What's New October 2012

(updated 15th October 2012)

The manager of Chess Discount Sales is Peter Parr (OAM) – Order of Australia Medal (1997) for services to chess, who is the only Australian to be awarded both the International Arbiter Title (1978) as well as the International Organiser Title (2012) by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

Advise on all chess matters is always available 11am-3pm Monday-Saturday (02) 9690-2247.

Peter Parr is also 6 times Captain of the Australian Olympiad Team and Chess Correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald for 40 years and a 4 times President of the NSW Chess Association and a former NSW State Champion.

Super Special Package

7 books special $125! (value over $300!)

Including GST and Postage.

320 pages (248 mm by 172 mm, hardback)

240 pages (226 mm by 174 mm)

101 CHESS OPENING TRAPS (Steve Giddins)
112 pages (210 mm by 145 mm)

176 pages (210 mm by 145 mm)

240 pages (248 mm by 172 mm)

320 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).

176 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).

2012 Christmas Special!

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

by Garry Kasparov

The greatest battles played by the greatest chess player of all time with his own notes.

Now reduced from $64.95 to $54.95 (Published December 2011)

Part 2 is scheduled to be released late 2013

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 11˝/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.

download paper book sample (pdf)

Our huge range of chess books purchased by me before November 2011 are all reduced by a massive 40% in our semi-retirement sale.

Be early for Christmas!

We have over 200 IBM compatible chess software products.

The best product for players of all standards with multiple features for Christmas 2012 is Fritz 13.

The price is reduced by 30% from $99 to $69.30

 Fritz 13 - Now $69.30

Join the community! “Let’s Check” is a revolutionary new feature of Fritz 13 that will change the chess world*. With it Fritz 13 users can join a world-wide community that will put together a giant knowledge base for chess. Whenever you analyze a position to any meaningful depth with your chess engine Fritz 13 will, if you allow it, send the main line and evaluation to a central server, to be shared by all participating users. Soon you will be able to find deep analysis to almost every position you look at – instantly, pre-generated by the finest engines in the world, running on the most powerful machines around. Gone are the days where you would have to wait for your computer to reach substantial depth in order to make sure you are not falling into a trap. You will even be able to see the analysis of different chess engines and compare their results – all without a second of wait time.
“Discover” a position! It does not matter whether you are a beginner, a club player or a Super-GM. If you use a powerful engine to analyze a hitherto unknown position with the Let’s Check function switched on, you will be automatically registered as the “discoverer” of that position.

“Conquer” chess positions! Let’s Check keeps updating the evaluations to any given position with newer, deeper analysis as this becomes available. Using powerful machines and the latest engines allows you to “conquer” positions, with your name attached to the newest, deepest analysis. You can also add comments to your analysis, which other users will see when they encounter the position.

Even if you are not a great openings expert you can become one using Let’s Check. The entire body of modern openings theory is built into the system, and Let’s Check provides you instantly with the latest statistics of any position in the opening: how often did it occur, which moves were played, with what success. The openings book is updated on a weekly basis and will show you which variations are currently topical and how good they are. It will also reveal which lines are being analysed and debated in the international community, and with what conclusions.

Using Let’s Check while watching top games live on the Playchess server becomes an experience in itself. Not only do you have the latest openings and statistics at your disposal, you can also see the results of the most powerful computers and engines that are logged into the server – total information on any computer, in the blink of an eye.

Other features of Fritz 13: improved and enhanced database management, improved user interface in Windows Office 2010 standard, new and more powerful Fritz 13 engine, especially tuned for deep analysis.

Naturally Fritz 13 continues to offer chess players everything they need to study and train: professional board graphics, engine management, adjustable playing strength, coach functions, move explanation, automatic game analysis and commentary, training modules for openings, tactics and endgames, professional printing of games and diagrams, a database of 1.5 million games, ten hours of private video instructions by grandmasters. And the icing on the cake: six months of free premium membership to the world’s largest chess server: Playchess.com.

More Information on Fritz13 (Video tutorial, Manual)

System requirements

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, 100% DirectX10 compatible soundcard , DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9 and Internet connection required for Internet-based features (playchess.com, lets check etc.). Program activation via Internet required! Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible soundcard, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and Internet connection required for Internet-based features (playchess.com, lets check etc.). Program activation via Internet required! * Access to “Let’s Check” database till 31.12.2014 

Chessbase Mega Database 2012 (5.1 million games, 66,000 anotated, latest current version) was $299 Now $199 (One only)


The exclusive annotated database. Contains more than 5.1 millions games from 1560 to 2011 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 66,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest topclass annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2011. Mega 2012 also features a new edition of the playerbase. As usual, this is where most of the work was done. As the player index now contains already more than 265,000 entries, it made sense to use an adapted playerbase which includes about 282,000 names. Doing this, the photo database was extended as well to contain 33,000 pictures now. Incl. Online Mega-Update 2012: With ChessBase 10 or 11 you can download games for Mega 2012 for the whole year, a total of approximately 200,000! That means your Mega 2012 will remain up to date from January to December.

