Tiger and Soviet Chess Primer – plus a Judit Polgar Trilogy Special Offer


Today is the official publication day of The Modern Tiger and The Soviet Chess Primer. Some websale customers may already have their copies, so do tell us what you think.

For those unfamiliar with the new books, The Modern Tiger is by the same author as “Tiger’s Modern” and on the same topic, but ten years later and twice as big.

The Soviet Chess Primer is less obvious to explain. Yes, it starts with the very basics (so suitable for adult beginners) but then the level goes upwards quickly. So it’s a witty instructive read for everyone from beginners to grandmasters. A weird-sounding claim, but true.

Check out the excerpts for Tiger and Soviet if you haven’t already.

Polgár trilogy

In addition we are making a new special offer on Judit Polgar’s superb trilogy. All three hardcover books are now priced at €24.99 which would normally make it €74.97 to buy all three. Except, as a special offer, we will only charge €59.99. And free delivery (to EU people). Plus, since it’s almost Christmas, we will add a free book of your choosing from the usual list.

39 thoughts on “Tiger and Soviet Chess Primer – plus a Judit Polgar Trilogy Special Offer”

  1. I have to say the 60€ for 4 books (3 polgar and an old one, which for me I think would be the san luis 2005) is a great offer. In spring I bought 2 theory books (slav and french) for this price…

    Now I don’t know what to gift myself for christmass. I was almost conviced to buy something from forwardchess just to check it out.

    Damn you Quality Chess.


  2. Now Judit has finished her trilogy. It was successful and deservedly well received. Has she any plans/ideas about continuing her writing carrier?

  3. @Jacob I have to acknowledge that I’m curious about the modern tiger, but owning the Schandorff’s Caro and the Ntirlis’ french, I think I have 1. e4 covered. For 1. d4 I have Ntirlis’ Tarrasch, so I forbid myself to buy any more opening books, at least from black’s perspective.

    I was thinking more of an ending book in forwardchess, and as yours is way out of my level, I was thinking of de la Villa’s 100 endgames you must know. In time, I want to own the Dvoretsky book, hard cover. It is an amazing book and it makes sense now that the 4th edition is going to be published.

    Anyone knowhs how do tactic books feel in forwardchess? I downloaded Weteschnik (yes, I had to look the spelling up) sample, but it only has the introduction… I am worried about the usability going from problem to solution and back again.

  4. I forgot I also own Avrukh’s Slav… too much books to study and I cannot think of anything else than to buy more books… I think I have a problem.

  5. Wow, that’s a great offer, thanks!! I’ll definitely go for that. Could you maybe repeat which books I can choose from as a free extra? I remember San Luis and Regio Emilia, but I forgot the other. Thanks!

  6. @rigao
    I have the “Old Tiger” and this was a really good book. The caro-cann, slav and French books are excellent for a solid repertoire with black. I ordered the new Tiger which is good when used as a surprise weapon I’m sure. Since it is soon X-mas, I also ordered the Polgar books. Have thought of buying them for ages because they got such good reviews, but the nice discount convinced me. You should just continue to buy some more chess books; I think they make people happy 🙂

  7. Gilbert :
    The combination of the Polgar trilogy and The Modern Tiger 2nd Edition is also possible ?!
    Posting is not precise on this..

    No, The Modern Tiger as a free extra book is not possible. The extra book can be chosen from one of our older books (in general), not one of the brand new ones. To answer Ray’s question at the same time, the list includes:

    SAN LUIS 2005

    If you wish a different free one, you can always try your luck by asking in email to salesgroup@qualitychess.co.uk

  8. Thoroughly enjoying T’sM on FC so far. Good choices in Austrian, Bg5 particularly. Shows some humour in the writing style too, unusual and commendable.
    I rather query the hippo choice tho, and have bad personal experience there, that as someone who rarely loses locally. A very tough line to play at amateur level. I suggest this to be an unwise choice, IMHO.
    Interesting to note the assumption in Be3 lines that a knight coming h3 to g5 is to be avoided, and lopped off. I have often found that it just gets stuck uselessly on that square. Again, bitter experience, at a reasonablish level – versus GMs.

