The Slav Defense is currently the most popular closed opening, appearing in the opening repertoire of the overwhelming majority of top class grandmasters. A competitive chess player playing 1.d4 faces the opening in almost every tournament, and for Black it can be used in just about every second game.
Complete Slav I
If you are looking for a deadly weapon against 1.e4, the Kalashnikov Sicilian could well be your best choice! The Kalashnikov is a special opening were theoretical knowledge plays an important role. It’s in 1834 that the French champion Labourdonnais played 4...e5 for the first time. But the Kalashnikov is a decidedly modern opening. That’s why the opening only started gaining in popularity in the late 1980’s, in particular thanks to the famous Russian grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov. Ever since, many top level players have added it to their repertoire: Pavel Tregubov, Alexei Fedorov, Etienne Bacrot, Alexander Moiseenko and Teimour Radjabov. Grandmasters Cornette and Libiszewski always thought that the Kalashnikov, which promises Black dynamic compensation in exchange for the apparent weakness of the d5 square and the backwards d6 pawn, was not well-known enough and that its potential was underestimated.
The Complete Kalashnikov
From Practical Games of 2012 - Part I
There is one proven practice exercise that helps you improve chess ratings and stay in shape while having fun - chess puzzles. And what better than having the latest puzzles from the year 2012 by a top GM, and all that in one book!
Greatest 365 Chess Puzzles
From Practical Games of 2012 - Part II
The book consists of 501 practical puzzles from the second part of the Year 2012, selected into 3 different groups: ''easy'', ''medium'', and ''hard''. At the end of the book you can check your tactical skills in a test format and also can enjoy the 10 most beautiful pearls of the given period.
Greatest 501 Chess Puzzles
The second part of the Complete Slav contains all systems that were not presented in the first part, namely a popular variation 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 and also all systems after 4...e6. Not to mention the possibilities such as 5. g3 or 5. Qb3, I have presented lines after 5. e3 Nbd7 – for starters Meran (6. Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5) and Anti-Meran (6. Qc2 Bd6) lines
Complete Slav 2
Gold Classics of Russian Chess - Over a Million Copies Sold
GM Arkadij Naiditsch presented a copy of “Journey to the Chess Kingdom” to me during the recent Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The cover and illustrations are quite attractive and stand out in a positive way among the popular “chess board on the cover” designs. The diagrams are neat-looking and the paper is glossy and nice to touch. Overall, the book has a positive aura and feels inviting to read.
Journey to the Chess Kingdom
Tactics, Tactics, Tactics! Volume 3 is the continuation of the successful series of the "Greatest 365 Puzzles" and "Greatest 501 Puzzles" from 2012. The book contains 551 puzzles. You will find a huge range of tactical ideas, what you can use in your own games! All the puzzles have been collected from practical games from the beginning of 2013 to the middle of 2015. Great combinations by Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Topalov and many more Top players. In each section the puzzles are sorted according to the date of the game.
Tactics, Tactics, Tactics - Volume 3
Many puzzle books are based on artificial positions or selected only for their beauty. The concept of this book is different. The highest priority is to “use the practical side of the puzzles” and take the level of calculation to a completely new dimension.
Tactics, Tactics, Tactics - Volume 4
Insanity, Passion & Addiction
In this at times hilarious and tragic account, Gormally shares the inner workings of the chess world — a world riven with insecurities, strange social customs and petty rivalries, while casting his analytical eye even on topics as disparate as eccentric waiters, strange Amsterdam zoos and inspiring mountain passes. It’s a story you won’t want to miss.
A Year Inside the Chess World
In this book the author addresses 366 (one for each day of the year) intriguing chess topics which could be of interest to any chess fan, regardless of the playing level. For example:
IQ and chess skills Talent vs. hard work How many games to play per year? Are women underrated or overrated as compared to men? Rating inflation in chess What does your chess tell about your personality? Playing computers: dos and don’ts Developing your chess memory and visualization How does one prepare for an upcoming tournament? Is 1.e4 really “best by test”?
Yearbook of Chess Wisdom
Carlsen vs. Li Chao 24. d5!!
Arkadij Naiditsch and Csaba Balogh analyse the 50 best fighting games from the years of 2012-2015. The authors aim to explain mainly by words to make it understandable for the players on any level. GM Adrian Mikhalchishin: "Nowadays, many players rely on "computer" evaluations much more than their own "human" understanding. Is this fatal to the rise of a chess player?!
Best Fighting Games of 2012-2015
Caurana vs. Gelfand 33... Re3!!
Arkadij Naiditsch and Csaba Balogh analyse the 50 most interesting draws from the years of 2012-2015. Draw has a very bad reputation in chess and indeed it can be really boring sometimes. However, there are also plenty of fighting games as well, where both players are trying their best in order to win the game, but it finally ends in draw. This kind of extremely tense battles is exactly what the book is about. The authors aim to explain mainly by words to make it understandable for the players on any level.
Most Interesting Draws of 2012-2015
Kramnik vs. Tomashevsky 73. Rxd5!!
Arkadij Naiditsch and Csaba Balogh analyse the 80 most instructive endgames from the years of 2012-2015. The authors aim to explain mainly by words to make it understandable for the players on any level.
Most Instructive Endgames of 2012-2015
Aronian vs. Anand - 16... Nde5!!
Arkadij Naiditsch and Csaba Balogh analyse the 50 best attacking games from the years of 2012-2015. The readers will not only see the brilliant sacrifices and mating combinations at the end of the games, but also how it was all built up from the beginning. The authors aim to explain mainly by words to make it understandable for the players on any level.
Best Attacking Games of 2012-2015
Carlsen Vs. Anand 25. Nh3!!
Arkadij Naiditsch and Csaba Balogh analyse 50 positional masterpieces from the years of 2012-2015. The readers will see many deep ideas, subtle maneouvres, unexpected regrouping of the pieces and of course a positionally justified masterpiece often finishes with a nice combination. The authors aim to explain mainly by words to make it understandable for the players on any level.
Positional Masterpieces of 2012-2015
In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Vlastimil Hort while interviewing him. This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about what is happening also off the board, things you normally don't get to know about.
Vlastimil Hort - Legendary Chess Careers
In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Yasser Seirawan while interviewing him. This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about what is happening also off the board, things you normally don't get to know about.
Yasser Seirawan - Legendary Chess Careers
In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Eugenio Torre while interviewing him. This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about that is happening also off the board thing you normally don’t get to know about.
Eugenio Torre - Legendary Chess Careers
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