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Leonid Stein was a three-time Soviet Chess Champion and one of the World's strongest players during his career, which was tragically cut short at its peak by his premature death in 1973. In this book, International Master Thomas Engqvist invites readers to join him in a study of his favorite Stein games, and shows how we can all improve by learning from Stein's masterpieces.
Stein - Move by Move
Positional Decision Making in Chess offers a rare look into the mind of a top grandmaster. In his efforts to explain his way of thinking, Boris Gelfand focuses on such topics as the squeeze, space advantage, the transformation of pawn structures and the transformation of advantages. Based on examples from his own games and those of his hero, Akiba Rubinstein, Gelfand explains how he thinks during the game.
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A Chessworks Publication
This book provides one thousand combinations from chess tournament play. It is not the typical book with positions and their solutions. Rather, it tests the actual players against the computer. Sometimes the computer finds the correct solution but not always. The reader needs to study the positions and determine for himself whether the move selected by the computer is correct or not.
Big Book of Chess Combinations
This DVD collection of a compilation of 3 of Convekta's Best Selling Strategy Programs - Chess Strategy 3.0, Chess Guide for Club Players and Chess Guide for Intermediate Players.
Total Chess Strategy
David Bronstein was a chess grandmaster and one of the strongest players in the world. In this sharp and provocative essay, the authors explain their concern regarding the increasingly sport oriented nature of chess, in which the result is all-important, to the detriment of chess as an art form and as an element of culture.
Chess in the Eighties
Lectures from the All-Russian School of Grandmasters
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.
Mastering Chess Middlegames
Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player
Most players tend to neglect the endgame, many even dodge the endgame by taking extreme risks in the middlegame, simply because they feel uncertain about the final phase. But time limits have shortened, and the endgame has to be played fast. A solid basic knowledge is vital. There are, contrary to what most amateurs believe, relatively few endgames one must know. Here the 100 endgames are presented that:show up most frequently in practice are easy to learn and contain ideas and concepts useful in more difficult positions. 100 Endgames You Must Know is a practical tool to improve your knowledge of endgames most likely to arise in an actual game.
100 Endgames You Must Know
This is the Periodical the Pros Use and all the entertainment and fun a true chess fan could want is inside: the games, the openings, the variations, the combinations and endgames – all furnished with the creative insights of our grandmaster contributors, supported by an international team of experienced chess editors. Chess Informant brings tons of valuable resources for months of reading pleasure, all written in easy-to-understand English and presented with the learning curve in mind!
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Boris Spassky is one of the greatest chess players in the history of the game. He was the World Champion for three years, after winning the title by beating Tigran Petrosian. His name is forever linked with his great rival Bobby Fischer and their epic 1972 ‘Match of the Century', which did so much to popularize the game throughout the world. In this book, Grandmaster Zenón Franco examines in detail Spassky's chess style, selects and studies his favorite Spassky games, and demonstrates how we can all improve our chess by learning from Spassky's play.
Spassky - Move by Move
Bobby Fischer is a legendary chess figure, and many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time. Fischer was a child prodigy who later developed into a phenomenal force. During his peak years he dominated his nearest rivals in a manner that had previously never been seen. In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala studies his favorite Fischer games. Lakdawala examines Fischer's renowned skills in attack, defense, counterattack, exploiting imbalances, dynamic elements, accumulating advantages and endgame play.
Fischer - Move by Move
Taking place in Tromso Norway 1,570 players participated at the Olympiad in 2014, with 881 men and 689 in the women's section. The number of participating teams was 177 from 172 countries in the open section and 136 from 131 countries in the women's section. In first round games opponents are frequently vastly unequal and the best players are playing the weakest players from the opposing team. In this DVD Bryan shows us first round matchups of unequal opponents gives us a great opportunity to see masters games unfold relatively unchallenged and how they are excellent learning opportunities.
Decisive First Round Matchups from the Tromso Olympiad - Chess Lecture - Volume 144
On this DVD, a team of experts looks closely at the secrets of World Champion Karpov’s games. In more than 7 hours of video, the authors examine four essential aspects of Karpov’s superb play. Niclas Huschenbeth takes a look at Karpov’s openings. Our tactics expert Oliver Reeh tests your skills with interactive exercises, challenging you to find Karpov’s brilliant moves. Mihail Marin sees in Karpov’s play great similarities to Magnus Carlsen: by the time the opponent understands what is happening, it is already too late. For endgame expert Dr. Karsten Müller, Anatoly Karpov is “a living legend”. For him, Karpov has “an incredible feeling for the coordination and harmony of his pieces”, something which also shows in his endgames.