  9. @SimonB
    I’ve always appreciated your insights on another forum. How much memory work do you think is required to play T’s M at a reasonable amateur level? Too difficult for an older player starting out with it (vs something like the French where pawn structures are more stable)?
    Comparisons with Moskalenko?
    Like you, I find ForwardChess the way to go. Amazing improvement over reading a book.

  10. Really enjoying the Soviet Chess Primer so far, much as I did Questions of Modern Chess Theory, and the illustrations really add a lot of character. I very much hope this won’t be the last of the Classics or hidden Soviet/Other gems to be brought back out to a wider audience.

  11. I already have the first of Judit Polgar’s books, but i’m interested in the offer. Is it possible to pick another book instead of JP teaches chess 1? For example one between Soviet chess primer or Endgame play (paperback).

    BTW, Merry Xmas to Quality Chess, and thanks for your great work 😉

  12. dear Jacob,
    I get my Quality Chess books via the Book Depository (otherwise postage is relatively very large for us Aussies.)
    Any idea when The Modern Tiger will be back in stock at the B.D.?
    Am really keen to get it.

    (Happy new year!)

  13. I started reading The Modern Tiger and just observed a small error on page 25 where in the right column in the note beginning with 10…Qc7! the line continues 11.c3 Nh6 and now 12.0-0N is suggested following 12…Ng4 13.Bc1 0-0 14.Rc1 Bb7. Obviously it is not possible for White to put a piece on c1 on both move 13 and 14 and I assume instead 13.Bd2 is the move intended?!

    I mention this mainly because I thought that nowadays the moves in a book would be copied from a database which would eliminate such ´typos´.

    Otherwise I like what I have read so far with the minor complaint that the format with complete games is in my opinion not best suited for a book on opening theory.

  14. Thanks for your answer.

    Perhaps the actual typo is in the move numbering and the sequence shouldn´t read as given above but instead 12… (not 13…) 0-0 13.Rc1 Bb7 as an alternative to 12…Ng4 13.Bc1.

    Since the line starting with 10…Qc7! is the author´s main recommendation it would be nice if this could be clarified sometime. How does it read in the electronic version?

  15. What about ‘Beating minor openings” by Mikhalishin ? Is it in the works ?

    I am clearly missing a good GM Anti-english, Anti-Reti book. I dont think it exist on the market.
    Repertoire books are mostly handling anti-english /Anti -Reti set ups like side lines.

    Thanks for all nice books coming out from you.

  16. I have finished the first volume of Polgar and I’m approaching page 100 in the second volume. I find these books really enjoyable and it is nice that it is quite easy to follow the games/themes without a chess set which makes the books perfect for train trips.

    The new edition of the Modern Tiger is very entertaining. I have only looked at some games in the Hippopotamus section and this is excellent I find.

  17. English is a minor opening? So far Marin has 3 volumes on it and Khalifman advocated for 1. Nf3 (which transposes to english if black wants) on 6 volumes. So much for being a ‘minor opening’.

    I agree that there is a gap in black repertoires against english, though. With the Tarrasch I try to avoid specific knowledge (Marin transposes to a Tarrasch covered in Nikos and Jacob book, Khalifman directly goes for the QGD), but I miss some specific knowledge against the major tries.

  18. @rigao

    By using the word ‘minor’ no one here is suggesting 1.Nf3 or 1.c4 are bad moves, just that they are, at most levels of competition, less common than 1.e4 or 1.d4. For example, I think at the current Wijk aan Zee A group, most of the games have started with 1.d4 or 1.e4.

    We could call the book “Beating All Openings except 1.e4 and 1.d4” – that would be clear but not very catchy. “Beating Minor Openings plus 1.c4 and 1.Nf3” – also not a great title.

    “Beating the Flank Openings” makes some sense, but Kotronias already used that title almost 20 year ago.

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