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Grefe and Silman give many variations and analysis from the Black perspective to show why the French Defense is one of Black's best replies vs. 1.e4.
French Defense for Black
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This hefty book offers the results of S.Soloviov's ten-year-long investigation of a nearly virgin territory of chess theory - 1.e4 c5 2.a3. This is a more flexible version of the Sicilian Gambit with 2.b4 as the play often takes original courses.
The Modern Anti-Sicilian. 1.e4 c5 2.a3
The King's Fianchetto Defences
Alexei Kornev is an international grandmaster and coach. In 2001 he took the silver in the Russian Cup Final. He is also the winner of a number of international tournaments. Highest Elo so far - 2582. For many years, he has been the senior coach of the junior chess school in the city of Vladimir. His students are often among the Russian junior championships for boys and girls.
A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 & 2. c4 - VOL. 2
Trains and boats and planes are all part of a day in the life of globe-trotting Grandmaster Julian Hodgson, as is his constant surveillance of the chessboard in search of some lethal tactical strike. Now, in Chess Travellers Quiz Book, Hodgson reverses roles and, setting the brainteasers himself, challenges readers to find the winning combination in 200 test-yourself positions, all taken from practical play. These are arranged chapter by chapter, in order of increasing difficulty, anticipating that by the time you reach your final destination you will be a keener, sharper, more imaginative player.
The Chess Traveller's Quizbook
GM Max Dlugy here presents the definitive Study of the Classical Variation of the Nimzo-Indian with 4. Qc2. He provides reliable assessments of all significant variations with clear statements as to why a line is viable or not. With some 200 diagrams to lead the way, the author has clearly organized his material to make it readily assessable by ECO Codes. He includes significant games, in their entirety, to illustrate the flow to the conclusion of the game. Tournament and correspondence players will have to have this important theoretical work to prepare for their next Nimzo-Indian battle!
Nimzo-Indian with 4 Qc2
In this work he presents a convincing case for players to adopt gambit play. "Only by playing gambits will the chessplayer begin to understand that getting active positions, with the possibility of landing combinative shots, will compensate him for the material sacrificed." Estrin presents concepts and lines of play in every major opening. He provides many practical illustrations, and the number of examples given from his own games clearly shows that he practices what he advocates. 115 diagrams aid the reader in following the analysis. If you don't play these lines, your opponent will!
by Thomas Kapitaniak, 59 pp. (Chess Enterprises 1988). After GM tony Miles defeated then World Champion Karpov with the Polish Defense in 1980, there was renewed interest in this old opening. Kapitaniak presents the historical origins of the Defense and a survey of current theory. The author demonstrates that it is sound and quite playable, providing an attractive alternative to other well-trodden paths. There are twenty-five annotated illustrative games to present a complete picture of the opening in practical play.
The Polish Defense
The King in the Opening provides a valuable test on how to use the King in the opening phase of a chess game. The King must be protected from early attacks through castling or other alternatives, which are simply illustrated. GM Edmar Mednis utilizes 71 practical games as examples to clarify each point of instruction and make them come alive for the reader. Ninety diagrams assist the reader in setting up positions for study.
This book does not attempt to teach any particular opening. Instead, Mednis presents principles of play which are applicable in every game which the reader might play, regardless of the particular opening variation involved.
International Grandmaster Edmar Mednis is recognized as an outstanding author of instructional chess books. He is a most reliable source of useful knowledge for improving one's chess game. This book will definitely elevate a players' success at chess.
King in the Opening, The - Mednis
The subject of this book, the Semi-Slav, is characterized b the moves ... d5, ... e6 nd ... c6 versus the Queen's Gambit. Inside the reader will find complete coverage of all lines excepting the Meran and the Botvinnik System.
The Semi-Slav is an opening complex which runs the gamut from tactical play (the Marshall Variation 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. Nc3 c6 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Qxd2 7. Bxb4 Qxe4+) to refined positional struggles (The Romih Variation 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 Bb4.) In the past, such players as Botvinnik, Kotov, Najdorf, Reshevsky and Euwe debated its finer points. Today's Games all use it on a regular basis.
This book was written by IM John Donaldson and IM Jeremy Silman, two of the most well-respected authors in chess.
