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Chess for Rookies: Learn to Play, Win and Enjoy!

by IM Craig Pritchett

 

Chess for Rookies is a fun-to-read, leisurely, yet well-paced guide.

Assuming no prior knowledge of the game, Craig Pritchett takes the beginner on a journey through the crucial basics. Mixing instruction and good humour, this book is an ideal way to learn how to play and win at chess.


*****

Rampant Chess (Quality)

A collection of the most entertaining games by Scottish Masters

* Watch the great Scots cross swords with the likes of Anand, Karpov, Korchnoi, Kamsky, Smyslov, Portisch, Shirov, Ivanchuk, Adams, Ponomariov...
and many more

* Written in a completely original and humourous style - there is no other chess book quite like it!

*All proceeds from the book go to Chess Scotland and will be recycled into promoting our favourite game (no, not football - chess!)

*****

Dangerous Weapons: Anti-Sicilians: Dazzle your Opponents! John Emms Richard Palliser Peter Wells (Everyman)

In Dangerous Weapons: Anti-Sicilians, prominent opening specialists John Emms, Richard Palliser and Peter Wells take a revolutionary look at a popular group of openings - the Anti-Sicilians. But instead of travelling down well-trodden and analysed paths, the authors concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!

*****

Dangerous Weapons: The Pirc and Modern Richard Palliser Colin McNab James Vigus (Everyman)

In this book, three leading experts take a revolutionary look at two popular and closely related openings: the Pirc and the Modern. Instead of analysing the well-trodden main lines they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of ‘dangerous' options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!

*****

Fighting the Ruy Lopez
Milos Pavlovic (Everyman)

Drawing upon his years of experience facing the Lopez, Grandmaster Milos Pavlovic devises a sound yet ambitious repertoire for Black based on the legendary Marshall Attack. The Marshall is a perfect counter-attacking weapon, as it avoids passive positions and the so-called ‘Spanish torture’. Furthermore, Black’s tactical and positional goals are usually clear-cut and often involve a direct attack against White’s king. The effectiveness of the Marshall is clear if you consider that the last two world champions have both suffered crushing defeats on the white side (Kramnik vs Leko, Brissago 2004; Anand vs Aronian, Morelia 2008) whilst Garry Kasparov always avoided it with White.

*****

Seven Ways to Smash the Sicilian
Yury Lapshun Nick Conticello (Everyman)

Seven Ways to Smash the Sicilian introduces, categorizes and studies the deadly sacrifices White has at his disposal. It’s impossible to play Open Sicilian positions with either colour without an intimate knowledge of these sacrifices. Read this book and discover everything you need to know.
An essential guide to destroying the Sicilian
A feast of entertaining games and violent sacrifices
Includes coverage of the main lines

*****

Winning Chess Middlegames
An Essential Guide to Pawn Structures by Ivan Sokolov (New in Chess)

Ever wondered why grandmasters take only seconds to see what's really going on in a chess position? It's all about structures, as Ivan Sokolov explains in this groundbreaking book. Winning Chess Middlegames addresses the often ignored but extremely important topic of pawn structures, divided into four main types: doubled pawns, isolated pawns, hanging pawns and pawn majorities. With its highly accessible verbal explanations and deep analyses of top-level games, this book helps you to solve the basic problems of the middlegame: space, tension and inititative.

*****

The Black Lion
The Chess Predator’s Choice Against Both 1.e4 and 1.d4
by Leo Jansen, Jerry van Rekom (New in Chess)

This robust, multipurpose opening system (in which Black plays d6, Nf6, Nbd7 and e5) looks quiet, like a sleeping lion - hence the name. But when this predator is provoked, and the game heats up, Black eats its prey in an extremely swift and efficient way. The opening moves are easy to learn, Black has a good choice of middlegame plans, the positions are fresh and interesting, and White will often struggle to counter Black's ideas.

