New December 2004

 

Software

ChessBase is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the standard throughout the world. Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. What you can do with ChessBase: Enter, annotate and save games, including variations, text commentary, spoken comments, embedded pictures, soundtracks and even video sequences; analyse position with GM-strength modules Fritz and Crafty (both included); retrieve games according to openings, players and tournaments; generate tournament cross tables and full graphic statistics of players or openings; merge games on-the-fly into an opening tree; generate a players dossier containing all available information from the database; find the new move in a game with one mouse click; generate a comprehensive openings report with main and critical lines, plans and most important games; search for material distribution, positions and manoeuvres, search for mates and stalemates; classify games according to self defined middle and endgame criteria; print games in superb DTP quality with diagrams and multiple columns; easy and direct access to the comprehensive ChessBase online database; freely configurable board and list windows, automatic email transmission of positions, games or databases; management of team championships; intelligent search for tactical themes.

System recommendations:
Windows XP or better, 256 MB RAM, 1 GHz or better. New graphics adapter for a fast 3D board.
Windows Media Player 9.0 for ChessMedia System.
Required: Windows 98, Internet-Explorer 6, DVD-ROM drive, 64 MB RAM, 300 MHz.

Chessbase 9.0 Mega-Package (with 2005 Megadata DVD) - $595

ChessBase Mega Package contains


Chessbase 9.0 Starter Package (with 2005 Big database DVD) - $275

ChessBase Starter Package contains

 

MEGA DATABASE 2005 (DVD) - $265
Mega 2005 is our flagship database of exclusive annotated material. It contains more than 2.9 millions games from 1530 to 2004 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 57,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest top-class annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2004. Mega 2005 also features a new edition of the playerbase. As usual, this is where most of the work was done. As the player index now contains already more than 183,000 entries, it made sense to use an adapted playerbase which includes about 179,000 names. Doing this, the photo database was extended as well to contain 22,700 pictures now.
Systems requirements: ChessBase 9, ChessBase 8.0, ChessBase 7.0, Fritz7, Fritz 8.

 

BIG DATABASE 2005 - $99
Contains more than 2.9 millions games from 1530 to 2004 in the highest ChessBase quality standard, with ChessBase opening classifi cation with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. Highest category tournament of 2004, so e.g. Linares, Wijk aan Zee, Dortmund. All games of the Chess Olympiad 2004. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2004.

 

Junior 9 - $99

Junior9 by Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky is the reigning computer chess world champion in all categories. Junior is different from all other programs in its search strategies and evaluation function. This gives the program a very distinctive style of play. The special strength of Junior is its understanding of compensation. This makes the program an extraordinarily effective tool for analysing sharp and dynamic positions, especially those involving the sacrifice of material. It is the program that is most likely to correctly understand the compensation involved, both in the execution of a sacrifice and the defence against it. The CD contains a one-hour interview with the author of Junior, Amir Ban, who explains in clear and lucid terms the way his program works. Amir also tells us how a chess program is developed, and how Junior came about its unique playing style. His goal is to generate a new and better understanding of chess, not just a program that is more efficient at beating rival products.
  Junior 9, created by Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky, is the reigning World Computer Chess Champion in all categories. It has done so for the forth time, having already won the title in 1997, 2001 and 2002. The world championship was held at the Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, in July 2004.

Garry Kasparov
Kasparov: How to play the Queen's Gambit - $59.95
Wherever he appears, chess fans gather in crowds. Garry Kasparov is the strongest chess player of our time and a great personality who can represent the sport like no other chess professional. Now Kasparov comes into your home and shares with you his knowledge of one of the great openings in chess. Garry Kasparov took to the Queens Gambit at a relatively late stage of his chess career, but then had the best training anyone could imagine: in his first match for the world championship against Anatoly Karpov, this opening appeared on the board no less than 19 times. Now he shares his knowledge with you. With great eloquence Kasparov speaks about variations and ideas of the Classical Queens Gambit, the basics of which were laid by the champions of their times Steinitz, Lasker, Rubinstein, Capablanca and Alekhine.

