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Winning Chess Puzzles For Kids Volume 2 is a fun and instructive workbook for children ages 7 to 13. Full of imaginative drawings,... it combines standard chess problems with a variety of insightful chess-related puzzles. Slightly more advanced than Volume 1, its aim is to further develop a student s tactical skills. The main part of the book consists of exercise sheets with more than 1000 positions, covering basic mates and simple tactics such as forks, pins, and discovered checks. There are also 100 pages of additional material with names like Lily s Puzzlers, Switcheroos, Who's The Goof, Chess Mazes, and Double Whammys. This book can be studied by itself or used as a supplement to the author s earlier works: Winning Chess Strategy For Kids and Winning Chess Exercises For Kids. Taken together, they make a complete course of instruction for the aspiring player. read more

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Sam Loyd (1841-1911) was the all time greatest inventor and developer of puzzles. He is described by Martin Gardner, the author of... the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American, as "America's greatest puzzlist and an authentic American genius". His fame is world wide and books of his puzzles have been published in Russian and many other languages. This book, Sam Loyd's Cyclopedia of 5,000 Puzzles Tricks & Conundrums with Answers, was compiled by his son and published in 1914 after his death. Although many books have been written about some of Loyd's puzzles, this remains the most complete volume of all of his puzzles. This is considered to be the most fabulous and exciting collection of puzzles ever assembled in one volume. The puzzles come with wonderful illustrations. read more

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With this charming book, children will delight in learning the basic moves of chess - the most popular and challenging strategy ga...me of all. All the rules of chess are clearly explained, step by step, assuming no prior knowledge. The lessons are reinforced by the inventive tales that George is told by his pet alligator Kirsty, self-proclaimed Grand Alligator of chess. Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. Although chess can be regarded as a rather complex and mysterious game, the rules themselves are straightforward. It doesn't take long to learn how the pieces move, and even children as young as five can enjoy exciting games. They will also thoroughly enjoy outwitting friends and relatives! read more

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This book is an easier version of Combination Challenge!, also by Lou Hays. It contains 535 one- two- and three-move combinations ...to solve and teaches a study method for learning to play combinative chess. This is the quickest and easiest way to improve your chess rapidly. read more

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Chess is great for developing a child's analytical skills, fostering the competitive instinct—and having fun. Nothing beats this c...ute, character-based guide for teaching youngsters how to play. Jess and Jamie—two rough-and-tumble, chess-obsessed kids—explain it all: what the pieces are and how they move; the opening, middlegame, and endgame; checkmate; and sneaky tricks that win. The book's friendly, entertaining, and essential to any child's bookshelf. read more

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This chess puzzle super-challenge contains 100 fun positions to solve, ranging from encouragingly easy to mind-numbingly hard. Usi...ng an innovative format, every puzzle is preceded by an instructive example, illustrating an important pattern. Each puzzle has been graded to suit a wide range of chess abilities. Beginners or younger readers will enjoy reading the basic warm-up exercises. The more experienced can wrestle with some classic puzzles, whilst at the same time learning of typical themes and killer concepts. The final challenging chapters – Mission Impossible – are guaranteed to torment and inspire the most talented of future champions! Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. Chess Puzzles for Kids will quickly enable children to enjoy using their new-found skills to outwit friends and relatives. read more

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For chess-players of all ages and abilities, it is vital to get off to a good start. This simple guide provides all the tips and i...deas needed to play purposefully from move one. That's because these 50 Mighty Openings are the very ones used by chess masters and grandmasters to outwit opponents time and again. This book teaches the names and starting moves of all the main chess openings, and explains the basic ideas. Beginners will learn how to position their pieces for maximum impact. More experienced players will discover some remarkable tactical and strategic themes that are vital for chess mastery. Throughout the book, numerous devastating opening traps are highlighted. You will have fun posing difficult problems for your opponent - whether a friend, a chess-club rival or your Dad! Chess Openings for Kids makes learning the chess openings fun. Playing these powerful openings helps develop an understanding of how the pieces work together. Soon you will be able to play strong moves in any opening position, and approach every game with confidence - and success. read more

