Minor Publishing Schedule – the near future

I do not want to come with a big comprehensive update at this point, but just a look at where we are with the immediate projects.

Grandmaster Repertoire 1.e4 – vs. The Sicilian II by Parimarjan Negi

This will be out on 18th November.

Grandmaster Repertoire 6A – Beating the Anti-Sicilians by Vassilios Kotronias

The book is done, edited and typeset. We are in the phase called “proofreading”, which is where we reduce the number of mistakes we have made. Then it goes to printing and conversion into Forward Chess. The book will be out in the middle of December, a week earlier on FC than on paper, as usual.

Key Concepts of Gambit Play by Yuri Razuvaev

The Razuvaev chapters have been edited and most of the appendices have been written. I need a bit of help from Nikos to finish a few of them. I have just driven him here from the airport, so that is definitely going to be easier. So, this book will be finished in 1-2 weeks from now. Then comes typesetting and proofreading, which will take another week.

Playing 1.e4 – Volume 1 by John Shaw

Lots and lots of this book has been written. We are in the last 50 pages or so. If John did not have a day job, then it would have been out a long time ago. It is a bit frustrating that the book is not finished yet, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that a lot of the second volume has been done as well. I am sure that it will not be too long between the two of them.

Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire by Nikolaos Ntirlis

Andrew has just started editing this book. Nikos has delivered everything with the exception of the Italian game. He says he will finish it in 2-3 days, so this is not a problem. This is thus about 2-3 months from publication, meaning early January I think.

Further down the line we have GM 19, the third and final volume of the Mikhail Tal trilogy and more. Exactly how everything pans out is not easy to predict.

133 thoughts on “Minor Publishing Schedule – the near future”

  1. This is going to be another great winter:-) Very much looking forward to all these books! And great to hear that there is light at the end of the tunnel for John 🙂

  2. Dear Jacob and John,

    Do you know why Dutch Leningrad is not popular among top players … ? Is it because it is a bad opening or some other reasons we normal club players don’t know … ? Thanks …

  3. @Douwe
    500-600 it seems for the first volume.

    @Ray
    Things develop. I like White and in practice a 2662 just died when faced with one of the weaker ideas. Can you prove that chess is a draw? Probably not. Yet it is and the Poisoned Pawn is not ruining it. But it comes awfully close in my opinion.

  4. LE BRUIT QUI COURT

    The cover of “Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire” is worst that I have ever seen. Trashy white color, so to cut down the expenses… What a pity…

  5. I’m also looking forward to the book “playing 1.e4 e5” by Nicolas Ntirlis. January is a good date for that book. I hope i’ll have time for working on it then.

  6. @ The Doctor
    @ Michael
    I agree. I think it looks smart and is in keep with the rest of the play series.
    I don’t normally respond to 1.e4 with e5, but I am tempted to get the book anyway because of the author.

  7. So another repertoire with the italian game? Waiting for years now for a new good 3. …Nf6 analysis, for both colors!

  8. @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    Indeed tastes can differ, but to me it seems a bit like jumping to conclusions to state the the ‘colour is trashy white to cut down on the expenses’. I think if QC wanted to cut down on expenses there would be some easier ways to do that, like not hiring world-class authors. If this is the worst you’ve ever seen I’d say you’re quite privileged.

  9. Ray :
    @Chris
    I guess you don’t like the Bologan book then? It contains a lot of analysis an 3…Nf6.

    The content says almost 100 pages of italian food, 12 about the two knights defence?! So i didnt look at it at all.
    Its strange that there is no new stuff about it and everyone plays Lc5 in the repertoires, but i have no real refutation for blacks play. And none in the white repertoires as well. Kind of stepchildren of opening books 🙂

  10. @LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    You pay for the number of colours you use, 1, 2 or 4. This is why there are hardly any chess books with colour inside, as it doubles the costs. Our covers are always in four colours (all colours). The amount of ink used is an expense for the printer, not us.