Caro-Kann Panov-Attack B13-B14 - $49.95
The Caro-Kann opening (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5) is said, possibly unfairly, to be a bit on the tame side. But what is fascinating about it in any case is the number of totally different playing styles to which Black must adapt himself. One of these is the Panov Attack, (3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4), by means of which White immediately attacks the centre, but in doing so must also accept possible positions with an isolated d4-pawn. A second theme on the CD is the Exchange Variation, in which White exchanges on d5, but then does not play c4. It is considered to be harmless, but attained a fair amount of popularity after Fischers brilliant victory over Petrosian ( Belgrade 1970). It is a favourite of players who do not wish to take risks. The author treats all the variations which come under B13 and B14 in great detail.

 

CHESSBASE OPENING ENCYCLOPAEDIA 2004 - $195
The ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia 2004 features the complete coverage of all opening secorts, offering an optimal start for opening training. Many well-known specialists have made contributions in their field of expertise, such as Anand, Bareev, Dautov, Dr Huebner, Jussupow, Kortschnoj, Krasenkow and Ribli. For each of 500 opening sectors according to ECO standard there is at least one opening survey, so that the database is the ideal tool for building up a complete opening repertoire. The game database includes 1.8 million games, about 68.000 of them with annotations. The new opening key has been considerably enhanced, providing even more depth (84.000 single keys) and clarity. Furthermore, the CD contains a separate directory with 86 special theory databases from the CBMs.

 

Fritz 8 Champion edition - $99
The Fritz 8 is identical to the one that fascinated the world in the man vs Machine duel against the human world champion. Millions of chess fans watched the games live on the Internet the match ended in a 4:4 tie. Deep Fritz is stronger than Deep Blue, said world champion Vladimir Kramnik, who had carefully studied the program. But dont be afraid, Fritz is not just a chess playing monster. It is a friendly chess partner for beginners and amateurs. It will teach you to play chess from scratch, and can automatically adjust its playing strength to suit your needs. It will warn you when you go wrong in a game, giving you hints on how to play better. In any position it will explain all possible continuations to you in plain language, and it will display all pieces that are attacked, defended or hanging. Afterwards it will analyse your games and point out mistakes and blunders. It has many handicap and friendly levels. In the sparring level the program will actually set up tactics for you to discover, teaching you to keep a lookout for opportunities throughout the game. Fritz has a photo-realistic 3D chessboard and will chatter humorously during the game. It has a giant openings book with a very wide repertoire and full statistics on every move. It has a built-in database with half a million top-quality games and is the companion and analytical partner of top players all over the world. Even Garry Kasparov admits: I use Fritz regularly for my analysis. Fritz is also the only chess program that has been in space.

 

Fritz and Chesster - $79.95
Use your wits, learn to think ahead, have fun and excitement AND learn a whole lot about chess: this great chess adventure has all of this and more in store for you! Together with Prince Fritz and his cousin Bianca learn how to play chess, then test and increase your knowledge in a whole range of exciting games and situations. How do you set up the board? Whats stalemate? When do you call it a draw? What does opposition mean? And whats up the stairs mate? Find the answers to these questions and many more in animated games and contests. Tips and tricks are explained step by step. Then you can provide and test your skill in the special games and tasks. And once youve got the hang of everything, join Fritz to take on King Black in the grand finale.

Jacob Aagaard: Attacking Chess Volume 1 - $54.95
Attacking chess not only an important subject, but also a very important one. Jacob Aagaard has chosen a very beautiful example for his introduction, which illustrates important factors required for a successful. This is followed on this CD by 10 more files in Chess Media Format; these constitute an entertaining and instructive introduction to the art of conducting an attack. In total there are more than three hours of top class video training on the CD.

Jacob Aagaard: Attacking Chess Volume 2 - $54.95
Attacking chess not only an important subject, but also a very important one. For the second part of his work on the attack, Jacob Aagaard has selected more instructive examples, which he has analysed and presented on camera. There are 12 files in Chess Media Format; these show typical attacking methods. In total there are more than three hours of top class video training on the CD.

Jacob Aagaard: Basic Positional Ideas - $59.95
Positional chess in the basic on which success is founded. Of course material can be won and also points achieved by tactical measures, but first you have to bring the relevant positions up on your board. Jacob Aagaard teaches in six lectures important principles of positional play. Weak squares, good and bad pieces, prophylaxis and pawn weaknesses are concepts which should belong in the toolbox of every chess player. The lectures are followed by 50 exercises, in which you can always look for the solution yourself. In total, there are more than four hours of high class video training on this DVD.

