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Coming Soon – Anand, Shankland, Alma

Our Coming Soon section has some new additions. We will say more about the books later, but for now a brief introduction.

The Anand Files – The World Championship Story 2008-2012. Michiel Abeln tells the inside story of Anand’s dramatic World Championship matches against Kramnik, Topalov and Gelfand. Abeln extensively interviewed Anand’s seconds about their experiences. The ideal expert to state an opinion on the book is Viswanathan Anand, who writes in the Foreword: “Basically, I love this book. The level of detail is fabulous, and as I read it I felt I was reliving the entire five-year period during which these three matches happened.”

Small Steps 2 Success by Sam Shankland. The 2018 US Champion and double Olympiad gold medallist follows up his excellent Small Steps to Giant Improvement with a work about passed pawns. I am biased as ever, but this is top-notch instruction. The cover above is Version B, for those who followed the previous debate.

Alma and the Dark Dominion by Judit Berg. A new area for us – fiction. Judit Berg is an award-winning, bestselling children’s author from Hungary. Alma is a fun adventure story that has some chess content supplied by Judit Polgar.

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  1. Seth
    August 16th, 2019 at 20:46 | #1

    Great news!

    And I love how the door has been left open for a sequel to the Anand book.

    What am I talking about? “The Anand Ranks” of course.

  2. The Doctor
    August 17th, 2019 at 07:41 | #2

    The Anand book look nice and may be dirty a purchase!
    A bit disappointed not to see the Najdorf book there, will this be out this year?

  3. The Doctor
    August 17th, 2019 at 07:42 | #3

    Worth a purchase 🙄

  4. Zol
    August 17th, 2019 at 09:33 | #4

    What about the Gelfand book announced this year?
    Any more specific release date?

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    August 17th, 2019 at 11:02 | #5

    @The Doctor
    Do not mistake the absence of a cover for the absence of progress

  6. The Doctor
    August 17th, 2019 at 19:39 | #6

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Oh I see 😉

  7. marios
    August 17th, 2019 at 23:17 | #7

    what about “chess from scratch” vol 2?
    September is here. I trusted Quality Chess and now i am in a very difficult position.

  8. hasan
    August 18th, 2019 at 09:34 | #8

    Rioz would be the man to right a book on the Breyer spanish keep up the good work

  9. Franck Steenbekkers
    August 19th, 2019 at 21:57 | #9

    Is there news about hero negi?
    And Marin leningrader

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    August 23rd, 2019 at 12:54 | #10

    I understand your frustration. I was ill, others were ill and we had a lot of obligations. I want it done more than anyone

  11. Pinpon
    August 24th, 2019 at 18:29 | #11

    Ha ha , Shankland ‘s new book excerpt is available !

  12. Steve
    August 27th, 2019 at 15:27 | #12

    Will the Anand Files have any games and analysis in it, or is does “the inside story” mean it is purely biographical?

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    August 27th, 2019 at 22:16 | #13

    It is inside Anand’s team. Lot’s of games and lots of stories.

  14. Ray
    August 28th, 2019 at 09:08 | #14

    Looks quite interesting, definitely a must buy! I really liked his first book.

  15. Paul
    September 1st, 2019 at 14:19 | #15

    Dear Jacob,
    regarding the book about the Najdorf: Against 6.Be3 and 6.Be2: will the book cover variations with e6 oder with e5? What’s the recommendation against 6.Be3 and 6.Bg5?
    Thanks a lot in advance😉

  16. Franck steenbekkers
    October 2nd, 2019 at 21:23 | #16

    Is there news About the negi.books

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    October 3rd, 2019 at 06:21 | #17

    There is a separate post about that

  18. Giuseppe Nicotra
    October 7th, 2019 at 11:44 | #18


    Franck steenbekkers :
    Is there news About the negi.books

    Any news?

  19. Paul H
    October 31st, 2019 at 11:42 | #19

    Will there be an extract of the Anand book at some point, given release is now less than 3 weeks away?

  20. Andrew Greet
    November 4th, 2019 at 17:11 | #20

    @Paul H
    Yes, good point – we’ll put an excerpt together and make it available by tomorrow if all goes well. We should really have done it sooner but we’ve been working like crazy to get the Najdorf book finished.

  21. Paul
    November 5th, 2019 at 07:34 | #21

    @Andrew Greet
    Sounds great Andrew. Is it already possible to put an excerpt together on the Najdorf book as well?

  22. John Shaw
    November 5th, 2019 at 10:57 | #22


    That’s an excerpt of “The Anand Files” up now – http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/AnandFiles-excerpt.pdf

    And an excerpt of “Playing the Najdorf” will follow soon – I think on Wednesday at worst.

  23. Paul H
    November 5th, 2019 at 11:16 | #23

    @John Shaw
    Thanks. Looks a very good book.

  24. November 7th, 2019 at 18:27 | #24

    I wonder why there is no book of the games of Kramnik

  25. Frank
  26. The Doctor
    November 7th, 2019 at 21:10 | #26

    Are you joking?!
    Check out the Improvement section on the website.

    P.S. Can’t wait for the Najdorf book!!!!!!

  27. Kieran
    November 8th, 2019 at 09:04 | #27

    @The Doctor
    hasan is quite right in a way as the Kramnik game is not about his games even if a truly good book !

  28. JB
    November 9th, 2019 at 21:25 | #28

    Hey guys. After buying Psakhis my long suffering wife asked me how many chess books I needed. I gave her the stock answer that the ideal number is one more than the current number of books.
    It did make me tally up my purchases and found that I now have a collection of QC books in 3 digit format so thanks guys for all the entertainment over the years. Obviously looking at the ‘Coming Soon’ section I’m not about to rest on my laurels. At least when I pop my clogs my wife won’t be short of book shaped fuel for the funeral pyre! Appreciate your efforts over the years.😀

  29. Frank
    November 10th, 2019 at 13:57 | #29

    Recognizing the problem, may be we could a separate blogpost for dealing with the combination marriage / chess 😬. Or may be collecting books is just a rather idiosyncratic affair anyway. @JB

  30. Remco G
    November 11th, 2019 at 10:24 | #30

    You could be into any number of actually expensive hobbies, like collecting rare motorcycles, round the world yacht racing or even Magic the Gathering.

    In comparison the odd chess book or two per month hardly registers.

    So talk and research just enough about a subject like that to keep that idea in the front of her mind.

  31. Adrian
    November 11th, 2019 at 20:10 | #31

    Well, two books (he) equals one pair of shoes (she)… works for me every month😂

  32. November 11th, 2019 at 21:14 | #32

    I have this book franck but there are only few games there must come Kramnik collect games tome one and two i think this would be a best seller

  33. Steve
    November 20th, 2019 at 11:57 | #33

    I just got 4 beautiful hardback books from QC. The Anand Files looks like an unusual but interesting one.

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