Publishing Schedule (quick and dirty)

Colin is off today, but sometime over the next few days we will put a few more books in the Coming Soon section. These are the books that are “all under control” (if ever that was true…) and where we know more or less when they will come out.

Many books are close to completion, but we do not know if printing will take three or five weeks, so there is a bit of uncertainty.

There is a special point about Dynamic Decision Making in Chess. Boris will be giving a 90 minute lecture at X-Tra Con Open (formerly Politiken Cup) in Helsingor on the 28th of July, assisted by yours truly. The entry fee is essentially to buy the new book in hardback. This is one month ahead of general publication.

1. e4 vs the Sicilian III is waiting for a few updates from Negi and a proofread. Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines is 90% proofread and will go to the printer this week. GM Repertoire 1B, 1.d4 – The Queen’s Gambit is halfway through editing and will be done within a few weeks. Key Concepts of Gambit Play is lacking a quick edit. Mikhail Tal 3 – The Invincible is lacking a long and thorough edit! The same with King’s Indian Warfare. The authors of Grandmaster Repertoire – The Nimzo-Indian and Kotronias on the King’s Indian 5 have sent many files already. Hopefully they are not far off. Thinking Inside the Box has yet to be fully written.

I have been busy with the Gelfand book and also wanted to spend a bit of time writing a beginner’s book, which is Chess from Scratch. I teach at Fettes College in Edinburgh and wanted to put my experiences of working with beginners on paper. As I am not going to the Olympiad this year,

I save five weeks then, which I will spend on Box (The five weeks is preparation, playing and recovery time. The latter is important. Last Olympiad, I had a car crash two days after returning and was absolutely solely responsible, no matter how my insurance company managed to swing it!).

Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian and French is actually quite far advanced. As with the first book, this is a group project with John as the captain. It has a high priority and will be out even if I have to put John back in the dungeon…

As always, the dates are seasons, as we will try to keep them.

Judit Polgar Dame am Brett – Judit Polgar 3 Summer
Thomas Luther Vom Schüler zum Großmeister Summer
Artur Yusupov Revision and Exam 1 Summer
Parimarjan Negi GM Rep – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian III Summer
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines Summer
Boris Avrukh GM Repertoire 1B – 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit Summer
Yuri Razuvaev Key Concepts of Gambit Play Summer
Ilya Smirin King’s Indian Warfare Summer
Victor Mikhalevski GM Rep 19 – Beating Minor Openings Summer
Jacob Aagaard Chess From Scratch Summer
Boris Gelfand Dynamic Decision Making in Chess 31st August
Michael Roiz The Nimzo-Indian Autumn
John Shaw Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French Autumn
Tibor Karolyi Mikhail Tal’s best games 3 – The Invincible Autumn
Thomas Luther Luther’s Chess Reformation Autumn
Carl Portman Chess Behind Bars Autumn
Vassilios Kotronias King’s Indian – Volume 5 Autumn
Jacob Aagaard GM Preparation – Thinking Inside the Box Winter

212 thoughts on “Publishing Schedule (quick and dirty)”

  1. Roiz book on the Nimzo-Indian, will it also include coverage of the QID? And if not, do you have any plans for such a book?

  2. Jacob Aagaard

    Yes, we want to follow up with such a book. But it would be too much to put both openings in one book. Michael has worked so hard it is impossible to understand for a normal person; to double the lines would kill him!

  3. Thanks for the publishing schedule update Jacob! I will be able to plan summer/autumn birthday presents (and Christmas presents) for my friends/me. It is much appreciated.

  4. Any chance we got get an index of variation from Johan Shaws e4 books? Curios about what he is suggesting against for example the sicilian (open,grand prix, closed, Bb5,c3?)

  5. Once Kotronias has finished his KID books could you try and persuade him to write a book on the Classical Sicilian ?

  6. Richard Martin

    I hope Negi and Kotronias stay in your employ. Both are brilliant analysts. Your staff and author selection is top notch and the other competitors have no chance against you. Yusopov should not feel bad about his books at all. Very high quality. I hope you can convince him to right for you more as well.

