Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Play The Accelerated Dragon by Peter Lalic and Play the Benko Gambit by Nicolai Pedersen , brought together in one volume.
Counterattacking Systems Versus 1 e4 and 1 d4
FIDE World Chess Championship London 2018
This match between the number one and number two ranked players in the world is one of the most eagerly-awaited World Championship clashes of recent years. Defending champion Magnus Carlsen first gained the title in 2013 when he beat Viswanathan Anand.
Carlsen v Caruana
Chess Grandmaster Raymond Keene chronicles the history of the development of the chess combination as an art form. In 86 complete games in descriptive starting from the 15th century, Keene provides examples of combinations played by Greco, Philidor, Mac Donnell, Von der Lasa, Staunton, Anderssen, Morphy, Zukertort, Steinitz, Lasker, Cabablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Keres, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov and Korchnoi.
The Chess Combination from Philidor to Karpov
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
Including all games from the 2014 World Chess Championship Match, plus previous games between Anand and Carlsen. All games have been highly annotated by Grandmaster Raymond Keene, OBE.
Magnus Carlsen - Vishwanathan Anand 2014 Rematch for the World Chess Championship
Including all games from the World Chess Championship Match, plus previous games between Anand and Carlsen and a ground breaking history of the World Chess Champions, including representative games by each of the 19 prior holders of the world title. All annotated by Grandmaster Raymond Keene, OBE. Includes 36 annotated chess games, 234 chess diagrams, plus puzzles and quizzes based upon the games of the match.
Carlsen - Anand Match for the World Chess Championship
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
Kramnik vs. Topalov 2006
Following the split with FIDE when World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov defended his title in a match with Nigel Short in 1993 outside of FIDE, there had been two world chess champions, the “Classical Champion” who had won his title by defeating the current champion in a long match, and the FIDE World Champion who had won one of the World Championship tournaments organized by FIDE.
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
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
The Benko Gambit is undoubtedly one of Black's most dynamic openings. In return for his pawn investment Black gains long-term pressure, which is often so powerful it continues right through into the endgame. White must decide whether to grab the pawn and try to hold on, or to choose a more aggressive approach. Either way, Black generally succeeds in his aim of unbalancing the position from a very early stage.
EBOOK - Play the Benko Gambit
The Twelve Best Games of Chess
Everyone is fascinated by great games of chess: the spectacular sacrifices, profound strategic plans and brilliant endgame play produced in the heat of combat are powerful expressions of the creativity of the human mind. But which, of all the hundreds of candidates, are the very greatest games ever played? Here, in this book, is Grandmaster Raymond Keene's personal selection: twelve games, played by the giants of chess, each of them representing a peak in chess-playing genius.
Duels of the Mind
The epic 1995 match for the World Chess Championship between Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short, with all games deeply annotated by Grandmaster Raymond Keene. In this inside account, Grandmaster Raymond Keene, one of the world's foremost chess writers, describes the action both on and off the board. As the Times (London) correspondent, he played a key role in the breakaway from FIDE and had exclusive access to both Kasparov and Short during the match.
Kasparov Short 1993
Published in Association with the Times Newspaper
The Champion: Garry Kasparov, Seemingly invincible, but showing signs of some frailty when bombarded with ideas from the young generation of players. Could he yet again stamp his authority on the chess world, and snuff out the hopes of another young pretender? The Challenger: Vishy Anand, Calm and modest away from the board, but renowned for his sharp, lightning-fast chess. Could the young Indian topple the giant?
World Chess Championship - Kasparov vs. Anand
Traditional chess openings emphasize control of the center. Flank Openings are opening systems first developed by such players as Reti and Nimzowitsch in which the player of the white pieces concedes control of the center to Black, but then seeks to undermine the center and cause it to collapse with attacks from the sides. Grandmaster Raymond Keene explains the concepts and ideas behind these chess opening systems.
Improve Your Chess by Studying the Games of the Master of Positional Play
For more than a quarter of a century until his death in 1935, Aron Nimzowitsch was recognised as one of the world's leading players. The leading Grandmaster of the Hypermodern school, his games were full of new ideas and plans, which were accompanied by landmarks in chess literature such as My System and Chess Praxis. Challenging old theories, his books are regarded as being the best teaching manuals and have strongly withstood the test of time.
