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United Kingdom flag    11th April 2021 – The print edition of Magnus Carlsen’s Most Instructive Games (Martyn Kravtsiv) is now available worldwide.
United Kingdom flag    21st March 2021 – The print edition of Win with the Caro-Kann (Sverre Johnsen and Torbjørn Ringdal Hansen) is now available worldwide.
United Kingdom flag    8th March 2021 – A new video has been added to Gambit’s YouTube channel, in which GM John Nunn talks about the Magnus Carlsen’s Most Instructive Games.
United Kingdom flag    8th March 2021 – A new video has been added to Gambit’s YouTube channel, in which GM John Nunn talks about the Win with the Caro-Kann.
United Kingdom flag    4th February 2021 – A new video has been added to Gambit’s YouTube channel, in which GM John Nunn talks about the Desert Island Chess Puzzle Omnibus.
United Kingdom flag    3rd February 2021 – The print edition of  Desert Island Chess Puzzle Omnibus (Wesley So, Michael Adams, John Nunn and Graham Burgess) is now available worldwide.
United Kingdom flag    27th January 2021 – The Kindle and app editions of Magnus Carlsen’s Most Instructive Games (Martyn Kravtsiv) are now available. Improve your chess with this collection of 42 games by the world champion.
United Kingdom flag    10th January 2021 – The Kindle edition of Win with the Caro-Kann (Sverre Johnsen and Torbjørn Ringdal Hansen) is now available. Ideal for those seeking a solid answer to 1 e4 which retains dynamic possibilities.
United Kingdom flag    8th January 2021 – The app edition of Win with the Caro-Kann (Sverre Johnsen and Torbjørn Ringdal Hansen) is now available on the Apple and Google stores.
United Kingdom flag    28th November 2020 – The app edition of Desert Island Chess Puzzle Omnibus (Wesley So, Michael Adams, John Nunn and Graham Burgess) is now available on the Apple and Google stores.
United Kingdom flag    26th November 2020 – The Kindle edition of Desert Island Chess Puzzle Omnibus (Wesley So, Michael Adams, John Nunn and Graham Burgess) has been released early. The ideal Christmas present for any chess player!
German flag    14. November 2020 – Die gedruckte Ausgabe von Schacheröffnungen für Kids Übungsbuch ist erschienen.
German flag    11. November 2020 – Die Kindle Ausgabe von Schacheröffnungen für Kids Übungsbuch ist erschienen.


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Magnus Carlsen's Most Instructive Games

176 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

Magnus Carlsen is the greatest chess player of the 21st century. His tactical wizardry, strategic inventiveness, technical expertise and legendary fighting spirit put him head and shoulders above all other players. They also make his games tremendously instructive. In each game Kravtsiv picks out a key point – the Magnus Moment – where Carlsen demonstrates the special insight that sets him apart from other players. The bulk of the book addresses the fight for advantage and initiative in the middlegame, but there are also chapters focusing on opening ideas, endgame play and human factors.

Win with the Caro-Kann

WIN WITH THE CARO-KANN (Johnsen and Hansen)
240 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

The Caro-Kann is a rare beast among chess openings. While respected as a sound and safe way to start the game, it also avoids symmetry or simplification. Two Norwegian opening experts provide a set of options that take full advantage of this flexibility. In the main line, you are given a choice between the 4...Bf5 and the 5...exf6 systems – but both strictly in their modern dynamic forms!
The other recommended systems for Black are also aggressive and very much the ‘21st-century Caro-Kann’. It’s 3...c5 against the Advance, in which Hansen is also an outstanding specialist. The Panov Attack is answered with ...g6 lines – strategically ideal, and nowadays backed up by amazing modern computer analysis. This extremely up-to-date book has an innovative structure, with ‘lessons’, model games and theory ‘magnifiers’.

Desert Island Chess Puzzle Omnibus

320 pages (210 mm by 145 mm)

If you had to choose a single luxury chess item to take to a desert island, then how about this – a superb selection of 400 puzzles to solve? Each author has carefully chosen 100 original positions, graded by difficulty and theme into four sections of 25.

  • Wesley So presents 100 puzzles from his own recent games, many from elite events. They range from easily-overlooked but straightforward ideas to moves of great depth.
  • Michael Adams offers positions from his files that have inspired him over the years, and includes a section of ‘warm-ups’.
  • John Nunn challenges you to find beautiful tactics in recent games and studies, as well as some of his own career highlights.
  • Graham Burgess has scoured his work over the years for hidden unpublished gems, and includes themed sections on opening tactics and defensive ideas.

The Chess Endgame Exercise Book

192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

Everyone knows they should work on their endgame play. So many hard-earned advantages are squandered in ‘simple’ endings... But it’s tough finding a way to study endings that doesn’t send you to sleep and that helps you actually remember and apply what you have learnt. All major types of endgame are covered, together with a wide-ranging chapter on endgame tactics. Examples are drawn from recent practice or from little-known studies. The emphasis is on understanding and applying endgame principles and rules of thumb. You will learn by experience, but always backed up by Nunn’s expert guidance to ensure that the lessons you take away from the book are correct and useful.

