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General tips

General tips

After a long break from writing, mostly due to the lack of classical chess national events with available games, as well as personal health issues, I decided to reactivate this habit with some sort of responsibility and duty. Watching some games live of national players and friends, as well as reading some chatting on social Medias, not to mention the Corona issue, forcing recluse of people at home, were the main motives behind writing this article.

Most of the questions posed by the new comers to our chess community were focused around the openings (what to play and which opening is better for me) and how to improve their level of play. All this is accompanied by a will to play and win, and raising their online ratings.

I will try in what follow to give a guide of how to choose or construct your opening repertoire, give some hints and tips on making a training-weekly schedule, recommend some books to improve and/or fill the gaps in their chess knowledge and education, as well as opening the path to reach their goal.

Firstly, some technical terms that dominate certain openings:

-        Pawn structure: pawn chain, isolated pawn, hanging pawns, backward pawn, double pawns, etc.

-        Space: lack of space (not necessarily lack of active play) from one side or another

-        Fianchetto: putting the bishop on the long diagonal

-        Closed position: the pawns in the center are fixed

-        Imbalance: unequal exchange of pieces (like bishop vs knight)

Openings and defences with structural similarities

Factors in common

Slav, Caro-Kann, Scandinavian, Torre, London

Pawn structure, queen’sbishop outside the chain

Dutch Stonewall, French, Open Spanish

Pawn structure,opposing pawns in the centre

Benoni, Pirc, Closed Spanish

Pawn structure, dark square play

Nimzo-Indian, Queen’s Indian, Bogo-Indian, Sicilian Scheveningen, Taimanov and Kan

Pawn structure, queenside fianchetto

King’s Indian, Pirc, Modern, Sicilian Dragon

Pawn structure, kingside fianchetto

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Petroff

Pawn structure, open game

Grunfeld, Catalan (some lines)

Pawn structure, kingside fianchetto

Sicilian Dragon Accelerated, English with g3, Symetrical English (with Black)

Pawn structure, kingside fianchetto

Sicilian Rossolimo, English with 1..e5 and Bb4 (with Black)

Pawn structure

Colle, Semi-Slav

Pawn structure

King’s Indian Attack, King’s Indian, Pirc, Old Indian

Pawn structure

Tarrasch, Petroff, Sicilian Alapin, Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Caro-Kann Panov Attack

Pawn structure (IQP)

Openings and defences with general (style) similarities

Factors in common

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Petroff, Spanish Berlin, Sicilian Alapin, Spanish Exchange, French Tarrasch

Solidity, Piece exchanges, endgame perspective

King’s Indian, Sicilian Dragon, Dutch Leningrad, French with 3 Nc3, Open Sicilian

Aggressiveness, closed or semi-open positions

Semi-Slav, Spanish Marshall, Arkhangelsk and Schlimann, Caro-Kann with 3 f3, Open Sicilian

Aggressiveness, open or semi-open positions

French, King’s Indian, Czech Benoni

Closed positions, pawn chain battle

Queen’s Gambit Declined, French

Solidity, closed positions

Dutch Stonewall, Sicilian Sveshnikov

Weak points, activity

Sicilian Najdorf, Grunfeld, Sicilian Dragon, semi-Slav Botvinnik var.

Theoretical battle, sharp play

Nimzo-Indian, French Winawer, Sicilian Rossolimo, Englisj with 1…e5 and ..Bb4

Surrender of the king’s bishop, doubled enemy pawns

Catalan, Benko Gambit, other gambits

Pawn sacrifices, activity

Sicilian Scheveningen, Kan and Taimanov, Alekhine, Pirc, English Hedgehog

Space disadvantage, flexibility, few pieces exchanges

Trompowsky, Chigorin

Surrender of the queen’s bishop, imbalance play

King’s Indian Samisch, Classical Nimzo-Indian

Space advantage, slow development

I think  that now you are asking yourself the important question: what should I adopt from the somewhat scary list above? Well, first off all, you can’t study everything, as you may need 3 or 4 lives (may be more) to do it. There are some books that recommend this or that repertoire. But do the authors of those books know your personality or potential? Do they cover every need? I will assure you, dear reader, that there is no book that can cover everything. So, here come in the concept of making your own library that contains not just your opening repertoire books, but also books that help in increasing your tactical vision, understanding of middle game motives, the technical phase of the endgame, as well as practical and psychological hints of over-the-board play.