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Semi-Slav Defence - Non-Meran Variations
Including all games from the World Chess Championship Match, plus previous games between Anand and Carlsen and a ground breaking history of the World Chess Champions, including representative games by each of the 19 prior holders of the world title. All annotated by Grandmaster Raymond Keene, OBE. Includes 36 annotated chess games, 234 chess diagrams, plus puzzles and quizzes based upon the games of the match.
Carlsen - Anand Match for the World Chess Championship
Teaching Children Ages 5-14
In Thinking with Chess, Dr. Alexey Root connects chess with skills important to academic success, such as classifying, pattern recognition, decoding, creating, and predicting.
Thinking with Chess
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Tackling 1.e4 with 1...e5
The Petroff Defence is anything but dull. Although it is a frequent choice of top grandmasters, club players often fear that it leads to passive play. This book will debunk this prejudice and open new vistas.
A Vigorous Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
In 2013 chess returned to world headlines. The energetic Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen was front page news and his fans were not disappointed: the World Number 1 won the World Championship. Carlsens Assault on the Throne gives an inside view of Carlsens dramatic journey: from one of eight challengers in the London Candidates tournament, with the near disaster in the final rounds, ending with triumph in Chennai. With behind-the-scenes stories and top-level analysis of the games, Kotronias & Logothetis have written the ultimate book on how Carlsen became the 16th undisputed World Chess Champion. This hardcover edition includes over a hundred colour photographs
Carlsen's Assault on the Throne
Because of its simplicity and systematic approach the book is useful for advanced players and for those who want to become familiar with the basics of endgames. It's especially interesting for coaches.
Encyclopedia of Chess Endings II: Rook Endings, Part One - 2nd EDITION
A thorough analysis of Chess Games by the greatest player of all time, Paul Morphy. It features 54 against such masters as Anderssen, Harrwitz, Mongredien, Bird, Paulsen and others; 52 of the best blindfold games; 52 games at odds; and 142 in consultation, informally, etc. Detailed annotations of games by such expert analysts as Sergeant, Steinitz, Anderssen and Morphy himself.
Morphy's Games of Chess
One of the great theoretical works in chess, shows principles of action above and beyond moves. Acclaimed by Capablanca, Keres, etc.
Lasker's Manual of Chess is one of the greatest chess books ever written. The fact that it was first published over 80 years ago has diminished neither its relevance nor significance in today's modern chess world. Lasker was both a wonderful fighter and a deep thinker; his book is the quintessence of the exceptionally successful experiences he had over many long years, and his thoughts about them.
Lasker's Manual of Chess
Learn chess from a World Champion! These 100 games were selected and annotated by Botvinnik himself as the best games he played before becoming World Champion in 1948. Includes contests against Alekhine, Capablanca, Euwe, Keres, Reshevsky, Smyslov and others. Author explains his theories, the development of Russian chess and six end game studies.
Botvinnik - 100 Selected Games
Informal intermediate introduction, quite strong in explaining reasons for moves. Covers basic material, tactics, important openings, traps, positional play in middle game, end game. Attempts to isolate patterns and recurrent configurations.
An Introduction to Chess Moves and Tactics Simply Explained
Explanations for the famous and less well-known combinations of Tarrasch, Botvinnik, Nimzovich, Steinitz, Rubinstein; the dazzling brilliancies of Morphy, Keres and Alekhine; the deadly attacks of Marshall; the unfathomable plays of Lasker; and the matchless creations of Capablanca and many others. 356 diagrams.
Combinations - The Heart of Chess
Modern classic offers thorough, systematic analysis of the use of the queen, active king, exchanges, seven different uses of pawns, minority attack, dynamic elements, much more. Analyses of 129 great games featuring Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, Botvinnik, Reshevsky, Bronstein, Smyslov, Spassky, other masters. Indexes of games and openings. 298 diagrams.
Modern Chess Strategy
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With keen appreciation of the amateur's usual limitations, International Grandmaster Eugene Znosko Borovsky explains the importance of rapid development of the pieces, occupation of the center, the relation of the opening to the general plan of the player, and significance of control of the center.
