In Checkmate! readers are invited to learn chess with Garry Kasparov, the World number one and the most famous figure in chess history, as their teacher. In this book chess players can discover all the various pieces and how they move, how to attack and how to defend, how to capture, and, crucially, how to give check and deliver checkmate.
Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of the English Opening. The English is a sophisticated and popular opening system that is suitable for all types of players and can lead to both positional and tactical middlegames. Many of the world s top players, including Kasparov and Kramnik, include the English in their openings weaponry. In this groundbreaking book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald revisits the basic principles behind the English and its many variations. Throughout this easy-to-read guide the reader is aided by a wealth of notes, tips and warnings from the author, while key strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated. This book is ideal for the improving player. * Written by an openings expert * All the important lines are covered * A back-to-basics look at one of the most important openings"
Dave Taylor and Keith Hayward present a comprehensive guide to the Ponziani Opening. They provide coverage of all the main lines, indicate the best options, and highlight the key tactical and positional ideas.
The King's Indian is one of the most exciting defenses in chess and is favored by ambitious and aggressive players. At the highest level it has been a major weapon for World Champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster Joe Gallagher goes back to the basics of the King's Indian, studying the key principles of its many variations. Throughout the book there are numerous notes, tips, warnings and exercises to help the improving player, while important strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated. (6 3/4 x 9 3/4, 176 pages, diagrams)
Fed up having to defend with Black?Annoyed by all those irritating white systems?Then this is the book for you!Russian International Master Alexander Raetsky draws upon his wealth of experience gained playing on the tough international tournament circuit to supply you with an all-in-one solution to your problems. The reader is provided with a complete repertoire for Black against 1 e4, based on the ever-reliable Sicilian Defense. Lines suggested are dependable and promise Black dynamic counterplay. The variations are also easy to learn: this book is especially useful for players who have neither the time nor inclination to learn reams and reams of the latest opening theory. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 178 pages, diagrams)
John Cox presents a repertoire for Black with the ever-popular Queen s Gambit Declined. He covers the sophisticated Tartakower Variation, the easy-to-learn Lasker Variation and how to play against White s other options."
This objective guide covers all 16 of White's alternative to 1 e4, 1 d4, 1 c4 and 1 Nf3. Some of these lines have a cult following while others are just sensible ways of starting the game, with their own subtleties and pitfalls for the unwary, while a
Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents weapons for Black against the hugely popular Spanish Opening, basing his repertoire on the Modern Steinitz Defence. This opening can lead to razor-sharp lines, such as the Siesta Variation, where one slip by either player could prove to be fatal. But a major attraction of the Modern Steinitz is its flexibility, as Black can also choose to play in a more positional manner. Taylor studies in depth the critical main lines, and also what to do if White avoids these. Read this book and be ready to slay the Spanish!
Are you tired of defending passive of difficult positions with Black? Fed up with having to learn many different defenses to all of White's attacks? Then this book is the answer to your problems! Jacob Aagaard and Esben Lund provide an all-in-one solution to the popular opening move 1 d4 and other White systems that do not involve 1 e4. The lines suggested are based around the Tarrasch Defense (1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5). They are easy to learn and fun to play whilst also promising the black player dynamic counterplay. This book is especially useful for players who have neither the time nor inclination to learn reams of the latest opening theory. Throughout this work, the authors delve into the strategies, ideas and tactics for Black, while also showing the possible traps and pitfalls. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 178 pages, diagrams)