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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
GM McDonald provides lucid explanations and pertinent examples to present a high quality guide to one of the most popular of all chess openings.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
...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!
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.
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.
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
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.
This is a fascinating book... ***** (out of 6)
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.
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.
This collaboration has produced a book which is very readable, with instructional value for players of many levels (my own included).
New in Chess
It is impossible to recommend this book highly enough. Ten out of ten.
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
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.
KARL (German chess Magazine)
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!
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