The Hippopotamus Rises

A Chess Opening

By Andrew Martin

The Hippopotamus Rises
 
$39.95

Summary

In these days of huge databases and long forcing lines, the Hippopotamus chess opening stands out, offering everyone the chance to play chess in an original and interesting way. Black plays his pawns up to the third rank (lying low in the water like the hippopotamus himself), perhaps fianchettos both Bishops and bides his time, waiting for the right moment to strike.

International Master Andrew Martin traces the history of this fascinating line, examines all the critical move-orders, gives recommendations, and shows how this opening is used with success at all levels, from club players to Grandmasters. But perhaps the best thing about the Hippopotamus is that, for once, there is no fixed theory: you can tailor the opening to suit yourself.

 

About the Author

Andrew Martin is an International Master, a chess journalist, teacher and author, who is renowned for his entertaining and rewarding style of writing. He lives in Sandhurst, Berkshire.

Publisher Batsford
Publication Date 7 November 2005
ISBN 0713489898
Size (h x w) 234x156mm
Binding Paperback
Pages 144

 


Devious Chess

How to Bend the Rules and Win

By Amatzia Avni

Devious Chess
New book
 

$39.95

Summary

Master chess psychologist Amatzia Avni outlines a new approach to playing chess be tricksy about your game, bend the rules where possible and always come out on top! Players of all abilities are urged, step-by-step, to unlearn everything they've learned so far and adopt a fearless attitude to the game. Every tip for bending the rules is included here with comprehensive illustrated games. This essential guide covers:

Introduction
The Nature of Tricky Chess: Virgin land Raising the tension to boiling point Coffeehouse chess Not so elementary, my dear Watson Peculiar moves
Principled Issues of 'Tricky Chess': Twists and turns The trap vs blunder dilemma Methods of conducting 'tricky chess'
Illustrative Games
Assesment and Implementation: Evaluation of tricksy chess Transforming into a 'tricky chess' player

About the Author

A psychologist by profession, Amatzia Avni is also a World Chess Federation Master who has participated in the Israeli Chess Championship final on five seperate occasions. He is a regular contributor to Chess Monthly and Kingpin magazines and has written a number of books about chess psychology, including The Grandmaster's Mind and Practical Chess Psychology.

Publisher Batsford
Publication Date 27 April 2006
ISBN 0713490047
Size (h x w) 234x156mm
Binding Paperback
Pages 144

 

 
Chess Informant 95
Every volume of Chess Informant offers a selection of the best games played by the world's greatest chess players. Over 90% of the games are annotated by the players who played them. The classification code system facilitates the search by openings and variations, and the system of annotation signs and symbols is perfectly understandable to everyone. There are also the most interesting endings, combinations, the ten best games and the ten most important theoretical novelties from the previous volume, tournament crosstables and thorough indexes of players and annotators.
 
contains 406 annotated games and 493 variations.
More information about this particular edition is shown in the tables below.


 
events held between
October 1st, 2005 and December 31st, 2005
events covered
Stepanakert, Skanderborg, Hoogeveen, Barcelona, Bastia, Beer-Sheva, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia (ch), Pamplona, etc.
contributors
V. Anand, Svidler, Kramnik, Ivanchuk, B. Gelfand, R. Ponomariov, Morozevich, Grischuk, Mi. Adams, Bareev, Dreev, Nisipeanu, Iv. Sokolov, J. Lautier, Sasikiran, Tiviakov, Rublevsky, A. Volokitin, Bologan, Sergey Karjakin, P. Eljanov, M. Kobalia, Z. Izoria, Vallejo Pons, Bruzon, A. Onischuk, Van Wely, Bu Xiangzhi, Motylev, Zhang Pengxiang, V. Milov, L. Dominguez, Krasenkow, M. Gurevich, B. Avrukh, And. Sokolov, J. Timman, Zhang Zhong, A. Beliavsky, Sutovsky, Alexei Fedorov, Ch. Lutz, Christiansen, Je. Piket, Ribli, Speelman, Xie Yun, J. Benjamin, Ar. Jussupow, Mikhalchishin, Va. Salov, and many others.
trademark sections
The voting for the ten best games and the ten most important theoretical novelties from Chess Informant 94, theoretical survey in ECO format, the most interesting recent combinations, endings and studies, tournament standings and crosstables, and the best of Alexei Shirovs creative output.

 
free supplement with CD
Chess Informant 94 in PGN format
(games without annotations)

Chess Informant 95 (book only)   -  $55

Chess Informant 95 (CD only)      -  $52

Chess Informant 95 (book & CD)  - $65


GRANDMASTER CHESS MOVE BY MOVE (John Nunn)
288 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
$49.95

A collection of John Nunn's best games from 1994 to the present day, annotated in detail in the same style as the best-selling Understanding Chess Move by Move. Throughout, the emphasis is on what the reader can learn from each game, so the book is ideal study material for those seeking to progress to a higher level of chess understanding. There is also entertainment in abundance: Nunn has a direct aggressive style, and many of his opponents in these games are ambitious young grandmasters from the generation inspired by Kasparov's dynamic chess. The book also includes all of John Nunn's compositions - problems and studies - with full solutions.

