A comprehensive work about the magic world of endgames.
For starters, 100 interesting and instructive examples on important endgame
topics are thoroughly analyzed and extensively commented. Especially those in
which not only many useful rules of thumb are ex- plained and illustrated, but
above all their not uncommon exceptions.
In the chapter 'Practice makes perfect', 100 exercises give the readers the
opportunity to check their previous knowledge and what they have learned in the
In the following 100 exciting studies, it was ensured that they do not show
any artificial constructs, but positions that could well have come from
practical games and whose solutions are clearly comprehensible.
You can either tackle the given exercises under tournament-like conditions,
or you can use the book as a pure textbook and deal directly with the solutions,
because even with this approach you can enrich your existing knowledge with many
typical endgame motives.
Readers can rest assured that the magic from the realm of endgames will
cast its spell over them and that they will enjoy the fascination of the final
phase of the game.
322 Seiten, kartoniert, Joachim Beyer Verlag
Since there is already so much literature about Magnus Carlsen, one wonders
why the author added yet another book. – Because he found it extremely
interesting to look at the strategic play of a genius through the lens of the
so-called 'model of the four types of players'. And as a result, he actually
managed to illustrate both the outstanding strengths and the universality of the
16th world champion.
But even if the reader isn't necessarily interested in this approach, he
might as well consider the book an extremely useful 'textbook on strategy' given
how instructive Magnus Carlsen's games are. Because according to his style, he
masters many strategically indispensable and effective methods (for example
active prophylaxis, strategic pressure play, etc.) like no other.
In order to go deeper, the author has formulated numerous clear and
meaningful rules of thumb on the various topics. However, he does not fail to
point out that in chess, knowing this or that rule by heart is not the most
important thing. Rather, it's crucial to train your intuition to recognize as
reliably as possible when you are dealing with a standard case and when with an
exception. And since Magnus Carlsen's skills can also be described as absolutely
brilliant in this respect, it goes without saying that any reader who delves a
little deeper into Carlsen's games can learn a great deal about the subtleties
of chess from one of the greatest players of all time
Each chapter is rounded off with topic-related exercises. And practical QR
codes make it easier to work directly on your smartphone whenever there's no
board at hand.
156 Seiten, kartoniert, Joachim Beyer Verlag
It's not revealing anything new that most players prefer to attack rather
than defend. It's also not surprising that various authors have devoted a number
of books to the popular topic of 'attack' for more than a century.
In this book, the author tries to present the constantly recurring
mechanisms of attacking play as compactly as possible by limiting himself to a
few important motives and describing typical elements of the attacking strategy.
Numerous clear and meaningful rules of thumb are formulated for the in-depth
study of the various subject areas.
With regard to practical play, however, the point is not neglected that in
chess it's not so important to know this or that rule by heart, but rather to
train your intuition to recognize as reliably as possible in which case you are
dealing with a rule and in which case with an exception.
Among the topics discussed are, for example, such indispensable as:
'Opposite-colored bishops favor the attacker', 'The attacker should not exchange
attack potential', 'Typical attack structures', 'Attack on a complex of weak
One of the chapters is devoted to Mikhail Tal, one of the greatest
attacking artists of all time, whose genius in this regard is illustrated by
reference to some of his striking and pointed quotes – such as 'Centralize and
sacrifice', 'If the opponent attacks one of your pieces, attack two of
And last but not least there's a chapter on the mating attack in the
endgame, a look at some of the author's impressive attacking victories and all
sorts of topic-related exercises for the individual chapters. In addition,
practical QR codes enable you to replay the game directly on your smartphone if
there's no board at hand.