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One of the Most Instructive Books Ever about Checkmate Tactics!In the early 1950s, two former French champions authored a book tha...t clearly – and quite comprehensively – explained the basic mating patterns in chess. The Art of Checkmate by Georges Renaud and Victor Kahn was destined to be hailed as one of the most instructive chess books ever written. The basic elements of dozens of mating patterns are explored. Each is supported by simple, easy-to-understand examples, with additional exercises offered to help the student master this most important core concept – Checkmate. In this new 21st-Century Edition, the antiquated English descriptive chess notation has been replaced by modern algebraic notation. Otherwise, it has remained true to its roots. Find out why both instructors and students have for decades considered The Art of Checkmate as one of the most illuminating and helpful chess books ever written. read more

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Many chess books explain how to improve an already-favorable position. This completely revised and updated edition of a classic gu...ide can help when you've lost the advantage. Every player needs an arsenal of defensive techniques, and Andrew Soltis covers them all, along with psychological strategies for achieving victory. Learn how to master counterplay, when to accept sacrifices, how to anticipate short- and long-term threats, how to minimize losses, and much more. read more

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Most chess games are decided in the endgame. It is here where you reap the rewardfor your good play, or else use all your cunning ...to deny the opponent victory. Knowingjust a few key endgame techniques will dramatically increase your confidence, as youwill understand what positions to aim for and which to avoid.Starting with the basic mates and the simplest pawn endings, this book provides all theendgame knowledge that players need to take them through to club level and beyond.Müller carefully guides us step-by-step through a fascinating range of endgame tacticsand manoeuvres, helping us understand the underlying logic.Throughout the book, many cunning endgame tricks are highlighted. You will have funspringing them on friends, family – or your opponents in serious tournaments.Chess Endgames for Kids makes learning chess endgames fun. But it is also aserious endgame course written by a leading endgame expert, and provides a firmbasis for vital skills that will develop throughout your chess career.German grandmaster Karsten Müller is arguably the world’s foremost writer on chessendgames. Whenever an interesting endgame occurs in a high-level game, the chessworld knows that it will soon be dissected and explained by Müller. Whether writing fora low-level or high-level audience, his infectious zeal for the endgame shines through.His ‘masterwork’, Fundamental Chess Endings (co-authored with Frank Lamprecht,and also published by Gambit) is a modern endgame ‘bible’ and was studiedintensively in his youth by current World Champion Magnus Carlsen. read more

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Samuel Reshevsky is the ideal person to write a book on positional play because that was exactly the way he played: positionally. ...Reshevsky preferred to crush his opponents slowly, like a python, rather than to win with a blaze of tactics. Reshevsky was capable of great tactics, but felt it easier and more secure just to win by the slow build-up, gaining small advantages and then waiting for the opponent to throw himself on the sword with a brash counter-attack. The disadvantage is this takes a long time and most of the games in this book are long, but that makes them more instructive. A game won by sharp tactics does not teach much, unless that exact tactic arises again. The slow build-up that Reshevsky specialized in can be repeated again and again to bring home the point every time. Reshevsky goes through positional values, such as open files, avoidance of doubled pawns, consequences of weak pawns, bad bishops, unsupported pawn chains, blockade vs. breakthrough, using minority attacks, passed pawns in the middle game and rooks behind passed pawns. In each of these cases, he uses a top level grandmaster game to illustrate it, showing how the greatest players use these motifs to win their games at the highest levels. read more

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Winning in chess is impossible without taking risks. Winning requires courage and psychology, but above all: calculation.No matter... how deep you calculate, you will always reach a point where you must come to an assessment, deal with uncertainties and take a decision. When your main aim is to derail your opponent's calculation by weaving a web of deception, you engage in the highest form of risk: bluff.Renowned chess coach Vladimir Tukmakov presents more than 100 practical ways that masters and grandmasters have used to push beyond the limits of calculation and take a deliberate risk. He shows how to trick your opponent into believing your bluff. This is the first attempt to understand the nature of risk in chess. After studying this book you will think twice before wasting an opportunity to do what even the greatest players have done: bluff your way to victory. read more

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Chess enthusiasts of all ages and levels will find this book an instructive delight. In a simple, easy-to-understand format it exp...lains how to bamboozle your chess opponents using commonly occurring tactical motifs. The illustrative positions, all taken from real games, show the 50 Tricky Tactics that experienced chess masters use to win their games. Recognizing frequently-occurring tactical ideas is vital to success in chess. One of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to improve at chess is by learning these thematic manoeuvres. Beginners will benefit from the clear explanation of basic concepts, such as how to utilize a fork, pin, or skewer. Advanced players will delight in the many devious middlegame tricks - some classified here for the first time - which can catch out even grandmasters. Chess Tactics for Kids makes improving easy and fun, and is full of helpful explanations on how to approach chess games with confidence - and success. read more