Mega Database 2012:

System requirements: 1 GHz Pentium PC, Windows 7/Vista/XP, 512 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, ChessBase 11, Internet connection required for online updates.

Chessbase Big Database 2012 (5.1 million games, latest current version) was $99 Now $69.30 (Three only)


The Big Database 2012 contains more than 5.1 millions games from 1560 to 2011 in the highest ChessBase quality standard with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The most recent games of the database are from the Middle of November 2011.
Big Database 2012:

System requirements: 1 GHz Pentium PC, Windows 7/Vista/XP, 512 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, ChessBase 11 or Fritz 13.

Strategy University (Chessbase software, total running time 11h 35m)

by GM 

Volumes I, II, III (All 2011) = Was $179.85 Now $125

Strategy University Vol 1: The Central Approach (3h 50m)

Strategy University Vol 2: Prevention and Preparation in Chess (3h 30m)

Strategy University Vol 3: Positional Pawn Sacrifice (4h 15m)


Our Substantial range of quality wooden sets from Amritsar, India in many sizes in Ebonywood, Rosewood and Sheeshamwood heavily weighted, weighted and unweighted boxed or unboxed ranging from $44.95 to $1000 with a large variety of wooden chess boards in many sizes and different woods from Barcelona, Spain have all been reduced by 30% in our semi-retirement sale. Numerous other sets in metal, marble, glass, Ceramic etc.

Chess Computers

We stock the full range of Novag chess computers

Our best seller for Christmas 2012 is the Novag Carnelian II at $175 (adapter optional extra $25)

Carnelian II - $175

For novice to experienced players
est. strength: 1900 USCF


Our best selling chess clock for Christmas 2012 is the DGT (Netherlands) 2010 (official clock of the World Chess Federation) with all digital functions now $99.90

DGT 2010

(new version with blue line)

DGT 2010, the official chess clock of the World Chess Federation FIDE.

 The DGT 2010 was introduced in 2007 and received the status of "Official FIDE Chess Clock" in June 2008 after tests by four top-level arbiters concluded that the clock is in full accordance with all FIDE rules and regulations.

 Some features of the DGT 2010 were amended in November 2010 to comply with popular timing systems.

The main differences of the new model DGT 2010 with respect to the previous version are:

 The DGT 2010 is suitable for use with many games e.g. it has Japanese and Canadian Byo-yomi settings for Go.

Was $119.50 Now $99.90 (includes batteries)

DGT Easy Black & Beyond Digital Clock with batteries is $59.95

The DGT Easy is the first digital chess clock for everybody and for every game. The Easy clock combines high quality with absolute simplicity.

Player friendly. Handy front buttons, simple one-touch reset, clear large display. Optional buzzer. The Easy comes in a nice gift-box. The DGT Easy is ideally suited for chess clubs, schools and home use.

DGT Easy Black & Beyond

$59.95 (includes batteries)

A club or school favourite is the..

Quartz Master Game Timer (analogue chess clock) reduced to $31.95

Master Game Timer (Quartz) - $44.95 less 30% = $31.95

The Quartz Chess Clock is one of our most economical chess clock, though it is still a very nice quality analog chess timer. It is easy to use and set, keeps accurate time, has a sturdy build, and is powered for a long time by only one AA battery. These are the perfect chess clocks for schools or clubs who want a very simple clock to operate and don't want to be dealing with complicated digital clock settings.  Easy adjust hands. Battery included. On Off switch on back, so batteries won't run down during transport. The colour has blue, black or custom colour.
The style is the second hand.

New Books!

192 pages (210 mm by 145 mm).

Playing as Black in a game of chess can be difficult. Do you simply try to neutralize White's initiative, or go all-out to complicate the game? Either way, there are many pitfalls, and a lot of study may be needed.

In this book, Grandmaster Eingorn shows that it is possible both to play solidly, and to take White out of his comfort zone. He recommends ideas and move-orders that are a little off the beaten track, but which he has very carefully worked out over many years of his own practice. The repertoire, based on playing 1...e6, is strikingly creative and will appeal to those who want a stress-free life as Black. You will get every chance to demonstrate your chess skills, and are very unlikely to be blown off the board by a sharp prepared line. All you need is a flexible approach, and a willingness to try out new structures and ideas. Eingorn's subtle move-orders are particularly effective if White refuses to pick up the gauntlet, as Black can then use his delay in playing ...Nf6 to good effect and take the fight directly to his opponent.