How to Play the Chess Opening
A superb guide to the general concepts of chess technique and the methods for using technique to plan ahead. Early initiative and control of the center, translating an advantage into the middle game, techniques of endgame play are all systematically analyzed. 200 examples and problems from actual play increase "technique consciousness.
Technique in Chess
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The Biennial Chess Olympiad is the official World Team Championship and rivals the individual World Championship as the premier event in the chess calendar. The 1974 Olympiad, which took place at Nice on the French Riviera, had a record entry of 74 national teams. The Soviet Union once again captured the gold medal, the USA, without Fischer, made their best result for eight years to win the bronze medal behind Yugoslavia in second place.
This book covers the story of the Olympiad with 130 annotated games, nearly half of them annotated by Grandmasters, complete tables of team performances in both the preliminary and the final groups, tables of every individual result of every player and the results of all past Olympiads.
1974 Chess Olympiad
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Three Books in One - Open Games, Semi-Open Games & Closed Games
Vast collection of great chess games from 1798-1938, with much material nowhere else readily available. Fully annotated, arranged by opening for easier study. 150 years of master play!
500 Master Games of Chess
King's Pawn Openings
King's Pawn Openings
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This book takes a detailed look at a system that has been favored by Karpov, Spassky, Portisch, and Gligoric, among others. The rerouting of black's queenside knight from c6-b8-d7 and sometimes to c5 aims to put pressure on white's center, particularly the e4 strongpoint. This books offers a solid system for Ruy Lopez players.
Ruy Lopez: Breyer System
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All 210 games from the greatest tournament since World War II. Smyslov, Bronstein, Keres, Reshevsky, Petrosian, 10 others; perceptive annotations by Bronstein.
Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953
No board and men are necessary to enjoy this booklet. Enough diagrams are provided for you to follow each position to its completion.Chess with unusual positions is an altogether different world. There will be those who will want to solve them form the first diagram ? others will wait and start with the second diagram. But we are not going to challenge you to solve anything! This is where creative imagination is the order of the day ? where routine is scorned for the sheer love of artistry.
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These 60 complete games, annotated throughout, emphasize Cuban master's elegant, classic, accurate, lethal endgame play against Alekhine, Lasker, Marshall, Nimzowitsch, Reti, the best. Here are real games from match and tournament play, but endings that seem like long-contemplated works of art.
Capablanca's Best Chess Endings
Learn to think the same way Bobby Fischer did. This is the fastest, most efficient, most enjoyable book on chess ever compiled. As the student, you start at the beginning and progressively develop your skills as you apply Bobby Fischer's principles and learn how to play Chess the Bobby way.
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
This much-await clash between two giants of the chess world attracted vast interest among all chess players.
Garry Kasparov, the 20-year old Grandmaster from Baku, is already the second highest ranked player in the world and has won several top tournaments including the Soviet Championship. 52 year old Victor Korchnoi was a Grandmaster before Kasparov was even born and already had played two matches for the world title.
Kasparov vs. Korchnoi - London 1983
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The Paulsen System of the Sicilian challenges one of the common perceptions of the Sicilian Defense: That there is no safe way to play the Sicilian. The Paulsen System is generally regarded as one of the most solid, safe ways to play the Sicilian against 1.e4, while also giving plenty of opportunities for counter-attack. This flexible system can allow Black to arrange his pieces in several different ways. Taimanov shows us how to handle each variation that White can throw at you, and gives many fragments of important games.
Sicilian - Paulsen
The variations of the Sicilian in which Black sets up a pawn centre with ...e6 and ...d6 have been popularized by such fighting players as Kasparov and Andersson. The play can become extremely sharp and many lines have been analyzed to move 20. This comprehensive work provides everything the modern tournament player needs to know about the Scheveningen and only a Grandmaster of the calibre of Kasparov can provide the strategy explanation necessary for an opening of this complexity.
Sicilian ...e6 and ...d6 Systems
This is the first publication of a manuscript by del Rio written around 1800 but unpublished until this edition in 1984. The original Italian plus English commentary added by Professor Christopher Becker who has added a long scholarly introduction which traces the early development of chess and explains the place of this work in chess history.
The War Of the Chessmen