  7. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen

    I har a questions:

    1. What is the Volume 5 Kings Indian book about ? It is about sidelines of Kings Indian ? Is this last volume ?

    2. Is Roiz book on Nimzo-Indian is 4. Dc2 O-O ?

    3. Is Gelfand Positoional Chess book translated or available for different languages ?

    4. How much different is Queen’s Gambit 1B Awruch compared to the last edition ? Is it very different like 1A?

    5. Any Pirc book in future ?

    Thanks a lot !

  8. @ Bill:

    Maybe ‘Chess in bars’? By the way, great line-up – I guess as usual I’ll end up buying most of these books 🙂

  9. @AJZ
    Well, there are these two Marin DVDs out, they helped me a lot to understand the positional lines. Besides: although I play Pirc for about 20 years exclusively, almost no white player dares to prepare for Pirc below 2000. So just play the Pirc like you want and enjoy your own creativity 🙂

  10. And there’s recent developments (Vigus) and The perfect Pirc / Modern by Moskalenko. Both are fairly recent books, and it’s not like the theory of the Pirc is developing at breathtaking speed. So I doubt if anything substantial can be add to these existing books / DVD’s that justify a new book?

  11. Jacob Aagaard

    @Richard Martin
    Thank you Richard. I do think there are other people out there making great books and in general I am not really for this “who is best” attitude. We do try to market our company to sell our books, we have to. But honestly, I just want to make good work and hope people will like it.

  12. Jacob Aagaard

    @Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen
    1. It is the last volume so it will cover everything not already in the books. Sidelines and not to forget, the Samisch.
    2. I think he is going 4…d5, but honestly, I am not sure. I did know, but forgot. Wait 6-8 weeks and all will be revealed.
    3. It is sold for Russian, Italian and French rights.
    4. A new book, like with 1A. A few things have not changed, so they stayed in. But it is a new book.
    5. We hope so.

  13. Jacob Aagaard

    Lubomir asked to be relieved of the project. We have found another author (combination) and the book will exists, probably at the very end of the year. I am reluctant to say any more, as we have had a few bad luck projects in the past.


    @Jacob Aagaard
    Great news!

    Besides, you can then indulge readers and give for big lines 2 options for Black based on Scheveningen Be2 and more Najdorf spirited Be3 lines!

    Hopefully Ftacnik book can be reprinted, cause some of us are happy with this book as it is!

  15. Ray :
    And there’s recent developments (Vigus) and The perfect Pirc / Modern by Moskalenko. Both are fairly recent books, and it’s not like the theory of the Pirc is developing at breathtaking speed. So I doubt if anything substantial can be add to these existing books / DVD’s that justify a new book?

    Well, the fact is that there is no Pirc repertoire book released recently. Vigus’s books are very good but they are not repertoire books but the most important games collections with some original analysis but not very deep. Moskalenko’s book covers not all the lines and once again analysis are not that deep. DVDs don’t count as they’re significantly less detailed that books – they’re mostly introductory.
    What I meant was that I would like to have more detailed treatment of the Pirc like GM Rep books from Quality Chess or even like the one from repertoire series by Everymanchess. For now the only hope is Kornev’s planned but delayed book on Pirc/King’s Indian Repertoire from Chessstars. Besides, Stockfish writes nice books but it takes time I don’t have 🙂

  16. @ AJZ:

    I understand what you mean, and it would indeed be nice to have a repertoire book on the Pirc. On the other hand, Pirc Alert is quite good, and is it really that outdated? I.m.o. you can still use that book as a basis for your repertoire, and then look e.g. in Recent Developments by Vigus which lines you need to update. Again, theory isn’t progressing that quickly in the Pirc, because it is not popular at all at GM level. Besides, isn’t the point of playing the Pirc that it’s supposed to be a relatively low-theory option?

  17. Jacob Aagaard :
    Lubomir asked to be relieved of the project. We have found another author (combination) and the book will exists, probably at the very end of the year. I am reluctant to say any more, as we have had a few bad luck projects in the past.

