Chess Strategy Books
Improve your tactical radar to step up your game
Working through the puzzles and then carefully play through the thoroughly annotated solutions will help you to up your tactical radar as well as your calculation skills. So if you are up for the challenge, here is the opportunity to prepare for the next leap forward.
Daily Chess Training - Chess Tactics For Improvers - Vol. 1
Grandmaster and respected chess journalist Andrew Soltis explains just why swindles aren’t accidental or a matter of luck, and shows players of all levels how they can become “swindlers,” with plenty of examples along the way.
How to Swindle in Chess
Your Chess Battle Plan focuses on how Magnus Carlsen and other great masters decide on the best strategy in a position and then find the right ways to implement it. Clear advice shows you how to hone in on the most relevant features of a position in order to decide what your general plan needs to be.
Your Chess Battle Plan
The previous book of Khalifman and Soloviov, The Modern Scotch, discussed how to counter 1.e4 e5 in the most direct, aggressive and sometimes even risky fashion. Their new work explores a radically different approach. It presents a White repertoire based on the Four Knights Game, and in particular, the main line – the traditional system with 4.Bb5.
Squeezing 1.e4 e5 - A Solid Strategic Approach
Level One - Checkmating
You should go through the book chapter by chapter. The complexity of the examples increases throughout the book, and you shouldn’t skip a category if you consider it too easy. The book covers the full thinking process you should have when trying to mate your opponent, or when the situation of your opponent’s king may tempt you to look further in a mating direction.
Chess Calculation Training for Kids and Club Players
This book is dedicated to all young chess players aspiring to improve but i also hope that it will be interesting for admirers of the Azeri “number one” chess player’s creativity and his fans. Further we hope this book will be useful for coaches in their work.
Together with Mamedyarov
Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Play Unconventional Chess and Win by Noam A. Manellla and Zeev Zohar and Break the Rules! A Modern Look at Chess Strategy by Neil McDonald, brought together in one volume.
How and When to Break the Rules in Chess
The Modern Way to Get the Upper Hand in Chess
With lots of instructive examples, Kryakvin explains the ins and outs of the attack on the g-file: the typical ways to gain tempo and keep the momentum, and the manoeuvres that will maximize your opponent’s problems. After working with this book you will be fully equipped to use this modern battering ram to define the battlefield. You will have fun and win games!
Attacking with g2-g4
Alain Benlolo - trainer of the French Chess Federation - offers a large choice of combinations for the greater part extracted from games played in competitions by leading grand-masters.
500 Combinations To Train Yourself
This book is highly recommended for club players, advanced players and masters, although even higher rated players may also find it useful. There is no doubt that lower rated players will learn a lot about thinking processes and decision making, while some logical principles can be put to use by more advanced players too.
Fundamental Chess Strategy in 100 Games
A Complete Black Repertoire vs. 1. d4
This book is exceptional! Tarrasch exponents have been blessed in the past years with some excellent works, and this book continues this happy trend. It is both a detailed reference manual and a source of inspiration. For example, in the main line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.dxc5, I was intrigued to see such interesting analysis of the unusual gambit line 9...d4 as well as the main line 9...Bxc5.
Fight 1. d4 With The Tarrasch
This book, the third in its series, provides an overview of the positions and corresponding plans arising from the Sicilian Structures and in this first part the Najdorf & Scheveningen. The method is based on the column Understanding Before Moving in the chess magazine of the Royal Dutch Chess Federation; readers who follow it may hope to significantly increase their skill.
Understanding Before Moving Volume 3 - Sicilian Structures - Part 1
This book has taught two generations of chess players how to play forcefully and intelligently. Thousands of people, absolute novices at the game and skilled players alike, have profited from "Chess Strategy," with such famous Grandmasters as Paul Keres and Reuben Fine acclaiming it as the work which first showed them the way to successful chess.
Opening Repertoire: The Modern Defence examines all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans. The suggested lines for Black are based around the very latest games and analysis.
Opening Repertoire - The Modern Defence
The author presents a full opening repertory for the club player, which is analysed in six volumes. In the books you will find many novelties for both sides, with a full move-to-move presentation. Furthermore, the reader will get access to middlegame strategies, endgame techniques and common tactical motifs, which are patterning the proposed variations.
Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 1
First the Idea and Then the Move!
In this book, grandmaster and experienced author Zenón Franco explains planning in detail. He organizes material in terms of: typical structures, advantage in space, maneuvering play, simplification and, finally attack and defence. Using games played by elite players he explains how plans are formed and carried out in these different scenarios.
Planning - Move by Move
Mastering Passed Pawn Play
Pawn play is a fundamental aspect of chess strategy, yet often neglected in chess literature. In this, his second book on pawn play, Super-GM Sam Shankland sheds light on the vital topic of Passed Pawns.
Small Steps 2 Success
In the present book, you will be challenged 404 times but unlike most tactics puzzle books you don't know what your objective is: do I need to find a mate, find an opportunity skewer or pin a piece, use a tactical turn to gain a positional advantage and how far do I need to calculate?These questions are you are faced with when you play your own games and therefore this book tries to replicate this position.
Daily Chess Training - Chess Tactics - Vol. 2
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2000 Chess Exercises - 4 Books
This book is a collection of the best combinations played by Jose Raul Capablanca in chronological order. Each exercise features a number of points - 1 to 4 - given for solving it, depending on the exercises's difficulty. This allows trainers and teachers to use this book both for self training and in lessons for their students.
