Updated and expanded edition now available in print

In this book, John Nunn, a top-class grandmaster who has also won the World Problem Solving Championship three times, explains the methods by which chess problems and studies are solved. The logical and creative methods advocated, while targeted at the solving of composed positions, may also help players find startling tactical solutions in their games. Solving in Style also constitutes an entertaining and insightful introduction to the world of problems and studies. There are chapters on series problems and other unorthodox stipulations, and also a discussion of specific themes such as the Novotny interference.

The expanded edition contains 50 per cent more material than the original print edition. There are new chapters on proof games and solving competitions, as well as a large collection of new problems for readers to solve. Unsound problems from the first edition have been replaced, and errors and omissions corrected. This edition was originally released only in electronic format, but is now also available in print form direct from Amazon. The print book has been completely re-typeset and now contains 272 B5 pages. It is of course still also available in either Kindle e-book format (from Amazon), or in GAMBIT CHESS STUDIO App format via Apple or Google Play.

Dr John Nunn is one of the best-respected figures in world chess. He was among the world’s leading grandmasters for nearly twenty years, winning four gold medals in chess Olympiads and finishing sixth overall in the World Cup in 1989. He is a much-acclaimed writer, whose works have won ‘Book of the Year’ awards in several countries. In 2004, 2007 and 2010 Nunn was crowned World Chess Solving Champion, and has won the British Problem Solving Championship ten times, most recently in 2020. He is also still active in over-the-board senior chess and in 2022 won the British 65+ Championship with a 100% score.

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Watch a YouTube video in which GM John Nunn presents a sample from this book.

“I would recommend every endgame study lover to buy this book as it gives excellent insight into other chess composition genres.” – Harold van der Heijden, EG

“Of particular note for budding solvers is the extremely extensive analysis and discussion which follows the main chapters. Approximately a third of the book is dedicated to discussions of the problems in the book, with many deep and meaningful views into the brain of one of the world’s best solvers.” – David Hodge, THE PROBLEMIST

“None of John Nunn’s books has ever disappointed me. If you want to study chess compositions, I really recommend this book.” – Helmut Conrady, ROCHADE

“It discusses and explains all sorts of problems and is an excellent introduction to problem and study solving. Highly recommended” – Paul Dunn, AUSTRALIAN CHESS FORUM

“This is an excellent introduction for those players who have yet to discover problems” – Nigel Donovan, WEEKEND CHESS

“Verdict: a welcome reprint of a classic book; this is the best introduction I know to an appreciation of the art of the chess problem and composed study.” – Phil Adams

“...Nunn explains logically, step by step, the mental processes by which the solutions are reached... It is a guide book rather than a stuffy text book. Not many chess books stand the test of time, but this is one exception” – Alan Sutton, EN PASSANT

“A reissue of this classic bestseller from John Nunn... for chess problem aficionados and endgame study enthusiasts. Nunn pays a lot of attention to the theme of Interference - you’ll be amazed how many possibilities can be eliminated by offering a piece on a certain square...” – Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad

“Nunn does an excellent job of explaining the special rules of this parallel universe, but where he is likely to gain the most converts is in the field of chess studies... Many of these studies look sufficiently ’game-like’ that the over-the-board player will have no trouble appreciating the beauty and ingenuity involved. Highly recommended” – John Donaldson

Gambit books by John Nunn: 1001 Deadly Checkmates, Endgame Challenge, Grandmaster Chess Move by Move, Grandmaster Secrets: Winning Quickly at Chess, John Nunn’s Best Games, John Nunn’s Chess Course, John Nunn’s Chess Puzzle Book NEW EDITION, Learn Chess,Learn Chess Tactics, Nunn’s Chess Endings volume 1, Nunn’s Chess Endings volume 2, Secrets of Grandmaster Chess, Secrets of Pawnless Endings, Secrets of Practical Chess NEW EDITION, Secrets of Rook Endings, Solving in Style, Understanding Chess Endgames, Understanding Chess Middlegames,Understanding Chess Move by Move, Vishy Anand: World Chess Champion (with Vishy Anand).