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"Gambit". 224 Pages.

Preface:
As a teenager, I was fascinated by the endgame. I studied the games of endgame experts like Capablanca, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Larsen and Karpov with great enthusiasm. I even constructed my own endgames - not studies, as many of my grandmaster colleagues did, but rather practical posi­tions, which I then analysed and contrasted with the endgame literature. It was a hobby in itself, but I am convinced that this work also contributed to my practical results at the board.
It is my firm belief that profound endgame knowledge and technique is more valuable and im­portant now than ever before for the practising chess-player. Time-limits are continuously reduced, and there is no longer time for deep reflection on the intricacies of endgames - let alone adjourn­ments and the thorough analysis that characterized endgame play a few decades ago. When the game reaches the endgame stage, players often do not have much time at their disposal. Therefore, understanding the basic principles of strategic endgames and profound knowledge of technical endgames are crucial to endgame success. Strategic endgames are endgames in which the result is not yet known - one player might possess a small advantage (e.g. the two bishops), but it is not clear how and if this minor advantage can be converted into a full point. Technical endgames (which can also be termed 'theoretical'), on the other hand, are well-known from endgame litera­ture. Here the 'best way' to play - and the 'natural result' - is already known, and the question is merely if the player knows the endgame theory and is able to steer clear of the opponent's attempts to confuse matters.
In accordance with its title, this book is mainly about strategic endgames. The book outlines the 15 principles that I believe constitute the backbone of strategic endgame play. Understanding these principles - and the interplay between them - facilitates decision-making and planning in strategic endgames. In Part 1 of the book, the principles are presented and briefly outlined. In Part 2, I then turn my attention to various material distributions and examine the impact of the principles in many ...
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Gelfand - My Most Memorable Games (2005)



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* (51) Selected Games 1986-2004 *
51 прокомментированная партия Бориса Гельфанда 1986-2004 гг
(в числе противников - Шорт, Каспаров, Камский, Топалов, Полугаевский, Юсупов, Леко, Адамс, Ананд, Сутовский, Крамник, Широв и др.)

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* (100) Selected Games 1956-1992 *
100 избранных прокомментированных партий Бобби Фишера 1956-1992 гг

Mikhail Botvinnik. Games 1951-1970 (Vol.2)



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От издат. Everyman Chess:
Bogdan Lalic is of the most prominent figures on the international chess circuit. Originally from Croatia, the affable Grandmaster has now been resident in England for a number of years. His experience of playing at the top level has given him many insights to how the game should be played and he has rightly earned a reputation as an openings expert. Lalic already has numerous other successful opening books to his name.


Книга в виде большой подборки партий, в комментариях к которым раскрываются тонкости выбранного дебюта.
Index of complete games включает в себя 84 партии - Карпова, Тиммана, Каспарова, Шорта, Спилмена, Ананда, Крамника, Сейравана, Сакаева, Витолиньша и др.

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Nunn - Solving in Style (2002)



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Introduction:
Chess is full of artificial divisions. Over-the-board players have little contact with postal players and neither of these groups talks to problemists. Even in the little world of chess composition there is a division between problem composers and study enthusiasts. This book aims to help break down some of these barriers by introducing over-the-board players to chess problems and studies.
Basically, a chess problem is a composed position together with a target which must be achieved in a specified number of moves (e.g. mate in two, selfmate in three, etc.). There should be a (unique) solution achieving the target and it is the solver's task to uncover this solution, which is usually well hidden. A study is again a composed position, but in this case the objective is either to win or to draw, without limit on the number of moves. This is precisely one's ambition when playing a game over the board, so studies are much closer to practical play than problems and, indeed, they are frequently of value in endgame play.
On one level problems and studies may be looked on as puzzles, more refined than the daily crossword perhaps, but still puzzles. This is the point of view taken by most over-the-board players who take an interest in solving, and it is the one adopted in this book. The composer will probably have a different opinion. He may be more concerned with the fact that he has conceived a novel theme, never shown before in precisely the same way, than with whether or not his creation makes a good puzzle.
One of the most frequently debated questions about chess is whether it is a sport, a science or an art. If the hurly-burly of tournament play emphasises the sporting aspect, and the cool calculation of postal play the scientific, then the artistic element finds its best expression in the world of chess composition. Chess problems are an unusual art form in that the audience (solvers) have to participate actively, by solving the problem ...
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Contents:
Introduction
1) Two-movers 2) Studies I 3) Three-move problems 4) Longer problems
5) Studies II 6) Helpmates 7) Selfmates and reflexmates 8) Series problems
9) Novotny, Grimshaw and Plachutta 10) Retro-analytical problems
Solutions to problems for solving
Bibliography
Index of composers