John Nunn is a grandmaster from England. He has won four individual gold medals and three team silver medals at Chess Olympiads. In the Chess World Cup of 1988/9, he finished sixth overall, ahead of several former World Champions. He is arguably the most highly acclaimed chess writer in the world, with two of his books receiving the prestigious British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award. In 2004 he won the World Chess Solving Championship, ahead of many former champions.

Download a pdf file with a sample from the book.

"This book could give months of pleasure. If you REALLY want to improve at chess, and I mean, IMPROVE, studying this book will teach you a TON." Bob Long, www.chessco.com

"Included are some exciting chapters on Studies, Problems, The state of the chess world, and a very interesting read on chess publishing. Conclusion: A great chess book!" - John Elburg, Chess Mail, chessbooks.nl

"Verdict: surely another winner from John Nunn, interesting, highly instructive, thought-provoking, and excellent value at 15.99. Rating: ***** A Top recommendation" - Phil Adams, 3Cs website

"With John Nunn you always know that you will get good value for your money, and that is certainly true of this latest book. There are many hours of wonderfully instructive reading contained within its covers, and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed." - Alan Sutton, En Passant

"The mixture of well-annotated games, theoretical novelties, useful tips, thought-provoking ideas, entertaining anecdotes, and fascinating studies, problems, and puzzles makes for an irresistible feast" - Paul Motwani, The Scotsman

"John Nunn covers the last 10 years of his remarkable playing career in a well-organized new book, Grandmaster Chess Move by Move. The comments to his 64 best games are excellent as usual. He also includes his studies and problems." Lubomir Kavalek, Washington Post

"An excellent read and one to which I shall return to for many a year. John Nunn presents 46 of his own games plus all of his compositions and studies. The games are quite beautifully annotated with many stories to entertain along the way. The last two chapters feature 'The State of The Chess World' and 'Chess Publishing and the Batsford Story', some may view these as a rant against issues affecting John Nunn but personally I found the chapters of interest and helpful in telling the story of this great player. You can not fail to improve your understanding of the game as you play through the games with Nunn as your companion, quite frankly I am astonished that such high quality tuition is available at such a low price. You may well see Nunn picking up another BCF award for this outstanding book. Highly Recommended reading." Michael Blake, http://www.bfcc-online.org.uk/


Gruenfeld2An Expert's Guide to the 7.Bc4 Gruenfeld

$55.95

by Konstantin Sakaev, April 2006, 428 pages.
In his new book GM Sakaev analises all major systems after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4. He also pays considerable attention to unusual, but tricky schemes as 7...0-0 8.Ne2 Qd7 and 8...Nc6. The author shows how Black could equalise when White deviates from the most testing variations, like in the case of 7...c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 and now 10.Rc1 or 10.Rb1. Of course the focus of the book is on the topical position which arises after 7...c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0. The readers will find a detailed explanation and analysis of all reasonable continuations with Sakaev's recommendations where to look for an advantage. The author reveals some very promising novelties on the main road of his favourite variation.
Sakaev's work is oriented partially to represent the point of view of White and it is intended to help players create problems for Black in the Gruenfeld Defence. Still it would be interesting for the players who enjoy playing the Gruenfeld Defence with Black as well. This book has summarized the contemporary theory up to March 10 2006.


The King - Chess Pieces
by J.H. Donner

The King - Chess Pieces

$58.95

Publisher: New In Chess, 2006
Edition: Paperback large
ISBN: 90-5691-171-6
Pages: 392
Language: English
 

 

 

"After I resigned the last game with perfect self-control and solemnly shook hands with my opponent in the best of Anglo-Saxon traditions, I rushed home where I threw myself onto my bed, howling and screaming, and pulled the blankets over my face."
 

 

J.H.Donner (1927 - 1988) was a Dutch Grandmaster and one of the greatest writers about chess of all time. He was a chess reporter and a chess columnist, as well as an annotator of the game. Above all he was a witty and unpredictable commentator of everything and everybody, both inside and outside the chess world. THE KING spans a writing career of more than thirty years during which Donner slowly developed from chess player-writer into writer-chess player.

