Quality Chess Newsletter – London Classic lectures, new books & original analysis

Dear Quality Chess Reader,

If you live near London you will soon have the chance to attend lectures by two of our authors. Grandmasters Jacob Aagaard and Boris Avrukh will be giving talks at the London Chess Classic. Jacob’s will be on December 14; Boris’s date has yet to be confirmed. On the same day as his lecture, Jacob will be awarded the ECF Book of the Year Prize for Attacking Manuals 1 and 2.

We at Quality Chess are currently working mainly on four books: Boost Your Chess 3 by Artur Yusupov, Chess Lessons by Vladimir Popov, The Cutting Edge 2: The Sicilian Najdorf 1 by Milos Pavlovic and Experts on the anti-Sicilians edited by Jacob Aagaard and John Shaw.

Boost Your Chess 3 is the latest volume in GM Yusupov’s award-winning instructional series. The “3” in the title tells the reader this is at the Mastery level. Yusupov’s series increases in difficulty from The Fundamentals (1) to Beyond the Basics (2) and then finally Mastery.

In Chess Lessons, Vladimir Popov shares the chess wisdom he accumulated while coaching many promising juniors. In particular the book offers many lessons from the games of Popov’s two most celebrated pupils, the Kosintseva sisters. Tania and Nadia Kosintseva were recently in action as the top two seeds at the Russian Women’s Championship. At the following link you can read a sample chapter.

In The Cutting Edge 2: The Sicilian Najdorf 1 GM Milos Pavlovic analyses various state-of-the-art lines in the Sicilian Najdorf (with the exception 6.Bg5 which will be covered in the next Cutting Edge book).
Experts on the anti-Sicilian is written by a host of grandmasters (including Peter Heine Nielsen, Boris Avrukh, Christian Bauer, Matthieu Cornette, John Shaw, Jacob Aagaard, Milos Pavlovic and Tiger Hillarp Persson). The book covers various lines of the Sicilian where White avoids playing the Open Variation (2.Nf3 and 3.d4).

The chess file links below have various interesting pieces of analysis including GM Mihail Marin’s response to some questions about Grandmaster Repertoire 4 and Grandmaster Repertoire 5: the books which completed his 1.c4 repertoire. There is also plenty of original analysis by GM Jacob Aagaard that is relevant to several of our books. The chess files are available in pdf or ChessBase format.

Two of the books we published in the early years of Quality Chess were Tiger’s Modern by Tiger Hillarp Persson and The Benko Gambit by Jan Pinski. We ran out of copies of these two books so we are currently reprinting them. They will be available next week.


John Shaw
Chief Editor
Quality Chess

17 thoughts on “Quality Chess Newsletter – London Classic lectures, new books & original analysis”

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  2. splinter22prime

    Great job! Another good newsletter.
    I’m surprised that the 6.Bg5 Nbd7 variation still holds ground and I also enjoyed Marin’s updates, but especially his comments.
    One thing I actually already knew, namely that Tiberiu Georgescu plays Marin’s system.
    I know him personally and have also played against him once (I had the luck to play with White and drew with him).
    I noticed a couple of months ago already that he had successfully played 1.c4, 2.g3 in several games but I’m curious to see if he’ll manage to obtain GM level with that system.

    Already looking forward to the next newsletter!

    Quick question: Since there will be two volumes of the GM KID, will he also include some back-up lines against major systems like the Bayonette or the Fianchetto line.

  3. Abramov Anjuhin

    You could include some lines which plays my friend GM Zdenko Kozul. He rarely enters the Classical main line with …e5!

  4. Gilchrist is a Legend

    I am surprised Avrukh is writing on the Anti-Sicilians. After his two 1. d4 GM Repertoire books and the fact that he plays the Sicilian Kan, I am interested in what he will write about.

  5. So Anti-Sicilians shall be a valuable tool/enhancemnet of GM Najdorf, especially as a supplement of many minor lines…

  6. I am not sure we are doing any updates on the Botvinnik lines. They are simply too complex for me, and I am doing the newsletter almost exclusively :-).

