New November 2005

(updated 29th Nov 2005)

New books from Cardoza

New books from Random House

New Sets/Boards/Clocks/Medals/Vinyl Bags


Fritz 9 (Arrived 1st November) $99

We have numerous new shipments ranging from full shipping containers to small parcels arriving from all over the world in November 2005.

The Trompowsky – The easy way - $49.95
Thirty years ago the Trompowski opening was almost totally unknown. It took a few spectacular games by Rafael Vaganian to bring 2 Bg5 into the limelight, and after that, the die was cast. Today 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 is used by many of the best players in the world and a whole body of complicated theory has built up. In this fascinating DVD, International Master Andrew Martin traces the history of the opening from those early days, through the ‘golden age’ of the late 1980’s and 1990’s, and shows how the theory and ideas have evolved into the sharp and dangerous weapon that the Trompowski undoubtedly is today. Martin simplifi es the theory of 2005 and creates an easy to understand repertoire for the White player that recaptures the pioneering spirit of those early days...with interest! He argues conclusively that 2 Bg5 can still lead to original chess. Games from Vaganian, Hodgson, Bellon, Miladanovic, McShane, Ivanchuk and a whole cast of excellent players help to demonstrate why.
Available from 20th October 2005

Andrew Martin is 47 years old and lives in Sandhurst, England, with his wife and four children. He has written several best-selling chess books, including
the recent ‘King’s Indian Battle Plans’ and ‘Secret Weapons’. He writes for and has several monthly columns at chessville.
com, and for CHESS magazine. He is a noted trainer and coach.

System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,
Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive


The Scandinavian - The easy way - $49.95
It’s easy-to-learn and easy-to-play. Here is an opening for Black which will furnish good results in the shortest possible time. Which other opening could we be referring to apart from the Scandinavian or Centre-Counter Defence; 1 e4 d5 ! International Master Andrew Martin has written extensively on the Centre-Counter and here he turns his attention to 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qd6!? Playing fl at out for the win against 1 e4 is never easy, but here we encounter a variation where Black can do just that! All relevant second and third move alternatives for White are covered too! This DVD will be a boon to all chessplayers,but particularly to the busy person with limited time for study or those who wish to incorporate a new defence into their Black repertoire with the minimum possible hassle. This really is the Scandinavian – the easy way!


Knut Neven: Classical Nimzo-Indian – 4.Qc2 - $49.95
The Nimzo-Indian is not only one of the most solid openings against 1.d4, but it also suits the player with Black who is aiming from the start for the full point. In many treatments of the opening, White runs slight risks – doubled pawns and an isolated queen pawn are typical. At the peak of world chess, there is thus a clear preference for the Classical System 4.Qc2 – in which White usually retains the bishop pair and the pawn structure remains intact; however on some occasions it is necessary to make up for being behind in development.

Our author, Knut Neven, has produced an easily comprehensible database with 24 texts and 478 selected and mainly annotated games. After an introduction and a history of the system and opening, there comes a specially interesting text about typical motifs which crop up in the Classical System: the advantage of the bishop pair, the placement of the minor pieces, recurring tactical motifs, key pawn structures and pressure against c4 are themes which the author explains and provides with links to sample games. Then there comes the opening theory of the Classical System in 18 chapters. And as well as that there is also a large reference database of nearly 23,000 games, of which approximately 1000 are annotated. The CD is rounded off with a training database and an extensive opening tree, generated from all the games. All the data on the CD can be accessed with a reader based on ChessBase 9.0.

About the author Knut Neven is the editor of the Canadian chess magazine „En Passant“. His principal playing activities are in the realm of correspondence chess, where he has already qualified three times for the fi nal of the IECG World Championship. ChessBase has already published his works on the „French Defence with 3.Nc3“ and „French Defence without Nc3“ as well as on the „Grünfeld Defence”.

Squares Strategy, Vol. 3 Middlegame - $39.95
The Bangiev method of thinking is a strategy based on squares. Before every move, it therefore checks the constellation of pieces against quite specifi c pre-determined criteria. What it encourages is not your memory but your thinking: learn to understand the logic of the game by means of a few rules! It always the same restricted number of questions which you have to ask yourself and to answer at whatever stage of the game. Once you have understood the principle, you can have the pleasure of discovering that, with a little practice, you are always able to fi nd the best move. You can check your progress with grandmaster games, because grandmasters apply the correct thought processes without even being aware of it! The third CD, which is based on Bangiev‘s new method of training, is dedicated to the middlegame. There is a „Learning“ database in which the new method of training is presented in 20 introductory texts and 131 annotated game fragments. In a second database there are then 69 game fragments by means of which you can put into practice what you have learned.

