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Offbeat King's Indian: Lesser Known Tries to Counter This Most Popular of Defences
Offbeat King's Indian
Lesser Known Tries to Counter This Most Popular of Defences
Paperback      ISBN: 1857443616

The King's Indian is one of the most exciting and complex defences that Black can employ against the queen's pawn opening. The main lines of the King's Indian are very sharp and tactical but they are also extremely theoretical in nature--it can be a full time job simply keeping up with the latest developments and fashion. So it is unsurprising that many playing White choose to look elsewhere for something to counter this popular opening. In The Offbeat King's Indian distinguished openings expert Krzysztof Panczyk studies unusual and less theoretical systems for White, ones that are tricky and are likely to throw King's Indian players off their stride early on in the game. Variations investigated include lines with an early Bd3 and/or Nge2, ones with h3, and ones involving a swift Bg5. By studying this book, White players can create a whole new armory of weapons with which to counter the King's Indian, while those playing Black can look closely for the recommended antidotes Key features: *All unusual King's Indian Defence lines are covered *Strategies and tactics covered for both sides *Ideal for club and tournament players

LA Tabla De Flandes/the Chess Master
LA Tabla De Flandes/the Chess Master
Paperback      ISBN: 0679760903
The Grandmaster: Magnus Carlsen and the Match That Made Chess Great Again
The Grandmaster
Magnus Carlsen and the Match That Made Chess Great Again
Paperback      ISBN: 1501172611
"A bravura performance...An entertaining book" (Kirkus Reviews) about the dramatic 2016 World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Sergey Karjakin, which mirrored the world's geopolitical unrest and rekindled a global fascination with the sport.

The first week of November 2016, hundreds of people descended on New York City's South Street Seaport to watch the World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Sergey Karjakin. By the time it was over would be front-page news and thought by many the greatest finish in chess history.

With both Carlsen and Karjakin just twenty-five years old, it was the first time the championship had been waged among those who grew up playing chess against computers. Originally from Crimea, Karjakin had recently repatriated to Russia under the direct assistance of Putin. Carlsen, meanwhile, had expressed admiration for Donald Trump, and the first move of the tournament he played was called a Trompowsky Attack. Then there was the Russian leader of the World Chess Federation being barred from attending due to US sanctions, and chess fanatic and Trump adviser Peter Thiel being called on to make the honorary first move in sudden death. That the tournament even required sudden death was a shock. Oddsmakers had given Carlsen, the defending champion, an eighty percent chance of winning. It would take everything he had to retain his title.

Author Brin-Jonathan Butler was granted unique access to the two-and-half-week tournament and watched every move. The Grandmaster "is not the usual chronicle of a world-championship chess match....Butler offers insight into what it takes to become the best chess player on the planet...A vibrant and provocative look at chess and its metaphorical battle for territory and power" (Booklist).
Go Basics: Concepts And Strategies for New Players
Go Basics
Concepts And Strategies for New Players
Paperback      ISBN: 0804836884
Learn the fascinating game of Go with this expert guide.

Go is a two player board game that first originated in ancient China but is also very popular in Japan and Korea. There is significant strategy and philosophy involved in the game, and the number of possible games is vast--even when compared to chess.

It's not surprising that Go is one of the oldest games still being played today--it's also one of the most challenging, stimulating, and fascinating games around. Prolific Go writer Peter Shotwell, author of the guidebook Go More Than a Game, brings players his second Go strategy handbook Go Basics, which provides a simple but thorough introduction to this timeless game that's perfect for Go beginners.

With its easy-to-follow instructions and over 600 diagrams showing examples of how to play, you'll be ready to enjoy this classic game right away. It starts by focusing on smaller 9 x 9 games, making it easier to understand and learn Go tactics and techniques, and introduces fundamental game winning strategies and tips. It also explains Go's unique handicapping system, making every game even those between beginners and experts exciting.

Useful go strategies include:
  • Invading
  • Sacrificing
  • Using ko
  • Thinking territorially
  • And many more
Go Basics also includes a CD-ROM developed by the American Go Association that will help you build your skills before testing them against other players.
Curse of Kirsan: Adventures in the Chess Underworld
Curse of Kirsan
Adventures in the Chess Underworld
Paperback      ISBN: 1888690151

Chess adventures For wood-pushing novices or superstar grandmasters, chess can be an obsession. In pursuit of interviews, Sarah Hurst slid down an icy hill in Hastings to catch a Chinese women's world champion, chased Garry Kasparov around London, chatted cheerfully with a manic depressive in Budapest, and roamed the Russian steppe with Kalmyk Buddhists. When a newspaper editor Larisa Yudina was murdered within a mile or two of City Chess, the pet project of millionaire dictator Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Hurst began to expose the darker side of chess politics. She urged professional players to boycott the World Chess Olympiad, pointing to Ilyumzhinov's corruption and possible involvement in the murder. But chess players had no desire to reject the millions of dollars Ilyumzhinov was pouring into prize funds, and the boycott campaign failed. Readers will be captivated by Hurst's anedotes, insights and observations:

The Benoni
The Benoni
Hardcover      SKU: 281AKJ1008125
Dynamic Chess Strategy
Dynamic Chess Strategy
Paperback      ISBN: 0080371418

Since settling in England in 1988, Romanian Grandmaster Mihai Suba has become a popular figure on the British chess scene. Uncompromising and inventive, his play from opening through to ending is characterised by a rare dynamism and flexibility. In this, his first book, Suba wittily recounts his chess career and for the first time explains in detail his own very significant contribution to the battle of chess ideas. Included among 36 illustrative games are the author's victories against Korchnoi, Timman, Miles, Larsen, Portisch and other world class players.

Janowski: Indian Defense
Janowski
Indian Defense
Paperback      ISBN: 0931462975
Timman's Selected Games
Timman's Selected Games
Trade Paperback      SKU: 281AKJ1013417
Who Dares Wins!: Attacking the King on Opposite Sides
Who Dares Wins!
Attacking the King on Opposite Sides
Paperback      ISBN: 1857446291

Both players are gunning for each other's kings. Whose attack will break through first? This is a typical scenario in chess games. In such tense battles where one slip can be fatal, often it's a case of 'who dares wins'. But it's not enough to throw your pieces up the board and hope for the best. To succeed you need to acquire sophisticated attacking and defensive skills. The good news is that they can easily be learned, remembered and put into practice. In this book, Lorin D'Costa presents a comprehensive study of opposite-side castling and the crucial techniques needed both in attack and defence. He tackles all the key subjects, including sacrificing, speed of attack, strong and weak defensive formations, when to delay or avoid castling, and much more. Studying this book will allow you to approach these frequent situations with confidence.