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Such has been the acclaim for John Watson's ground-breaking works on modern chess strategy and his insightful opening books, that ...it is only natural that he now presents a strategic opening repertoire. It is the chess-player's holy grail: a flexible repertoire that gives opponents real problems but doesn't require masses of memorization or continual study of ever-changing grandmaster theory. While this book can't quite promise all of that, Watson offers an intriguing selection of lines that give vast scope for over-the-board creativity and should never lead to a dull draw. The repertoire is based on 1 d4 and 2 c4, following up with methodical play in the centre. Watson uses his vast opening knowledge to pick cunning move-orders and poisonous sequences that will force opponents to think for themselves, providing a true test of chess understanding. Throughout, he discusses strategies for both sides, so readers will be fully ready to pounce on any inaccuracies, and have all the tools to decide on the most appropriate plans for White. read more

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The chess opening known as the Tarrasch Defense arises after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 and leads to wildly complex and dynamic play.... With deep analysis and countless novelties, Ntirlis and Aagaard have revived the coolest classical opening for use by grandmasters and amateurs in the 21st century. read more

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Comprehensive Chess Endings is a five volume master work by one of the world's leading authorities on the Chess Endgames, Grandmas...ter Yuri Averbakh. Grandmaster Averbakh is now the World's Oldest Grandmaster. He was born on February 8, 1922. He is now 90 years old and is still active in chess. This series was originally published in Russian. Ishi Press has published the Russian Language version of volume 2. That is Averbakh Chess Endings Bishop against Knight, Rook against Minor Pieces ISBN 4871875024. We will try to reprint the other volumes if we can ever find them, as they are difficult to obtain. These English versions are direct translation from the Russian except that the order of the volumes has been changed. The contents are exactly the same, other than the translation from Russian to English. These volumes in this series were first published in the Soviet Union in 1954 with a blue hard cover. It was reprinted with modifications in 1981-1983 with a soft orange cover. This is the third reprinting of the English translations. It was previously published in English by Batsford in 1975-1977 and by Pergammon in 1981-3. Each time, the order of the volumes has been changed. Here we are following this order: Comprehensive Chess Endings, Volume 1, Bishop Endings, Knight Endings ISBN 4871875032 Comprehensive Chess Endings, Volume 2, Bishop Against Knight Endings, Rook Against Minor Piece Endings ISBN 4871875040 Comprehensive Chess Endings, Volume 3, Queen and Pawn Endings Queen Against Rook Endings Queen Against Minor Piece Endings ISBN 4871875059 Comprehensive Chess Endings, Volume 4, Pawn Endings ISBN 4871875067 Comprehensive Chess Endings, Volume 5, Rook Endings ISBN 4871875075 An earlier series of the same books had a different order. There the order was 1: pawn endings 2: bishop and knight endings 3: bishop vs knight; rook vs minor pieces 4: rook endings 5: queens endings. Because of the popularity of these books, they have become rare and difficult to obtain. After a worldwide search we still have not been able to obtain a copy of volume 5. We had even began to suspect that it was a phantom book, a book that had been planned and announced but never actually published, but we have been assured that it does exist. Even the Russian language original editions of this book are difficult to obtain, although 100,000 were printed. read more

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The French Defence is one of the most popular and reliable responses to 1.e4. Black invites his opponent to gain space in the cent...re, with the intention of undermining the enemy position and launching a counterattack. Although the amount of theory has expanded in recent years, the French often leads to positions where positional and strategic understanding prove more relevant than long sequences of computer-generated moves.Grandmaster Repertoire 14 – The French Defence 1 introduces the Winawer Variation after the opening moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4, and provides expert recommendations against all of White’s major possibilities, with the exception of the most critical 7.Qg4 line which will receive special coverage in Volume Two of the series. Volume Three will deal with the Tarrasch, Advance and all of White’s other options. read more

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The art of strategic planning is not easily acquired from most teaching materials, yet it is one of the most important aspects of ...practical play. In this book, positional factors have been approached, with examples showing how a certain specific weakness can be exploited by specific means. This book includes complete games where the strategic and positional factors are seen in the complex interplay of the middle game and end game. read more

