Gambit Books


BEATING THE FIANCHETTO DEFENCES (Efstratios Grivas)
192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
$47.95

Grivas provides a full and detailed repertoire for White against five important openings: the Grünfeld, King's Indian, Benoni, Benko and Modern. In each case, he has recommended a line in which he has a wealth of experience, and has played a significant personal role in developing over many years. The recommendations are geared towards posing Black unconventional problems: your opponents will not be able to churn out lengthy memorized variations, but will need to solve problems at the board in positions that are somewhat different in character from those normally reached in these openings. Grivas has also chosen the repertoire so that it forms a seamless whole, and will fit alongside an English or Réti move-order, in addition to a standard 1 d4 repertoire.

Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas lives in Athens and is also a Senior FIDE Trainer, International Arbiter and Organizer. He has represented his country on a great many occasions, winning an individual gold medal at the 1989 European Team Championship and an individual silver medal at the 1998 Olympiad. He is a federal trainer and an experienced writer. This is his second book on chess openings for Gambit.

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Gambit books by Grivas: A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian, Beating the Fianchetto Defences, Chess College 1: Strategy, Chess College 2: Pawn Play, Chess College 3: Technique, Modern Chess Planning.

"...a thoughtful and useful work which will benefit players at all levels up to a rating of 2300." - John Saunders, BCM

"This is a deeply researched and creative repertoire book. Grivas reveals many 'hidden' ideas and gives abundant strategic guidance on how to handle the middlegame and endgame positions that result. If you are looking for a rock solid yet dangerous opening repertoire versus these fianchetto defences this is the book you are looking for!" - Andy May, www.nsgchess.com

"…unusually deeply researched and creative opening repertoire book" - PHL Hughes, Chess Post

"Grivas also does a good job of explaining the ideas and typical motifs of each variation. Each chapter gives model games with typical endgames and characteristic middlegames that are carefully chosen." - IM John Donaldson, Silman's website

"Grivas digs now and then awful deep and I would consider this repertoire book as one of these winning from the book works." - John Elburg, chessbooks.nl

"...I am impressed by how much material the author has managed to squeeze into less than 200 pages, and I have to grudgingly admit that if my opponents were to make use of it they could make life more difficult for me than it already is." - Alan Sutton, En Passant


CHESS COLLEGE 1: STRATEGY (Efstratios Grivas)
112 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
$39.95

Chess College is a new series of books to take intermediate players to new levels of chess understanding. New ideas are introduced and immediately illustrated by a number of entertaining and instructive examples, many drawn from the author's own practice. Volume 1: Strategy introduces a variety of topics, including: "Why do we lose?", Attack on the King, Two Bishops, Passed Pawn, Exchange Sacrifice, Positional Sacrifice, and Outpost. By drawing extensively upon his own games, Grivas is able to explain exactly what was going on over the board, and avoids the pitfall of providing overfamiliar, clichéd examples. This is part of a three-volume series that provides a wealth of instruction on many aspects of chess middlegames.

Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas lives in Athens and is also a Senior FIDE Trainer, International Arbiter and Organizer. He has represented his country on a great many occasions, winning an individual gold medal at the 1989 European Team Championship and an individual silver medal at the 1998 Olympiad. He is a Greek federal trainer and an experienced writer.

Gambit books by Grivas: A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian, Beating the Fianchetto Defences, Chess College 1: Strategy, Chess College 2: Pawn Play, Chess College 3: Technique, Modern Chess Planning.

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"…well-written and highly instructive" - PHL Hughes, Chess Post

"Trainers will find the three books a tailor made course to guide their students through the fundamentals of proper middlegame play. Highly recommended." - John Donaldson, Silman's website

"...the experienced author covers numerous important themes relating to Strategy, Pawn Play, and Technique. He does this in a very lucid manner with the aid of many highly instructive illustrative games." - GM Paul Motwani, The Scotsman

"...Grivas also handles here the important physical and psychological factors and the great teacher from Greece provides the reader with a wealth of instructive information." - John Elburg, chessbooks.nl

"Greek grandmaster Efstratios Grivas clearly has seen the demand for solid instruction, and aims to satisfy it with his three-volume set." - Cecil Rosner, Winnipeg Free Press

"Grivas's style does seem to be very reader-friendly and this series would an agreeable option for players (perhaps in the 1500-2000 range) who want to do some repair work on the basics of their chess technique." - John Saunders, BCM