*****

Fighting the Anti-Kings Indians: How to Handle White's tricky ways of avoiding the main lines by Yelena Dembo (Everyman)

'I love playing the King's Indian, but no-one ever allows me to reach my favourite opening!'Does this sound like an all too familiar complaint? The answer to this problem lies here.
The truth is you will reach your favourite opening in barely half the games you play against 1 d4, and that's why this book is a godsend to those players fed up with blindly searching for the right way to play against these annoying White systems designed to avoid the main lines.

*****

Dangerous Weapons: The Benoni and Benko by John Emms Chris Ward Richard Palliser Gawain Jones (Everyman)

Are you tired of playing the same old openings time and time again? Perhaps it's time for a change, but you cannot decide between the numerous options available? Here's the answer: choose Dangerous Weapons and amaze your opponents with new and exciting opening ideas!

In this book, four renowned opening experts get together to take a revolutionary look at the Benoni, the Benko and all their associated variations.

*****

Starting Out: The Modern
by Nigel Davies (Everyman)

The Modern Defence is a dynamic, ambitious and universal opening, one that can be used against virtually every system White can play. Black's provocative strategy is based upon allowing White to construct an imposing pawn centre in the anticipation that a well-timed strike will bring about its downfall. Both sides can play for high rewards, albeit at some risk: White can hope to succeed with a direct attack or to squash Black with a space advantage, while Black will aim to destroy White's centre and mop up the remains.
*****

The Flexible French Strategic Explanations & Surprise Weapons for Dynamic Players by Viktor Moskalenko (New in Chess)

The famous French Defence is one of the most widely-played chess openings. It is a fighting opening, which perfectly suits many club players as well as a growing number of top players.

The Flexible French is a revolutionary repertoire book for both Black and White. Viktor Moskalenko presents a wealth of original and dynamic options in every main line, proving that the French is a very lively and intriguing defence. This extremely accessible book rounds off with seven relatively unknown weapons, early deviations with which you may surprise your opponent, as Black or as White!

*****

Streetfigting Chess by Andrew Burnett

Streetfighting Chess is the exciting new book from three times East of Scotland Champion, Andrew Burnett.

A practical guide to attacking chess for club strength players, Streetfighting Chess will show how an aggressive approach to all aspects of the game can and will gain points. Moreover, it is designed to install in the reader a new sense of adventure and, importantly, increased enjoyment of the game.

*****

The Chebanenko Slav According to Bologan
by Viktor Bologan (NIC)

Joel Benjamin is one of the most prominent faces in the history of US chess. At thirteen years of age he broke Bobby Fischer's record as the youngest ever national master, and this was followed by countless tournament successes. Perhaps most famously, in 1997 he hit the headlines when he became the chess consultant for IBM's Deep Blue computer, which made history by beating World Champion Garry Kasparov in an epic encounter.

*****

100 Endgames You Must Know by Jesus De La Villa Garcia (NIC)

Most players tend to neglect the endgame, many even dodge the endgame by taking extreme risks in the middlegame, simply because they feel uncertain about the final phase.

But time limits have shortened, and the endgame has to be played fast. A solid basic knowledge is vital.

There are, contrary to what most amateurs believe, relatively few endgames one must know. Here the 100 endgames are presented that:
   - show up most frequently in practice
   - are easy to learn
   - contain ideas and concepts useful in more difficult positions.

*****

Pawn Sacrifice!: Winning at chess the adventurous way by
Timothy Taylor (Everyman)

Pawn sacrifices are incredibly common in chess games, and yet curiously they have been neglected in literature... until now.

In this pioneering work, Timothy Taylor carries out an in-depth study of this major subject. Using an abundance of instructive examples, Taylor uncovers the secrets of pawn sacrifices, highlighting the many reasons for their success and indicating the ideal situations in which pawn sacrifices work, as well as those cases in which they are not so effective.