  11. LE BRUIT QUI COURT

    @Jacob Aagaard
    By the way, nice game Jacob 🙂

    Strange,Mikkel (2155) – Aagaard,Jacob (2260) [C57]
    DEN-chB Aalborg (6), 1994

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5 6.Bf1 h6 7.Nf3 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qe6 9.Bxb5 Bb7 10.d3 0–0–0 11.Bxc6 Qxc6 12.Qe2 e4 13.dxe4 Ba6 14.Qe3 Bc5 15.Ne5 Qd6 16.Nxf7 Qb6 17.Qf3 Rd7 18.Nxh8 Ng4 19.Bd2 Bxf2+ 20.Kd1 Qd4 21.Kc1 Qxd2+ 22.Kb1 Ne3 23.Rc1 Bd3 24.a4 Nxc2 25.Rd1 Ne3+ 26.Ka2 Bc4+ 27.Ka3 Nc2#

    0–1

  12. LE BRUIT QUI COURT

    # # # observation on new trend in openings book # # #

    To my mind Bologan has uplifted publishing openings books to the new level. This can be seen in his “Bologan’s Black Weapons in the Open Games” and “Bologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black”.

    What he has done is following:

    I. On the POSITIVE side:

    – very skilled player gives his own repertoire (peak rating Elo 2734 – August 2012),
    – general introduction before each part of the book,
    – fast lane summary before each chapter,
    – transpositions, move orders and strategies at the end of each chapter,
    – exercises at the end of the book,
    – proposed repertoire for those who want to drive fast,
    – two lines against each White try: one solid and other aggressive,
    – diagrams with the Black side first!
    – minimum level of inputted chess knowledge Elo 2400.

    II. On the NEGATIVE side:

    – no hardcover,
    – Quality Chess has better layout 🙂

  13. dfan :
    @Chris
    There are 93 pages on the Italian and 48 on the Two Knights.

    According to my source, Italian game starts p.337 and ends p.434, 2 Knights starts 435 till 447, next is center gambit attack. Is my source wrong??

  14. LE BRUIT QUI COURT

    @Ray
    I’m not biased, I just want high quality books. Who is the publisher doesn’t matter, but the content does. A decade ago Quality Chess raised the bar very high, from trashy Everyman book by unknown writers, from 144 pages up…

    But these days they all tend to produce good books… That’s the conclusion of publishign evolution by Quality Chess: we profit all!

  15. Talking about Bologans 1. e4 e5 books: They have reintroduced the awful layout idea that for a Black repertoire book diagrams are turned upside down. QC please don’t even think of doing that!

  16. @kratnasan
    We surveyed it. About half would like it and the other half would entirely hate it. Better the current situation where some people think it could be a bit better, but won’t get it that way.

  17. @kratnasan
    You are absolutely right! Upside down and awful coloring of the diagrams. I was looking for a line in Bologan’s book but took ages to find it because of the unreadable diagrams.
    I love the crystal clear diagrams QC uses!

  18. Chris :

    dfan :
    @Chris
    There are 93 pages on the Italian and 48 on the Two Knights.

    According to my source, Italian game starts p.337 and ends p.434, 2 Knights starts 435 till 447, next is center gambit attack. Is my source wrong??

    Not wrong but not very knowledgable. The stuff you mentioned *is* part of the 2-Knights game.

  19. Chris :

    dfan :
    @Chris
    There are 93 pages on the Italian and 48 on the Two Knights.

    According to my source, Italian game starts p.337 and ends p.434, 2 Knights starts 435 till 447, next is center gambit attack. Is my source wrong??

    Bologan’s book has 98 pages on the Italian and 48 on the Two Knights. However 28 pages of the Italian coverage concerns White’s plan with 4.d3 and 5.c3, which a Two Knights player also needs to know (after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3). The “center gambit attack” is Bologan’s name for 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4, so still part of the Two Knights.
    Apologies to the QC team for going on about someone else’s book. Please be assured that I will be buying Nikos’s book the moment it’s published!

