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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.
The company publishes chess books in three formats:

• Print – the traditional paper format! Buy from bookshops & online booksellers
• Kindle (electronic editions) – buy from Amazon
• Chess Studio App (electronic editions) – buy from Google & Apple

Latest updates
United Kingdom flag  10th September 2022 – A further batch of five Gambit reissued titles are now available from Amazon: Grandmaster Secrets: Counter-Attack!, Chess Explained: the Taimanov Sicilian, The French: Tarrasch Variation, Chess Champion from China and The English Attack.
United Kingdom flag  10th September 2022 – Gambit have released another five backlist titles in Kindle format for the first time: The System: A World Champion’s Approach to Chess, Elements of Chess Strategy, 50 Ways to Win at Chess, Jon Speelman’s Chess Puzzle Book and Chess Endings Made Simple. They are all currently available for pre-order from Amazon.
United Kingdom flag  11th August 2022 – A further batch of Gambit reissued titles is now available from Amazon: Winning Chess Explained, How to Play Dynamic Chess, Chess Explained: The Classical Sicilian, French: Advance and Other Lines and Grandmaster Secrets: Winning Quickly at Chess.
United Kingdom flag  7th August 2022 – Gambit have released two backlist titles in app format for the first time: Chess Endgame Training and Secrets of Chess Endgame Strategy. They are both available on the Gambit Chess Studio 2 app for Apple (iOS) and Android.
United Kingdom flag  28th July 2022 – Gambit have released five more backlist titles in Kindle format for the first time: How to Defend in Chess, Improve Your Attacking Chess, Chess Self-Improvement, Chess Recipes from the Grandmaster’s Kitchen and 101 Chess Questions Answered. They are all available from Amazon.
United Kingdom flag  24th July 2022 – Two Gambit editions are newly released in printed format. Göran Forslund’s Problem Chess is published for the first time in print, and is a wide-ranging and entertaining introduction to chess problems. A ‘remastered’ edition of Graham Burgess’s The Slav, featuring hundreds of revisions and expansions to the analysis and many extra diagrams, is also available. Both books are available direct from Amazon, as well as on Gambit’s Chess Studio app.
United Kingdom flag  9th July 2022 – Our new title Understanding Pawn Endgames (Valentin Bogdanov) is now available in all formats, app (on the Apple and Google stores), Kindle and finally print direct from Amazon here USA flag or from your national Amazon store.
Spanish flag  30 de mayo de 2022 – Tres libros se reeditan en forma impresa y ahora están disponibles en Amazon: Los secretos de la estrategia moderna en ajedrez Spanish flag USA flag, El camino hacia el progreso en ajedrez Spanish flag USA flag y Aprende ajedrez Spanish flag USA flag
Spanish flag  30 de mayo de 2022 – También en Kindle: Los secretos de la estrategia moderna en ajedrez Spanish flag USA flag, El camino hacia el progreso en ajedrez Spanish flag USA flag y Aprende ajedrez Spanish flag USA flag
United Kingdom flag  26th May 2022 – Gambit are releasing five more backlist titles in Kindle format for the first time: The Most Valuable Skills in Chess, World Champion at the Third Attempt, Decision-Making at the Chessboard, How to be Lucky in Chess and Foundations of Chess Strategy. They are all available for pre-order from Amazon.
United Kingdom flag  26th May 2022 – For several years Secrets of Grandmaster Chess has only been available in electronic format. Now Gambit has reissued this award-winning title in print format, using a larger B5 page size and including many extra diagrams. It is available direct from Amazon.
United Kingdom flag  26th May 2022 – A further batch of Gambit reissued titles is now available from Amazon: 50 Essential Chess Lessons, Chess Explained: The Queen’s Indian, Chess Explained: The French, 101 Chess Endgame Tips, Improve Your Chess - by Learning from the Champions and Jon Speelman’s Chess Puzzle Book.
United Kingdom flag  10th May 2022 – Two more Gambit titles have been reissued and are now available from Amazon: Understanding Your Chess and The Taimanov Sicilian.
German flag  10. Mai 2022 – Drei deutsche Bücher werden im Printformat neu aufgelegt und sind bei Amazon erhältlich. Diese sind Geheimnisse der Bauernführung im Schach, Schach konkret: der klassische Sizilianer und Schachtraining für angehende Champions.
United Kingdom flag  5th May 2022 – Five backlist Gambit titles have been issued in Kindle format for the first time: Understanding the Grünfeld, The Art of Attacking Chess, Secrets of Chess Endgame Strategy, Chess Endgame Training and Improve Your Chess - by Learning from the Champions.
United Kingdom flag  7th April 2022 – The sixteenth batch of Gambit reissued titles is now available from Amazon: The Ultimate Chess Strategy Book volume 1, Play the Sicilian Dragon, A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian, Play the 2 c3 Sicilian and How to be Lucky in Chess.
United Kingdom flag  4th April 2022 – A further batch of Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon: Lessons in Chess Strategy, Play the Classical Dutch, The Most Amazing Chess Moves of All Time, Play the 4 f3 Nimzo-Indian and The Ruy Lopez: A Guide for Black.
United Kingdom flag  21st March 2022 – A fourteenth batch of Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon: Beat the Grandmasters, 101 Winning Chess Strategies, Modern Chess Planning, Creative Chess Opening Preparation and Chess Explained: The Queen’s Gambit Declined.
United Kingdom flag  15th March 2022 – Another batch of Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon: Modern Chess Analysis, The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni, Creative Chess Strategy, The Queen’s Indian and Chess Endings Made Simple.
German flag    8. März 2022 – Wir haben eine preisgünstigere Taschenbuchausgabe unseres Bestsellers Schach für Kinder herausgegeben. Sie kann direkt bei amazon.de gekauft werden.
United Kingdom flag  5th March 2022 – A twelfth batch of Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon: Secrets of Chess Intuition, Secrets of Chess Transformations, Essential Chess Sacrifices, Chess Explained: The Nimzo-Indian and The Grandmaster’s Mind.
United Kingdom flag  26th February 2022 – Yet another batch of Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon: The System, The Gambit Guide to the Torre Attack, Understanding the Leningrad Dutch, Chess Explained: The c3 Sicilian and How to Crush Your Chess Opponents.
United Kingdom flag  20th February 2022 – A tenth batch of Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon: Test Your Chess, Foundations of Chess Strategy, Secrets of Positional Chess, Chess Training for Budding Champions and The Cambridge Springs.
United Kingdom flag  14th February 2022 – A ninth batch of Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon: How to Defend in Chess, Chess Endgame Training, Mastering the Najdorf, Improve Your Attacking Chess and The Quickest Chess Victories of All Time.
United Kingdom flag  10th February 2022 – A further batch of Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon: Storming the Barricades, Secrets of Attacking Chess, Secrets of Chess Endgame Strategy, 101 Attacking Ideas in Chess and An Explosive Chess Opening Repertoire for Black.