Fritz Technique Trainer - $39.95
Winning won positions who would not like to be able to do that, but has often enough fallen down on the job? For many people it is even the main problem when playing chess: they often have such good positions and nothing comes out of it. What then could be closer to their heart than training to convert winning positions naturally with Fritz! To bring this about, Henrik Schloessner has sought out positions, which can be won even against the cool program itself. It is rarely about finding combinations to solve the problem. Usually the win can be achieved in different ways. But there are always a few obstacles to be swept out of the way, and then you will always experience the sweet smell of success.

Fritz Technique Trainer 2 - $39.95
Winning won positions this vital chess skill can be aquired and improved with the CDs of the Fritz Technique Trainer series. The tasks on this CD deal exclusively with the creative work of the first official world champion, Wilhelm Steinitz. He was the first to describe the fundamentals a promising attack is based upon. Thus most exercises are about showing how a successful attack is conducted (Schlssner). Each exercise starts with a won position from a Steinitz game which you are to play against Fritz. It is rarely about finding combinations to solve the problem. Usually the win can be achieved in different ways. But there are always a few obstacles to be swept out of the way, and then you will always experience the sweet smell of success.

Andrew Martin The ABC of the Ruy Lopez - $59.95
The venerable Ruy Lopez is one of the most interesting of chess openings. In this diverse and instructive DVD, International Master Andrew Martin explains how the opening works, with the help of mostly recent, complete master games, although there are some classics too! The most important ideas are highlighted and there are some repertoire suggestions too, all presented in the light, easy, relaxed style for which this author is noted.

 

Peter Wells Strategy and Tactics
This CD by Peter Wells addresses advanced players. It contains an introduction and five lectures which deal with purely practical subjects: the calculation of variations and how errors arise. These are important themes where a grandmaster trainer is able to draw on his rich and varied experience and provide chess students with valuable tips. There are five more lectures on positional chess. The CD contains a total of over three hours of high-quality video lectures and training.
 

Alexander Bangiev: Squares Strategy, Vol. 1 - $49.95
The Bangiev way of thinking is a strategy based on squares. This means that before every move, the piece set-up is checked out against quite specific pre-defined criteria. The method does not develop your memory, but rather your thought processes: you learn to understand the logic of the game by means of a few rules! In each phase of the game, you have to ask yourself the same restricted number of questions and then answer them. Once you have grasped the principle you can always find the best move yourself.

ChessBase Magazine 103 - $37
ChessBase Magazine Vol. 103 contains 1400 games, about 400 with expert annotations, and additionally nearly 4000 high-quality correspondence chess games. There are section on tactics, strategy, endgames, and extensive theory articles, all by experts in the field. The multimedia section contains a high-quality multi media report on the Dannemann World Chess Championship in Brisago, including interviews with the players and visiting chess dignitaries.

Books

Blunders and How to Avoid Them: Eliminate Mistakes from your Play, Angus Dunnington - $48.95

Blunders and How to Avoid Them: Eliminate Mistakes from your Play
 

No one likes to make mistakes, but all chess players, even those belonging to the worls elite, are prone to blundering. How can this problem be eradicated or, at the very least, kept to a minimum? Read this book and find out! Experienced chess player and writer Angus Dunnington takes a look at why the good, the bad and the indifferent all make errors, from small positional misjudgements to simply leaving a queen en prise. Dunnington explores the reasons for oversights and the habits one needs to develop in order to banish these problems. This book is crucial reading for those plagued by chess disasters!

*Offers help to the blunder-prone players
*Explains techniques to avoid errors
*Written by an experienced competitor

published 2004, 144 pages

 

Concise Chess Middlegames, Neil McDonald - $36.95

Concise Chess Middlegames
 

Some might say that it is impossible to learn middlegames in the same way you can with the more structured parts of chess: the opening and the endgame. However, although its true to say that middlegame play is generally more difficult to categorise, there are still many aspects that can be taught and studied in an effective way. In this easy-to-read pocket-sized guide, Grandmaster Neil McDonald concentrates on the fundamentals of middlegame play, including attacking and defending the king, good and bad pieces, and strong and weak pawn formations. At the same time, McDonald is careful not to swamp the reader with too much information. He provides simply enough material so that you can enter this part of the game with the knowledge and confidence you require. Concise Chess Middlegames is a perfect addition to McDonalds other two books in this series: Concise Chess Endings and the best-selling Concise Chess Openings.