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After you have learned the rules of chess and developed some tactical abilities, how do you go from there? You are now ready to ta...ckle basic issues of strategy, but what is the best way to improve and win more games?Of course, you have to train. But chess training only makes sense if it fits your level of play and if it is structured in an accessible way. Experienced chess trainer Yaroslav Srokovski has developed a practical, well-structured, compact first course in positional understanding. You will learn two fundamental skills: how to assess a position on the board and how to decide which long-term objectives you should aim for in what sort of positions.In 12 chapters Srokovksi teaches you things like: how to handle your pawns, what weak squares and strong squares are, bad pieces and good pieces, why it is important if your king is in the middle or not, why and how to get an open line, the problem of knight against bishop, what piece coordination means and why everyone talks about the bishop pair.This course, which includes many exercises, is tried and tested and ideally suited to bring post-beginners at their next level. read more

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Nothing is more important in chess than tactical skill – it is the foundation of all playing strength. In any game, no matter how ...profound the strategy, there will always be a moment when tactics are needed. Thus a tough tactical workout is essential for players of every level who wish to improve.The Quality Chess team has spent years gathering 735 puzzles that are perfect for this task, with almost all of them coming from games played after 2000. read more

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INSPIRED by the slogan "Nothing but fun," this is a gay, light – hearted book. There is many a chuckle in the epigrams by, and ane...cdotes about, great masters. The "bright games" are quick and clever - sharp duels of nimble minds, with annotations that highlight the fine points. The magical problems, endings and "flights of fancy" are all special favorites with Chernev - the kind he treasures in his famous little black book. Most attractive of all: Chernev's candidates for the 15 most beautiful games of all time. read more

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Imagine you are a club player who has been given the opportunity to talk at length with a famous Grandmaster. How would you make t...he most of this opportunity?This is the third book in the highly acclaimed Lessons with a Grandmaster series. It bridges the gap between great player and amateur through a series of conversations between teacher, the renowned Grandmaster Boris Gulko, and student Dr. Joel R. Sneed, a professor of psychology and amateur chess player. The lessons are based on Gulko's own battles against fellow Grandmasters.In this third volume, Gulko and Sneed focus on both strategic and tactical ideas, and how to successfully combine the two parts over the board. Among the many subjects examined are attack and defense, exploiting weak squares, fighting for the initiative, Sicilian strategy and the bishop pair.Learn from the chess games of Boris GulkoTypical questions you would ask a Grandmaster―answered!Improve your strategic and tactical understanding read more

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“The Soviet Chess School” ISBN 4871874613 is a completely different book from “The Soviet School of Chess” ISBN 4871878198 . “The ...Soviet Chess School” is not an upgrade, revision or sequel to “The Soviet School of Chess”. It is an entirely different work, even though it is by the same two authors and the title is almost exactly the same. “The Soviet Chess School” has biographies and lots of games and pictures of players such as Kasparov, Karpov and Spassky whereas these players are not mentioned in the 32-years earlier work “The Soviet School of Chess”. Comparing these books to each other is like comparing apples to oranges. They are completely different, so it cannot be said that one is better than the other. “The Soviet School of Chess” was first published in 1951 in Russian and then translated and published in English in 1958. “The Soviet Chess School” was first published in 1983 in Moscow USSR. It does not appear ever to have been published in Russian. “The Soviet Chess School” covers a broader time period, starting with the invention of chess, 1500 years ago. It states that chess came to Russia in the 11th or 12th centuries and not from Europe but directly from Persia or Arabia. This is demonstrated by the different names for the chess pieces, such as “Ladia” meaning boat in contrast to the European word “rook” for the same piece and “Ferz” or vizier for the piece that is called “Queen” in most European languages. “The Soviet Chess School” states that the Tzars of Russia, Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584), Peter the Great (1672-1725) and Paul I (1754-1801) were all chess players. It recounts incidents of them playing chess, including a visit in 1781 by Paul I to Paris where he visited a chess club. read more