    I thought because of Negi there would be no GM-Rep 6b because the Najdorf is refuted

  18. @AJZ

    Far be it from me to plug any other publisher, but isn’t another publisher about to release a book on the Pirc called ‘The Pirc: Move By Move’ by Nigel Davies? Apparently it’s arrival is imminent.


    Jacob Aagaard :
    I am glad you liked the old book, but hopefully you already have a copy, so no reprinting is necessary. Regarding two choices. I feel under constant pressure…

    Two years ago I had my hardcover copy. Then I switched to 1.e4 e5 as Black, and foolishly gave away book to some antique bookshop for few euros. Now, after realizing what a “crimen” I have done, I have order hardcover copy from few days ago. And I still expect arrival…

    What a story 🙂

  20. @James
    Yes it is but he himself in the introduction tell us that “it’s not a repertoire book as such” – his goal is to “instil in the reader an understanding of the Pirc so that they can start their journey with this opening”. So my point is still valid.

  21. @Ray
    For me advanced opening books should develop opening theory, so it’s not so important if the line/opening is played by many GMs or not provided it’s sound. After all, we are buying Quality Chess books on opening theory, because they give us new ideas and fresh analysis, aren’t we?

  22. @AJZ

    I hadn’t read anything about it I’m afraid AJZ. I think the Quality Chess opening books are much better than the the Move by Move Series (although I appreciate they are aimed at different levels of player). My point was to bring it to you attention, if you weren’t aware.

  23. Obviously I realise above is not written in stone etc but is the order roughly indicative of the order of publication? Just wondering why Negi is above John.

  24. Jacob Aagaard

    Oh, it is random. John’s book is going to the printer this week, while we are waiting for the final updates from Negi before it is going away.

  25. After playing recent congress, I think my need for the Minor openings book is quite pressing.
    There were so many English/Reti openings, far more than 1.e4 and 1.d4 2.c4 combined!!

  26. I’m really excited by the Quality Chess coming soon list. I can see me buying at 8 of them, indeed that’s about a 90% probability. I do love being able to get them through Forward Chess, I have far too many physical books.

  27. @ Mark Crowther
    I.m.o. Andrew Greet’s repertoire book is quite good, and I don’t think it’s that outdated.

  28. Jacob Aagaard

    Btw. we will put a 1.e4 excerpt up in the very near future. It looks like the 29th June is the publication date.

  29. More than 620 pages for the first volume of “Playing 1.e4” – perhaps its a good idea for me to switch to the ebook format now. 😉

    As expected the excerpt looks excellent. I am a bit surprised that 4.Nf3 vs. the Alekhine was selected since I thought that would be Negi´s choice.

  30. Looks great. With over 600 pages I would be very interested to see the stats on physical sales vs. the forward chess sales.

  31. Thanks for the excerpt !
    I just have to wait for the book now (end of june). It wont’ be too long.

    Could you give us a hint on the lines used vs Sicilian (Open, Bb5 ?) and French (Advance, Tarrasch ?)

  32. I believe it will be the Open Sicilian and French Tarrasch from what’s been said before. I’d prefer Bb5 Sicilian lines, but there are other good sources for that.

  33. @JA
    I saw the excerpt and it looks that the analysis is based on model games. (I have Avrukh’s book from Quality that is quite different). Are model games also used in the other chapters?

  34. Tom Tidom :
    As expected the excerpt looks excellent. I am a bit surprised that 4.Nf3 vs. the Alekhine was selected since I thought that would be Negi´s choice.

    Glad you like it.
    Re the Alekhine: my decision there felt almost forced. 4.Nf3 is the move I like best, and I believe it is also the strongest. I don’t intentionally recommend inferior moves, so it has to be the repertoire move.
    It’s a different situation in, for example, the Najdorf. 6.Bg5 is the sharpest (and is Negi’s move) but I doubt many GMs would claim that moves such as 6.Be3 or 6.Be2 are definitely inferior.

    I don’t know yet what Negi will give against the Alekhine. Maybe he will try to mate it by force with the Four Pawns Attack!?