*****

American Grandmaster
Four Decades of Chess Adventures
by Joel Benjamin (Everyman)

Joel Benjamin is one of the most prominent faces in the history of US chess. At thirteen years of age he broke Bobby Fischer's record as the youngest ever national master, and this was followed by countless tournament successes. Perhaps most famously, in 1997 he hit the headlines when he became the chess consultant for IBM's Deep Blue computer, which made history by beating World Champion Garry Kasparov in an epic encounter.

*****

From London to Elista
Behind the Scenes of Kramnik's Title Matches by Evgeny Bareev, Ilya Levitov (New in Chess)

The Inside Story of the World Chess Championship Matches that Vladimir Kramnik Won Against Garry Kasparov, Peter Leko and Veselin Topalov

Part 1: Overthrow of a Colossus: London 2000
Part 2: Photo Finish in Brissago: 2004
Part 3: Big Brother in Chess City: Elista 2006                         
 

*****

CHESS EXPLAINED: THE FRENCH (Viacheslav Eingorn & Valentin Bogdanov) (GAMBIT)
128 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
£12.99/$23.95/€20,35

The French Defence is one of the most important chess openings. Its qualities are such that it appeals to a wide range of chess temperaments: it is solid yet uncompromising, and with a variety of chaotic variations to appeal to the most bloodthirsty of players, but also offering more tranquil lines to those seeking a quieter existence. While it is hard for White to avoid at least some imbalance in the position, he also has a wide choice.

*****

CHESS EXPLAINED: THE NIMZO-INDIAN (Reinaldo Vera)
112 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).
£12.99/$23.95/€20,35 (GAMBIT)

The Nimzo-Indian is one of the most important of all chess openings, and popular at all levels of play. Together with the Queen's Indian (also covered in this series), the Nimzo has provided the backbone of the opening repertoire of a large portion of the world's top players over the last 80 years. It is considered a fully reliable defence, and provides winning chances for both sides as it leads to structures of great strategic variety and complexity.

*****

Hooked on Chess
Edition: Paperback small
ISBN: 978-90-5691-220-8
Pages: 190
Language: English
(New In Chess)

The story of Bill Hook's life with his many passions: chess, painting, traveling, photography and blackjack.

Instead of being sent off to World War II in 1943, Bill Hook ended up in hospital for 15 months with tuberculosis. While hacking coughs echoed down the corridors the 18-year-old patient learned to play chess, a discovery that would have a defining impact on his life. 

*****

Forcing Chess Moves
Use 'Computer Eyes' to Improve Your Tactical Vision by Charles Hertan (New in Chess)

Why is it that the human brain so often refuses to consider winning chess tactics?

Every chess fan marvels at the wonderful combinations with which famous masters win games. How do they find those fantastic moves? Do they have a special vision? And why do computers outwit us tactically?

This rich book on chess tactics proposes a revolutionary method for finding winning moves.

*****

Dangerous Weapons: The Queen's Gambit Glenn Flear Richard Palliser Chris Ward (Everyman)

Are you tired of playing the same old openings time and time again? Fed up with constantly having to keep up with modern chess theory? Or perhaps you simply wish to play something new and inspiring, but cannot decide between the numerous options available? Don't despair - help is on hand!

*****

Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix Attack

Gawain Jones (Everyman)

The Grand Prix Attack is one of White's most aggressive ways of fighting the Sicilian. It leads to a sharp, complex battle in which White often launches a direct attack against the black king. The opening has become a powerful weapon in the cut and thrust of tournament chess, where victory is everything and draws are not enough.

*****

 

Dangerous Weapons: 1 e4 e5

John Emms Glenn Flear Andrew Greet (Everyman)

Do you need a well-deserved break from your normal chess openings?

Are you tired of constantly having to keep up with modern chess theory?

Or perhaps you simply wish to try out something new and inspiring, but cannot decide amongst the embarrassment of choices available?

*****
   
 
   

 

 

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