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Hearst, Knott - Blindfold Chess (2009)



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Preface and Acknowledgments:
The ability to play chess without sight of the chessboard or pieces is a notable achievement of human memory and imaging. It becomes even more impressive when the player conducts 10 or more such "blindfold" games simultaneously against opponents who do have real chessboards and pieces in front of them. When Philidor played two blindfold games at once in the eighteenth century, eyewitnesses were asked to swear affidavits attesting to this remarkable accomplishment. After such a performance in London in 1782, The World called it "a phenomenon in the history of man" and added that the feat "should be hoarded among the best examples of human memory, till memory shall be no more." But 150 years later, Alexander Alekhine successfully played 32 blindfold games simultaneously, and newspapers described the performance as surely reaching "the limit of the possibilities of the human mind and human memory in this field; beyond this limit there can be nothing but chaos, and madness begins." However, Alekhine's record has been broken more than once since then.
Despite the lack of restraint in these journalistic evaluations and predictions, such exploits have certainly created great interest among chess players as well as others who become aware of them—like Alfred Binet, the great psychologist who wrote a book on simultaneous blindfold chess more than 100 years ago, to which we will often refer. But no book has ever been published that tries to analyze in detail the history and psychological significance of blindfold chess and that supplies a very large number of the most important, newsworthy, and interesting games played without sight of the board (some flawless gems and others not). Our hope is to fill these gaps in the chess literature.
Besides those goals, we also describe the well-publicized tournaments held annually since 1993 in Monaco between grandmasters who are both playing blindfolded. This double-blind type of event is more common now than are attempts by one person to play many games simultaneously against opponents with sight of their board and pieces. And no book has really stressed the virtues of learning to play blindfolded, in terms of its practical advantages for the improving chess player. Almost anyone who is a fairly strong amateur can easily learn to play at least one or two games without sight of the board.
Blindfold chess whiz George Koltanowski believed that practice at developing such an ability improves one's regular game more than does studying books, and Grandmaster Lev Alburt stated that "visualization" is the key to success in regular chess. Susan Polgar, a women's world champion, who began playing blindfold chess at the age of six, credits it with giving ...
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"Blindfold Chess: History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records, and Important Games"
©2009 Eliot Hearst and John Knott

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Edited by Sid Pickard. На английском языке.
С. Лойд (1841-1911) - замечательный мастер головоломок и занимательных задач. Его яркий и своеобразный талант завоевал широкое признание во всем мире.
В данной книге в первых пяти разделах приведено 710 шахматных задач Лойда.
Шестой раздел книги - 34 математические головоломки.


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Москва, издательство «РИПОЛ классик», 2011 г., 528 стр.
(Каспаров Г.К., в сотрудничестве с Дмитрием Плисецким)

Долгожданный автобиографический трёхтомник Гарри Каспарова «Мой шахматный путь» продолжает масштабные проекты «Мои великие предшественники» и «Современные шахмты» (РИПОЛ классик, 2003-2010). В него войдёт около 300 лучших и наиболее памятных партий и окончаний 13-го чемпиона мира с подробными комментариями. Первый том содержит 100 партий и охватывает дочемпионский период творчества Каспарова (1973-1985). Каждая глава этой увлекательной книги - целая веха в его спортивной карьере.


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Foreword by Susan Polgar:
Grandmaster Pal Benko is a living legend. Always a man that did things his own way, Benko learned chess from his father at the very late age of ten but didn't take part in his first real tournament until the age of sixteen. Starting serious play at such an advanced age is unheard of among chess professionals today, yet he remarkably won the Hungarian National Championship a few short years later at twenty.
It's clear that he possessed an enormous natural talent. Unfortunately, his progress came to a sudden stop when he was interned in a hard-labor camp for trying to escape to the West - his political views did not match the views of the Communist regime. After many hardships, at the age of twenty-nine, Pal did indeed seek, and get, political asylum in the United States.
Benko feels that he missed out on his best chess years during his struggle for freedom, yet this didn't prevent him from making his presence felt once he settled in his new country. He was a candidate for the World Championship in 1959 and 1962, he won the U.S. Open an unparalleled eight times, he had an outstanding record as a player and as a Team Captain in several Chess Olympiads, he was a world-class chess composer, a world-class chess theoretician, one of the world's great endgame authorities, and an award-winning chess author. These tremendous accomplishments got him a trip to the Chess Hall of Fame - he was inducted in 1993.
All these things are very impressive, yet one of his biggest gifts to the United States is somewhat forgotten today. In 1970, Pal Benko gave up his earned spot in the World Championship Interzonal tournament to Bobby Fischer so that Bobby could compete for the title.
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Anand - My Best Games of Chess (1998)



