Russell Chess Enterprises

Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual (Book - 2nd Edition)

by Mark Dvoretsky, 402pp. (2006 Russell Enterprises) - $59.95

A Modern Classic

The first edition of Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual was immediately recognized by novice and master alike as one of the best books ever published on the endgame. The second edition is revised and enlarged - now over 400 pages - covering all the most important concepts required for endgame mastery.

Here's what they had to say about the First Edition:

"I am sure that those who study this work carefully will not only play the endgame better, but overall, their play will improve. One of the secrets of the Russian chess school is now before you, dear reader!" From the Foreword to the First Edition by Grandmaster Artur Yusupov

"Going through this book will certainly improve your endgame knowledge, but just as important, it will also greatly improve your ability to calculate variationsÖ What really impresses me is the deep level of analysis in the bookÖ All I can say is: This is a great book. I hope it will bring you as much pleasure as it has me." From the Preface to the First Edition by International Master Jacob Aagaard

"Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual ... may well be the chess book of the year... [It] comes close to an ultimate one-volume manual on the endgame." Lubomir Kavalek in his chess column of December 1, 2003 in the Washington Post.

2003 Book of the Year -

2003 Book of the Year - Seagaard Chess Reviews: "This is an extraordinary good chess book. To call this the best book on endgames ever written seems to be an opinion shared by almost all reviewers and commentators. And I must say that I am not to disagree." Erik Sobjerg

"Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual is quite simply a masterpiece of research and insight. It is a tremendous contribution to endgame literature, certainly the most important one in many years, and destined to be a classic of the literature (if it isn't already one). The famous trainer Mark Dvoretsky has put together a vast number of examples that he has not only collected, but analysed and tested with some of the world's strongest players. This is a particularly important book from the standpoint of clarifying, correcting, and extending the theory of endings. Most of all, Dvoretsky's analysis is staggering in its depth and accuracy." John Watson, reviewing DEM at The Week In Chess

Paul Morphy: A Modern Perspective

by Valeri Beim, 164pp. (Russell Enterprises 2005) - $35.95
In 1857, a soft-spoken genius from New Orleans burst upon the chess scene. Paul Morphy dazzled the chess world with breathtaking combinations seemingly arising out of thin air. In his brief chess career, he was universally recognized as the best in the world.
In Paul Morphy: A Modern Perspective, international grandmaster Valeri Beim takes a close look at the play of the mid-19th century champion, putting his games under a modern, 21st-century analytical microscope. The result is a fresh and instructive look at the strategy and tactics of the American legend, and their relevance to the modern approach to the royal game.
Valeri Beim, is an international grandmaster now residing in Vienna. He is a respected chess instructor and author; this is his fifth chess book.

ChessCafe Puzzle Book

by Karsten MŁller, 301pp. (Russell Enterprises 2004) - $39.95

"I strongly believe that tactics is a very important part of the game of chess; the conscientious study and application of tactical principles have helped my sisters and me a great deal throughout our careers. I absolutely agree with the well-known maxim: 'Chess is 99% tactics.' 
"This book offers every type of tactical motif imaginable, from the more common back rank mates, pins, skewers, forks and the like up to and including some of the most beautiful and rare combinations. This is a tactical book that will prove exceptionally useful for a wide range of players, intermediate through master strength and even beyond. I can heartily give this book two thumbs up. It will help you develop and improve your tactical skills tremendously."
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† From the Foreword by Womenís World Champion, International Grandmaster¬†Susan Polgar.

German grandmaster Karsten MŁller combines clear discussions of tactical themes with over 600 well-chosen positions to test, challenge and teach. Although the classic combinations are not ignored, the great emphasis is on positions from modern tournament practice of the last decade.

Chess Mazes

by Bruce Alberston, 138pp. (Russell Enterprises 2004) - $29.95

The planning and visualization skills that come from working on Chess Mazes are valuable and instructive.
ďIf you are one who often loses games by hanging pieces or missing mates, then this is the book for you.
ďThere are many good books which present chess combinations and explain tactical motifs with the goal of training your tactical ability. Thinking techniques are also well covered in the gameís literature. But what about visualization? This is where it is much more difficult to find good material. But now, Bruce Alberstonís highly original work fills this gap.
ďTo master his puzzles, you have to exert better control and command of the full potential of all the pieces and you have to visualize their movements in your mindís eye. This sounds more difficult than it is, but in fact only one piece moves in each maze. The result? Excellent training to avoid one-move blunders!Ē

-From the Foreword by German GM Karsten MŁller

Practical Guide to Rook Endgames

by Nikolay Minev, 114pp. (Russell Enterprises 2004) - $29.95
Improve your understanding and play of these most important endings with comprehensive but clear explanations by one of the most respected chess instructors of our era.