    I just played Jonny Hector, who prior to our game had a long winning streak, of 9/9 in the previous season, and another 2/2 in this season. However, I was happy to get back on a winning footing with probably the opponent that suits me best. I got a lot of praise from the team, but really, Jonny had an off-day and misjudged a close to inferior position, and instead went down with a very dubious pawn sacrifice. Except for his choice of the Schliemann in the opening, there were no real surprises for me in this game and I managed to play a nice technical ending – which of course is easier when you are a pawn ahead!

    John also plays for this Danish team (and at rare occasions, Brunello as well) and returned to 50% with a nice win against the Berlin. Probably from the looks of it a really superb game. Maybe not the best moves all the way, but there was some very deep chess at times in this game.

  7. anonymous coward

    You’re going to brag on some good games played by QC personnel and you don’t give us pgns? For shame, sir. 🙂

  8. I was writing from my mothers computer that does not even have Word, let along a chess playing program. Now I am stuck in England after failure to make it home yesterday. This is one expensive season!

  9. [Event “XtraCon-Skakligaen”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2010.12.05”]
    [Round “3.1”]
    [White “Aagaard, Jacob”]
    [Black “Hector, Jonny”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [WhiteElo “2534”]
    [BlackElo “2576”]
    [ECO “C63”]
    [EventDate “2010.12.05”]
    [PlyCount “83”]
    [EventType “Team”]
    [EventRounds “9”]
    [WhiteTeam “Sydostfyn”]
    [BlackTeam “Nordkalotten”]
    [WhiteTeamCountry “DEN”]
    [BlackTeamCountry “DEN”]

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.exf5 e4 6.Ng5 d5 7.d3 h6 8.Ne6 Bxe6 9.fxe6 Qd6 10.dxe4 Qxe6 11.O-O dxe4 12.Bf4 Bd6 13.Bxd6 cxd6 14.f3 e3 15.Qd3 O-O-O 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Rfe1 Rhe8 18.Qa6+ Kb8 19.Qxc6 Rc8 20.Qb5+ Ka8 21.Rad1 d5 22.Rd3 Rb8 23.Qa5 Qc6 24.a4 e2 25.Nxd5 Nxd5 26.Qxd5 Qxd5 27.Rxd5 Rxb2 28.Rc5 Rb4 29.a5 Rd4 30.Kf2 Rd2 31.Rc7 g5 32.Rc6 Kb7 33.Rxh6 Rxc2 34.Rh5 Rc5 35.h4 Rxa5 36.hxg5 Rae5 37.g4 R5e6 38.Rh6 Re5 39.g6 a5 40.Rh5 a4 41.Rxe5 Rxe5 42.g7 1-0

  10. [Event “XtraCon-Skakligaen”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2010.12.05”]
    [Round “3.3”]
    [White “Shaw, John”]
    [Black “Pedersen, Daniel Vesterbaek”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [WhiteElo “2439”]
    [BlackElo “2296”]
    [ECO “C67”]
    [EventDate “2010.12.05”]
    [PlyCount “98”]
    [EventType “Team”]
    [EventRounds “9”]
    [WhiteTeam “Sydostfyn”]
    [BlackTeam “Nordkalotten”]
    [WhiteTeamCountry “DEN”]
    [BlackTeamCountry “DEN”]

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.h3 h6 11.Bf4 Kc8 12.Rad1 Ne7 13.Rd2 b6 14.Rfd1 Be6 15.Rd8+ Kb7 16.Rxa8 Kxa8 17.Rd8+ Kb7 18.Nd4 Bc8 19.e6 fxe6 20.Nf3 Ng6 21.Be5 a6 22.Ne2 c5 23.Bc3 c6 24.Be5 Rh7 25.Re8 Be7 26.Nf4 Nxe5 27.Rxe7+ Nd7 28.Nxe6 Kb8 29.Rxg7 Rxg7 30.Nxg7 Nf6 31.g4 Kc7 32.Ne5 Kd6 33.Nf7+ Kd5 34.Nxh6 c4 35.Nhf5 Ke5 36.Ne3 b5 37.Kg2 a5 38.Kf3 c5 39.h4 Bb7+ 40.Ke2 c3 41.bxc3 Ne4 42.h5 Nxc3+ 43.Kd3 Nxa2 44.Ngf5 Nb4+ 45.Kd2 Nd5 46.Nxd5 Bxd5 47.h6 Bg8 48.Ne7 Bh7 49.g5 Be4 1-0

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