  35. @Vassilis

    It varies from chapter to chapter. Using model games was the main plan, but in some variations I changed it to a GM Repertoire style A-B-C variation layout. A couple of reasons for that. In some lines, there were no suitable model games. Also, in some cases the theory goes rather deep, and I think the A-B-C style makes it easier to follow.

  36. Thomas Mørkøre

    It has been a long time (in fact not Since “LARSEN” by Jan Løfberg) That I have looked forward to a book as I do now. I Think Qualitychess did the Right thing not to rush the project – Quality takes time. The excerpt looks promising. Congratulation Mr. Shaw; yet another fine book.

  37. I found your book idea “Chess Behind Bars” very thought provoking because I have written a feature screenplay about this subject. I would love to bounce around the idea with you Mr. Aagaard as it involves a number of key demographics in the NYC chess scene. I can be reached at

  38. Firstly I’m looking forward to the 1.e4 books by John, you have a sale there in Hardback!

    What I want to ask is

    I’m also looking forward to the GM Repertoire on the Nimzo-Indian Defence by Roiz. I think it will be well received. But will you cover a repertoire for Black after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 (Possible a Queen’s Indian Defence). Also is it your intention to offer a Black repertoire after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 (The Catalan)?

    I think the book people are very interested in coming in the GM Repertoire on the Najdorf. What sort of time frame are you looking at and have you made a decision on the old 6…e6 or 6…e5 debate? For what its worth I really liked the 6…e6 systems.

  39. Jacob Aagaard

    @The Doctor
    I think we need to focus on what is right in front of us. But let me say that we can see the obvious as well, though this does not always mean we are in control of what happens…

  40. Seems these books are going to reintroduce 1.e4 into my repertoire, after 15 years absence. Unfortunately what made me stop were the Sicilian and French, but I’ll get this one anyway 🙂

    Is the plan against the Sicilian to use the Open, or does it have the Rossolimo against 2…Nc6 or so?


    Jacob Aagaard :
    Lubomir asked to be relieved of the project. We have found another author (combination) and the book will exists, probably at the very end of the year. I am reluctant to say any more, as we have had a few bad luck projects in the past.

    Sadly, I browsed trough all internet sites and I couldn’t find hardcover copy!!!

    Could you publish some 100 hardcovers, just for sake old followers and collectors? I don’t care about future 6B, I’ll buy it also 🙂

  42. I will surely look like a dumb to ask such a question, but the book that is intriguing me the most is Chess from Scratch (ok i am personnaly eagerly waiting next Avrukh book).
    When more information about its content/structure will be available? Is it a structured way to learn chess up to a certain level ?
    Thanks in advance for ur answers.

  43. @ Grant Gravitas

    That will indeed be interesting. In his book on the Slav he said that he analysed a bit deeper and concluded black is ok in a line he previously thought better for white. Who knows, maybe he has analysed a bit deeper still and is recommending the same line for white now 🙂

  44. I was looking for a Book or material about the QGD from Black’s point of view and was really shocked how little stuff is aroud… Some beginnerbooks which are outdated, some strange PGN files and some highly overpriced DVDs. There is a huge gap to be filled. I really hope strongly there will be a QC book in the future about this topic, it is really sad to see the lack of material about such an important opening 🙁

  45. @Lasker

    How is that in english the ortodox defense came to be called QGD (which is anything except 2…dc after 1.d4 d5 2.c4)?

    Even assuming you call QGD to the sequence 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 (which is not accurate), you still have the Tarrasch after 3.Nf3 c5 (which is covered by QC).

    So, do you say QGD is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 or you need to expand it to 4.Bg5 Be7 (otherwise 4.Nf3 Bb4 seems to be something else, and there is the Cambridge-Springs after 4.Bg5 too)?