"As most chess players know, rook endgames represent approximately half of all endings reached in master games. Therefore, it is absolutely vital that chess players wishing to improve their skill must thoroughly familiarize themselves with this critical part of endgame study.

"This is a work that should be enjoyed and treasured. Carefully examine the chosen examples and challenge yourself to understand them fully."
 From the Foreword by Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan

A Parent's Guide to Chess

by Dan Heisman. 155pp. (Russell Enterprises 2002) - $29.95

"Chess offers many benefits to players of all ages. This book is intended as a guide to help parents explore this expanding world and to maximize its benefits for their children. Putting all this information in one place will, we hope, make your journey a lot easier." --From the Introduction

This book in fact is a ground-breaker. It is the first book of its kind, a book to help parents understand and help their children enjoy that the pleasures of chess. It is a 155-page roadmap for parentís to their child's fascinating new hobby - chess. The good news from teachers and other parents: kids who play chess not only have a lot of fun, but they do better in school, learn self-reliance and develop lifelong analytical skills .

The questions will come fast and often sound like another language:

-What do you think of the Petroff Defense, Dad?
-What do I do with an isolated pawn, Mom?
-Where can I find other kids to play chess with?
-I'm ready for a chess coach--where can I find one?
-How can I play in a tournament to get an official rating?

Here are the basics to help any parent guide their child to get the most out of an occasionally confusing, ut extremely rewarding opportunity. Parents can teach their children important skills while strengthening their relationship and sharing an activity that can serve as a life-long bond.

Play the Nimzo-Indian, Edward Dearing  - $44.95

Play the Nimzo-Indian

The Nimzo-Indian is one of Black's most universally popular and respectable answers to 1 d4. It could be said that no other opening allows Black to play for a win from such a sound positional basis, while its flexibility gives rise to a multitude of different positions rich in tactical and positional play. The list of Nimzo-Indian admirers runs like a who's who of the chess world: Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Anatoly Karpov and Michael Adams are just a handful of top Grandmasters who have utilised it with great effect.

With the Nimzo-Indian being such a fashionable opening, some Black players are put off by the possibility of having to learn a labyrinth of different variations. However, in Play the Nimzo-Indian Edward Dearing solves this problem by constructing a concise and workable repertoire for Black, offering a solution against each of White's tries, whether it's a critical main line or a tricky side variation. After reading this book, you will have the necessary knowledge and confidence to begin playing the Nimzo-Indian in your games.


published January 2006 | isbn 1857444035 | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Edward Dearing

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, part 5, Garry Kasparov - $75

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, part 5

This book, the fifth in Garry Kasparov's magnificent history of the World Chess Championship, catalogues the post-Fischer period in the 1970's and early 1980's This period was dominated by Anatoly Karpov (world champion from 1975-1985) and his three-time challenger, Viktor Korchnoi.

Anatoly Karpov gained the right to challenge Bobby Fischer for the world title by winning through the Candidates series in 1974. As is well known, Fischer refused to defend the title and in 1975 Karpov became champion by default. Although he did not have to contest a Championship match to gain the title, Karpov proved that he was a worthy champion by winning virtually every major tournament over the next decade.

In this book, a must for all serious chessplayers, Kasparov analyses deeply Karpov's greatest games and assesses the legacy of this great Russian genius. Also under the microscope are the games of Viktor Korchnoi, who was at his peak during this period and twice challenged Karpov for his world title.


published March 2006 | isbn 1857444043 | format Hardcover , 580 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 1 - $69.95

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 2 - $69.95

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 3 - $69.95

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 4 - $69.95

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part 5 - $75.00

The complete 5 volume hardcover set reduced from $354.80 to $315

The Bb5 Sicilian: Detailed coverage of a thoroughly modern system, Richard Palliser  - $44.95

