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How to Reassess Your Chess
Chess Mastery Through Chess Imbalances
by Jeremy Silman (Oct 15, 2010)
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How to Reassess Your Chess has long been considered a modern classic. This 4th edition takes Silman's groundbreaking concept of imbalances to a whole new level. Designed for players in the 1400 to 2100 rating range and for teachers looking for a ready-made chess curriculum, the author shares a mind-expanding journey that takes the reader through im...
Logical Chess
Move By Move
by Irving Chernev (Jun 30, 2003)
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"The novice who plays through Logical Chess can learn an ocean of basic chess wisdom."—Leonard Barden, English chess master and broadcaster “Entertains . . . as it reinforces strategic lessons gleaned from chess titans. Illustrates effective middle-game plans.”—...
Chess
5334 Problems, Combinations and Games
by László Polgár (Aug 13, 2013)
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Win at chess with practical instruction from one of the world's leading teachers! With clever strategies for more than 5000 situations and clear diagrams, Chess is for the enthusiastic novice as well as the competitor taking the game to the next level.Chess takes you through more than 5,000 unique instructional situations, many taken from actual ma...
The Amateur's Mind
Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery
by Jeremy Silman (Jul 01, 1999)
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This book takes the student on a journey through his own mind and returns him to the chess board with a wealth of new-found knowledge and the promise of a significant gain in strength. Most amateurs possess erroneous thinking processes that remain with them throughout their chess lives. These flaws in their mental armour result in stinging defeats ...
My System
21st Century Edition
by Aron Nimzowitsch (Jan 01, 1991)
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For many years, Nimzovich was known as the "Stormy Petrel" of the chess world. Today, his profound theories of positional chess are accepted as a matter of course, and a knowledge of them is essential to every player who wants to improve his game.My System describes a theory of chess; it also describes the character and genius of its author. It is ...
Build Up Your Chess 1
The Fundamentals (Yusupov's Chess School)
by Artur Yusupov (Jun 01, 2008)
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A book for chess players who want to build their skills on solid foundations. Yusupov guides the reader towards a higher level of chess understanding using carefully selected positions and advice. This new understanding is then tested by a series of puzzles.Artur Yusupov was ranked No. 3 in the world from 1986 to 1992, just behind the legendary Kar...
Simple Chess
New Algebraic Edition (Dover Chess)
by Michael Stean (Jan 07, 2003)
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Written by a young Grand Master, this introduction to chess strategy is aimed primarily at players for whom a game plan is utterly enigmatic. By isolating the basic elements and illustrating them through a selection of Master and Grand Master games, Simple Chess breaks down the mystique of strategy into plain, easy-to-understand ideas — only a know...
100 Endgames You Must Know
Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player Improved and Expanded
by Jesus de la Villa (Jul 15, 2008)
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There are, contrary to what most amateurs believe, relatively few chess endgames one must know. Jesus de la Villa, an international grandmaster and former champion of Spain, presents the endgames that show up most frequently in practice, are easy to learn and contain ideas and concepts that are useful in more difficult positions. He brings you simp...
Chess for Zebras
Thinking Differently about Black and White
by Jonathan Rowson (Dec 01, 2003)
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Jonathan Rowson, author of the highly acclaimed Seven Deadly Chess Sins, investigates three questions important to all chess-players:1) Why is it so difficult, especially for adult players, to improve?2) What kinds of mental attitudes are needed to find good moves in different phases of the game?3) Is White's alleged first-move advantage a myth, an...
Fundamental Chess Endings
by Karsten Müller (Aug 01, 2001)
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In a major event in chess publishing, two German endgame experts have produced a masterly one-volume encyclopaedia that covers all major endgames.This is the first truly modern one-volume endgame encyclopaedia. It makes full use of endgame tablebases and analytical engines that access these tablebases; where previous authors could only make educate...