Master Class - Anatoly Karpov
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Life Master Dana Mackenzie shows us how real life games can get into those strange theoretical possibilities, the results of which are hysterical, but, there is also a lot to learn from them. Features Quadrupled Pawns, Checkmate with a King, Double Queen Sac and something Dana calls Krabbe’s Kuriosity Kabinet.
The Lighter Side - Chess Lecture - Volume 136
The Standard Chess Workbook: Beginner is a comprehensive scholastic workbook that teaches all of the rules of chess, including: piece movement, captures, check, checkmate, castling, stalemate, and en passant. Each chapter consists of several instructional pages, lots of illustrations, and a few exercise pages for students to test their skills. Written by USCF Expert Dylan Quercia, SCW: Beginner is suitable for use in after school chess programs and is a perfect introduction for children of all ages to the game of chess.
The Standard Chess Workbook - Beginner
In this series Bryan shows us Rubinstein playing against world class players in a variety of openings showcasing his brilliant play which is often called a work of art for its simplicity and technique.
Rubinstein’s Great Endgames - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 137
In this DVD Jesse shows us examples of the endgame he is so well known for. The endgame consists of a rook, bishop and pawns against a rook, knight and pawns and has sometimes been called the "Fischer Endgame". Named because of three instructive wins by Fischer (with the bishop) in 1970 and 1971 over Mark Taimanov One of the games the 1970 Interzonal the other two were in their 1971 quarter-final candidates match.
The Fischer Endgame - Chess Lecture - Volume 139
Wise and successful players of the game have always told us to study the classics – games by the great masters of the past. But in this age of cutting-edge opening theory, preparation and engines, is studying the classics really that helpful? Absolutely! On this DVD, IM Shah shows you classical games of great legends such as Petrosian, Botvinnik, Fischer, Korchnoi and Kasparov, looking at typical patterns and ideas from the middlegame. The author then goes on to explain how you can use these ideas in your own battles – by showing you examples of applied classical knowledge from his own games!
Learn from the Classics - Sagar Shah
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Here IM Paschall analyzes his own games and all of the factors that played into the game progression. While walking through the games Bill gives you tools to build your own game analysis skills to study your own games and learn from them.
Self Analysis - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 138
How to make your own plans for dealing with ineffective pieces, creating effective pieces, generating power plays and planning your game from the start.
Strategy of Piece Play - Chess Lecture - Volume 141
Chosen and Annotated by Golembek
In this volume Harry Golombek, the distinguished chess correspondent of the times and one of Great Britain's leading players, has bought together Capablanca's Hundred Best Games. These will provide the expert as well as the beginner with a new insight into the master's extraordinary grasp of the game's fundamental strategic principles, the brilliance of his tactical development. Golombek's clearly written notes highlight the games most crucial phases and provide the reader with many interesting clues as to possible variations.
Capablanca's Hundred Best Games of Chess
Step-by-Step Instructions for Winning Chess the Polgar Way
The best-selling A World Champion’s Guide to Chess is available again!! Winning Chess the Polgar Way! In A World Champion’s Guide to Chess, Women’s World Champion Susan Polgar’s exclusive training methods will have you playing winning chess! Topics include Chess Essentials, Tactics, Strategy, Pattern Recognition, Endgames, Chess Etiquette, Advice for Parents & Coaches and much more!
A World Champion's Guide to Chess
To help improve your defensive chess, GM Damian Lemos has produced “Dominant Defense”, covering 4 games from the highest level, featuring world class defending from the likes of Topalov and Anand. As they demonstrate, defending does not mean holding on for a draw, it means staying safe whilst your opponent makes concessions then pouncing at the right moment.
Dominant Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
Damian Lemos has selected the most important chess middlegame topics for you to understand, explains the concepts behind them and then demonstrates them in action with 4 fascinating battles between top players including Judit Polgar.
Mastering the Middlegame I - EMPIRE CHESS
Grandmaster Damian Lemos analyzes 4 amazing games, including wins by Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk, that demonstrate strategic decisions and positional methods which will seriously boost your rating. Each game finishes with a spectacular breakthrough that will give you new tactical patterns to use as well as train your calculation. From evaluating sacrifices and balancing attack with defense to strategic manoeuvres and handling different pawn structures, GM Lemos’ clear and instructive commentary will enable you to instantly understand the position, make the correct decision and win with flawless technique.
Mastering the Middlegame II - EMPIRE CHESS
In this 3 hour DVD, Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy breaks down all the key components in chess endgame strategy. You will learn how to control key squares, which pieces to prefer, when it will help you to exchange off a pair of Rooks as well as how to provoke weaknesses in your opponent’s position and ensure there are none in yours!
Chess Endgame Domination - EMPIRE CHESS
GM Damian Lemos had this in mind when he decided to record a DVD on “Mastering the Classics”. This collection features games from the World Champions Jose Raul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine and Tigran Petrosian, 3 phenomenal talents with different styles to give you a broad range of material.
