General Chess Instruction
A Tournament Player's Manual
Defensive skills are vital for a player to really make his mark and reach for a higher level. The goal with this book is to capture the perspective of an active tournament player who will inevitably experience his fair share of situations on the board when he/she will have to defend. To do that efficiently, a number of means and skills have been developed through analytical research, and decades (or better, centuries) of tournament practice.
PRE-ORDER - Defensive Tools
The purpose of this book is to shed some light on the underlying principles that govern "boring" chess positions, bordering on equality. Such positions have gradually become the main dish of nowadays' chess menu because people have increased their level, their stamina, their desire to grind down wins out of nothing.
How to Play Equal Positions
Jakov Geller's new book focuses on a key element of tactics: forced mate. It contains 1500 positions rife with tactical resources; 1380 of them are presented as puzzles. The book is divided into 31 chapters, most of which are dedicated to a single tactical method, which is described in detail.
1500 Forced Mates
Exploring the Most Difficult Challenge in Chess
How to Beat Magnus Carlsen has a thematic structure, which, together with Lakdawala’s uniquely accessible style, makes its lessons easy to digest. Sometimes even Magnus gets outplayed, sometimes he over-presses and goes over the cliff’s edge, and sometimes he fails to find the correct plan. And yes, even Magnus Carlsen commits straightforward blunders. Lakdawala explains the how and the why.
How To Beat Magnus Carlsen
Yakov Borisovich Estrin was a Russian chess International Master, International Correspondence Chess Grandmasterand world champion, chess theoretician, and writer. After a brief foray into over-the-board play, he turned to correspondence chess in the early 1960s with immediate success (joint first place in the USSR Correspondence Championship in 1962). He became an International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster in 1966, and would go on to compete in the final of the World Correspondence Championship five times. He is best known for being the seventh ICCF World Champion, 1972-1976.
Theory and Practice of Chess in Russian
The Ultimate Workbook
Following on from his first successful book for Thinkers Publishing, The Correct Exchange in the Endgame 2018, Eduardas Rozentalis turns his attention towards the best tool for chess improvement: test your current knowledge! Our author has provided the most important key elements to practice one of the most difficult decisions: exchange or not!
To Exchange or Not?
Popular Chess Variants introduces the reader to some challenging alternatives to traditional chess. The majority of games discussed involve standard pieces. In addition there are a few examples using Chinese (Xiangqi), Japanese (Shogi) and four-handed chess sets.
Popular Chess Variants
Years of coaching experience as well as independent research has allowed the author to identify the key skills that will enhance the progress of just about any player rated between 1600 and 2500. Becoming a strong chess thinker is namely not only reserved exclusively for elite players, but actually constitutes the cornerstone of chess training, being no less important than memorizing opening theory, acquiring middlegame knowledge or practicing endgames.
Universal Chess Training
This book shows not only how you can create opportunities to win, but, having the right positions it shows how to bring about the win. This gives you training in the finer points of chess play and opens your eyes to a side of chess you may never have suspected.
In Technical Decision Making in Chess former World Championship Challenger Boris Gelfand discusses his path to decision making in endgames and positions where one side possesses a structural or material advantage. This investigation into a top Grandmaster’s technical understanding will illuminate difficult parts of the game that many players find elusive. Concepts like the “Zone of one mistake” are certain to be a revelation to many.
Technical Decision Making in Chess - HARDCOVER
What You Can Learn From Tigran Petrosian's Extraordinary Defensive Skills
This book aims to help amateur players improve the standard of their defensive play. In many training programs a serious analysis of the art of defense is lacking. That explains why most club players are much better at attacking than at coping with adversity and difficult positions. ‘Defend Like Petrosian' points the way to creative solutions and will help you save lots of points.
