Level 1 - Checkmating
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. As with all training, there is a warm-up, a tough phase, a break, a relaxing phase, then another tough phase, and respecting the pedagogical order of the book will make sure that you derive the maximum benefit from it, and are 100% ready for Level 2. After you have completed all 276 exercises in the book you won’t let your opponent’s king escape when it shouldn’t. Reading it should pay off quickly in terms of results! And this is exactly what I wish you.
Chess Calculation Training for Kids and Club Players
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?
In this book, GM Christian Bauer explains how to use this powerful weapon drawing from his own successful experiences. He is not shy to show you the fundamental ideas, the traps, the pitfalls and naturally the move order subtleties which play such an important role in our modern game of chess. We are convinced this book will give you plenty of confidence and make your opponent think more than twice.
The Modernized Nimzovich Defense 1.e4 Nc6!
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
A Feast of Chess in Time of Plague
Another ground-breaking work from Vladimir Tukmakov, bringing the story of the Candidates 2020. According to his observations and analysis the players were ready to fight for a place to challenge the World Champion. However no one could have even imagined how difficult the road to that tournament would be nor how unexpected the outcome. Yet the significance of the actual numbers in this dramatic epic is hard to overestimate which is why the author will attempt to play the role of chronicler and try to describe as accurately as possible the key moments of this historic event.
Candidates Tournament 2020 - Part 1 - Yekaterinburg
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 this book Yuriy does not overwhelm you with variations, but instead he focuses a lot on the verbal explanations and understanding of the typical positions. At the same time, you can be confident that his recommendations are quite sound and have been thoroughly checked with extensive databases, strong engines as well as critically looked upon from the human perspective.
A Complete Opening Repertoire for Black after 1.e4 e5!
Against the Tarrasch
This is one of the most possible treatments White has available. Using his typical funny and dynamic writing style, David shows that it is possible to play solidly but also remain with the dynamic elements Black has available. He recommends several creative lines, even a bit off the beaten track, but which he has very carefully worked out over the several years of his own practice.
The Modernized French Defense - Volume 2
This book is about the Marshall Attack and the lines which can be grouped together under the banner of the so-called Anti-Marshall. The theory has developed so much in the last decade that there is more than enough material to be going on with just in those areas, but I also decided to include a detailed look at an important line in the Exchange Variation.
The Modernized Marshall Attack
In this book, you will see how you can make it work. Drawing on a decade of his own experience using the Modern as one of his main weapons, Fernandez explains the concepts and theory in rigorous detail, all the while not forgetting that chess is to be played for fun.
The Modernized Modern Defense
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.
The Sveshnikov is undeniably one of the most dynamic and aggressive Sicilians available these days. Most recently, it was made popular again by World Champion Magnus Carlsen in his match against Fabiano Caruana at the end of 2018. The main lines lead to complex positions, and a deep knowledge and understanding of the opening is a real necessity for any player who wishes to enter this battlefield.
The Modernized Sveshnikov
A Fighters Repertoire Against the Famous Sicilians
The book you hold is my first work and contains my efforts to find new paths and fresh perspectives on these two variations. I hope you gain from information in this book as well as simply enjoy the games themselves.
Beat the Najdorf and Taimanov Sicilians
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
Openings rise and fall in popularity over time, as players continue to learn and find new ideas for both sides. The two main replies to 1.e4 have always been 1…e5 and 1…c5, and with good ‘homework’ it is exceedingly likely you will equalize with either. However, in tandem with their popularity, the amount of theory that is needed to play those openings has increased as well. In this book, I recommend the Caro-Kann Defense as a viable and flexible opening for Black.
The Caro-Kann Revisited - A Complete Repertoire for Black
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
Rook endgames are the most complicated area of chess. This fascinating book presents a handy and clearly written guide. The author advocates adherence to some basic laws of rook endgames. This book is aimed at players of all strengths or any trainer in search of the needed rook endgame finesses, an often overlooked and undervalued topic.
Your Jungle Guide to Rook Endings
The Dutch Defense is an old opening. A seriously old opening. So old, in fact, that in large part it currently has the reputation of not really causing a well-prepared White player to fear losing. That is especially the case with the variant of it I am analysing in this book: the Stonewall (in which Black continues with ...eb and ...d5). I intend to show that that impression is mistaken.
The Modernized Stonewall Defense
This is the first book fully devoted to the double fianchetto for both colors, White and Black. This is an ideal book for all club players and is written by one of the leading experts on the ‘Double Fianchetto’.
Double Fianchetto - The Modern Chess Lifestyle
First Steps in Tactics
This book is written for chess friends who are beginners or hobby players without much experience and who want to improve to lower club level. If you are already somewhat stronger you may not like the idea of learning from scratch. But sometimes going a step back in order to take two steps forwards is a good idea.
Thinkers' Chess Academy with Grandmaster Thomas Luther - Volume 1
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
In the book the author reveals many new ideas and concepts. The first volume of the series focuses on 3.f3 against the Grünfeld and King’s Indian, two of the most popular openings against 1.d4. he tried to discuss all possible lines for Black after 3.f3, but of course focused on the most principled ones. Most of the lines are very double-edged.
Cheparinov's 1. d4! Volume 1 - King's Indian and Grunfeld
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
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
The Benoni is one of the most dynamic answers to 1. d4. The author investigated the different delayed move orders for Black and rehabilitating the whole set-up. We are convinced he will inspire the Benoni devotee seeking to outplay an unprepared opponent.
The Modernized Delayed Benoni
A Complete Repertoire for White and Black
In his sixth book for Thinkers Publishing, Milos Pavlovic has taken a close look at the popular but rather unexplored Scotch Game. Drawing upon his considerable opening experience and with the help of many illustrative games, he explores the secrets behind this dynamic opening. Milos has created a comprehensive repertoire for White and Black, highlighting the many tactical and positional themes this underrated opening has to offer.
The Modernized Scotch Game
In his first book for Thinkers Publishing, Priyadharshan shares all of his knowledge of his favorite Berlin Defense, which he started playing in 2003. He presents the latest cutting-edge theory and also suggests less-explored lines so that you can tread new theoretical paths and get to understand the beauty of this evergreen opening line.
The Modernized Berlin Wall Defense
The Richter-Rauzer is one of the most complex and rich battlegrounds in the Open Sicilian. This book is the distillation of the authors' decade-long experience in this variation, offering a practical approach based on understanding and knowledge of typical ideas.
The Richter-Rauzer Reborn - The Kozul Variation
Strategy Meets Dynamics
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 - Volume 3
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
This second volume contains Gata Kamsky's most memorable games of chess. This particular volume covers the period after his return to the game. Volume one covered the period before his early retirement and volume 3 contained his most recent games.
The Chess Gamer - Volume 2 - Return (2004-2013)
The Dutch Defense leads to unbalanced structures and dynamic play. White must be well prepared to understand this most aggressive defense which we might even call n 'attack'! Adrien delivered a fighting repertoire for Black from move one.
The Modernized Dutch Defense
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