GAMBIT CHESS BOOKS
Founded 1997 by chess masters and grandmasters •
over 2 million books sold • 200 titles published • Print &
Electronic formats • Translations into 14 languages
Gambit is the world’s
pre-eminent chess book publishing company, founded in 1997 and run for the
past 25 years by a team of chess masters and grandmasters.
publishes chess books in three formats:
• Print – the traditional paper format! Buy from
bookshops & online booksellers
• Kindle (electronic editions) – buy
• Chess Studio App (electronic editions) – buy from Google &
29th November 2023 –
1001 Deadly Chess Puzzles
is now also available worldwide in
Kindle format. The print edition is also available direct from
Amazon outside the US and Canada. The US print edition will follow
29th November 2023 – Secrets of Queen
is now available in Kindle and print format worldwide direct from Amazon.
There is also a hardback edition available for those who prefer this
21st November 2023 – Our new title
Secrets of Queen
is now available in app format for iOS and Android.
There isn’t much literature available on queen endings and this book
contains a wealth of original analysis, together with general
explanations useful for practical play. Kindle and print editions
will be available in due course.
14th November 2023 – As an experiment, we have released a hardback
edition of Chess for Zebras
one of our classic titles. We know that some of you would like a
hardback edition, especially for books which you can dip into time
and time again. The new edition can be purchased directly from
Amazon, just choose the appropriate country:
11th November 2023 – Our brand-new title
1001 Deadly Chess
is now available in app format for iOS and Android.
24th August 2023 – All our Kindle editions (174 English, 58 German
and 3 Spanish) now have the interactive lichess feature!
8th August 2023 – We have now extended the powerful Lichess feature
in our Kindle books to over 200 titles in English, German and
Spanish. This feature allows you to tap on a diagram and transfer
that position to a Lichess analysis board, where you can use an
analysis engine, search for games reaching the position, use
tablebases and so on. Our
feature in more detail. Most of our Kindle books now support this
feature, but to find out if a particular book includes it please refer
either to the individual book page or see our list of Kindle books (
for English-language or
8 de agosto de 2023 – Tres libros Kindle en español de Gambit tienen ahora una nueva
característica: ¡cada diagrama es también un enlace a un tablero de
análisis de lichess! (database, evaluación, etc.) Los secretos de la estrategia moderna en ajedrez
El camino hacia el progreso en ajedrez
y Aprende ajedrez
8th July 2023 – All three books in John’s Nunn classic endgame trilogy
Secrets of Rook
, Secrets of Pawnless Endings
Secrets of Minor-Piece
are now available as Gambit re-releases. The final
volume of the series,
Secrets of Minor-Piece Endings
, has been re-typeset in B5 format
with many extra diagrams. It is available immediately in three
formats: print, Chess Studio app and Kindle.
2023 – Sechs deutschsprachige Bücher werden
erstmals im Kindle-Format zur Verfügung gestellt.
Geheimnisse der Schachintuition
Speelmans Buch der Schachaufgaben
Entscheidungsfindung am Schachbrett
Wie man Glück im
können ab sofort bei amazon.de bestellt
2nd May 2023 – In 2014 we re-released the classic book
John Nunn’s Best Games
in Kindle and app format. Now it is also available in print for the
first time in many years. The book has been re-typeset in B5 format
and has many extra diagrams.
2nd May 2023 – Six backlist titles are now available in Kindle
format for the first time:
Guide to the Réti Opening
to the Najdorf
Guide to the Nimzo-Indian
to Crush Your Chess Opponents
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Understanding the endgame is fundamental to playing good chess,
and at its heart lie positions where just kings and pawns remain
on the board. Even when a pawn ending is not actually reached,
the players must often assess ones that could arise from an
exchange of pieces. Experienced Ukrainian trainer Bogdanov
examines a wealth of pawn endings where strong players made
significant errors and draws lessons and rules of thumb from
them.While we are enjoying the entertaining material in this
book, we are painlessly absorbing endgame principles and
improving our intuitive decision-making skills. We learn how
to calculate and identify key positional elements, and
appreciate the beautiful tactics and paradoxical ideas that are
unique to the world of pawns.
James Rizzitano’s goal in this book is to provide you with
a one-volume, theoretically sound, dynamic opening repertoire beginning
with 1 e4. Studying the choices of the current top players, he identifies
the secrets of their success and incorporates them in his choice
of lines to recommend. The analysis is supported by detailed work
with the current top computer engines. While serious work on chess
openings confirms the basic truth that White can’t simply
force a large advantage from the start position, we can greatly
narrow Black’s path to safety, and tilt the practical struggle
in our favour. To have a chance of half a point, our opponents will
need to solve difficult tactical and strategic problems deep into
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.
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