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New Ideas in the Four Knights (Batsford Chess Library)

Traditionally regarded as a solid, but rather dull opening, the Four Knights has recently been completely transformed by the games of Nigel Short, Murray Chandler and John Nunn. Grandmaster John Nunn looks at this newly revitalized and effective winning weapon and presents his selection of the most theoretically important games. John Nunn is one of the co-winners of the British Chess Federation's Book of the Year Award for "Secrets o...

Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player

Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player is the fifth volume in Grandmaster Lev Alburt's Comprehensive Chess Course series. Endorsed by world champion Garry Kasparov as revealing "the once-secret Russian method of chess training". this uses only materials and techniques that worked well in the former USSR. It contains hundreds of strikingly beautiful positions arranged by difficulty and designed to sharpen tactical recognition and vi...

Strategic Chess: Mastering the Closed Game (Dover Chess)

True chess mastery demands a thorough understanding of the game's opening nuances, and this guide by an International Grandmaster offers detailed, seldom-discussed insights into the real significance of the opening. As Mr. Mednis notes in the Preface, " … if you know the strategic theme of your opening well, understand how to apply it in middlegame play, and if necessary can also make use of your knowledge in the thematic endgame to ...

Exchanging to Win in the Endgame (Macmillan Chess Library)

Endgames always look comparatively easy to play because of the reduction in the number of pieces on the board. But the techniques required are very different from those needed in the middlegame, and in particular much thought must be given to whether or not to exchange off certain pieces. In many cases, choosing the right exchange can be the winning move in itself. Gennady Nesis is a leading Soviet theoretician who has brought his ex...

The Wisest Things Ever Said About Chess

As a professional journalist and popular chess author, International Master Andrew Soltis is perhaps the best qualified to collect and edit this treasury of chess wisdom through the ages. With quotations running the gamut from timeless irony (“The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.”—Anonymous) to pithy advice (“To get squares, ya gotta give squares.”—Bobby Fischer), each nugget of wisdom is accompani...

Secrets of Chess Endgame Strategy

A large proportion of chess games are decided in the endgame or in the transition to the endgame, but chess literature has provided relatively little guidance for players seeking to improve their skill in making the vital decisions in these phases of the game. Building on the ideas introduced in his ground-breaking work Foundations of Chess Strategy, Lars Bo Hansen provides a thought-provoking and convincing treatise on how players c...

How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess-Mastery Course

How to Reassess Your Chess is the popular step-by-step course that will create a marked improvement in anyone's game. In clear, direct language, Silman shows how to dissect a position, recognize its individual parts and ultimately find the move that conforms to the needs of that particular situation. By explaining the thought processes that go into a master's choice of move, the author presents a system of thought that makes advanced...

Learning Chess - Workbook Step 2

Workbook Step 2, rating up to 1400. 526 exercises corresponding with the lessons of the 'manual Step 2'. The first principles of tactics and positional play are introduced in the second step. At this level all games are decided by tactics, so most of the attention is paid to this matter. It's recommended to complete Step 1, before starting with the second.

Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy

The chess world has been blessed by a number of wonderful strategists, and in Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy, Neil McDonald decides upon his selection of the most prominent ones, highlighting the major contributions they have made. McDonald examines their differing approaches and styles, and from Nimzowitsch to Kramnik, how they followed in each other's footsteps. Throughout history there have been many famous players who have...