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The Second Edition of Another Dvoretsky Classic! It is very important for the practical player to train his or her ability, unders...tand when to rely on intuition, rules of thumb and more general positional considerations, when to try to solve problems by calculating variations to the end and how to manage time to avoid time pressure. With these goals in mind, the second edition of Dvoretsky’s Analytical Manual delivers excellent, high quality training materials and many exercises.Here what critics had to say about the First Edition:“Very good stuff! ... There is a shocking amount of rich material in this book ... Dvoretsky’s Analytical Manual is a magnificent piece of work ... It gets my highest recommendation for those 2200 and above.” – From Jeremy Silman’s review at JeremySilman.com“Established Dvoretsky fans will definitely enjoy this volume; it might even be his best to date.” – From the review by Sean Marsh at MarshTowers.com.“Dvoretsky’s Analytical Manual’s high-octane, excellent instructional material is nicely enhanced by the author’s erudition and wit ... A true gem!” Grandmaster Lev Alburt read more

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This chess classic has been praised by players and teachers alike. Lev Alburt, Grandmaster of Chess and three-time US chess champi...on, presents and analyzes the attack and defense of the king, with hundreds of game illustrations, dozens of problems and exercises, and instructive explanations and solutions. These practical exercises take the reader from beginner to tournament-strength chess player. Illustrated read more

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Four hundred years ago, an Italian chess master, Gioachino Greco, discovered anextraordinary bishop sacrifice on h7 that often lea...ds to checkmate or asignificant material advantage. More amazing still, he recorded the idea!This book chronicles the history of that idea, what many have come tocall the Classic Bishop sacrifice, from its discovery and formativeyears through its remarkably complex uses in modern chess.During the past century, several annotators have attempted to explainthe circumstances under which the sacrifice works, and when it doesnt.Edwards reviews their efforts and, in a spectacular ninth chapter,provides a modern classification. His taxonomy of the sacrifice iscomprehensive and full of pleasant surprises for beginners and even accomplishedmasters.This book represents a thematic approach to chess tactics and strategy.Careful readers will suddenly discover that they are able, quickly andaccurately, to see 5-10 moves or more ahead in these lines.Here you will find hundreds of carefully annotated games. Learn frombrilliant moves and strategies; and take full advantage of othersinstructive mistakes. read more

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Assuming no knowledge of chess beyond the rules, Maurice Ashley guides you on an inspirational journey through the world of chess ...tactics. He brings the pieces to life by examining their fundamental characteristics, and shows how their powers can be put to use to win pieces or give checkmate – the building-blocks upon which all chess skills are based. Ashley writes: “the approach is unique because it is basically me: the way I teach, the way I talk about chess, the way I think. You’ll find my love for the martial art aikido in these pages, as well as my ridiculous love for sports, story-telling and teaching.” But his approach is not just entertaining: teams under Ashley’s guidance have won nine national junior championships. His charismatic teaching methods are the stuff of legend – and are to be the subject of a movie. This book makes his ideas and material available to all: teachers and students alike. read more

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In 1988, his autobiography ?The Grass Arena? catapulted John Healy to worldwide literary fame. That harrowing tale described how H...ealy by discovering chess, escaped alcoholism, violence and crime. Many fans have wondered how Healy did as a chess player. In this book Healy uses over a hundred of his own games to show how unusual tactics or defensive motifs can turn the tide in any position. Along with the games the author describes in eloquent but brutal language the beautiful, sometimes terrible world of chess. The prologue ?Blood Sport? is a fine piece of vintage Healy non-fiction. A must-buy book for chess lovers, tactics buffs and Healy fans. read more

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Every chess player needs a set of openings he can trust!Chess Openings for Black, Explained gives you a complete repertoire of car...efully selected, interrelated openings. Three-time U.S. champion and master teacher Lev Alburt, along with his grandmaster co-authors, provides everything you need to know to defend with confidence against each and every one of White's first moves. This second edition is fully updated to reflect new developments in chess during the last three years, thoroughly grounding the player in the grandmaster-openings of modern chess, teaching you the opening that scores highest against White on a master level. Fully illustrated with two-color chess diagrams throughout. read more

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Revealing the winning technique for the first time, the United States Chess Champion presents 110 of the best games, instructively... analyzed. The book includes an autobiography of Reshevsky's career – from his youth as a chess prodigy to his latest exploits. This is the authoritative work where Samuel Reshevsky explains his remarkable and amazing career. He started his chess career as the greatest child prodigy in chess history, playing nearly master strength chess when he was eight years old. He went on a tour first of Europe and then America, giving simultaneous chess exhibitions against adults and winning almost every game. Having started as the world's youngest master, Reshevsky went on to become the world's oldest. Reshevsky remained a world class player even after he had passed 60 years old. He defeated Grandmaster and US Chess Champion Larry Christiansen just before he died at age 81. read more