Donner's favourite themes are: Bobby Fischer, the blunder, chess as a game of luck, why women can't play chess, madness, and poor Lodewijk Prins, his rival for the Dutch National Championship for many years, who, according to Donner, "couldn't tell a bishop from a knight." THE KING is a book full of insults and ironies, but Donner wouldn't be Donner without a considerable amount of self-mockery.

About this edition:
In 1997 a part of this book (about two-thirds) was published in English, in a limited de luxe hardcover edition of only 750 copies (also titled 'The King'). It was a smashing hit with the few people who managed to obtain a copy. New In Chess publishers are very proud to have finally obtained permission, from all parties involved, to publish, for the first time, the unabridged English edition of this classic.

 

"His reportorial style reminds one of the 'gonzo journalism' of Hunter S.Thompson fame, and his polemics are reminiscent of such great scourges of hypocrisy as H.L.Mencken."
TAYLOR KINGSTON at THE CHESS CAF

 

"Absolutely wonderful."
RAYMOND KEENE, CHESS COLUMNIST of THE TIMES (London)

"This book is about chess only in appearance, and I hope that no one will allow himself to be scared off by the diagrams and the annotations. It is in fact a magnificent self-portrait of Hein Donner, the player, the equally fearless and hilarious provocateur, who, when the chips are down, will always be found on the right side."
HARRY MULISCH, AUTHOR of THE DISCOVERY OF HEAVEN

"Donner was the wittiest, most irreverent writer of his generation. The book is a triumph."
MALCOLM PEIN, CHESS COLUMNIST of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Donner was witty, opinionated and often cranky, but he was always fun to read - assuming of course you weren't the object of one of his attacks."
JOHN DONALDSON in INSIDE CHESS MAGAZINE

"The most outrageous chess book money can buy."
SARAH HURST in CHESS MOVES

"Eminently readable for chess players and non-chess players alike."
TIM KRABB, AUTHOR of THE VANISHING

"A magnificent portrait of a remarkable man, as well as one of the funniest chess books ever written."
MIKE FOX and RICHARD JAMES in CHESS MAGAZINE

"I felt I deserved a little present and bought myself 'The King'. It is every bit as good as it is said to be."
GRANDMASTER PETER SVIDLER, FOUR TIMES CHESS CHAMPION of RUSSIA

"The book has blown me away. I am raving about it to all my friends."
FRED WAITZKIN, AUTHOR of SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER


Smart Chip from St.Petersburg - $49.95
and other tales of a bygone chess era
by Genna Sosonko

Smart Chip from St.Petersburg contains portraits of players, both famous and forgotten, from the golden age of Soviet chess, as well as highly personal views on the psychology of the game and its players. It radiates the author's love and devotion to chess, yet is tempered by objectivity and detachment. It will enchant not only chess players, but all who recognize the cultural value of chess.
Genna Sosonko lived the first 29 years of his life in Leningrad. He emigrated to Holland in 1972. His first book, Russian Silhouettes, was shortlisted for the worlds premier chess book award, the BCF Book of the Year 2000.

"Each essay is a revelation and a gift, especially for the devotee of the game but for the rest of us as well Great photographs and a great read."
JOHN WATSON at THE WEEK IN CHESS on RUSSIAN SILHOUETTES

"A delightful work."
THE WASHINGTON POST on RUSSIAN SILHOUETTES

"Much of what Sosonko writes about this lost world is unfamiliar, both in the West and in Russia."
IAN ROGERS in THE SUN HERALD on RUSSIAN SILHOUETTES

"A series of unforgettable portraits of heroes of a bygone age."
CHESS MAGAZINE on RUSSIAN SILHOUETTES

"An enthralling read."
THE JURY of the BCF BOOK OF THE YEAR 2000 AWARD

"A work of brilliance."
JOHN S. HILBERT at THE CHESS CAF on RUSSIAN SILHOUETTES

"A gallery of wonderful pen-portraits."
GARRY KASPAROV on THE RELIABLE PAST

"Pure memoir and biography from a very anecdotal, personal point of view, to be read for pleasure and human interest."
TAYLOR KINGSTON at THE CHESS CAF on THE RELIABLE PAST

"An excellent book."
JOHN SAUNDERS in BCM MAGAZINE on THE RELIABLE PAST


Yearbook 78 - $51.95
(2006) Sergey Rublevsky beats Petroff and all the other Russians
by The NIC Editorial team

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 Eric Pri, Richard Palliser, Bogdan Lalic, Pavel Skatchkov/Dmitry Frolyanov, Ashot Nadanian and many others.

