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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 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.
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 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.
Assuming no previous knowledge of the game, Grandmaster Paul
van der Sterren teaches you how to play and draws you into the fascinating
world of modern chess.
This carefully crafted chess course is divided into true lessons,
each building on what has been learned in the previous ones. Before
moving on from a topic, you have the chance to test that you have
fully understood it with the help of thoughtfully graded exercises.
Throughout, there are references to online chess resources and suggestions
for online activities, such as training, playing and live broadcasts,
and chess-related social media. Also dotted throughout the book
are pieces of chess lore, practical tips and information about great
players past and present.
So you have learned how to play chess, studied tactics and know
some basic endgames and openings. What’s next? The glue that
binds it all together is strategy. By forming a good plan, chess-players
seize strong points on the board and target the opponent’s
weaknesses. Experienced player and teacher Thomas Engqvist
shows that it all depends on logic that can be grasped by players
of any age. He explains how to identify the right strategy in a
wide range of typical situations. With his guidance, you will soon
be finding good plans on your own – and then it will be time
to demonstrate your tactical mastery!
He first teaches the importance of the central squares and the
basics of pawn-play, before examining the role of each of the pieces
and how they are affected by the pawn-structure. Finally we see
how to use them together to launch attacks of many different types.
You then get a chance to test your new strategic skills in 54 exercises,
all with full solutions.
The author has selected 53 miniatures from throughout chess history –
the earliest are from the 1850s, while the most recent are from
grandmaster events just a few months ago. A miniature is a decisive
game, won in 25 moves or fewer. Most of these 53 games feature brilliant
tactics, attacks on the king, and even a few outrageous king-hunts.
In many, the winner had to overcome cunning defensive ploys and
But our aim in this book is not just to admire the players’
skill, but to learn how we can play like this in our own games.
Chess coach Ataman is keenly focused on the instructive points,
explaining which features of the position justified the attacks,
and what prompted the critical decisions. Where analysis is given,
it is restricted to what it would be realistic for a human to work
out at the board.
By carefully choosing variations that lead to similar structures,
IM Sam Collins has put together a powerful repertoire book ideal
for players with limited study time. White opens with 1 e4 and develops
his pieces to natural squares, seeking open lines and the initiative.
The dominant theme of this sound and active repertoire is that –
where reasonable – White seeks out Isolated Queen Pawn (IQP)
positions: i.e. with the c3 Sicilian, Panov Caro-Kann, Tarrasch
French, and the Italian Game with early c3 and d4.
There are no speculative gambits here, just plenty of healthy
aggression and new ideas. Because so many of Collins’s recommendations
lead to familiar structures, ideas can easily be transplanted from
one opening to another. He gives illustrative games that emphasize
the key themes, including White’s many opportunities to forcibly
weaken and attack the black king. The specific analysis is up-to-the-minute
and features ideas that have proven their worth in grandmaster practice.
Throughout there is attention to move-order subtleties, with clever
nuances in ‘sidelines’ that your opponents are unlikely
to have examined in detail.
Chess might seem a complex and mysterious game, but the ultimate
goal is simple: checkmate. Checkmate can occur in all stages
of the game, from snap mates in the opening, through middlegame
attacks to simplified endgames.
This book lays out, in systematic and thorough fashion, a wide
range of mating patterns and techniques, in particular showing how
each piece-pair can combine to deliver mate. A working knowledge
of these ideas enables players to move on to mating combinations,
where pieces lay down their lives so that the remaining forces can
deliver mate. Gude explains an amazing variety of tactical devices,
and illustrates them in unforgettable style with some of the most
brilliant mating attacks from practice, new and old. There
are chapters on how to attack kings in the centre, as well as standard
(and other!) attacks against the castled position.
This is a true textbook of checkmate; readers will never be short
of mating ideas, and will instinctively know when there is a possibility
to launch an attack, or when they must parry the opponent’s threats.
Fundamental Checkmates also features more than 300 exercises
with full solutions.
