can still be published, but I can’t help but feel a bit sad that “it’s over”.

    Thanks so much for making this series 1-20 so fantastic. I have never loved to read chess books as much as THAT particular series.

  24. Thomas
    November 26th, 2015 at 10:47 | #24

    There’s a new edition of “Chess Structures” announced.
    Will there be changes to the first edition?

  25. John Shaw
    November 26th, 2015 at 11:18 | #25


    Who announced a new edition of “Chess Structures”? This would be news to me.

    We reprinted a few months ago, but no new edition, no changes.

    There will also be foreign-language versions. Maybe someone is counting that as a “new edition”, but really it’s the same book in a different language.

  26. Reyk
    November 26th, 2015 at 11:41 | #26

    Jacob Aagaard :
    As far as I understand, this line is back in trouble for Black again?! But I have to admit that I am not very theoretical…

    Is it? I’ve found the SOS analyse from Bosch in NiC 4/2015 (?) with 15…g5 and many references to Avrukh’s book quite convincing. Boris doesn’t mention this move. It’s still complicated and both sides have to know something. But from a theoretical standpoint Black seems to be fine. I would be pleased to read otherwise, but right now I’m in doubt.

    Gustafsson’s video is brand new btw and excellent als usual, but also already outdated a bit due to Elianov – Nakamura, Baku. But that’s quite normal for higly popular and theoretical stuff.

  27. Karl
    November 26th, 2015 at 11:58 | #27

    Niggemann.com from germany announces

    “new edition planned for 01.03.2016”

    That’s why i just came here. But also with some updates AND hardcover i would by it again. 🙂

    Also looking forward to the 1. e4 e5 book. You will do a great job. 🙂

  28. John Shaw
    November 26th, 2015 at 12:44 | #28


    Thanks for the information, but if a real new edition was planned, I would know about it!

    Maybe it’s a reference to reprinting hardcovers, with a wild guess about the date. I will ask our friends in Germany.

  29. John Shaw
    November 26th, 2015 at 15:52 | #29

    @John Shaw

    Replying to myself is weird, but no matter. The Niggemann announcement mentioned above is indeed their guess of when we will reprint Chess Structures hardcovers. In our QC terminology, that’s not a new edition, as the content remains the same.

  30. Ray
    November 26th, 2015 at 18:53 | #30

    Indeed I thought the same, but theory in the Catalan is moving at the speed of light, so maybe I missed some new developments 🙂

  31. Andre
    November 26th, 2015 at 18:55 | #31

    Does this mean that you will reprint Chess Structures HC in the foreseeable future?

    On a sidenote, anybody who can read chess German should definitely check out the Niggemann shop. They still have their big sale on the German QC catalog.

  32. Gilchrist is a Legend
    November 28th, 2015 at 05:06 | #32

    Is Chess Structures planned to be translated to Spanish for Spain and Latin American readers?

  33. Jacob Aagaard
    November 28th, 2015 at 17:47 | #33

    Not the end of anything, but with 1A, 6A and so on coming out, it seemed time to cut the ties a numbered series includes.

  34. Jacob Aagaard
    November 28th, 2015 at 17:48 | #34

    I was told last week Black was back into trouble in this line. I do sadly not know how. Recent games might show you the way?!

  35. Alexander
    November 28th, 2015 at 21:28 | #35

    Right on – so that in turn means we will still see “Grandmaster Repertoire” books with specific titles and/or vol. 1,2,3 etc. like we’ve seen up until now, but just without series-number. Is that how it should be interpreted ? 🙂

  36. Jacob Aagaard
    November 29th, 2015 at 08:58 | #36

    Look at the Kotronias and Negi series’. They are GM Repertoire books, of course, but not numbered. This also gives us freedom to number individual series’ like those…

  37. middlewave
    November 29th, 2015 at 10:45 | #37

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I believe White could investigate 10.Nc3 in that line (to be able to meet …e5 with d4-d5 at any moment; this effectively prevents …e5), followed by the thematic pawn sac b2-b3; this is pretty dangerous against the black king that has castled long.
    In general, this line seems rather risky for Black, and 6.Nbd2 is no picnic either, I think.

  38. Alexander
    November 29th, 2015 at 18:28 | #38

    I see your point – and I’m looking forward to see many more GM Rep books in the future. They have somehow become my favorites, because it’s a lot of fun to learn something new.

  39. Jacob Aagaard
    November 29th, 2015 at 21:29 | #39

    Great, thanks!

  40. Jacob Aagaard
    November 29th, 2015 at 21:30 | #40

    I have to say that it is rather pleasing to see that serious chess books are as popular as books that offer a quick introduction. I have nothing against them either, I should hasten to say, but I like that people like good books.

  41. Alexander
    November 29th, 2015 at 23:06 | #41

    I don’t just like QC’s good books, I love them. I can see the result OTB – my strength have grown tremendously, once I had the courage to throw the gauntlets, sit down and play tournament chess again.

    I feel “right at home” with the repertoire provided by QC. It’s a pleasure to understand so much more of what is going on, having kicked in so much hard reading/studying over the past 4-5 years.

    My next task will probably be to convert the advantage this understanding gives me, especially in the transition-phase between the second half of the middlegame and into a (hopefully) winning endgame. King’s books may be of help, but I am definitely open for suggestions on how to improve the choice of plan(s).

    Thanks again for providing us with QC, respected authors and living fully up to delivering quality!

  42. Jacob Aagaard
    November 30th, 2015 at 06:55 | #42

    Depending on your level, I have seen repeated “through the roof” improvement from either working through Yusupov’s books (up to 2300) or my own Grandmaster Preparation series. It is almost weekly someone tells me it took them from 2200 to 2400 or something like this. As that jump took me 6 year personally, I am happy to have provided people with a 3-6x shortcut…

  43. Alexander
    November 30th, 2015 at 11:58 | #43

    Hah! Hear hear!! Yusupov’s books it is next (since I have them already), as soon as I’m through Berg’s third volume.

    Let’s see how that goes 🙂

  44. Paul
    December 2nd, 2015 at 10:24 | #44

    Should the Kotronias book be on Forward Chess today? Normally they appear in the store (apple) first thing….but not there yet.

  45. John Shaw
    December 2nd, 2015 at 14:25 | #45

    Paul :
    Should the Kotronias book be on Forward Chess today? Normally they appear in the store (apple) first thing….but not there yet.

    Forward Chess has released the Android version of “Beating the Anti-Sicilians” today. FC is also ready with the Apple version, but they have to wait until Apple give their approval.
    FC are hoping that approval will arrive today or tomorrow. As soon as that happens, FC will release the Apple version.

  46. TonyRo
    December 2nd, 2015 at 15:44 | #46

    Looking forward (or should I dread it?) to comparing the overlap between Kotronias’ and my book! 😀

    The excerpt looks excellent, nice work guys!

  47. The Doctor
    December 3rd, 2015 at 14:34 | #47

    Still nothing on the Anti Sicilian on FC ?

  48. Johnnyboy
    December 3rd, 2015 at 15:35 | #48

    Anti Sicilian is there on android app…apple?

  49. The Doctor
    December 3rd, 2015 at 16:08 | #49

    Not on apple though ?

  50. Matt
    December 3rd, 2015 at 16:23 | #50

    I bought it on my I-Pad (in the UK) last night. Looks like a superb book!

  51. The Doctor
    December 3rd, 2015 at 17:08 | #51


    How odd!

  52. The Doctor
    December 3rd, 2015 at 17:16 | #52

    Sorted ?

  53. Paul
    December 3rd, 2015 at 17:40 | #53

    Yes, looks great….my one reservation (which could be first impression) is the treatment of Rossolimo. At first glance choice looked a bit of a fudge to keep everyone happy (2 ..d6, 2 …Nc6) and also the (2 …d6, 4 Qxd4). But this is just from first glance….perhaps when I delve deeper I’ll see merit.

    Forward Chess is a great little app, which is constantly striving to be better….now allows you to analyse on the board.

  54. Matt
    December 3rd, 2015 at 18:28 | #54

    Paul :
    At first glance choice looked a bit of a fudge to keep everyone happy (2 ..d6, 2 …Nc6) and also the (2 …d6, 4 Qxd4)..

    To be fair this is the system that Kotronias himself has played for many years, with great results (see for example, his win against Howell from the Euro teams in 2013). Tiger recommended it in the previous QC Anti-Sicilians book, but there were a lot of hairy lines where Black really has to know what he is doing, which put me off. Will see if Kotronias can convince me…….

  55. Ray
    December 11th, 2015 at 07:01 | #55

    I received the Anti-Sicilians book yesterday and it looks like naother great effort by Kotronias. It’s incredible how high his output is, at a consistently high quality! Very much looking forward to his last books on the KID as well, and then the question is: what’s next? Speaking of which, I’m wondering if it would be possible to give us a publishing schedule for 2016, as a christmas present? That would be very much appreciated 🙂

  56. Nico
    December 11th, 2015 at 07:13 | #56

    Kotronias is planned to write a book for chess stars about the Qd6-Scandinavian for March 2016, I suppose.

  57. Jacob Aagaard
    December 11th, 2015 at 08:09 | #57

    He kindly offered it to us, but we felt that we should finish the books he has already written for us first, so we suggested that he’d take it to someone else. Luckily there are a number of other good publishers out there. We are friends with most of them and it is not uncommon that books that for some reason do not fit in one place are passed on in this way. This does not mean that there are anything wrong with them, just that they do not fit what we are trying to do at this moment in time. I am sure we will work with Vassilios on something else in the near future, but first let’s finish the KID books!

  58. Ray
    December 11th, 2015 at 09:52 | #58

    Thanks for the information. I think I’ll skip that one, since the Scandinavian is not my cup of tea. By the way, good to hear that his books on the KID have already been written!

  59. Thomas
    December 11th, 2015 at 10:15 | #59

    Still wondering how he gets all the rest of the KID into two books.

  60. Nico
    December 11th, 2015 at 10:49 | #60

    I have the fear that John Bartholomew, David Smerdon and Vasilios Kotronias will turn me to a Scandi lover! These are all pretty enthusiastic guys with very good output!

  61. Jacob Aagaard
    December 11th, 2015 at 10:58 | #61

    By writing more pages than the publisher has decreed no doubt 😉

  62. Andre
    December 11th, 2015 at 13:15 | #62

    Writing more pages than agreed for the same money. That’s really a cunning plan!

  63. Ray
    December 11th, 2015 at 15:05 | #63
  64. franck steenbekkers
    December 11th, 2015 at 17:30 | #64

    wich QC book will win the race of the next published book. (i think februar 2016)

  65. Jacob Aagaard
    December 11th, 2015 at 21:32 | #65
  66. Ray
    December 12th, 2015 at 21:24 | #66

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Any chance of an Excerpt of John’s first 1.e4 book before Christman?

  67. Ray
    December 13th, 2015 at 21:00 | #67

    I really like Kotronias’ book on the Anti-Siclians, but there is a major omission I think (at least it is neither covered in his book nor in GM Rep Dragon and GM Rep Sveshnikov): Open Sicilians with 5.f3. Sergey Kasparov has written a whole book on this (‘Steamrolling the Sicilian’) so one can expect to face it more frequently. I was wondering if you agree this should have been covered somewhere, and if so, is there any chance this will be fixed in a future news letter? Thanks for your reaction!

  68. The Doctor
    December 13th, 2015 at 21:37 | #68


    It’s in Experts on the Anti Sicilian.

    There are a few omissions to be honest, not just this one!
    Although they are very minor/non critical ones.

  69. Paul
    December 14th, 2015 at 15:04 | #69

    >@Jacob Aagaard
    It is possible to get an ETA for Avrukh Queens gambit book?

  70. Jacob Aagaard
    December 14th, 2015 at 15:29 | #70

    I might go as far as to say a chance. We are getting close, but this is as far as I am willing to go.

  71. Jacob Aagaard
    December 14th, 2015 at 15:30 | #71

    @The Doctor
    A list of the omissions would be very welcome.

  72. Jacob Aagaard
    December 14th, 2015 at 15:30 | #72

    No, sorry. But I hope we are talking early spring. But I am really not sure.