600 Modern Chess Puzzles

600 MODERN CHESS PUZZLES (Martyn Kravtsiv)
192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

Written along similar lines to Gambit’s earlier Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book, this new work presents 600 puzzles, mostly from the last two years, that are chosen for instructive value and maximum training benefit. To ensure that few will be familiar to readers, Kravtsiv has deliberately chosen positions from obscure games or from analysis. If you find the right answers, it will be because you worked them out yourself! The solutions feature plenty of verbal explanations of the key points, and cover most of the logical but incorrect answers. The book is completed with a set of ‘no clues’ tests, and an index of themes that will be useful to coaches and those looking to focus on specific aspects of tactics – or just seeking extra clues!

An Idiot-Proof Chess Opening Repertoire

192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

Ever wanted a complete chess opening repertoire – for White and Black – whose basics can be learned in a week? A strategic low-maintenance repertoire that does not require memorizing of long variations, and yet can frustrate both stronger and weaker opponents?
In this book, award-winning author Graham Burgess has come up with the ultimate simplified repertoire. Avoiding boring or unambitious openings, you will learn how to avoid symmetry and mass exchanges, and reach an unbalanced middlegame.
With Black, the repertoire is based on the Scandinavian plus a carefully crafted hybrid of the Slav and QGA. As White it is the English Opening, often with Botvinnik set-ups.

Chess Endgame Workbook for Kids

128 pages (230 mm by 178 mm), hardback

This is a book for those who have started to play chess and want to know how to win from good positions and survive bad ones. The endgame is where most games are decided, and knowing all the tricks will dramatically improve your results. Endgame specialist John Nunn has drawn upon his decades of experience to present the ideas that are most important in real games. Step by step he helps you uncover the key points and then add further vital knowledge. Each chapter deals with a particular type of endgame and features dozens of exercises, with solutions that highlight the key points. For each endgame we are given tips on the themes that are most important and the strategies for both sides. The book ends with a series of test papers that enable you to assess your progress and identify the areas that need further work.

Chess Opening Workbook for Kids

128 pages (230 mm by 178 mm), hardback

Chess Opening Workbook for Kids is the second 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 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. Each chapter is focused on a particular theme and features dozens of exercises, with solutions that highlight the main strategic and tactical points. Each chapter offers tips on opening play, such as how to detect weaknesses and poorly-placed pieces. Later chapters address key aspects of opening strategy such as the centre, development and castling. The book ends with a series of seven graded tests where you are given few clues about the themes involved.

Chess Logic in Practice

240 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

Chess-players understand that it is vital to play logically, but often lack the methods needed to do so. In this book, renowned trainer Erik Kislik presents a wide range of specific concepts that will help them succeed. These include positional techniques, thinking methods, and modes of play to adopt when either better or worse. Topics include Painfully Slow Moves, Focal Points, Reciprocal Logic, Fighting against Centralized Pieces, When Playing a Bad Move Wins a Good Game and A Chronically Weak King.
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 Tactics Workbook for Kids

128 pages (230 mm by 178 mm), hardback

This is a book for those who know the rules of chess and are keen to start winning games. The quickest way to improve your chess is to learn tactics. But not just knowing the themes – you need to get used to using them in real positions. Master tactician John Nunn has thoughtfully crafted a course that gives you the basic nuggets of knowledge and immediately invites you to start finding tactical ideas for yourself.
Each chapter introduces a basic theme and features dozens of exercises, with solutions that highlight the key points. In each chapter there are tips on what to look out for to help spot tactical ideas. As the chapters progress, we increasingly see how tactical ideas are combined together, with ideas from previous sections repeatedly appearing as part of a deadly one-two punch. The book ends with a series of six test papers where you are given no clues about the themes involved. 

A Stratling Chess Opening Repertoire.jpg

192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

Here is a repertoire of opening lines based on 1 e4 that are slightly off the beaten track, but full of practical sting and cunning traps for unwary opponents. All are based on rapid, healthy development, central control and play against the enemy king. You go straight from the opening into a sharp, little-explored middlegame where you will be better prepared than your opponent.
This new edition brings the repertoire completely up to date. The basic choice of main lines is unchanged, but each move has been re-examined and new ideas from practice and analysis incorporated at every turn.

Chess Opening Traps for Kids

128 pages (230 mm by 178 mm), hardback

Chess Opening Traps for Kids is a serious course on how to play the opening, illustrated with memorable and entertaining examples. By focusing on 100 key themes, Graham Burgess explains how to use opening tricks to our advantage. Every opening features hidden dangers for both players, so we need to avoid pitfalls while making full use of tactics to achieve the opening goals of purposeful development and central control.
Award-winning author Graham Burgess has written 25 chess books, ranging from general guides to works on specific openings. He is a FIDE Master and a former champion of the Danish region of Funen. In 1994 he set a world record for marathon blitz chess playing.

