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The Science of Strategy – excerpt

We will soon have a new addition to our Classics series – The Science of Strategy by Alexander Kotov. An excerpt of this book can be read here.

The publication date will be the same as Boris Avrukh’s Dynamic Systems – GM Repertoire 2B. And that date should be April 3rd if all goes to plan in printing.

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  1. schrodingersking
    March 4th, 2019 at 18:03 | #1

    I like the cover, good job!!

  2. John NS
    March 5th, 2019 at 01:07 | #2

    Looks good. Was this previously published in English? Batsford published some of his books years ago including of course his famous Think like a grandmaster.

  3. Ray
    March 5th, 2019 at 08:25 | #3

    Looking forward to this one – I really like the Classics series! Any concrete plans for more books in this series?

  4. Thomas
    March 5th, 2019 at 08:29 | #4


    Geller + Tal & Stetsko are already in the catalogue….

  5. John Shaw
    March 5th, 2019 at 11:06 | #5

    John NS :
    Looks good. Was this previously published in English? Batsford published some of his books years ago including of course his famous Think like a grandmaster.

    Not published in English like this before, as far as our translator and I know.

    Kotov did use a few of the same games in other books, but the annotations are generally different here.

    And Kotov naturally mentioned strategy in other books, but not to the same extent as here. To give an example: “Think Like a Grandmaster” has an 8-page section called “Planning – The Centre”. The first chapter of “The Science of Strategy” – 88 pages – is a greatly expanded discussion and explanation of the same topic.

  6. Ray
    March 5th, 2019 at 18:00 | #6

    You’re right – I was hoping for a hint for next year 🙂 .

  7. John NS
    March 5th, 2019 at 22:12 | #7

    @John Shaw

    Thanks for the clarification.

  8. craig
    March 6th, 2019 at 15:23 | #8

    Any news on the Taimanov book?

  9. Jacob Aagaard
    March 11th, 2019 at 18:23 | #9

    All men are on deck. Think May guaranteed.

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    March 11th, 2019 at 18:24 | #10

    We have more coming. Which ones are not finalised.

  11. Ray English
    March 11th, 2019 at 20:02 | #11

    Any chance of a translation of Dreihundert Schachpartien (Tarrasch) in your classics series?


  12. Andre
    March 12th, 2019 at 04:18 | #12

    @QC: Do you have any plans for a new book on the QPOs, or at least a selection of them? Avrukh’s book is from 2011. The London and some other QPOs have moved quite a bit since Carlsen, Kramnik, Jobava and others play them regularly.

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    March 12th, 2019 at 07:20 | #13

    Playing 1.d4 d5 offered some alternatives.

  14. Frank
    March 13th, 2019 at 14:49 | #14

    Apart from Geller’s collected games, I would immediately pre-order any comprehensive game collection by either Capablanca or Karpov (Dvoretsky did some great analysis here, which is unfortunately scarcely available with only a few games in some of his books). Just to be in the ranks of the most-asked question…any chances?@Ray English

  15. Ray
    March 13th, 2019 at 15:38 | #15

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great, looking forward to more news 🙂 .

  16. March 15th, 2019 at 01:38 | #16

    Interesting you mention Geller, I was looking through some games he annotated and they are very well done and hold up, to some degree, to scrutiny from a strong engine (Stockfish 10).

  17. Frank
    March 15th, 2019 at 15:37 | #17

    Geller was a fantastically strong player, who just fell short of being world-champion. His gane against Mecking in the Tsjichorin is a positional masterpiece@John A Johnson

  18. Jean-Marie
    March 17th, 2019 at 07:38 | #18

    Hi Jacob,
    Do you envisage to edit some days “Alekhine’s Heritage” by the same Kotov ? Actually this book exists in russian and 2 tomes by (shark)-editor Sam Sloan, and 4 tomes but impossible to find in spanish and in descriptive notation.
    I own all your classic serie which is a goldmine.

  19. Ray
    March 18th, 2019 at 14:44 | #19

    Any chance of a GM Repertoire book by Roiz? I think he might become the new Avrukh 🙂 – I really like his books on the Nimzo and Queen’s Indian. His explanations are very clear.

  20. James2
    March 20th, 2019 at 09:17 | #20

    Hi everyone at QC,

    I wanted to ask if there was any more information/a better indication of a publication date for Negi 5?

    Thank you very much.


  21. Andrew Greet
    March 20th, 2019 at 13:08 | #21


    We are not yet in a position to give a date, but we are hopeful that it won’t be too much longer.

  22. James2
    March 20th, 2019 at 13:56 | #22

    @Andrew Greet
    Thanks Andrew!

  23. Jacob Aagaard
    March 21st, 2019 at 04:35 | #23

    We shall consider it.

  24. Jean-Marie
    March 22nd, 2019 at 07:06 | #24

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Thanks Jacob !

  25. John NS
    April 4th, 2019 at 11:56 | #25

    Are there any plans to make this and other classics available on Forwardchess?

  26. David A Parker
    May 1st, 2019 at 22:49 | #26

    Is there a date for when Kotov will be on Forward Chess?

  27. John Shaw
    May 2nd, 2019 at 09:23 | #27

    @John NS

    @David A Parker

    When we publish an English translation of an original Russian book, it will generally be as a physical book only – no e-book versions. That is all that the standard contracts allow.

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