"...most of the positions will be new to the reader - certainly not a case of old wine in new bottles." - Alan Sutton, En Passant


CHESS COLLEGE 2: PAWN PLAY (Efstratios Grivas)
112 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
$39.95

Chess College is a new series of books to take intermediate players to new levels of chess understanding. New ideas are introduced and immediately illustrated by a number of entertaining and instructive examples, many drawn from the author's own practice. Volume 2: Pawn Play discusses aspects of pawn play that are vital to successful chess, such as: Semi-open File, Isolated Pawn, Doubled Pawns, Backward Pawn, Hanging Pawns, Pawn Majority, Pawn Minority, Central Break. By drawing extensively upon his own games, Grivas is able to explain exactly what was going on over the board, and avoids the pitfall of providing overfamiliar, clichéd examples. This is part of a three-volume series that provides a wealth of instruction on many aspects of chess middlegames.

Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas lives in Athens and is also a Senior FIDE Trainer, International Arbiter and Organizer. He has represented his country on a great many occasions, winning an individual gold medal at the 1989 European Team Championship and an individual silver medal at the 1998 Olympiad. He is a Greek federal trainer and an experienced writer.

Gambit books by Grivas: A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian, Beating the Fianchetto Defences, Chess College 1: Strategy, Chess College 2: Pawn Play, Chess College 3: Technique, Modern Chess Planning.

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"…well-written and highly instructive" - PHL Hughes, Chess Post

"Trainers will find the three books a tailor made course to guide their students through the fundamentals of proper middlegame play. Highly recommended." - John Donaldson, Silman's website

"...the experienced author covers numerous important themes relating to Strategy, Pawn Play, and Technique. He does this in a very lucid manner with the aid of many highly instructive illustrative games." - GM Paul Motwani, The Scotsman

"...Grivas also handles here the important physical and psychological factors and the great teacher from Greece provides the reader with a wealth of instructive information." - John Elburg, chessbooks.nl

"Greek grandmaster Efstratios Grivas clearly has seen the demand for solid instruction, and aims to satisfy it with his three-volume set." - Cecil Rosner, Winnipeg Free Press

"Grivas's style does seem to be very reader-friendly and this series would an agreeable option for players (perhaps in the 1500-2000 range) who want to do some repair work on the basics of their chess technique." - John Saunders, BCM

"...most of the positions will be new to the reader - certainly not a case of old wine in new bottles." - Alan Sutton, En Passant


CHESS COLLEGE 3: TECHNIQUE (Efstratios Grivas)
112 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
$39.95

Chess College is an exciting new series of chess books to take intermediate players to new levels of chess understanding. New ideas are introduced and immediately illustrated by a number of entertaining and instructive examples, many drawn from the author's own practice.

Volume 3: Technique features topics including the central break, bishop vs. knight, standard sacrifices against the castled position, opposite-coloured bishops, and immobilization, and discussions on topics such as how to handle won positions and lost positions, and positions with small advantages, together with a wealth of training tips. This book completes a three-volume series that provides a wealth of instruction on many aspects of chess middlegames.

Chess Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas lives in Athens, and is also an International Chess Arbiter and Organizer. He has represented his country on a great many occasions, winning an individual gold medal at the 1989 European Team Championship and an individual silver medal at the 1998 Olympiad. He is a Greek federal trainer and an experienced writer.

Gambit books by Grivas: A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian, Beating the Fianchetto Defences, Chess College 1: Strategy, Chess College 2: Pawn Play, Chess College 3: Technique, Modern Chess Planning.

Download a pdf file with a sample from the book.

"Altogether this is a good book, which covers some interesting and important aspects of the game and one which will also help the intermediate player understand important chess technique in the middlegame and elsewhere." - Andy May, www.nsgchess.com

"…well-written and highly instructive" - PHL Hughes, Chess Post

"Trainers will find the three books a tailor made course to guide their students through the fundamentals of proper middlegame play. Highly recommended." - John Donaldson, Silman's website

"...the experienced author covers numerous important themes relating to Strategy, Pawn Play, and Technique. He does this in a very lucid manner with the aid of many highly instructive illustrative games." - GM Paul Motwani, The Scotsman

"...Grivas also handles here the important physical and psychological factors and the great teacher from Greece provides the reader with a wealth of instructive information." - John Elburg, chessbooks.nl