Endgames with rooks and pawns are the most frequently occurring
in chess, arising in about 1 game in 10. If you learn an important
technique in this endgame, chances are you will end up using it
sooner or later.
And there are a great many methods and concepts that can be mastered
with a little effort. This book highlights the key themes in rook
endings, and at each turn invites the reader to test his knowledge
and skills with abundant exercises.
Rook endgame theory does not stand still. New practical examples
illustrate novel approaches as players seek to pose problems to
their opponents – Magnus Carlsen has shown that even the driest-looking
positions can feature deadly traps. The ongoing creation of new
endgame tablebases – of which coauthor Yakov Konoval has been
at the forefront – enables new classes of positions to be
assessed with definitive certainty. Using six-man and the brand
new seven-man tablebases, the authors re-examine many of the old
evaluations and reach new and enlightening conclusions about classic
rook endings. You will be startled and amazed, and soon discover
that you are becoming a far more effective endgame player.
In this thought-provoking, wide-ranging
and often inspiring book, the authors examine how chess style and
abilities vary with age. The conventional wisdom is that greater
experience should compensate for a loss of youthful energy, but
with so many of the world elite currently in their twenties, chess
is increasingly looking like a young man’s game. By making
a number of case studies and interviewing players who have stayed
strong into their forties, fifties and beyond, the authors show
in detail how players can steer their games towards positions where
their experience can shine through. Interviewees include:
- GM John Nunn
- GM Yasser Seirawan
- GM Nigel Short
- GM Judit Polgar
- GM Keith Arkell
- GM Pia Cramling
- FM Terry Chapman
- GM Jon Speelman
- GM Sergei Tiviakov
- WIM Ingrid Lauterbach
By examining so many aspects of chess,
the authors have written a work that ends up transcending its subject-matter,
and becomes a text on how and why we love chess, the means by which
we can play successfully whatever our age and level of play, and
how chess is truly a game for life.
The appeal of the Scandinavian Defence is easy to understand:
it is very forcing – Black is virtually guaranteed to get
his desired structure. There are no annoying ‘Anti-Scandinavians’
But for many decades the Scandinavian was regarded with some
suspicion, as Black apparently loses time recapturing on d5. Modern
players have a different view. The great Danish player Bent Larsen
kickstarted the revolution with his provocative assertion that it
is an improved Caro-Kann (and, not least, beating Karpov with our
opening)! But the 21st-century Scandinavian is a different beast
altogether; the new main line of the whole opening (3...Qd6) has
proven to have great strategic richness, with more than a few tactical
tricks lurking just behind the scenes. The Scandinavian has been
transformed into an opening that strong grandmasters are willing
to use as their main defence, rather than as an occasional surprise
This thoroughly modern guide focuses on these new approaches,
while also covering the more traditional main lines. Kasparov guides
the reader carefully through each system, explaining his recommendations
with wit and clarity. With his help, you will have your opponents
wishing there really were some ‘Anti-Scandinavian’ lines!
This is a book for those who enjoy problem-solving and appreciate
clever solutions, and have at least a basic knowledge of chess.
It is about the composition and beauty of chess problems: positions
forged not in combat but from pure human imagination, and featuring
elegant and surprising solutions.
The author offers a personal view of chess problems, conveying
an infectious zeal for his subject. Because this is as much a collection
of short stories as it is a conventional problem collection. No
matter how you use the book, you can expect many hours of excitement
and a craving for more. Each chapter presents a variety of chess
problems of a specific type, ranging from the familiar ‘mate
in two’ puzzles via retro-analytical problems worthy of a
whodunit novel to 15-move series problems and the ‘outer limits’
of fairy problems (altered rules or pieces). Throughout, the creative
processes of problem chess are at the forefront of the discussion.
Readers are given the opportunity to solve most of the problems
before being presented with the solutions. Or you can simply enjoy
reading the book from cover to cover without ever needing to set
up a chessboard.