Study Five a Week to be a Better Chess Player
In this highly instructive book, Thomas Engqvist analyses the 300 most important chess positions - perfect for players who want to reach a higher level but don't have the time to sit for hours and hours each week in less productive study.
300 Most Important Chess Positions
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
The Queen's Indian Defence has the reputation of a very reliable system for Black. Although his chances of obtaining sharp double-edged positions are restricted, good knowledge of piece set-ups and different plans should offer Black chances of seizing the initiative even in calm variations.
Play the Queen's Indian Defence
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
The middlegame is arguably the most complicated aspect of chess. Through carefully selected examples from real games, Alexey wants to make you more familiar with various aspects of the middlegame. He believes that through careful reading and study of his book, any player regardless of level will significantly improve their skills.
Improve Your Practical Play in the Middlegame
Richard Réti is one of the most fascinating characters in the history of chess. Réti developed theories that were regarded as little less than revolutionary in his era. He asserted that, contrary to classical principles, the centre need not be occupied by pawns. This must have seemed like heresy to the classically-minded grandmasters of his day. This new approach was dubbed “Hypermodern” and led to the development of the Réti Opening (1 Nf3). Réti’s theories have been proved sound and have stood the test of time. Réti scored many fine wins against the great players of his day.
Reti - Move by Move
Featuring 50 Smart Strategies
So you have learned how to play chess, studied tactics and know some basic endgames and openings. What’s next? The glue that binds it all together is strategy. By forming a good plan, chess-players seize strong points on the board and target the opponent’s weaknesses. The author explains how to identify the right strategy in a wide range of typical situations. With his guidance, you will soon be finding good plans on your own – and then it will be time to demonstrate your tactical mastery!
Chess Strategy for Kids
Alexey Dreev analyses many different ways for White to fight for the opening advantage in two modern schemes, in the Slav Defense and in the Queen's Gambit Declined. His choice in the Slav Defense is the exchange variation, which is becoming more and more popular among the average level chess players, as well as at top level. It looked like Black could equalize, but lately White often managed to create problems for Black. By playing 3.cxd5, after the moves 1 d4 d5 2.c4 c6, White tries to obtain an advantage, but also avoids the main lines of the Slav Defense, which may arise following 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4.
Bf4 in the Queen's Gambit and the Exchange Slav
An Opening Repertoire for Black
This book presents an opening repertoire for Black to players who are not excited by defending the dull endgames in the “Berlin Wall” variation and who strive for initiative, counterplay and a tense fight, having in mind the strategy of reliability defined by Tigran Petrosian.
The Spanish Main Road
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
The Advance Variation of the Caro-Kann Defence (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5) attracted for the first time the attention of the chess theoreticians during the World Championship match between Mikhail Tal and Mikhail Botvinnik back in the year 1961. White seems to lose a tempo for the move 3.e5, but closes the centre in this way, providing himself with a considerable space advantage and impeding the harmonious development of Black's kingside.
Attacking the Caro-Kann
Tigran Petrosian was a World Chess Champion and a true legend of the game. He was nicknamed "Iron Tigran" because of his incredible defensive skills that made him a formidable opponent who was virtually impossible to defeat. Petrosian was the master of restraint, prophylaxis and prevention. He could spot and defuse threats well before they were created, suck the life out an opponent's position and then seize a vice-like grip on the game. In this book, International Master Thomas Engqvist selects and examines his favourite Petrosian games, and shows us how we can all learn and improve our chess by studying Petrosian's masterpieces.
E-BOOK Petrosian - Move by Move
Alexey Dreev offers a new look at the old system 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 Bb5 Nge7 which is one of the most challenging ways to combat the Spanish. At the beginning of the 21st century this system was given a new impulse and its popularity increased considerably.
The Cozio Defence
Updated to Include Fischer-Spassky Match
The official Chess Championship of the World was inaugurated with the 1948 tournament.
The World Chess Championship - 2ND Edition
This seems to be regarded as the West's answer to ''The Soviet School of Chess'' by Alexander Kotov ISBN 4871878198 who asserts superiority in the Soviet playing style. However, those who say that are mistaken. This book by a New Zealander who emigrated to England because of the greater opportunities to play chess there, fully concurs with Kotov that the Soviet players were the best in the world.
Alexey Dreev is one of the most popular contemporary Russian grandmasters. He was twice World junior champion (under 16) in 1983 and 1984, silver medalist under 20 in 1984. European champion under 20 in 1988.
The Meran and Anti-Meran Systems
An Insider's View
The positions arising in the Moscow variation and the Anti-Moscow variation are in principle so different that I have decided to arrange the material in the two parts of the book in different fashion too. The part of the book, which deals with the analysis of the plans and possibilities in the much calmer Moscow variation can be compared to a thorough guide of the series ''street by street''.
The Moscow & Anti-Moscow Variations
The USSR Championships are invariably among the strongest events of the year: the fulcrum of the Soviet individual system that has produced nearly all the world champions this century.
CLEARANCE - 46th USSR Chess Championships 1978