"Greek grandmaster Efstratios Grivas clearly has seen the demand for solid instruction, and aims to satisfy it with his three-volume set." - Cecil Rosner, Winnipeg Free Press

"Grivas's style does seem to be very reader-friendly and this series would an agreeable option for players (perhaps in the 1500-2000 range) who want to do some repair work on the basics of their chess technique." - John Saunders, BCM

"...most of the positions will be new to the reader - certainly not a case of old wine in new bottles." - Alan Sutton, En Passant


CHESS COLLEGE 1: STRATEGY (Efstratios Grivas)

CHESS COLLEGE 2: PAWN PLAY (Efstratios Grivas)

CHESS COLLEGE 3: TECHNIQUE (Efstratios Grivas)

3 volume set $105 (save $14.85)


CHESS EXPLAINED: THE QUEEN'S INDIAN (Peter Wells)
128 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
$39.95

Chess Explained is a new series of books about chess openings. They are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have.

The Queen's Indian is an important and popular opening at all levels of play. Black's flexible stance allows him to choose between a range of solid and dynamic structures. In turn, White can play flexibly, opposing Black's fianchetto, or can try to force the pace in the centre and start a hand-to-hand fight. It is an opening rich in nuances, and many of the modern main lines involve moves that look extravagant, but are backed up by a deep underlying logic.

Peter Wells is a grandmaster from England who regularly competes in international tournaments and team events. He was runner-up in the British Championship in 1991, 1999 and 2004, and qualified for the knockout stages of FIDE's world championship in 1997. Wells is a much-acclaimed writer, noted for his work on both opening play and middlegame strategy. He has a wealth of experience as a trainer, including acting as a second for British super-GMs Luke McShane and Michael Adams.

Gambit books by Wells: Chess Explained: The Queen's Indian, Chess Explained: the Caro-Kann, Chess Explained: the Nimzo-Indian.

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"The author has used 25 highly instructive games from the recent practice of the world's élite players. His extensive verbal explanations of plans and manoeuvres and the chapter introductions and conclusions, which emphasize the key points, have been expertly written." - PHL Hughes, Chess Post

"The annotations in particular really impressed me, for the author actually did explain what was happening at every stage of the game. Everything appeared logical as I played through the games and read the annotations. Where alternatives are given, you are told why a certain move is good or bad, not just the fact that it is so. Peter Wells is to be congratulated on presenting everything so lucidly." - Alan Sutton, En Passant

"...the present book is aimed at the aspiring player who lacks a coach and needs a guide to explain what is important in the opening, what the reliable variations are and what typical middlegame plans crop up time and time again.Wells does all this and more in a book that is a pleasure to read..." - IM John Donaldson, Silman's website

"This is a great book which will definitely improve your understanding on the Queen's Indian. If you play the Queen's Indian as black or need to find a response for white, this is a must-have!" - Andy May, www.nsgchess.com

"Rather than focus on variation after variation in a database style or the old opening manual style of Modern Chess Openings, [Gambit] have focused instead, on explaining in a great of detail, the ideas behind the opening and have done so in a manner that will appeal to the novice or intermediate player rather than an expert or a master. While other publishers have also done this, ... the key difference for Gambit is the length to which their author, in this case Peter Wells, explains the kinds of middle games that each variation tends to create and the depth and clarity of the annotation of the explanatory game." - Bill Whited, www.chesscountry.com

"Wells' material is up-to-date, well-balanced and commendably objective, without any heavy brainwashing bias in favour of Black or White. Naturally, he truly trusts the Queen's Indian for Black, and demonstrates how it can be played confidently and effectively, but he also shows the reader numerous noteworthy ideas for White. " - GM Paul Motwani, The Scotsman

"Wells' writing is, as ever, of a high standard and he freely shares his ideas and insights into what is a very reliable defence system for Black" - John Saunders, BCM

"The 'Chess Explained' series achieves its aim of providing a thorough yet easily understood introduction to this very popular defence. Incisive & compelling reading." - Michael Blake, www.iecg.org

"GM Wells surely has the best credentials to put such a concept into practice: not only his active praxis, but also his experience as trainer and author" - Gerd Treppner, Rochade


GARRY KASPAROV'S GREATEST CHESS GAMES, volume 2 (Igor Stohl)
352 pages (248 mm by 172 mm, hardback).
$65.00

Garry Kasparov has dominated the chess world for more than twenty years. His dynamism and preparation have set an example that is followed by most ambitious players. Igor Stohl has selected the best and most instructive games from Kasparov's later years, and annotated them in great detail. The emphasis is on explaining the thoughts behind Kasparov's decisions, and the principles and concepts embodied by his moves. Stohl provides a wealth of fresh insights into these landmark games, together with many new analytical points. This makes the book outstanding study material for all chess enthusiasts.

