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2 joyful books to read, and a disappointing one

There are several criteria needed for a book to catch your interest in buying it. The 2 main ones are: the title and the author name, and as a bonus of support the publisher reputation. Today I am presenting to you, dear reader, 3 books which has the same bonus level: the publisher, and not …

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Champions of the New Millennium

Champions of the New Millennium   Authors: GM Lubomir Ftacnik IM Danny Kopec GM Walter Browne Publisher: Quality Chess – 450 pages   We all know that, when several authors and chess professionals join their efforts in order to produce a book, the result will be an Opening book. But to produce a book of …

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Chess Duels

Chess Duels Title: Chess Duels: My Games with The World Champions Author: Yasser Seirawan Publisher: Everyman Chess Pages: 430 – hard cover   My first impression when I read the title: What a title! Then, after reading each page: What a story! Then after finishing each game: What a battle! and finally, at reaching the …

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Elements of Chess Strategy

Elements of Chess Strategy Author: Alexei Kosikov Publisher: Gambit, 160 pages Usually, when finishing reading a chess book (usually I do it from cover to cover), I take some break to re-adjust my plan (the chess one), shuffling my library books, as a new one has acquired a priority to be read. But I couldn’t …

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Fighting Chess with HIKARU NAKAMURA

Authors: Karsten Muller / Raymund Stolze Publisher: Edition  OLMS 2012 Pages: 232 Can you name 2 players who proved to the world that they belong to the chess elite, without any trainer or coach aside them, and with their own efforts developed their own chess education? Yes, Robert James Fischer is one of them, and …

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Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen

Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen Authors: Adrian Mikhalchishin / Oleg Stetsko Publishers: Edition Olms Year: 2002, 280 pages I couldn’t refrain, after reading the last page of this wonderful book, from going to hey in this review, and will to share  my feelings and impressions with you. I will summarize it, unfairly, with 2 words: …

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From Morphy to Rubinstein: move by move

From Morphy to Rubinstein: move by move (Publisher: EVERYMAN CHESS) Before starting reading (Steinitz Move By Move – 288 pages), I expected the selected games to be outstanding ones, nearly error free from the hero of book. I also took into consideration the (weak) opening phase (after all, they are the Heroes that taught the following generation …

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Grandmaster Chess Strategy

  Authors: Guido Kern & Jurgen Kaufeld Publisher: New In Chess – 2011 – 224 pages When a certain trainer writes a book about strategy, the reader is expecting some standard material stuff, like how to control the center, or importance of space in the presence of bishops, or attacking themes against the opponents’ king, …

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Grandmaster Versus Amateur

Grandmaster Versus Amateur Edited by Jacob Aagaard and John Show Publisher: Quality Chess,  200 pages As you most probably noted, the book was edited, and not written, by the Aagaard and Show. A new approach was lunched by the editors, which consists of making a book written by 7 Grandmasters!! Yes, SEVEN GMs. Those GMs, …

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Gyula Breyer: The Chess Revolutionary

Gyula Breyer: The Chess Revolutionary Author: James Adams Pages: 882! – Hardcover Publisher: New In Chess Revolutionary indeed. This fantastic work of Adams covers what was missing in the chess literature of the not-well-known the Hungarian master Gyula Breyer. A work that took from the author more than 30 years to achieve it. What could …

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Judit Polgar: The Princess of Chess

Judit Polgar: The Princess of Chess Author: Tibor Karolyi Editor: Batsford, 2004, 290 pages Can you give me the name of the player who beat Kasparov, Karpov, Anand and Topalov?!!!!!!!!! May I add Smyslov , Spassky ?!!! One more?  Ponomariov?!!! Not to mention the legends like Ivantchuk, Shirov. Just to name a few. The only …

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Mastering Chess Strategy

Mastering Chess Strategy How many young players in our country spending their time playing chess on the net? Too many. How many of them memorize their favorite opening variations? Too many.  How many ,when faced by a novelty, but not necessarily in their memory book move,  in their favorite opening, react correctly ? very few …

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Playing 1d4 d5 A Classical Repertoire

Playing 1d4 d5 A Classical Repertoire Author: Nikolaos Ntirlis Publisher: Quality Chess Edition: 2017, 335 pages And indeed it is. Playing with Black the solid 1..d5 was, and still, the main weapon in the repertoire of all world champions, official,  non-official, candidates, World-Class, strong players, as well as club players and amateurs alike. We are …

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Seriously light, seriously heavy

How do you know from reading the title of a chess book, that this is the ONE, the one that will cover most your gaps in your play? Or it will improve your level, being tactically or strategically? I am not talking about Openings books, from which you can pick up some moves that you …

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The complete Hedgehog Volume 1 (2009) + Volume 2 (2011)

Author: Sergey Shipov Publisher: Monghouse Total pages: 1116!!! What are the criteria you use in order to choose a chess Opening book? First of all, the target-opening coverage is a must. Secondly, the author’ style has to be not too brut, and enough to let the opening phase and the resulting issuing plans be transmitted …

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The difference between a good book and a bad one

Title: Calculate Like a Grandmaster – Learn from World-class Attacking Players Author: Danny Gormally Publisher: Batsford 2010 Pages: 256 Well, is it a Kotov’s books alike? The title is very attractive. Calculate like a GM. WOW. Who doesn’t want to calculate and reason like the big guys? Learn from the World-class attacking players. Ok. That …

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The Father of the Russian School

Mikhail Chigorin The Creative Genius   By Jimmy Adams Publisher: New In Chess, Pages: 750 Price: $50 Let me start by defining 3 words (as appeared in the Oxford American Dictionary): History: the study of past events, particularly in human affairs / the whole series of past events connected with someone or something Biography: an …

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Zuk and Nimzo

It has been a while that I didn’t write reviews of books that I read (and applied on a chess board). Training, preparing pupils for their national championships, following the latest chess news, social obligation, all this put me away from the laptop keyboard. But now, I found enough time to share with you my …

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