140 Seiten, kartoniert, Joachim Beyer Verlag
Together with his longtime trainer Matthias Krallmann, GM Matthias Blübaum describes his path from his early youth to the title of European champion. According to his own statement, he particularly benefited from the 'Group of Princes' of the German Chess Federation, which was founded in 2008 by national youth coach IM Bernd Vökler. In this actually not so long journey of an outstanding young talent to the German top player, the reader is not only taken along, but he can also learn a lot for his own practice 'on the way' and is offered all kinds of instructive tips and tricks. In his foreword, IM Bernd Vökler writes: "...a special highlight has been achieved: Renowned endgame guru, Dr. Karsten Müller, dissects selected endgames by Matthias Blübaum ... A double delight for the reader! – In the next part, a look into the treasury of every grandmaster is granted, namely into his opening repertoire. Matthias Krallmann notes that even former world champion Alexander Khalifman once praised Matthias' complete and self-contained repertoire. – The following chapter offers some of Matthias Blübaum's games against the top stars of the scene, annotated by himself. It's mouth-watering! – At the end, the reader is once again challenged himself. The big tactics test invites you to puzzle and calculate. Matthias Krallmann and Matthias Blübaum don't offer easy reading! Typically East Westphalian, labour-intensive, exhausting, honest and straight – the portrait of the chess worker, the chess grandmaster, the chess practitioner Matthias Blübaum. You don't become number one in Germany in a sprint, but in a marathon!"304 Seiten, kartoniert, Joachim Beyer Verlag
4 types of players with their strengths and weaknessesPlaying styles in chess are an important and often discussed topic. GM Dr. Karsten Müller and GM Luis Engel take up a model by GM Lars Bo Hansen based on 4 types of players – 'activists', 'pragmatics', 'theorists' and so-called 'reflectors'. Their respective strengths and weaknesses are explained based on many examples, complemented by numerous exercises to enable the reader to assign himself to one or the other category. "As part of the preparation for my opponents, I often try to research their typical player characteristics ... In this respect, it can be helpful to draw conclusions about the type of player, and thus about strengths and weaknesses, by looking at the openings they play – or to use the characteristics of certain players to infer the likelihood of which opening lines they might choose. These and numerous other considerations are presented in this book in a condensed and systematic form. The division of players into four prototypes is extremely helpful not only in terms of game preparation, but also to determine your own characteristics as a player. In addition, the book can serve as a helpful guide for amateurs and chess fans to get a more precise picture of certain players." (Excerpts from the foreword by GM Vincent Keymer)
248 Seiten, kartoniert, Joachim Beyer Verlag
Review from Professor Barry Hymer, Former CSO, Chessable, May 2022
As someone who has had a lifelong professional interest in and scepticism about the value of ‘learning styles’ approaches (or their family variants, like ‘player types’), and who has even penned a savage takedown of their value in the chess world – see https://www.chessable.com/blog/learning-styles-chess - I was intrigued to read The Human Factor in Chess by Karsten Müller and his fellow GM, Luis Engel. The title alone made me wonder if there’d be any similarities with one of my all-time favourite chessbooks – Fred Reinfeld’s The Human Side of Chess, from 1953 (Faber & Faber). There weren’t many, at least in terms of the book’s aims. Almost as prolific as Reinfeld, but with an even more consistent output in terms of quality, Müller’s stellar reputation as a chess writer and theorist needs little by way of introduction of course, and I was worried that my high regard for his work wouldn’t survive this foray into the fascinating but theoretically questionable and fundamentally untestable world of ‘learning styles’. In particular, would I encounter facile conflations of playing styles (a chessplayer’s habitual preference for playing certain types of positions – and not just won ones – and in certain types of ways) with assumptions that these are built on certain supposedly innate and immoveable qualities or predispositions? Turns out F. Scott Fitzgerald was right, and it’s quite possible to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time, and still function. At least it is in the hands of first rate minds and authors like these.
First things first. The book builds on the classification of player types introduced by Lars Bo Hansen in his book Foundations of Chess Strategy (Gambit, 2005). Though there are some divergences from the Hansen book in the attribution of individual players from chess history to certain categories, both books posit the existence of four player types: activist, theorist, reflector and pragmatic. Having acknowledged that this won’t be the only possible model, and ‘stereotyped’ or overly dogmatic thinking inevitably brings dangers with it, the suggestion is made (endorsed by Vincent Keymer in his preface) that knowledge of one’s own and one’s opponent’s typology can be helpful in terms of game preparation and self-knowledge. Strengths and weaknesses of each type are outlined, with suggestions for leveraging one’s own strengths whilst exploiting one’s opponent’s weaknesses – in a manner analogous to the old game rock, paper, scissors: eg reflectors’ mastery of prophylaxis can trump activists, who in turn can use their knowledge of sharp opening lines to discombobulate both reflectors and theorists, who in turn can aim for quiet, technical positions in order to frustrate calculation-loving pragmatists.
