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Luther’s Chess Reformation

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Luther’s Chess Reformation by Thomas Luther

Paperback or Hardback, 232 pages

Becoming a Grandmaster is the dream of every young chess talent. Thomas Luther achieved this goal despite the added challenge of being born with a disability.

Luther’s Chess Reformation provides a wealth of practical tips and suggestions for chess players of all levels. Using the experiences and insights gained from his remarkable career, Luther offers an insider’s view into the world of grandmaster chess. Readers will enjoy his chatty style, while also benefiting from invaluable advice about what it takes to achieve one’s chess goals.

Grandmaster Thomas Luther is a three-time German Champion who reached the Top 100 in the world. Luther is a highly successful coach and one of only a handful of people to be awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.

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The Closed Sicilian: Move by Move

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Closed Sicilian: Move by Move by Carsten Hansen

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The opponent who answers 1 e4 with an emphatic 1…c5 (The Sicilian Defence) is often looking for a fight. Such players can be highly theoretically prepared and itching to launch into their own pet variations after White has opted for the main lines with an early d2-d4. The Closed Sicilian is an ideal antidote to such aggression. In the Closed Sicilian an awareness of the strategies and plans is far more important than the simple memorising of variations. White’s play is logical and the basic ideas are simple to master. However, do not be fooled into thinking the opening is without venom. The deliberate and slow burning attack that White often builds up has resulted in numerous fine attacking victories.

The Move by Move series provides an ideal format for the keen chessplayer to improve their game. While reading you are continually challenged to answer probing questions – a method that greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of chess knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study chess while providing the best possible chance to retain what has been learnt.

  • Everything you need to know about the Closed Sicilian.
  • The Q and A approach emphasizes plans and strategies.
  • Written by an expert on the opening.

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ISBN: 9781781943984, Everyman Chess

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Playing the Ragozin by Richard Pert

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Playing the Ragozin by Richard Pert
A Dynamic Repertoire

Paperback or Hardback, 440 pages

The Ragozin is an ideal system against 1.d4: Black establishes a foothold in the centre and quickly develops his pieces on active squares, with good chances for dynamic counterplay or a kingside attack. Black’s opening has proven its worth at the highest level, yet the underlying ideas are simple enough to be learned without excessive memorization of variations.

In this book, IM Richard Pert shares his own complete repertoire for Black after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6. The main subject is the Ragozin, which occurs after 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4, but the author also provides thoughtful recommendations in the related 3.Nc3 Bb4 variation, as well as against the Catalan (3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3) and all other popular White options. Throughout the book, Pert not only checks for theoretical soundness, but also goes out of his way to avoid forced draws and other dead-equal positions, making this repertoire especially suitable for practical players who want to play for a win with Black.

Richard Pert is an English International Master whose previous book, Playing the Trompowsky, was well received by readers and critics. GM Glenn Flear commented that Pert shows: “…how the Trompowsky can be played with attitude. He succeeds in his quest, as time and time again Richard Pert reveals innovative ideas from both his own games and analyses.”

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Playing 1.e4: Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Playing 1.e4: Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines by John Shaw

Paperback or Hardback, 632 pages

Developing a punchy repertoire with 1.e4 requires extensive research, mixed with fine judgement and a good deal of creativity. In this two-volume work, GM John Shaw supplies an ambitious and dynamic arsenal of ideas for White. The repertoire is built around main lines, with many innovative suggestions that will cause no end of trouble to your opponents.

This volume covers the Caro-Kann, 1…e5 and various minor openings. The repertoire will be completed by Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French.

John Shaw is a grandmaster and three-time Scottish Champion.

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ISBN: 978-1-907982-22-4, Quality Chess

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Dynamic Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Dynamic Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand

Hardcover, 288 pages

In Dynamic Decision Making in Chess former World Championship Challenger Boris Gelfand continues his investigation into decision-making at the top level, discussing some of his best games as well as his worst slips, giving the reader a unique insight into the mind of a world-class grandmaster.

Grandmaster Boris Gelfand has been an elite player for 30 years, winning the World Cup, Olympiad Gold, Candidates and many other top tournaments. In 2015 Positional Decision Making in Chess won the ECF Book of the Year award.

Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard is the only chess writer to win all the major awards for chess writing.

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ISBN 978-1-78483-013-7, Quality Chess

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Train Your Chess Pattern Recognition

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Train Your Chess Pattern Recognition by Arthur Van de Oudeweetering
More Key Moves & Motifs in the Middlegame

Paperback, 256 pages

In this sequel to his instant classic, Arthur van de Oudeweetering presents players of almost every level with a fresh supply of easy-to-remember building blocks for their chess knowledge. Pattern recognition is one of the most important mechanisms of chess improvement. It helps you to quickly grasp the essence of a position on the board and find the most promising continuation.

In short, well-defined and practical chapters, IM Van de Oudeweetering presents hundreds of surprising middlegame themes. After working with this book, you will find the right move more often and more quickly! To test your understanding, Van de Oudeweetering provides an abundance of exercises.

