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A beautiful handcrafted Square Magnetic Travel Chess Set from The House of Staunton! It is crafted from Sheesham & Maple and is th...e Strongest Magnetic Travel Set on the Market It features a pull-out drawer with foam inserts to safely store the chessmen... read more

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A beautiful handcrafted Round Magnetic Travel Chess Set from The House of Staunton! It is crafted from Sheesham & Maple and is the... Strongest Magnetic Travel Set on the Market It features a pull-out drawer with foam inserts to safely store the chessmen... read more

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Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 is a handbook for teachers, librarians, after-school instructors, chess coaches, ...counselors, and parents that requires no prior knowledge of the game. Both novices and veteran chess players can use its innovative lesson plans for teaching groups of children.Thinking with Chess, Dr. Alexey Root connects chess with skills important to academic success, such as classifying, pattern recognition, decoding, creating, and predicting. The book also introduces challenges for practicing divergent thinking and puzzles for convergent thinking.Thinking with Chess teaches not only the fundamentals of chess – the chessmen and how they move, how to keep score, and where to play – but also tools useful in winning games, such as double check and smothered checkmate. read more

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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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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 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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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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How to Beat Your Kids at Chess is a book that truly starts at the beginning, with the most basic idea of all: the straight line. T...his book offers clear explanations, opportunities to practice each concept before moving on, and a systematic progression of ideas. If you… * have always wanted to learn to play chess, this is the book to get you started. * are a chess parent who wants to understand what your child is leaning, this is the book for you. * are a teacher or other adult with little chess knowledge, suddenly in charge of a chess program, then this is the book that will become your bible. * are an adult looking for something to keep your brain active, this book will open the door to exciting and complete brain stimulation. * have been daunted by the complexity of chess, think you don't have the patience for the game, or suffer some other fear that keeps you from trying, this book will allay all your anxieties. 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Every chess player knows that some moves are harder to see than others. Why is it that, frequently, uncomplicated wins simply do n...ot enter your mind? Even strong grandmasters suffer from blind spots that obscure some of the best ideas during a game. What is more: often both players fail to see the opportunity that is right in front of their eyes.Neiman and Afek have researched this problem and discovered that there are actually reasons why your brain discards certain ideas. In this book they demonstrate different categories of hard-to-see chess moves and clearly explain the psychological, positional and geometric factors which cloud your brain.Invisible Chess Moves with its many unique examples, instructive explanations and illuminative tests, will teach how to discover your blind spots and see the moves which remain invisible for others. Your results at the board will improve dramatically because your brain will stop blocking winning ideas. read more

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This comprehensive rulebook is the only guide sanctioned and compiled by the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF), the governing body for ...chess in the United States. It is designed to be a useful reference for all chess players, especially tournament directors and chess club teachers.THIS NEW EDITION FEATURES THE LATEST RULES GOVERNING CHESS, INCLUDING:• Guidelines for Internet chess and speed chess• Information about the USCF’s national chess ratingsystem• Explanations of all legal moves• Guidelines for organizing and directing a tournament• A new and improved index for quick reference read more

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Many of the classics of Soviet chess literature have struggled to see the light of day, but none more so than Soviet Middlegame Te...chnique by Peter Romanovsky. The original version of this famous guide to the middlegame was published in 1929 when Romanovsky was Soviet Champion. Romanovsky later decided to update and improve his work. As he finished his work in 1942, World War II was underway and Romanovsky was trapped in the notorious siege of Leningrad. The author barely survived and his manuscript was lost.Romanovsky was undeterred and finally recreated his improved book in 1960. His writing was later translated into English and published in two titles – one on Planning and the other on Combinations. In this fresh translation we have included both works to create the ultimate version of a classic of Soviet chess literature.GM Alexander Kotov on Romanovsky: “One of the best books in the world’s chess literature.” read more

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Presents over two hundred chess openings arranged by classical variations and by level of difficulty

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The chess playing mind does not work like a machine. Selecting a move results from rather chaotic thought processes and is not the... logical outcome of applying a rational method. The only problem with that, says International Master Willy Hendriks, is that most books and courses on improving at chess claim exactly the opposite. The dogma of the chess instruction establishment is that if you only take a good look at certain ‘characteristics’ of a position, then good moves will follow more or less automatically.But this is not how it happens. Chess players, weak and strong, don’t first judge the position, then formulate a plan and afterwards look at moves. It all happens at the same time, and pretending that it is otherwise is counterproductive. There is no use in forcing your students to mentally jump through theoretical hoops, according to experienced chess coach Hendriks.This work shows a healthy distrust of accepted methods to get better at chess. It teaches that winning games does not depend on ticking off a to-do list when looking at a position on the board. It presents club and internet chess players with loads of much-needed no-nonsense training material. In this provocative, entertaining and highly instructive book, Hendriks shows how you can travel light on the road to chess improvement! read more