  20. Hi

    Im looking to spice up my game.
    Could you tell a Little about Key Concepts of Gambit Play by Yuri Razuvaev? How will it be organized? Will it (also) be about positional gambits?

    Larsen_fan

  21. I like Black on the bottom in Black repertoire books but I realize that while I like it, the people who don’t like it hate it, so Quality Chess has probably made the right choice.

  22. kratnasan :
    Talking about Bologans 1. e4 e5 books: They have reintroduced the awful layout idea that for a Black repertoire book diagrams are turned upside down. QC please don’t even think of doing that!

    Totally disagree – Black repertoire books should have Black on the south/bottom of diagrams.
    Why it’s generally the other way round it’s a mystery for me. I thought it’s due some problems with editing but now I start to understand that there is a strange habit – people get used to the inconvenient way of reading the diagrams!

  23. Any chance ifs hint on what GM Rep 19 will cover? Will it give just one response to 1.c4/1.Nf3 or will it cater for people who have different 1.d4 repertoires?

  24. Hi QC team,

    Concerning sided diagrams I ‘ve just one question, are you like me ? : when I play an opening with White I’ve it on the bottom next to me & when I play a black opening I’ve Black pieces next to me (in front) so why not with diagrams. It has always make me perplexed …

  25. @Michel Barbaut
    Because about half entirely hates the look of it, while the half that thinks like you are used to what they perceive as a lesser option.

    The solution is of course Forward Chess, where you can flip the board as you like.

  26. What will Negi publish against the minor defences, such as Scandinavian, Alekhine, Pirc/Modern? Will this be covered in a separate book altogether?

  27. Excited to see the 1 e4 e5 Classical Repertoire – so everything after 1. e4 e5 is going to be covered in one book?

  28. Very curious about Nikos’ line against the Spanish Exchange.

    Bologan’s Ne7 and Be7 don’t look too convincing to me…

  29. Kevin Stevens :
    Excited to see the 1 e4 e5 Classical Repertoire – so everything after 1. e4 e5 is going to be covered in one book?

    As i understand, yes! See the description:
    “Against the Spanish the author recommends the Breyer System, one of the most stable, computer-proof options at Black’s disposal. The Scotch, Italian, Four Knights and various other sidelines and gambits are handled with the same clarity and efficiency.”

  30. Nicolas NIegsch

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Maybe I did not read it but, will Negi be recommending the Ruy Lopez or does he try to show an advantage in the Scotch like on his DVD for the company?

  31. @Nicolas NIegsch

    The Scotch is my choice in the Playing 1.e4 book that’s coming soon.

    Negi’s GM Repertoire book on 1.e4 e5 will be later, but the Ruy Lopez is the inevitable choice. Pari’s DVD on the Scotch was not for this company.

  32. Franck Steenbekkers

    so Negi will write
    Sicilian 2 (is nearly published
    Sicilian 3
    Minor opening (Negi 5)
    Open Games (Negi 6)

  33. Jacob,
    I lost my copy of GM rep 10 “Tarrasch”, so I had to buy another one. 🙂
    That got me thinking, is there any chance of a 10B (i.e. any chance of an update)?
    Also, I’d love to see a chapter on move orders against 1.Nf3 or 1.c4 (obviously White won’t always allow a Tarrasch, but it might be nice to discuss when to play …d5 vs …Nf6 or …e6.
    BTW, I think it’s insanely generous of you and John to read these blog posts and respond. It is also very much appreciated.
    Skål!

  34. Wallace Howard :
    Jacob,
    I lost my copy of GM rep 10 “Tarrasch”, so I had to buy another one.
    That got me thinking, is there any chance of a 10B (i.e. any chance of an update)?
    Also, I’d love to see a chapter on move orders against 1.Nf3 or 1.c4 (obviously White won’t always allow a Tarrasch, but it might be nice to discuss when to play …d5 vs …Nf6 or …e6.
    BTW, I think it’s insanely generous of you and John to read these blog posts and respond. It is also very much appreciated.
    Skål!