  46. This wasn’t clear, thanks Gollum. I think in a previous blog here was the wish for the coverege of the older mainlines like the Tartakower or Lasker, for the exchange variantion with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 or 3….Be7, the different white plans (minority attack, botvinniks f3 and e4, 0-0-0 and the kingside pawnpush etc.) plus the tries like 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 and similar diviations which aren’t part of the usual Queenspawn openings like the London, Torre etc. which are already covered well. There is some real theoretical fundation missing in those older, traditional lines like the Tartakower and the Lasker (I think the relatively best ist the book by Cox from 2011 but this is an other level of analytical work). These solid lines are quite more or less frequently played by stong grandmasters, were tested in many WCM (Anand – Topalov etc.) but still I find it hard to find deep and good material about it. Mostly there is historical stuff around from the classical games. The Ragozin and e.g. the Vienna are quite popular and there have been some good material for example by Gustafsson but there are also questions after the Carlsen-Kramnik game in the QGD exchange if Shorts’ Variation is still reliable etc. I hope you got what my point was and thank you Jacob and the others of QC for the great care you take about suggestions from the readers. This is really rare these days.

  47. @Lasker
    I forgot to mention especially when it comes to the exchange 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 ex there are mostly recommendations to go for the plan with 8.Nh5 (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd exd 5 Bg5 c6 6 Qc2 Be7 7 e3 Nbd7 8 Bd3 Nh5) against the 6.Qc2 move order or for the Short Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd exd 5 Bg5 c6 6 e3 Bf5) with the double pawns after Qf3. Here it would be helpful to have analysis and work on which variations should be the best path for black and also if the traditional other exchange lines (which Yusupov liked to play quite a lot) are viable. I think a good solution would be to cover it as a repertoire book, take the 5.Bf4 QG and the Catalan also into the mix and produce a book in the rough shape of Cox’ “Declining the Queens gambit” but with a really good theoretical base and new evaluation which path is the most promising for Black to take. This could be a “Playing the xxxx” book for the practical player in form of a solid and well organized repertoire (like Nikolaos’ Playing 1.e4 e5) or a grandmaster repertoire series which could deal in more detail with all the variations. Both would surely gift the traditional lines a new theoretical baseline for years to come.

  48. Hi Lasker,

    I could not more agree with you, let’s hope QC team and Jacob will herad us about this legitimate request 🙂


  49. I would like something based on the ortodox too. I stopped playing it because a couple of painful defeats against the exchange variation. But I do want the ortodox with Be7 (i do not know if Ragozin is considered as an Ortodox variation).

    Sadly QC produces more books than I can study… I am lagging behind already.

  50. Enantiodromit

    I would really apreciate a good QC work on the QGD as well !!!
    Currently there are some theoretical inconsistencies, especially in the exchange variations after
    6. e3, since the 6…Bf5 variation seems to be in trouble after the Carlsen – Kramnik game…maybe there is someone who is able to make 6. e3 Qb6!? really work ?!

  51. +1 for Chandler’s book.It is not dedicated to black but it describes plans for both sides pretty well

  52. Jacob Aagaard

    It is almost done. Andrew is inserting the final updates and missing lines we found that Parimarjan had overlooked into the book now. I have already typeset 14 chapters, about 320 pages, so we are in proofreading as soon as the Gelfand book is out the door. I can see this book coming out in the beginning of August no problem.

  53. @ Jacob Aagaard
    I guess one can hardly call the English and Reti ‘minor openings’ anymore… It seems that all the top GMs are playing these openings nowadays.

  54. @Ray

    I agree, the English is one of the main openings. I think the reason for this is that
    many of the positions are less forcing than efter e4 and d4. There is no Petroff, Berlin Wall
    or Slav killing the game.

    @ Jacob Aagaard
    When will we see Another GM repertoire book on the English from whites perspective?

  55. Pawn Dillinger

    I see GM 19 Minor Openings has been pushed back yet again, this time till Autumn, when the pessimistic side of me thinks it will yet again be pushed back until Winter, then Spring….Sorry for the negativity; I just want it the most, then KID 5 and the the rest of the 1 e4 Negi series. And the rest of the new Avrukh 1 d4 books, and the Sicilian Najdorf. It says a lot about Quality Chess when I have only one minor whiner. Great job guys.

