The Middle Game in Chess
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The Middle Game in Chess

Superior introduction to most demanding part of chess. Basic concepts of middle game play are systematically and logically presented. Every significant idea is illustrated by well-chosen excerpts from master play, including games by Alekhine, Capablanca, Lasker, Reshevsky, Botvinnik, Marshall, Pillsbury, and other prominent players. 80 illustrations.

Starting Out: 1 e4!: A Reliable Repertoire for the Improving Player (Starting Out - Everyman Chess)
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Starting Out: 1 e4!: A Reliable Repertoire for the Improving Player

Neil does a great job explaining the openings chosen and the ideas behind what his recommends. The more I read and study the book the more I appreciate his ability to "teach the opening". There is limited space, however so exhaustive or even extensive treatments are not possible. The major plus in this book, which I have NEVER found in any "1 book for white opening repetoire" is Neil recommends using the Open Sicilian as white. I hav...

Grandmaster Chess Move by Move
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Grandmaster Chess Move by Move

A collection of John Nunn's best games from 1994 to the present day, annotated in detail in the same style as the best-selling Understanding Chess Move by Move. Throughout, the emphasis is on what the reader can learn from each game, so the book is ideal study material for those seeking to progress to a higher level of chess understanding. There is also entertainment in abundance: Nunn has a direct aggressive style, and many of his o...

King's Indian and Gruenfeld: Fianchetto Lines
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King's Indian and Gruenfeld: Fianchetto Lines

By calmly fianchettoing his king's bishop in reply to the King's Indian and Grünfeld, White seeks to draw the sting from these dynamic defences and exert positional pressure throughout the middlegame. By refusing to create a massive pawn-centre, he offers Black no target for counterplay. Some of the lines become very sharp, especially if Black makes an all-out attempt to generate counterplay and provokes White into hand-to-hand fight...

Beginning Chess: How to Master the Fundamental Skills
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Beginning Chess: How to Master the Fundamental Skills

From its origins in India some thirteen centuries ago, chess has long been a game that has challenged man's mind and captured his imagination. Beginning Chess is the perfect primer for the novice chess player. It is a valuable compendium of practical ideas and wisdom author D. B. Pritchard has developed over many years teaching chess to the young and the not-so-young. In the arrangement of contents, Pritchard has allows himself to be...

Grandmaster Repertoire 3 - The English Opening vol. 1
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Grandmaster Repertoire 3 - The English Opening vol. 1

Chess Grandmaster Mihail Marin offers a complete White repertoire with 1.c4, the English Opening, in three volumes. The theory is state-of-the-art with many novelties suggested, but most useful of all are Marin’s lucid explanations of how to play the resulting positions. Volume One covers all lines after 1.c4 e5.

The Complete Manual of Positional Chess: The Russian Chess School 2.0 - Opening and Middlegame (Volume 1
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The Complete Manual of Positional Chess

As the title suggests, I'm writing this review in direct reponse to the earlier review by "nimzo-karpov." While it's true that all of the concepts covered in this book are covered elsewhere, I don't know of any other book that covers them all in one place. The books by Grooten and Hellsten certainly do not cover all of the topics covered in this book. In fact, this book's preface states that it was originally aimed mainly at Russian ...

The King: Chess Pieces
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The King: Chess Pieces

This book stands out of competition. I have read many chess books, but this one is certainly the most entertaining book of all. It is a combination of chess and literature. This compilation of chess articles Donner wrote for several magazines, is full of witty chess anecdotes. Donner writes in his incomparable style, and I am sure that the English translation cannot render the exact content of the Dutch text (I have read in Dutch and...

101 Chess Opening Traps: A Collection of Deadly Traps New and Old to Catch Opponents of All Standards
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101 Chess Opening Traps

Gambit Publications specialises in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.

Secrets of Practical Chess (Gambit Chess)
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Secrets of Practical Chess (Gambit Chess)

This book is pretty ok. I found it at my local library. It has the usual themes, middle games, openings, endgames etc. But there are lots of good games deeply annotated by the author. The book also focusses on the psycology of the players on the board. I liked the games, and the section on rook pawn endings, in which Dr. Nunn gives a general ideas to employ in these endings. I found that useful. It is good for anyone but more as a ta...