  73. The Doctor
    December 14th, 2015 at 20:39 | #73

    1. The Prins – 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 (Covered in Experts).
    2. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bd3 (Covered in the Sharpest Sicilian).
    3. 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 (Rubbish for White but still an option).
    4. 1.e4 c5 2.a3 g6 3.h4!? (Simon Williams did a You Tube video on the 3.h4!? line (Covered in Experts)
    5. 1.e4 c5 2.f4 g6 (VK basically says White will eventually play Nc3 and will transpose into GPA), what about when White play d3 & c3 (Usually reached via a 2.d3 move order).
    6. When I wrote my last post I was going to say the Portsmouth Gambit with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4!? (omitted from the Killer Sicilian), but since then I see VK has covered it in the Wing Gambit chapter.

    I guess there is no independent significance of 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 (Transposes to Chapter 12)

    I said they were minor & insignificant, but I think lines 1 & 2 should have been added. They seem to be missing from most Open Sicilian books as its not a ‘Dragon’ or a ‘Najdorf’ but Anti-Sicilians books omit it as you play 3.d4!

    This is only from a very quick glance, the book is VERY good indeed so please don not take as criticism. I may find a few more once a look in more detail, but possibly not? Other may find other things missing? But again AMAZING quality work!!!

  74. TonyRo
    December 14th, 2015 at 20:43 | #74

    I also thought that if Kotronias decided to cover 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 and 3.d4 cxd4 4.c3 he should probably also cover 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4!? – that line is sort of critical anyway.

  75. RB
    December 14th, 2015 at 21:22 | #75

    when comes another publishing schedule and when wie will get to know the catalogue for 2016?

  76. Jacob Aagaard
    December 15th, 2015 at 09:49 | #76

    Thank you for your comments on missing lines. I know they are shared supportively and I appreciate it. But I can tell you that we are very critical of this internally and will make sure that update files exist in the near future (read January). I am especially furious that 5.f3 was omitted for the second time. Especially as it was mentioned that it was missing internally at some point.

    We have never been shy of saying that we are just ordinary people doing our best and that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes from time to time. But I have to say that this time I do not think this is good enough and it has lead to quite significant changes in how we deal with projects already. Hopefully, this will happen less in the future.

  77. MHG
    December 15th, 2015 at 10:59 | #77

    @Jacob Aagaard
    For me Anti-Sicilian means, that White deviates from the “normal” 1.e4, 2.Nf3, 3.d4, 4.Nxd4.
    Later deviations should be handled as part of the specific repertoire (Sveshnikov/Najdorf etc.).
    I would not say that 5.Nb3 in the Sveshnikov is an Anti-Sicilian. From that point of view the Prins is a specific problem for Najdorf-Players.

  78. JS
    December 15th, 2015 at 11:51 | #78

    Which is your book?

  79. MHG
    December 15th, 2015 at 12:53 | #79

    MHG :
    @Jacob Aagaard

    I would not say that 5.Nb3 in the Sveshnikov is an Anti-Sicilian…

    Correction: I would not say that 5.Nb3 in the Kalashnikov (6.Nb3 in the Sveshnikov) is an Anti-Sicilian.

  80. Remco G
    December 15th, 2015 at 14:25 | #80

    @MHG: but there is no Najdorf book that starts at 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6, and then treats 5.f3. They all start at 5.Nc3 a6. So an anti-Sicilians book needs to treat all the important deviations before that.

  81. jerome
    December 15th, 2015 at 16:17 | #81


    do you know when the new book about the Najdorf will be available?

  82. The Doctor
    December 15th, 2015 at 16:26 | #82

    @Remco G
    The Sharpest Sicilan does!

  83. The Doctor
    December 15th, 2015 at 16:31 | #83

    @Jacob Aagaard
    If you bought on Forward Chess will that be updated to include missing lines?

  84. Ray
    December 15th, 2015 at 17:43 | #84

    @Remco G
    Either way, it should be treated somewhere, so in my opinion QC did not offer a full reportoire for Dragon players. It’s a minor point, but still lines after 3.d4 are easy to miss if there is no agreement on the definition of ‘Anti-Sicilians’ .

  85. Jacob Aagaard
    December 15th, 2015 at 18:38 | #85

    5.f3 in several books make no sense to me. 6.Nb3 is clearly a Sveshnikov variation.

  86. Jacob Aagaard
    December 15th, 2015 at 18:39 | #86

    This should have been in the Kotronias book. We will do an update. The responsibility is within the QC editorial team and us alone.

  87. Ray
    December 16th, 2015 at 07:11 | #87

    Great, thanks a lot! Just to avoid any misunderstanding: the book is great!

  88. Jacob Aagaard
    December 16th, 2015 at 22:48 | #88

    I always feel really motivated to do better by the gentle reminders on this blog that we can do things better and that our customers most certainly deserve it.

  89. Bebbe
    December 17th, 2015 at 10:23 | #89

    I am thinking of buying the Sveshnikov book by Kotronias.
    What is the current verdict on 11.Bd3, Be6 12.Qh5, Rg8 13.g3?

    Should black play 13.- Nd4 or 13.-Rg4?

  90. Bebbe
    December 18th, 2015 at 13:13 | #90

    What is a sharp/wild or a safe/solid chess opening?

    To me an opening like the Dragon can be used as a sharp uncompromising weapon by playing something wild and crazy like the Soltis variation against 9.Bc4 and 9.- Bd7 against 9.0-0-0. Or it can be used as a drawing weapon by playing the Topalov variation against 9.Bc4 and 9.-d5 against 9.0-0-0.

  91. Bebbe
    December 18th, 2015 at 13:47 | #91

    When Gelfand faced Anand in the 2012 Wch match he played the Grunfeld against 1.d4 and the Sveshnikov against 1.e4. I think he played them because they are both in an excellent theorethical shape and are quite forcing. Both openings are sharp for sure, but I think he played them to draw as black.

  92. Ray
    December 18th, 2015 at 21:27 | #92

    The French can also be interpreted very sharp or solid. E.g. Poisoned Pawn vs. 3…Nf6 against 3.Nc3

  93. Alexander
    December 19th, 2015 at 19:23 | #93

    Maybe a bit “odd” question for you guys at QC, but what do you use for typesetting your chessbooks ? My guess would be LaTeX with the use of the TexMate package ?

    I’m just curious, as I’ve fiddled around a bit with LaTeX myself lately (job-related though), but couldn’t help but think this may actually be what you guys use, and if it is not – then what do you use instead ?

    Is all your typesetting done in house at QC, or do you outsource that task elsewhere ?

    Last, but not least – happy christmas to you and everyone else at QC.
    Best regards,

    Yet another happy customer 🙂

  94. Jacob Aagaard
    December 19th, 2015 at 23:37 | #94

    No, he did not :-). He did not want to give Anand the initiative.

  95. Jacob Aagaard
    December 19th, 2015 at 23:38 | #95

    We use InDesing Creative Suite Subscription service. I really like it and all the graphical people I have ever worked with knew how to use it, as well as all the printers. I think it is sort of industry standard these days.

  96. Gilchrist is a Legend
    December 19th, 2015 at 23:39 | #96

    @Jacob Aagaard
    If there were a Nimzo GM Repertoire, would it almost always be a QID GM Repertoire for 3. Nf3? What is your opinion on the choice for Black after 3. Nf3 between the QID and the Bogo?

  97. Jacob Aagaard
    December 19th, 2015 at 23:45 | #97

    @Gilchrist is a Legend
    QID personally, although Everyman published a decent looking Nimzo/Bogo book this summer (the stuff seems to be a year old now, as I saw no 2015 references in it. But I only scanned for 10 minutes).

  98. RB
    December 20th, 2015 at 22:54 | #98

    @JacobAagaard when do we get a 2016 catalogue?

  99. Jacob Aagaard
    December 21st, 2015 at 00:07 | #99

    Probably february

  100. RB
    December 21st, 2015 at 08:41 | #100

    and a new pub.schedule?

  101. GB
    December 21st, 2015 at 22:37 | #101

    @JacobAagaard When can we expect an excerpt for Playing 1.e4? Is there a list of lines that will be covered?

  102. John Shaw
    December 22nd, 2015 at 10:44 | #102

    GB :
    @JacobAagaard When can we expect an excerpt for Playing 1.e4? Is there a list of lines that will be covered?

    January, and no, we haven’t revealed an exact and complete list of variations yet.

  103. Mephibosheth
    December 22nd, 2015 at 10:55 | #103

    There are a lot of books about the Bogo, but unfortunately none about the QI.
    So many must looking for a QI repertoire After 3 Nf3. We have only Khalifman
    I think (Karpov Repertoire), but that has both been outdated and it’s not very
    detailed. And no Quality Chess 🙂

  104. Mephibosheth
    December 22nd, 2015 at 11:00 | #104

    QI is also more ‘mainline’ I think; which looks like the reason many use the Bogo as a shortcut After having dealt with the Nimzo. QC, however, should have the Quality to delve in the main lines and to provide us with a long been missing QI repertoire.

  105. Ray
    December 22nd, 2015 at 11:26 | #105

    Andrew Greet has also written a reportoire book on the QID, which is more recent than Khalifman’s, and also a lot more detailed. Actually i.m.o. it’s quite a good book!

  106. The Doctor
    December 22nd, 2015 at 11:55 | #106

    Peter Wells did ‘Chess Explained – Queen’s Indian’ and Lorin D’Costa’s ‘Queens Indian MBM’ is either published of very close to being. So there is stuf out there if you look hard enough.

  107. Tim S
    December 22nd, 2015 at 13:37 | #107

    I’ve also got Andrew Greet’s book on the Queen’s Indian and agree it’s a useful source still. Looking forward to seeing D’Costa’s effort.

  108. Jacob Aagaard
    December 22nd, 2015 at 14:55 | #108

    Jacob Aagaard, for Everyman, about 2002!?

  109. jose
    December 22nd, 2015 at 15:24 | #109

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year

  110. Ray
    December 22nd, 2015 at 17:27 | #110

    Feliz navidad!

  111. Jose
    December 22nd, 2015 at 17:33 | #111

    Gracias, Gracies (spanish / catalan)

  112. Mephibosheth
    December 23rd, 2015 at 01:43 | #112

    I did not want to play 4 g3 Ba6, but the old mainline instead (4… Bb7).
    And as I found out, all modern books recommend 4… Ba6.
    QI Explained from John Emms is a nice booklet but not really a repertoire book.

  113. Dachs
    December 24th, 2015 at 10:10 | #113

    Merry Christmas to everyone at QC and all the authors! Keep up the great work!

  114. John Johnson
    December 24th, 2015 at 12:33 | #114

    Merry Christmas all!!

  115. AJZ
    December 30th, 2015 at 18:38 | #115

    Any news about publication schedule for winter 2016?

  116. mehmet
    December 31st, 2015 at 07:24 | #116

    AJZ :
    Any news about publication schedule for winter 2016?

    On summer 2016.

  117. Ray
    December 31st, 2015 at 08:04 | #117


  118. Bebbe
    January 5th, 2016 at 08:04 | #118

    What Sicilian is the safest? I want a safer variation to complement the sharp lines I use (Najdorf, Dragon, Classical variation). I am thinking of Kan, Tajmanov or accelerated dragon.

  119. Ray
    January 5th, 2016 at 13:57 | #119

    According to Delchev the Kan and Taimanov are the safest Sicilians.

  120. Bebbe
    January 5th, 2016 at 16:00 | #120

    Yes I know. What is your opinion? I am leaning towards the Kan.
    I think the English attack against the Taimanov is very “unsafe”.

    Against 5.Bd3 there is 5.-Nc6 6.Nxc6, dxc6 that can be considered safe.
    On 5.c4 black can play the hedgehog with a solid position.
    Versus 5.Nc3, Qc7 black can transpose to the Taimanov if he want.

