by Alexey Dreev, 300 pages + colour photos
Alexey Dreev is one of the most popular contemporary Russian grandmasters. He is famous for his deep understanding of chess and fine endgame technique. Many of his games are milestones in the theory of the Slav Defence, the King's Indian Defence and others. He was twice World junior champion and three times Olympic gold medalist. Dreev played in the match Russia-Rest of the world in 2002, won the World team championships in 1997 and 2005. Dreev starts the first chapter with the following words:
"I have chosen and commented on 100 games for this book. I have played them
in a period of more than 20 years. These games are so different from each other
that there will be some to everybody’s liking – there are sacrifices, there are
quiet moves, there are sharp tactical games as well as tough positional fights.
You can also find instructive examples of how to play in the various stages of
the game. In general, I have devoted a great attention to the openings and my
comments about them are from the point of view of the contemporary theory.
A chess professional’s life is not only the games played over the board. You go to different countries, you visit various continents; you see picturesque places and ancient towns and you come into contact with chess-fans all over the world. In my notes to some of the games, I have shared with my readers (as much as the size of the book allows) my impressions of these journeys and encounters.
While working on the story of my first steps in chess, it was as if I re-lived again everything I came through during all these times. Naturally, my memory is not perfect. I have had to omit many things also because this book is not an autobiography, it is not memoirs, and it is supposed to be a collection of games. Still I tried to tell in earnest about my development as a player, about my problems and hardships (some of them due to the surroundings and some of them just personal). I have shared with my readers my joy about my victories in my first tournaments and I have told about people who have helped me and to whom I owe my deepest gratitude..."
Challenging the Nimzo-IndianÂ by David Vigorito - $49.95
See an excerpt from the book in PDF format here:Challenging the Open Games
San Luis 2005Â by Alik Gershon & Igor Nor - $59.95
Beating the Open GamesÂ by Mihail Marin - $49.95
Acclaimed author and chess grandmaster Mihail Marin presents an opening repertoire for Black against the Open Games. This means providing an answer to 1.e4, but not considering the main lines of the Spanish Opening. This includes openings such as the Scotch, the Vienna, the Spanish Exchange Variation, and even the notorious King’s Gambit. Marin uses his renowned writing skills to explain the ideas behind each move, so Beating the Open Games escapes the standard opening book trap of being a boring list of analysis. Marin has based the book mainly on his own repertoire and reveals many original moves and ideas. After studying this book the reader will not only have an excellent repertoire but also a deeper understanding of chess.See an excerpt from the book in PDF format here:
Beating the Open Games
My SystemÂ by Aron Nimzowitsch - $44.95
Aron Nimzowitsch was one of the greatest chess players
of the 1920s and
1930s, ranked just behind the famous World Champions Alekhine and Capablanca. His reputation as an author is higher still.
My System is at the top of a very short list of chess classics. Nimzowitsch’s
ideas have had a profound influence on modern chess thinking. Most chess
masters will at some point have studied Nimzowitsch’s work, and not to have read My System is by many regarded as a shocking gap in a chess player’s education.
The problem for an English-speaking audience has been that My System was
written in German more than eighty years ago. The commonly-used
contemporary translations have sounded dated for some time, and were
always questionable: the translators frequently toned down many passages, fearing Nimzowitsch’s biting wit would be too controversial.
This edition uses a brand-new translation that recreates the author’s original intentions. For the first time an English-speaking audience can appreciate the true nature of a famous chess book.
See an excerpt from the book in PDF format here:My System
Practical Chess DefenceÂ by Jacob Aagaard - $49.95
Jacob Aagaard is one of the most respected chess authors in
the world,Â 33 years old, born in Denmark, but resident in Glasgow, Scotland. His
best results are his three GM-norms, all attained in 2004. Jacob has written
many highly regarded chess books. Especially close to his heart is the Excelling
at Chess series of 5 books, from which the first, Excelling at Chess,
(translated into numerous languages), won Book of the Year at chesscafe.com,
while the final two received even better reviews.
See an excerpt from the book in PDF format here:Practical Chess Defence