The Bb5 Sicilian: Detailed coverage of a thoroughly modern system

The Bb5 Sicilian is a logical and practical weapon against Black's most popular defence to 1 e4 and is an excellent choice for White players who are fed up of constantly trying to keep abreast of the latest developments in the Open Sicilian. The early bishop move signals White intention to develop rapidly and it can lead to both wild gambit play and calmer positional waters. Significantly, this opening weapon has the seal of approval from many of today's elite Grandmasters, including Vishy Anand, Mickey Adams and Peter Leko, while Garry Kasparov utilised it successfully in his famous Internet game versus 'the rest of the world'.
Now, for the first time in many years, Richard Palliser provides a comprehensive study of the Bb5 Sicilian and its many variations. Using illustrative games, he examines both the crucial main lines and the more unusual tries for White and Black, highlighting tactical and positional ideas as well as move order nuances. A study of this book will allow the reader to play both sides of this opening with confidence.


published October 2005 | isbn 1857443977 | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Richard Palliser

Play 1...b6!: A dynamic and hypermodern opening system for Black, Christian Bauer - $44.95

Play 1...b6!: A dynamic and hypermodern opening system for Black

Fed up with getting difficult positions with the black pieces? Tired of always having to keep up with all the latest developments. Take a break from the mountains of opening theory and play 1...b6! With the move, preparing a bishop fianchetto, Black immediately directs the game into relatively uncharted territory, one where White players are not able to sit back and rely on their 'opening book' knowledge.

The real beauty of 1...b6 is that it can be played against virtually every single first move by White, so it is a perfect choice for Black players with neither the time nor inclination to memorise a multitude of different defences. Despite being relatively unexplored, 1...b6 has been the weapon of some dynamic and uncompromising world-class players, including Britain's first Grandmaster, the late Tony Miles.

In this revolutionary book, Christian Bauer reveals for the first time the secrets of how to play 1...b6 with success. He takes an in-depth look at both the main lines and White's more offbeat tries, creating a comprehensive repertoire for the Black player and highlighting the tactical and positional ideas for both players.


published October 2005 | isbn 1857444108 | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Christian Bauer

Starting Out: The Sicilian Dragon, Andrew Martin - $41.95

Starting Out: The Sicilian Dragon

Few would disagree that the Sicilian Dragon is one of the most exciting, high profile and controversial openings in chess history. Right from the very beginning of the game Black chooses to unbalance the position, thus maximising his or her chances of playing for a win. The positions reached are dynamic and of a highly tactical nature, with both players very often going straight for each other's throats in search of a quick-fire knockout blow. In these razor-sharp encounters, it goes without saying that one slip by either side can prove to be fatal. Because of its aggressive nature, the Sicilian Dragon is very popular at all levels of chess, while it received an ultimate seal of approval when Garry Kasparov used it as his main weapon to beat Vishy Anand in a World Championship match.

In Starting Out: The Sicilian Dragon Andrew Martin studies this famous opening in a simplistic way, introducing the crucial initial moves and ideas and taking care to explain the reasoning behind them, something that has sometimes been neglected or taken for granted. As with previous works in the popular Everyman Chess Starting Out series, the reader is helped throughout with a plethora of notes, tips and warnings highlighting the vital characteristics of the Sicilian Dragon and of opening play in general.


published October 2005 | isbn 1857443985 | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Andrew Martin

Dealing with d4 Deviations: Fighting the Trompowsky, Torre, Blackmar-Diemer, Stonewall, Colle and other problem openings, John Cox - $44.95

Dealing with d4 Deviations: Fighting the Trompowsky, Torre, Blackmar-Diemer, Stonewall, Colle and other problem openings

This book fills an enormous void in chess literature. There are a countless number of players who are very happy to defend the black side of the Queen's Gambit or play the Nimzo-Indian, Queen's Indian, Bogo-Indian or Benoni. However, more often than not they have been forced to muddle their way through a whole variety of annoying sidelines White has at his or her disposal, including the dreaded Trompowsky, the tricky Blackmar-Diemer Gambit and the tiresome Colle Variation. Now finally help is at hand! In this unique book John Cox reveals everything Black players need to know about all of White's offbeat tries, presenting Black with no-nonsense answers to every white option. Read this book and you will be fully armed to deal with anything that White can throw at you. In fact, you'll have all the White players running back to the main lines!


published December 2005 | isbn 1857443993 | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist John Cox

Play 1 e4 e5!: A complete repertoire for Black in the Open Games, Nigel Davies - $44.95

