Chess Behind Bars offers a guide to chess in prisons that will instruct and entertain regardless of your situation. It covers almost every aspect of chess imaginable – from the rules to chess history, from puzzles to famous games, and even some tips for improvement. It is a smorgasbord of chess, seen from an unusual angle.
Chess Behind Bars
In this book, International Master David Cummings presents the reader with a complete English repertoire. The English is, by its nature, highly transpositional. Black can opt for a King's Indian-type set-up, a Queen's Gambit Declined-type set-up or aim for a reversed Sicilian position. David identifies promising methods to meet all Black's main options and efficient methods to deal with awkward sidelines.
Opening Repertoire - The English
This instructive book for competitive players, based on Edmar Mednis' classic Practical Endgame Lessons, provides the reader with a wealth of useful instruction in endgame play, reinforced by a a series of tests presented as simulations of tournament play. - Explains the fundamental principles of endgame play. - Deals with all standard types of endgame: pawn endings, bishop endings, rook endings, etc. - Contains more that twenty test endings to help develop your skills . Uses many examples by the world's leading endgame exponents: Smyslov, Karpov, Korchnoi, etc.
Rate Your Endgame
Grandmaster Repertoire 16 – The French Defence 3 concludes this ambitious three-volume series by offering a comprehensive repertoire against the Advance, Tarrasch, and other alternatives to 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3.
Grandmaster Repertoire 16 - The French Defence - Vol. 3
The French Defence is one of the most popular and reliable responses to 1.e4. Grandmaster Repertoire 15 – The French Defence 2 covers the most critical variation of the Winawer, which occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3† 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4. This volume presents three contrasting ways of meeting White’s aggressive opening system: 7...cxd4 leading to the notorious Winawer Poisoned Pawn; 7...0–0 8.Bd3 f5, a solid yet strategically complex system; and 7...0–0 8.Bd3 Nbc6, which leads to a tense, full-blooded battle.
Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 2
The French Defence is one of the most popular and reliable responses to 1.e4. Black invites his opponent to gain space in the centre, with the intention of undermining the enemy position and launching a counterattack. Although the amount of theory has expanded in recent years, the French often leads to positions where positional and strategic understanding prove more relevant than long sequences of computer-generated moves. Grandmaster Repertoire 14 - The French Defence 1 introduces the Winawer Variation after the opening moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4, and provides expert recommendations against all of White's major possibilities
Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 1
Alekhine's super performance with 14 out of 15 against the world's best lacking only Capablanca and Em. Lasker. Excellent notes by Robert Sherwood, Alekhine, Maroczy, Nimzowitsch, Bogoljubow, Yates, Vidmar, etc. As Euwe later wrote about Alekhine's games at San Remo in Meet the Masters: ''His wins in this tournament exhibited, one and all, the art of chess at its most perfect yet.'' Hardback book with all games annotated and with many diagrams. Part of the Great Tournament series.
San Remo 1930 International Chess Tournament
With the conclusion of the great Hastings Tournament in September of 1895, it became apparent that a new chess star of the first magnitude had appeared: Harry Nelson Pillsbury. His debut was dramatic and striking, for this virtual unknown had eclipsed the best players of that time with a combination of élan and grace. However, the revelation of a new world-class player brought with it the natural questions of both skeptics and admirers, some demanding verification and others eager to see their hero demonstrate his mastery with further verve. The five highest players at Hastings were invited for the St. Petersburg tournament: Pillsbury, Chigorin, Lasker, Tarrasch and Steinitz. Tarrasch declined, the others accepted. Each of these players had plenty of reason to fight hard for first place in Saint Petersburg 1895/96. It is one of the strongest chess tournaments ever held.
Saint Petersburg 1895/96
Full notes to all the games PLUS some excellent photos and extensive commentary on the prelude and aftermath to this great event, the strongest tournament ever held up to that time. The AVRO tournament was held in the Netherlands in 1938, sponsored by the Dutch broadcasting company AVRO. The event was a double round-robin tournament.
AVRO 1938 International Chess Tournament
Publisher Dale Brandreth has a fine track record of bringing out high quality tournament books and best games collections. Here he rescues two lesser known US tournaments with the help of the energetic Robert Sherwood who provides detailed analyses to all the games. The Chicago International of 1926 saw Frank Marshall top the field ahead of Maroczy and Torre, with other famous names such as Edward Lasker and Isaac Kashdan in the chasing pack. Lake Hopatcong 1926 was a stronger double-round event with Capablanca winning ahead of Kupchik, Maroczy, Marshall and Ed.Lasker.
Chicago 1926/Lake Hopatcong 1926 Chess Tournaments
Mastering the Closed Game
Highly instructive, fun to read, and full of revealing insights into the intricacies of the game, this book is an invaluable guide to playing strategically clear openings more successfully, and achieving a higher level of play. Masters and amateurs alike will find a wealth of instructive tactics and techniques in this informative work.
CLEARANCE - Strategic Chess: Mastering the Closed Game
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Grandmaster Mednis has provided a multitude of game examples, clearly illustrating key concepts. There are 129 diagrams to assist the reader. This book will certainly serve as a guide to improving your game. Mednis has a well deserved reputation as a reliable teacher, and this book will only enhance that reputation.
CLEARANCE - The King in the Middlegame
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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.
CLEARANCE - The King in the Opening
Grandmaster Edmar Mednis, a world expert on the endgame, shows how to proceed in the minimum number of moves from the opening to a favorable endgame, essentially bypassing the middlegame. He discusses 11 different openings, including both open and closed systems, in each case explaining the best routes to particular endgame positions. These positions are then analyzed, using master games to illustrate various winning plans. Because of the clear exposition of endgame principles, the student will learn not only about these specific positions, but also about endgame play in general.
From the Middlegame into Endgame
A Selection of Endgames
This book is a collection of endgame studies from the artistry of Wlodek Proskurowski, award-winning Polish-American composer. The studies will be of great interest to other composers, as he provides detailed insight into the difficulty in eliminating alternatives during their composition.
CLEARANCE - The Fruits From My Chess Garden
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In "How to Defeat a Superior Opponent", Grandmaster Edmar Mednis presents the reader with a systematic approach for competing against stronger opponents.
CLEARANCE - How to Defeat a Superior Opponent
GM Edmar Mednis, bestt selling author on chess endgames, has collected an extensive set of practical endgame positions to use in illustrating the principles of handling such situations in actual play. Each type of position is thoroughly analyzed, with examples, and then in chapter summaries an extended set of Principles/Rules of Thumb for Practical Endgame Play are provided - a ready reference for quick review and a reminder of the critical points.
This is the type of book players need - detailed analysis and instruction in practical methods of playing to win or draw -- working from actual game positions that often defied the players' analysis during the progress of the game. Studying this book is a sure way of improving your endgame play - and your tournament scores! At the same time, you will be thoroughly entertained.
CLEARANCE - Questions and Answers on Practical Endgame Play