This is what makes chess training fun:

About the author
International Master AlexanderBangiev has made his name as a chess trainer and the author of various chess books. Various openings disks and CDs by Bangiev have already appeared under the ChessBase label, including „The King‘s Gambit“, the „Gambit
Lexicon“ and „The Philidor Defence“.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pentium 166, 32 MB RAM, WinXP, Win2000, Win ME, Win98.

Henrik Schlößner: Test your Chess - $49.95
In the training questions, the new function Multiple Choice also allows questions to be set about the evaluation of positions, or for example what chance is there of an attack on the king. Possible answers are always suggested and the training is done by clicking on what you consider to be the correct solution. But things do not have to be simple… The author has provided 555 game fragments with training questions and divided the material into six chapters:

About the author: Henrik Schlößner is the author of the tactics database on the Tal-CD and is also responsible for Technique Trainer 1 and 2.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pentium, 32 MB RAM, Windows 98 SE/2000/Me/XP

Our best selling Digital Game Timer II (new stock) arrived in October and remains at $79.95 including batteries - the only digital chess clock endorsed by the US Chess Federation.

More of our best selling quartz analogue clocks arrive in November (we had only 100 left in stock) and is the best value clock under $50.

Our two new chess computers - touch screen at $79

and $179 are the latest in technology (more details ee October 2005)


We have well over 3000 different items in stock. Our main catalogue is June 30th 2005 with monthly updates. Many more new products this month.

Chess Discount Sales in the Sydney CBD has one of the largest ranges of chess goods in the world - at lower prices.


Roman Labs

Roman's Lab 25 - Easy Way to Beat the Pirc Modern Defense - $65

In Volume 25

On this DVD Roman will give you an easy to follow opening plan where you will get a clear advantage against the Pirc Modern Defense and at the same time severely limit your opponent's counter play. Roman has used these proven lines against some of the top players in the world and achieved fantastic results.

Over 90 minutes of instructional video

GrandMaster Roman Dzindzichashvili

Includes FREE

Roman's Lab 26 - Nimzowitsch's "My System" With 75 Years of Improvements Added - Part 1 - $65

In Volume 26

This two-part DVD is based on Nimzowitsch's book "My System" which is the foundation for modern day progressive positional thinking. Roman will help you understand Nimzowitsch's ideas and theories while adding 75 years of improvements and changes. So sit back and let Roman explain to you an easy way to understand one of the most popular but difficult to comprehend books ever published.

Over two hours of instructional video

GrandMaster Roman Dzindzichashvili
Total running time over 2 hours

Includes FREE

Roman's Lab 27 - Nimzowitsch's "My System" With 75 Years of Improvements Added - Part 2 - $65

In Volume 27

This two-part DVD is based on Nimzowitsch's book "My System" which is the foundation for modern day progressive positional thinking. Roman will help you understand Nimzowitsch's ideas and theories while adding 75 years of improvements and changes. So sit back and let Roman explain to you an easy way to understand one of the most popular but difficult to comprehend books ever published.

Over 90 minutes of instructional video

GrandMaster Roman Dzindzichashvili

Includes FREE

Roman's Lab 28 - Easy Way to Learn The King's Indian Attack - $65

In Volume 28

On this DVD Roman will teach an easy to learn opening for White that will help you achieve a clear middle game plan while avoiding complex variations and simplification. Roman has over 20 years of experience playing this opening and will pass his knowledge on to you.

White can either start play with 1.e4 or 1.Nf3, followed by d3, g3, Bg2, 0-0. Black cannot prevent this flexible system. This DVD also includes 5 highly instructional games analyzed by Roman.

GrandMaster Roman Dzindzichashvili

Includes FREE


The Prince of Chess
A fascinating film about the worlds youngest Chess Grandmaster
by Oyvind Asbjorsen

The Prince of Chess

Our Price: $ 42.95

Publisher: Main Island Production, 2005
Edition: DVD
Playtime: 1 h 35 min.
Language: English



Chess prodigy: 14-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen is the world's youngest Chess Grand Master.The Carlsen family sublet their house for a year in order to travel around with Magnus and help him fulfil his potential as a world class chess player. From Iceland to Libya, he has sought battle with chess icons such as Karpov and Shirov.
We follow him through important tournaments as well as daily life, trying to understand the workings of his brilliant mind. The film also looks at the game of chess as a player in both cultural history and intemational politics. 

