1...d6: Move by Move - $43.95

This is a new series which provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved, and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general skills and knowledge.

1...d6 can be employed as a universal defence to any White opening, making it an ideal practical weapon for Black. In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in examining a cocktail of challenging lines with 1...d6. He shares his experience and knowledge, studies the typical plans and tactics for both sides, and provides answers to all the key questions.

  • Presents a repertoire for Black with 1...d6
  • Includes tactical and strategic exercises
  • Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study
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    Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni - $36.95

    by Richard Palliser

    Chess Developments is a brand new series providing state-of-the-art openings coverage. Chess Developments focuses on the current trends – concentrating on critical lines, theoretical novelties and powerful new ideas. It offers players of all levels the opportunity to keep up-to-date with current opening theory whilst also expanding and improving their repertoires.

    The Modern Benoni is an exciting, counter-attacking weapon against 1 d4. Black willingly creates an early imbalance which allows both sides to fight for the initiative in positions which are rich in tactical and strategic possibilities. In this book, Richard Palliser examines the most theoretically important and instructive Modern Benoni games from recent years, highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Whether playing White or Black, studying this book will provide you with essential information on a popular opening.

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    The Nimzo-Indian: Move by Move - $43.95

    by John Emms

    This is a brand new series which provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, Move by Move greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved, and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general opening skills and knowledge.

    In this book, Grandmaster John Emms invites you to join him in a study of the Nimzo-Indian – an opening which is highly popular at all levels of chess and has been his favourite defence to 1 d4 for over 30 years. Here he shares his experience and knowledge, examines the opening from both sides of the board and offers answers to all the key questions.

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    Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4: Dealing with the Scandinavian, Pirc, Modern, Alekhine and other tricky lines - $36.95

    by Andrew Greet

    Anyone who plays 1 e4 as White must be prepared not only for Black’s main defences but also an assortment of less popular lines. These, when taken together, represent a significant percentage of the replies you can expect to meet when opening 1 e4. Dealing with these slightly offbeat variations is often a daunting task, especially since your opponents are likely to be specialists in these lines and therefore know them inside out.

    This book provides the perfect solution. International Master Andrew Greet gets to grips with each of these tricky openings. He identifies how to exploit their weaknesses whilst avoiding their strengths, thus constructing a practical and dependable repertoire for White. This book covers everything a 1 e4 player needs to know about facing these defences.

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    Reviews

    Playing the Ruy Lopez is one thing, but to use 1 e4 in serious games requires knowledge of numerous other openings. This new book should help readers deal with some of Black’s other responses.

    —marshtowers.blogspot.com


    Chess Secrets: Giants of Innovation: Learn from Steinitz, Lasker, Botvinnik, Korchnoi and Ivanchuk - $36.95

    by Craig Pritchett

    Chess Secrets is a series of books which uncover the mysteries of the most important aspects of chess, such as strategy, attack, defence, opening play, endgames, off-board preparation and mental attitude. In each book the author chooses and deeply studies a number of great players who have excelled in such aspects of the game, greatly influenced their peers and inspired all of us.

    In Giants of Innovation, Craig Pritchett selects five chess legends whose play exemplifies outstandingly innovative attributes. Wilhelm Steinitz established the essential ground-rules for modern positional chess. Emanuel Lasker pioneered a new kind of “total”, all-out battling chess. Mikhail Botvinnik taught us how to prepare and successfully play an entire range of complex modern opening systems. Viktor Korchnoi set particularly high standards in the art of defence and counter-attack. Vassily Ivanchuk, a modern byword for ingenuity and surprise, excels by constant creation.

    Read this book and enhance your own skills. Understand how to inject more innovation into your own games.

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    Reviews

    Craig Pritchett, the respected Scottish champion on two occasions, has produced just the kind of book I like - plenty of games by top players with authoritative but readable notes

    —Raymond Keene
    The Spectator


    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1: 1973-1985 - $64.95

    by Garry Kasparov

    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, part 1 is the first book in a major new three-volume series. This series will be unique by the fact that it will record the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chessplayer of all-time. The series in itself is a continuation of Kasparov’s mammoth history of chess, comprising My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess.