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Introduction:
I don't want to spend too much time on biographical details, because this is a book about my games, so I will be content with a brief sketch.
I was born on 11th December 1969 in Madras, and learnt chess at the age of six from my mother. A year later I joined the Tal Chess club in Madras. A couple of years later I went to Manila when my father had an assignment there and got caught up in the Philippines chess fever resulting from the 1978 Karpov-Korchnoi World Championship match. Returning to India, my fascination for chess took off, but it was not until 1983 that I achieved a real breakthrough. In that year I won both the national Sub-Junior (under-16) and Junior (under-19) titles, and qualified for the (adult) national championship. The championship itself was held the following year, and I finished fourth. I had a real success in 1984, winning the Asian Junior Championship, which was held in Coimbatore, a victory which I repeated in 1985. It was also in 1985 that I gained my International Master title; at the time I was the young­est Asian ever to achieve this distinction. In 1986 I won the National Championship and became India's youngest champion.
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* Selected Games 1986-1997 *
40 прокомментированных партий Вишванатана Ананда 1986-1997 гг
(в числе противников - Иванчук, Хюбнер, Каспаров, Камский, Гельфанд, Тимман, Топалов и др.)

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Shirov - Fire on Board (1997)



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Introduction:
The idea of writing a chess book occurred to me a long time ago, but it had always seemed very difficult to realize it. So in December 1993 when Andrew Kinsman, who was then the commissioning chess editor at Cadogan Books, asked me whether I was planning to write a book, I started thinking more seriously about it. In March 1994 I accepted his official proposal and promised to complete this work by the end of 1994.
Easier said than done! I had of course realized that other chessplayers slowed down their chess activities while they were writing a book, but this was a real problem for me, as my chess calendar was always so full of tournaments. Besides, on the 27th of November my daughter was born, so I had to adapt to a new lifestyle. To add to the problems, my notebook was stolen in January 1995 so, with no backup, a good deal of my work was lost forever.
Slowly, step by step, I had to restart my work on the book. First I collected some of my relatively old annotations from various magazines and tried to make complimentary comments and corrections to them (these are marked in the text with the initials AS, which should be taken to mean "addition") as Kasparov did in his The Test of Time. But then I noticed that some of the most important games had only been annotated in Informator-style, which in no sense made my task any easier. Other games that I wanted very much to include had not been annotated at all, so I had to make completely new notes, and of course I also wanted to include games from my most recent tournaments. Fortunately, in the second half of 1995 ...
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Sokolov - Winning Chess Middlegames (2008)



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Introduction:
I started working on this book in March, 2007. As usually happens, due to different reasons, it took me longer than my publisher and me had planned and I finished my work in August 2008. In this book I wanted to explore the - in my opinion - four most important types of pawn structure in chess.
Quite a number of books on pawn structures have been published, and one may rightly wonder what makes this book different.
Well, I have tried, as much as possible, to
   1) systematize the thematic plans used and give clear explanations of them, and
   2) incorporate the ideas of the featured opening variation into the pawn struc­ture that ensues.
The latter is actually quite important. In the pre-computer era players normally polished their opening repertoire over the years, and even though opening preparation did not go nearly as far as today, years of theoretical and practical experience brush­ing up one's repertoire would normally result in a reasonably good strategic understanding of the positions arising from the openings played.
In the past 15 years, the involvement of computer programs and databases has made it considerably easier to prepare a particular variation for a particular oppo­nent. However, thorough study and good strategic understanding of the positions still remains a must in order to capitalize successfully on your opening preparation. I still remember watching one of Anatoly Karpov's post-mortems, when he had won from some initially inferior Ruy Lopez with black. His opponent, slightly annoyed, remarked: "Here, after the opening, you were definitely worse", to which the 12th World Champion calmly replied: "Yes, but soon I was better".
Indeed, Karpov has won from ...
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Ivan Sokolov, "Winning Chess Middlegames. An Essential Guide to Pawn Structures"
© 2008 New In Chess
Published by New In Chess, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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C.J.S. Purdy, from Australia, won the world's first chess correspondence championship. This book shows the road he took to win with ruthlessness and precision against the world's best.
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Purdy Did Not Lose a Game of Correspondence Chess Between 1937 and 1952!

