New Books

Petrosian vs the Elite

By Ray Keene and Julian Simpole

Petrosian vs the Elite


This book contains 71 deeply annotated chess victories of Tigran Petrosian (World Champion from 1963 to 1969) against the leading players of his day, some of which are in print for the first time. The authors' authoritative but accessible language makes it a good read for the amateur as well as a cast-iron network of interlocking variations to satisfy the professionals.

Petrosian was underrated as world champion in his day (many of his achievements were drowned out by the furore surrounding Bobby Fischer) but he is now being critically reappraised Ė¬†Garry Kasparov paid fulsome tribute to him at a recent London lecture. This insightful book aims to restore him to his rightful position in the pantheon of chess greats.


About the Author

Grandmaster Raymond Keene OBE is the world's most widely read chess columnist. He is the author of 120 chess books and is chess correspondent for the Times, The Sunday Times and the International Herald Tribune. He lives in Clapham, London.

Commonwealth chess master Julian Simpole teaches junior world champions and is author of the recently published Junior Chess Training. He has written over 400 chess columns for regional UK newspapers and led his team to victory in the British Lightning Chess championship. He is currently travelling.

Publisher Batsford
Publication Date 19 October 2006
ISBN 0713490497
Size (h x w) 234x156mm
Binding Paperback
Pages 304

Caro-Kann Defence

Advance Variation and Gambit System

By Anatoly Karpov and Mikhail Podgaets

Caro-Kann Defence



The Caro-Kann Defence has a justified reputation for reliability, making it an attractive choice for players with a preference for positional play. However in recent years many new dangerous ideas have been discovered for White which makes a study of the theoretical main lines imperative for competitive players.

In this first volume, former world champion Anatoly Karpov, a life-long adherent of the Caro-Kann, undertakes a detailed examination of Classical Systems against the Caro-Kann which commence 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3, and also the Advance Variation 3 e5. With this approach, precision and good timing is vital and can promise Black a successful defence, counter-chances and even a strategical advantage.


About the Author

Anatoly Karpov is a living legend of chess; he has dominated the world of the chess for over a decade as the world chess champion between 1975 and 1985. Garry Kasparov, the current champion, dethroned him and the two ideologically opposed Russians have had a bitter rivalry ever since. Anatoly Karpov is also the winner of the largest number of tournaments in the history of chess, with more than 160 due tournaments. He is considered the best positional player of history of chess and is the author of several other books on chess theory. He lives in Russia.

Publisher Batsford
Publication Date 25 July 2006
ISBN 0713490101
Size (h x w) 234x156mm
Binding Paperback
Pages 288

The Chess Combat Simulator
by Jeroen Bosch


Publisher: New In Chess, 2006
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 90-5691-186-4
Pages: 272
Language: English


Test and Improve Your Chess with 50 Instructive Grandmaster Games

Chess self-improvement for amateur players. The reader  is invited to find the best moves in 50 grandmaster games. With a unique scoring system he can rate his performance and register his progress.


The Chess Combat Simulator is an exciting way to enhance your chess playing skills. You are invited to play a 'real' chess game against a Grandmaster - the difference is that the game has been played before.

You can score points for each move, and at the end of each game you can rate your own performance. Don't be afraid if your move differs from the Grandmasterís choice: alternative moves are analysed and rated accordingly.


The famous chess coach Mark Dvoretsky once said: "Training is more effective, the more successfully the atmosphere of a real tournament game is imitated". That is why The Chess Combat Simulator will make you a better player.


So, move by move you pick a Grandmaster's brain to become a better player!


Jeroen Bosch is an International Master of Chess, an experienced coach, and a successful author. He is the editor of the best selling SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises series.


* Find the best moves in 50 Grandmaster games   
* Rate your performance with a unique scoring system

* Register your progress
* Improve your chess

Praise for Jeroen Bosch:

"Bosch is someone who clearly thinks about his chess, a quality that distinguishes him from 99 percent of authors."
GM Nigel Short in The Sunday Telegraph