  121. Bebbe
    January 5th, 2016 at 16:06 | #121


    Since the Kan is very flexible it is also possible to play it more sharply.
    5.Bd3, Bc5 or 5.-g6
    5.c4, Nf6 6.Nc3, Bb4
    5.Nc3, Qc7 6.Be2, b5

  122. Patrick
    January 5th, 2016 at 16:11 | #122

    Bebbe, I am just the opposite of you. I play the Taimanov as my primary weapon with the occasional Najdorf either in must win situations or sometimes if transposed from the Closed Sicilian (i.e. 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 – I love this line for Black – and now if 3.Nf3, I’ll usually end up in a Najdorf if they go 4.d4)

    Is the Taimanov really the safest? That’s arguable. I might argue that the “safest” sicilian, though a bit on the drawish side, is the Accelerated Dragon. If White plays the Maroczy Bind, and you simply sit there and defend, you’ll almost always get a drawn double-rook and pawn ending. If you try to do too much, White will likely win, but if you go with the draw mentality and wait on White to error, then I think the Accelerated Dragon may be “safer” than the Taimanov or Kan, but there aren’t many that I would call safer than the Taimanov and/or Kan.

  123. Bebbe
    January 5th, 2016 at 16:15 | #123

    I am also toying with a similar approach in the Dutch with the Leningrad being the more dynamic and sharp option and the Stonewall the safer option.

    I think the stonewall is

  124. Bebbe
    January 5th, 2016 at 16:17 | #124

    a good choice against attackers.

  125. Bebbe
    January 5th, 2016 at 16:26 | #125


    I agree that the accelerated dragon is a safe option if White plays the Maroczy.
    But how about 5.Nc3, Bg7 6.Be3, Nf6 7.Bc4?

    I am an attacker, but in some situation a solid opening is required.
    Some of the positions in the Maroczy seem a little passive for black.

  126. Bebbe
    January 5th, 2016 at 16:43 | #126

    What is the most solid option against the Maroczy?

    Maybe 5.c4, Nf6 6. Nc3, d6 7.Be2, Nxd4 8.Qxd4, Bg7


    5.c4, Bg7 6.Be3, Nf6 7.Nc3, 0-0 8.Be2, d6 9.0-0, Bd7

  127. Nico
    January 5th, 2016 at 19:03 | #127

    I think that the Sveshnikov also belongs to the safe side, if you know your theory. At least on top level there are a lot of draws, I think partly because it’s not that easy to get the initiative with white, you rather have to count on the weak d6 pawn. But I would go as far as to say that no Sicilian line is safe when the people start playing Negi’s recommendations! 😉

  128. Kassy
    January 6th, 2016 at 13:59 | #128


    I’ve played the Accl Dragon for 15 years now. The 7 Bc4 line and marcozy and probably what I face the most once I crossed into playing A/X players. Cannot say above that as my experience is minimal. Below that the most common line was probably what J. Silman calls the ‘weekend variation’ where white tries to play a yugoslav and just get equality as there is an early d5 push.
    At a higher(A/X) level where 7 Bc4 is played correctly, it is a very drawish endgame fairly quickly usually.

  129. AbrahamPayton
    January 6th, 2016 at 14:27 | #129

    I think there’s great argument for the Classical Sicilian in terms of theory load and risk. Here are my arguments:

    *Very little theory needed (relatively speaking) until you come to 6.Bg5 obviously. More to the point, a lot of Black’s ideas are tied well-timed …e5! strikes into the center.
    *When dealing with 6.Bg5, Black’s choices are (realistically) limited to 2 paths [since Dreev’s 6…Bd7 idea has been improved on by White]: 1) go for broke and follow Z. Kazul’s analysis via “The Richter Rauzer Reborn”; or 2) prioritize securing counterplay via M. Marin’s chessbase trainer vid “The Classical Sicilian.”

  130. Jonas
    January 6th, 2016 at 18:30 | #130

    This week, me and a friend had a look to see what Kotronias offered against this line and we also noticed this omission. There is nothing on this at all, not even a comment that e.g. it won’t be covered or can be found in this or that book. Just 4. c3!?, period. We found this very strange, because we both consider this line an Anti-Sicilian. I haven’t followed the line (because I normally play other Sicilians), and thought it wasn’t critical (mainly based on Greet’s excellent Starting Out-book). No matter what it should be mentioned, because otherwise the reader is just left at move 4. On top of that, as the Morra is a common Anti-Sicilian, I would have expected more coverage of the main line in this variation as well, but there is only one line.

    I really do like the book, though.

    Btw, I can’t find coverage of the Morra in your excellent book, did I miss something or do you think that White will have to transpose into the c3-Sicilian after 1 e4 c5 2 d4 cxd4 3 c3 Nf6?

  131. TonyRo
    January 6th, 2016 at 18:50 | #131

    Yes, a small omission, perhaps because most GMs don’t invest a lot of time or effort in thinking about the hyper-accelerated dragon move order. I’m sure QC will rectify it. Maybe Andrew can do it even! 😀

    The Morra is covered in the last chapter in my book, the one on “odd second moves”. Indeed, a transpo to the Alapin is recommended due to space considerations. I generally take the pawn and play either the line recommended by Gallagher/Palliser or 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bc4 a6. A good look at the latest Morra texts and a CC database would catch you up quite nicely I think, if you were so inclined.

  132. mehmet
    January 6th, 2016 at 19:12 | #132

    I began working on Lars’ Semi-Slav book though I had bought it a few months ago.
    I must say that quality of analysis moved on to a new level compared to his previous QG books.Usage of correspondence games and the other books on the subject like Sakaev’s and of course the authors own analyses has done a good job.I am happy to buy the book, a feeling I don’t always have with the opening books.

  133. Jonas
    January 6th, 2016 at 20:06 | #133

    Thanks! Sorry, I missed that last Chapter! I have to admit I stopped reading the book because I found so many others, like Houska’s on the C-K (weird to move that c-pawn only one step, though…), Kotronias on the Anti-Sicilians and Sielecki’s on the Nimzo- and Bogo-Indian 😀 And also started studying the endgame, beginning with 100 Endgames you must know, btw.

    I have often not taken the pawn since I play …Nf6 against the Alapin anyway. However, I am looking to add a system when I accept the pawn just for fun. In blitz I have used the Scheveningen plan starting as you mention, but also Bent Larsen’s old plan of putting the bishop on d6 and queen on c7, also starting with your move order. Still, the …g6-plan appeals to me because it fits with some of my other repertoire and it is less usual, meaning Morra players might not handle it as well as the more common variations.

    Anyway, I fear I won’t finish your book or Kotronias for some time if John, Andrew and Nikos manage to finish their books soon 🙂

  134. Bobby
    January 6th, 2016 at 21:53 | #134

    When a GM repertoire on Nimzo And Bogo?

  135. The Doctor
    January 6th, 2016 at 22:52 | #135

    It’s more likely that the book will Nimzo Indian and Queen’s Indian based on some of Jacob’s comments.

    But if or when such books will be published is the million dollar question many of us have been asking for some time!

  136. Bebbe
    January 7th, 2016 at 09:19 | #136


    I agree that the Sveshnikov is pretty solid if you know your theory.
    Many positions are very forcing and an endgame often arise.
    Some variations can be pretty sharp tough, with an early piece sacrifice on b5
    for instance.


    I think you refer to the line 7.Bc4, 0-0 8.Bb3, a5 9.f3.
    What is the drawish ending you are talking about?
    What line do you recommend against the Maroczy?

  137. Ray
    January 7th, 2016 at 11:33 | #137

    Hi Bebbe, sorry for not responding erlier – I have been away for some days. I would lean to the Kan being the safest Sicilian, but I agree with Nikos that there are hardly any really safe Sicilians if white is determined to attack. E.g. Negi gives some hair-raising lines against the Accelerated Dragon. In my opinion playing the Sicilian is almost contradictory to playing safe. Maybe you could also combine the Sicilian with 1…e5? I heard the Berlin is pretty safe 🙂

  138. Bebbe
    January 7th, 2016 at 12:45 | #138


    No problem, there is more in life than chess.

    There is too much to learn after 1.-e5. White can play all kinds of stuff.
    I thought about including the Caro-Kann in my repertoire. I played it
    in online Blitz games but concluded that it does not suit my style.

    I think I will play both the Kan and the Accelerated Dragon as my safe
    alternatives. What does Negi recommend against the Accelerated Dragon?

    I think 7.-Qa5 is a safe option against 7.Bc4.

  139. Jonas
    January 7th, 2016 at 12:51 | #139

    I play the Kan but there are some critical lines with a pawn sac on e5 as in e.g. Grandelius-Smirin if i remember correctly. I agree that there are basically always lines in the Sicilians that will be less safe. In the CK there is some in the Panov and the advance variations but not nearly as much as in the Sicilians. And the Antis against the CK are less worrying that the anti-Sicilians imo.

  140. Bebbe
    January 7th, 2016 at 13:07 | #140


    What about the Accelerated Dragon?
    I am not aware of any really scary variation for black.
    The anti Sicilians are not so scary I think.

  141. Jonas
    January 7th, 2016 at 13:30 | #141

    Bebbe, no, not very scary in terms of a direct attack like opposite castling a la The English attack or for thar matter e.g. the Keres attack. More scary in terms of being suffocated without real counterplay 😀 The omitted line discussed in the Hyperaccelerated Dragon above with Qxd4 can be a bit dangerous, though.

  142. Bebbe
    January 7th, 2016 at 13:51 | #142


    Yes I understand what you mean like 1.e4, c5 2.Nf3, Nc6 3.Bb5.
    What I am look for is a defence with low probability of my king being
    mated like in The English attack or the 6.Bg5 if we speak about Najdorf.
    It is also evident that this is a risk in the dragon and in the classical
    (I play the Kozul against Richter Rauzer there) as well.

    The line you are refering to is after 2.-g6 3.d4, cxd4 4.Qxd4.
    My intention is to play 2.-Nc6. The purpose is to use the Accelerated Dragon
    against maniac attackers or strong theorethicans.
    Just to get a playable position and be ready for a long fight.

  143. Jonas
    January 7th, 2016 at 15:14 | #143

    I would guess that the Accelerated Dragon fits well with you are looking for. Haven’t really looked at all Sicilians I must say but as you mention, the Dragon, Classical and Najdorf, as well as the Scheveningen, Kan and Taimanov all have good double-edged lines for White that involve direct attacks going for the king. However, I can’t think of too many of those in the Sveshnikov or Kalashnikov either. They might suit you better. There are two very good books from last year on these variations 🙂

  144. Bebbe
    January 8th, 2016 at 07:59 | #144

    I was thinking of playing the Sveshnikov as a “solid”defence.
    Some of the variations do not really fit the bill:

    9.Bxf6, gxf6 10.Nd5, f5 11.Bxb5,axb5 12.Nxb5, Ra4
    9.Bxf6, gxf6 10.Nd5, f5 11.Bd3, Be6 12.Nxb5
    9.Bxf6, gxf6 10.Nd5, f5 11.Bd3, Be6 12.Qh5, Rg8

    Regarding the Kalashnikov I do not know so much

    4.-e5 5.Nb5, d6 6.N1c3, a6 7.Na3, b5 8.Nd5, Nge7 9.c4

    Is one of the critical variations. Is this solid?

  145. Bebbe
    January 8th, 2016 at 12:22 | #145

    On the other hand black seems to be in excellent shape in the Sveshnikov which is objectively stronger than the Accelerated Dragon.

    Maybe I should learn this as well. Now I will have six Sicilians (Najdorf, Dragon, Classical, Kan, Accelerated Dragon, Sveshnikov) in my repertoire.

    Puh, hard work indeed, but fun!

  146. TonyRo
    January 8th, 2016 at 14:54 | #146

    Bebbe :
    Regarding the Kalashnikov I do not know so much
    4.-e5 5.Nb5, d6 6.N1c3, a6 7.Na3, b5 8.Nd5, Nge7 9.c4
    Is one of the critical variations. Is this solid?

    7…Be7! is very solid.

  147. Bebbe
    January 8th, 2016 at 15:01 | #147



    I have not read your book. Need to check it out.
    Is it possible to use the Kalashnikov as a solid weapon?

    6.c4 is also critical.

