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Very short and very quick update on the publishing schedule – Three books out the 21st December

Hi guys,

If we were to get books out for the 21st December (a bit shaky, snow in Poland could cause delays…), we would have to upload the final files to our printer this Friday. We decided, reviewing the progress last week, that this cannot happen with all four books. Key Concepts of Gambit Play has already been uploaded. Luther’s Chess Reformation will be uploaded in 1-2 days. Finally, we are working hard, all of us, to get Playing the Ragozin finished for Friday. We will make it, but decided that we were not 100% happy with pushing Grandmaster Repertoire – The Nimzo-Indian out the door this week too.

A) It felt as if we were working ourselves too hard. Mistakes come from that.

B) We felt that there were places where we wanted Michael to add a bit more explanation. The analysis are excellent and no one will be disappointed with that, we just felt that the human side of the book could do with a little more attention as well.

So we decided to push this book into January.

We will do other books next year too, of course. Lot’s of other books. But that will be for another day.

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  1. Steve
    November 14th, 2016 at 15:44 | #1

    Thank you for the update (especially as there are books I intend to buy!)

    Will the Forward Chess App have these books on the same day as publication or any earlier please?

  2. Jacob Aagaard
    November 14th, 2016 at 16:23 | #2

    Generally it is 7 days earlier. We cannot guarantee this always, but it is what we are aiming at.

  3. Santiago Torres
    November 14th, 2016 at 16:25 | #3

    Can you please upload an excerpt from Luhter´s chess reformation´s book?

  4. Steve
    November 14th, 2016 at 16:50 | #4

    @Jacob Aagaard

    That is brilliant, thank you.

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    November 14th, 2016 at 22:16 | #5

    @Santiago Torres
    In s few days, we will. We only upload when the book has been sent to the printer.

  6. Daniel
    November 14th, 2016 at 22:52 | #6

    I think it’s smart that you guys delay it because the Nimzo is such an important opening and this book will have to last players a decade. What’s waiting three months when players will have to wait a decade for the second edition? Besides the Najdorf, no opening can compare to the Nimzo in its theoretical importance.

    Hopefully you will also check for omissions and not just explanations.

  7. Jacob Aagaard
    November 15th, 2016 at 07:40 | #7

    We always do. We might fail at times, but we always try hard.

    Still struggling to get the Pert book ready. Could be close.

  8. Ray
    November 15th, 2016 at 10:07 | #8

    Great line-up for Christmas – looking forward to these books, as usual 🙂

  9. James2
    November 15th, 2016 at 12:43 | #9

    Good afternoon Jacob,

    I had another brief query about Negi’s 5th book (on the B00s to B09s). How advanced is this book and is it hopeful for a spring release in 2017?

    Thank you.


  10. Jacob Aagaard
    November 15th, 2016 at 15:44 | #10

    Not that advanced. Summer would be our hope, but it is based on wishful thinking mainly 🙂

  11. Xavi
    November 15th, 2016 at 17:16 | #11

    Quality is the first, always. Even you put it in your brand name. Please don’t low the quality of your works; if we have to wait, we wait.


  12. Ray
    November 15th, 2016 at 18:25 | #12

    Besides, we have John’s book on the ‘B00s to B09s’!

  13. James2
    November 15th, 2016 at 18:35 | #13

    @Jacob Aagaard
    That’s great Jacob, thank you for taking the time, as always.


  14. Alfonso
    November 15th, 2016 at 19:36 | #14

    when will be published the 2 nd edition of The Sicilian Najdorf from Lubomir Fatcnik?

    Thanks in advance,

  15. James2
    November 16th, 2016 at 14:13 | #15

    Hi All,

    I was thinking about Niko’s upcoming 1 d4 d5 repertoire book next year. I wanted to confirm that it will include recommended lines against ‘d4 Deviations’, such as Stonewall attack, 2 Bg5, Veresov, Torre, Colle, etc?

    Keep up the good work!


  16. Ray
    November 16th, 2016 at 15:38 | #16


    These lines are already extensively covered in Avrukh’s book on 1.d4 Deviations, so what’s the point in repeating that? I would prefer Nikos to use the space to go into depth on all the lines after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6…

  17. James2
    November 16th, 2016 at 15:42 | #17

    Yes, that is true but I would like to see Niko’s interpretation of how he perceives they should be met. It would also give the book the same character as ‘Playing 1 e4 e5’ and presumably this one will include them and be called ‘Playing 1 d4 d5’. I think the Avrukh book might be a bit theory heavy (certainly for me and my level anyway).