Garry Kasparov was born in 1963, and burst onto the scene in the late 1970s with a series of astonishing results in Soviet and international events. In 1985 he became the youngest world champion in history by defeating Anatoly Karpov in an epic struggle. When he announced his retirement from professional chess twenty years later, he was still world number 1. Kasparov is an internationally renowned figure, famous even among the non-chess-playing public.

Igor Stohl is a well-known grandmaster from Slovakia. He plays in several national leagues and is a noted opening theoretician. His thorough annotations frequently appear in Ceskoslovensky Sach, Informator and ChessBase Magazine. His first book for Gambit, Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces, won the United States Chess Federation Cramer Award for Best Book. See also Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games, volume 1.

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"quality work" - GM Joel Benjamin, Chess Life

"My concluding tip is quite simple: don't miss these volumes!" - Helmut Riedl, Rochade

"The annotations are of the highest standard" - Jerzy Konikowski, Fernschach International

"Stohl has drawn upon a wide variety of sources, including Kasparov's own annotations, and provides a wealth of fresh insights into these landmark games, together with many new analytical points. Sterling work by Stohl. If you buy only one chess book this year may I suggest that you look no further than this magnificent second volume." - PHL Hughes, Chess Post

"If you want to give a chess gift to a special friend, no matter what her or his chess level is, then Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games, by Igor Stohl, is an excellent option." - Tamar Hammer, www.chessbug.com

"Some of the most impressive publishing work I have seen is represented by the two-volume set Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games by Igor Stohl. - GM Raymond Keene, The Spectator

"With a good annotator I could understand Capablanca, Tal, or even Karpov, but the late Kasparov games were like abstract art explained in Chinese. For this reason I thought that the greatest challenge for Stohl would be to explain the games I did not understand. Stohl handles the challenge in a most impressive way (and he even tops it with other goodies)." - Chessbug

"Igor Stohl has broken down Kasparov's play so we mortals can follow his games and the thinking of one of the greatest players to walk the earth." - Michael Stevenson, New Zealand Chess

"The annotations are of the highest standard" - Jerzy Konikowski, Fernschach International

"The production quality is outstanding and the notes by the Slovak grandmaster are exhaustive. These books contain everything you ever wanted to know about Garry Kasparov." GM Raymond Keene, The Times

"I enthusiastically recommend Garry Kasparov’s Greatest Chess Games, Volume 2. It’s yet another fine effort from both Igor Stohl and Gambit Publications, which in combination with volume 1, provides us with 129 Kasparov games. All are annotated to the highest level of accuracy. Yes, many of these games are already well known (but of course most of GK’s games are!) - all have been previously published and annotated, often by Kasparov himself. But, given Stohl’s attention to detail, his access to multiple previously published versions of these games, and his updating of all the analyses with computer assistance, this means that we now have the finest annotations to date for these games. Besides, the mere act of pairing Kasparov’s selected games with a superb and objective author/annotator means that those who love fighting chess and detailed annotations will really appreciate this book." - Stephen Ham, ChessCafe

"Improving players should totally immerse themselves in this book." - Mark Donlan, Chess Horizons

"...a worthy tribute to the game's greatest ever player." - Steve Giddins, BCM

"...a great book that deserves to be in every chess player's library. ... The great man himself will definitely be consulting this series when he puts pen to paper to write about his games. Highly Recommended." - IM John Donaldson, Silman's website

"In a flood of recent publications, this two-volume work may become a classic" - Schachmarkt


HOW TO CALCULATE CHESS TACTICS (Valeri Beim)
176 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
$47.95

Thinking methods are at the heart of the chess struggle, yet most players devote little conscious effort to improving their calculating ability. Much of the previous literature on the subject has presented idealized models that have limited relevance to the hurly-burly of practical chess, or else provide little more than ad hoc suggestions. Here, experienced trainer Valeri Beim strikes a balance by explaining how to use intuition and logic together to solve tactical problems in a methodical way. He also offers advice on when it is best to calculate 'like a machine', and when it is better to rely on intuitive assessment.