  148. TonyRo
    January 8th, 2016 at 15:47 | #148

    I think the Kalashnikov is one of the most solid Sicilian options out there if Black wants it to be. Very very few lines that endanger your king, mostly positions that depend on your knowledge of the piece plans and piece deployments, etc. 6.c4 is a logical move, but I think it’s no better objectively than 6.N1c3.

    But honestly, if you have 5-6 Sicilians in your repertoire, you probably already have too many. In my opinion, get rid of 3 of those, learn the other two in greater depth, and add either the Kalashnikov or 1…e5 to your repertoire if you want something more solid. Good luck!

  149. jackson
    January 8th, 2016 at 17:36 | #149

    I was very happy to see that Artur Yusupov has written a new excersice book for the Fundamental-series:


    Are Quality Chess going to release it, and if so, when?

  150. Jacob Aagaard
    January 8th, 2016 at 23:54 | #150

    We are in discussions with Artur. Hopefully all will be good.

  151. jackson
    January 9th, 2016 at 20:14 | #151

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great, let’s hope so!

  152. Bebbe
    January 11th, 2016 at 09:16 | #152


    Thanks for your advice on the Kalshnikov.
    Will have a look at your book and make up my own mind.

    To me learning to play e5 answering Nf3 with Nc6 is roughly equivalent
    to learning the Classical, Kan and Accelerated Dragon.

    If chosing the Petroff there really is less to learn.
    But I dont think it suits my style. I am stronger
    in asymmetrical pawn structures than in symmetrical.

  153. Ray
    January 11th, 2016 at 19:23 | #153

    If that’s case maybe the Caro-Kann is also an option? I agree with TonyRo that 5-6 main-line Sicilians seems an awful lot…

  154. mehmet
    January 11th, 2016 at 19:57 | #154

    Any news on GM 6 open sicilian?.It has been 6 years since the previous edition was published, so I guess time has come for a new edition.I am not buying the new 6a because I have the “experts on the antisic.” and I don’t want to keep buying closed sicilian books without a sicilian mainline book at my hand.

  155. Mephibosheth
    January 12th, 2016 at 00:33 | #155

    The pdf excerpt of Nikos’ 1 e4 e5 looks Great!

  156. Jose
    January 12th, 2016 at 04:29 | #156

    Is 7…Na6 playable for black in the Grunfeld?
    Is better 7…a6?

  157. Bebbe
    January 12th, 2016 at 08:41 | #157


    Yes you and TonyRo are probably right.
    I Think I follow your advice and include the Caro-Kann as my solid defence against e4.
    Will stop playing the Najdorf and keep the dragon and the classical.
    I will also start playing the Kan. So 3 Sicilians and the Caro-Kann seems ok.

    Do you think that the Grunfeld is a solid defence against d4? I guess it depends on what variations black will chose. My intention is to play Avrukhs repertoire which seems pretty solid and also dynamic.

  158. Ray
    January 12th, 2016 at 08:59 | #158

    Bebbe, if you want a solid defence against d4 I would opt for the Slav. That also fits in nicely with the Caro-Kann against 1.e4. Avrukh’s book on the Slav is very good i.m.o.

  159. Jacob Aagaard
    January 12th, 2016 at 09:30 | #159

    As far as I know both work.

  160. Jacob Aagaard
    January 12th, 2016 at 09:31 | #160

    It will happen this year in one way or another.

  161. Bebbe
    January 12th, 2016 at 09:38 | #161


    In the slav there is an obvious risk of ending up in a symmetrical
    pawn structure (Exchange variation) which I do not like.

    I have thought of using the Nimzo-Bogo combination as my solid defence against d4.

  162. Mephibosheth
    January 12th, 2016 at 11:23 | #162

    In the Nimzo there are at least as many ways to play Black as in the Sicilian, though always asymmetrical, which is great.

  163. Mephibosheth
    January 12th, 2016 at 11:33 | #163

    I love to play … c5 and so I play Ben-Oni, Nimzo among other with Great pleasure. Playing also c4 with White, and having played the Acc Dragon, Taimanov, Scheveningen and Symm English for Black, I like asymmetrical games by taking grond of the center or Attacking it by means of my c-pawn. After 1 d4 this is somewhat more difficult to achieve, but an early …d5 leads too often to Some fixed pawn structure in my opinion, most of all in the Exchange Slav but unfortunately not only there. So I agree with you at that point, Bebbe, although one is able to play exciting games with long delayed casting in the Slav too.

  164. chris
    January 12th, 2016 at 14:01 | #164

    Wasn’t the e4e5 book supposed to have italian game as Repertoire? Did it change to the two Knights? 🙂 🙂

  165. Bebbe
    January 12th, 2016 at 14:27 | #165


    Seems like we have a similar outlook on chess.
    Symmetrical pawn structures takes away some
    of the dynamism in chess.

    I was thinking of using the “Andersson-variation”
    in the Bogoindian as my solid choice.
    It cannot be much safer than that.
    It works against both 3.Nf3 and 3.g3.

    Apart from the Nimzo-Bogo I will only play razorsharp
    openings like the Kingsindian, Leningrad Dutch, Benoni
    against 1.d4.

  166. Mephibosheth
    January 12th, 2016 at 15:04 | #166

    @ Bebbe: Last Saturday I played a complicated and asymmetric (although not very well played) game against someone who avoids every main line he isn’t comfortable with so to get this positional player (he plays only Caro-Kann and main line Slav as Black, really!) out of his comfort zone I decided to give …Nf6 and …d6 a try, planning to play the Pribyl for a asymmetric game. However he played 3 Bd3 and I attacked his center immediately with 3… c5, he offered his d4-pawn but I went for the e4-pawn and won a interesting game. Not that well played the whole game but at least I blundered less than my opponent. Enjoy!
    [Event “Y”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2016.01.09”]
    [Round “?”]
    [White “X”]
    [Black “me”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [ECO “B07”]
    [WhiteElo “1862”]
    [BlackElo “1791”]
    [PlyCount “90”]
    [EventDate “2016.01.09”]
    [SourceDate “2016.01.09”]

    1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Bd3 c5 4. f4 c4 5. Bxc4 Nxe4 6. Qh5 (6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.
    Qh5+ Kf6 $11) 6… e6 7. Qe2 $2 Qh4+ 8. Kf1 Ng3+ 9. hxg3 Qxh1 $17 10. f5 (10.
    d5 $1 $15) 10… Be7 $19 (10… Nc6 $19) 11. fxe6 fxe6 12. Nd2 Qh6 $2 (12…
    O-O+ 13. Ndf3 d5) (12… Nc6 13. Ndf3 d5 14. Bb3 O-O) 13. Ne4 O-O+ 14. Nf3 $2
    Qh1+ 15. Kf2 d5 $19 16. g4 dxe4 17. Qxe4 Qh4+ (17… Bh4+ 18. Ke3 Bg3 (18…
    Nc6)) (17… Nc6) 18. Kg1 Qf6 (18… Rxf3 19. gxf3 (19. Qxf3 Qe1+ 20. Kh2 Bd6+
    21. g3 Nc6) 19… Qg3+ 20. Kf1 Bh4) 19. Bd3 Qg6 20. Qe2 Qe8 (20… Qxg4 $1 21.
    Bxh7+ Kxh7 $1 22. Ng5+ Qxg5 $1 23. Bxg5 Bxg5 $19) 21. Qe4 g6 22. Bh6…

  167. Mephibosheth
    January 12th, 2016 at 15:04 | #167

    22. Bh6 Nd7 $2 (
    22… Rf6 23. g5 Rf5 $19) (22… Qc6 23. Bxf8 Qxe4 24. Bxe4 Bxf8 $19) 23. Qxe6+
    Qf7 $17 24. Qe2 (24. Bc4) (24. Qxf7+ Kxf7 25. Bc4+ Ke8 26. Re1 Kd8 27. Bxf8
    Bxf8 $17) 24… Nb6 $1 $17 25. Ne5 (25. Bxf8 Bxf8 26. Ne5 Qe7) (25. Re1 Bd6)
    25… Qf6 (25… Qd5 $1 $19 26. c3 Re8) (25… Qe6 26. Bxf8 Bxf8) 26. Bxf8 Bxf8
    27. Rf1 Qg7 $4 (27… Qd6 $17) (27… Qe6 $17) 28. Rf7 $6 (28. Bc4+ $1 Nxc4 29.
    Qxc4+ Kh8 30. Nf7+ Kg8 $18 31. Qd5 (31. c3 Bxg4 32. Nh6+) 31… Bxg4 32. Ne5+)
    28… Qh6 $2 (28… Qxf7 29. Nxf7 Kxf7 $16) 29. Qe4 $4 (29. Bc4 Nxc4 30. Qxc4
    $1 $18) (29. Rf6 $18) 29… Be6 $1 $19 30. Qxb7 $2 Bd5 $19 (30… Qe3+ $1 31.
    Kh2 (31. Rf2 Qxd4 $19) 31… Qxd4 $19) (30… Qc1+ 31. Bf1 (31. Kh2 Bd5 32. Qc7
    Bh6 $19) 31… Qxb2 $19) 31. Qc7 Bd6 (31… Qe3+ 32. Kh2 Rc8) 32. Qxd6 Bxf7 33.
    c4 Re8 34. Qf6 Qg7 35. Qc6 Re6 36. Qf3 Qf6 37. Qg3 Qg5 38. c5 Qc1+ 39. Kh2 Qh6+
    40. Kg1 Qc1+ 41. Kh2 Nd5 42. Qf3 Rf6 43. Qe2 Qf4+ 44. Kg1 Qxd4+ 45. Kh2 Re6 0-1

  168. Bebbe
    January 12th, 2016 at 15:20 | #168

    Crazy game,

    You should have taken the pawn 4.-cxd4 and White has no compensation.

  169. Mephibosheth
    January 12th, 2016 at 17:35 | #169

    That should also be fine for Black indeed, but I didn’t want to play in his hands and instemde to break his center and that f4-pawn look ugly. As it went, it worked wonders. Seems that early tactical adventures are not to his strength. And above all I want to be the one that dictates the direction of the game.

  170. Mephibosheth
    January 12th, 2016 at 17:36 | #170

    instemde = instead. Thanks for your comment Bebbe.

  171. Bebbe
    January 14th, 2016 at 08:49 | #171

    I am thinking of how to play solidly as black against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3.
    I think the following repertoire choices should be compatible with the Nimzo/Bogo combination against 1.d4:

    1.c4, Nf6 2.Nc3, e6 3.e4, d5

    1.c4, Nf6 2.Nc3, e6 3.Nf3, Bb4

    1.Nf3, Nf6 2.c4, e6 3.Nc3, Bb4

    What to play against
    1.Nf3, Nf6 2.c4, e6 3.g3?

    I dont want to play 3.-d5 so maybe 3.- b6
    could be the choice here playing the Queens indian
    if white plays d4 at some point.

    Also I think of:

    1.c4, Nf6 2.g3, c6

    1.Nf3, Nf6 2.g3, g6 3.Bg2, Bg7 4.d4, d5

    1.Nf3, Nf6 2.g3, g6 3.Bg2, Bg7 4.0-0, 0-0 5.c4, c6

    Is this a solid repertoire for black?

  172. Pepe
    January 14th, 2016 at 23:02 | #172

    @Jacob & John

    When can we expect to see the Grandmaster Repertoire 1B The Queen’s Gambit of boris avrukh?

  173. Bebbe
    January 15th, 2016 at 08:13 | #173

    Another approach is to aim for the hedgehog playing a solid line against the sharp 7.Re1

    1.c4, Nf6 2.Nc3, c5 3.Nf3, e6 4.g3, b6 5.Bg2, Bb7 6.0-0, Be7 7. Re1, Ne4
    (here I usually play 7.-d6 8.e4, a6 9.d4, cxd4 10.Nxd4, Qc7 with sharp play)

    1.c4, Nf6 2.Nc3, c5 3.Nf3, e6 4.g3, b6 5.Bg2, Bb7 6.0-0, Be7 7.d4, cxd4 8.Qxd4, d6

    1.c4, Nf6 2.g3, c6

    I already have the hedgehog in my repertoire so this is may be the most practical choice.

  174. Jacob Aagaard
    January 15th, 2016 at 11:51 | #174

    Boris is almost ready. I hope it will be less than three months till it is out.