It’s not an exact science of course, and it’s arguable whether it’s a science at all, but it’s no less fun and fascinating for that. The argument has considerable face-validity, however thin the theoretical base and legion the players who straddle more than one type – or perhaps even none. As a rough-and-ready heuristic for conceptualising player-types I believe it is both interesting and plausible, and it provides a helpful architecture for a player’s long-term journey towards a universal playing style (a goal acknowledged as such by the authors). Who, after all, doesn’t want to have a Botvinnik-like mastery of general principles, a dash of Smyslovian harmony and a dollop of Fischerlike pragmatism combined with an Alekhinian feel for the initiative? Come to think of it, just one of those qualities would be attractive to we amateurs!
The book is stronger for the authors’ decision to keep the theoretical overview light-touch, succinct and on-point. It recognises the dynamic evolution of many players’ styles (the early styles of Steinitz, Smyslov and Tal, for instance provide few clues to their later iterations), and for the most part it avoids assertions that are overly deterministic and mystical – though there are occasional lapses such as the unreferenced assertion that when it comes to “… a feeling for harmony and coordination like that of Karpov or Carlsen, you just have it, or you don’t” (p.99). I’d put good money on the likelihood that these sublime qualities didn’t appear fully-formed, but developed cumulatively over time. (By way of evidence, there are many early games of both these legends which are distinctly lacking in these qualities as well of course many games in which they are replete).
But for me the book’s standout strength is when the authors revert to type (!) and do what they excel at: harnessing a lifetime’s love for and high-level expertise in the game in the form of carefully-harvested and well-curated positions and exercises, powerfully and lucidly structured and annotated. Typologies provide the architecture for this assemblage, and for obvious reasons examples are included which serve to support the designations of particular players to particular types. No-one investing the time in working through these exercises can fail to benefit, and derive a huge amount of pleasure en passant – whatever their own player-type! And in terms of publication quality, the occasional translation infelicity aside, the impressive accuracy and visual attractiveness of the book comes as Joachim Beyer Verlag standard.
Find out your Player Type
After the great success of the first book (The Human Factor in Chess) on
the model of the four player types, this follow-up volume contains not only
specific tasks and exercises but also general questions such as: Do you prefer
to calculate concrete lines or do you make your decisions more intuitively? Do
you have a good sense of harmony and coordination?
This approach is intended to enable the reader to assign himself to one of
the player types and find out whether he belongs to the activists or rather to
the pragmatists, theorists or reflectors. The result allows to draw conclusions
in order to further expand the individual strengths or to develop a more
universal playing style overall.
Because even if you usually win thanks to your strengths, it makes sense to
work on your own weaknesses as well. Of course, if there is only one move in a
position, you should be able to find it. Playstyles are especially important in
positions where you have a great choice. However, they also play a role when you
choose the type of position, which you should strive for based on your
Interestingly, a playstyle can also be imitated, which may even be the
appropriate strategy against certain opponents. For example, certain
characteristics stand out clearly in activists, and being able to adjust to them
as an opponent is of course very valuable. A good example is Kramnik's win over
activist Kasparov (at the London 2000 world championship match). Since Kramnik
always managed to steer the game in the direction appropriate to his style, his
big opponent never had the chance to demonstrate his own strengths in positions
with attack and initiative.
While 'The Human Factor' was about a clear distinction of the four playing
styles, this book aims to emphasize the universality of each player. After
solving the tasks tailored to the four player types, it becomes clear how your
own competencies are distributed. Accordingly, GM Vincent Keymer states in his
"Even if the further development of one's own player personality to a
universal player who unites all player types may remain a utopia, it's still
206 Seiten, kartoniert, Joachim Beyer Verlag
by Alexey Root in August 2023
(GM) Karsten Müller, GM Luis Engel, and FIDE Master Makan Rafiee are
the authors of The Human Factor in Chess - The Testbook, subtitled
„Find out your Player Type.“ Published in 2023 by JBV Books, it
is a follow-up volume to 2020’s The Human Factor in Chess,
subtitled „4 types of players with their strengths and weaknesses.“
GM Vincent Keymer wrote the forewords to both the 2020 and 2023
volumes. USCF Sales carries the 2023 book for $24.95.
following review also appeared on SparkChess in July 2023. I write
for SparkChess twice a month.
is your Player Type?
you prefer to calculate concrete lines, or do you make your decisions
more intuitively? Do you have a good sense of harmony and
coordination? The Human Factor in Chess - The Testbook helps you
discover your Player Type through tasks and exercises.
four Player Types are Activist, Theorist, Reflector, and Pragmatic.
