How to contact us

Just a quick note on the best way to approach us on anything.

a) Write to us on the blog. In 99% of all cases, others will be interested in our answers as well and it is not private. There will be some exceptions, like sending us links not everyone should see or something like this. In that case:

b) email one of us. If you email all five of us, you will take time away from four people who would not reply that could be used working on books. If you email all of us, expect to be reprimanded harshly.

c) contact us privately on messenger Sunday evening with trivial questions. Guess what brought up this post! Please respect that when you send a message to one of us that will come up on our phone outside office hours, you are invading our privacy. Please don’t do it.

To sum up:

Almost everything should be put on the blog. We check everything and answer all serious questions. In rare cases, email one of us.

27 thoughts on “How to contact us”

  1. This is why I have ‘Do not disturb activated on my phone from 11 pm to 6 am. I own a business and I really hate it when customers call me at 4:45 am.

  2. It was not bad this time around, 7pm. But I do want to stress that the blog is the place to contact us. We check everything and answer to everything we want to answer to. If it is private, we have emails.

  3. Jacob: Does it say anywhere what QGD-system Nikos book will be based on? I.e. is it Tartakower, Orthodox, Tarrasch, Lasker, etc?

  4. @David
    I asked about this at the beginning of the year. The details weren’t really released, but I don’t think it will be any of those. I think it might be 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 and now 4..Nbd7. Everything after 4..Be7 has been analysed very heavily.


  5. Wasn’t sure where exactly to put this, so I guess I’m throwing it here;

    I found a small-ish error in Pert’s “Playing the Ragozin”:

    On pg.101 Pert states that Gustafsson “only considers 13.Bc4:” in the line 5.Bg5 dc4: 6.e4 c5 7.dc5: Qd1:+ 8.Rd1: Nbd7 (not Pert’s recommendation) 9.Bd2 Bc3: 10.Bc3: Ne4: 11.Bg7: Rg8 12.Bd4 Ndc5: 13.Ne5(!) – but Gustafsson doesn’t get there at all, playing 12. ..Nec5: instead, after which indeed 13.Bc4: looks like the only sensible move.

    Greetings & thanks for all the work!

  6. @James2

    To say that it will be 4.Nbd7 on the basis that 4.Be7 is analyzed heavily is severely flawed logic. 4.Nbd7 has been analyzed. A 6-letter G-word publisher published a whole book on just the Cambridge Springs alone, so not like they aren’t analyzed. Based on your flawed logic, 4.dxc4 should be analyzed (I think that’s called the Vienna Variation?).

    Plus, if publishers didn’t publish books on the basis of heavy coverage already, you wouldn’t see another book on the Sicilian Defense (any variation) in two decades! Instead you’d see useless garbage like the Budapest with 3…Ne4, or the Vulture!

  7. Saw the July 31 post about “finishing touches” on the 1.d4d5 by Nikoloas Ntrlis. Any idea when the book will be shipped? I just ordered a copy along with the “Box”. Looking forward to both!

  8. My apologies if I have missed this here. There is a book of photos coming out by David Llada. Will it be available from you directly? Also, is there a known release date? Thanks.

  9. Would anyone be able to tell me when Boris Avrukh’s GM Repertoire 2A (1.d4 King’s Indian and Grünfeld) is going to be published? I see a picture of its cover on the catalogue pdf, but can find no mention of it in the coming soon, or anywhere else.

    Additionally, are other GM Repertoire titles such as Berg’s 3 volumes on the French expected to be split into multiple parts, or will they likely remain unrevised?

  10. @Jonathan Senn
    I did not understand the second part of the question.

    Regarding the Avrukh book. It is on its way, but I prefer to make announcements on publication times in publishing schedules (forecasts is maybe a better word?)

  11. Jacob Aagaard :
    @Jonathan Senn
    I did not understand the second part of the question.
    Regarding the Avrukh book. It is on its way, but I prefer to make announcements on publication times in publishing schedules (forecasts is maybe a better word?)

    Thanks for the response, I look forward to hearing a publication date!

    To clarify my second question: GM 1 & 2 have been, or are being updated and split into two volumes (a volume A and B). I believe this is also happening to GM 6. What I was wondering, is if there are plans to do the same to other volumes of the GM series, and if so, which volumes. I understand if you can’t comment on this, but as a consumer it makes me think twice about buying Berg’s three volumes on the French if they end up being split into 6 more volumes that I need to purchase at a later date.

    Hope that makes sense!

  12. I have purchased many books from you and really what you guys are doing. I wish you would make the three English Opening books by Mihail Marin available in Forward Chess App. They are lacking some literature on the English and that would be one I would purchase even though I own the paper ones.

  13. Is there a way to get pgn copies of positions in your books? I am blind and it would help me to fully utilize the material.

  14. I know you concentrate on print books, and I also know that GM John Shaw’s ‘King’s Gambit’ has been out for a while. But Mr. Shaw, please create a repertoire book on the opening for chessable! I would be your first customer, but I know there would be many more 🙂

  15. I would be glad if I could be put in touch with Jacob please.

    I am running the first randomised controlled trial in chess improvement and this is going to go down in chess history. There is plenty of opportunity in this project and I’d love to have a quick 5-10 minute conversation with jacob to see if he would be open to collaboration.

    Kind regards,

    Dr Mathew Hobbs
    Rolleston Medical Centre,
    Senior clinical lecturer University of Otago,
    MBChB, FRNZCGP, BSc (Neuroscience)

  16. @mathew hobbs
    If you go to our home page and click ‘contact’, you will find Jacob’s email address.

    (I just tried sharing a link to the contact page itself, but got a message saying my comment was awaiting moderation, probably due to the hyperlink. Hopefully this comment can be viewed with no issues – but if the other comment gets approved and it looks like I’m answering the question twice, that’s the reason.)

  17. Hi.

    I’ve been writing a book lately for fun, but I wouldn’t mind having it published some day. It’s called From B- to A-class Player and it’s aimed at players between 1500-1800 elo.

    Do you feel there would be a market for such a book and can I send you some excerpts of my book by email?

    Best regards,

    Adam Brockwell

  18. @Adam
    For this type of enquiry, it’s best to email privately. John is the best person to ask, and you can find his email address on the ‘Contact’ section of our website.

  19. francisco regis

    Master, it was with great pleasure that I received your new book, signed. a real honor for me. the book seemed to me totally exceptional, incredible.. probably the best of all time on the subject. It’s an honor for me to have such a good chess book in my small collection of 160 books. my biggest challenge is to make the most out of the 900 pages of the book. the paper is excellent, the binding too, the hardcover is the icing on the cake. your book already occupies the status of “my precious” similar to the ring made to dominate all others..I hope you always continue to make chess books and I hope to always be able to buy… my friend GM Felipe El Debs, was curious about the content… I wish you the best of the best. together with Mark Dvorestky, you occupy a special place in my heart, just for the books you’ve released. not even a title of world champion surpasses his work, his contribution to chess.

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