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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’ to study!
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 weapon.
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.
This book is a comprehensive manual for those new to chess, which
explains with great clarity the basics of the game. Using innovative
methods, Gude ensures that readers quickly grasp each key concept
before building on it by introducing new ideas.
This is an interactive course. With a total of 280 questions and exercises
to tackle, the reader will quickly gain skills rather than mere knowledge.
Gude strips the mystery away from tactics and combinations by looking
first at the strengths and weaknesses of each piece in isolation, and then
showing how they work together with each of the other pieces. He also
presents guidelines on chess strategy that will help shape the reader’s
understanding of chess, and a wide variety of patterns for the reader’s
all-important ‘mental database’.
The section on openings explains the main aims of each major opening,
and the style of game to which they tend of lead, together with some key
variations. Later chapters provide examples of how to launch attacks,
putting together the skills from earlier chapters, and deal with issues such
as chess training, psychology and competitive chess at club and
Most chess games are decided in the endgame. It is here where you reap the reward
for your good play, or else use all your cunning to deny the opponent victory. Knowing
just a few key endgame techniques will dramatically increase your confidence, as you
will understand what positions to aim for and which to avoid.
Starting with the basic mates and the simplest pawn endings, this book provides all the
endgame knowledge that players need to take them through to club level and beyond.
Müller carefully guides us step-by-step through a fascinating range of endgame tactics
and manoeuvres, helping us understand the underlying logic.
Throughout the book, many cunning endgame tricks are highlighted. You will have fun
springing them on friends, family – or your opponents in serious tournaments.
Chess Endgames for Kids makes learning chess endgames fun. But it is also a
serious endgame course written by a leading endgame expert, and provides a firm
basis for vital skills that will develop throughout your chess career.
Now available worldwide.
Following on from his successful books Understanding Chess Endgames and Understanding Chess Middlegames,
John Nunn fleshes out the theory by showing how World Champion Emanuel Lasker
handled a wide variety of practical situations.
· Covers topics not usually considered, such as queenless middlegames and
· Dissects strategic issues including piece activity, pawn-structure and bishop vs knight
· Looks at psychological aspects of chess, such as choosing lines which are most
uncomfortable for the opponent
· Discusses how to handle inferior positions
· Explanations focus on general ideas rather than detailed analysis
· Features more than 100 of the most instructive examples from Lasker’s career
· Concludes with a selection of exercises, with full commentary and explanation
Now available worldwide
A good opening repertoire need not require an enormous
amount of study to be highly effective. A cunning choice of lines and
move-orders can steer the game to positions that we like and deny the opponent
his preferred strategies.
In this book, highly experienced chess opening writer Graham Burgess presents a
repertoire based on 1 d4 and Nf3 with precisely those aims. Black’s possibilities
for counterplay - and sharp gambit play - are kept to a minimum.
The main cornerstones of the repertoire are carefully chosen
Queen’s Gambit lines, the Torre Attack (vs ...e6), and a variety of fianchetto
options against the King’s Indian and related set-ups. White’s position is kept
highly flexible, with many possible transpositions to a wide variety of systems
that the reader can use to extend and vary the repertoire. The book features a
wealth of new ideas and original analysis.
This chess puzzle super-challenge contains 100 fun positions
to solve, ranging from encouragingly easy to mind-numbingly hard. Using an
innovative format, every puzzle is preceded by an instructive example,
illustrating an important pattern.
Each puzzle has been graded to suit a wide range of chess
abilities. Beginners or younger readers will enjoy reading the basic warm-up
exercises. The more experienced can wrestle with some classic puzzles, whilst
at the same time learning of typical themes and killer concepts.
The final challenging chapters - Mission Impossible - are
guaranteed to torment and inspire the most talented of future
Sick of defending with Black? Never found a reliable way to
fight for the initiative when White plays 1 d4?
Allow Grandmaster Aveskulov to assist. He has put together a
sound but ultra-aggressive repertoire based on gambits that have proved their
worth in grandmaster play over many years. The Benko Gambit is dreaded by many
1 d4 players. Black gets very active piece-play, and even if White reaches a
pawn-up endgame, he is often shocked to find he is worse due to Black's intense
positional pressure! If White avoids the Benko, that's when we hit him with the
Blumenfeld, sacrificing a pawn to set up a strong pawn-centre and attacking
Aveskulov examines all of White's options and move-orders
after 1 d4 Nf6, and shows an aggressive reply to each of them. He is never
willing to take existing theory on faith, and throughout the book presents an
extraordinary wealth of new analysis and ideas. He also explains typical plans
in depth, so you will always know how to turn the screw once you have your
opponent on the run.