  56. Jacob Aagaard

    @Pawn Dillinger
    It is not pushed back as far as I am concerned. It is still in the same place in the hierarchy as before, it is just that it has gone from likely August to likely September.

  57. Jeg taper partiet men vinner krigen

    Stands there excerpt for ,,Von Schüler zum Großmeister”?

    And is 1. e4 book still on time for this week?

  58. Zaro :
    am i right, that there are none of these fantastic hardcover editions in german language?

    Of the two German-language books we are publishing now: ‘Vom Schüler zum Großmeister’ by Thomas Luther is paperback only, while ‘Dame am Brett’ by Judit Polgar is hardcover only.

    I think we need to add something in German on the book’s webpages to make that clear.

  59. Pawn Dillinger

    Sounds good. I’ll take your word for it and will continue to build my enthusiasm. Even reading about a particular month like September is great news. And as I wrote, if that’s the worst whining one could do, it says a lot about QC. Thanks for the input.@Jacob Aagaard

  60. You guys are awesome! I just downloaded the excerpt of Dynamic Decision Making and you guys added puzzles!

    Whoever thought of that deserves a slap on the back, a raise, and a small vacation to some topical country.

  61. I only had a quick look, but Luthers book looks very nice.
    Not to speak of Johns opus. First look is “very impressive”.

  62. Jacob Aagaard

    Thank you. I am going to San Francisco on holiday Sunday. Not sure if it is topical or tropical, but for a Scot it will be plenty warm…

  63. San Francisco weather is supposed to be reasonably nice on Sunday (certainly warm for a Scot), and forecasted to be very warm next week, so you’re in luck (I live near there).

    More to publishing – I want to compliment John on the 1. e4 book – it’s very good! I have been working on it since published in FC and I’m quite impressed.

  64. Got my 1. e4 book yesterday and I must say it is fantastic! Thank you John for all the work and also the entire QC team. I knew it would be good but it is far better than I imagined it to be.

    But I still have 2 other questions for you.

    1. Is it possible to give a hint (yet) how Victor Mikhalevski will battle the English and Reti in the upcoming book about “minor openings”?

    2. Are there any plans for a book about the Petroff for black?

    Thank you in advance


    Many of you wondered how on earth Quality Team couldn’t update Ftacnik’s “Grandmaster Repertoire 6 – The Sicilian Defence”, which was out of print 6 years ago!!!

    Why, cause Najdorf is THE ELITE Black opening 🙂

    Working and talking with a Serbian GM Elo 2537 I was informed that Ftacnik’s book didn’t stood the test of time, and albeit once he was good analyst, his book on Najdorf was rather poor.

    My conclusion was that that was the really reason why Quality Team didn’t want him to write second edition.

    But who can? Waiting for more than 2 years!

    Shame, they have a bestseller, a blockbuster, but they don’t want to launch second edition!

  66. Are there plans to update and release Playing 1.d4: The Queen’s Gambit by Lars Schandorff? I cannot get hold of a paperback version of this book at the moment.

  67. After scanning John’s Playing 1.e4 book,(it’s very good) it’s made me real learn the Volume 2 any ideas when this will be done. This year or early next?

    Cheers in advance

  68. Is it really possible that Vassilios forgot to include then Taimanov variation (9. Bd2) in his books on the Mar del Plata ?
    I just can’t believe it, as he covered anything else !
    Or am I missing something ?

  69. Jacob Aagaard

    @Hysan Wong
    It is almost finished; then it will take about 6 weeks for the proof reading and printing. I am hoping we can include it in the 31st August batch, but no promises.

  70. There are some important lines not covered in Kotronias Anti-Sicilian book and in Negi’s 3 there is no 10…Qb8 line in the Dragon. Are you planning any newsletter with updates?

  71. Kirill :
    Will Grandmaster Reporoire on Benko happen? Thank you.

    some time ago a clear NO was said after I asked about it…so maybe repeated asking might help to give an update on the excellent Pinski-Book….

  72. @Thomas


    I am reliably informed (by the author) that this line is not good, but it should have been mentioned, at least briefly. So Kotronias will say something about it, and we will share it with you, but right now all his efforts are going into finishing the final volume.