  175. RB
    January 15th, 2016 at 18:18 | #175

    Jacob, what about Negi Sicilian 3?

  176. Jacob Aagaard
    January 15th, 2016 at 18:21 | #176

    Close to the end. Before the summer for sure.

  177. Danny
    January 15th, 2016 at 19:24 | #177

    Is there any word regarding Shaw’s repertoire choices in e4? He is recommending the scotch, right?

  178. Franck Steenbekkers
    January 15th, 2016 at 21:16 | #178

    Why has Ntirlis changed his aproach versus the 3 Bc4 complex?
    If i am not wrong he was intending to recommend the Italian opening

  179. The Doctor
    January 15th, 2016 at 21:52 | #179

    @Franck Steenbekkers

    As far as I know he was always intending to cover the Two Knights!

    The Italian Game is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 and covers both

    3…Nf6 – The Two Knights
    3…Bc5 is the Giuoco Piano

  180. Pepe
    January 16th, 2016 at 05:05 | #180


    Is the Slav included in the GM Repertoire 1d41B?

  181. Ray
    January 16th, 2016 at 07:28 | #181

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great, I’m very much looking forward to this one. Together with his volume on the French and Caro-Kann, and with John’s first book on 1.e4, I’ll have a complete 1.e4 repertoire before summer then 🙂

  182. Jacob Aagaard
    January 16th, 2016 at 22:43 | #182

    @Franck Steenbekkers
    Indeed it is different in English and German speaking languages (Dutch and Danish are in the latter category). Italian in English is 3.Bc4, in Germanic languages it is 3.Bc4 Bc5.

    Yes. And he has delivered the book within the last hour. Now we have a traffic jam with too many files delivered. A rare luxury!

  183. Jacob Aagaard
    January 16th, 2016 at 22:44 | #183

    You will almost have two. I believe volume 2 of John’s book will be done by then as well. Please stop laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  184. Ray
    January 17th, 2016 at 07:30 | #184

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Can somebody pinch me? I must be dreaming 🙂 GREAT!!!

  185. The Doctor
    January 17th, 2016 at 08:12 | #185

    Let’s hope so.

  186. Hedgehog
    January 17th, 2016 at 15:56 | #186

    I hope that the line proposed against Caro-Kann is Mr.Shaw’s work is not the one seen is Adams-Navara today. It’s probably ‘possible to learn quickly and remember’ but I don’t think it troubles Black a bit.

  187. Jose
    January 17th, 2016 at 19:11 | #187

    Sometimes the victory is in the middlegame or in the endgame

  188. Michel Barbaut
    January 17th, 2016 at 19:55 | #188

    I just would like to know if the forthcoming book on the Nimzo-Iandian will be more positionnal or aggressive ? Both will be great 😉 Go on Mr Roiz !!

  189. Jacob Aagaard
    January 17th, 2016 at 22:10 | #189

    @Michel Barbaut
    Did we talk publicly about Roiz? Well, it is working so well that we are almost there.

  190. The Doctor
    January 17th, 2016 at 22:46 | #190

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Did I miss something ?

  191. January 18th, 2016 at 01:50 | #191

    Check out the latest edition of “Chess” magazine.

  192. Michel Barbaut
    January 18th, 2016 at 06:55 | #192

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Yes, there is a one in the revue “Chess” of january 2016 ! (page13) at least, it’s a list of fortcoming new books titled : It’s been a good year for Quality Chess … and 2016 books looks even better!. I (we) can not disagree !!

  193. Ray
    January 18th, 2016 at 10:05 | #193

    @Michel Barbaut: interesting that the new publishing schedule for 2016 has been given in ‘Chess’ magazine 🙂 Since I don’t have this magazine, can you tell me which other books are mentioned? Thanks!

  194. Bebbe
    January 18th, 2016 at 12:49 | #194

    Soon there will be an excellent repertoire-book on the Nimzo-Indian.
    I have very high expectations for this book.

    Great news!

  195. Bebbe
    January 18th, 2016 at 12:56 | #195

    My guess on variations that will be covered:

    4.Qc2, 0-0 5.a3, Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3, d5

    4.e3, 0-0 5.Bd3, c5 6.Nf3, Bxc3+ 7.bxc3, d6

    4.e3, 0-0 5.Nge2, Re8

    4. Nf3, c5 5.g3, cxd4 6.Nxd4, 0-0 7.Bg2, d5

    4. Bg5, h6 5.Bh4, c5 6.d5, Bxc3+ 7.bxc3, d6

    4.f3 no idea really

  196. The Doctor
    January 18th, 2016 at 16:30 | #196

    So basically the same as Emms Nimzo Indian Move by Move book

  197. The Doctor
    January 18th, 2016 at 16:40 | #197

    Not quite as he recommends systems with d5 and c5 in the Rubinstein

  198. Pepe
    January 18th, 2016 at 23:09 | #198


    Thanks for the great news!

  199. FM To Be
    January 19th, 2016 at 04:54 | #199

    When can we have “The Soviet Chess Primer” in hardback?

  200. Jacob Aagaard
    January 19th, 2016 at 10:34 | #200

    @FM To Be
    No, sorry.

  201. Jacob Aagaard
    January 19th, 2016 at 10:35 | #201

    A bit off, but we do not comment on lines before the books are done.

  202. Jacob Aagaard
    January 19th, 2016 at 10:35 | #202

    @Michel Barbaut
    Forgot about that!

    We will make a 2016 leaflet at the end of the month as usual. The sticking point delaying it is the same as always, that we do not have covers for all of the books yet.

  203. Thomas
    January 19th, 2016 at 13:32 | #203

    Maybe someday we even see a new book by Lev Psakhis. THAT would be great!

  204. AbrahamPayton
    January 19th, 2016 at 14:29 | #204

    Really excited to see John Shaw’s book to be done. Curious to see what he proposes for White in the Scotch.

  205. John Johnson
    January 19th, 2016 at 19:12 | #205

    I heartily agree about the Psakhis book, and you can twist Suba’s arm while you’re at it!

  206. Ed
    January 19th, 2016 at 23:56 | #206

    Sicilian 3 by Negi
    Will this deal with the Taiminov and Kan?
    Any others?

  207. The Doctor
    January 20th, 2016 at 07:32 | #207


    I’d guess the Scheveningen, Four Knights, Basman-Sale, Pin these are the 2…e6 defences.
    Then there are the offbeat ones like O’Kelly, Nimzowitch, Grivas, Kuprevich

  208. Bebbe
    January 20th, 2016 at 08:40 | #208


    I am looking forward to this book and respect that you do not comment on specific variations.

  209. Patrick
    January 21st, 2016 at 18:21 | #209

    I noticed on Yusupov’s website (www.jussupow.de) that he has just published a new book with exercises in German. It is a complement to the 9-book training series. Will Quality Chess publish an English translation of this book? Thanks.

  210. John Shaw
    January 22nd, 2016 at 13:50 | #210

    Patrick :
    I noticed on Yusupov’s website (www.jussupow.de) that he has just published a new book with exercises in German. It is a complement to the 9-book training series. Will Quality Chess publish an English translation of this book? Thanks.

    We certainly will. The only question is what to call it.

  211. Grimsey64
    January 22nd, 2016 at 15:08 | #211

    @John : Any news on jour book John?
    When do you think you will release an excerpt?

  212. Dave T
    January 22nd, 2016 at 22:43 | #212

    Beyond the chapter titles, can anyone tell me what lines are covered in Part 3 – 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 of Beating 1.d4 Sidelines? I want to determine if it is compatible with my style and current handling of those lines.

    In general I think it would be very helpful if the pdf / forward chess excerpts included the variation index to help understand more the content of the book.

    I appreciate all of the great work in the Quality Chess books I have read so far (3 volumes on French by Berg and 2 Negi volumes on the Sicilian). Looking forward to Negi’s third volume and the Nimzo Indian book that I have heard is in the works!

  213. Bebbe
    January 26th, 2016 at 07:31 | #213

    What is the most practical response to 6.Bg5 in the Najdorf?
    I want to avoid forced draws or forced losses.
    Have not yet read Negis book on the Najdorf.

  214. Ray
    January 26th, 2016 at 07:53 | #214

    @Bebbe: I used to play the old main line to avoid a forced draw, but Negi gives some nice lines for white, and I don’t know if it qualifies as practical. Maybe 6…Nbd7 would fit the bill? Personally I would rather go for the most correct line, i.e., the Poisoned Pawn. I.m.o. forced draws are almost unavoidable in concrete, sharp openings such as the Najdorf. I also have some lines in my reportoire in the French Poisoned Pawn which end in a draw, but I have never encountered this in my over-the-board games. My bet is that most players who play 6.Bg5 against the Najdorf are playing to win, so they will mostly try to avoid a forced draw (see also Negi’s book).

  215. Bebbe
    January 26th, 2016 at 08:14 | #215

    I have also used the poisoned pawn.
    On 8.Qd2 I play 8.-Qxb2 if I do not mind a draw.
    If I must win against a weaker opponent there is 8.-Nc6.
    No forced draw here, it seems.

  216. Bebbe
    January 26th, 2016 at 08:18 | #216


    What s the best line against 8.Qd3, Qxb2 9.Rb1, Qa3 10.f5?

  217. Ray
    January 26th, 2016 at 09:21 | #217

    @ Bebbe: I’m not sure – it’s been a while since I last looked at this, since I’m playing the French at the moment. But I remember that I generally liked the recommendations of Georgiev & Kolev and of Andriasyan. You could also consider the Delayed Poisoned Pawn 7…h6 8.Bh4 Qb6, though Georgiev & Kolev make a case against it.

  218. Bebbe
    January 26th, 2016 at 12:02 | #218


    I have been studing the Caro-Kann recently.
    Start to like it more and more using primarily
    GM Repertoire 7 by Schandorff as my source.

    In the classical 4.-Bf5 black can choose between short and long castling.
    Thus he can play it sharply or solidly.

  219. Steve
    January 26th, 2016 at 18:46 | #219

    A few more lines seem to be missing from the Anti-Sicilian GM Rep book for 2.Nf3, e6 players. None of them is very critical, but in my experience they all occur in practice:
    a) 3.Nc3, Nc6 4.Bb5
    b) 3.Nc3, a6 4.g3
    c) 3.Nc3, d6 4.Bb5+
    d) 3.d4, cxd4 4.Nxd4, Nf6 5.Bd3, though you might draw the line before this.

    The bits of the book I have looked at so far look great, especially 2.c3.

  220. The Doctor
    January 26th, 2016 at 22:47 | #220

    Hi guys, what’s the next book to be published after the 1.e4 e5 book?

  221. The Doctor
    January 27th, 2016 at 07:00 | #221

    Also 1.e4 e5 due out on FC today?

  222. Wolfsblut
    January 27th, 2016 at 16:23 | #222

    Yes, it is. And my first impression is really great! Thanks ?

  223. The Doctor
    January 27th, 2016 at 16:25 | #223


    I bet it’s for Android!

    Again Apple version still not available.

  224. Ray
    January 27th, 2016 at 19:55 | #224

    Indeed you can play the Caro-Kann sharply of solidly, but i.m.o. the classical with 4…Bf5 and …0-0-0 is a bit too passive. I think it’s very difficult to create winning chances if your opponent knows what he’s doing. Look e.g. at Negi’s book to see what I mean. But the lines with …0-0 are quite okay and fun. For example, in the line with 7…e6 Negi does not find an advantage for white.

  225. The Doctor
    January 28th, 2016 at 05:57 | #225

    Have 1.e4 e5 on FC will buy in Hardbsck too. I haven’t looked st it properly yet will give a detailed response of thoughts when I’ve studied it in more depth

  226. Bebbe
    January 28th, 2016 at 06:44 | #226


    I agree that 0-0-0 is somewhat passive.
    0-0 should be played in most games to create winning chances.

    I still think 0-0-0 can be an option in a certain tournament situation where a draw is fine
    or against a specific opponent who lacks the patience to play against solid options.

