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Free ‘Book of the Month’ – January/February

We are continuing our special offer – if you buy three books or more and live in the normal European Union zone (as defined by UPS – for example, they exclude some islands and remote areas) we will send you an extra book free. Recently the default option on the free book has been Positional Chess Sacrifices but we will change that now to CARLSEN’S ASSAULT ON THE THRONE by Kotronias and Logothetis.

But if you already have Carlsen’s Assault on the Throne, or would prefer a different free book, then send us an email with your order, asking to have it replaced with one of the following titles:


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  1. John Shaw
    January 8th, 2016 at 18:30 | #1

    An excerpt of Nikos Ntirlis’s ‘Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire’ can be read at the following link: http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Playing1.e4e5-excerpt.pdf

  2. Ichigo
    January 8th, 2016 at 20:02 | #2


    what Nikos preconise against Glek system 1.e4 e5 2.Cf3 Cc6 3.Cc3 Cc6 4.g3 ?

    A setup different to Marin 4. … Fc5? or as the Open Game for Black 4. …d5 and 7. … Fc5

  3. The Doctor
    January 8th, 2016 at 20:32 | #3

    I will buy this book on FC and hardback.
    Somehow I thought it would be bigger?

  4. TonyRo
    January 8th, 2016 at 20:48 | #4

    Could not be more psyched for Nikos’ book, looks wonderful!

  5. TonyRo
    January 8th, 2016 at 20:49 | #5

    PS – When’s it out on FC?

  6. Wolfsblut
    January 8th, 2016 at 22:08 | #6

    Really nice! I’ am looking forward very much to that one!☺

  7. PaulH
    January 8th, 2016 at 23:25 | #7

    The foreword by Negi raises several interesting points I think.

    Are the best books in general (not just opening books) written by strong players whose real skill is using the computer?

    Was wondering what TonyRo thought?

    January 9th, 2016 at 11:49 | #8

    What I would like to see is a joint project of Tony Rottela and Nikos Ntrilis 🙂

    Let’s say:

    I. Black repertoire:

    a) Play the Grunfeld
    b) Play the King’s Indian
    c) Play the Queen’s Gambit (Tartakower or similar)
    d) Play the Sicilian Classical
    e) Play the Nimzo Indian

    II. White repertoire

    a) Play the English

    Hopefully you’ll have sense to follow my recommendation…

  9. Gilchrist is a Legend
    January 11th, 2016 at 05:33 | #9

    Good question, it is usually out a week before the paper publication right? But when exactly in Feb?

  10. John Shaw
    January 11th, 2016 at 12:10 | #10


    @Gilchrist is a Legend

    If printing goes on schedule, “Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire” will be published by us on February 3, and will be available a week before, January 27, on Forward Chess.

  11. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    January 11th, 2016 at 14:54 | #11

    @John Shaw – Any chance of an appendix on Forward Chess version which collects all the bold moves from the rest of the book? Seeing as this is what Jacob has recommended for committing to memory? I am thinking of bare moves only, although a single diagram/link to relevant chapter at the major branching point might also be helpful.

  12. Gollum
    January 11th, 2016 at 15:52 | #12

    @John Shaw

    And your book? I think Jacob mencioned spring…

  13. John Shaw
    January 11th, 2016 at 17:55 | #13

    @An Ordinary Chessplayer

    We would not have time to ask for changes in the FC version of this Nikos book, but for the future, who knows. We can discuss it. I know FC are always working on ways to improve their books.

  14. John Shaw
    January 11th, 2016 at 17:58 | #14

    @John Shaw

    Late Winter or early Spring sounds about right. Last week I was helping finish Nikos’s 1.e4 e5 book, but this week I am back on my own book. A few weeks of finishing it off, then printing time. Giving an exact date is not possible yet, but the end is in sight.

  15. Ray
    January 11th, 2016 at 19:27 | #15

    @John Shaw
    Looks like another ‘must-buy’ to me :-). Even though I don’t play 1…e5 myself, it must also be useful for my white reportoire with 1.e4 – if only to prepare against all those guys adopting the reportoire with black 🙂

    By the way, any chance of a new publishing schedule? I’m dying to see what’s in store for the coming year!

  16. Ray
    January 11th, 2016 at 19:29 | #16

    @John Shaw
    Great John, I can’t wait for that one either! I’m using Negi’s reportoire against the French, but I’m considering the Advance against the Caro-Kann, because my feeling is that the typical Caro-Kann player does not really fancy pawn chains that much (or else he/she would have chosen the French 🙂 ). And I’m also very interested to see what you came up with in the Scottish.

  17. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    January 11th, 2016 at 20:49 | #17

    @John Shaw – Fair enough. Future rep books perhaps. Then I would think QC would want to be the ones to do this step in order to control the “Quality”. ChessBase has a remove annotations function (pgn-extract can do the same), so it would not even be hard work. (Easy for me to say, I know.)

  18. Zagreb1959
    January 15th, 2016 at 23:04 | #18

    Will QC have Mauricio Flores Pawn Structures in hardback soon again?

  19. Jacob Aagaard
    January 22nd, 2016 at 21:59 | #19

    Yes. February somewhere.

  20. AJZ
    March 7th, 2016 at 09:29 | #20

    Any new free book for March/April?

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