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Pal Benko is one of the world's leading grandmasters of chess. He was once ranked in the top ten players in the world and is now t...he world's leading authority on chess endgames. read more

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Describes crucial situations in a hundred of Fischer's chess games and explains the surprizing and creative moves he used to turn ...the games in his favor read more

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In chess the Caro-Kann opening is one of Black’s most reliable answers to 1.e4. It is a regular favorite of elite players, who kno...w that computer-aided preparation now threatens the sharpest lines of the Sicilian or Ruy Lopez (at the very least with a forced draw). The Caro-Kann is less susceptible to such forcing lines – Black sets out to equalize in the opening, and win the game later.Grandmaster Lars Schandorff reveals a bulletproof chess opening repertoire and lucidly explains how Black should play the middlegame and endgame. read more

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The Open Spanish is one of Black’s most direct methods of fighting against the Ruy Lopez. Instead of subjecting himself to the so-...called “Spanish torture” of the Closed Ruy Lopez, Black boldly captures the e4-pawn and provokes an early confrontation.Grandmaster Repertoire 13 – The Open Spanish provides a complete repertoire for Black after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6, based on the Open Variation which occurs after 5.0–0 Nxe4. Black’s system is built on the principles of fast and active development, and fighting for the initiative whenever the opportunity arises. read more

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This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions ...throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.Anyone who plays the Sicilian Defence as Black must be prepared to meet a whole host of options for White known as the Anti-Sicilians. These includes popular choices such as the c3-Sicilian, the Grand Prix Attack, the Closed Sicilian, the King’s Indian Attack and all Bb5 lines, as well as numerous gambits and tricky sidelines which can be very difficult to meet for the unwary player. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Anti-Sicilian lines and provides repertoire options for Black against all of them. Using illustrative games, he explains the positional and tactical ideas for both sides, highlights important move-order issues and provides answers to all the key questions. This book tells you everything you need to know about facing the Anti-Sicilians with Black. *Essential guidance and training in Anti-Sicilians*Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study*Provides a repertoire for Black read more

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The widely-played Winawer Variation has been called 'the jewel in the crown of the French Defence'. It is easy to see why. This is... an opening for players who love a real fight. Black immediately attacks White's centre and the resulting positional dynamics offer chances to both sides. read more

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Anatoly Karpov is considered by many to be one of the greatest chess players of all time. He was the undisputed World Champion fro...m 1975 to 1985, and also FIDE World Champion from 1993 to 1999. He was ranked the World’s number one player for 90 months – second only to his greatest rival Garry Kasparov – and he won well over a hundred elite tournaments. Karpov possessed a deep positional understanding of the game and a fabulous intuitive feel for positions. His boa-constrictor style left many opponents wondering where exactly they went wrong. In this book, International Master Sam Collins selects and examines his favorite Karpov games, and shows us how we can all learn and improve our chess by studying Karpov’s play.Move by Move provides an ideal platform to study chess. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practicing of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to improve your chess skills and knowledge. *Learn from the games of a chess legend*Important ideas absorbed by continued practice*Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study read more

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Learn from the Legends is a modern classic. Mihail Marin examines and explains the ideas of the legends who shaped modern chess. C...hessCafe chose it as their Book of the Year and IM Jeremy Silman went even further when he wrote: "I can’t recall having seen a better book in the last two decades." Ten years after the original publication, Quality Chess is proud to offer a revised hardback edition with a new chapter on the latest chess legend, Magnus Carlsen. read more

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Soviet super-GM Lev Polugaevsky, one of the world's leading players over the last quarter of a century, has several times been a C...andidate for the World Championship. He presents here 64 of his best games selected and grouped to give a clear impression of how victory is gained in chess. Among the points he singles out are: a fundamental knowledge of the openings, skill in attack and defense, strategic planning, endgame technique and – a factor of increasing significance – the psychology of play in critical situations. Grandmaster Performance is the follow-up book to the acclaimed book “Grandmaster Preparation” by Lev Polugaevsky. Grandmaster Preparation was primarily concerned with the discovery and development of a new chess opening, that became known as the Polugaevsky Variation. This book is a collection of deeply analyzed and instructive grandmaster games by Polugaevsky. read more