    10b should be with cxd and not c5-c4!

  35. “The Forward Chess version is 10B actually.”
    I’m sorry, doesn’t that mean there is new content in the Forward Chess version that’s not in the book? If so, have you considered adding it as a PDF for folks who already own the book? Thanks.

  36. 6 books for Negi?!?!

    In terms of size this series will probably end up being larger then the 14 volume chess stars series. Crazy.

  37. @franck steenbekkers
    My personal opinion is that only a few lines need a real update there, from my experience it’s mostly Avrukh’s repertoire against the Russian system that’s very difficult to handle for black. I suggested once the idea to publish a brochure for an update for just that system, maybe even published only through ForwardChess. There was unfortunately no reply back then.

    Maybe it would be worth a try? QC is always up for new ideas, right, JA&JS? 🙂

  38. An excerpt of AntiSicilians book is up. I was hoping for other lines against 2. c3 and 3. Bb5+ but you can’t please everybody. From the introduction, it seems that the book should be companion to Kotronias Svieshnikov book (number 18B?) and not to forthcoming Sicilian Najdorf book (6B). For example: after 2. Nc3 there is 2…Nc6 examined (and not 2…d6 like in the Ftacnik book) and after 3. Nf3 it’s 3…e5 recommended that mostly suits …e5 systems players.
    There is one major problem with excerpts of all opening books from QC (other publishers do the same?): there is no index of lines examined, so I can’t for example check if against the Closed system the repertoire is based on …e6 or …g6 lines. Including the index would probably lower the sales (?). I don’t see any other reason for not including it.

  39. I think there is an important point here, which is that Kotronias recommends a different main line in 2.c3 than he did in the Chess Informant. Basically he had already done the work on the Alapin when we agreed on the book, but I did not like the line he had analysed. So he offered it to Chess Informant. There will for sure be some overlap in the sidelines, but otherwise it is original stuff. We do not do recycling…

  40. LE BRUIT QUI COURT

    @Jacob Aagaard
    But then you have butcherd all Ftacnik’s work! Why can’t his updated book have all his anti-sicilian repertoire? g6 against Alapin etc…

    To my mind he will have only his name on the cover, with Scheveningen lines. Very stunned I am 🙂

    I didn’t expect this after years of updating…

  41. Small question for Beating the Anti-Sicilians: Are the move 3 deviations (3.g3, 3.d3 and 3.b3) after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 covered under chapter 20?

  42. Raul :
    Small question for Beating the Anti-Sicilians: Are the move 3 deviations (3.g3, 3.d3 and 3.b3) after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 covered under chapter 20?

    Yes, and 3.b4 is also covered in that chapter, if you like that sort of thing.

  43. I’m just wondering if the lines with 3.d4 are covered which don’t lead to main lines systems such as;

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4
    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3
    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bd3

    As if I remember LOTS of Anti-Sicilian lines were missing from GM6

  44. Dear John,
    now, as the first Playing 1.e4-book is almost done, I would love to know what your recommendations against Alekhine and the Pirc/Modern are. Jacob was not very helpful last time as he gives only the second moves 2.e5 and 2.d4…..
    It would be great to have the third and forth move ?

  45. @Franck steenbekkers
    3…d6 as in the game he won against Howell. At least this is what I remember. I have no idea how I became the face of this company, but somehow people think I know all details of all the books. This one I do!

  46. I got Negi Sicilian II book today and I’m very impressed with his analysis of the Dragon variation. They’re more detailed than Jones when they meet 3 times, although the Dragon seems to hold, especially in the Topalov variation. It’s a must buy for the Dragon players.

