Saturday, December 3, 2011

Attacking Chess - The French : Chessbase Format

Attacking Chess: The French (Everyman Chess Series)Attacking Chess  is a brand new series of opening repertoire books. It focuses on traditional attacking openings, as well as creative and forceful ways to play openings that are not always associated with attacking chess. It provides ambitious repertoires designed for players of all levels.

The Colle System - Chessbase Format

     The Colle System is rather a playing scheme than an opening. White plays d4, Nf3, e3, Bd3, 0-0, Nbd2 and possibly c3 - nearly regardless of what Black replies. Opening knowledge is of secondary importance. Exactly this is where the author starts his work, prioritizing on explaining plans, patterns and typical mistakes. For example, two chapters are titled "Ten inspirational games" and "Eight warning games". However, Oleinikov naturally also deals with opening theory in the classical sense and discusses the critical variations, at one point showing himself surprised: "To my amazement, none of my opponents has reached this crucial position so far". Certainly a hint that the second players know too little about the Colle System and rather play it by ear. 

How to Play The Nimzo - Indian - Chessbase Format

     The opening arising after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 carries the name of Aaron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935), who played some wonderful games with it and contributed many important ideas. However, the Nimzo-Indian can well be called the opening of the world champions. Capablanca employed it and lost one of the most legendary games in chess history - against Botwinnik, another world champion. His successors adopted the Nimzo-Indian as well, often even with both colours. Robert Fischer scored his greatest achievements with this opening in 1972 when he - among other things thanks to a brilliant Nimzo-Indian victory - became world champion. Also his heir to the throne, Karpov, used it to good success, and after him Kasparov.

Friday, December 2, 2011


     People who play the Dutch Defence are usually aiming for more than a draw. This is particularly true of the Leningrad System (involving the moves f5 and g6 against 1.d4). The author is even of the opinion that this system is better than the King’s Indian, because you have already achieved the pawn thrust f5. Under A86 there are also variations, in which Black plays 3...d6 and does not necessarily follow up later with g6; these are also treated on the CD. In the chapter “Strategic principles underlying the Leningrad System” the author tackles various themes, such as, e.g., the e2-e4 breakout, which is quite often preceded by b3 and Bb2 (or else Black has no difficulty playing e5). Another theme is the “Queenside pawn attack”, frequently played in conjunction with an early b2-b4. But, in general, the author is more concerned with the possibilities for Black.

Play The Grunfeld - Chessbase Format

Play the Grunfeld: Detailed coverage of this Kasparov favourite

The Grünfeld is an exciting and dynamic answer to 1 d4, and has become very popular at all levels of chess. A major reason for this is that it has been a long-time favourite of the World’s strongest-ever chess player, Garry Kasparov, who used it many times in his numerous World Championship battles. In Play the Grünfeld, Yelena Dembo produces a comprehensive and yet workable repertoire for Black, offering a solution against each of White’s tries

Yelena Dembo is a renowned chess coach, who has taught students from over 30 countries

World Chess Championship Games 1886 - 2002 - Chessbase Format

     Since the year 1886, there have been world championships in chess. The world champion was nearly always determined in a duel. Whoever wanted to climb the throne, he had to defeat the reigning king. Despite this long period in time, there have only been 14 world champions in the history of chess until the year 2000, when Vladimir Kramnik seized the title from Kasparov. Far more extensive, however, are the world championships matches themselves. According to ChessBase, the last clash between Kasparov and Karpov was world match no. 35. Afterwards, there were three Kasparov duels which played outside the reign of FIDE. A second database is dedicated the six FIDE world championships from 1993 until 2002.

     More than 2,200 games, more than half of them annotated

Square Strategy Vol 1

The Bangiev way of thinking is a strategy based on squares. This means that before every move, the piece set-up is checked out against quite specific pre-defined criteria. The method does not develop your memory, but rather your thought processes: you learn to understand the logic of the game by means of a few rules! In each phase of the game, you have to ask yourself the same restricted number of questions and then answer them. Once you have grasped the principle you can always find the best move yourself.

Chess Position Trainer

Chess Position Trainer is a state-of-the-art chess software with a focus on chess opening, training and repertoire management. What a mouthful. Chess Position Trainer is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, Chess Position Trainer is what you use when you want to learn and train your chess opening repertoire, not fight it.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Best Lessons of a Chess Coach

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 chess game. 300 diagrams.
It would ideally be read after reading a more basic book on chess such as "Logical Chess Move by Move" by Irving Chernev, or "Play Winning Chess" or "Winning Chess Strategies" by Yasser Seirawan.
By reading one or two of these other books first, it would assure the maximum learning value by reinforcing and then expanding on what is taught in these other, more elementary texts.