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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
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’.
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the years for hidden unpublished gems, and includes themed sections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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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-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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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