Defend Like Petrosian
Learn From the Greatest Players Ever
Benjamin presents two games by each champion, concentrating on verbal instruction rather than variations. Magic names such as Capablanca, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Tal, Karpov, Kasparov,they're all there, up to current World Champion Magnus Carlsen. How do they open the game? How do they develop their pieces? How do they conduct an attack or defend when necessary? All this is explained in lessons accessible to every post-beginners.
World Champion Chess for Juniors
Typical Structures and Strategic Manoeuvres
If you want to improve your middlegame play, you will have to develop a FEEL for positions. That's what Boris Zlotnik has been stressing during his long and rich trainer's career. Clicking through concrete variations (a popular pastime in the computer era) is not enough. To guide your thinking during a game you should be able to fall back on a reservoir of typical ideas and methods.
Zlotnik's Middlegame Manual
A Practical Guide to Take Your Chess to the Next Level
This book is based on real amateur games and shows you how an average club player can proceed through the ranks and reach master level. It is a hard struggle, nothing comes for free and your path will be strewn with set-backs and disappointments. Just like real life.
How to Become a Candidate Master
Move Orders, Tricks & Alternatives
With the seemingly bulletproof Berlin Wall and Marshall Attack continuing to thwart White’s best efforts to find an advantage in the Ruy Lopez, many top players have incorporated the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4) along with the related Bishop’s Opening (2.Bc4) into their repertoires. In this two-volume work, GM Martyn Kravtsiv shares his insights on this Italian Renaissance from White’s perspective.
The Italian Renaissance - Volume I
The Main Lines
In this, the second book in his two-volume work, GM Martyn Kravtsiv shines the spotlight on the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4). Most chess players learn the basics of this opening as beginners, yet it contains enough depth and complexity to provide the world’s best players with a rich and ever-evolving battleground.
The Italian Renaissance - Volume II
Elaborating on the topics, FIDE trainer Slobodan Mirkovic carefully uses examples from chess classics to nowadays. Considering the author's methodical approach it is conclusive that besides theoretical knowledge he has a wide range of practical experience gained through playing chess actively and coaching.
Chess School 1
Like the previous books, Chess School 4 consists of three parts. The first part deals with chess endings, those in which the rook is the most powerful piece on the board. The second part is the chapter "Wonderful world of chess combinations"; here, a new theory of combinations and classification is presented, one that takes Botvinnik's definition of a chess combination as the starting point. The third part contains strategic motifs.
Chess School 4
So now, as an edition specially prepared for this Championship and intended for all participants, there has come out "Chess School 2". Introduction of chess in school is definitely the noblest mission which can be carried out in a country. Many chess nations have come a long way in this project, some are preparing for it.
Chess School 2
Like the previous books, Chess School 5 consists of three parts. The first part deals with queen endings. The second part is the chapter "Wonderful world of chess combinations"; here, a new theory of combinations and classification is presented, one that takes Botvinnik's definition of a chess combination as the starting point. The third part contains strategic motifs.
Chess School 5
Content of "Chess School 3" consists of lectures which resulted from work with most successful students. The book is divided into three parts: Rook endings, Miraculous world of combinations, and Strategic moves I and II
Chess School 3
Navigate the hidden paths of the chessboard to strike attacking gold!
Their over-the-board successes are not based on mere bravado or trickery, but on a profound understanding of the chessboard struggle and thought process. Song and Preotu consider the role of manoeuvring and prophylactic thought, and examine attacks in the endgame, as well as more standard topics such as play on colour complexes and when and how to launch the pawns in an all-out assault.
CLEARANCE - The Chess Attacker's Handbook
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In this long-awaited extension of the classic Best Lessons of a Chess Coach, the reader is invited to take a seat in the classroom of a renowned chess teacher, and learn how to answer such questions while experiencing the beauty, logic, and artistry of great chess games.
Best Lessons of a Chess Coach - Extended Edition
From Tactics to Strategy Winning Knowledge!
In this book we will not only show you more tactical motifs, but we will also give you an introduction to the basics of chess strategy. You’ll learn the most important elements of strategy which will help you to find better plans and to understand positions better.