  227. Nikos Ntirlis
    January 28th, 2016 at 13:16 | #227

    At club level play …O-O-O is many times even more “winable” than the modern …O-O lines. I like for example the variation young Kasparov was playing with the bishop at e7. There is a certain corr GM (i don’t remember his name now…) who has defended those variations with certain ease.

  228. Bebbe
    January 28th, 2016 at 13:29 | #228


    Why do you think 0-0-0 is more winable?
    Is it because there is Queen trades in some of the variations after
    0-0 (with the Nf6, Qd5, Qe4 standard manouver).

    What variation played by the Young Kasparov are you refering to?
    Is it his famous game against Geller?

  229. Nikos Ntirlis
    January 28th, 2016 at 19:49 | #229

    I think that they are “more winable” mainly due to experience. Somehow players in the range of 1800-2100 lose against it all the time!

    Yes, that Geller-Kasparov game, but not …Bf8 (as the bishop cannot challenge the White one from f6 if c4-Bc3 is played). Instead of that a plan with Kb8-Ka8 waiting for White to commit is better and , as i said, has already been seen. Objectively White keeps some edge of course, but not more than a usual +/= (usually drawable in corr chess and as winable as anyything in club level play)

  230. Peter
    January 29th, 2016 at 08:30 | #230

    L’Ami’s recent ChessBase-DVD on the TwoKnights-Defence seems to be missing from the 1.e4 e5 bibliography. And guessing from some of the repertoire suggestions it might indeed not have been consulted. Maybe a slight omission.

  231. Bebbe
    January 29th, 2016 at 09:08 | #231


    So players in the range 1800-2100 have a harder time finding a strategic plan against 0-0-0 than against 0-0. Is this what you mean?

    Against 0-0 there is one plan for White that is easy to understand:
    1. Attack on the kingside with g4.
    2a. If black plays Nxg4 then attack on the g-file.
    2b. If black do not play Nxg4 then play g5 to open lines against the black king.

  232. Nikos Ntirlis
    January 29th, 2016 at 09:25 | #232

    I simply forgot to mention this DVD. I got it signed from L’Ami himself! But, almost all of my suggestions are different from his indeed.

  233. Nikos Ntirlis
    January 29th, 2016 at 09:27 | #233

    I cannot really explain it, i have just watched far too many club players losing to this line that i started recommending it to people and they have a plus score ever since!

    Obviously …O-O lines are more critical, but yes, White has “easier” play against it.

  234. Bebbe
    January 29th, 2016 at 09:42 | #234


    As far as I know all recent Caro-Kann books recomends the critical 0-0
    approach (Schandorff and Houska).

    Do you know a reliable book covering the 0-0-0 approach?
    I have Negis first e4 book which has some really heavy analysis on 0-0-0.
    This book is however written from Whites perspective and only covers variations
    with Ne4. Another critical plan is Qe2 followed by Ne5.

  235. Nikos Ntirlis
    January 29th, 2016 at 10:10 | #235

    No, i don’t, you’ll have to do personal work on that. The Wells’ book has valuable explanations, but doesn’t really offer a repertoire. The Kasparov’s book “Revolution in the 70s” also has some material on that.

  236. Bebbe
    January 29th, 2016 at 10:24 | #236


    Thanks for your advice.
    I have “Revolution in the 70s” which I will use together with Negis book
    and some personal work to form a repertoire.

  237. TD
    January 29th, 2016 at 12:18 | #237


    Maybe the DVD “The Caro-Kann” from Bologan (ChessBase 2009) with 0-0-0 is something for you?

  238. Daniel
    January 30th, 2016 at 10:15 | #238

    Any chance of a rough estimate when the last volumes on the KID will be available? Also will they be released in bulk or separately? I recognise that it is not an exact science as the writing and editing process cannot be rushed, but nice to have something to look forwards to!

  239. Jacob Aagaard
    January 30th, 2016 at 10:16 | #239

    Volume 5 I cannot predict about yet, but I think we are 5-6 weeks from publishing volume 4. And good parts of volume 5 has been written already.

  240. RB
    January 30th, 2016 at 11:32 | #240

    @JacobAagaard When do we get a 2016 catalogue, I mean we are already close to February, and I am very excited, which books we have to expect in this year, so please tell us when we gonna know!

  241. Ray
    January 30th, 2016 at 17:25 | #241

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Wow, that’s great news 🙂 The production of Kotronias is astonishing! Maybe he could do the remake of the GM Rep book on the Najdorf this year as well 🙂

  242. Paul
    January 30th, 2016 at 18:46 | #242

    Marc Esserman’s wish from 2012 sort of came true in round 4 in Gibraltar


    1/ he played Nigel Short as white;
    2/ but Nigel ducked c5 for the French and lost

  243. Michael Low
    January 31st, 2016 at 01:28 | #243

    Any idea when the third volume on Tal is coming out?

  244. Franck steenbekkers
    January 31st, 2016 at 07:32 | #244

    What Books Will be published next time (i think march)

  245. Ray
    January 31st, 2016 at 15:53 | #245

    @Franck steenbekkers
    A publishing schedule is sooo 2015…

  246. The Doctor
    January 31st, 2016 at 21:51 | #246

    Wonder if they’ll be any surprises

    Ones we know about already include

    Kotronias on the KID Vol 4 and 5
    Playing 1.e4 Vol 1 and 2
    GM Rep Beating Minor Openings
    GM Prep Thinking Inside the Box

    Rumours are a GM Rep NID in the pipeline

    What else could QC do they haven’t done yet?

    GM Rep Petroff
    GM Rep QID
    GM Rep QDG
    GM Rep QGA
    GM Rep a 2…e6 Sicilian

    I would like to see a one volume Playing the 1.d4 Defence

  247. Andrew Brett
    January 31st, 2016 at 21:55 | #247

    How far are we from seeing John’s books- hopefully the wait wont be quite as long as the King’s Gambit !!

  248. Wolfsblut
    January 31st, 2016 at 22:00 | #248

    I would love to see a one volume Playing 1.d4 d5- A Classical Repertoire ( of course by Nikos) ☺

  249. January 31st, 2016 at 22:06 | #249

    Wolfsblut :
    I would love to see a one volume Playing 1.d4 d5- A Classical Repertoire ( of course by Nikos)

    and in addition GM Rep by Matthew Sadler!

  250. January 31st, 2016 at 22:07 | #250

    (GM Rep 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6) for Black

  251. The Doctor
    February 1st, 2016 at 07:48 | #251

    U@Phil Collins

    You could argue they’ve done that with GN Rep 10 ?

  252. February 1st, 2016 at 09:29 | #252

    I want the Tartakower…

  253. Jacob Aagaard
    February 1st, 2016 at 09:29 | #253

    @Andrew Brett
    Not long

  254. Bebbe
    February 1st, 2016 at 11:35 | #254


    Thanks for the suggestion.

    I think I will add the slav defence in my repertoire since it fits well with the Caro-Kann.
    Thus Avrukh on the slav will be purchased.

    In a teammatch this weekend I lost horribly with the Kingsindian against a GM-level player.
    Really need something more solid against the GM:s.

  255. pabstars
    February 1st, 2016 at 11:54 | #255

    Bebbe, I find Avrukh’s book really great with a lot of good explanations and tactical points. I hadn’t played the Slav before I purchased this book and the results have been excellent. Pert’s dvd the Solid Slav is a nice supplement to the book. Not too basic for me and also fine explanations.

  256. Bebbe
    February 1st, 2016 at 12:36 | #256


    Sounds good. The dream is to have an opening that is flexible regarding the the level of sharpness. I think the Caro-Kann is such an opening. I think this can be said about the slav as well with the exception of the exchange variation. Or is there a good way to spice things up?
    If there is the slav can be played to win against an opponent who plays for a draw as well.

  257. pabstars
    February 1st, 2016 at 14:22 | #257

    Bebbe, I’m not crazy about playing against the exchange variation of the Slav, so I mainly use the opening against higher-rated opponents. The very creative Swedish GM Hector has won quite a few games with black against the exchange variation. You also need to know your stuff when playing against this variation because otherwise white may get a nagging edge.

  258. jose
    February 1st, 2016 at 14:33 | #258

    Can anyone tell me something about the classical Sicilian or Sicilian Scheveningen for black?
    I tried several (Najdorf, much theory; Sveshnikov, not easy to memorize, Dragon, very sharp, …)

  259. KevHun
    February 1st, 2016 at 16:19 | #259

    I will be looking forward to a NID and QID myself. How is the Beating Minor Openings book coming on? Any ideas re a likely publishing date?

  260. Dave T
    February 1st, 2016 at 18:52 | #260

    I really want to see the NID book this year. I think it should be released without a 3.Nf3 defense, and that QC should later release companion volumes on QID, QGD tarkatower, and/or Bogo that can be paired with the NID book.

    Has De la Villa ever considered a Next 100 Endgames You Should Know?

  261. Ray
    February 1st, 2016 at 19:52 | #261

    What do you want to know? ‘Something’ is rather broad…

  262. Bebbe
    February 2nd, 2016 at 06:55 | #262

    I recieved the Slav by Avrukh yesterday and I must say that I am really impressed by his analysis and also by his choice of variations. 10/10 in my opinion.

    Against the slav exchange variation he gives some interesting varitions with g5 for black.
    In som of the mainlines two alternatives are recommended.
    Thus I think the opening can be played against anyone.

    The slav can also be played against 1.c4 (if you have the Caro-Kann in your repertoire) or1.Nf3:

    1.c4, c6

    1.Nf3, Nf6 2.c4, c6

    What should black play against 1.Nf3, Nf6 2.c4, c6 3.Nc3, d5 4.e3?

    I saw one game where black played 4.-a6 and white answered 5.d4 and we are back in slav territory. Can White play 5.Qc2 or 5.b3 instead?

  263. jose
    February 2nd, 2016 at 11:29 | #263

    An opinion, at what level is playable, winning chances, …

  264. Bebbe
    February 2nd, 2016 at 12:12 | #264


    The Classical Sicilian is playable up to 2900.
    The variation against the Richter-Rauzer (6.Bg5) with most winning chances is the Kozul variation (6.- e6 7.Qd2, a6 8.0-0-0, Bd7 9.f4, b5) in my opinion. The variation is sharp but not too forcing which makes it an excellent weapon when playing to win. Positional understanding is more important than in the lines you mentioned. It is very risky though.

    The Scheweningen seems to be in some kind of crisis due to the Keres Attack, 6.g4.

  265. Thomas
    February 2nd, 2016 at 12:47 | #265

    Jacob Aagaard :
    We are getting towards the end. November, no, but hopefully early December.

    Looking at my calendar a rough guess is that December has passed meanwhile.

  266. jose
    February 2nd, 2016 at 13:59 | #266


  267. Cowe
    February 2nd, 2016 at 14:00 | #267

    Just out of curiosity, what are the constraints on Poor John’s 1. e4 book(s) causing them to be consistently postponed ? is it e.g. after-hours work, or a need to stay clear from your mainstream publications, or the complexity of selecting variations or setting the right level of description for the intended audience ? …
    no irony in the question, just curious. Clearly, writing such books is a big task, hope you’ll share a bit about that.

  268. Ray
    February 2nd, 2016 at 15:43 | #268

    I might be wrong, but somehow I have the feeling that the guys at QC are very busy at the moment. Call it a sixth sense 🙂

  269. February 2nd, 2016 at 16:19 | #269

    I think you severely underestimate just how hard it is to write a good book.

  270. Thomas
    February 2nd, 2016 at 20:09 | #270

    You mean that all four volumes of “Winning with the Grob” will be out this month?

  271. Andre
    February 2nd, 2016 at 22:37 | #271

    Cowe :
    Just out of curiosity, what are the constraints on Poor John’s 1. e4 book(s) causing them to be consistently postponed ? is it e.g. after-hours work, or a need to stay clear from your mainstream publications, or the complexity of selecting variations or setting the right level of description for the intended audience ? …
    no irony in the question, just curious. Clearly, writing such books is a big task, hope you’ll share a bit about that.

    Of course I’m not John, but I bet the main problem is a low position on the priority list. QC tends to give priority to external projects. Which in itself is neither good nor bad.