  73. @ John Shaw : Thank you . Taimanov’s variation as i see it is an attempt to play useful moves be fore committing the knight on e1 or g5 and has mainly historical value ( Fisher 1971 ! )

  74. Is there any update as to when the next pdf excerpt (for any of the forthcoming books) will be put up please?

  75. Negi III is available for pre-order but there is no excerpt yet – when it comes?
    Is there a chance for an index of variations be included in the excerpt?

  76. @AJZ


    The excerpts of both Negi Sicilian III and Avrukh 1B are likely to appear tomorrow. But without the Variation Indexes, as that would give away too many secrets about the repertoire choices.

    Our Variation Indexes are detailed (the one for Avrukh 1B is 10 pages long). I want the excerpts to give you a good idea of what is in the book, but not show the repertoire move-by-move.

  77. I was wondering, will the excerpts for Avrukh and Negi be on your website before the end of the (working) day? Thank you.

  78. Jacob Aagaard :
    10…Qb8 is in Negi IV as an appendix.

    Ok, that’s nice idea – most people who bought Negi III will buy Negi IV.
    Hoping for some solution to Anti-Sicilians book omissions too.

  79. The last news about GM rep 19: 1 month later, is it confirmed for sep\oct? Thanks.

    P.S. What preference against 1.c4? 1…c5, 1…e5 or others? 🙂

  80. Is it just me, or is there a typo on the Slav Stonewall introductory page before page 150 in the excerpt for Avrukh 1B? In the introductory page, the line given is 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 f5. Isn’t the knight in the way of ..f5 having played 3..Nf3?

  81. Thanks John. Remember to check page 5/16 of the pdf excerpt as there appears to be a typo on the page (3..Nf6 instead of what I presume should have been 3..c6).

    Thank you for the excerpts. Have a good weekend.

  82. James :
    (Sorry, that should be 3..Nf6 and not 3..Nf3, just to be clear.)

    It’s an error. It should be 3…e6. A new improved excerpt will appear soon. And the printed book will also be correct. Thanks for mentioning this slip.

  83. If anyone wants to know: The new Luther book is really good!

    Right now I am struggling trough the “Luther-Test” there…really tough nuts…

  84. Does Negi cover the 4 knights line in the Sicilian, which arrises after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 behause I didn’t find it in the contents

  85. Correction: 10.. Qb8 is in Negi III according the excerpt, not in IV.
    Which is better of course, as IV will be OUTSIDE of the Sicilian.

  86. Oh, perhaps means Neg IV, but his THIRD book on the Sicilian (“1 e4 Sicilian III”).
    Somewhat confusing bit I think iTS like this.

  87. Preview of changes on Indian defenses in Avrukh’s series? I’m guessing it will be another 2 books for the Indian/Dutch/Misc. defenses and that makes it a bit awkward when trying to create a repertoire since that will probably mean another year before getting the analysis.

    I have the Hiarcs book and good chess engines but it would be nice, if it is known, to get an idea of what lines will be dramatically different. I’m talking about completely different systems and not innovations on move 15.

  88. TonyB :
    @Maik I’m looking forward to this one myself. Is it Thomas’ story or does he recommend training methods etc!???

    @TonyB Yes, he talks a bit about his upbringing; how he got to GM and his training methods…and (for me at least) quite tough exercises! Sometimes it might be helpful to understand german…for one book at least… 😉

  89. I was referring to the HIARCS Opening Book Subscription, not just the engine book. I think you guys should consult it for opening books since it often has lines not tested in human games.

    Also, I’m confused as to how thew new Avrukh repertoire has the e4 variation vs the QGA. Can’t Black just move order us really easily with 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 dxc4 4. e4 b5!?

  90. Tim :
    When Negi finishes his Sicilian saga and starts writing about 1…e5 – will it be Scotch or Ruy Lopez?

    The Negi book we will publish at the end of this month finishes the Sicilian part. And I am sure it will be the Ruy Lopez against 1…e5.

