New January 2005

The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games

by Burgess, Nuun & Emms, (2004, 622pp.) - $29.95

One of the great chess book values around!

This new and expanded edition of The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games contains the 112 greatest chess games of all time≠selected, analyzed, re-evaluated and explained by a team of experts and illustrated with more than 900 diagrams. Among the highlights are Kasparov vs. Topalov; the super-computer Deep Blueís historic first win over Kasparov; Boris Spasskyís ďJames BondĒ Mating Combination; and Bobby Fischerís ďGame of the Century.Ē Study these games and learn about defense and counterattack, logical opening play, endgame strategy, psychological warfare, and how great players think.

 

Chess for Children -  GM Chandler & Milligan

 (112p, 2004)

Chess Discount Sales re-ordered numberous copies of  this excellent book - and we have substantially reduced the price of this heavy hard cover title. New price $27.50

With this charming book, children will delight in learning the basic moves of chess - the most popular and challenging strategy game of all. All the rules of chess are clearly explained, step by step, assuming no prior knowledge. The lessons are reinforced by the inventive tales that George is told by his pet alligator Kirsty, self-proclaimed grand-alligator of chess. Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. Although chess can be regarded as a rather complex and mysterious game, the rules themselves are straightforward. It doesn't take long to learn how the pieces move, and even children as young as five can enjoy exciting games. They will also thoroughly enjoy outwitting friends and relatives!

 

Chess Informant 91
Every volume of Chess Informant offers a selection of the best games played by the world's greatest chess players. Over 90% of the games are annotated by the players who played them. The classification code system facilitates the search by openings and variations, and the system of annotation signs and symbols is perfectly understandable to everyone. There are also the most interesting endings, combinations, the ten best games and the ten most important theoretical novelties from the previous volume, tournament crosstables and thorough indexes of players and annotators.
 

Chess Informant 91 contains 495 annotated games and 501 variations.
More information about this particular edition is shown in the tables below.


 
events held between
June 1st, 2004 and September 30th, 2004
events covered
Paks, Armenia Ė Rest of the World (m), Tripoli, Kasimdzhanov Ė Mi. Adams (m), Nederland (ch), Taiyuan, Biel, Dortmund, Russia Ė China (m), France (ch), Ukraine (ch), Pune, Magyarorszag Ė Deutschland (m), Kramnik Ė Leko (m), etc.
contributors
G. Kasparov, V. Anand, Kramnik, Leko, Mi. Adams, Svidler, R. Ponomariov, Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Sutovsky, Nisipeanu, N. Short, J. Lautier, Van Wely, Vallejo Pons, Krasenkow, Bologan, Sasikiran, I. Sokolov, A. Beliavsky, And. Volokitin, Kasimdzhanov, Rublevsky, L. Dominguez, Vescovi, M. Gurevich, Bruzon, Iordachescu, Berkes, P. Eljanov, Ki. Georgiev, Dautov, Kobalia, Alex. Fedorov, Tiviakov, Gyimesi, Korchnoi, J. Timman, Zhang Zhong, Sergey Karjakin, and many others.
trademark sections
The voting for the ten best games and the ten most important theoretical novelties from Chess Informant 90, theoretical survey in ECO format, the most interesting recent combinations, endings and studies, tournament standings and crosstables, and the best of Peter Lekoís creative output.
free supplement with CD
Chess Informant 90 in PGN format
(games without annotations)

Chess Informant Volume 91 with CD $65

Chess Informant Volume 91 book only $55

Chess Informant Volume 91 CD only $52

Reuben Fine 1929-1951 - Woodger (2004) h/c 292 large pages (McFarland publisher) $115

American Grandmaster Reuben Fine grew up in the East Bronx in an impoverished Russian-Jewish family, learning to play chess from an uncle at the age of eight. During his high school years, his stake winnings and coins earned from playing at a Coney Island concession helped support his family. After graduating from college, he decided to become a professional player. Though his active international career was brief, his accomplishment and talent are unmistakably significant.

This comprehensive collection of 659 of Reuben Fineís tournament and match games is presented chronologically, in context, and with annotations from contemporary sources. More than 180 other games and game fragments (rapid transit, correspondence, exhibition, blitz, and others) are also included. The work also includes a biography of Fine, and notes aspects of his career that merit further study: his contribution to endgame and middlegame theory, his methods and style of play, and his exhibition play. Fineís career results, brief biographical data about his opponents, a comprehensive bibliography that includes his contributions to journals, and indexes of players and of openings complete the work.