*written by a renowned middlegames expert
*includes all critical topics of the middlegame
*a pocket book ideal for club and tournament players

published August 2004, 288 pages

 

The Dynamic Reti, Nigel Davies  - $48.95

The Dynamic Reti
 

The Reti Opening has been a popular choice at all levels of chess for many years and is a favourite among hypermodern players who like to control the centre with pieces. Yet there remains a dearth of published material on this subject ... until now. In The Dynamic Reti, Grandmaster Nigel Davies redresses the balance and advocates a repertoire for White based on this refined opening. Davies outlines the typical ideas and tactics for both White and Black, and studies both the fashionable main lines and the tricky sidelines. If you already play the Reti or are looking for a sophisticated new opening weapon, then this is essential reading.

*A dynamic opening explained by an expert
*Full explanation of the most important thematic ideas
*Ideal for club and tournament players

published May 2004, 144 pages

 

Excelling at Chess Calculation: Capitalising on tactical chances, Jacob Aagaard - $52.95

Excelling at Chess Calculation: Capitalising on tactical chances
 

There are many differing opinions amongst the top players in the world of chess, but there is one thing upon which World Champions, Grandmasters and other experts all agree: the art of chess calculation is the absolute key to the success of a player. Master this discipline and you can surely expect your results to improve dramatically. And yet there have been very few serious attempts in the past by chess authors to delve into this delicate topic, perhaps not surprisingly given its complexity and difficulty. In Excelling at Chess Calculation, Jacob Aagaard tackles the subject matter head on, unravelling the many secrets behind chess calculation and arming the reader with the necessary tools to be able to calculate effectively at the chessboard. Aagaard pays particular attention to the searching practical questions like when should you calculate?, how can you discover candidate moves? and how long should you spend on critical moves? A thorough study of this book will enable you to calculate with confidence in future games.

published September 2004, 144 pages

 

Excelling at Combinational Play :Learn to Identify and Exploit Tactical Chances, Jacob Aagaard - $52.95

Excelling at Combinational Play :Learn to Identify and Exploit Tactical Chances
 

Being able to solve puzzles and combinations is one of the principal components of a successful chess player. But how can one improve on such an important skill? How can one acquire combinational vision? The answer lies within the pages of this book! Experienced chess writer Jacob Aagaard explains how tactical intuition and ability develops and uses pattern recognition to improve the reades tactical ammunition. Is also no secret that the continued practice of puzzles and combinations helps to sharpen the chess brain, and here there is a wealth of exercises and problems to solve accompanied by the full solutions and explanations. This book is a must for the serious competitive player.

*Improves tactical vision
*Ideal for club and tournament players
*Written by a battle-hardened expert

published May 2004, 192 pages

 

 

Excelling at Technical Chess, Jacob Aagaard - $52.95

Excelling at Technical Chess
 

And the rest is a matter of technique is an annoyingly common phrase used in chess literature. The implication from the author is that the task of converting a typically winning position into a full point or converting a drawing position into half-a-point is relatively straightforward. However, as all of us practical players realise, its not always a simple as this, and many hard-earned points are wasted through a lack of technique.

In this valuable book Jacob Aagaard aims to solve this perennial problem. He arms the reader with several endgame weapons that every strong technical player has in his toolbox. These include important skills such as schematic thinking, domination, preventing counterplay, building fortresses and utilising zugzwang. These tools are illustrated in deeply analysed games containing numerous different themes. A serious study of this book will ensure that the reader need no longer need fear the word technique!


*Ideal for club and tournament players
*Includes all the principal tools of technique
*Written by an experienced endgames expert

published August 2004 , 192 pages

 

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors part 3, Garry Kasparov - $69.95

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors part 3
 

The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles which have engaged the interest not only of the chess enthusiasts but of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators.
This magnificent compilation of play from the 1960s through to the 1970s forms the basis of the third part of Garry Kasparov's long-awaited definitive history of the World Chess Championship. Garry Kasparov, who is universally acclaimed as the greatest chessplayer ever, subjects the play from this era to a rigorous analysis the examination being enhanced by the use of the latest chess software. This volume features the play of champions Tigran Petrosian (1963-1969) and Boris Spassky (1969-1972).
However, this book is more than just a compilation of play from the greats of this era. Kasparos biographies of these champions place them in a fascinating historical, political and cultural context. Kasparov explains how each champion brought his own distinctive style to the chessboard and enriched the theory of the game with new ideas.