According to The Human Factor in Chess - The Testbook, knowing your
Player Type allows you „to draw conclusions in order to further
expand the individual strengths or to develop a more universal
playing style overall.“
I found excerpts from Keymer’s 2020 foreword online, I could not
find sample pages online from the 2023 volume. Publisher JBV Books
mailed a review copy of The Human Factor in Chess - The Testbook to
me. Here is a link (two problems on page 13) of the first two chess problems from the first chapter about
the first problem, on the left, I initially considered 17. c3, using
my c-pawn to defend my d-pawn. Then my knight could leave that pawn’s
defense and attack Black’s king. But then I found 17.Bxg6! I was
influenced by the problem being in the „Activist“ chapter. I
figured an active move was expected.
my opinion, finding „How should White continue?“ in the first
problem is harder than deciding, in the second problem at right in
the photo above, if Nf5 is good or bad. After all, I have a 50%
chance to guess correctly regarding the quality of Nf5. Yet
designating Nf5 as a good move got me 2 AP (Activist Points) while
finding 17.Bxg6 got me 1 AP.
could not find the authors’ formula for how points are awarded.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed earning points. Also, I learned from the
authors’ explanations of why the correct answers were superior to
Have there been times during a game when you have calculated a position for half an hour, only to find out that most of what you were thinking about was of little use? If you have not, maybe the only way to improve your calculation is to upgrade your processor. But if you are human, then this book will offer you practical advice and an effective training plan to think differently and make decisions far more efficiently.In Calculation thinking methods such as Candidates, Combinations, Prophylaxis, Comparison, Elimination, Intermediate Moves, Imagination and Traps are explained to the reader, and ownership of them is offered through a carefully selected series of exercises.
“There is no shortcut to the grandmaster title, but there is a well-known route that many people have walked over the years. Jacob offers to guide you on part of this journey and I hope you will take him up on the offer.”From the foreword by Boris Gelfand
Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard won the British Championship at his first and only attempt. He has received the Guardian, ECF and ChessCafe Book of the Year awards and the FIDE Senior Trainer title. His training material is used by amateurs and grandmasters alike.
The Grandmaster Preparation series is aimed at ambitious players.
304 Seiten, Quality Chess
The O’Kelly variation of the Sicilian Defence (1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 a6) is a wonderful system for those who enjoy playing Sicilian positions but don’t want to get bogged down in heavy theory. The O’Kelly relies far more on an understanding of general strategic ideas and middlegame planning than on rote memorisation of opening moves. One of the benefits of the O’Kelly is that White’s natural continuation of 3 d4, although very frequently played, permits Black confortable development and an easy game.
In Play the O’Kelly Sicilian, highly experienced chess author and coach Andrew Martin guides the reader through the complexities of the O’Kelly and carves out a repertoire for Black. He examines all aspects of this fascinating opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans.
A complete repertoire for Black against 1 e4.
All key variations analysed in detail.
Andrew Martin is a FIDE Senior Trainer and International Master. He teaches in twelve schools, is an experienced chess writer and has produced numerous chess DVDs.
280 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag Everyman Chess
Aagaard: Positional Play
Have there been times during a game when you have tried to calculate like mad, but can find no rhyme or reason to your lines? Have you ever felt that the computer’s suggestions in your post-mortem analysis make no sense to you? Ever felt like the man with a hammer, suspecting that the world may not be made up entirely of nails after all?
In Positional Play Jacob Aagaard shares his simple three-step tool of positional analysis that he has used with club players and famous grandmasters to improve their positional decision-making. Working from the starting point that all players who aspire to play at international level have a certain amount of positional understanding, Aagaard lays out an easy-to-follow training plan that will improve everyone’s intuition and positional decision-making.
Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard won the British Championship at his first and only attempt. He is the only chess author to have received the Boleslavsky Medal as well as the Guardian, ECF and ChessCafe Book of the Year awards. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer, and on his retirement from professional chess he has taken up the post as trainer for the Danish elite. His training material is used by amateurs, grandmasters and World Champions alike.
The Grandmaster Preparation series is aimed at ambitious players
312 Seiten, gebunden, Verlag Quality Chess
Aagaard: Attack & Defence
In Attack & Defence Jacob Aagaard presents the main principles of how to attack and defend in chess. By carving dynamic chess into separate areas of ability, he gives the reader a clear way to expand his understanding of this vital part of the game.
