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The French Advance (2nd edition), Sam Collins - $45.90

The French Advance (2nd edition)
 

The Advance Variation is a popular and direct way of meeting the ultra-solid French Defence. Very early on in the game White opts to fix the pawn structure and establishes a genuine space advantage, upon which he later hopes to mount a serious attack. This method of playing against the French Defence has become a firm favourite amongst uncompromising Grandmasters such as Alexei Shirov, England's Nigel Short and the rising star in Russia, Alexander Grischuk.
In this book openings expert Sam Collins explains the strategy and tactics of this dynamic opening, studying both the main lines as well as the more offbeat variations. Through the use of model games for both White and Black, he provides a thorough grounding in the key plans and ideas, so that readers can quickly and confidently begin to use the French Advance in their own games.

 

published May 2006 | isbn 1857443918 | format Paperback , 160 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Sam Collins


Starting Out: Closed Sicilian, Richard Palliser - $43.95

Starting Out: Closed Sicilian
 

The Closed Sicilian is an ideal weapon for players who wish for an aggressive way to attack the Sicilian but have neither the time nor the inclination to learn the seemingly endless mountains of opening theory associated with Open Sicilians. In the Closed Sicilian an awareness of the typical themes is far more important than memorising variations. White's play is logical and the basic strategies are simple to master, while the deliberate and slow burning attack on the black king appeals to many.

In Starting Out: Closed Sicilian Richard Palliser takes a fresh look at this famous opening. The early moves and ideas are introduced and care is taken to explain the reasoning behind them something that is often 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 Closed Sicilian and of opening play in general.

 

published April 2006 | isbn 1857444140 | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Richard Palliser


Starting Out: Kings Indian Attack, John Emms - $43.95

Starting Out: Kings Indian Attack
 

The Kings Indian Attack was a firm favourite of the legendary Bobby Fischer, and more recently it has been utilised with great success by world-class Grandmasters such as Alexander Morozevich. The renowned chess coach Mark Dvoretsky regards the Kings Indian Attack as a perfect weapon on which to base an opening repertoire. Its great advantage over other openings is that is a thematic system that can be employed against many different lines, while the emphasis is on the understanding of ideas rather than the dry memorisation of moves. The Kings Indian Attack leads to rich middlegame positions that are full of dynamic possibilities for both sides.
In this easy-to-use guide, Kings Indian Attack expert John Emms goes back to basics, studying the fundamental principles of the Kings Indian Attack and its numerous lines. Throughout the book there are an abundance of notes, tips and warnings to help the improving player, while key strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated.

 

published October 2005 | isbn 1857443942 | format Paperback , 160 pages

Author Biography and Booklist John Emms


Starting Out: Sicilian Najdorf, Richard Palliser - $43.95

Starting Out: Sicilian Najdorf
 

The Sicilian Najdorf is one of Black's sharpest and most popular lines against 1 e4. From the very start Black directs the game into asymmetrical positions in which he or she can play for the win without unjustified risk. For this reason the Najdorf has been a firm favourite amongst the very elite of world chess, including Garry Kasparov and, before him, Bobby Fischer. What attracts such world-class players to the Najdorf is the fact that it is tremendously dynamic and yet both sound and respectable at the same time. Despite numerous attempts, no one has found a sure-fire way for White to gain the advantage.

In Starting Out: Sicilian Najdorf Joe Gallagher takes a fresh look at this famous opening. The early moves and ideas are introduced and care is taken to explain the reasoning behind them – something that is often 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 Najdorf and of opening play in general.

 

published May 2006 | isbn 1857443926 | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Richard Palliser


The Masters: Rudolf Spielmann Master of Invention, Neil McDonald - $41.95

The Masters: Rudolf Spielmann Master of Invention
 

Rudolf Spielmann was one of the most fearsome attacking players in the history of chess. He was very much from the so-called 'Romantic School', where gambits were always accepted and checkmating the king was the only real thought of the players. His love of the King's Gambit and similar aggressive openings earned him the respect of his peers early in his career and he went on to become one of the strongest Grandmasters of his time. His philosophy on chess could be summed up by his quote: 'A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused.'

In this book Neil McDonald takes a look back at how Spielmann overcame his opponents in dazzling style, carefully choosing and analysing some of Spielmann's most glorious attacks and famous combinations. A deep study of his games cannot fail to entertain and inspire any true chess enthusiast.

 

published April 2006 | isbn 185744406X | format Paperback , 192 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Neil McDonald


Winning Chess Combinations, Yasser Seirawan - $47.95

Winning Chess Combinations
 

Combinations are the central element in chess; they make the game so magical and captivating. The beautiful point of sacrificing a queen, the strongest piece, in order to checkmate with a lowly pawn brings a smile of joy to all chess lovers. Virtually all chess games possess a combination, either one hidden in the shadows of analysis carefully avoided or one that provides a decisive blow.
Winning Chess Combinations is a unique work that doesn't merely repeat the wonderfully rich and vast numbers of combinations, asking readers to solve a particular diagrammed position; it is a work that is far more realistic. A combination involves a sacrifice upsetting the balance of forces, but will it work or tragically boomerang? The reader is invited to solve this critical question by identifying the advantages that a specific position holds which might make the combination successful.

Winning Chess Combinations is the seventh in Yasser Seirawan's highly acclaimed Winning Chess series probably the best-selling series of chess books ever published.

 

published June 2006 | isbn 1857444205 | format Paperback , 254 pages

Author Biography and Booklist Yasser Seirawan