published October 2004 |  format Hardcover , 336 pages

 

 

Inside the Chess Mind: How players of all levels think about the game, Jacob Aagaard - $52.95

Inside the Chess Mind: How players of all levels think about the game
 

What separates a Grandmaster from an International Master? How do the thought processes of a strong club player differ from that of a middling club player? What techniques can an enthusiastic chess player employ when striving to reach the next rung on the ladder? Jacob Aagaard provides the answers to these questions in this fascinating and entertaining new book. The material is based around numerous carefully-selected tests which are offered to a group of players of a very wide range of ages and playing strengths. Once all the participants have attempted the tests, their discoveries, solving methods and difficulties with the exercises are evaluated and compared, and conclusions are drawn. The players are also quizzed about their exercise techniques, ideas and opinions about chess in general. Inside the Chess Mind enters fresh territory in chess literature by providing a thought-provoking insight as to how the chess brains of the great, the good and the improver operate.

*Clarifies both the differences and similarities between Grandmasters and amateurs
*Suitable for players of all strengths
*Includes challenging puzzles
*Written by a highly experienced chess coach

published August 2004, 192 pages

 

More Simple Chess: Moving on from the Basic Principles, John Emms - $45.95

More Simple Chess: Moving on from the Basic Principles
 

Most experts agree that to reach a high standard at chess, one must not only be able to calculate properly but also master the many positional points of the game. However, while tactical ability is clear-cut and can be improved simply by the continual practice of puzzles, learning the finer points of positional play that come so naturally to Grandmasters can seem like a frightening task for the less experienced player. In this book, Grandmaster John Emms aims to solve this problem, giving the reader a thorough grooming on all the crucial aspects of chess strategy. Moving on from the basic principles, Emms draws upon both his own experiences and those of other international players to unravel the mystery surrounding positional chess. This book will be particularly helpful for those who have previously honed their chess skills with the highly popular Simple Chess.

*An advanced course in chess strategy
*Written by an experienced chess professional
*Ideal for club and tournament players

published May 2004, 144 pages

 

Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein: The ever popular main lines with 4 e3, Angus Dunnington - $49.95

Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein: The ever popular main lines with 4 e3
 

Openings expert Angus Dunnington explains the ideas and strategies of one of White's most popular responses to the ultra-solid Nimzo-lndian Defence.

published January 2004, 144 pages

 

The Offbeat Kings Indian: Lesser known tries to counter this most popular of defences, Krzystof Panczyk - $49.95

The Offbeat Kings Indian: Lesser known tries to counter this most popular of defences
 

The Kings Indian is one of the most exciting and complex defences that Black can employ against the queens pawn opening. The main lines of the Kings Indian are very sharp and tactical but they are also extremely theoretical in nature it can be a full time job simply keeping up with the latest developments and fashion. So it is unsurprising that many playing White choose to look elsewhere for something to counter this popular opening. In The Offbeat Kings Indian distinguished openings expert Krzysztof Panczyk studies unusual and less theoretical systems for White, ones that are tricky and are likely to throw the Kings Indian player off his or her stride early on in the game. Variations investigated include lines with an early Bd3 and/or Nge2, ones with h3, and ones involving a swift Bg5. By studying this book, White players can create a whole new armoury of weapons with which to counter the Kings Indian, while those playing Black can look closely for the recommended antidotes!

published September 2004, 144 pages

 

Play the French 3rd edition, John Watson - $51.95

Play the French 3rd edition
 

This is a fully revised edition of John watson's classic Play the French, providing Black with a complete repertoire in the French Defence, one of the most strategically and dynamically complex opening systems.

published October 2003, 252 pages

 

The Ruy Lopez Main Line, Glenn Flear - $49.95

The Ruy Lopez Main Line
 

The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Game) is an extremely popular opening and one of the oldest in the history of chess. It has been played by virtually all the greats of the game, providing the battle scene for many world championship clashes involving the likes of Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov and Kramnik. Now, for the first time in many years, Grandmaster Glenn Flear investigates the main line of the Lopez, outlining the crucial ideas and tactics for both White and Black. Using illustrative games, Flear studies the fashionable and theoretical variations, plus the tricky sidelines. This book is perfect for those wishing to play the positions with either colour.