  18. The Doctor
    November 16th, 2016 at 16:03 | #18

    Jacob mentioned that Ftacnik wanted to be relieved of the project. Many have asked him info regarding this book but Jacob had given very little away other than it may happen in 2017.

  19. Nikos Ntirlis
    November 16th, 2016 at 17:27 | #19


    Yes, the plan is that the book will include QGD, Reti, London, Colle etc…

  20. James2
    November 16th, 2016 at 17:42 | #20

    @Nikos Ntirlis
    Ah, this is good news! Hopefully 2 Bg5 will be met with 2..f6. It will be nice to see what you recommend against he Blackmar Diemer too, as well as the London with 2 Bf4 and no early Nf3.

    Thank you.


  21. Pinpon
    November 16th, 2016 at 18:36 | #21

    @Nikos Ntirlis
    Hi Nikos ,
    Do you intend to choose one system ( Lasker , Tartakower , Capablanca ( Kramnik ) , Cambridge Springs , etc …) or to cover all of them ?

  22. James2
    November 16th, 2016 at 18:58 | #22

    I am hoping that the layout and presentation will be very similar to Playing 1 e4 e5. If it is, this means that there will be only one main line presented and not a discussion of all of the possibilities. I think it will be just one main line provided.


  23. Wolfsblut
    November 16th, 2016 at 20:28 | #23

    @ Nikos
    Also the Reti? Very interestingly because that is not 1.d4 d5….but I ‘ am very happy with that!

  24. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    November 17th, 2016 at 07:18 | #24

    In the beskriving of Ragozin Pert book, it says that there is a thoughtful explanations on the Catalan. Does this mean that this is a repertoire book that includes repertoire for both the Ragozin and the Catalan ?

  25. Jacob Aagaard
    November 17th, 2016 at 09:15 | #25

    Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen :
    In the beskriving of Ragozin Pert book, it says that there is a thoughtful explanations on the Catalan. Does this mean that this is a repertoire book that includes repertoire for both the Ragozin and the Catalan ?


  26. Nikos Ntirlis
    November 17th, 2016 at 09:28 | #26

    My though was to include the Reti lines that will transpose to some kind of English (because i am intending to cover the Catalan and IMHO when you choose your Anti-Catalan system you have to have a clear idea of what to do against English/Reti). But indeed the Reti can transpose to KIA (with e4 played instead of c4) as Jacob pointed out to me yesterday night just before i went to sleep (i have visited Jacob at Glasgow) so that he force me to think about this issue during my sleep (he succeeded!). I am between covering this in the book or simply point out to the readers that i have a nice chapter (i think!) about how to deal the KIA in the “Playing the French” book! I haven’t decided my mind yet to be honest…

  27. James2
    November 17th, 2016 at 12:30 | #27

    Hi Jacob,

    I noticed that a lot of Niko’s books have been on black openings. I was wondering if there is any idea in the future for Niko to do a book (much like Playing 1 e4 e5 and the upcoming 1 d4 d5 books) on a white repertoire.

    Thank you.


  28. Wolfsblut
    November 17th, 2016 at 16:14 | #28

    @ Nikos
    Thanks for your answer. You are right and I like the idea to answer the English/Reti in QGD- Style… Certainly It would be nice to have all in one book- with an update on your previous book on the French. But overall I see already the inclusion of the English/ Reti as an very nice extra?
    Keep up the great work

  29. Kirill
    November 17th, 2016 at 17:26 | #29

    Totally agree. Go forward, Nikos!

  30. Mehmet
    November 17th, 2016 at 17:49 | #30

    Razuayev-Aagaard book seems interesting..

  31. Jacob Aagaard
    November 17th, 2016 at 22:09 | #31

    He is as involved as I am in the Playing 1.e4 books and have given quite a bit of feedback to Negi.

  32. James2
    November 17th, 2016 at 23:28 | #32

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I had imagined that this might be the case Jacob. Oh well, I like Niko’s explanations and generally his presentations overall.