  91. @Alex

    That 2…e6 move order you mention (leading to the QGA) is covered in the book, right at the start of Chapter 1. I think Black has move-ordered himself into a not very good line, and Avrukh shows what to do.

  92. Tim :
    When Negi finishes his Sicilian saga and starts writing about 1…e5 – will it be Scotch or Ruy Lopez?

    I’m hoping that 1.e4 vs Pirc/Modern/Scandinavian&others book will be published before the Ruy Lopez book, as I’m not playing the Ruy.

  93. @ Jacob & John

    Will Boris Avrukh has a new system against the King’s Indian and Gruenfeld or Is he gonna stick to the 3.g3 systems?

  94. I think the Scandinavian and the other minor lines are given in the next book. However I would prefer the Ruy Lopez to be the next!!

  95. @pawnfury
    I’m also wondering about this but one of the things I liked about his repertoire is the thematic fianchetto vs many lines. It’s not as extreme as Kosten’s 1. c4 2. g3 but it also isn’t neutralized as easily as that repertoire.

  96. @Alex
    Not sure that the g3 option strikes fear into the hearts of many Grunfeld or Kings Indian players so I’d like to see a change….
    As a KID player I find the Samisch the most testing so it will be interesting to see what GM Kotronias recommends against it in his last volume in the KID series.

  97. @Michael
    The g3 systems don’t challenge the soundness of those openings but they do create a dynamic game with a subtle White pull, usually in the form of a space advantage. They’re also similar to the Benoni and Catalan lines in terms of White’s structure so that makes it easier to adopt the repertoire and understand the positional themes.

    I think the popularity of Kosten’s “The Dynamic English” with 1. c4 2. g3 highlights the appeal of relying on comparable structures. Although in the case of the English some of the responses (certain c6-d5 lines for example) shut down any hope of an advantage if White insists on that approach. The issue is that White defines his structure too early and so Black can respond perfectly to it. Avrukh isn’t as dogmatic and the extra flexibility gives his lines more bite should Black choose to play something offbeat.

    With that said, the big center responses to the Grunfeld and KID do have more threat to Black if he doesn’t know theory. However, if he does, not only are you playing into their hands since they probably like the main lines and are more experienced but you also don’t really get much more than the g3 systems would offer.

  98. @Alex

    Well Alex maybe you are right, I’ve been playing both sides of the KID at club, tournament and now correspondence levels since I was 15 (I’m now 65). I have had and still have, little problem dealing with g3 systems as black but on the flip side I have made little progress when playing g3 against the Indian systems as white….maybe that is more about me relating to my positive experiences with black therefore not trusting the White set-up more than anything to do with the effectiveness of the opening line.

    But I do play the Catalan as white and think that GM Avrukh’s book is great. I’m also very sure that he won’t be recommending a g3 approach against the Slav in 1B so perhaps a little flexibility around choice of lines against the Indian systems is also possible?

  99. @jacob aagaard
    actually when is expected the publication of GM repertoire 19?

    Maybe the title was too ambitious, nevertheless i am just to curious to read and study it!! 😀

  100. GM 19 seems like a book that QC team are very hush about. No one really seems to know when it will be published or have any hint of what lines it will cover£

  101. @trandism

    My preference has always been to have a d6, e5 pawn formation when playing against the Samisch. These lines are under something of a cloud at present so whilst the c5 setups are OK they are not my preferred option.

    Kotronias tends to favour the e5 setup as well, so I hoping his final volume on the KID will breath some new life into the variation.

  102. A somewhat related question: will the QC books published on August 31st be available for purchase at the Baku Olympiad?

  103. @middlewave

    @Jacob Aagaard

    I have no exciting secrets about this. There is a ‘Chess Exhibition’ being held alongside the Baku Olympiad, with various companies selling things, so one would expect chess booksellers to be involved. I emailed the relevant Baku organiser to ask which companies would be selling books there, so I hope I will know more soon.

  104. @ Jacob & John
    Will Boris Avrukh has a new system against the King’s Indian and Gruenfeld or Is he gonna stick to the 3.g3 systems?

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