    Kasparov’s historical volumes have received great critical and public acclaim for their rigorous analysis and comprehensive detail regarding the developments in chess that occurred both on and off the board.. This new volume and series continues in this vein with Kasparov scrutinising his most fascinating encounters from the period 1973-1985 whilst also charting his development away from the board.

    This period opens with the emergence of a major new chess star from Baku and ends with Kasparov’s first clash with reigning world champion Anatoly Karpov – a mammoth encounter that stretched out over six months. It had been known in Russia for some time that Kasparov had an extraordinary talent but the first time that this talent was unleashed on the western world was in 1979. The Russian Chess Federation had received an invitation for a player to participate in a tournament at Banja Luka and, under the impression that this was a junior event, sent along the fifteen year old Kasparov (as yet without even an international rating!). Far from being a junior tournament, Banja Luka was actually a major international event featuring numerous world class grandmasters. Undeterred Kasparov stormed to first place, scoring 11½/15 and finishing two points clear of the field. Over the next decade this 'broad daylight' between Kasparov and the rest of the field was to become a familiar sight in the world’s leading tournaments.

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    The Ruy Lopez: Move by Move - $39.95

    by Neil McDonald

    This is a new series which provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.

    In this book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald studies one of the most important openings of all, the Ruy Lopez. This famous opening enjoys a long and distinguished history and is still widely regarded as White’s strongest choice after 1 e4 e5. McDonald shares his experience and knowledge of the Lopez, examines the main ideas for both sides and offers answers to the key questions.

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    Reviews

    GM McDonald provides lucid explanations and pertinent examples to present a high quality guide to one of the most popular of all chess openings.

    —marshtowers.blogspot.com


    Play the Benko Gambit - $34.95

    The Benko Gambit is undoubtedly one of Black’s most dynamic openings. In return for his pawn investment Black gains long-term pressure, which is often so powerful it continues right through into the endgame. White must decide whether to grab the pawn and try to hold on, or to choose a more aggressive approach. Either way, Black generally succeeds in his aim of unbalancing the position from a very early stage.

    In this book, Nicolai V. Pedersen presents a concise and practical repertoire for Black within the Benko Gambit. Using illustrative games, he examines the critical main lines of the gambit, the tricky sidelines and also explains how to meet the various options White has of avoiding the Benko. Studying this book will allow you to play the Benko Gambit with confidence in your own games.

    • A complete repertoire for Black in the Benko Gambit
    • Also covers Anti-Benko lines and 2 Nf3 c5
    • Examines the typical ideas and plans for both sides

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    Reviews

     

    I am very impressed by this book. With the choices of lines recommended for Black, and with the amount of work Pedersen has put into the volume. After studying the material and the lines recommended by Pedersen, I am ready to reinstate the Benko to my repertoire.

    For players rated 1700-1800, the introduction details typical ideas and indicates which of the main games employs these ideas, and the annotations allow one to follow the narrative without too much trouble. For even very strong players, the analysis the lines makes the material worthy of study. I highly recommend this book to all levels of Benko Gambit devotees

    ***** (out of 6)

     

    —Carsten Hansen
    ChessCafe.com

    While Play the Benko Gambit covers all the existing theory it is also user friendly with plenty of explanatory prose and tips to enable the first timer to get a quick handle on this opening. Plays from 1800 to 2400 will benefit from it.

    —John Donaldson
    Jeremysilman.com

     

    Insgesamt ist Nicolai Pedersen ein gutes Buch gelungen, das nach inzwischen 6 Jahren eine Lücke schließt und den Leser im Benkö-Gambit auf den neuesten Stand bringt

    A successful book that fills a theoretical gap of 6 years.

     

    —Klaus Kögler
    Kaissiber

    It’s a good guide to the current state of play in the Benko Gambit and it achieves its aim; club and tournament players will definitely be able to use the recommendations here as a repertoire against 1 d4/2c4.

    —Sean Marsh
    marshtowers.blogspot.com


    The Slav: Move by Move - $43.95

    by Cyrus Lakdawala

    This is a brand new series which provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, Move by Move greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved, and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general opening skills and knowledge.

    In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala examines the universally popular Slav Defence which has been his main choice against 1 d4 for many years. Here he shares his experience and knowledge of his favourite opening, presents a repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions.

