White King and Red Queen: How the Cold War Was Fought on the Chessboard


Authors: Johnson Daniel   

White King and Red Queen is the story of chess, and how it was inexorably connected to the rise and fall of Soviet Communism. Daniel Johnson's landmark book begins with the early days of revolutionary activity in central Europe, when the chessboard was the province of exiled intellectuals and games were confined to coffee houses. When the Bolsheviks moved to the Kremlin after the 1917 revolution, they took chess with them. Although Lenin himself was a keen player, it was Nikolai Krylenko, creator of the Red Army, who persuaded the Kremlin to adopt chess as a symbol of Soviet power. From then on, competitors were obliged to play for the state, or risk imprisonment and exile.


Chess: A Novella RED CLASSIC - $10.95
Authors: Zweig Stefan   

On a cruiseship bound for Buenos Aires, a wealthy passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match. He accepts with a sneer. He will beat anyone, he says. But only if the stakes are high. Soon, the chess board is surrounded. At first, the challenger crumbles before the mind of the master. But then, a soft-spoken voice from the crowd begins to whisper nervous suggestions. Perfect moves, brilliant predictions. The speaker has not played a game for more than twenty years, he says. He is wholly unknown. But somehow, he is also entirely formidable . . .


SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises, Vol.7

by Jeroen Bosch (Editor)


Publisher: New In Chess, 2007
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN-13: 978-90-5691-204-8
Pages: 144
Language: English

Brings you a wide variety of unusual opening ideas. They may seem outrageous at first sight, but have proven to be perfectly playable.

An SOS deviates very early from the regular lines in a mainstream opening, usually even before move six! That is why it is so easy to actually bring the variation on the board. You will baffle your opponent without having studied large quantities of stuffy theory.

a quick look at the SOS's in this issue


Jeroen Bosch - The SOS Files
John van der Wiel - A Harmless Little Bishop Move
Jeroen Bosch - Sicilian: the OKelly Variation
Glenn Flear - Really Accepting the QGA
Friso Nijboer - The Shirov Gambit versus the Philidor
Dorian Rogozenko - Early Surprise in a Classical Nimzo
Adrian Mikhalchishin - The Caro-Kann of Bukhuti Gurgenidze
Jeroen Bosch - Bayonet Blow in the Bogo
Arthur Kogan - Inspiration versus the Dragon
Jeroen Bosch - Chasing the Trompowsky Bishop
Dimitri Reinderman - Edgy Knight against the Bird
Glenn Flear - The Semi-Slav with 6.a3
Alexander Finkel - Modern for Advanced Players
Jeroen Bosch - Taimanovs Surprise Sac in the Kan
Adrian Mikhalchishin - Anti-Grnfeld and Anti-Volga
Igor Glek & J.-O. Leconte - French: the Gledhill Attack
Hikaru Nakamura - Not Going for Scholars Mate

Carsten Hansen:
"I have always loved opening surprises, and to see the face of my unsuspecting opponent while he falls into a deep think in a position where he has no idea what to do next. If you hold a similar opinion, you are going to love these series." 
Bob Long, Chessco:
For throwing your opponent off balance, it is hard to beat this series.

The variations can be exceedingly difficult if you are not prepared.

John Watson, The Week In Chess:
The most entertaining of books about openings that I know of. I recommend SOS because it is so much fun, to be sure, but also for its practical utility.

Joe Petrolito, Australian Chess:
These suggestions are very attractive to club players.

No matter what you play, you will find something exciting here.

The Washington Post:
A refreshing book, full of rare, uncommon but sound ideas that can spice up the opening repertoire of any tournament player.

IM Jeremy Silman, author of The Amateur's Mind:
Youll be glad you joined Boschs bandwagon.

John Elburg Chess Reviews:
"Jeroen Bosch has, with the help of his seventeen outstanding contributing authors, compiled a book with a collection of fascinating offbeat lines."

GM Glenn Flear:
Tricky opening ideas, not much to learn, surprise value and lots of fun.

Cor Jansen, PZC:
"It is again a goldmine of surprising and sometimes spectacular opening moves and systems."


Yearbook 85 - $53.95
31 Opening Surveys, Forum, Sosonko's Corner & Book Reviews
by The NIC Editorial team

Publisher: New In Chess, 2007
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-90-5691-234-5
Pages: 248
Language: English

New In Chess contains the latest news in chess openings. Each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory.
Not only the latest fashions are covered, the offers fresh insights in underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons as well.
The has grown into an indispensable tool for all chess players for masters and club players alike. If you dont want to miss the latest news in your own favourite lines, if you are looking for inspiration, then the is vital for you, too. It refreshes your opening repertoire, four times a year!