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Every chess player needs to decide which openings he is going to play. But where do you start? The risk of drowning in the turbule...nt sea of opening theory is only too real for beginning amateurs.Often your goals and ambitions will be misguided. Trying to win in 20 moves, copying what's in fashion among top-GM's or memorizing variations are a waste of time. Most likely you will never play your ‘preparation' or end up by jumping from one opening to the other. Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for White with a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginning players and other amateurs.In this complete and user-friendly guide, Moret has selected relatively aggressive variations that will enhance your tactical vision. To show the typical plans and demonstrate underlying ideas and key motifs, Moret not only selected games of Grandmasters. For instructional purposes, he also uses games of young players to highlight the errors they tend to make. read more

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In December 2012 Magnus Carlsen won the prestigious London Chess Classic and in doing so he became the highest-rated chess player ...in the history of the game, beating Garry Kasparov's 13-year-old record. Carlsen followed up this performance with another phenomenal tournament win at Wijk aan Zee, pushing his peak rating to an astronomical 2872. He didn’t lose a single game in either tournament.What is Carlsen's secret? How did an already world-class player succeed in reaching this unprecedented level where he was regularly beating the world's strongest grandmasters? In this book, International Master Colin Crouch provides answers to these questions. Crouch studies Carlsen's progress in recent years and demonstrates how he learned lessons from previous setbacks, turned weaknesses into strengths, losses into draws, and draws into wins. By doing so Carlsen was able to elevate his play to a stratospheric level, but any aspiring chess player can use similar methods to improve their game. *The story of Carlsen's record-breaking performances*In-depth analysis of Carlsen's games*Learn from the World's number one player  read more

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The Dynamic MorraUncompromising Aggression versus the SicilianWhen the first edition appeared more than five years ago, FM Hannes ...Langrock’s groundbreaking work breathed new life into a gambit that conventional wisdom viewed as no more than a nuisance for Black.A nuisance?! Au contraire! As noted by German grandmaster Karsten Müller, "The Morra Gambit is well-suited for players striving for tactical and uncompromising play, as White’s better development often leads to a dangerous initiative. Furthermore, traditional Sicilian players may be taken by surprise and removed from their main line repertoire."In this completely revised second edition, the author probes the secrets of this gambit with tactical acuity and strategic objectivity. He concludes that "Most of Black’s defensive systems objectively offer acceptable prospects in a complicated battle. Nevertheless, I can promise that every talented attacking player who studies the Morra Gambit will achieve excellent practical results. The positions that arise are extremely difficult to play, especially if the defender is not familiar with them." read more

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This is a basic book that teaches strategic planning in chess. It is a book that an entire generation of aspiring chess players st...udied and read, but seems to be nearly forgotten today. Written by a former Chess Champion of the world, this book has as its basis an entirely novel idea which will help players over a real difficulty. Many books have been written on the openings, some knowledge of which is essential to those who wish to enjoy their chess by playing it well. But after eight to fifteen moves or so the book on openings must of necessity break off, and the student is left with the intimation that the position in question is even, or that White or Black stands slightly better. This book is concerned with the game from then on. The author studies a number of orthodox openings and position from the point where the opening stage has come to an end. He describes the characteristics of the position reached, shows why one or the other side stands better, and gives a thoroughly practical demonstration of the means by which the game can be brought to its logical conclusion. read more

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Taking your opponent out of his comfort zone is a good idea to start your game with. Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov pushes this conce...pt one step further: lure your opponent onto the slippery paths of the Philidor Swamp!Kasparov presents an original and shrewd opening for Black against 1.e4, the most popular opening move among amateurs.After Black’s third move, White is confronted with a stark choice: either to continue on the road of the calm Philidor Defence, or to immediately gain almost two tempi by forcing Black into an endgame that looks better for White, if not close to winning.This second option, however, is a treacherous road strewn with pitfalls as Kasparov demonstrates in his fresh, humorous and persuasive style. White will walk into the Philidor Swamp in which he runs a big risk of getting stuck.Sergey Kasparov does not bother the amateur reader with variations of 15 or 20 moves deep, but concentrates on the plans and counterplans for both Black and White. read more