*Written by a Ruy Lopez expert
*Up-to-date theory on the sharpest lines
*Ideal for club and tournament players

published May 2004, 144 pages

 

 

Most Instructive Games of the Young Grandmasters, Paul Motwani - $48.95

Most Instructive Games of the Young Grandmasters
 

Paul Motwani has selected the finest games of the best 15 young players of the 1990s - including Kramnik, Anand, Adams and Judit Polgar - and annotated them in his own inimitable style. Readers will be both inspired and delighted by the games and notes, which impart instruction in painless fashion, while shedding light on the factors that have made these players such world-beaters.

published February 1999, 176 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Paul Motwani

 

New in Chess Yearbook 73 - $51.95

Publisher: New In Chess, 2004
Edition: Paperback large
ISBN: 90-5691-136-8
Pages: 248
 

NIC Forum
Readers from all over the world join in discussions of previous surveys. Both (grand)masters and club players shed their light on new opening developments and search together for the truth. With contributions by Alon Greenfeld, Baadur Jobava, and many others.

Sosonko's Corner
This column is an hommage to Oleg Mikhailovich Romanishin. Sacrificing a pawn in the opening to get active play has always been a hallmark of his style. Sosonko depicts the Ukranian genius as one of the leading lights in modern chess research. Of late the results of the 52-year-old Romanishin may have been relatively modest, but this riveting and original grandmaster remains capable of bringing down even the strongest opponent, as Vasily Ivanchuk found out to his detriment at the 2004 Ukrainian championship.

Book Review
Due to the overflow of information these days, authors of opening books have to make dictinct choices and draw the line somewhere (which variations should be covered, which ignored?) and some of them seem better than others at this fundamental task. Glenn Flear had a look at monographs by Nigel Davies and the Polish duo Panczyk & Ilczuk.
Guest-author Sergey Tiviakov reviews three recent publications on the Sicilian Najdorf Variation, revealing on the way that he has not read opening books for a long time.
 
34 NIC Surveys Yearbook 73
Sicilian Defence: Najdorf Variation, by Boersma
Sicilian Defence: Sozin Variation, by Golubev
Sicilian Defence: Four Knights Variation, by Karolyi
Sicilian Defence: Basman-Sale Variation, by Sale
Sicilian Defence: Closed Variation, by Van der Weide
Sicilian Defence: Alapin Variation, by Rogozenko
Sicilian Defence: Bezgodov Variation, by Bezgodov
Pirc Defence: The 150 Attack, by Marin
French Defence: Winawer Variation, by Van der Tak
Caro-Kann Defence: Advance Variation, by Fogarasi
Caro-Kann Defence: Smyslov Variation, by Galkin
Caro-Kann Defence: Classical Variation, by Llanos/Soppe
Alekhine Defence: Modern Variation, by Panczyk/Ilczuk
Ruy Lopez: Jaenisch Variation, by Van der Tak
Ruy Lopez: Anti-Marshall Variation, by Lukacs/Hazai
Ruy Lopez: Marshall Attack, by Naiditsch
Ruy Lopez: Open Variation, by Timoshenko
Italian Opening: Evans Gambit, by De Zeeuw
Two Knights Defence: Bogoljubow Variation, by Van der Tak
Budapest Gambit, by Pliester
Slav: 3.Nf3 dc4, by Nikitin
Slav: Chameleon Variation, by Lukacs/Hazai
Slav: Alapin Variation, by Karolyi
Catalan: Bogo-Indian Variation, by Greenfeld
Catalan: Accepted 4...dc4, by Anka
Nimzo-Indian Defence: Classical Variation, by Tiviakov
Grnfeld Indian Defence: Fianchetto Variation, by Karolyi
Grnfeld Indian Defence: Exchange Variation, by Pelletier/Bauer
Kings Indian Defence: Classical Variation, by Morgado
Kings Indian Defence: Anti-Anti-Grnfeld, by Lukacs/Hazai
Benoni: Fianchetto Variation, by Kapengut
Volga Gambit Declined, by Fogarasi
Dutch Defence: Leningrad Variation, by Van der Stricht
English Opening: Anti-Grnfeld Line, by Marin

 

