What does a chess player need who is familiar with the rules, but often gets into trouble right away in the opening? This question was the starting point for the authors before they began to compile their material. The result is a book that gives explanations to help the reader understand the King's Indian Defense – and instructions to show him how to use it.
Openings - The King's Indian Defense
The ideas and plans behind each line are explained in detail to ensure that the reader understands them properly instead of just playing moves that he has learned by heart. Even the sense and purpose of single moves are ex- plained, if they are not quite obvious.
Openings Semi-Open Games
The 'Reti Opening' 1.Ng1-f3 d7-d5 2.c2-c4 is quiet and solid and usually leads to the middle game without greater tactical complications. Therefore, the arising positions require more positional understanding than tactical skills. The book is primarily intended for amateurs looking to expand their opening repertoire with a solid, yet easy-to-learn opening.
The Reti Opening - Properly Played
Read - Understand - Play
What does a chess player need who is familiar with the rules, but often gets into trouble right away in the opening? This question has resulted in this book, which gives explanations to help the reader understand the Sicilian Defense and instructions to show him how to use it. And no matter if he is little or even completely unfamiliar with opening theory, this book gives him easy access to this difficult and comprehensive field.
Openings - The Sicilian Defense
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
Fabiano Caruana vs. Magnus Carlsen
In this book all the games are analyzed in detail and commented in an entertaining and understandable way. In addition, it also offers a close look at the framework conditions and the events that led to the finale.
World Chess Championship 2018
Read - Understand - Play
What does a chess player need who is familiar with the rules, but often gets into trouble right away in the opening? This question was the starting point for the authors before they began to compile their material. The result is a book (the first of a small series) that gives explanations to help the reader understand the openings that arise after the initial moves 1.e4 e5 (e.g. such renowned and important openings as the 'Ruy Lopez', the 'Four Knights Game' or the 'King's Gambit') – and instructions to show him how to use them.
Openings - Open Games
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
Any player who prefers to rely on main lines will be well acquainted with the problem of the sheer masses of opening theory. And as they do not stop growing, there's always the risk that sooner or later they will grow over one's head. Therefore, the wish for a simpler approach is understandable. The wish for an opening that does not necessarily aim for the earliest possible advantage. The wish for general conditions which ensure that the beginning of the game can be carried out without great risks and that the actual combat action begins in the middle game. And, indeed, such an opening does exist - the so-called 'King's Indian Attack'.
The King's Indian Attack - Properly Played
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 Queenside Fianchetto Factor. In the first full book to examine 2.b3 against the Sicilian, French and Caro-Kann, mainlines, interesting sidelines and current theory are reviewed. In addition, what actually happens in modern practice is surveyed. With 2.b3, you will have one more arrow in your theoretical quiver to battle Black. And, like it or not, Black will be compelled to do deal with the queenside fianchetto factor.
Sabotaging the Sicilian, French & Caro-Kann with 2. b3
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
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
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
The moves 1. e4 e5 2. f3 c6 3. b5 take us to the array of the Ruy Lopez, the most famous of all chess openings. First recommended by the Spanish monk Ruy Lopez in the 16th Century, its strategic wealth and complexity making it a horn of plenty for creative players, have ensured the evergreen appeal of the opening. White launches a concerted attack on the e5 pawn, trying to seize the initiative in the centre. His strong grip on the game has spurred the invention of many defenses, a promising modern one of which has been widely surveyed to write this book.
CLEARANCE - Arkhangelsk System in the Ruy Lopez
This book entails the Openings of the English in the Flohr Mikenas variation. (A18-A19)
CLEARANCE - Flohr-Mikenas System in the English Opening (A18-A19)
In present tournament practice the Slav Defence is an extremely popular opening system, as it is based upon proven defenses to be found in modern opening theory. The Botvinnik Variation represents an exception as it is characterized by extreme rigour in the tactical fight and by the complexity of its strategy.
CLEARANCE - Semi-Slav Defence - Botvinnik Variation D44
The Arkhangelsk System in the Ruy Lopez (spanish Game), features a fianchetto of the Black Queen's Bishop. The variations of the system have received the greatest attention in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This is the first detailed analysis of the variation in English, and includes illustrative games along with the thorough analysis. The line deserves careful consideration as an alternative to the more commonly played lines.
CLEARANCE - Arkhangelsk System in the Ruy Lopez
This study presents an up-to-date thorough analysis of current practice in the line, together with twenty annotated illustrative games.
CLEARANCE - Flohr-Mikenas System - English Opening
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The games illustrate play by some of today's strongest masters to guide the reader in his study of this reliable opening system.
CLEARANCE - Queen's Gambit Declined Exchange Variation