"Playing the violin and learning languages are similar activities - the brain needs a special map for these kinds of activities, so it has to be learned at an early age - due to some brain chemistry stuff, I guess. That explains why so many players get stuck at a certain level - their map is done! Depressing, eh? But thats where Aagaard (and other heavyweights like Dvoretsky and Yusupov) come to the rescue! The books in this series are designed to change the ‘chess map in your brain! Jacob wants to transform that narrow path of finding good moves into a freeway where good moves flow!" From the foreword by Sune Berg Hansen
Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard won the British Championship at his first and only attempt. He is the only author to have won the Boleslavsky Medal as well as the ACP, Guardian, ECF and ChessCafe Book of the Year awards. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer, and on his retirement from professional chess he has taken up the post of trainer for the Danish elite. His training material is used by amateurs, grandmasters and World Champions alike.
304 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag Quality Chess
The Barry Attack is a highly aggressive system that arises
after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Bf4. Although the concept of the
Barry Attack has been known for a century or so, the modern
interpretation (as with a number of other dynamic white systems) has
mainly been developed by English grandmasters over the past couple of
This “modern interpretation” is often not very subtle. If Black
provides a target by castling early on the kingside, White will often
let rip with moves such as Qd2, Bh6, 0-0-0 and h4-h5, playing very
directly for a quick checkmate. If this strikes you as too crude to have
a chance against a sophisticated and competent defender, then a quick
glance through this book will undoubtedly change your mind. You will
witness countless games where very strong players are destroyed on the
black side in less than 30 moves. Sometimes a lot less.
This makes the Barry an ideal weapon for those who love to
attack. Black’s defence has to be very accurate. If not, a quick
annihilation is on the cards.
Play the Barry Attack is the ideal guide to this
fascinating opening. Anyone who reads this book carefully and studies
all White’s attacking ideas will have a fearsome weapon in their
320 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag Everyman Chess
In Strategic Play Jacob Aagaard digs deep into the most complex area of chess thinking. The games and exercises in this book transcend regular chess skills, such as pattern recognition, calculation and positional analysis. Building on the two previous books in the Grandmaster Preparation series, this book challenges the reader to explore the complexities of chess, offering clarity and understanding through Aagaard’s straightforward approach.
Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard won the British Championship at his first and only attempt. He is the only chess author to have received the Boleslavsky Medal as well as the Guardian, ECF and ChessCafe Book of the Year awards. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer, and on his retirement from professional chess he has taken up the post of trainer for the Danish elite. His training material is used by amateurs, grandmasters and World Champions alike.
The Grandmaster Preparation series is aimed at ambitious players
304 Seiten, gebunden, Verlag Quality Chess
The author presents a collection of 120 instructive positions, each of which with mostly three proposed solutions, followed by the detailed discussion of both the correct and the incorrect solutions in the second part. The selected examples stem from tournament practice, with a few exceptions, which are part of theoretical lines. The reader mainly has to look for tactical solutions, although positional-strategic aspects also occur.In the direct attack on the king, the action on the board often reaches its climax, and the attacker's success depends on finding the appropriate plan and executing it with precision. On the other hand, a premature or incorrectly executed attack generally turns into a boomerang for the attacker. Therefore, it's essential to assess whether a position meets the requirements for an immediate attack or whether further preparation is needed. Serious training with this testbook will help you to correctly assess critical situations of this sort and to ensure that the attack will be successful.FIDE Master Gerd Treppner (1956-2009) was a chess journalist and author as well as a successful tournament player.
124 Seiten, kartoniert, Joachim Beyer Verlag
Book review by Jörg Palitzsch (March 2021)
Im Endspiel kann die Stärke jeder einzelnen Schachfigur markanter zutage treten als in anderen Stadien der Partie. Trotzdem bleibe im Endspiel genügend Raum für Phantasie und Schöpferraum, so der russische Großmeister Juri Awerbach in seinem Buch „Erfolg im Endspiel“. Der amerikanische Schachlehrer Jeremy Silman brachte das Endspiel in punkto Königssicherheit auf einen griffigen Punkt: „Ein König, der nicht rochiert hat, sollte man meiden wie die Pest“. Gerd Treppner nähert sich dem Thema Endspiel in seinem englischsprachigen „Testbook of Attacking the King“ mit spielerischem System.