Arthur van de Oudeweetering (1966) is an International Master and an experienced chess trainer from the Netherlands.

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ISBN: 978-90-5691-613-8, New in Chess

 

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Bf4 in the Queen’s Gambit and the Exchange Slav

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Bf4 in the Queen’s Gambit and the Exchange Slav by Alexey Dreev

Paperback, 288 pages

Dreev analyses many different ways for White to fight for the opening advantage in two modern schemes, in the Slav Defence and in the Queen’s Gambit Declined. His choice in the Slav Defence is the exchange variation, which is becoming more and more popular among the average level chess players, as well as at top level. It looked like Black could equalise, but lately White often managed to create problems for Black. By playing 3.cxd5, after the moves 1 d4 d5 2.c4 c6, White tries to obtain an advantage, but also avoids the main lines of the Slav Defence, which may arise following 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4. He also avoids some other very solid systems for Black like the Meran Variation or the Moscow Variation. The fight in the exchange variation is mostly in a positional key, without much risk, with the idea to obtain a minimal edge.

The other part of the book covers a variation of the Queen’s Gambit with the move 5.Bf4. This modern line is a serious rival to the classical Queen’s Gambit with the move 5.Bg5, in which White must consider at least the Makogonov – Bondarevsky system, which is quite reliable for Black. Dreev also deals in details with the very fashionable variation 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4, in which, if Black does not try to develop his bishop to the f5-square, White obtains an advantageous version of the Carlsbad variation.

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The Safest Scandinavian – Vassilios Kotronias

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Safest Scandinavian by Vassilios Kotronias

Paperback, 220 pages

This book presents a Black repertoire based on the Scandinavian Defence with 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6. This is the safest yet aggressive queen retreat. It allows Black to increase pressure on d4 with …0-0-0 or …Rd8 while keeping coordination in the centre.

Kotronias clearly explains the main strategic principles that are involved in finding the best moves for Black:

  • the assymetric pawn structure gives the significant resource of turning d5 into a fortress
  • the importance of developing the c8 Bishop outside the pawn structure
  • the best ways to create more space
  • finding the best and most effective place for your Queen.

The Greek GM offers new plans for Black in the most topical lines, including vital new approaches against the Shirov plan (7.f4) and in a line with in which Kotronias himself got an edge with White in a game against the great expert of this system, Sergey Tiviakov.

Kotronias’ plans are backed up with deep and fresh analysis based on solid chess understanding. He is up to date, as he has included games played until January 20, 2016. The result is a repertoire that is suitable for both professionals and amateurs. GM Vassilios Kotronias is ten-time champion of Greece and a famous theoretician.

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Chess Informant 127 – Golden (Informator) (BOOK + CD)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Chess Informant 127 – Golden (Informator) (BOOK + CD)

50 years of Chess Informant

GM Sergey Rublevsky – Scotch Game 4…Bb4: You can‘t easily beat a centuries-old opening

GM Pentala Harikrishna – What’s the biggest surprise a super-tactician can spring on an opponent?

GM Mihail Marin – Why some players are first among equals

GM Aleksandar Colovic – The Zurich experiment: Hikaru Nakamura meets the challenge

GM Ivan Sokolov – Top seeds in Qatar and Gibraltar: where chess royalty meets mere mortals

GM dragan solak – You are told to protect your king at all times. but is it time for a rethink?

GM emanuel berg – Is the queen really a bad blockader in the Winawer French?

GM Karsten Mueller – London Classic: The Berlin and other endgames…

World Cup revisited: GM S. P. Sethuraman and GM Bassem Amin

CI Labs:

English Opening A22 by GM Aleksander Delchev

Scandinavian Defence B01 by GM Spyridon Kapnisis

Ruy Lopez Marshall Attack C89 by GM Milos Pavlovic

Gruenfeld Defence D97 by GM Aleksander Mista

Games, Combinations, Endings, Studies, Tournaments…

CD for ChessBase or any PGN reader

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Rubinstein: Move by Move – Zenon Franco

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Rubinstein: Move by Move by Zenon Franco

Paperback, 400 pages

Akiba Rubinstein is a famous figure in the in the history of chess. At his peak, he was arguably the strongest player in the World, and only the outbreak of World War I deprived him of the opportunity to challenge his main rival Emanuel Lasker for the World Championship title. Rubinstein was an exceptionally talented player whose legacy includes many truly brilliant games. He helped to develop several chess openings and is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest endgame players of all time. In this book, Grandmaster Zen?n Franco selects and examines his favourite Rubinstein games, and demonstrates how we can all learn and improve our chess by studying Rubinstein’s masterpieces.

Move by Move provides an ideal platform to study chess. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to improve your chess skills and knowledge.

  • Learn from the games of a chess legend
  • Important ideas absorbed by continued practice
  • Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study

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ISBN: 9781781943144, Everyman Chess

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