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    I think the series has potential to stay head and neck well above the rest of the books in the genre.

    How about this specific book: "The Slav: Move by Move" by Cyrus Lakdawala? In short, a good book! I like the Questions and stuff to make you read actively. I like somewhat chatty and easy going prose in the book.

     

    —Farbror
    Chess.com

     

    Fazit: Ein empfehlenswertes Lehrbuch zur Slawischen Verteidigung für den Spieler, der diese Eröffnung von der Pike an erlernen und theoretisch durchdringen möchte.

    Absolutely recommended for those who want to learn the Slav and its theory from scratch.

     

    —www.bdf-fernschachbund.de (German Corresspondence Chess Assoc.)


    Declining the Queen's Gambit - $34.95

    by John Cox

    This book provides a repertoire for Black with the ever-popular Queen’s Gambit Declined. Opening expert John Cox covers not one but two key options for Black. The Tartakower Variation is a sophisticated defence used successfully by world champions such as Kasparov, Karpov and Kramnik. The Lasker Variation is an easy-to-learn and reliable option devised by one of the legends of the game. Cox also demonstrates how to play against White’s other tries, including the Exchange Variation, Catalan and Bf4 lines. He explains in detail the typical plans and tactics adopted by both sides, whilst also tackling the tricky subject of move-order possibilities.

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    Reviews

    ...This all makes for a book that offers a Black repertoire that should be attractive to many players. After reading this book, I feel compelled to study the opening in more depth and try it out for myself. ****** (out of 6) - MAXIMUM rating!

    —Carsten Hansen
    ChessCafe.com

     

    It is great that Everyman Chess understands the needs of these players and publishes this book not only in the traditional format, but also as an e-book or more exactly a Chessbase file. Apart from the convenience, this makes it possible to check the analysis with chess engines and keep the book up to date by adding new games to it. I find this simply great and want to specially recommend the digital version of this book.

    In short: high quality analysis of a very popular opening, where white is struggling in current top level chess to proof even the slightest advantage, is presented. The book is ideally suited to club players and also contains a lot of interesting analysis for professionals. The digital version of the book is to be specially recommended.

     

    —Hedinn Steingrimsson
    Chess Today


    Attacking Chess: The King's Indian, Volume 2 - $37.95

    by David Vigorito

    The King's Indian remains a hugely popular opening at all levels of chess - unsurprising given the attacking opportunities it offers. In many of the ultra-sharp main lines, both sides can fight for the initiative. White frequently wins the queenside battle but this often turns out to be a Pyrrhic victory as Black wins the war by checkmating on the kingside! Black is hunting the enemy king and this gives him a psychological edge in practical play.

    Here David Vigorito presents an aggressive repertoire for Black based on the main lines. Vigorito is renowned for his attention to detail and creativity, and his repertoire is full of innovative ideas. What's more, his lucid explanations of the key plans and tactics will benefit all players. Volume 2 of his work deals with the Four Pawns Attack, the Fianchetto Variation, the Averbakh Variation and many other lines.

    Attacking Chess is a series of opening repertoire books which focus on traditional attacking openings, as well as creative and forceful ways to play openings that are not always associated with attacking chess. It provides ambitious repertoires designed for players of all levels.

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    International Master Dave Vigorito has built a name for himself as a thorough and conscientious author of theoretical works, and the second of his two-part series on the King's Indian Defence - Attacking Chess: The King's Indian Volume 2 (Everyman Chess, 2011, 368 pages, $27.95) - will support his reputation.

    Recommended to sophisticated, theory-hungry King's Indian fans

     

    —Dennis Monokroussos
    Chess Today


    The New Old Indian: A Repertoire for Black against 1d4 - $34-95

    by Alexander Cherniaev and Eduard Prokuronov

    The Old Indian Defence is considered to be a sound way for Black to meet 1 d4. Some might argue that it is steady rather than spectacular, but is this reputation totally deserved? Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev strongly disagrees, and in this book he introduces ambitious and aggressive ways for Black to play in the main lines. He constructs an improved version of a repertoire he has himself utilized with great success against grandmaster opposition. Using illustrative games, he studies the fundamental tactical and positional ideas for both sides, and also covers what to do if White avoids the Old Indian. This book tells you everything you need to know about playing the New Old Indian.