The House of Staunton
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"The beauty of a game of chess is usually appraised, and with good reason, according to the sacrifices it contains. On principle w...e incline to rate a sacrificial game more highly than a positional game. Instinctively we place the moral value above the scientific. We honor Capablanca, but our hearts beat higher when Morphy’s name is mentioned." — Introduction.Perhaps the strongest Austrian-born grandmaster of the20th century, Rudolf Spielmann (1883–1942) defeated such world-class opponents as Nimzovich, Tartakower, Bogoljubov — and even the great Capablanca. Among the reasons for his success was his mastery of the art of sacrifice. In this ground-breaking classic, distilled from 40 years of tournament play, he outlines the hard-won lessons that enable a player to win games by giving up pieces!Drawing on dozens of his own games against such topflight players as Schlechter, Tartakower, Bogoljubov, Reti, Rubinstein and Tarrasch, Spielmann describes and analysis various type of sacrifices: (positional, for gain, mating) and real sacrifices: (for development, obstructive, preventive, line-clearance, vacating, deflecting and more). The result was the first systematic attempt to explain and exploit the theory of chess sacrifice; it remains an extremely helpful and useful weapon in the arsenal of chess players at every level. read more

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What Does It Take to Play Master-Level Chess?Becoming a master is a goal many chessplayers seek. And for most, it is an unfulfille...d dream. Now, for the first time, the topic is squarely addressed. Not by a super grandmaster or high-powered international master, but by a "regular" national master, a master who earned his stripes in the trenches, battling his way to the title.In Reaching the Top?!, author Peter Kurzdorfer shares his journey to the coveted 2200 Elo mark. Using his own games, major topics covered by the author include: Learning From Past Mistakes; Choose Openings to Suit Your Style; Handling Material Inequality; Practical Endgames; How Sound Do Your Openings Need to Be?; When Things Go Terribly Wrong; Overcoming Difficulties; and How to Win.This guide shows what it takes to play at the master level. What you need to know. What you do not need to know. It is a a practical presentation that will not only help aspiring masters, but in fact any player seeking to improve his game. So come on in and sit by the side of a chess master as he plies his craft, marveling at the wonderful, intricate combinations and positional ideas and shuddering at the opportunities that supposedly strong chess players missed time and time again. Enjoy these every-day, blue-collar battles that do not involve the cutting edge of theory or top professional combatants, but do come out of ordinary amateur chess players who have made it work for them.However, there is one requirement: you do have to love the game and give it your best shot, every game, every move. Mix in some discipline and concentration, and you too may be able to play master-level chess... read more

The House of Staunton
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By revealing certain secrets of chess play and chess players, this compendium will help the average amateur player (a patzer) beco...me a very strong amateur player (a grandpatzer). The work is unparalleled in chess literature because it is not a manual for beginners nor is it a treatise for masters. If you are among the millions of chess players who cannot beat average below-master players and who cannot defeat the home chess-playing computers now on the market, you need this unique book. To strengthen your level of play, you must understand not only many secrets of the outer game of chess but also those of the inner ego game of chessplayers. Armed with this knowledge, you will be a most formidable opponent for both people and computers. read more

The House of Staunton
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Ludek Pachman was both one of the world's strongest chess grandmasters and one of the world's greatest writers and teachers of the... game. He led a remarkable and amazing but somewhat tragic life. Although one of the world's strongest players who won 15 international tournaments, he never quite made it to the top elite. He won four zonal tournaments and played in six Interzonal tournaments, possibly a record, but he missed qualifying to the World Champion Candidates Tournament by a half-point twice. He played in Interzonals at Saltsjöbaden 1948, Saltsjöbaden 1952, Gothemburg 1955, Portoroz 1958, Amsterdam 1964 and Manila 1976. Pachman was the first chess grandmaster to truly publicly endorse, investigate and recommend computer chess. Pachman played eight tournament games against Bobby Fischer, finishing with an even score. His most famous game is his win over Bobby Fischer in Chile in 1959. read more

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Mikhail Tal is a true legend of chess. He was the World Champion and also holds the world record for the longest unbeaten run in c...ompetitive chess. Tal is widely regarded to be the greatest attacking player of all time. Nicknamed ‘the magician from Riga', Tal was a creative genius who made it look as though absolutely anything was possible over the chessboard. He excelled in confusing his opponents in chaotic positions, and even the best defenders of his time were unable to withstand his blistering attacks. Tal's many brilliant games have inspired generations of chess players who admire his play without ever being able to convincingly reproduce it.In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala selects and examines his favourite Tal games, from the beginning to the end of his exceptional career. Lakdawala shows how we can all improve our chess by learning from Tal's masterpieces.Cyrus Lakdawala examines his favourite games of the chess legend Mikhail Tal, a World Champion who is widely regarded to be the greatest attacking player of all time. 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 practising 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 World Champion* Important ideas absorbed by continued practice* Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study read more

The House of Staunton
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This is one of the most interesting, most unusual and most instructive chess books ever written. Seven of the World's Strongest Ch...ess Grandmasters were each asked to write down their thoughts about how a serious chess amateur might best approach the problem of, very simply, "opening" a chess game? What makes this book especially great and useful is that each of these seven grandmasters had vastly different styles. For example, Bent Larsen used wild, unorthodox attacking lines, whereas Petrosian, who was capable of attacking when he wanted to, preferred to sniff out his opponent's chances and wait for the opponent to attack unsoundly and fall upon his own sword. This book therefore gives the practical amateur player seven different styles to choose from. Thus, he needs only to choose which one is most suitable for himself. read more