Mastering the Classics - EMPIRE CHESS
How Grandmasters Make Tactical Decisions
What is it that separates Grandmasters from club players in tactical situations? You might believe it is knowledge of patterns or the ability to see more moves ahead and this is part of it. The big difference, however, is a different way of thinking. Grandmaster Max Dlugy – a former World Junior Champion and highly respected chess coach – gives you the advice and techniques you need to reach the highest levels of tactical ability.
Tactical Decisions - EMPIRE CHESS
Teaching you these advanced methods of attack is the basis of “Master Attacks”, presented by GM Damian Lemos. In this Course, the first of a two part series, 5 brilliant games are analyzed showing how the best players build up an attack, provoke tiny weaknesses then overwhelm their opponents with devastating sacrifices!
Master Attacks I - EMPIRE CHESS
In “Master Attacks”, GM Damian Lemos analyzes Grandmaster games featuring incredibly powerful attacks, some of which seem to appear out of nowhere. The expert commentary reveals how these attacks were actually well prepared and shows you how to build winning attacks in your own games. In this Course, the second volume of “Master Attacks”, GM Lemos shows how players such as Gata Kamsky and Garry Kasparov launch devastating attacks with uncompromising play, constantly increasing the pressure on their Super GM opponents and scoring memorable wins.
Master Attacks II - EMPIRE CHESS
Aggressive chess produces some of the most memorable games in history and you can play this way too, creating your own brilliancies on the board. GM Damian Lemos presents “Aggressive Chess Domination”, a detailed analysis of awesome attacking GM games that will elevate your understanding of forcing moves and winning with the initiative to a whole new level.
Aggressive Chess Domination I - EMPIRE CHESS
In “Aggressive Chess Domination II”, GM Damian Lemos analyzes 4 awesome wins to reveal GM secrets that will make every move you play vastly more powerful and difficult for your opponent to face. Playing aggressive chess is part attitude, part strategy and part tactical solution and GM Lemos explains exactly what is required at each stage. Not only does he reveal all the key concepts – such as exchanging off your opponent’s best defender – he also shows how to flawlessly execute each one every time.
Aggressive Chess Domination II - EMPIRE CHESS
Maximize Your Positional Advantage
Are you serious about becoming a strong, perhaps even titled, player? Positional chess understanding is what separates the great from the good. Imagine you’re in the last round of a major international tournament, half a point behind your opponent. A victory will guarantee 1st place and a $20,000 prize. As you play, everything on the board is clear to you. You play moves restricting your opponent until he can only shuffle his pieces back and forth whilst yours grow ever more powerful. When every piece is ideally placed, you smash open the position, your opponent defenceless. A short while later, he offers his hand in resignation and you know you’ve done it!
Powerful Positional Play - EMPIRE CHESS
Your Guide to Creative Chess
It is the imbalances in chess that make for really exciting games. Whether it be exchanging a knight for 2 pawns or your Queen for 3 minor pieces, you will be reaching far more positions with winning chances than players who miss these opportunities. Understanding how to change the nature of the game with piece imbalances shows real chess insight and creativity and this 3 ½ hour DVD from FM Alisa Melekhina is a comprehensive course on how to do just that.
Exploit Imbalances in Chess - EMPIRE CHESS
If you want to improve your strategic play then it is important to study GM level strategic games with clear explanations. This was the inspiration for this Course from GM Damian Lemos, “Crushing Strategy”. Featuring 4 deeply analyzed games, GM Lemos reveals what the winners saw in the position that their opponent did not and the thinking process that allowed them to create a long-term strategy. It is this way of looking at the position and formulating a plan which will be of great help in taking the ambitious chess player’s game to the next level.
Crushing Strategy - EMPIRE CHESS
To win games against strong players you need an extra set of skills to the usual attacking ideas. There are many careful players who will close the position or passively defend until you try something too optimistic, giving away material or making a concession which eventually allows them to win. Incredibly frustrating! To beat these guys you need to master the art of positional chess and that is exactly what GM Damian Lemos helps you achieve in “Positional Mastery”. By studying the textbook examples in this Course you will learn how to constantly ask questions of your opponent, forcing them to solve subtle problems until they make a mistake and you win.
Positional Mastery - EMPIRE CHESS
With Chapters by B. Goulding Brown and H. Golombek
Among the papers left by the late H. J. R. Murray was the typeset of A Short History of Chess which he wrote in 1917. This was not an abridgment of the standard work he had published some years earlier but a new and original brief history of the game from its beginnings until 1866. It has been brought up to date by Mr. B. Goulding Brown and Mr. Harry Golombek, covering the periods from 1866 to almost the present including the modern World Championships.
A Short History of Chess