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    Reviews

     

    By organizing the material around model games and plenty of prose the authors have made The New Old Indian accessible to a wide range of players from 1800 to 2400. It doesn’t hurt that the proposed repertoire is not theoretical by today’s standards nor does it lead to excessive simplification – the one exception 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 is still quite rich in possibilities for both sides.

    Recommended

     

    —John Donaldson

    This is a fascinating book... ***** (out of 6)

    —Carsten Hansen
    ChessCafe.com


    How to Beat the Sicilian Defence: An Anti-Sicilian Repertoire for White - $43.95

    by Gawain Jones

    The Sicilian Defence is by far the most popular chess opening. If you play 1 e4 as White, on average you are likely to meet the Sicilian in virtually every other game! You need to be prepared to face the Sicilian at all times, and a ready-to-use repertoire against it is an indispensible weapon.

    In this book, Gawain Jones confronts the challenge of meeting the Sicilian head on. He has constructed a comprehensive Anti-Sicilian repertoire for White, which is based on lines that are successfully employed at grandmaster level. These are sound, reliable options for White, but don’t be fooled – they also contain more than a drop of poison. Variations covered include the popular King’s Indian Attack, various Bb5 systems and weapons against Black’s offbeat tries.

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    Lessons with a Grandmaster: Enhance your chess strategy and psychology with Boris Gulko - $36.95

    by Boris Gulko and Dr. Joel R. Sneed

    Imagine you are a club player who has been given the opportunity to talk at length with a famous grandmaster. How would you make the most of this opportunity?

    Club players are unaware of the subtleties in Grandmaster chess. Great players can analyze chess at a depth that is unfathomable to amateurs. However, having reached such a high level can make it difficult to understand what is lacking in the mind of the amateur.

    Lessons with a Grandmaster bridges this gap between grandmaster and amateur through a series of conversations between teacher, the renowned Grandmaster Boris Gulko, and student Dr. Joel R. Sneed, a professor of psychology and amateur chess player. The lessons are based on Gulko's own battles against fellow grandmasters, and there is particular focus on strategy, tactics and the role of psychology in chess competition.

    UPDATE: Since working on this book Dr. Sneed has gained 200 rating points and tied for 1st place in the Marshall Chess Club Under 2000 tournament with 4 out of 5 and a performance rating of 2100! His rating before the book was 1613 and now his rating is 1813. He also earned his first norm for the 1st category title.

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    Reviews

    This collaboration has produced a book which is very readable, with instructional value for players of many levels (my own included).

    —Luke McShane
    New in Chess

    It is impossible to recommend this book highly enough. Ten out of ten.

    —Paul Kane
    manchester Chess Federation

     

    This book is an outstanding contribution to instructional chess...This title is destined to be a classic...Lessons with a Grandmaster might just be the finest treatise ever written on the nuances and dynamics of positional play. This is learning at its best.

     

    —John D. Worth
    ChessCafe.com

     

    Ein sehr instruktives Buch, das selbst stärkeren Clubspielern gute Dienste erweisen sollte

    A highly instructive book that will help even strong club players to improve.

     

    —Harry Schaak
    KARL (German chess Magazine)


    Analyse Your Chess - $34.95

    by Colin Crouch

    Leading chess author Colin Crouch believes that the key to sustained chess improvement lies in the critical analysis and assessment of your own games. Each and every game you play provides a significant learning opportunity, and this opportunity should never be squandered.

    In this sequel to his highly acclaimed Why We Lose at Chess, Crouch examines what we should do to maximize our chess results and ratings, how to turn losses into draws, and draws into wins. Here he focuses on major issues such as improving decision making, how to plan after the opening, how to maintain objectivity, improving endgame skills, the psychological aspects of the game, and much more. Read this book, analyse your chess, and get ready to improve your results!

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    Reviews

    Colin Crouch convinces us with his own games and in his entertaining style that it is very useful to analyse your own games. Especially the lost ones, something even grandmasters don’t like to do.

    —Bab en Truus Wilders
    Nederlands Dagbla