Winning Chess
How To See Three Moves Ahead
by Irving Chernev (Apr 15, 1971)
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From the Back Cover: You are an average chess player. You are familiar with the major openings. You have played over some of the famous grandmaster tournament games. You have read a few books on the strategy and theory of chess.Yet your game does not improve. Why? How many times, having played the opening according to the "book" and having attained...
FCO
Fundamental Chess Openings
by Paul Van der Sterren (Nov 24, 2009)
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* The perfect survival guide to the chess openings* All openings covered* Detailed verbal explanations of plans for both sides* Up-to-date and featuring many tips and recommendations* Insights into the 'character' of each opening* Written by one of the world's foremost opening expertsThe first moves of a chess game define the nature of the whole st...
A Guide to Chess Improvement
The Best Of Novice Nook
by Dan Heisman (Nov 23, 2010)
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A Guide to Chess Improvement features the very best of Dan Heisman’s multi-award winning chess column Novice Nook, which has run for the past ten years at the popular website ChessCafe.com. This book is full of valuable instruction, insight and practical advice on a wide range of key subjects: general improvement, thought processes, planning and st...
How to Beat Your Dad at Chess
by Murray Chandler (Oct 01, 1998)
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This is not just a book for kids - for ‘Dad’ read any opponent who beats you regularly! This book teaches the 50 Deadly Checkmates - basic attacking patterns that occur repeatedly in games between players of all standards. Each mating motif is carefully and simply explained, and several illustrative examples are given. A final test enables the read...
Best Lessons of a Chess Coach
by Sunil Weeramantry (Feb 08, 1994)
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Weeramantry is perhaps best known for training his stepson Hikaru Nakamura.An innovative book on game-winning strategy for players at the intermediate level--from a master chess coach. Every truth about chess must be coached in context, and the book's interactive teacher-student dialogue does just that. Weeramantry teaches how to think during a che...
Chess Endings
Essential Knowledge
by Yuri Averbakh (Jun 30, 1993)
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By concentrating on the basic principles the average player is not only given a working knowledge of the endgame but also a firm foundation on which to further develop his or her interest and technique in this fascinating stage of a chess game. The author, a Russian Grandmaster and endgame expert, takes the reader from the most elementary checkmate...
Back to Basics
Tactics (ChessCafe Back to Basics Chess)
by Dan Heisman (Sep 15, 2007)
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This book is an introduction to the various kinds of basic chess tactics. With instructional material, examples, and problems of all types, the subject of chess tactics is covered comprehensively. There are approximately 500 examples ranging from easy to challenging! Tactics are usually why most people find chess fun! This book will greatly enhance...
Practical Chess Exercises
600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy
by Ray Cheng (May 15, 2007)
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Raise your chess to the next level with this program of 600 instructive and challenging exercises covering all aspects of the game. This book will sharpen your tactical vision, deepen your positional understanding, and enrich your knowledge of theoretical positions. It will also strengthen your analytical skills, and instill a sound move selection ...
Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur
by Max Euwe (Mar 14, 1994)
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These 25 chess games played between master and amateur were chosen, arranged, and annotated to help amateurs improve their games. What better way could the amateur have of learning to exploit the weak play of fellow amateurs than to study how a master would handle such situations? Selected by former World Chess Champion Max Euwe and Walter Meiden, ...
Pawn Structure Chess
by Andrew Soltis (Feb 19, 2013)
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Some 250 years ago, the great Philidor wrote, "The pawns are the soul of chess." Although that statement is perhaps the most common cliche in the literature of the game, it is too often misunderstood.Pawns are usually considered weak because of their limited range of movement. But the pawns' restricted mobility is precisely what makes them so impor...
How Life Imitates Chess
Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom
by Garry Kasparov (Oct 07, 2008)
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Garry Kasparov was the highest-rated chess player in the world for over twenty years and is widely considered the greatest player that ever lived. In How Life Imitates Chess Kasparov distills the lessons he learned over a lifetime as a Grandmaster to offer a primer on successful decision-making: how to evaluate opportunities, anticipate the future,...