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Belyavsky - Uncompromising Chess (1998)



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Foreword:
In my youth I could sit for long hours at the chess board in complete solitude and feel perfectly happy. I also liked reading. I made the acquaintance of Svetonius and Plutarch fairly early, but they did not provoke in me an interest in Roman civilisation. This occurred much later, when I had made the acquaintance of Seneca's way of thinking and also the style of Sallustius Crispus. Since that time a feeling of joy arises in me on every occasion when, together with Gibbon and Mommsen, I can engross myself in the world of my heroes. The disposition that arises helps me to retain my optimism, without which success in chess tournaments is improbable for any significant length of time.
My other passion became sport, thanks to an accidental set of circumstances. After finishing school I did not qualify for the University Law Faculty.
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* Selected Games 1972-1997 *
71 прокомментированная партия Александра Белявского 1972-1997 гг

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Chapter 1:
It is five o'clock in the evening of Tuesday, 11 July 1972. The seats filling the arena of the sports hall, the Laugardalsholl, in Reykjavik's featureless leisure complex, are sold out. On the platform, the world chess champion, thirty-five-year-old Boris Vasilievich Spassky, sits alone at the chessboard. He is playing white. Precisely on the hour, the German chief arbiter Lothar Schmid starts the clock. Spassky picks up his queen's pawn and moves it forward two squares. The Soviet Union's king of chess has begun the defence of the title that has been his since 1969, and his country's without interruption since World War II. He glances up at the other side of the board. The expensive, low-slung, black leather, swivel chair, specially provided for his opponent, is empty.
Six minutes later, the American challenger Bobby Fischer arrives. A communal sigh of relief gusts through the hall. Because of his refusal to leave New York in time for the match's opening, the first game has already been postponed, and many had feared that he might not appear at all; with Fischer, one can never be sure. Now a large hand reaches across the chessboard, picks up the black king's knight and places it on f6.
In the provincial and normally tranquil Icelandic capital, what is already being called the 'Match of the Century' is at last under way.
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'It is really the free world against the lying, cheating, hypocritical Russians
...this little thing between me and Spassky. It's a microcosm of the whole world political situation. They always suggest that the world leaders should fight it out hand to hand. And this is the kind of thing that we are doing - not with bombs, but battling it out over the board.'
(Bobby Fischer, BBC interview, 1972)

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Foreword:
An invitation to write for the respected Russian series "Famous chess players of the world", which included books on world champions and other top grandmasters in history, was an honour one could not refuse. And in 1981, my book with 105 selected games was published in Moscow with a printing of 100,000 copies. It was called I Play Against Pieces - words taken from an interview I gave to the editor.
The unusual title referred to chess as an art and a clean struggle of ideas, thereby trying to ignore the less dignified influence of psychology and personal conflicts.
The second updated edition in Serbo-Croat (with 120 games) appeared in Belgrade in 1989, with a printing of 3,000 copies.
Now here is a further enlarged edition in English with 130 selected games, covering the period 1939-2001. To make the reader's task easier, the games are classified by openings, in chronological order. This is to help the reader utilise the commentaries more effectively and hopefully also gain a deeper understanding of the opening lines under discussion.


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Том 4: Fischer (+ Reshevsky, Najdorf, Larsen)

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От изд. "Everyman Chess":
The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles which have engaged the interest not only of chess enthusiasts but of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators.
This magnificent compilation of play from the early days of chess forms the basis of the first part of Garry Kasparov's long-awaited definitive history of the World Chess Championship. Garry Kasparov, who is universally acclaimed as the greatest chessplayer ever, subjects the play of his early predecessors to a rigorous analysis - this examination being enhanced by the use of the latest chess software. This volume features the play of champions Wilhelm Steinitz (1886-1894), Emanuel Lasker (1894-1921), Jose Raul Capablanca (1921-1927) and Alexander Alekhine (1927-1935 and 1937-1946).
However, this book is more than just a compilation of play of the early greats of chess. Kasparov's biographies of these champions places them in a fascinating historical, political and cultural context. Kasparov explains how each champion brought his own distinctive style to the chessboard and enriched the theory of the game with new ideas.


Том 1: Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine

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"Cadogan":
One of the best ways to improve is to study the games of a top Grandmaster, and Ivan Sokolov's uncompromising style and tactical flair make him a perfect role model.
In this book Sokolov demonstrates the deadly effectiveness of his systems against openings such as the Nimzo-lndian, Queen's Gambit, Slav and King's Indian.
   * Contains 50 deeply annotated games with introductions
   * Brilliant and inventive opening play will both instruct and entertain
   * Includes many spectacular miniatures of under 30 moves
Ivan Sokolov is one of the most outstanding talents to emerge in the 1990s, and many of his victims in this book - Anand, Adams, Topalov and Lautier - hail from the cream of the younger generation. As a key member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Olympiad team he won a silver medal in Moscow 1994, and was ranked 12th equal in the world in December 1996. Sokolov is resident in the Netherlands, and tied for first with Jan Timman in the 1996 Dutch Championship.


50 прокомментированных партий Ивана Соколова 1988-1996 гг

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