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Defend to the End! One of the most important skills a chessplayer needs is the ability to defend a position that is under siege. I...n this third volume in the highly acclaimed, best-selling ChessCafe Puzzle Book series, International Grandmaster Karsten Müller along with International Master Merij van Delft examine and expound upon the vital defensive concepts and techniques used to repulse enemy attacks. Major topics include (1) Principles and methods of defending; (2) Defending against a direct attack on the king; (3) Countering the initiative; (4) Saving the draw; (5) Passive versus active defense; and (6) Use and development of counterplay. Many of the world s greatest players Steinitz, Lasker, Petrosian were famous for their legendary defensive skills. Now International Grandmaster Karsten Müller along with International Master Merijn van Delft will show you how you can Test and Improve Your Defensive Skill. read more

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Grandmaster Alexander Panchenko (1953-2009) was one of the most successful chess trainers in the Soviet Union, and later in Russia.... Panchenko ran a legendary chess school that specialised in turning promising players into masters.The secret of his success were his dedication and enthusiasm as a teacher combined with his outstanding training materials. ‘Pancha' provided his pupils with systematic knowledge, deep understanding and the ability to take practical decisions. Now, Panchenko's classic Mastering Chess Middlegames is for the first time available in translation, giving club-players around the world access to this unique training method. The book contains a collection of inspiring lessons on the most important middlegame topics: attack, defence, counterplay, realising the advantage, obstructing the plans of your opponent, the battle of the heavy pieces, and much more. In each chapter, Panchenko clearly identifies the various aspects of the topic, formulates easy-to-grasp rules, presents a large number of well-chosen examples and ends with a wealth of practical tests.The brilliance of Alexander Panchenko's didactic method shines through in this book. It is hard to give better advice for ambitious chess players than to follow this tried-and-tested and highly instructive road towards mastering the chess middlegame. read more

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This book about the best chess player of the 19th century analyzes Paul Morphy's games and positions in depth to get to the essenc...e of his style. Chapters discuss other players of the period (Adolph Anderssen and Wilhelm Steinitz), Morphy's rare blunders and omissions, as well as selected endgames and openings. Also included are a 27-page essay on Morphy by Steinitz and a series of letters between Alexander Alekhine and Eugene Znosko-Borovsky debating Morphy's chess style. With large, clear diagrams, "this book should take its place among first-rank historical chess works." — USA Today Sports Network. 15 halftones. read more

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Quite simply put the Sicilian Defense is the most popular and most complex of opening systems in chess. It has been the favorite o...f top players throughout modern times. There are a number of systems and variations to choose from such as the Scheveningen, Dragon, Najdorf, Boleslavsky, Kan, etc. There are also a number of sharp, complex, theoretical systems and that is why it is aptly named The Sicilian Jungle. IM Dr. Danny Kopec s addresses the problem of trying to simplify the complexities of the Sicilian Defense from the perspective of STRUCTURE that is, sound structures for Black, particularly for the endgame. Dr. Kopec uses a unique method which he calls Mastery Lessons to guide the learner towards pawn structures and piece configurations which have been demonstrated to lead to success in certain Sicilian variations. This approach, developing heuristic packets, helped to achieve master level play in his work with computer chess programs. read more

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Do masters methodically cut their way through the branches of a tree of analysis? Is it true that attacking players calculate a do...zen moves ahead, while positional specialists rely on abstract principles? What exactly does it mean to "calculate," anyway?In The Inner Game of Chess, GM Andy Soltis shows that the key to good calculation is good visualization of the position in front of us and then after the moves we’re considering. Being aware of tactical motifs; knowing when to stop looking; and verifying your chosen move are essential, but they all depend on the basic requirement to see clearly what’s going on. The author discusses common obstacles to clear visualization and offers techniques to overcome them in your own play.This 21st-century edition of Soltis’s celebrated work features new material and revised analysis, while retaining all the insights that made The Inner Game of Chess an instant classic. read more

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If only real life were like a book on chess tactics! But during a game you are on your own, and nobody will whisper in your ear th...at you have reached a position that is, in fact, a tactical puzzle and all you have to do is solve it. What you need, discovered Emmanuel Neiman in his long career as a chess trainer, is a way to read the signals which indicate that, somewhere in the position you are looking at, there is a tactical blow. What you need is a Chess Tactics Antenna! This trailblazing book by award-winning author Neiman provides a set of tools that enables the average club player to determine the moment he needs to look for win. read more