Thinkers' Chess Academy with Grandmaster Thomas Luther - Volume 2
In positions taken almost exclusively from modern tournament play, the authors present jaw-dropping continuations which humans struggle to find, not due to lower human computing power, due to conceptual and perceptual limitations. In this book these “crazy” moves are analysed and categorized. If you want to expand your chess imagination, understanding and intuition, Think Like a Machine is the book is for you.
Think Like A Machine - HARDCOVER
The Working Tool for the Club Player
The content of this book is a training program for players who plan to play an over-the-board tournament a few weeks from the time they start training with this book. This book, unlike other similar books in the field of improvement, does not have a central theme. Instead, this book offers a holistic view on how to approach every single position in it, regardless of the phase of the game or the nature of the position. We try to teach players how to identify types of decisions in various positions, while pointing at the trade-off between a hardcore calculation and a heuristics judgment.
Improve Your Ability to Spot Typical Mates
In this guide International Master Vladimir Barsky teaches the method created by his mentor Viktor Khenkin (1923-2010). It’s based on an ingenious classification of the most frequently occurring mating schemes. A wide range of chess players will find it an extremely useful tool to recognize mating patterns and calculate the often narrow path to the kill.
A Modern Guide To Checkmating Patterns
The Powerful Impact of Engines
This book is dedicated to chess, though I must confess it is not that same chess with which I immediately and eternally fell in love many, many years ago. There were plenty of wonderful moments, and no shortage of horrible disappointments associated with that version of the game in which I certainly considered myself a true professional.
Modern Chess Formula
A First Course in Chess Improvement
By going through the chapters you will get acquainted with my way of grandmaster- type thinking. I can assure you of one thing: there are better and weaker grandmasters, but you won’t find a GM who is playing without ideas or, let’s say, without his way of thinking! As you will find out, I am basically trying to detect the problem or goal of the position and then I am starting to scan factors which can lead to the solution. That process you will find in many examples in the book.
The Grandmaster Mindset
This book is a fully-revised combination of two collections of David Navara’s games and blogposts published in Czech, Můj šachový svět (Prague, 2015) and Můj světový šach (Prague, 2017). The titles, My Chess World and My World Chess, betray the fact that David doesn’t only like to play chess, he also likes to play with words. I have tried to maintain his unique voice and the spirit of his writing in English.
My Chess World
The Modernized Grunfeld Defense will be extremely helpful for any chess player looking for a reliable lifetime repertoire against White's 1.d4. It will benefit current Grunfeld players as Yaro unveils his analysis and numerous novelties waiting to be played over the board.
The Modernized Grunfeld Defense
Rare Ideas for White
A game as complex as chess can be approached in an infinite number of ways. Nowadays, in the era of computer chess, GMs generally tend to focus their preparation on looking for playable ideas rather than outright refutations. In his second volume of work, Alex Ipatov once again shows his expertise and creative approach in this regard.
Unconventional Approaches to Modern Chess - Volume 2
Practical Tips to Strengthen Your Mindset at the Board
In this book Schweitzer presents practical tips and tools that will help you to improve your mental power during a game. These lessons and simple mental workouts will help players of all levels to unlock the full power of their brain and win more games.
Mental Toughness in Chess
How to Save Points from Lost Positions
With an abundance of eye-popping examples and training exercises, Smerdon identifies the four best friends of every chess swindler: your opponent’s impatience, their hubris, their fear, and their need to stay in control. You’ll also learn about such cunning swindling motifs as the Trojan Horse, the decoy trap, the berserk attack, and ‘window-ledging’.
The Complete Chess Swindler
Like other titles in the Training Program for Chess Players series, this volume is both an excellent textbook for independent study and a powerful teaching aid for chess coaches. In the view of many experts, no better work of this kind has ever been written.
Training Program for Chess Players - 1st Category (ELO 1600-2000)
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.
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