New Books

SOS - Volume 5 - $39.95

Publisher: New In Chess, 2006
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 90-5691-170-8
Pages: 144
Language: English

The highly acclaimed SOS series provides intermediate chess players with perfectly playable, easily digestible opening ideas: deviations from main line opening theory in a very early stage of the game (usually before move six). Anyone with a  rudimentary knowledge of the chess opening will be able to apply these SOS-ideas in an actual game.

There is no need to study large quantities of stuffy theory, but there is an almost immediate return on the investment of a limited amount of time. Readers of SOS will baffle their opponents, gain crucial time, and stand a good chance to get an advantage in the game.
Jeroen Bosch - The SOS Files
Lubos Kavalek - Closed Sicilian: Vinohrady Variation
Nigel Povah - The Deferred Staunton Gambit
Jeroen Bosch - Zviagintsevs Sicilian Surprise
Igor Glek - English Opening: Chebanenkos 3...h6
Adrian Mikhalchishin - The Romanishin Gambit
Dorian Rogozenko - A Spanish Surprise from Romanishin
Tibor Karolyi - The Nadanian Attack
Stefan Lffler - Sacrificing a Tempo in the Slav
Jeroen Bosch - SOS in the Ruy Lopez Exchange
Adrian Mikhalchishin - Nimzo-Indian Vitolinsh Gambit
Mark van der Werf - Bishop First: 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4
Jeroen Bosch - Surprise in the Najdorf
Ian Rogers - Thinking Sideways: 1.d4 c6 2.c4 b5
Jeroen Bosch - Rubinsteins Anti-Meran Variation
Sergey Tiviakov - English Four Knights 4.d4 e4!?
Hikaru Nakamura - Attacking the Sicilian Centre

"An excellent series worth purchasing for most players wishing to play the opening well without a huge investment in theoretical research."

Unusual and almost supernatural opening ideas.

Tricky opening ideas, not much to learn, surprise value and lots of fun.

A refreshing change from the usual dreary technical works.

Most players, from intermediate level and up, should be able to find at least a couple of fun ideas in SOS to incorporate in their armory.

No matter what opening you play, you will find something exciting here.

SOS is a sparkling star in the grey sky of theory.

Chess for Kids and Parents by Heinz Brunthaler - $19.95

It is widely accepted that learning chess has a very positive effect on children. Many parents want to help their children to study chess, but dont know how to do it. This book is the solution. It is a practical handbook that teaches the mysteries of chess with a light touch.
All rules and aspects of the game are covered. This book will help children progress from absolute beginners to playing in tournaments.

About the author:
Heinz Brunthalers background is as a businessman. For the last twenty years he has been involved in many aspects of chess, including organising more than a hundred international tournaments. Now he focuses on writing chess books, especially those designed to help novices.

Understanding Chess Tactics by Martin Weteschnik - $39.95

"Chess is 99% tactics" is an old saying. This may be an exaggeration, but even the remaining 1% still depends on tactics. When Martin Weteschnik started working as a trainer in his local chess club, he quickly realized that even the stronger club players had great weaknesses in their tactical play. He also discovered that simply asking them to solve a huge number of puzzles did not fix the problem. These players clearly needed a good book, but when Weteschnik looked for it he found nothing suitable, so he decided to write it himself.

About the author:

Martin Weteschnik lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. After studies in German and Philosophy he went to live in Japan for a year to study its culture. Later he lived in America for five years where he learned to play chess at the age of 25.

He beat his first professional player after just one year of playing, but then decided to concentrate on the theory of chess rather than a playing career. He studied the chess classics and went back to Europe to deepen his understanding of the royal game. He is now a highly successful trainer and coach. His main area of expertise is in tactical play, and he states that the most dramatic increases in playing strength, even for experienced tournament players, are achieved by the systematic acquisition of tactical knowledge.