Sosonko's Corner
Genna Sosonko's imagination was tickled by Vadim Zviagintsev's bizarre knight move 2.Na3 in the Sicilian. It made Alexander Khalifman laugh, but not for long... The rim knight brought back some sweet memories to our Editor and stirred up some old stories, which does not mean that it has no future! Besides becoming immensely popular on the ICC and in the Moscow Blitz Championship, in a regular game such moves can be a tremendous psychological blow.

Book Reviews
Not quite mainstream either are the openings treated in Glenn Flear's Review section this time. After all, you don't encounter Christan Bauer's favourite 1...b6 every day. The French GM's monograph on this English Defence (!) gets many points for its thorough and original content, though it leaves something to be desired in the structure department.
Next is James Rizzitano's 'Repertoire book' (we get many of those these days) against 1.d4. A robust tome, although doubts remain if Rizzitano can fulfill his promise of 'beating' White's solid first move. Maybe that's just to much to ask... or is it?
The unlikely author couple Sverre Johnsen and Vlatko Kovacevic also want to 'Win' with the London System, but our reviewer found their book to be quite balanced and objective. It's ideal for the stronger club player who wants a solid system without studying day and night.
Boris Schipkov's CD on the A80-A85 Dutch contains by nature much more material than a book, but also more mistakes. A nice feature is the Training Database with useful exercises.

32 NIC Surveys Yearbook 78
Sicilian Defence: Najdorf Variation 6.Be3 Ng4, by Lukacs/Hazai
Sicilian Defence: Najdorf Variation 6.Be3 e6, by Nikitin
Sicilian Defence: Grivas Variation 4...Qb6, by Grivas
French Defence: Tarrasch Variation 4.ed5 Qd5, by Anka
Caro-Kann Defence: Advance Variation 4.c4, by Boersma
Caro-Kann Defence: Classical Variation 4...Bf5, by Olthof
Petroff Defence: Steinitz Variation 3.d4 Ne4, by Fogarasi
Petroff Defence: Jaenisch Variation 6...Be7, by Kuzmin
Ruy Lopez: Neo-Steinitz Variation 6...Nge7, by Karolyi
Ruy Lopez: Neo-Arkhangelsk Variation 6...Bc5, by Kuzmin
Ruy Lopez: Closed Line with 9.d4, by Marin
Italian Game: Evans Gambit 4.b4, by Van der Tak
Scotch Opening: Mieses Variation 8...Ba6, by Van der Weide
Philidor Defence: Antoshin Variation 5...Be7, by Abeln
Queen's Gambit Declined: Blackburne Variation 5.Bf4, by Agrest
Slav Defence: Krause Variation 6.Ne5, by Greenfeld
Slav Defence: Marshall Gambit 4.e4, by Van der Tak
Slav Defence: Meran Variation 8.Be2, by Afek
Queen's Gambit: Accepted Classical Variation 7.Bb3, by Dautov
Nimzo-Indian Defence: Kmoch Variation 4.f3, by Cebalo
Nimzo-Indian Defence: Vienna Variation 7.e5, by Lukacs/Hazai
Grnfeld Indian Defence: Exchange Variation 7.Nf3, by Avrukh
Grnfeld Indian Defence: Makogonov Variation 6.b4, by Panczyk/Ilczuk
King's Indian Defence: Classical Variation 7...Na6, by Mikhalevski
King's Indian Defence: Four Pawns Attack 5.f4, by Vaisser
Benoni Defence: Fianchetto Variation 11.Bf4 Qe7, by Kapengut
Benoni Defence: Volga Gambit 3...b5, by Gavrilov
Queen's Pawn Opening: Trompowsky Attack 2.Bg5, by Tzermiadianos
Queen's Pawn Opening: Pri Attack 2.a3, by Pri
Queen's Pawn Opening: Reversed Albin 3.e4, by Greenfeld
Dutch Defence: Classical Variation 7...Ne4, by Williams
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation 3...b6, by Langeweg


Endgame Tactics - $55.95
A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames
by Van Perlo

A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames

Enjoying endgame tactics is the all-important (but oft-forgotten) first step in mastering this important phase of the game.
Endgames are actually fun.

Why is it that most amateur chess players love opening and middle game tactics but hate endgames? Why do they usually look at only a couple of pages in any chess endgame theory book they own? Working through theoretical endgame lessons can seem like a chore if you don't see the fun of it. ENDGAME TACTICS is an affordable guide that reduces the psychological burden of endgame instruction by showing that endgames are actually quite enjoyable because of the tactics!
 
There is no substitute for hard work in getting better at chess, but the fact of the matter is that we always work harder at something we love. By enjoying the entertainment of real life endgame tactics, and (at least for the moment) forgetting about theoretical positions that seem distant from everyday practice, the amateur player learns to love the endgame. Endgames are fun, and ENDGAME TACTICS proves it.