Valeri Beim is a grandmaster who lives in Austria. He has won numerous tournaments and plays in the Austrian and German leagues. For many years he was the head trainer at the chess school in Odessa, and he was also the trainer of the Israeli Olympiad team. This is his fifth chess book; see also Understanding the Leningrad Dutch, Chess Recipes from the Grandmaster's Kitchen, Lessons in Chess Strategy, and How to Play Dynamic Chess.

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"An excellent book! It explains tactics and how to see them very well. I highly recommend this book to any intermediate or advanced player looking to improve. A complete study of this book will extremely enhance your tactical abilities!" - Andy May, www.nsgchess.com

"An excellent introduction to a critical chess skill, including 100 exercises for the reader to practise what he has learnt." - Ray Edwards, BCM

"This is an excellent book for all chess-players wishing to hone their tactical skills." - PHL Hughes, Chess Post

"…a very good book." - GM Jonathan Rowson, New-in-Chess

"Beim's new book, issued by Gambit Publications, combines well-selected games and fragments with instructive problems and studies -- a trademark of Beim's previous excellent books. It also includes 100 positions for the reader to solve." - GM Lubomir Kavalek, Washington Post

"He also advocates regular practice at solving tactical problems as the means to improving ones tactical ability and pattern recognition, and to that end there are 100 practice positions included in the book for the reader to tackle. These go some way beyond the standard "White to play and mate in 2" type of position, and I found them really tough to crack, though I hope I have benefited from the experience. A few years ago many chess books incorporated interactive sections of this kind, but this is the first book in a long time that I have encountered that included such a section. That in itself is a good reason to buy it." Alan Sutton, En Passant


SECRETS OF CHESS ENDGAME STRATEGY (Lars Bo Hansen)
224 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
$47.95

A large proportion of chess games are decided in the endgame or in the transition to the endgame, but chess literature has provided relatively little guidance for players seeking to improve their skill in making the vital decisions in these phases of the game. Building on the ideas introduced in his ground-breaking work Foundations of Chess Strategy, Lars Bo Hansen provides a thought-provoking and convincing treatise on how players can maximize the practical problems for their opponents while emphasizing the strengths of their own position. Under his guidance, chess-players will more easily focus on the key elements in the position, and devise plans for exploiting them to the full, and develop a better understanding of which pieces need to be exchanged, and which weaknesses really matter.

Lars Bo Hansen is a well-known grandmaster from Denmark. He has won the Danish Championship on two occasions, and represented his country in four olympiads, winning a bronze medal for his individual performance in 1990. His many tournament victories include first prize in the strong Copenhagen Open in both 1997 and 2000. Away from the board, he teaches and lectures on business studies, with a particular focus on marketing, organization and strategy. This is his second book for Gambit.

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"Hansen's book is exceptional. Though occasionally he ventures into technical endgames, for the most part he stays on track and delivers a thoughtful, helpful book, full of relevant examples and a clear conceptual framework. His general principles consistently reappear and are not just a gimmick; they're the core of the book and he never strays far from them. Thanks, LB, for taking the time to share with us a great book." - David Ellinger, www.chesscafe.com

"…convincing general treatise on endgame strategy" - PHL Hughes, Chess Post

"An excellent book! One of the best endgame strategy books available. A study of it will greatly improve your endgame technique and get you the wins you deserve! NSG rating = 10 of 10" - Andy May, www.nsgchess.com

"...the examples are extremely thought-provoking. So I recommend buying this book, and allowing your thoughts to be provoked." GM Jonathan Rowson, New-in-Chess

"What I found particularly appealing was the clarity of purpose and explanation. Hansen sticks unerringly to his avowed intentions, and by using some really well-chosen positions to illustrate and develop his ideas he presents the material in a readily intelligible form. Everything seems so simple and obvious when Hansen explains it." - Alan Sutton, En Passant

"Secrets of Chess Endgame Strategy is a challenging book that cannot fail to improve the understanding of any player below 2400 FIDE." - IM John Donaldson, Silman's website

"A modern endgame book providing numerous examples of how to get the best out of the endgame, extremely readable and interesting." - Michael Blake, www.iecg.org

"One of the hardest things in chess writing is to make endgame education palatable, but this book succeeds where many others have failed." - John Saunders, BCM

"I liked Hansen's book. The principles are clear and comprehensible, presented with the aid of modern positions; Hansen brings many instructive positions for his thesis into the 220 pages. " - Helmut Conrady, Rochade