Gary Lane's Chess Puzzles
by Gary Lane
A collection of modern chess puzzles where the aim is checkmate. Gary Lane presents 200 brain teasers designed to allow players of all levels - from novices upwards - to improve their game. The puzzles are classified under such themes as Celebrity Chess, Chasing the King, Checkmate in Two Moves, The Ultimate Test and Winning Endings. Lane uses his teaching skills and tournament experience to present a fun but practical puzzle book that helps players develop recognition of tactical combinations. Naturally, it includes plenty of practical tips, anecdotes and hints on how to improve.
The Battle of Minds that Shook the Chess World
by Jan Timman
New In Chess
The 1962 Candidates' Tournament in Curaçao was one of the fiercest chess battles of all time. At the height of the Cold War, eight players contested the right to challenge World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The format of the tournament was a gruelling quadruple round-robin. Twenty-eight games were to be played on the tropical island, in a contest that lasted two months. The air trembled with drama and intrigue...
How Magnus Carlsen became the Youngest Grandmaster in the World
The Story and the Games
by Simen Agdestein
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Previously published as Wonderboy Magnus Carlsen. Updated with a new Preface by the author. Note: the update is available free to those who have already purchased the book.
At the age of thirteen years, four months and twenty-six days, Magnus Carlsen became the youngest chess grandmaster in the world. The scene of this stunning record: Dubai. The date: April 26, 2004. Predictably, the international press raved about the Norwegian prodigy. The Washington Post even dubbed him 'the Mozart of chess.'
A Collection of His Games With Detailed Notes
by Géza Maróczy
Translated by Robert Sherwood
In the gallery of past chess heroes few names evoke a sense of mystery and chessboard magic like that associated with the legendary American Paul Morphy. Much has been written about Morphy over the years but until now one key contribution has remained unavailable to an English language audience. The great Hungarian player Géza Maróczy was a chess legend in his own right, and in 1909 published his German language tribute to Morphy, in which he gives a detailed account of Morphy's life and experiences on and off the chessboard, annotates numerous Morphy games from throughout his career, and summarises his congress and tournament results. Robert Sherwood has now made this available for the first time in an English translation with the addition of rare historic photographs. This e+books edition has a unique place in English language chess literature.
Improve Your Chess Tactics
700 Practical Lessons & Exercises
by Yakov Neishtadt
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The best advice for chess players who want to improve quickly is: get better at tactics! Because the vast majority of amateur games are decided through tactics you will immediately start beating more opponents when you improve your tactical skills.
Improve Your Chess Tactics presents more than 700 decisive combinations from tournament practice and is a self-tutor and a sparring-partner in one. Experienced Russian chess master Yakov Neishtadt has selected those examples that have the biggest instructional value for club players.
In the first part of the book Neishtadt teaches a systematic course on the most important tactical themes. The second part consists of an exam with hundreds of tests from real-life chess, in random order so as not to give unwelcome hints on how to solve them. The solutions are not just lists of moves, but include clear, witty and instructive prose.