Viacheslav Eingorn is an extremely experienced grandmaster from Odessa (Ukraine), who played regularly and successfully in the Top League of the USSR Championship in the 1980s. He has represented Ukraine many times in team events, winning a gold medal at the 2001 World Team Championship. Eingorn is a FIDE Senior Trainer, and coached the victorious Ukrainian women's team at the 2006 Olympiad.

Download a pdf file with a sample from the book.

This is a more traditional treatment which older readers, like myself, may appreciate an opening manual that is also a guide or even a friend. I spotted games from all eras which shows depth of reading and balanced research. The fonts are easy on the eye. Short-form algebraic is used throughout. A pleasure to recommend this little gem of a book. Later: Perhaps the best book of 2012 so far. A creative effort. - James Pratt, www.britishchessmagazine.co.uk

"Answering 1 d4/1e4 with 1...e6 is not a new idea, but the author's original interpretation makes this a recommendation for anyone wishing to trying something new" - Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad

"All together we have here a very reliable repertoire book!" - John Elburg, chessbooks.nl

Gambit books by Eingorn: Decision-Making at the Chessboard, Creative Chess Opening Preparation, A Rock-Solid Chess Opening Repertoire for Black, Chess Explained: The French (Eingorn & Bogdanov).

VISHY ANAND: WORLD CHESS CHAMPION (Vishy Anand & John Nunn) - $46.95
544 pages (210 mm by 145 mm).

This new expanded edition of the award-winning Vishy Anand: My Best Games of Chess (New Edition) features 30 extra games from the period of Anand's greatest successes.

Anand has been one of the world's top players for more than two decades, and cemented his place in the all-time hall of fame by winning the unified World Championship in 2007, and successfully defending his title against Kramnik and Topalov. But it's not just his results that make Anand special. His style of play leads to highly spectacular games, and his speed of thought is the stuff of legends. He is also a great explainer of ideas, as his annotations for this book demonstrate. Anand is renowned as 'Mr Nice Guy', popular with both the public and his fellow supergrandmasters.

John Nunn, who collaborated with Anand on the original book, has annotated 30 games selected by Anand himself from the period 2001-2011. This new edition also features biographical information and a career record.

Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand comes from southern India and is the greatest chess-player of his generation. Having shot to fame as a child, playing master-standard chess at lightning speed, he became a grandmaster in 1987. Anand contested his first world championship match in 1995, and won the FIDE Championship in 2000. He has been World Champion since 2007, and has won many elite-level tournaments throughout his long career. Grandmaster John Nunn is a three-time World Chess Solving Champion, and is famous for the quality of his chess writing.

Download a pdf file with a sample from the book.

"Anand and Nunn have produced a high-quality games collection - an excellent chess book that is sure to provide the readers with many hours of enjoyment" - Phil Hughes, British Chess Magazine

"A beautiful book of more than 500 pages..." - Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad

"...a first rate tribute to apopular and well-liked World Champion..." - IM John Donaldson

"A good and therefore commendable work that has been placed very accurately in time." - Uwe Bekemann, www.bdf-fernschachbund.de

"This book is full of wonderful games, many of which are tremedously complex, and occasionally the variations run to a considerable depth - neither Anand nor Nunn refrain from showing concrete variations, where the position warrants it. But both offer a nice balance of explanatory annotation as well, so there is a great deal of instructional value in here as well." - GM Luke McShane, New-in-Chess Magazine

"The book is an anticipation of the world championship and offers great pleasure as well. It belongs on every chess player's bookshelf." - Heinz Däubler, Der Neue Tag Weiden

"One of the best chess biographies from the last 50 years!" - John Elburg, chessbooks.nl

Gambit books by John Nunn: 1001 Deadly Checkmates, Endgame Challenge, Grandmaster Chess Move by Move, Grandmaster Secrets: Winning Quickly at Chess, John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book NEW EDITION, Learn Chess, Learn Chess Tactics, Nunn's Chess Endings volume 1, Nunn's Chess Endings volume 2, Secrets of Pawnless Endings, Secrets of Practical Chess NEW EDITION, Secrets of Rook Endings, Solving in Style, Understanding Chess Middlegames,Understanding Chess Endgames, Understanding Chess Move by Move, Vishy Anand: World Chess Champion (with Vishy Anand).

New in Chess

New In Chess 2012/6 - $18.95
The World's Premier Chess Magazine
by The NIC Editorial team

Modern Chess Preparation - $39.95
Getting Ready for Your Opponent in the Information Age
by Vladimir Tukmakov

The Powerful Catalan - $44.95
A Complete Repertoire for White
by Victor Bologan

Yearbook 104 - $53.95
The Chess Player's Guide to Opening News
by The NIC Editorial team

Back in Stock

Profession: Chessplayer - $43.95
Grandmaster at Work

by Vladimir Tukmakov