Coming Soon – Anand, Shankland, Alma

Our Coming Soon section has some new additions. We will say more about the books later, but for now a brief introduction.

The Anand Files – The World Championship Story 2008-2012. Michiel Abeln tells the inside story of Anand’s dramatic World Championship matches against Kramnik, Topalov and Gelfand. Abeln extensively interviewed Anand’s seconds about their experiences. The ideal expert to state an opinion on the book is Viswanathan Anand, who writes in the Foreword: “Basically, I love this book. The level of detail is fabulous, and as I read it I felt I was reliving the entire five-year period during which these three matches happened.”

Small Steps 2 Success by Sam Shankland. The 2018 US Champion and double Olympiad gold medallist follows up his excellent Small Steps to Giant Improvement with a work about passed pawns. I am biased as ever, but this is top-notch instruction. The cover above is Version B, for those who followed the previous debate.

Alma and the Dark Dominion by Judit Berg. A new area for us – fiction. Judit Berg is an award-winning, bestselling children’s author from Hungary. Alma is a fun adventure story that has some chess content supplied by Judit Polgar.

33 thoughts on “Coming Soon – Anand, Shankland, Alma”

  1. Great news!

    And I love how the door has been left open for a sequel to the Anand book.

    What am I talking about? “The Anand Ranks” of course.

  2. The Anand book look nice and may be dirty a purchase!
    A bit disappointed not to see the Najdorf book there, will this be out this year?

  3. what about “chess from scratch” vol 2?
    September is here. I trusted Quality Chess and now i am in a very difficult position.

  4. Will the Anand Files have any games and analysis in it, or is does “the inside story” mean it is purely biographical?

  5. Dear Jacob,
    regarding the book about the Najdorf: Against 6.Be3 and 6.Be2: will the book cover variations with e6 oder with e5? What’s the recommendation against 6.Be3 and 6.Bg5?
    Thanks a lot in advance?

  6. @Paul H
    Yes, good point – we’ll put an excerpt together and make it available by tomorrow if all goes well. We should really have done it sooner but we’ve been working like crazy to get the Najdorf book finished.

  7. Hey guys. After buying Psakhis my long suffering wife asked me how many chess books I needed. I gave her the stock answer that the ideal number is one more than the current number of books.
    It did make me tally up my purchases and found that I now have a collection of QC books in 3 digit format so thanks guys for all the entertainment over the years. Obviously looking at the ‘Coming Soon’ section I’m not about to rest on my laurels. At least when I pop my clogs my wife won’t be short of book shaped fuel for the funeral pyre! Appreciate your efforts over the years.?

  8. Recognizing the problem, may be we could a separate blogpost for dealing with the combination marriage / chess ?. Or may be collecting books is just a rather idiosyncratic affair anyway. @JB

  9. You could be into any number of actually expensive hobbies, like collecting rare motorcycles, round the world yacht racing or even Magic the Gathering.

    In comparison the odd chess book or two per month hardly registers.

    So talk and research just enough about a subject like that to keep that idea in the front of her mind.

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