  272. krokohol
    February 3rd, 2016 at 07:09 | #272

    1.Nf3, Nf6 2.c4, c6 3.Nc3, d5 4.e3 The white idea is to force the bishop to stay at home, d4 may be played only after e6.
    4. …a6 seems to be the right move if you want to stay in typical slav terrain. However there are some specific problems for black beginning with 5. Qc2. Attempts like 4. … Bf5, 4. … Bg4 or 4. … e6 will lead to original positions without d4 including some nasty lines for black. These lines are covered in Delchevs Modern Reti.

  273. Bebbe
    February 3rd, 2016 at 07:57 | #273


    I do not have Delchevs Modern Reti.
    What are the speciific problems for black after 5.Qc2?

    5.- g6, 5.-e6 and 5.- b5 seems playable
    Maybe even 5.-Bg4.

  274. Bebbe
    February 3rd, 2016 at 08:04 | #274

    I’m also thinking about what to play against Marins recommendation:

    1.c4, c6 2.g3, d5 3.Nf3, Nf6 4.Bg2

    Against this 4.- g6 seems solid.

    To sharpen the game I am thinking of the following line:

    4.-dxc4 5.0-0, Be6 6.Ng5, Bd5 7.e4, h6 8.exd5, hxg5 9.dxc6, Nxc6 10.Na3, Qd3

    What is the current status of this line? Is it playable for black?

  275. John Shaw
    February 3rd, 2016 at 11:09 | #275

    Cowe :
    Just out of curiosity, what are the constraints on Poor John’s 1. e4 book(s) causing them to be consistently postponed ? is it e.g. after-hours work, or a need to stay clear from your mainstream publications, or the complexity of selecting variations or setting the right level of description for the intended audience ? …
    no irony in the question, just curious. Clearly, writing such books is a big task, hope you’ll share a bit about that.

    Probably a number of reasons. Writing books in not my only task. I am the managing director of the company, so there are business issues daily. Then I also do some editing and proofreading on other projects. As Andre said, normally we prioritise external projects over our own books. However, in the last few weeks I have made ‘Playing 1.e4’ my top priority, so I have probably made more progress in the last few weeks than the previous six months.

  276. SimonB
    February 3rd, 2016 at 13:26 | #276

    I have a certain undue penchant for the Classical, and find the Kozul line fascinating, but I strongly doubt that it is playable up to that level (er, by softwares?)
    Have a look at any big tourney. It is not played at SuperGM level currently, alas. Probably cos it is deemed to be a smidgeon wobbly.

  277. Bebbe
    February 3rd, 2016 at 13:49 | #277


    It was played by Li Chao in Gibraltar who is rated around ELO 2750 against Erik Blomkvist.
    Although Li lost it was not because of the opening. So it is certainly played by some superGMS.

  278. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    February 3rd, 2016 at 16:50 | #278

    @John Shaw – It must be incredibly difficult. Writing is a project, requires focus; and as the deadline approaches, deeper and deeper immersion. Managing is interrupt driven, the opposite of focus; just quickly handle the next most urgent thing that pops up. Trying to do both is a nightmare. To get anything done at work, I basically have to ignore all email and im (even from my boss!), at least for a while.

  279. krokohol
    February 3rd, 2016 at 18:01 | #279

    After 1.Nf3, Nf6 2.c4, c6 3.Nc3, d5 4.e3 a6 5. Qc2: The point is that White will play d4 only after a slight concession that tricks black away from most slav books – eg. 5. … Bg4 6. Ne5 or 5. … b5 6. b3 Bg4 7. Ne5 with space advantage. Delchev gives the annoying line 5. … e6 6.b3 Nbd7 7. Bb2 Bd6 8. Rg1!?

    My choice may be 5. … g6 6. d4 Bf5, but I am sure that GM19 will provide a solution soon…

  280. February 3rd, 2016 at 21:03 | #280

    If you combine the Slav and the KI, you can trick someone who plays the Marin-English-Rep and wants to comine it with the Anti-Slav of Delchev!

  281. Dave T
    February 3rd, 2016 at 21:50 | #281

    Does anyone know the systems that will be covered in GM19?

  282. Ray
    February 4th, 2016 at 08:56 | #282

    @ Dave T: all white’s first moves except 1.e4 and 1.d4. But that’s probably not what you wanted to know 🙂 QC never share – with some rare exceptions – the contents of their books (i.e. what lines it contains) before it has gone to the printer.

  283. chessmayhem
    February 4th, 2016 at 11:50 | #283

    can we at least have a schedule for when the next publishing schedule will be published ?

  284. Jacob Aagaard
    February 4th, 2016 at 11:59 | #284

    Cheeky. Sorry, I am swamped. I will get to it in the next few weeks…

  285. Dave T
    February 4th, 2016 at 16:17 | #285


    Thank for the response. As you suspected, I was looking for high level information on the systems from the black perspective. For 1.c4 and 1.nf3 there are a lot of issues with transpositions, so I am curious as to how the author will handle.

  286. Ray
    February 4th, 2016 at 19:59 | #286

    @Dave T
    I suspect there will be solutions for both the 1.d4 d5 players and the 1.d4 Nf6 players – at least that’s what Avrukh did in his book on 1.d4 Deviations. I think 1.Nf3 is the most tricky, since after 1.c4 both 1…c5 and 1…e5 are pure English territory. After 1.Nf3 on the other hand, for players of Indian openings it’s a bit awkward if you answer with 1…d5 counting on a Reti, when instead white plays 1…d5. Maybe the most flexible answer to 1.Nf3 is 1…Nf6. Then after 2.c4 black can play 2…c5 and it’s an English opening again. And after 2.d4 white can either play 1…d5 or his favourite Indian system. That only leaves 2.g3 to worry about. Based on the above I’m betting Mikhalevsky will choose 1…c5 as his answer to the English. Just guessing though 🙂

  287. Thomas
    February 5th, 2016 at 05:01 | #287

    Don’t forget 1.Sf3 Sf6 2. Rg1!

  288. Bebbe
    February 5th, 2016 at 06:32 | #288

    I hope Mikhalevsky wíll cover 1.c4, Nf6 2.g3, c6 3.Nf3, d5 and 1.Nf3, Nf6 2.c4, c6 3.Nc3, d5 4.e3.

  289. Thomas
    February 5th, 2016 at 06:52 | #289

    Do you really see a need to cover much after 1.Nf3, Nf6 2.c4, c6 3.Nc3, d5 4.e3 without d4?
    What else can White play? Be2, 0-0, and then? Of course there are many other legal moves but nothing really worth mentioning .

  290. Bebbe
    February 5th, 2016 at 07:59 | #290


    The variation is actually quite dangerous for black.
    For instance 4.-e6 5.b3, Nbd7 6.Bb2, Bd6 7.Dc2, 0-0 8. Be2, a6 9.Rg1 with g4 coming.

  291. Ray
    February 5th, 2016 at 10:43 | #291

    I agree. This is recommended by Delchev in his Modern Reti book.

  292. Ray
    February 5th, 2016 at 10:43 | #292

    This has been defused by the topical reply 2…h5!? 🙂

  293. Pawn Dillinger
    February 5th, 2016 at 14:45 | #293

    GM 19 has been set back so many times that I sometimes don’t think it will ever get published. But of course I’ll still be waiting like a kid for Christmas. The Reti and English lines should prove interesting, not to mention the KIA, Grob and Bird, etc.
    I’m also dying for the new Najdorf. I couldn’t stay with the original GM 6, what with the “Forrest Gump” and that playful set-up.
    So the bet is on, what’s next: GM 19, Najdorf 6A, KID 4, Sicilian 3, or GM 1B? My money is on KID 4 (beating out the new publishing schedule). I want ’em all! And then some. Quality Chess book addiction is terrible yet awesome.

  294. John Shaw
    February 5th, 2016 at 16:16 | #294

    Ray :
    I suspect there will be solutions for both the 1.d4 d5 players and the 1.d4 Nf6 players – at least that’s what Avrukh did in his book on 1.d4 Deviations. I think 1.Nf3 is the most tricky, since after 1.c4 both 1…c5 and 1…e5 are pure English territory. After 1.Nf3 on the other hand, for players of Indian openings it’s a bit awkward if you answer with 1…d5 counting on a Reti, when instead white plays 1…d5. Maybe the most flexible answer to 1.Nf3 is 1…Nf6.

    Agreed, 1.Nf3 is the trickiest line to cover in Mikhalevski’s GM19, due to transpositional possibilities. To keep the book compatible with most people’s 1.d4 repertoires, you need three anti-1.Nf3 repertoires. One on 1.Nf3 d5, one on 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 and one on 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6. So you can see why it took Victor a while to finish.

  295. KevHun
    February 5th, 2016 at 19:04 | #295

    John, from your last sentence above, are you implying that GM19 might be heading towards release in the near future?

  296. Dave T
    February 5th, 2016 at 22:05 | #296

    That would be great if 1.nf3 nf6 2. c4 e6 is covered. I would buy the book just for this.

  297. February 7th, 2016 at 03:59 | #297

    I do not intend to be snarky as you all have made me rethink my choice of the CK, longing for a more tactical game, but when I used to played the Sicilian, I went 3-6-6 in OTB play, losing points hand over fist! (I played the Najdorf back in the day.) I switched to the CK and went 7-2-8. So maybe the safest Sicilian is the Caro-Kann!? Thanks for all the references noted above! They are quite informative!

  298. Bebbe
    February 8th, 2016 at 06:49 | #298

    Do any of you know the status of the following variation in the KID?

    1,d4, Nf6 2.c4, g6 3.Nc3, Bg7 4.e4, d6 5.Nf3, 0-0 6.h3, e5 7.d5, Nh5 8.Nh2, Qe8 9.Be2, Nf4 10.Bf3, f5 11.g3, Nxh3 12. Bg2

  299. Ray
    February 8th, 2016 at 06:59 | #299

    I bought Playing 1.e4 e5 – A classical repertoire this weekend. First impressions are: great! I really like the approach of giving practical lines, which don’t require much memorisation, against rarely played openings. And against more serious openings such as the Italian, Scotch and Spanish Nikos gives ambitious lines which allow black to play for a win but are at the same time sound. Really impressive to put all this in a book of less than 400 pages!

  300. Bebbe
    February 8th, 2016 at 11:56 | #300


    Does this mean that Mikhalevsky won’t cover 1.c4, c6 2.g3, d5 3.Nf3 or 1.c4, c6 2.Nf3, d5 3.e3? Or are these positions reached after the moveorder 1.Nf3, d5 2.c4, c6?

  301. John Shaw
    February 8th, 2016 at 12:06 | #301

    KevHun :
    John, from your last sentence above, are you implying that GM19 might be heading towards release in the near future?

    Yes, it’s under control, so no more big delays, but also no exact dates yet from me.

  302. Tim
    February 8th, 2016 at 14:36 | #302

    My guess is that 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4 is very likely, as this can be used by all 1.d4 d5 players and in many ways is the most principled move. If they covered 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 they’re only addressing Slav players (not QGD, QGA or Chigorin + others). It would mean they’d then need to add other options for everyone else (2…e6 for QGD, 2…dxc4 for QGA and I don’t know what for fans of sidelines…)

    For similar reasons, after 1.c4 you can expect either 1…c5 or 1…e5 (not 1…c6).

  303. Bebbe
    February 8th, 2016 at 14:58 | #303


    You are probably right, but I hope not. But then also 1.Nf3, d5 2.g3 needs to be covered which is also quite critical.

  304. Gollum
    February 8th, 2016 at 15:58 | #304

    I have been trying to make a coherent post saying that going for a pure english repertoire against 1.c4 is bad and I would have loved if it was not like that, but I could not articulate it properly, and it may be perfectly possible that it is because you are right and going for it makes absolute sense and the other options were simply worse. But I cannot shake the feeling that I want to have a repertoire with 1…c6 and another with 1…e6 to go along with Slav and Tarrasch.

