General Chess Instruction
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.
Together with Mamedyarov
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
A Complete Course of Instruction for Beginners
Included are deeply annotated games by Alekhine, Capablanca, Emanuel Lasker, Euwe, Botvinnik, Fine, Reshevsky. Nimzovitch, Kashdan, Horowitz and Marshall played mostly from 1937 to 1940.
Mitchell's Guide to the Game of Chess
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
This book is about seven of the greatest American chess players, including World Champion Bobby Fischer. John Collins knew them all when they were boys, before they became masters, and was their tutor, mentor and friend. In this book he tells the fascinating story of their chess development and explains the methods by which he guided them to success.
My Seven Chess Prodigies
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
In this book, Lasker provides mini-biographies for many masters who otherwise would not be remembered today. He shows how he learned from them and this enabled him to increase his chess strength.
Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters
Become A Tactical Wizard
Become a Tactical Wizard is the second book in the series The Power of Tactics. In this second volume, the authors continue to develop their ideas from the first book — Tactics According to Smyslov — where they explain that in chess there are four main tactical elements (check, pin, double attack and unprotected pieces).
The Power of Tactics - Volume 2
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 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.
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
50 Mate in Two Chess Puzzles for Intermediate Players
This book contains 50 mate in two puzzles for the intermediate-level chess player. As you work through the book, you’ll not only be looking for your best moves to solve the problems, but also to give your opponent their best moves in response.
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 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 vast majority of opening guides are written for adult readers. This book is also devoted to the theory but it is junior. The structure of the book is simple and attractive: openings are examined using examples from actual games, each of which is presented in the form of a lesson with its own name. Several such lessons form an opening theme, and the examination of each theme concludes with exercises.
Chess Openings for Juniors
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
Learn basic chess concepts and color some of the most popular chess illustrations from the Chess Detective Workbook series. This book contains fifty basic chess lessons designed to assist beginner level chess players.
Chess Concepts and Coloring Book for Kids
Chess Tests offers chessplayers material of very high quality for working on various themes, from training combinative vision to techniques of realizing advantages. The author recommends using those materials for in-depth work in the directions mentioned in the book. If you follow this advice, then this volume will become a valuable addition to your chess studies and will help you reinforce skills and knowledge you have already obtained.
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
Beyond the Basics - Revised Edition
The course is structured in three series with three levels. The Fundamentals level is the easiest one, Beyond the Basics is more challenging, and Mastery is quite difficult, even for stronger players. The various topics – Tactics, Strategy, Positional Play, Endgames, Calculating Variations, and Openings are spread evenly across the nine volumes, giving readers the chance to improve every area as they work through the books.
Chess Evolution 2
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
This book by the well-known author of Modern Chess Strategy makes a unique contribution to chess literature. Added to the purely technical contents are a number of features which make the book interesting even for those readers who do not actually play the game but are merely attracted to its sporting background. This book is written for all experience levels so that the player can use general strategic principles to assist the player in thinking for themselves versus relying on others' analysis's.
Chess for Fun & Chess for Blood
Volume I: The Whizz-Kid (1973-1981)
In Coaching Kasparov, Year by Year and Move by Move Garry Kasparov’s long-term coach, second and mentor Alexander Nikitin tells the story of how he trained Kasparov from a brilliant but raw junior into becoming and then remaining the world champion. Volume I, the present work, covers the period 1973-1981, until Kasparov reached the age of 18.
Coaching Kasparov - Year by Year and Move by Move
The book consists of games, chess positions, anecdotes and interesting stories about chess and chess players. Many of the games and problems cannot be found from any other source.
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 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
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
Playing Badly is No Excuse for Losing
In Winning Ugly in Chess you will see games where weird moves are rewarded. Cyrus Lakdawala knows that playing good chess is all very well, but that beating your opponent is better.
Winning Ugly in Chess
In this workbook, Volker Schlepütz and Grandmaster John Emms offer a unique framework to practise chess tactics independent of themes, difficulty and - most crucially - even the definite existence of an actual tactic in a given position.
A Complete Guide to Practical Play
"Recently many great puzzle books have been published, but this book is a bit different from the others. The authors have used a unique, and at the same time simple, model for classification of tactical elements. They tried to look at this most important feature of chess through the eyes of a great champion, Vassily Smyslov. His ideas about tactics will make studying the different aspects of this subject much easier. Tactics according to Smyslov is the first of three books in the The Power of Tactics series. I can heartily recommend this book to all players with a rating up to 1800. You will find enjoyment while solving the puzzles and improving your calculation."
Power of Tactics - Vol. 1 - Tactics According to Smyslov
Your Move, Your Choice
The Chess GPS 2 invites you to delve into the set of requirements declared when choosing a chess move. A fairly common coaching mistake, according to the authors, is recommending that students concentrate on finding the "best," "strongest" move during the game.
The Chess GPS - Volume 2