    On a slightly different matter, 21st December is a Wednesday. If any of the new books are ordered directly from your website, do you think they will be with us before Christmas? It seems very tight if they are ordered from a chess supplier online.

    As always, thank you for your kind assistance.

    Good night.


  33. Jacob Aagaard
    November 18th, 2016 at 21:00 | #33

    We will post them when we have them. Probably around the 19th or 20th.

  34. Alfonso
    November 19th, 2016 at 05:45 | #34

    @The Doctor

  35. The Doctor
    November 19th, 2016 at 14:43 | #35

    Nikos’ books ? gave me an idea ?

    I think it would great to see a Playing the Sicilian book (e.g the Kan), where Anti Sicilian lines are given based on 2…e6, like 2.e4 c5 2.Nc3 or c3 followed by 2…e6 and 3…d5!!

  36. Basquou
    November 21st, 2016 at 08:32 | #36

    Hi Jacob.

    Is it possible to know what will be dealt in the Avrukh books (2A & 2B)?

    Thanks in advance for your answers.


  37. Jacob Aagaard
    November 21st, 2016 at 10:16 | #37

    Not at this moment. But they will complete the repertoire.

  38. James2
    November 21st, 2016 at 12:17 | #38

    Hi All,

    This is just a quick check to see when the excerpts for Pert and Luther might be available to view?

    Thank you.


  39. Jacob Aagaard
    November 21st, 2016 at 13:22 | #39

    Very soon. The books are uploaded.

  40. James2
    November 21st, 2016 at 14:31 | #40

    @Jacob Aagaard
    That’s great Jacob. Thank you, as always.


  41. John Shaw
    November 21st, 2016 at 16:22 | #41

    Excerpts of ‘Playing the Ragozin’ by Richard Pert, and ‘Luther’s Chess Reformation’ by Thomas Luther are now available:



  42. Tom Tidom
    November 21st, 2016 at 18:43 | #42

    After seeing the excerpt Pert´s new book may be the first time in 25 years that I take a look at 1.d4 d5. It looks like an enjoyable read and an interesting opening.

  43. pabstars
    November 22nd, 2016 at 10:04 | #43

    When will Luther’s Chess Reformation be available for sale at your site? I’m really looking forward to this book because the excerpt is super exciting!

  44. Jacob Aagaard
    November 22nd, 2016 at 11:11 | #44

    I will get Colin to put the new books for sale. I think we should have done so earlier.

  45. Jade S.
    November 22nd, 2016 at 13:42 | #45

    “Tired of bad positions? Try the main lines!”: I suspect that Qualitychess should expect to see a very substantial order of Opening Books from the direction of Norway one day soon …

  46. Winawer77
    November 23rd, 2016 at 10:20 | #46


    Could you please link me to where you found out about this book? I can’t find anything about it, I was wondering how you know. I very much enjoyed Nikos’ Tarrasch and French books, so this already looks like a must-buy for me. Thanks!

  47. Ray
    November 23rd, 2016 at 10:56 | #47

    The excerpts are looking interesting, thanks!

  48. Ray
    November 23rd, 2016 at 10:57 | #48

    @ Jade S.

    🙂 Colle – how low can you go… I’m hoping Karjakin will win!

  49. James2
    November 23rd, 2016 at 12:25 | #49

    Hi Winawer 77,

    Do you mean the Nikos 1 d4 book from black’s perspective? I asked Jacob about Niko doing a book like this a couple of months ago and he was kind enough to let us know that Niko was doing exactly that and was pretty far advanced too. I think some responses have been in various threads.

    There are no specific details about the book apart from it will be based on the QGD. I’m hoping we will see more of this when the 2017 2 page catalogue/pdf is released.


  50. James2
    November 23rd, 2016 at 13:38 | #50

    Hi John,

    I wanted to check about the Sicilian lines that might be recommended in your upcoming book. Is there any overlap with Negi’s recommendations (especially against what might be minor lines, that is non main lines) or have you deliberately tried to steer clear of any overlap.

    Thank you John.


  51. November 23rd, 2016 at 16:33 | #51

    Will you ever publish a book like “Chess Master…at Any Age” by Rolf Wetzell?

  52. Jacob Aagaard
    November 24th, 2016 at 09:30 | #52

    Deliberately going for other lines in almost all cases.

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