  305. Cowe
    February 8th, 2016 at 17:12 | #305

    from Black’s point of view : you may have a pet system against 1.d4, but after heavy practice you realise it won’t fit (some) flank openings, simply because White is never obliged to play d4 or an important move of your system (e.g. an early Nc3). White just won”t play ball, so it makes sense to adapt in turn (e.g. 1.c4 e5 or 1.Nf3 d5 with no hopes of playing the slav even if this is your pet system). Only exceptions are if Black has a one-fits-all system like Triangle, Old Indian or KID (1.any but d4/e4 1.g6). On the other hand, working out an anti-flank repertoire for each Black opening (e.g. slav, QGD, grunfeld, nimzo, dutch) is more of a personal effort – and, after some practice, you often end up with cut-the-crap systems like 1.c4 e5. Not to mention oddities such as 1.b3.

  306. Ray
    February 9th, 2016 at 09:43 | #306

    @ Cowe: In my opinion 1.c4 e5 is unpractical if you don’t answer 1.d4 with 1…d5. The reason for this is that after 1.Nf3 an Indian player would have to answer with 1…Nf6, since after 1…d5 2.d4 he would have been move-ordered. But after 1.Nf3 Nf6 white can switch to the English with 2.c4, and black can’t play …e5 anymore. Therefore I think 1.c4 c5 is most ‘move-order proof’.

  307. Cowe
    February 9th, 2016 at 12:42 | #307

    @ray: or you can just decide to play 1.c4 e5 from time to time. For a KID player, 1.Nf3 g6 can be OK, providing you’re not bothered by Nf3 Pirc or modern. No style or attitude here, sometimes it is simplest to take flank openings at face value. But mileage may vary.

  308. Ray
    February 9th, 2016 at 13:00 | #308

    Good point 🙂

  309. Tim
    February 9th, 2016 at 14:58 | #309

    I’m not sure I agree. I think 1.c4 e5 can be combined with various Indian openings. White playing 1.Nf3 first and only then 2.c4 deprives him of some annoying options. For example, I don’t like playing Black after 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 but if my opponent plays 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 then I’d be happier to go 2…e6. Therefore 1.c4 e5 and 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 go together well for me.

    Another example could be a Grunfeld player, who may be more comfortable facing 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 than 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 when 2…g6 can be met by 3.e4

  310. Ray
    February 10th, 2016 at 20:12 | #310

    I wonder which Indian openings you are thinking of?

  311. Thomas
    February 11th, 2016 at 05:03 | #311

    Where is the homepage gone? Too many new and upcoming books to upload?

  312. Mephibosheth
    February 11th, 2016 at 10:53 | #312

    The Old-Indian for sure, but also the King’s-Indian more often than not contains playing e5 so that it could be combined with 1 c4 e5

    As for the homepage being gone, hope it will be resolved soon.

  313. John Shaw
    February 11th, 2016 at 12:18 | #313

    Thomas :
    Where is the homepage gone? Too many new and upcoming books to upload?

    We will get that fixed as soon as possible. It is only the homepage that is down. All the other pages work OK. For example, if you go to http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/sections/1/opening/ then you can navigate to any page you want (except the homepage!).

  314. Tim
    February 11th, 2016 at 12:25 | #314

    Ray :
    I wonder which Indian openings you are thinking of?

    My earlier comment described the Grunfeld and 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 systems (such as NID/QID). It’s true that in these systems Black doesn’t play …e5 early, but Black is avoiding specific issues that occur via 1.c4 move orders and not via 1.Nf3 2.c4. Some other Indian lines already involve an early …e5 so fit more logically (like the Old Indian and King’s Indian as mentioned by Mephibosheth).

    Having said all this I think 1.c4 c5 is more likely to be recommended 🙂 Although I’d argue some Indian defenses are compatible with 1.c4 e5, others aren’t (the Benko for example). It also simplifies the task by recommending 1.c4 c5 and 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5.

  315. John Shaw
    February 11th, 2016 at 13:21 | #315

    Homepage alive again.

  316. George Hollands
    February 11th, 2016 at 13:39 | #316

    @John Shaw

    What are the chances of my being serenaded with an update to the publishing schedule in time for Valentines?! 😛

    New 1…e5 book is great by the way.

  317. Thomas
    February 11th, 2016 at 13:58 | #317

    @George Hollands
    Valentines or thanksgiving?

  318. Karl
    February 11th, 2016 at 14:03 | #318

    Niggemann announces:

    Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1. ..e5 & Minor Lines
    John Shaw

    announced for 30.04.2016

    Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French
    John Shaw

    announced for 15.07.2016

  319. George Hollands
    February 11th, 2016 at 14:12 | #319


    I’d take either 🙂

  320. Jacob Aagaard
    February 12th, 2016 at 01:09 | #320

    I wish they would ask us about these things 😉

  321. krokohol
    February 12th, 2016 at 07:06 | #321

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Eventually they read “Spring 2016” on your homepage… but how can this lead to different publication dates?!
    Though I’m waiting for this Shaw stuff, I appreciate that you work hard on books rather than answering questions about this work. Maybe you can postpone GM19 some months so that I can go for 1.c4 a little longer?

  322. Jacob Aagaard
  323. till
    February 12th, 2016 at 13:28 | #323

    Jacob Aagaard :
    I wish they would ask us about these things

    Just an attempt to put pressure on you guys.

  324. Ray
    February 12th, 2016 at 13:48 | #324

    @Jacob Aagaard
    But would you give them a meaningful answer then?

  325. Boki
    February 13th, 2016 at 08:34 | #325

    Dear Jacob ! Andy news how thinking Inside the box proceeds? Eagerly awaiting the completion of grandmaster Preparation Series

  326. Jacob Aagaard
    February 13th, 2016 at 11:42 | #326

    I hope to have time to grind through it this year. I have done too much preparational work already :-(. At the moment I am busy helping John with his 1.e4 books and writing Dynamic Decision Making in Chess.

  327. February 13th, 2016 at 13:38 | #327

    A series like “Mastering the …. Opening with the read and play method” from Batsford would be nice! Something in the spirit of “Chess Structures”…

  328. The Doctor
    February 13th, 2016 at 19:37 | #328

    @Phil Collins
    I second that

  329. Gerome
    February 14th, 2016 at 22:21 | #329

    @Phil Collins
    yes absolutely like “Mastering the Spanish” or “Mastering the KID” by Ponzetto,Bellin and Daniel King with all strategical topics of the opening considered. This is something lacking in the chess literature, and it’s it s an idea of a new books collection…

  330. Fer
    February 15th, 2016 at 09:28 | #330

    Hi I’ve seen that “Thinking inside the box” has already a ISBN number, that means Jacob that this time it is very close to be finished?

  331. Fer
    February 15th, 2016 at 09:29 | #331

    A publication schedule update would be great!

  332. George Hollands
    February 15th, 2016 at 15:41 | #332


    Jacob et al strategically avoided responding to my light-hearted hints for an updated publishing schedule, so my guess is they’re a little too busy to get to it right now. 😛

    Although the last one was around Sep time I think so I’m sure they’ll be an update soon when they’re good and ready and have some wonderful surprises to announce 🙂

  333. Andre’
    February 15th, 2016 at 19:26 | #333

    On behalf of anyone involved in the training of Juniors (I volunteer at the local primary school):
    Please speed through the translation of Artur’s ‘Build up your Chess; Exercise Workbook’.
    That stuff is utter gold.

  334. Cowe
    February 16th, 2016 at 10:12 | #334

    for a future poll : Who should feature on the next QC Calendar ? cute babes, handsome beardies…

  335. Thomas
    February 16th, 2016 at 10:47 | #335

    @Cowe Another poll:
    Should QC books have a centre fold ?

  336. Jacob Aagaard
    February 16th, 2016 at 11:58 | #336

    We are actually quite close to finishing it. I guess it will be out in April.

  337. WOLK
    February 16th, 2016 at 14:47 | #337

    Hi Jacob.

    I have been looking at Yusupovs homepage. This new book seems to be best plased after the three orange book before going over to the Three bloo books. Do you agree?

    The New book seems to be connected to the orange books. Will there also be books with test positions for the blue books (Beyond basics) and the green books (Mastery)?

  338. Jacob Aagaard
    February 17th, 2016 at 00:03 | #338

    I will have a text up soon describing the book.

    I am not sure if Artur will write the next two books as well, but I certainly hope so.

  339. Andre’
    February 17th, 2016 at 01:38 | #339

    Very many thanks for the prompt reply.
    While it may not have the glamour of the GM rep series such workhorse books as Arturs are greatly appreciated. Thank you for bringing them to us.

  340. Bill
    February 17th, 2016 at 05:39 | #340

    Any chance that the new Yusupov book will be on FC (or the old ones, even more importantly)?

  341. Jacob Aagaard
    February 17th, 2016 at 08:35 | #341


  342. Jacob Aagaard
    February 17th, 2016 at 08:35 | #342

    They are very important to us too.

  343. TonyRo
    February 17th, 2016 at 16:45 | #343

    VERY important question – will this new Yusupov book be available in hardback? It’s going to drive my OCD into overdrive if I am forced to have a paperback version among my exquisite set of Yusupov hardcovers. I might not even be able to bring myself to buy it, and that will drive me crazy too!

  344. Jacob Aagaard
    February 17th, 2016 at 17:12 | #344

    Hey Tony, you are American. Buy a gun and take drugs… Or buy it in hardback.

  345. TonyRo
    February 17th, 2016 at 17:41 | #345

    I’m anti-gun, but if I can’t track down a hardcover, I’ll try the drugs.

  346. Ray
    February 19th, 2016 at 16:47 | #346

    A few weeks ago I received via your newsletter e-mail a great update by Nikos on the Tarrasch Defence. This is really a very nice service of QC! However, I was looking for this update on the QC-website, but couldn’t find it. Can anyone tell me where to find it? Luckily I still had it in my e-mail inbox, but maybe some readers of this blog who don’t receive the e-mail newsletters would also be interested in this update. Thanks for your reaction!

  347. Thomas
  348. Jonas
    February 19th, 2016 at 17:57 | #348

    I used to receive the newsletters, but I think the last one I got was in September. I can’t remember seeing anything about the Tarrasch. Did I miss that newsletter? I am also interested in finding it somewhere at your site.

  349. Jacob Aagaard
    February 19th, 2016 at 21:13 | #349

    I am sure it will be online on Monday

  350. Ray
    February 20th, 2016 at 06:54 | #350


  351. Thomas
    February 23rd, 2016 at 06:41 | #351

    Any news on the Razuvaev book?

  352. edgarallanpoe
    February 23rd, 2016 at 11:30 | #352

    Did i miss the new tarrasch analysis ? I can’t find them on your site. Can anyone tell me where to find it?

  353. John Shaw
    February 23rd, 2016 at 12:10 | #353


    It will appear on this blog very soon (maybe later today). It was sent out in our newsletter and we ‘always’ put our newsletter on the blog also. When we remember to.

  354. AJZ
    June 21st, 2016 at 14:22 | #354

    Any update in plans for Kotronias excellent work on anti-sicilians in the near future?

    Below I put missing lines from the book others mentioned above:
    1) 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 (Prins) and 5.Bd3
    2) 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4
    3) 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4
    4) 2.a3 g6 3.h4!? (and 3.d4, 3.Bc4)
    5) 2.f4 g6 3.d3 with c3 in mind (Big Clamp Formation) [some lines may not transpose to 2.d3 as then 2…Nc6 3.f4 d5 and not 2…g6 or 3…g6 is covered]
    6) 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 not discussed (e.g. 3…Nc6 4.Bb5; 3…a6 4.g3; 2…d6 3.Bb5+)
    7) 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 not discussed (e.g. 3…Nc6 4.Bb5 line)

    I would add also:
    8) 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g4 (Vinogrady Variation included in one of the SOS publications)
    9) 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.0-0 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 and now 7.Bc4 (topical recently-played by GMs Jones and Howell)
    10) 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 and now 6.Bg5 (mentioned in Experts…2011)
    and finally
    11) On page 343: 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.Nxc3 Nc6 the main line is 6.Bc4 but the Author mentions 6.h4 Nf6 and refers to “Mayhem in the Morra” not giving any lines [major variations should be here as obviously many people don’t have Esserman’s book which is written from White’s perspective].

    Thank you in advance!

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