Mit 120 Stellungen, dargestellt auf Diagrammen, werden dem Schachspieler jeweils drei, manchmal auch nur zwei Lösungsvorschläge gestellt. Die Beispiele stammen zum größten Teil aus der Turnierpraxis, nur ein kleiner Teil folgt theoretischen Linien. Der Leser muss hauptsächlich nach taktischen Lösungen suchen, obwohl auch positionell-strategische Aspekte vorkommen.
So verfolgt das Buch gleich mehrere Ziele. Man lernt, Schachaufgaben besser zu analysieren und bringt den Spieler dazu, über weitergehende Problemstellungen in der Endphase einer Partie nachzudenken. Bei allem zählt der direkte Angriff auf den König zum Höhepunkt eines Spiels – es kommt nur darauf an ob man Jäger oder Gejagter ist. So gilt es den richtigen Zeitpunkt abzuschätzen, um einen Angriff gewinnbringend umzusetzen. Kommt er zu früh, kann er ins Leere gehen, kommt er zu spät und ohne strategische Vorbereitung kann er schnell ins eigene Verderben führen.
FIDE-Meister Gerd Treppner (1956-2009) war sowohl Schachjournalist und Autor als auch ein erfolgreicher Turnierspieler. Er hat in seinem Buch nicht nur Aufgaben mit einer Mehrfachauswahl an Antworten zusammengetragen, sondern zeigt in den Lösungen die Zugfolgen zu einem erfolgreichen Angriff auf. Praktisch ist die Anordnung der Diagramme, die, jeweils zwei auf einer Seite verteilt, sehr übersichtlich sind. So kann man an jeder Stelle im Aufgabenfeld einsteigen und lernt dabei auch etwas über die Partien, die stets den Königsangriff zu Ziel haben.
Fazit: „Testbook of Attacking the King“ orientiert sich an der Praxis, verliert die Theorie aber nicht völlig aus dem Blick. Da immer nur eine Antwort möglich ist, halten die Lösungen oft auch Überraschungen bereit.
Book review by Heinz Brunthaler (June 2020)
120 positions challenge the reader to find the right way to attack the opposing king, and by working out the solution, of course, he will automatically improve his skills in this regard.
Large diagrams are helpful to correctly take in and analyze the given positions. For the reader's support, two or mostly three multiple choice answers steer his solving process and prevent him from not finding a starting point at all or going astray.
As for the level of difficulty and the motifs of the various tasks, they are not shown in any particular order. This sort of 'disordered mix' realistically reflects the requirements in competition chess. The comments on the solutions are detailed and easy to understand.
The author, Gerd Treppner (1956–2009), was a renowned expert especially in the area of test books. He understood very well the potential of readers at club level and made it easy for this target group to really understand the solutions without getting lost in too many lines and subtleties.
Some examples are of a more positional variety, so that it's not enough to just find a tactical blow. Instead, the reader really has to become familiar with the position and explore its possibilities. This is an excellent training approach and should prove useful for every reader's own practice.
The book is particularly recommended for chess enthusiasts who have little time for an extensive systematic training. By thoroughly dealing with one or two tasks from the book on a daily base, the reader will get a lot of practically usable knowledge within a relatively short time, which should help him increase his playing skills and reach a higher level.
Conclusion: The book is highly recommended for club players and ambitious young chess players.
In this book, International Grandmaster and senior FIDE trainer Thomas Luther offers something for all chess fans at amateur level. The ambitious tournament player can use it to improve his playing strength. However, not all chess fans have enough time for an extensive study of their game in general and tactics in particular. In this case, it is sufficient if the reader solves a few exercises every day, because even then he will learn a lot about this topic in the long term. Meanwhile, the pure "chess gourmet" is offered many interesting and entertaining examples and comments to enjoy the diversity of his favorite game.
The author takes the reader on a journey from the beginnings of chess many centuries ago to the present day. Throughout history, smart players have found clever moves and techniques that are still used today. In detailed texts, the author explains the developments in the respective epochs and shows corresponding interesting examples. In addition, the book contains chapters on tactics in the endgame and on all the subtleties related to the topic of stalemate. But don't worry, all this is not boring, but extremely instructive and entertaining on top of that!
In two longer series of tests, the reader can show how strong a tactician he already is – and what progress he has made after working with this book. A large number of diagrams in the text ensure that the reader is always able to find his or her way around and can largely get by without using a chessboard.