Applying Logic in Chess

320 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

Is chess a logical game? What constitutes an advantage in chess? How can we set problems and create psychologically difficult situations for the opponent? These are big questions, and Erik Kislik tackles them and others head-on in this thought-provoking, thoroughly modern, and original work.
As the trainer of players ranging from high-level grandmasters to average club-players, Kislik is very strong on providing practical guidance on topics such as how best to use chess software, choosing hardware, getting psychologically ready for a game and preparing for specific opponents.

How to Beat the Open Games

256 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

The Open Games (those beginning 1 e4 e5) are now more topical than ever, featuring 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. It provides a full repertoire for Black with 1 e4 e5 when White avoids the Ruy Lopez. Making extensive use of modern computer engines, Johnsen has overturned ancient assessments and found new paths that breathe fresh life into positions long thought to be resolved.  The lines he recommends, while sound, nevertheless give Black plenty of chances to seize the initiative.

125 Chess Opening Surprises

176 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

These 125 opening surprises land like bombshells in the apparent calm of standard openings and disorientate your opponents as they grapple with original problems. This book is a treasure-trove of unusual ideas at an early stage of the opening, each with a firm logical foundation, yet running against the grain of conventional play. Each idea has quick-strike potential and is supported by enough concrete analysis to enable you to try it with confidence.

For this new edition, Burgess has thoroughly revised and expanded the original content with a great many new verdicts and additional analysis and ideas. Every single move has been re-examined and checked against current theory. The brand-new sections mostly deal with ideas that were unknown before 2016 or 2017.

Fundamental Chess Tactics

336 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

This book provides a systematic course in chess tactics and hundreds of exercises to sharpen and measure your skills. With Antonio Gude’s assistance, you will understand how the pieces work, so you can carry out your strategic plans and launch devastating attacks. And even in those games where things go wrong, you will always be ready to pounce when given the chance. The book is packed with entertaining and inspiring examples, brought to life with information and stories about some of the more notable figures in chess history.

This is a companion volume to Gude’s much-acclaimed Fundamental Checkmates.

The Chess Attacker's Handbook

THE CHESS ATTACKER’S HANDBOOK (Michael Song and Razvan Preotu)
176 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

The authors’ 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.

And because life’s too short to read a boring chess book, the text is packed with advice, study suggestions and anecdotes as well as quotes and references to philosophy and other ‘real-world’ topics. Their examples are drawn from their own practice and their supergrandmaster trainer, as well as modern classics and older gems. Most of their material you will not have seen before; the rest you will not have seen explained this way before.

Extreme Chess Tactics

144 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

This book features both composed studies and real-game positions. Composed positions distil tactics into their purest form: nothing irrelevant is present on the board. We can focus purely on the key ideas, which makes them an ideal learning tool. As one of the world’s greatest experts on chess composition, Yochanan Afek is the perfect man to select the best studies for this purpose. In over-the-board chess (in which Afek is also highly accomplished), the tactical ideas tend to be less complex, but they may prove harder to identify – unless they are already familiar to you. Afek provides a perfect example in his introduction, where the stunning final move of the 2016 world championship could not possibly have been missed by those familiar with an earlier game. All the real-game positions in this book are taken from games by world champions (male or female).

Following the structure of John Nunn’s best-selling Learn Chess Tactics, in each chapter a theme is introduced and a number of examples are explained. Then the reader immediately gets to use this knowledge in a series of carefully selected exercises.

My Secrets in the Ruy Lopez

160 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

It’s major news when a legendary player reveals his opening secrets. And when he has rarely written about his games or preparation methods, and was famous for meticulous, ahead-of-his-time opening analysis, it makes it a true publishing event.

Yet that is what eight-time world championship candidate Lajos Portisch has done. In this book, he opens his extensive opening files and presents the most important games and unused novelties in the Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Game). As well as drawing upon games from his own long career, Portisch includes important Ruy Lopez games by modern champions, including Anand and Carlsen, describing them from his own unique perspective.

Understanding the Sicilian

240 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

Mikhail Golubev has played the Sicilian as Black and White for the whole of his chess career, specializing in the sharpest and most aggressive systems. Here he presents the whole undiluted truth – as best he sees it – about this most popular and cut-throat of openings.

There is much to learn from Golubev’s honest ‘warts and all’ presentation. We see the process of discovery and experimentation, and develop a feel for the spirit of the Sicilian. There is a wealth of original analysis (all scrupulously computer-checked), novelties and strategic guidance. For Dragon, Sozin/Najdorf and Velimirović players in particular, this book is an absolute must-read, but Anti-Sicilian and Taimanov players are among those who must also watch out.





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