Opening for White According to Kramnik 1.Nf3, Vol. 1a - $45.95

by Alexander Khalifman , August 2006, 308 pages. Second Revised Edition
The first volume of the extremely popular series "Opening for White According to Kramnik" was published six years ago. Now 14th world champion Alexander Khalifman presents the audience with two entirely new books. Volume 1a covers the Old Indian Defence, Anti-Gruenfeld, and less popular lines of the Kingís Indian Defence.

The first part analyses 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.d4, where Black delays the development of his bishop to g7, or prepares it for another deployment altogether, for example after e7-e5 and Bf8-e7. These opening set-ups have long had the reputation of being solid, but with not so good prospects for Black.
The second part deals with 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 where Black follows up with 3Öd5. Thus he emphasizes that he does not intend to play the KID and he invites his opponent to enter the main lines of the Gruenfeld Defence. White counters however with 4.Qa4+!? facing the opponent with difficult problems while turning the Gruenfeld out of question.
In the third part of this book Khalifman begins to analyze the Kingís Indian Defence, starting with some currently offbeat lines. Its main and most fashionable variations are so complex and strategically independent that Khalifman singled them out in the separate volume 1b.

Opening for White According to Kramnik 1.Nf3, Vol. 1b - $45.95

by Alexander Khalifman , July 2006, 288 pages. Second Revised Edition
This book is devoted to the contemporary variations of the classical system of the Kingís Indian Defence. The author classifies into that group the lines in which after: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0, Black plays 7...exd4, 7...Na6, or 7...Nc6.

Why Lasker Matters - $39.95

By Andrew Soltis


Emanuel Lasker was the longest-reigning world champion (1894-1921) and remained one of the world's top 10 players for nearly four decades. He competed against top players such as Capablanca, Rubinstein and Alekhine at the height of their game, and was consistently successful, yet almost no one studies his games today. Lasker is often overlooked by the modern chess player, and the secrets of his success remain a mystery.

Chess journalist Andy Soltis reveals for the first time the winning formula behind Lasker's phenonemal achievements. With over 100 annotated games, Soltis analyses the tricks, traps and techniques behind the winning moves, and makes Lasker's methods accessible to today's players.


About the Author

International grandmaster Andy Soltis is a professional journalist and popular chess writer. As the author of numerous chess biographies, including Bobby Fischer Rediscovered (0713488468) also published by Batsford, he is able to provide an objective, entertaining and qualified review of the world's chess greats and their most exciting games. He lives in New York.

Publisher Batsford
Publication Date 23 February 2006
ISBN 0713489839
Size (h x w) 234x156mm
Binding Paperback
Pages 288

The Art of Planning in Chess - $39.95

Move by move

By Neil McDonald


A follow-up to Neil McDonald's incredibly successful Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking (ISBN 0713488948), this insightful book takes a close look at some of the most outstanding games from the last 6 years, commenting on every single move as the game unfolds. This time, however, the emphasis is on planning, and how the players plan their strategy many moves ahead.

The author's detailed approach gives you a rare opportunity to really get to the nitty-gritty of what goes through grandmasters' minds as they play. To avoid unnecessary repetition, the opening moves of each game are discussed more lightly Ė real discussion begins around the 10th move, which is where the planning stage really kicks in.


About the Author

Neil McDonald is an International Grandmaster and a prolific chess author and trainer. Previous Batsford titles include Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking (ISBN 0713488948), The Sicilian Bb5 Revealed (ISBN 0713489804) and The Benko Gambit Revealed (ISBN 0713488689). He lives in Gravesend, Kent.


Publisher Batsford
Publication Date 29 April 2006
ISBN 071349025X
Size (h x w) 234x156mm
Binding Paperback
Pages 256

Chess Informant 96
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, studies, the ten best games and the ten most important theoretical novelties from the previous volume, tournament crosstables and thorough indexes of players and annotators.

Chess Informant 96 contains 428 annotated games and 517 variations.
More information about this particular edition is shown in the tables below.

events held between
January 1st, 2006 and April 30th, 2006
events covered
Wijk aan Zee, Gibraltar, Moscow, Cappelle la Grande, Cuernavaca, Morelia/Linares, Poikovsky, Monaco, Kusadasi, Nisipeanu - V. Topalov (m), etc.
V. Anand, Svidler, Leko, Ivanchuk, Mi. Adams, B. Gelfand, R. Ponomariov, Shirov, Nisipeanu, Bareev, Sasikiran, Sergey Karjakin, Van Wely, J. Lautier, Vallejo Pons, Kasimdzhanov, A. Onischuk, Tiviakov, Rublevsky, Bruzon, A. Naiditsch, Motylev, A. Volokitin, Z. Izoria, L. Dominguez, Iv. Sokolov, M. Kobalia, Bologan, M. Gurevich, P. H. Nielsen, Krasenkow, A. Beliavsky, Riazantsev, Sutovsky, A. Galkin, J. Timman, 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 95, theoretical survey in ECO format, the most interesting recent combinations, endings and studies, tournament standings and crosstables, and the best of John Nunnís creative output.

Chess Informant 96 (book only)   -  $55

Chess Informant 96 (CD only)      -  $52

Chess Informant 96 (book & CD)  - $65