The book contains 50 of the most stunning games of 2016. These games from high-level tournaments have been selected and analyzed by Grandmasters Naiditsch, Balogh, and Maze.
This work shows a healthy distrust of accepted methods to get better at chess. It teaches that winning games does not depend on ticking off a to-do list when looking at a position on the board. It presents club and internet chess players with loads of much-needed no-nonsense training material. In this provocative, entertaining and highly instructive book, Hendriks shows how you can travel light on the road to chess improvement!
My System is at the top of a very short list of chess classics.
Planning is of crucial importance in chess and yet this is an area that has not been well discussed or explained to ambitious players who wish to improve. A very well known saying in chess is “Better a bad plan than no plan at all”. Playing without a plan – effectively staggering from one move to the next – is a recipe for disaster. It is essential to have some kind of idea of what you are trying to achieve and how to go about it.
However, planning is not a straightforward matter. A good plan might be very short, lasting just two or three moves. Another plan might require almost an entire game to implement. A plan can be highly ambitious and complex or somewhat modest and simple. In chess, as in life, circumstances can change quickly and when they do, new plans are needed. How is a player expected to juggle all these different concepts while dealing with the immediate problems posed by the opponent’s most recent move?
In this book, grandmaster and experienced author Zenón Franco explains planning in detail. He organises material in terms of: typical structures, advantage in space, manoeuvring play, simplification and, finally attack and defence. Using games played by elite players he explains how plans are formed and carried out in these different scenarios.
In Positional Decision Making in Chess, the main focus will be on the squeeze, space advantage, the transformation of pawn structures and the transformation of advantages. Based on examples from his own games and those of his hero, Akiba Rubinstein, Gelfand explains how he thinks during a game.
The readers will see many deep ideas, subtle maneuvers, unexpected regrouping of the pieces and of course a positionally justified masterpiece often finishes with a nice combination.
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." Abraham Lincoln.
There's no escaping the fact: if you want to win chess games, you have to attack at some point. Many players are happy solving combinations in winning positions, when the hard work is already done, but the key to a successful attack undoubtedly comes much earlier. No-one can attack effectively if they haven't prepared properly, and yet planning in chess can be a difficult technique to master, even for experienced players.
This book provides a solution. Using an abundance of illustrative games and examples, Gary Lane answers the questions which constantly puzzle players of all levels. How should I plan after the opening? Where are my opponent's weaknesses? Do I have enough pieces in the attack? When should I strike? Do I need to sacrifice? Should I cash in or continue to attack? Read this book, discover the answers and attack with confidence!
Any man in the street knows how to increase his physical strength, but among most chess players confusion reigns when it comes to improving their playing strength.
Understanding what your opponent is planning to do or trying to accomplish is one of the core skills required to take your game to the next level.
The idea behind this series is the approach that Nimzowitsch used to call “a radioactive method” – selecting a rather narrow topic, and by learning a lot about it, understand chess much better in general. This book looks at endings with rook + knight Vs. rook + knight. This material balance occurs quite frequently in tournaments, and some classical ideas and endgames have become well-known. Nonetheless, there is some lack of discussion of this topic in chess literature. The book covers both the strategic themes, and gives the reader a chance to practice their tactical skills.
Good command of strategy and tactics are the key to success in chess. Tactical skill can enhanceyour strategic ability, by broadening the range of positions where you know you can exploit a weakness in your opponent’s position.
In the Sac & Mate series, Bill Harvey helps you hone your tactics with a focus on sudden piece sacrifices to leave the opposing king fatally exposed. Arranged by level of difficulty from two-move shockers to four-move combinations, Volume 1 presents the best tactical shots by famous chessplayers from Napoleon and Captain Evans (of Evans Gambit fame) in the early 1800s to Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Tal in 1960.
Good command of strategy and tactics are the key to success in chess. Tactical skill can enhance your strategic ability, by broadening the range of positions where you know you can exploit a weakness in your opponent’s position.
Arranged by level of difficulty from two-move shockers to four-move combinations, Volume 2 presents the best tactical shots by famous chessplayers from Boris Spassky and Bent Larsen in the early 1960s to Garry Kasparov and Vishy Anand in the late ’90s.