The Scotch Game is the most “open” of all the Open Games. In fact this is the only really Open Game, in its essence, which matches the traditional terminology.
The Modern Scotch
Russian International Master Maxim Chetverik has written a strategy textbook containing 75 deeply annotated positional games that show players how to devise plans to handle a number of key strategic themes, such as when to open up the game, how to activate the pawn chain, how to carry out positional sacrifices and many others.
Strategic Plans - 75 Modern Battles
In this companion volume to the author's highly-regarded The Nimzo-Indian Defence, the starting point is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6. The main focus is on 3.Nf3 b6 while Roiz also covers 3.g3 (Catalan) and miscellaneous options.
The Queen's Indian Defence
Two Great Books Brought Together in One Volume!
Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Starting Out: Benoni Systems by Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik and Starting Out: The Modern Benoni by Endre Vegh, brought together in one volume.
A Complete Guide to Benoni Systems and Structuresz
Selected Games of Igor Kurnosov
This book contains fifty illustrative games and a career overview of Chelyabinsk grandmaster Igor Kurnosov, who was tragically hit and killed by a car in 2013 at the age of just 28. At his last tournament prior to his death, Igor attained a super-grandmaster tournament performance rating in excess of 2700.
The Chelyabinsk Meteorite
International Master Maxim Chetverik has written an in-depth study of one of the most popular choices by white in the Queen’s Indian Defense – the main line with 4.g3, where white fianchettoes his bishop. This line is often seen at top-level chess.
The Queen's Indian Defense Main Line 4.g3 System
The Trompowsky brings on the board fresh, creative and complex positions. The author bases his recommendations on his own tournament practice, with stern tests at a grandmaster level. The book is aimed at a wide range of players.
Play the Trompowsky Attack
Alexander Alekhine, Boris Spassky and Mikhail Tal
Three brilliant books from Everyman Chess brought together in one volume - The Masters: Alexander Alekhine, Master of Attack, The Masters: Boris Spassky, Master of Initiative and The Masters: Mikhail Tal, Tactical Genius By Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik
Masters of Attack
In Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik take a fresh look at this famous opening. The early moves and ideas are introduced and care is taken to explain the reasoning behind them, something that is often neglected or taken for granted. As with previous works in the popular Everyman Chess Starting Out series, the reader is helped throughout with a plethora of notes, tips and warnings highlighting the vital characteristics of the QGA and of opening play in general.
EBOOK - Starting Out - Queen's Gambit Accepted
Including the Schmidt Benoni, the Czech Benoni and the Benko Gambit
Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of Benoni Systems. This book is a study of all the crucial Benoni systems apart from the Modern Benoni. It presents diverse and practical options against the queen's pawn opening for dynamic, tactical players and solid, positional players alike. Included are such daring defenses as the controversial Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit and the Benko Gambit, a favorite with uncompromising Grandmasters such as Veselin Topalov and Vassily Ivanchuk.
EBOOK - Starting Out - Benoni Systems
Did you ever notice how some famous GM games are more interesting to play through than others? For instance, tell me you have a Tartakower or Nimzowitsch game and I'm sorry, but I just can't get that excited. But tell me you have a Fischer, Alekhine, or Tal game you want to show me and woo-hoo!, break out the milk and cookies because I know I'm in for a real treat! And Mikhail Tal: Tactical Genius by Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik is loaded with enough tasty treats to satisfy the most demanding of palates.
EBOOK - Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius
The Worrall Attack in the Ruy Lopez
The Worrall Attack in the Ruy Lopez
This book entails the French Defense opening of the Advanced Variation. These are alternatives to 4 c3.
CLEARANCE - Advance Variation of the French Defense - Alternatives to 4 C3
In both instances, very sharp and complex middlegame play ensues. Since White has omitted the defensive a2-a3 move, Black often has the b5-b4 counter-attack at his disposal. A lot of activity occurs on the critical a8-h1 diagonal, frequently leading to an exchange of pieces and both players must exercise caution in the resultant endgame.
CLEARANCE - Scheveningen Variation of the Sicilian Defense - Early B7-b5 Systems
Levenfish Attack in the Dragon Defense
Levenfish Attack in the Dragon Defense
1963 - 1972
The "Chess Stars" series of books are for players of all standards. In each book all the games of a brilliant player are analyzed.
Mikhail Tal Games
The current volume (the fourteenth in the Syzygy Chess Opening Paperbound Series) not only re-examines classical and contemporary opening theory but also explores many new innovations in the middle game of the Center Attack. Primary in the editors' effort was to catalog new ideas and concepts for both White and Black aficionados of the jeu royale.
CLEARANCE - The Modern Center Attack in the Ruy Lopez
The 6 Bc4 variation offers a variety of themes and ideas after 6...e6 7 Bb3 b5. White eyes the sensitive e6 square for possible sacrifices with either Be6 or Ne6 once Black has removed one of its protectors (either by ...Bb7 or by blocking its protection with ...Nbd7 or, in some cases, ...Nfd7).
CLEARANCE - The Najdorf Defense with 6 Bc4
White's early use or abuse of his Kingside pawn structure nearly always dictates the course of action which Black must follow. In the older variations, Black must follow. In the older variations, Black is assured theoretical equality with cautious play. Additional tournament praxis is required to fully assess the complexities of the more recent innovations, particularly the seemingly innocous 4 Nf3 variation.
CLEARANCE - The Advance Variation of the Caro-Kann Defense
Despite its slow honing into maturity, the Arkhangelsk Variation remains a viable arsenal in any tournament player's repertoire.
CLEARANCE - The Arkhangelsk Variation of the Ruy Lopez - Volume 1
This seemingly masochistic yet dynamic reply (7...b5), accredited to international world-class Grandmaster Lev Polugayevsky, is one of the most aggressive moves at Black's disposal. However, this blatant violation of traditional opening principles (six of Black's first seven moves have been pawn moves and initiating flank operations before stabilizing the center), has yet to invoke a clear refutation.
CLEARANCE - The Polugayevsky Variation of the Najdorf Defense
"3 e5 seriously cramps Black's Kingside and, if White succeeds in holding his d4 without any counter-balancing disadvantages, a moment must come when Lady Fortuna will smile upon him; in the form, that is, of an attack with his pieces on the Black King in his constricted position, or else a vigorous onslaught on the pawn chain with f4-f5."
CLEARANCE - The Advance Variation of the French Defense - Vol. 2
Four Pawns Attack
This book offers White a complete method for handling Black's assault on the White center. Strongest play for White and Black is presented in the main reference lines. Significant alternatives for White, for those with different styles, are mentioned parenthetically and sometimes as problems, like the highly successful King's Gambit As White.
CLEARANCE - Alekhine's Defense as White
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The attacking move 6 f4 against the Dragon Defense appeared in tournament praxis over half a century ago. White bypasses the heavily analyzed Yugoslav Attack (6 Be3, 7 f3 and 8 Qd2) and the well-tested Classical Variation (6 Be2, 7 Be3 and 8 00) in favor of immediate complications in the center.
CLEARANCE - The Modern Levenfish Attack in The Dragon Defense