Aron Nimzowitsch - Master of Planning
Kasparov versus Deep Blue
This book tells the full story of this historic encounter, from the personalities, hype and controversies to the debates over computer intelligence and the future of chess. Every game is analyzed in detail and the earlier 1989 and 1996 matches between the two contestants are reviewed.
Man versus Machine
This book relates the history of a 200-year-old quest. A quest which culminated in the grand chess match between World Champion Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue.
CLEARANCE - Man v Machine - Kasparov v IBM's Deep Blue
A superb refresher course and the ideal follow-up to Ray Keene's best-selling Chess for Absolute Beginners.
CLEARANCE - How To Win At Chess
Who Will be the Next World Chess Champion?
Never before in chess history have there been so many young players with genuine world championship potential. Name such as Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Vissily Ivanchuk, Alexei Shirov, Judit Polar, Nigel Short, Michael Adams and america’s own Gata Kamsky - all world beaters, but only one will mount the chess Olympus.
CLEARANCE - The Young Pretenders
Who Will Be the Next World Chess Champion?
Contains the career details of many key players of chess, assessing their strengths and weaknesses. The book includes profiles of Vladimir Kramnik, Gata Kamsky, Judit Polgar, Michael Adams, Alexei Shirov, Viswanathan Anand and Vassily Ivanchuk.
CLEARANCE - Contenders for the Crown
This book is the official account of that match. The layout, with a diagram for every move, enables the reader to follow the games without a chess set. Each game is illuminated by penetrating notes from Raymond Keene, chess columnist of The Times and Spectator, who commentated on the games for Channel 4 television.
CLEARANCE - Kasparov V Short: The First Challenge
This book charts Nigel Short's astonishing ascent to the chess peaks, through an exciting selection of the most important games in his career. Each game is brought vividly to life by absorbing annotations that provide a valuable insight into the character and playing style of one of the greatest players in the world today. It includes brilliant wins against Kasparov, Karpov, Timman, and other greats of contemporary chess.
CLEARANCE - Nigel Short - World Chess Challenger
This book charts Nigel Short's astonishing ascent to the chess peaks through an absorbing selection of the most important games in his career. Each game is brought vividly to life by clear annotations which provide a valuable insight into the character and playing style of one of the greatest players in the world today.
CLEARANCE - Nigel Short World Chess Challenger
Here, in this book, is Grandmaster Raymond Keene's personal selection: twelve games, played by the giants of chess, each of them representing a peak in chess-playing genius. From the slashing attacks of Paul Morphy to the classic beauty of Jose Capablanca; from the python-like constriction of Aron Nimzowitsch to the dynamic aggression of Gary Kasparov: all styles of chess are present, as are the great names of chess, including Steinitz, Lasker, Alekhine, Spassky and Fischer.
CLEARANCE - The Twelve Best Games of Chess
In the fall of 1927, the British Empire Club organized an international Masters tournament to be held in London, England from October 10th to the 24th. The twelve chess masters invited to compete at the event were first served a banquet dinner at the Empire Club in London on October 9th. There the time control for the tournament was announced at 30 moves in two hours followed by 15 moves every hour.
CLEARANCE - London 1927 - British Empire Club Tournament
Here are 70 splendid games by the world's finest players. In each game the authors have focused on the key position — the moment of decision which proved to be the turning point of the game. In each case they show how the winner avoided the obvious and the mundane, and instead picked the surprising move to win.
Ray Keene's Good Move Guide
Understanding opening ideas is far m ore important than memorizing long variations, especially for the player who has little time or inclination for the study of opening theory. In this book the author has selected a number of sound but aggressive systems which he himself has used in Grandmaster play. By using annotated games to explain the strategic features of each variation, he also gives the reader a feel for the middle game positions which arise.
CLEARANCE - Dynamic Chess Openings
This volume will not only improve the playing strength of club and tournament players (for a study of the very best combinations will surely sharpen tactical skill), but also provide a source of aesthetic pleasure and excitement to the lover of the game of chess.
CLEARANCE - The Chess Combination from Philidor to Karpov