253 Seiten, kartoniert, Joachim Beyer Verlag
Solving studies is well established as an effective method of chess improvement. In Practical Chess Beauty one of the world’s greatest study composers, Yochanan Afek, shares his finest creations.
Fire your imagination, gain a greater appreciation of chess geometry, and develop a finer feeling for the pieces’ potential by trying to find the ideas hidden in the hundreds of studies in this book. Or simply wonder at some of the most stunning chess moves ever conceived.
Yochanan Afek is an over-the-board IM from Israel who holds titles in almost every area of chess, including Grandmaster of Chess Composition. In a long and celebrated career, Afek has been a composer and a solver, a player and tournament organizer, as well as an arbiter and trainer.
From the Foreword by GM Emil Sutovsky:“The book you hold is full of energy; it is fresh and evidently written with a lot of love and passion for the game. Yochanan visibly enjoys sharing his knowledge and readily invites us into his magical world.”
464 Seiten, gebunden, Verlag Quality Chess
Alburt & Palatnik: Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player
Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player demystifies chessboard planning, giving you the practical, game-winning techniques you could spend years gathering on your own. Each idea is explained and illustrated using carefully chosen for their instructive clarity and power.
This book stands alone. And it is the fifth volume of the Comprehensive Chess Course, a series that brings English readers the once strictly guarded and time-tested Russian training methods, the key to 50-year Russian dominance of the chess World. The Comprehensive Chess Course takes you from beginner to tournament expert.
Praises for The Comprehensive Chess Course
344 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag CIRC
The author addresses the most frequent questions that arise in all the three aspects of a modern chess game (material, pawn structure - space, and dynamics). The core of the book cosists of 49 deeply annotated games played by the elite players. On top of that, there are 127 practical tests, so the material presented as a whole may be extremely useful to a wide audience. Of course, chess trainers and will find many of the games and test positions adequate for their chess lectures.
264 Seiten, gebunden, Verlag Chess Informant
Informant’s Collection of Instructive Tactics and Studies
500 carefully selected puzzles
5 levels of difficulty
42 instructive, prizewinning studies
Study, practice and improve with our selection of tactical jewels!
The book is aimed at motivated amateur and club players, all the way up to the grandmaster level, since the main objective is to teach diligent evaluation of any given position, meticulous calculating, and overall decision making. We kept the organization of the exercises according to their relative level of difficulty (one * indicating the simplest exercises, ***** indicating the most difficult positions), since is proved to allow smooth browsing through the material.
Tactic Workbook consists of 500 most instructive middlegame and endgame examples (puzzles) from the games played during 2021 and 42 prizewinning studies which complement the puzzle section thus making this manual truly comprehensive and indispensable.
344 Seiten, gebunden, Verlag Chess Informant
Christian tackles one of the most important issues in chess: how to select candidate moves. He illustrates and discusses many different themes such as:
entering relatively uncharted territory
replying on your acquired knowledge
He uses examples from his own games, the result is a uniquely useful book that will help you to raise the level of your general play.
French Grandmaster Christian Bauer is one of the leading strong players of his country. He is a former national champion and represented France in numerous international team events. He has written many articles and books for several publishing houses: 'Play 1...b6', 'Philidor Files' and 'Play the Scandinavian'. Many of his books have been translated into other languages.
405 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag Thinkers Publishing
Brennan & Carson: Tactics Time
1001 Chess Tactics from the Real Games of Everday Chess Players
The best way to improve at chess is to solve tactics puzzles. But why do regular tactics books make amateurs study master games? Is it useful for beginners to analyze games that are unreal for everyday chess players?In the real world of beginning and casual players openings are dubious, positions are messy, material is uneven, and cheap traps and oversights are occurring almost constantly. Most amateur games are won by rather primitive means, compared to the cool and fancy moves that masters need in order to gain victory.This book only takes positions from genuine amateur games and puts them out there, warts and all. Tim Brennan and Anthea Carson have assembled thousands of games by everyday players, and selected the most instructive tactical examples. If you want to improve at chess but have limited time and energy available, this is your book! Now you can study positions that are happening in games you yourself might have played!A very helpful book for beginners and casual players.
144 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag New in Chess
Books on chess exercises are usually about tactics. But in most of the positions that you think about during a game, there is no tactical solution. What you are doing most of the time is trying to find a way to improve your position or weaken your opponent's, by applying strategic rules.
Experienced chess trainer Emmanuel Bricard has created a practical exercise manual with carefully selected and tested training positions that teach you how to develop the right plan.