Play 1 e4 e5!: A complete repertoire for Black in the Open Games

There is no doubt that playing the Open Games is one of Black's most reliable and yet aggressive ways of meeting White's favourite opening move, 1 e4. Experts also agree that playing these fundamental openings is a crucial step in the development of a chess player, while moving up to the highest level it provides the battleground for countless duals between the likes of World number one Garry Kasparov, Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik. It's true that some Black players are put off by the seemingly endless number of variations they can be faced with, as White can choose a between the King's Gambit, Vienna Game, Scotch Opening, Bishop's Opening and a number of wild and offbeat gambits. However, in Play 1 e4 e5! Nigel Davies provides a complete answer to this perennial problem by offering a concise and practical repertoire for the Black player, whilst crucially including a dependable defence to the Ruy Lopez Ė White's most popular attacking try in the Open Games. Davies is the perfect choice for this subject, having been battle-hardened by years of international competition in these openings.


published November 2005 | isbn 1857444019 | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Nigel Davies

Bird's Opening: Detailed coverage of an underrated and dynamic choice for White, Timothy Taylor - $44.95

Bird's Opening: Detailed coverage of an underrated and dynamic choice for White

Bird's Opening is an underrated and dynamic choice for White that immediately directs the game into relatively unexplored territory, setting Black players early problems and forcing them to think for themselves rather than having the luxury of relying on the theory of more mainstream openings. It's also a very flexible option that can lead to both sharp gambit play, such as the notorious From's Gambit, as well as quieter positional lines.

In this book International Master Timothy Taylor unearths the secrets of Bird's Opening and its many deviations. Using illustrative games, he examines tactical and positional ideas for both colours and recommends the best paths in both the 'main lines' and the lesser-trodden paths. A study of this book will give the reader the required knowledge and confidence to play the Bird's Opening with either colour.


published December 2005 | isbn 1857444027 | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Timothy Taylor

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Mastering Chess, Danny Kopec - $41.70

Mastering Chess

A unique and comprehensive chess course for tournament players which will help to develop an understanding of every aspect of the game.


published April 1994 | isbn 1857440625 | format Paperback , 144 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Danny Kopec

Starting Out: The Sicilian, John Emms - $44.95

Starting Out: The Sicilian

The Sicilian Defence is perhaps the most famous opening in the history of chess, and it's certainly the most popular at every level. From the first move Black claims his share in the centre and constructs an asymmetrical pawn structure. Its greatest attraction is that it allows Black to unbalance the position and play for a win, without having to take any unjustified risks. Its many variations range from the super-solid Scheveningen to the dangerous and ultra-sharp Dragon: it should be easy to find one that suits your style. In this user-friendly book, Grandmaster John Emms goes back to basics, studying the fundamental principles of the Sicilian Defence and its many variations. Throughout the book there are an abundance of notes, tips, warnings and exercises to help the improving player, while key strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated.

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published March 2002 | isbn 1857442490 | format Paperback , 160 pages

Author Biography and Booklist John Emms

Starting Out: The King's Indian, Joe Gallagher  - $44.95

Starting Out: The King's Indian

The King's Indian is one of the most exciting defences in chess and is favoured by ambitious and aggressive players. At the highest level it has been a major weapon for World Champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster Joe Gallagher goes back to the basics of the King's Indian, studying the key principles of its many variations. Throughout the book there are an abundance of notes, tips, warnings and exercises to help the improving player, while important strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated.


published March 2002 | isbn 1857442342 | format Paperback , 160 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Joe Gallagher

Starting Out: The Queens Gambit, John Shaw - $44.95

Starting Out: The Queens Gambit

The Queen's Gambit Declined is one of the most popular and fundamental chess openings of all time and it has been the battleground for countless world-class encounters throughout the history of chess. Adherents include a long list of World champions, including Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov and Vladimir Kramnik. With his first two moves, Black creates a super-strong foothold in the centre, one that is incredibly difficult to break down. In this revolutionary book, John Shaw revisits the basic principles behind the Nimzo-Indian and its many variations. Throughout this easy-to-read guide the reader is aided by a wealth of notes, tips and warnings from the author, while key strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated. This book is ideal for the improving player.


published September 2002 | isbn 1857443047 | format Paperback , 160 pages

Author Biography and Booklist John Shaw