Books

Rethinking the Chess Pieces $39.95

Black is Still OK $39.95

 

365 WAYS TO CHECKMATE (Joe Gallagher)
208 pages (210 mm by 145 mm). ISBN 1 901983 95 1. (2004)
$43.95

Tactics based on checkmate ideas against the enemy king decide a large proportion of chess games, so it is vital to be alert to these possibilities when they occur. Joe Gallagher provides 365 checkmate puzzles to help readers sharpen their skills. In each position, the task is to find a way to force a clear-cut win. The theme is always checkmate: either the enemy king perishes, or can only be saved at a decisive cost in material. Joe Gallagher is ideally qualified to write on this subject. Throughout his career, he has been especially feared for his attacking ability and tactical skills. The puzzles, most of which have never before been published, are grouped into categories, starting with easier positions and working up to more difficult ones. Full solutions are given, and all the positions have been carefully checked for alternative solutions and for soundness of the actual solution.

Joe Gallagher is an English grandmaster who has lived in Switzerland for many years, and is a regular member of the Swiss national team. He has established a reputation as a top-class chess writer, in particular for his work on aggressive openings such as the King's Gambit, Sicilian and King's Indian Defence. Gallagher is a co-author of the one-volume openings encyclopaedia Nunn's Chess Openings, and won the British Championship in 2001.

MASTERING THE NAJDORF (Julen Arizmendi & Javier Moreno)
224 pages (210 mm by 145 mm). ISBN 1 904600 18 2.  (2004)
$49.95

The Najdorf is the most popular line of the Sicilian Defence for a very good reason: Black can play for a win without taking undue risks. The Najdorf's fundamental soundness has been confirmed in countless top-level games, and in particular by Garry Kasparov's successful use of it throughout his career. White has tried a wide variety of approaches against the Najdorf, including quiet positional lines and the traditional main line with 6 Bg5. Recently the idea of a rapid kingside pawn advance has found favour. The Najdorf's landscape changes rapidly, and this presents its devotees with a complex task: they must not only keep up-to-date with sharp theoretical lines, but must also have a firm grasp of the strategies that underpin the main systems, both old and new. This book lends a helping hand to those who play the Najdorf or wish to take up this complex opening. Two Najdorf experts from Spain present a flexible repertoire for Black, including a wealth of original analysis of the critical variations. They also explain the key ideas behind the Najdorf, focusing on those plans that are most relevant to modern practice.

Julen Arizmendi is a Spanish international master with two grandmaster norms. He is an experienced writer, and part of Jaque and Teora's editorial staff. He represented his country at the 2002 Olympiad. Javier Moreno is a grandmaster from Spain who has worked with Anand and Shirov, and was a member of the Spanish Olympiad team in 2000. He has contributed to the magazines Jaque and Gambito.

 

Super Tournaments 2003 - $49.95

175 extensively annotated games of the world's best players: Kasparov (12), Kramnik (35), Ponomariov (25), Anand (35) and Leko (22). Annotations from Khalifman, Sipov, Ivanov, Golubev and Beim. Also includes detailed surveys of the strongest tournaments of 2003, crosstables and interviews and 16 pages of colour photos. 

 

Bogoljubow - The fate of a chess player - Soloviev (Chess Stars 2004, 280p) $42.95

 

 

 

 

Teach Yourself in Chess Openings (1...Nc6) - Berdichevsky - $39.95

Manual of Chess Combinations, 255 pages.  -  $37.95
Ivaschenko 2003; 1188 tactics; Hard Cover.
Next level of "Chess Tactics for Beginners", Stages 6-11.
An excellent tactics book for young players, up to USCF rating 1800. 1188 puzzles arranged by students' grade and level of difficulty. Includes all typical tactics.
A great book for self-training, reference source for club and school chess instructors Figurine notation.

 

Chess School 4 Endgames, 255 pages.  - $37.95

Ivaschenko 2003; 1188 tactics; Hard Cover.
Next level of "Chess Tactics for Beginners", Stages 6-11.
An excellent tactics book for young players, up to USCF rating 1800. 1188 puzzles arranged by students' grade and level of difficulty. Includes all typical tactics.
A great book for self-training, reference source for club and school chess instructors Figurine notation.

Sets

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King $104.95

Lord of the Rings:: Trilogy edition $109.95

Star Wars Episode 2 $99.95