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Understanding Pawn Endgames
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UNDERSTANDING PAWN ENDGAMES (Valentin Bogdanov)
160 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£14.99/$19.95/€18,90

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.


Modern Chess Opening Repertoire for White
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MODERN CHESS OPENING REPERTOIRE FOR WHITE (James Rizzitano)
176 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£15.99/$22.95/€21,45

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 the middlegame.


Magnus Carlsen's Most Instructive Games
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MAGNUS CARLSEN’S MOST INSTRUCTIVE GAMES (Martyn Kravtsiv)
176 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£16.99/$21.95/€22,75

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
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WIN WITH THE CARO-KANN (Johnsen and Hansen)
240 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£18.99/$24.95/€25,45

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
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DESERT ISLAND CHESS PUZZLE OMNIBUS (So, Adams, Nunn and Burgess)
320 pages (210 mm by 145 mm)
£18.99/$24.95/€25,45

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
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THE CHESS ENDGAME EXERCISE BOOK (John Nunn)
192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£17.99/$22.95/€24,30

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
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600 MODERN CHESS PUZZLES (Martyn Kravtsiv)
192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£17.50/$21.95/€23,50

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
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AN IDIOT-PROOF CHESS OPENING REPERTOIRE (Graham Burgess)
192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£17.99/$22.95/€24,30

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
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CHESS ENDGAME WORKBOOK FOR KIDS (John Nunn)
128 pages (230 mm by 178 mm), hardback
£13.99/$16.95/€16,75

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
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CHESS OPENING WORKBOOK FOR KIDS (Graham Burgess)
128 pages (230 mm by 178 mm), hardback
£13.99/$16.95/€16,75

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
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CHESS LOGIC IN PRACTICE (Erik Kislik)
240 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£19.99/$26.95/€27,00

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
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CHESS TACTICS WORKBOOK FOR KIDS (John Nunn)
128 pages (230 mm by 178 mm), hardback
£13.99/$16.95/€16,75

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
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A STARTLING CHESS OPENING REPERTOIRE – NEW EDITION (Chris Baker and Graham Burgess)
192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£17.99/$22.95/€24,30

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
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CHESS OPENING TRAPS FOR KIDS (Graham Burgess)
128 pages (230 mm by 178 mm), hardback
£13.99/$16.95/€16,75

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
PUBLISHED

APPLYING LOGIC IN CHESS (Erik Kislik)
320 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£21.50/$28.95/€28,95

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
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HOW TO BEAT THE OPEN GAMES (Sverre Johnsen)
256 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£18.99/$24.95/€25,50

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
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125 CHESS OPENING SURPRISES (Graham Burgess)
176 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£16.99/$21.95/€22,95

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
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FUNDAMENTAL CHESS TACTICS (Antonio Gude)
336 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)
£22.50/$28.95/€29,95

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.


 

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