The Game of Chess (Dover Chess)

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The Game of Chess (Dover Chess)

The Game of Chess (Dover Chess)

Dr. Tarrasch begins with the endgame — because it’s easier for a novice to deal with a few men than the entire 32. An important and extensive discussion of the middle game follows. Finally, the author deals with openings and offers enlightening comments on many historically important variations. Over 340 diagrams and 12 complete games.

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Caro Kann: Advanced Variation (Chess is Fun)

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Caro Kann: Advanced Variation (Chess is Fun)

Caro Kann: Advanced Variation (Chess is Fun)

With 3.e5 in the Advanced Variation of the Caro Kann, White immediately gains more space and more room to maneuver for a kingside attack. By clear contrast, Black’s position is cramped in part because the king knight cannot safely reach f6. If there is a problem for White, it is that 3.e5 is committal. As a consequence, Black will immediately be able to post the usually bad-light-squared bishop on f5, itself a target but certainly more active than it would be after 3…e6.

White will aim to develop quickly, coordinating that development in an effort to attack on the kingside. In many variations, White can gain time by attacking Black’s light-squared bishop, but there are very few occasions when the bishop actually gets into meaningful trouble.

By contrast, Black will counter on the queenside, usually with …c5, a move which in itself costs a tempo (Black had already played …c6). The alternative is to attack the central pawn chain at the head with …f6.

Unlike many other inexpensive chess e-books, these are fully annotated in understandable, simple language. The profuse use of diagrams make these among the first chess books that you can read WITHOUT A BOARD at your side.

Jon Edwards won the 10th United States Correspondence Championship in 1997 and the 8th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship in 1999.

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Better Thinking for Better Chess (Better Thinking for…)

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Better Thinking for Better Chess (Better Thinking for…)

Better Thinking for Better Chess (Better Thinking for...)

This book is based upon a directed study in psychology that I did back in 1988 as a part of my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree. I conducted some suveys and experiments at three different chess tournaments in the Tampa area and the results of these surveys and experiments are in this book along with my conclusions based upon this study.

I was looking to determine what the differences in thinking are between beginning chess players and intermediate chess players and between intermediate chess players and chess masters. Some of the results surprised me.

I used the outline that was required for psycholgy experiments at the time that this study was done and updated the tables and added some charts to make the data easier to understand. However, if you do not understand how to read chi square tables and you are unwilling to learn how to then you may want to skip over that part of this book.

In this second edition I corrected some spacing and formatting errors that were in the first edition. Any updates to content will be in the next volume of this series.

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Hedgehog Strategy (Chess is Fun)

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Hedgehog Strategy (Chess is Fun)

Hedgehog Strategy (Chess is Fun)

The “Hedgehog” is not a chess opening at all, but rather a structure that players can reach from many different openings. You can reach Hedgehog formations routinely from the Sicilian Defense, from the Queen’s Indian, from the English, and even from the Nimzo-Indian. Among many possibilities:

The Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6
The English: 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.0-0 Be7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4
The Nimzo-Indian: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5
The Benoni: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6

Unlike the Vulture and the Rat, the Hedgehog is an indisputably sound strategy that has figured prominently in grandmaster chess for more than four decades.

The Hedgehog structure involves black pawns on a6, b6, d6, and e6. The black c-pawn exchanges for the white d-pawn only when White can only recapture with a piece. As a result, there is no white d-pawn, an important feature of the structure because Black gains access to key squares at c5 and e5.

Years ago, I read Adorjan’s article, “The Quill of the Hedgehog.” It was clear that it was the start of a beautiful friendship… a structure that was very well suited to my style … clear positional themes, thematic pawn breaks, and some rather lovely tactical ideas. All of the black pieces have well defined roles, there is good coordination in the black camp, and white aggression is relatively easy to contain and even beat back.

This e-book contains ten examples from my correspondence play, all interesting struggles against tough opponents. In all, I used the Hedgehog four times in the tenth US Correspondence Championship. Without any doubt, my success there depended completely upon the soundness of the Hedgehog structure… I went four for four with it.

The e-books in the Chess is Fun series are fully annotated in understandable, simple language. The profuse use of diagrams make these among the first chess books that you can read WITHOUT A BOARD at your side.

Jon Edwards won the 10th United States Correspondence Championship in 1997 and the 8th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship in 1999.

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Chess Analytics: Training with a Grandmaster Reviews

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Chess Analytics: Training with a Grandmaster

Chess Analytics: Training with a Grandmaster

Analytics The Method of Logical Analysis You are invited to take an instructive journey with one of the most successful chess coaches of our era, Greek grandmaster Efstratios Grivas. Over 40 critical aspects of the royal game are examined by this experienced, well-respected trainer. Grivas presents almost 240 games, most with complete scores to assist comprehension, illustrating his themes with practical, insightful examples and explanations. And the convenient structure of the book is such that the reader may pick and choose the topics in any order. Topics include: Pinning, Shattered Pawns, the Weak d5-square, Doubled f-pawns, the Double Exchange Sacrifice, the f4 Break, Planning, Opening Diagonals, Small Advantages, Sacrifices for the Initiative, Rook vs. Bishop Pair, False Guards, Pawns on the Seventh Rank and many more!

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The Blue Book of Chess – Teaching the Rudiments of the Game, and Giving an Analysis of All the Recognized Openings Reviews

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The Blue Book of Chess – Teaching the Rudiments of the Game, and Giving an Analysis of All the Recognized Openings

The Blue Book of Chess - Teaching the Rudiments of the Game, and Giving an Analysis of All the Recognized Openings

The Blue Book of Chess – Teaching the Rudiments of the Game, and Giving an Analysis of All the Recognized Openings is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Howard Staunton is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Howard Staunton then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

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The Kids’ Book of Chess and Chess Set

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The Kids’ Book of Chess and Chess Set

The Kids' Book of Chess and Chess Set

Illustrated Chess for Children was originally published in 1970. Now renamed, updated, newly illustrated, and presented with a custom-designed chess board and full set of chess pieces, the kids’ book of chess and chess set introduces kids to the game that’s inspired passion and challenge for over 900 years. Fantasy art captures the energy and excitement of chess’s origins-the medieval battlefield-while a direct, lively text explains the game and its pieces in light of history. Readers are led through the fundamentals of beginning, middle, and end game, and shown winning strategies for offense and defense.

Selection of the Book-of-the-Month and Trumpet Book clubs. Suitable for ages 8-12. 792,000 copies in print. Illustrations by Kimberly Bulcken Root.

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Mastering the Chess Openings: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings, Volume 1

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Mastering the Chess Openings: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings, Volume 1

Mastering the Chess Openings: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings, Volume 1

A major new title from Gambit Publications Ltd. For most chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. It is hard to know what is important and what is not, and when specific knowledge is vital, or when a more general understanding is sufficient. Tragically often, once the opening is over, a player won’t know what plan to follow, or even understand why his pieces are on the squares on which they sit. With this book John Watson seeks to help chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. In his previous books on chess strategy, he explained vital concepts that had previously been the domain only of top-class players, and did so in ways that have enabled them to enter the general chess consciousness of club players. Here he does likewise for the openings, explaining how flexible thinking and notions such as ‘rule-independence’ can apply to the opening. Watson presents a wide-ranging view of the way in which top-class players really handle the opening, rather than an idealized and simplified model. This is a book that will make chess-players think hard about how they begin their games, while offering both entertainment and challenging material for study.

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