The Pirc is more of a counterattack than a defence: Black allows his opponent to occupy the centre and provokes a confrontation, trusting in the power of the g7-bishop and the dynamic potential in his position. It is the perfect weapon for players who demand to play for a win with the black pieces.
The Polar Bear System starts after 1.f4 (the Bird opening) and then fianchetto of the King’s bishop.The system is for players who like interesting and original positions and want to avoid memorizing a lot of theory..
The Polar Bear System (PBS) is played to leave the mainstream and create new original positions. It starts with a fianchetto of the King’s bishop after 1.f4 d5. The second volume covers all setups after 1.f4 d5 except the mainlines from volume 1.
Understanding the pawn structure is a key tool when you are evaluating a position on the board. Post-beginners should know the basic essentials of chess structures and that is what this modern training manual focuses on.
"Tactics according to Smyslov" is the first book of the "Power of Tactics" trilogy by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin and IM Tadej Sakelsek.
"Recently many great puzzle books have been published, but this book is a bit different from the others. The authors have used a unique, and at the same time simple, model for classification of tactical elements. They tried to look at this most important feature of chess through the eyes of a great champion, Vassily Smyslov. His ideas about tactics will make studying the different aspects of this subject much easier. Tactics according to Smyslov is the first of three books in the The Power of Tactics series. I can heartily recommend this book to all players with a rating up to 1600. You will find enjoyment while solving the puzzles and improving your calculation." GM Georg Mohr
"Become a Tactical Wizard" is the second book of the "Power of Tactics" trilogy.
"In the first book we tried to demonstrate a slightly different approach to studying tactics, and we chose tactical elements according to a great champion — Vasily Smyslov — to do so. The second book is devoted to much more complicated tactical ideas and motifs. We will also continue to develop the ideas from the first book." The second volume is recommended for players up to 2100 rating.
"In this book, the authors continue to develop their idea from the first two volumes where they explored the most important feature of chess through the eyes of a great Champion, Vassily Smyslov. The book is built systematically and includes numerous different ‘test your tactics’ elements, such as simple solutions, win the material, tactics according to Smyslov, make a choice, unexpected opportunity, answer the question, play better than the champions, complicated calculation and practical exercises.
I can heartily recommend this book to all players even up to and including Grandmaster level. You will find joy while solving the puzzles and improving your calculation." - GM Georg Mohr
The Catalan is a solid chess opening system which is popular with both masters and amateurs all over the world. It is a flexible opening and can be reached by different move orders.
In this book top Grandmaster Victor Bologan presents a complete repertoire for White
The diverse set of tactical ideas involving a single queen in the finale will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the queen’s resourcefulness
The Queen's Gambit Declined is one of the central pillars of chess opening theory. Virtually every world champion has played the opening with both the white and black pieces and it is a great favourite at all levels in chess. The reason for its enduring popularity is that it is rich in the classic strategic themes. Either side can end up with an isolated d-pawn, White can pursue a queenside initiative while Black counters on the other wing or White can attempt to build a powerful centre that Black hopes to undermine.
The Move by Move series provides an ideal format for the keen chessplayer to improve their game. While reading you are continually challenged to answer probing questions – a method that greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of chess knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study chess while providing the best possible chance to retain what has been learnt.
In this companion volume to the author’s highly-regarded The Nimzo-Indian Defence, the starting point is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6. The main focus is on 3.Nf3 b6 while Roiz also covers 3.g3 (Catalan) and miscellaneous options."
International Master Maxim Chetverik has written an in-depth study of one of the most popular choices by white in the Queen's Indian Defense - the main line with 4.g3, where white fianchettoes his bishop. This line is often seen at top-level chess. This book contains 181 full games in this line and several hundred fragments with detailed and original commentary by the author focused throughout on giving a balanced evaluation in what are complicated positions.