Such has been the acclaim for John Watson's ground-breaking
works on modern chess strategy and his insightful opening books, that it is
only natural that he now presents a strategic opening repertoire.
It is the chess-player's holy grail: a flexible repertoire
that gives opponents real problems but doesn't require masses of memorization
or continual study of ever-changing grandmaster theory. While this book can't
quite promise all of that, Watson offers an intriguing selection of lines that
give vast scope for over-the-board creativity and should never lead to a dull
The repertoire is based on 1 d4 and 2 c4, following up with
methodical play in the centre. Watson uses his vast opening knowledge to pick
cunning move-orders and poisonous sequences that will force opponents to think
for themselves, providing a true test of chess understanding. Throughout, he
discusses strategies for both sides, so readers will be fully ready to pounce
on any inaccuracies, and have all the tools to decide on the most appropriate
plans for White.
This new expanded edition of the award-winning Vishy
Anand: My Best Games of Chess (New Edition) features 30 extra games from
the period of Anand's greatest successes.
Anand has been one of the world's top players for more than
two decades, and cemented his place in the all-time hall of fame by winning the
unified World Championship in 2007, and successfully defending his title
against Kramnik and Topalov. But it's not just his results that make Anand
special. His style of play leads to highly spectacular games, and his speed of
thought is the stuff of legends. He is also a great explainer of ideas, as his
annotations for this book demonstrate. Anand is renowned as 'Mr Nice Guy',
popular with both the public and his fellow supergrandmasters.
Playing as Black in a game of chess can be difficult. Do you
simply try to neutralize White's initiative, or go all-out to complicate the
game? Either way, there are many pitfalls, and a lot of study may be needed.
In this book, Grandmaster Eingorn shows that it is possible
both to play solidly, and to take White out of his comfort zone. He recommends
ideas and move-orders that are a little off the beaten track, but which he has
very carefully worked out over many years of his own practice. The repertoire,
based on playing 1...e6, is strikingly creative and will appeal to those who
want a stress-free life as Black. You will get every chance to demonstrate your
chess skills, and are very unlikely to be blown off the board by a sharp
prepared line. All you need is a flexible approach, and a willingness to try
out new structures and ideas. Eingorn's subtle move-orders are particularly
effective if White refuses to pick up the gauntlet, as Black can then use his
delay in playing ...Nf6 to good effect and take the fight directly to his
The three-times World Chess Solving Champion distils the
most useful middlegame concepts and knowledge into 100 lessons that everyone
Following on from his successful Understanding Chess Endgames,
John Nunn turns his attention to the middlegame - the phase of the chess battle
where most games are decided, yet the one that has received the least
systematic treatment from chess writers. With the outstanding clarity for which
he is famous, Nunn breaks down complex problems into bite-sized pieces.
In the case of attacking play, we are shown how to decide
where to attack, and the specific methods that can be used to pursue the enemy
king. Positional play is described in terms of the major structural issues, and
how the pieces work around and with the pawns. Nunn explains how to assess when
certain pieces are better than others, and how we can make use of this
understanding at the board. Readers will never be short of a plan, whatever
type of position arises.
Each lesson features two inspiring examples from modern
chess, annotated honestly and with a keen focus on the main instructive points.
Both sides' ideas are emphasized, so we get a clear picture of the ways to
disrupt typical plans as well as how to form them.
Solving tactical puzzles is one of the most effective ways
to improve your chess. This convenient book provides 300 exercises, with
instructive points highlighted in the solutions.
There is something here for everyone. The puzzles in the
first two chapters are based on a clear-cut tactic or checkmate, such as those
explained in Gambit's best-sellers How to Beat Your
Dad at Chess and Chess Tactics for
Kids. The endgame challenges highlight tactics and principles in
action. In practice it is vital to defend resiliently and seek counterattacking
chances - there is an innovative chapter on these rarely-covered themes as well
as puzzles where the reader must decide how to punch home an
For chess-players of all ages and abilities, it is vital to
get off to a good start. This simple guide provides all the tips and ideas
needed to play purposefully from move one. That's because these 50 Mighty
Openings are the very ones used by chess masters and grandmasters to outwit
opponents time and again.
This book teaches the names and starting moves of all the
main chess openings, and explains the basic ideas. Beginners will learn how to
position their pieces for maximum impact. More experienced players will
discover some remarkable tactical and strategic themes that are vital for chess
Chess Openings for Kids makes learning the chess
openings fun. Playing these powerful openings helps develop an understanding of
how the pieces work together. Soon you will be able to play strong moves in any
opening position, and approach every game with confidence - and