Jose Raul Capablanca - Great Chess Combinations
The book is a new edition of a bestseller by an experienced coach Sergey Ivashchenko. Over 200,000 copies of his books were sold in the Soviet Union in the late 1980's! This book is intended for beginners, both children and adults. The themes are: Mate in one, Mate in two, Win a queen, Win a rook, Win a piece, etc. The book designed for chess players with ELO 900-1200 points. Includes more than 700 tactical problems classified according to themes and difficulty.
The Manual of Chess Combinations - Vol. 1a
This book is a collection of the best combinations played by Alexander Alekhine in chronological order. Each exercise features a number of points - 1 to 4 - given for solving it, depending on the exercises's difficulty. This allows trainers and teachers to use this book both for self training and in lessons for their students.
Alexander Alekhine - Great Chess Combinations
Strategy Meets Dynamics - Volume 3
The book contains 43 annotated games divided among seven chapters. Within these pages you will find strategic plans related to typical pawn structures arising from the Geller/Tolush Gambit or the Anti-Moscow Gambit. By taking the time to study those chapters you should come away with a deeper understanding of the subtle nuances in pawn structures and the dynamics that arise. In addition, you will learn different strategic/dynamic ideas and this will strengthen your practical play in such positions.
Chess Middlegame Strategies
Chess Tactics Workbook for Kids is the first in a new series of books that help players gain chess skills by tackling hundreds of carefully chosen exercises. The themes are similar to those in Gambit’s best-selling ‘Chess for Kids’ series, but the focus is on getting vital hands-on experience. Many positions build on ones given earlier, showing how advanced ideas are normally made up of simpler ones that we can all grasp.
Chess Tactics Workbook for Kids
How to Find Logical Solutions to Over-the-Board Problems
Throughout, the discussion is illustrated by a mass of examples from both recent elite chess and the play of Kislik and his students, showing how his themes cut across all levels of chess. After the book’s two main sections – Thinking Concepts and Positional Concepts – comes a section of exercises, again with a strikingly original theme: our task is simply to assess each position.
Chess Logic in Practice
In this book the highly experienced coach international master Andrew Martin explains the basic ideas behind all the different variations that occur after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6. The focus on strategic elements such as pawn structures, attacking plans and typical piece manouevres allows the reader to quickly gain an excellent feel for this complex opening.
First Steps - King's Indian Defence
Grandmaster Damian Lemos presents a repertoire for White in the Queen’s Gambit, one of the most famous chess openings. The Queen’s Gambit enjoys a long and illustrious past. It has been played by virtually all the strongest grandmasters in the history of chess, and today it remains a popular choice for players of all levels. White’s opening moves in the Queen’s Gambit are built on sound strategic principles, and it can lead to positions rich in both tactical and positional play. It’s a perfect opening to use in order to develop your chess understanding.
Opening Repertoire - The Queen's Gambit
Edward Lasker was an expert and authority on many games, not only chess and checkers but also go, the Oriental game he introduced to the United States. General strategic principles rather than analyses requiring memorizing are stressed throughout the book, so that even a beginner or a player of moderate experience can understand the discussion. This method of teaching is unquestionably the most interesting and effective, because it makes the student think for himself.
Chess & Checkers - The Way to Mastership
Cut Down on Opening Study and Get a Middlegame You Are Familiar With
Side-stepping Mainline Theory will help you to focus on what is really decisive in the vast majority of non-grandmaster games: tactics, positional understanding and endgame technique.
Side-Stepping Mainline Theory
Mastering the Transition into the Pawn Endgame
In this book, former US Chess Champion Joel Benjamin teaches you all you need to know about successfully liquidating into pawn endgames. He focuses on the practical aspects: what to aim for and how to get there. When to start trading pieces and how to recognize favorable and unfavorable liquidations.
Liquidation on the Chess Board - New and Extended Edition
The Key to Better Calculation
Forcing Chess Moves proposes a revolutionary method for finding winning moves. Charles Hertan has made an astonishing discovery: the failure to consider key moves is often due to human bias. Your brain tends to disregard many winning moves because they are counter-intuitive or look unnatural.
Forcing Chess Moves - New and Extended 4th Edition
In this book, Grandmaster Davorin Kuljasevic teaches you how to look beyond the material balance when you evaluate positions. With loads of instructive examples he shows how the actual value of your pieces fluctuates during the game, depending on many non-material factors. Some of those factors are space-related, such as mobility, harmony, outposts, structures, files and diagonals. Other factors are related to time, and to the way the moves unfold: tempo, initiative, a threat, an attack.
The Royal Chess Couple is a combined attempt to introduce the various traits of the most significant piece with the most powerful piece on the chessboard. Following a short historic review of the development and metamorphoses of each piece over time, the reader is offered 240 positions (480 in total) from tournament practice as well as from the magic world of chess composition.
The Royal Chess Couple in Action
In order to avoid this overburdening, almost all games in this book have been played by representatives of the target group. Accordingly, readers will feel 'at home', so to speak, because they are familiar with how players of that skill level react in certain critical positions, and how the advantage often shifts from one side to the other due to typical mistakes. And learning from the mistakes of others is more pleasant in the sense that it is painless!
Learning from the Mistakes of Others
In this book, which is aimed at advanced amateurs and club players of a lower or medium level, the author (FIDE Master Gerd Treppner; 1956 – 2009) has compiled 120 instructive test tasks.
Testbook of Opening Traps
In The Elshad System for White, FM Igor Nemtsev surveys Black's most common responses to this creative opening, including the King's Indian, Dutch, and big-center setups. Conventional approaches are hazardous for Black: unexpected tactics abound, and White is not afraid to sacrifice material for a sudden attack. Not even grandmasters tread safely in the Elshad minefield.
The Elshad for White