 

Amos Burn -  Forester (2004) h/c 972 large pages (McFarland publisher) $135

Foreword by Victor Korchnoi

This work on the Englishman Amos Burn assembles and analyzes all extant games and provides a thorough biography of the famous chess master of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It chronicles in exceptional detail the broader picture of chess development throughout that era. Burn was active for a long time, winning victories over such masters as Blackburne, Marshall, Steinitz (his mentor), Alekhine, and Zukertort. He was a fighting player who relished tactical battles against his more romantic rivals but was also one of the world's best defensive players. He made a number of valuable discoveries in such openings as the Queen's Gambit Declined and the Ruy Lůpez, and even today his name remains associated with a variation of the French Defense.

 

Secrets of Opening Surprises Vol 2 - (2004, NIC) 142 pages $35.95

Tired of main lines? Shock your opponent with an SOS!

Contents

1 Jeroen Bosch:           The SOS Files
2¬†Ian Rogers:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Refining Fischerís Plan
3 Alexander Beliavsky: Destroying the Benoni Wall
4 Maxim Notkin:            When I was Young
5¬†Jeroen Bosch:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†Morozevichís Pet Line in the Albin
6 Michal Krasenkow:     The Dutch in the English?
7 Dorian Rogozenko:     Follow the Experts
8¬†Jeroen Bosch:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Letís wait and see: 3...h6 in the French
9 Sergei Movsesian:      Play like a Beginner
10 Dimitri Reinderman:  The Haberditz Variation
11 Jeroen Bosch:          Get the Edge on the Budapest
12 Igor Glek:                 Gambit Lines in the Glek Variation
13 Jeroen Bosch:          Beating the Van Geet
14 Dorian Rogozenko:  A Latvian Speciality vs the Dragon
15¬†Mihai GrŁnberg:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† It is Better Playing White
16 Glenn Flear:             The Solid but Tricky Fianchetto Spanish
17 Jonathan Rowson:  The Improved Nadanian

 

Play the Sicilian Dragon - Dearing (Gambit 2004) 256 large pages $49.95

The Dragon variation is one of the key battlegrounds of modern chess, and a perennial favorite of ambitious chess-players of all standards. Black develops his pieces so as to maximize the strategic pluses granted him in the Open Sicilian. If White is to expose a defect in the Dragon, it must be by a direct attack, and this leads to ferocious battles, with White trying to checkmate the black king via the h-file, while Black seeks to gain counterplay down the c-file and on the long diagonal. In the Dragon, many Sicilian themes are seen in their clearest form, with the ...Rxc3 exchange sacrifice particularly important. Even Dragon endgames tend to be very sharp, with Black often possessing a swathe of mobile pawns in return for an exchange, a piece, or even a whole rook.

In hazardous territory, a guide is essential, and Edward Dearing has stepped up to offer his services. He explains at length the all-important general themes, and advises on how to choose plans and methods, drawing upon his many years of experience and study of the Dragon. Dearing also provides an up-to-date view of Dragon theory, including many new ideas and suggestions to help the reader tailor his Dragon repertoire to suit his own preferences.

Edward Dearing is an IM, and one of Scotland's top players. He was equal first in the Smith & Williamson Young Masters in 2002, and has represented his country several times in World and European junior championships. He has a degree in law from Cambridge University. This is his first chess book.

 

Improve your Positional Chess - Hansen (Gambit 2004) 192 pages $45.95

Throughout a game of chess, the players must constantly make judgements and decisions that cannot be determined simply by calculation. They must then rely on their positional judgement. Good positional skills are primarily developed by experience, but they can also be learnt. In this book, Carsten Hansen provides a wealth of advice and ideas that will help give readers a helping hand up to new levels of positional understanding. Paramount in this discussion is the player's need to weigh up positional elements at the board, and decide which are most important for the situation at hand. Topics include: the quest for weaknesses, "what is the initiative?", understanding imbalances, the relative value of the pieces, decisions regarding pawn-structures, structural weaknesses, and where and how to attack.

 

Batsford

Sit and Solve Chess Problems $8-95

 

Beating the Petroff - (2004, 240P) Kotronias $34.95

 

Scandinavian Defence  - (2004, 192p) Plaskett $34.95

 

Attacking Repertoire for White - (2004, 192p) Collins $39.95

 

 

Sets/Boards

Our new full container of outdoor garden sets and boards have arrived from Germany. Prices are as follows - we have reduced the price on some of these products - but none have increased.

Small Boards (15cm x 15cm squares) $149

Small Draughts $135

Small (King 31cm height) Garden (Terrace) sets $275

Large boards (35cm x 35cm) Squares $695

Large draughts $425

Large garden sets (king 64cm height) $1249