The most important endgames to study and learn are King and Pawn Endgames and Rook and Pawn Endgames. Knowing rook and pawn endgames is like having money in a savings account, as they come up all the time. Be sure to take time and learn all the rook and pawn against rook endgames.
Basic Chess Endings
Apollo Meets Caissa
The thesis of this extraordinarily researched book is that chess is art in itself. It can create art and is strongly related to mathematics and music. As becomes clear, this relationship has already been introduced by some legendary players such as Mikhail Tal and Vladimir Kramnik.
Music and Chess
This book is a lively result of a chess authority's attempts to help his teenage son improve his play. In writing this book, the author kept in mind the player who has little or no previous knowledge of chess. His aim has been to provide a useful practical technique for handling the game. In addition to basic information about the board, the chess men and notation, Dr. Fine in a special chapter on chess moves introduces the reader to some of the delights or more complex play. The last chapter is devoted to describing a study scheme which is bound to lead to steady improvement on one's play.
The Teenage Chess Book
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 Middle Game in Chess by Reuben Fine completes the trilogy between Practical Chess Openings and Basic Chess Endings, both by Fine, so that the three major aspects of chess are discussed. The Middle Game, it has been said, is the heart of chess. Here is the field of battle on which victory or defeat is decided. In this book the world's leading authority turns his talents to the Middle Game.
The Middle Game in Chess
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
This is essentially a book on chess history, showing how different styles of chess play became popular and flourished and then faded in popularity, such as for example the Hyper-Modern Style of play that became ''All the Rage'' in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Development of Chess Style
Practical Chess Openings is a basic openings book covering all the major openings, in alphabetical order. At the beginning of each section is a general description of the opening and its history, including the names of famous players who played it.
Practical Chess Openings
Dr. Lasker's Chess Career 1889-1914 has become a rare book, almost impossible to obtain. I bought the book used for this reprint from a collector of rare books in Denmark.
Dr. Lasker's Chess Career 1889-1914
Modern chess began in 1851 in the London Tournament of the Crystal Palace Exposition. Today, the principles of winning play have been explored and codified: a beginner can learn more about chess in one year, than a master learned a century ago during his entire career
The World's Great Chess Games
A Passion For Chess
This rich book distills the experience gained during one of the most brilliant chess careers of our time - a career that has been distinguished equally in chess play and in chess analysis. Lessons from My Games combines the best of Reuben Fine the famous grandmaster, who has been a top contender in many of the century's greatest tournaments, with the best of Reuben Fine the writer, whose matchless books have been landmarks in chess history.
Lessons From My Games
A Vivid Record of Chess Activities in the Leading Centers of the World
This is a collection of 50 of the finest games played during the period 1941-1944 by the world's greatest masters.
Chess Marches On!
This book is a collection of deeply analyzed and instructive grandmaster games by Polugaevsky.
Most players prefer to attack, resulting in defensive technique being the weakest part of their game. There are a number of methods of playing against an attacker, which include passive defense, simplification, blockade, stalemate, or a trap. Alternatively a player can defend actively or launch a counterattack.
The Art of Defence in Chess
Like all of Fine's book, this one combines humor, understanding and profundity. It is a collection of 50 of the finest games played in recent years by the world's greatest masters. Each game has an introduction and is copiously annotated in such a way that a mere beginner can follow the workings of the world champion.
The World's a Chessboard
This book presents the indispensable foundations for the understanding of the variations of the chess openings.
The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings
This has long been one of the standard books on basic chess strategy. It takes the player from the middle game of chess and shows how to take it to a favorable conclusion.
The Logical Approach to Chess
In this remarkable book, Soviet grandmaster Lev Polugayevsky, one of the world's leading players over the past two decades, describes his highly personal approach to chess, which is based on meticulous practice. In the opening, he is constantly striving to surprise his opponents, and this has led to his developing one of the sharpest lines in the Sicilian Defence, which has rightly become known as the Polugayevsky Variation.
The Louis D. Statham Chess Tournaments - 1971-1980
The Lone Pine tournaments were the strongest and most prestigious Swiss System tournaments in the world during the ten year period from 1971 to 1980. This RHM Series of high quality chess books was the brain child of Sidney Fried (born 22 June 1919 - died 1 June 1991). Sidney Fried was not a strong player but was an aficionado or big fan of chess.
The Best of Lone Pine
This is Dr. Reuben Fine, one of the great chess players of this century (he has played on equal terms with Botvinnik, Reshevsky, Smyslov, and others) and a qualified psychoanalyst. Dr. Fine has called upon his own understanding of chess processes and his unrivaled contacts in the chess world in this attempt to analyze both the game of chess itself and its peculiar appeals, particularly to male players as opposed to females, to isolate its inner meaning, and to categorize and understand the special combination of characteristics that make tip a chess champion.
The Psychology of the Chess Player
More chess coaches in America recommend this book for their students than any other book. Written by one of the World's Strongest Grandmasters who was top contender for the World Chess Championship, ''Chess the Easy Way'' takes the player from the beginning moves of chess, rapidly advancing to the Expert Level.
Chess the Easy Way
The Psychology and Tactics of the Title Match
Reuben Fine was both one of the world's strongest grandmasters of chess and one of the world's leading authorities on psychoanalysis. In this book, he combines the two disciplines. This Fischer-Spassky book is really three books in one.
Bobby Fischer's Conquest of the World Chess Championship
Tactics are the fun in the game of chess! This book teaches the fundamentals of tactics, with instructions specifically designed to get the reader to use the knowledge in their games.
CLEARANCE - The Chess Tactician's Handbook
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Unorthodox Ways to Win With White!
The Sicilian Defense remains the most played opening in tournaments. It is the most thoroughly and deeply analysed openings, with 240 page studies of a single variation, and new theory evolving every month. It is no wonder that many players seek to avoid the complications of facing the most analysed lines and turn to the less explored byways. That is the theme of this book: win with the unorthodox Sicilian lines. A quick glance at the roster of players employing the offbeat lines will show that every top Grandmaster is using this strategy also. So here is a recipe for taking your opponent out of his book and winning!
CLEARANCE - The Offbeat Sicilian
The openings at Black's disposal against 1 d4 fall roughly into three categorgies. He can choose the safe but stodgy Queen's Gambit Declined (the QGD is out od favor these days); he can play the sharp but risky "Indian" openings such as the King's Indian, Modern Benoni, Benko Gambit etc.; or he can opt for the family of openinngs which constitutes the middle ground between the above extremes - the Nimzo-Indian, Queen's Indian and Bogo-Indian defenses.
CLEARANCE - Queen's Indian Defense - Recent Developments in 4. a3
Two of America's top rated players present an up-to-date study of an opening which was once casually dismissed as suspect, but more recently has been played at the top levels of international chess. Bent Larsen's stunning defeat of World Champion Karpov at Montreal '79 with the Center Counter focused attention on the line. Former U.S. Champion and International Master John Grefe has teamed up with 1981 U.S. Open Co-Champion Jeremy Silman to present a clear picture of the current status of theory in the Center Counter.
CLEARANCE - Center Counter
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