Special features:

  • 40 minute interview with Garry Kasparov
  • 3 great play through games of Magnus
    Language is English and the DVD is zone free.     

  • Books back in stock

    Chess Openings Traps and Zaps - Pandolfini $21.95

    More Chess Openings Traps and Zaps (2) - Pandolfini $24.95

    Wonderboy Magnus Carlsen $39.95

    Pandolfini's Endgame Course (algebraic, 320 pages) $24.95

    Chessercizes Pandolfini $24.95


    EMANUEL LASKER GAMES VOL 1 - 1889-1907
    Egon Varnusz

    Biographical material, tournament results plus all known tournament and match games played by Lasker during this period.
    Pub. 1998, softback, 273 pages. (only 32 copies in stock)

    Was $49.95 Now $16.95


    De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834 - $89.95
    The Eighty-Five Games of Their Six Chess Matches, with Excerpts from Additional Games Against Other Opponents
    Cary Utterberg

    ISBN 0-7864-2114-2
    photographs, diagrams, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
    416pp. library binding (7 x 10) 2005

    When chess masters Louis Charles Mahé de la Bourdonnais and Alexander McDonnell met at London’s Westminster Chess Club in 1834, the occasion was notable for a number of reasons. Hard-earned reputations were zealously protected, and masters of equal standing seldom faced each other on even terms. The chess world was watching closely, but it was the actions of bystander William Greenwood Walker, who carefully recorded each move of the 85 games, that would have the greatest impact on the future of chess.

    The recording and publication of game scores from a series of matches between masters was a first in chess history. The event irrevocably altered the game, giving birth to modern chess theory. Once based upon composed, abstract exercises, studied in isolation, theory now became concrete and measurable. Practice replaced contrivance, and tactics could be studied and honed in light of the avalanche of match records that followed.

    Louis Charles Mahé de la Bourdonnais and Alexander McDonnell played six chess matches in 1834. Biographies of the combatants illuminate their place in the game’s history, and their historic venue is examined. The 85 games are analyzed using modern theory; there are numerous diagrams and previously published commentary. The merits of the openings, middle- and endgame maneuvers of the two are weighed. Nine appendices present selected games against other opponents; excerpt a contemporary account of the games’ ambience; provide other interesting documents; present statistics; and provide a schematic of mistakes made by both contestants. Bibliography, notes, indexes.

    About the Author
    Cary Utterberg lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota. He has held the National Master title with the U.S. Chess Federation since 1985.

    CHESS FOR ZEBRAS (Jonathan Rowson) - $54.95
    256 pages (248 mm by 172 mm). ISBN 1 901983 85 4.

    Jonathan Rowson, author of the highly acclaimed Seven Deadly Chess Sins, investigates three questions important to all chess-players:
    1) Why is it so difficult, especially for adult players, to improve?
    2) What kinds of mental attitudes are needed to find good moves in different phases of the game?
    3) Is White's alleged first-move advantage a myth, and does it make a difference whether you are playing Black or White?
    In a strikingly original work, Rowson makes use of his academic background in philosophy and psychology to answer these questions in an entertaining and instructive way. This book assists all players in their efforts to improve, and provides fresh insights into the opening and early middlegame.

    Rowson presents many new ideas on how Black should best combat White's early initiative, and make use of the extra information that he gains as a result of moving second. For instance, he shows that in some cases a situation he calls 'Zugzwang Lite' can arise, where White finds himself lacking any constructive moves. He also takes a close look at the theories of two players who, in differing styles, have specialized in championing Black's cause: Mihai Suba and Andras Adorjan. Readers are also equipped with a 'mental toolkit' that will enable them to handle many typical over-the-board situations with greater success, and avoid a variety of psychological pitfalls.

    Chess for Zebras offers fresh insights into human idiosyncrasies in all phases of the game. The depth and breadth of this book will therefore help players to appreciate chess at a more profound level, and make steps towards sustained and significant improvement.

    Jonathan Rowson is an accomplished Grandmaster and Scotland's strongest ever player. In 2002 he shared first at the World Open, in 2004 he won the Hastings Premier and the British Championship, and in 2005 he successfully defended his British title. He is also a prolific and successful chess writer and book reviewer for one of the world's foremost chess magazines, New in Chess. His previous books for Gambit, Understanding the Grünfeld and The Seven Deadly Chess Sins, have been widely praised in the chess press.

    Download a pdf file with a sample from the book.