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ECF Book of the Year Shortlist

The English Chess Federation announced its four-book shortlist for Book of the Year. Each publisher is allowed to nominate two books and the Quality Chess two both made the cut. Ilya Smirin’s King’s Indian Warfare and Jacob’s Thinking Inside the Box are our runners. The other two nominees are books by Timman and Portisch, so it’s tough competition, but so far it’s going as well as possible.

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  1. Jose
    September 5th, 2017 at 15:01 | #1

    Any intention of publishing the book “Playing The Sicilian Sveshnikov” in 2018?

  2. Jacob Aagaard
    September 5th, 2017 at 17:28 | #2

    No, we have a Sveshnikov book already

  3. Thomas
    September 6th, 2017 at 06:11 | #3

    Jacob Aagaard :
    No, we have a Sveshnikov book already

    Which is a brilliant one.

  4. John
    September 6th, 2017 at 07:14 | #4

    Tough indeed! All are worthy winners and good luck to Ilya and Jacob.

  5. John Shaw
    September 6th, 2017 at 09:38 | #5


    Hi John,
    Would you consider choosing a more descriptive username than ‘John’? Every time I see your comments, I think “I don’t remember writing that.”

  6. John NS
    September 6th, 2017 at 11:42 | #6

    @John Shaw
    Ok. I’ll be John NS for John Not Shaw.

  7. John Shaw
    September 6th, 2017 at 12:31 | #7

    @John NS

    Ideal. Thanks.

  8. Tom
    September 6th, 2017 at 19:23 | #8

    Will Avrukh’s book on KI and Grunfeld be published this year?

  9. PaulH
    September 7th, 2017 at 22:02 | #9

    One of the non QC nominees got a mediocre review from Sadler in latest New in Chess – I would agree with Sadler’s theme of no clear purpose to the book. On other hand, Pert’s Ragozin book got a glowing review – “a really good opening book”

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    September 8th, 2017 at 13:20 | #10


  11. Gollum
    September 8th, 2017 at 18:03 | #11

    In which issue? Which book was?

  12. Paul H
    September 8th, 2017 at 19:21 | #12

    2017#6 popped up on my iPad last night. It is the Portisch book he is decidedly lukewarm about.

  13. Thomas
    September 9th, 2017 at 09:59 | #13

    The Portisch book might be 40 years late.

  14. John Johnson
    September 9th, 2017 at 11:15 | #14

    It is worthwhile to have someone as strong as Portisch, and who was a survivor of “interesting time” in print.

  15. Milen
    September 10th, 2017 at 15:31 | #15

    Hi Jacob, do u think Marin’s GM Rep printed book will be out in the week 8-13 Oct. Just asking as at that time I will be in the UK and could get it quickly delivered there instead of waiting for weeks to be delivered in BG. Thanks

  16. Jacob Aagaard
    September 11th, 2017 at 06:54 | #16

    I think it will be 1-2 weeks later. Sorry.

  17. Johnnyboy
    September 12th, 2017 at 14:34 | #17

    Not sure what the publication dates were for the ECF shortlist so I limited it to the books published in 2016-17 and no slur intended on any other QC authors that I have not chosen (as I have never had a book from QC that I didn’t consider rating a good) but my personal top 4 for books published in 2016 or 2017 would be
    1. Nikos- E4-e5
    2. Negi 3
    3. e3 poison
    4. GM19- Beating Minor Openings
    Smirin’s KI warfare is a close runner up- perhaps if I played the KI I’d have rated it even higher
    Have bought 10 of the 17 published 2016-17 so not a comprehensive list of all QC books on the short list but enough to have favourites.
    What’s everyone else think?

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