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
1. e4 e5: Sizzling Ideas for Black!
The Open Games (those beginning 1 e4 e5) are now more topical than ever, featured in a high proportion of elite-level games. This new user-friendly guide offers players of all levels a carefully worked-out repertoire, taking into account this wealth of new material. Noted opening writer Sverre Johnsen has also taken a critical look at the more traditional Open Games, where theory is often based on old or obscure games.
How to Beat the Open Games
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 Tarrasch Defence to the Queen's Gambit, which arises after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Ne3 c5, is one ofthe most flexible systems at Black's disposa. He can choose the aggressive attacking play of the Von Henning-Schara Gambit, sharp positional play of the isolated pawn positions in teh Classical Tarrasch, or take a chance on the risky Swedish variation.
Play the Tarrasch
It is not always possible to win a game of chess by obtaining an advantage and then logically converting it into a win. In the games of average players the result is often in doubt until the last blunder and the more resourceful player will usually triumph.
Saving Lost Positions
Updated in 2011 with New, Improved Lines of Play
The Spanish Chess Opening, also known as the Ruy Lopez, named a Spanish clergyman who made it popular, is one of the oldest and most heavily analyzed of openings, with many variations having been analyzed up to move 20. Yet, there are still new things being discovered about it. This book covers early attempts by either side to wrest the initiative from the other by means of an early pawn sacrifice.
Spanish Gambits - UPDATED
How Garry Kasparov Changed the World of Chess
May 1997. It was the match that stunned the world: Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was beaten by the massively parallel computer, Beep Blue - an opponent that Kasparov had vanquished in 1996. But unlike his human opponents, Deep Blue could be redesigned in the intervening year. The result: the first "player" - computer or human - ever to win a match against the chess genius. Kasparov's own move-by-move analysis of these games in "A New Era" shows just how much IBM has improved the breed, and how they were spoiling for a fight in the momentous rematch. A must read for anyone who is passionate about the world's most enduring game of strategy and wits, A New Era takes the reader inside the world of professional chess, offering insiders' insights (including those of Kasparov himself) into the politics and psychology of competition at the top levels of play, whether against human or machine.
CLEARANCE - A New Era
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This book clearly lays out the main lines with plenty of attention given to novelties and likely side paths. A complete chapter is dedicated to the Modern Exchange variation and essential stratagems are revealed.
CLEARANCE - The Gruenfeld Defense
The Chess Terrorist's Handbook is a collection of deeply annotated chess games drawn from Leonid Shamkovich's forty years of tournament combat against such players as David Bronstein, Mikhail Tal and Boris Spassky.
CLEARANCE - The Chess Terrorist's Handbook
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When these two authors undertook to revise their 1983 treatment of the Schliemann Defense, they found that the opening had enjoyed such exercise in tournament (including Candidate Match) and correspondence play, that it would require four volumes to contain the current theory in adequate depth. This first volumee treats the lines after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 f5 4 Nc3 fxe4 5 Nxe4 Nf6, known as the Tartakower Variation.
CLEARANCE - The Schliemann Defense - Volume 1
Grandmaster Shamkovich and Eric Schiller present a study of a variation once deemed "quiet" which has developed into a solid defense for Black. This book provides original analysis and current tournament practice in the line, with exceptional attention to the latest developments. Here is a tournament weapon which has not received sufficient attention previously. This work advances the theory of the variation for both over-the-board and correspondence players.
CLEARANCE - Caro-Kann 4...Nd7
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