  47. TonyRo :
    @Hilmi M It’s on Forward Chess. As I understand it, that means you’re a week or two away from the paper version.

    my bad, i remember it will be out on 25th september, but it was written that 18th. still so excited to get this book.

  48. Paul :
    @TonyRo
    Good discussion of Kalashnikov and your excellent book too

    It’s an honor simply being in the bibliography! I haven’t had a chance to look at Negi’s recommendation in detail, but I am sure it will be a challenge. I think there are improvements for White in my main line with 8.Nc4! as well (I also have an earlier deviation for Black I think is interesting, but I found it too late for my book) – perhaps they’ll pop up in Shaw. 🙂

  49. Any prizes for guessing what will Nikos propose to play for a win against the Ruy Lopez Exchange?;)
    My bet is
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Bxf3!? 8.Qxf3 Qd7 and castling long. I tried this variation last month is rapid, got a better position with Black after about 15 games and blundered horribly… But the variation seems to be more interesting then a lot of Black tries against the Exchange.

  50. @TonyRo
    I have to say to me your book is best non QC opening book of last few years . Your enthusiasm really shines through in the book. When it came out I hesitated buying because you are not a super (or even normal) GM, but that was stupidity on my part which thankfully I ignored. Would be very interested to know what you think of Negi’s thoughts on the Kalashnikov!

  51. @Paul
    I agree Tony’s book is very good.

    However I. My opinion the best non QC opening book is The Triangle System by Sherbakov. That book is streets ahead in terms of depth of analysis than pretty much anything else they have ever done. Would have been worthy of been a QC book do you agree Jabob?

  52. Will playing e5 come out in january or sooner?
    For me, the.best non openings books and i must say i learned q lot from them are tactics from scratch, karolyis books on karpov, gelfand posituonal dm and aagaards positional play.

  53. I have recently realized that I really need to know more about how to play against the English. I don’t suppose you could divulge what Mikhalevski’s upcoming book will recommend?

  54. The Doctor :
    @Paul
    I agree Tony’s book is very good.
    However I. My opinion the best non QC opening book is The Triangle System by Sherbakov. That book is streets ahead in terms of depth of analysis than pretty much anything else they have ever done. Would have been worthy of been a QC book do you agree Jabob?

    Sherbakov’s book really is one of the best opening books I’ve ever seen. There’s no doubt it will be the “bible” for the Triangle for years and years to come. The ChessPub BotY award was very well deserved in that case!

    Paul :
    @TonyRo
    I have to say to me your book is best non QC opening book of last few years . Your enthusiasm really shines through in the book. When it came out I hesitated buying because you are not a super (or even normal) GM, but that was stupidity on my part which thankfully I ignored. Would be very interested to know what you think of Negi’s thoughts on the Kalashnikov!

    Geez, thanks! I REALLY appreciate that, means a lot. 😉

  55. @TonyRo
    I’m hearing and seeing great reviews of your book. What’s your next project than? As you play the Leningrad Dutch (if I remember correctly from chesspub), you’re my only hope for the Dutch repertoire book based on the Leningrad variation that is really worked out and computer checked.
    If you happen to work on such a project, in the main line include at least two options: 8…Qe8 and 8…c6, please.

  56. Well, after his DVDs on the main line Leningrad Dutch I have a tiny bit of hope for such a book from GM Marin too. Is the Leningrad Dutch family “sufficiently correct” for QC standards then?

  57. franck Steenbekkers

    What is the playing strenght of mr. Ntirlis??
    He is not a grandmaster but wowwwwwwwwww his books are great!!!!

  58. @AJZ
    Thanks! I do indeed enjoy a good Leningrad, but no chess projects in the works for me at the moment, mostly because of time. The Killer Sicilian becoming a book was sort of a fluke – at some point I realized I could fill up a book, and on a whim I shot out an e-mail. I suspect that any chess projects from TonyRo will be similarly whimsical in nature. 😉

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