This book is for you if you want to:
know what to do if there is no tactical solution
improve your understanding of chess strategy
learn how to apply strategic principles in concrete positions
gain time on the clock by having to calculate fewer variations
learn how to accumulate advantages in various types of positions
be inspired by great examples of strategy.
The level of difficulty of the exercises varies as this manual is intended for a wide range of club players. The majority of the exercises are middlegame positions, but additionally there is a large section of endgame tests as well. After working with Strategic Chess Exercises you will spend less time on finding better plans, and outplay your opponents more often!
Emmanuel Bricard is an International Grandmaster and a former Champion of France. He has been a successful chess trainer for more than fifteen years.
221 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag New in Chess
Become a Dangerous Tactician!In the late 1990s five books were released, each dedicated to a unique tactical theme, and each with approximately 100 pages. Written by the late Russian correspondence master Victor Charushin, the books were:-- Alekhine’s Block-- Combination Cross-- Lasker’s Combination-- Mitrofanov’s Deflection-- The Steeplechase.They were very well-received by chessplayers everywhere. And, in fact, Charushin had written two more books in the series, Domination, and Less Common Combinations, but these were never released.For this edition of The Tactician’s Handbook, German grandmaster Karsten Müller has carefully reviewed and then selected the material he thought most enlightening. Then instructive exercises were added. All the analysis has been checked by the silicon monster, while Charushin’s notes and comments were revised where necessary. All seven titles were then combined into one comprehensive volume.Add to that a foreword by one of the great tacticians of our time, Hungarian grandmaster Judit Polgar, and the result is an excellent, instructive handbook covering some of the most exciting tactics in chess. The Tactician’s Handbook is sure to provide you with many hours of enjoyment and instruction!
240 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag Russell
Russian International Master Maxim Chetverik has written a strategy textbook containing 75 deeply annotated positional games that show players how to devise plans to handle a number of key strategic themes, such as when to open up the game, how to activate the pawn chain, how to carry out positional sacrifices and many others. Unlike most other textbooks, the strategic plans are viewed as battles where the plans of each player clash, and Maxim analyzes why one plan comes out on top.
Also unlike most other textbooks, all example games are drawn from grandmaster play in the 21st century, some played in 2018, and consider the plans right out of the opening stage. This makes the book of particular value to players wishing to better understand the strategies that the openings they play may lead to, bearing in mind the author is an openings expert with ten openings books published. The majority of games are played by elite grandmasters, including Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Kramnik, Karjakin, Giri, So, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Nakamura, Gelfand, Svidler, Ivanchuk, Shirov, Leko, J. Polgar, Topalov, Kamsky, Morozevich, Korchnoi and Spassky.
Chetverik introduces and illustrates the concepts of "macroplan" and "microplan", which provide a simple structural framework for players seeking to devise plans in their own games. The macroplan is the specific way to achieve the required result (usually, a win), for example, the successful exploitation of a queenside pawn majority. The microplan is a way of solving a local problem that involves several moves, such as transferring a knight from a bad square to a good one. Ideally, a macroplan is a chain of sequential and carefully calculated microplans.
This book is largely aimed at strong club players wishing to improve, or their coaches. The recommended Elo range is approximately 1,800 - 2,200, although it may of course be of interest to players a bit lower and a bit higher than this range.
237 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag LLC Elk and Ruby
Franco: The Art of Attacking Chess
All chess-players love to play a smooth attacking game, flowing from start to finish, and sprinkled with spectacular ideas and sacrifices. However, few can do so regularly, and for most players, their collection of brilliancies missed far outweighs their creative successes.
Innate talent plays an important role, but many of the skills needed for attacking chess can be learnt by study and practice. Here, one of the worlds most experienced annotators has selected 33 superb examples, and explained them in a way that strips away the mystery. We see how the decision to attack is made, and which positional factors led to that decision being justified. We observe either a gradual build-up, or a lightning-fast storm, and understand why one approach or the other was necessary. Finally, we witness the final execution of the tactical blows.
To check that we have truly grasped the ideas, Franco presents us with plentiful exercises, where it is we who have to perform the heroics.
Zenon Franco is a grandmaster from Paraguay who now lives in Spain. He is an experienced chess trainer, his most notable pupil being Paco Vallejo, now one of the worlds top grandmasters, whom he taught from 1995 to 1999.
255 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag Gambit