Readers from all over the world join in discussions on previous surveys. Titled players, correspondence players and club players shed their light on opening developments and search for the truth together. With contributions by Zoltan Almasi, Ruslan Scherbakov, Efstratios Grivas and many others.
Sosonkos Corner
Starting with a striking confession by The Great Preparer Mikhail Botvinnik, Genna Sosonko investigates in this times Corner what a confrontation with a big novelty can do to a player. As always, his story is illustrated by many interesting examples from present, past and own experience, and enhanced by anecdotes from the well that never dries up.
Book Reviews
Glenn Flear gives the stage to lady-writers Yelena Dembo and Jovanka Houska in his Reviews section. The two have delivered high-quality books on the Grnfeld and the Caro-Kann respectively. The same goes for Mihail Marin with A Spanish Repertoire for Black, which contains world class analysis, as Flear asserts. Karpovs new work How to Play the English Opening is a different story. It features interesting comments, but is less well structured and slightly dated. A better job is done by Reinaldo Vera in Flears view. The Meran Semi-Slav has not only structure and topicality, but also intelligent synthesis just what should distinguish an opening book from the omnipresent databases.

31 Surveys
Sicilian Defence - Moscow Variation 3.Bb5 - SI 1.5 - Palliser
Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 - SI 14.8 - Anka
Sicilian Defence - Dragon Variation 9.Bc4 - SI 18.6 - Olthof
Sicilian Defence - Rauzer Variation 6...Bd7 - SI 27.5 - Galkin
Sicilian Defence - Rauzer Variation 9.f4 - SI 28.3 - Karolyi
Sicilian Defence - Kan Variation 5...Ne7 - SI 42.1 - Mchedlishvili
Pirc Defence - Classical Variation 5.Be2 - PU 16.7 - Marin/Stoica
Kings Fianchetto - The 3.Nf3 Line - KF 9.7 - Vilela
Caro-Kann Defence - Various Systems - CK 1-5 - Soppe
Caro-Kann Defence - Panov Variation 6.c5 - CK 3.1 - Gavrilov
Scandinavian Defence - Main Line 4.Bc4, 5.d3 - SD 10.4 - Pri
Ruy Lopez - Chigorin Variation 9...Na5 - RL 23.11 - Grivas
Ruy Lopez - Riga Variation 5...Ne4 6.d4 ed4 - RL 27.4 - Boll/Talsma
Scotch Game - Classical Variation 4...Bc5 - SO 5.13 - Lukacs/Hazai
Italian Game - Bishops Opening 2.Bc4 - IG 4.16 - Vladimirov
Slav Defence - Chebanenko Variation 4...a6 - SL 3.1 - Bologan
Slav Defence - Alapin Variation 5.a4 Bf5 - SL 4.5 - Mchedlishvili
Slav Defence - Anti-Moscow Gambit 5...h6 - SL 6.6 - A. Kuzmin
Slav Defence - Anti-Moscow Gambit 5...h6 - SL 6.6 - Boersma
Nimzo-Indian Defence - Ragozin Variation 6.Bg5 - NI 27.2 - Morgado/Alvarez
Nimzo-Indian Defence - 4.f3 - NI 30.1 - Moskalenko
Queens Indian Defence - Nimzowitsch Variation 4...Ba6 - QI 14.7 - A. Kuzmin
Grnfeld Indian Defence - 4.h4 Line - GI 3.1 - Cebalo
Grnfeld Indian Defence - Exchange Variation 7.Bg5 - GI 4.1 - Fogarasi
Grnfeld Indian Defence - Exchange Variation 7.Bc4 - GI 5.8 - Mikhalevski
Grnfeld Indian Defence - Russian Variation 5.b3 - GI 10.2 - Van der Tak
King's Indian Defence - Classical Main Line 9.Nd2 - KI 2.1 - Ikonnikov
Kings Indian Defence - Four Pawns Attack 6...Na6 - KI 55.9 - Moskalenko
Benoni Defence - Volga-Benko Gambit 3...b5 - BI 28.6 - Finkel
Old-Indian Defence - Anti-Volga System 4.Bg5 - OI 15.6 - Fogarasi
Dutch Defence - Early Divergences 2.g4, 2.e4, 2.Nc3 - HD 11.9 - Grivas

Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4, Vol. 10 - $43.95

Opening for White according to Anand 10

by Alexander Khalifman, December 2007, 192 pages.
The latest book of the grand opening saga is devoted mostly to the Sveshnikov system.
"My work with this book was a rather complicated task by itself. My colleagues asked me often (sometimes ironically, sometimes with genuine interest) whether I had managed to refute the Chelyabinsk variation and when that refutation would be published? Here, I must admit: no, I have not refuted the Chelyabinsk variation. Frankly speaking, I have not even tried to do that. As far as my experience and my understanding of chess are concerned, Blacks opening set-up has a sound strategical basis and it can never be refuted outright. Having that in mind, I decided to try something different and that was to systematize the amassed material and knowledge and to point out the most unpleasant lines for Black." - writes Khalifman. "I have not tried to change radically any theoretical evaluations, but I have managed to discover some new ideas and I have to tell you that Black will need to solve difficult problems after them."
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