Did the big legends, like Karpov, Kasparov, Anand or Carlsen, study all those? Well, the reply is No. They did it, not just by reading chess books, but also by having a team of assistants composed of trainers and  Grand Masters specialized in certain openings (and other practical phases) that let them reach the desired level and goals.

(I remember a chatting with a Grandmaster who was paired in a certain tournament against Vassily Ivantchuk. He was very glad about the pairing. When asked why you are so happy? You should go and prepare for your game against the legendary Ivantchuk. The Grandmaster replied: well, Ivantchuk knows everything, so I can’t prepare against everything. The best preparation that I can do is to get some rest and enjoy my time and my game with Ivantchuk!)

Another important question: what about the analysis of engines, the YouTube videos and the specialized DVDs?

Firstly, the engine will not explain to you how to think. It will give you what you missed tactically in your game. When it recommend as positional move, this will be part of a forced variation(s) that lead to material gain or part of a variation that it was trying to improve another one. Sometimes it will install a rook on an open file because it is programmed to do so.

Sometimes it misleads you. Take for example the theoretical endgame of Bishop and side pawn where the promoted square is of opposition color of the bishop. The engine with give you +5 or so, while theoretically it is a draw as the defending side, after blocking the promoting pawn or controlling the corresponding corner with his king, can easily snatch the half point. Of course the engines are now very strong and it was not a surprise when Carlsen adopted some of the AlphaZero approach after reading the book (Game Chalenger).

Concerning the YouTube videos and DVDs, some are useful, but some aren’t. It is important to know that most of them are on the market, even for free download or watch, for marketing purposes, especially the ones containing opening traps. And most of them are out of date from the theoretical evolution of openings. Let’s take an example. (My Black Secrets in the Modern Italian by Wesley So). A fantastic player explains how to play the black side of the Italian opening. The games collection used are huge, but based on what? What you can take from are the instructive games that explain the plan and ideas behind it, but also you can find all those games, and much more, in other books and DVDs. If you spend one week or 2 studying the DVD contents, you may get an idea of what is happening in the opening. But then, how to continue? How to think? You are not Wesley So!

Which lead us to more important approach: studying the different types of middle game issuing from a certain opening. Here you can get profit to the full from the author’s work.

One important thing: are you going to study those materials using just your computer? Or you are going sit in front of your screen, watching and listening to video in front of you? The answer depends on your level of ambition. Some players like to be a passive player, I mean, enjoying what they are watching and gathering some chess education without competing in tournaments. Not bad, but what is the age average of those players?

I have and had a lot of pupils that take sessions with me, but not for sporting/competing purposes. They want just to have a chess education, see some nice and instructive games that help in training their brain in making decision in critical situations in their lives. For sure, theoretical chess DVDs and YouTube videos are useless for them, at least from time consuming angle. Of course the sessions are done using board and pieces.

Which lead us to another topic: How to train? With computer or real chess board and pieces? Well, all depends on your level. Even if you have an advanced level, chess board and pieces are a must in the training. You have to make a feeling toward the pieces, the squares and its relations with the x-ray the pieces are generating. You have to create a connection between your inner and the pieces in front of you. This can come from practice and a good training guide.

How much time should I spend on my chess? The answer is not easy, as it depends of what you are lacking of, and your consistency. Let me give you a practical example: I will suppose that you know how the pieces moves, know some traps, but always nearly in your games, most of the time you face the Sicilian defense, and didn’t, or haven’t time to,  study seriously the middle game phase of different openings that you may face.

Firstly, allocate some 20-25 minutes every day to practice some tactics, being from books or websites, preferably using a real chess board without indices (as this will increase your memory, and push you to save time with bad calculation as if all the squares have the same name: here and there, then I will go there and return back my queen to here, etc..). Try not to shuffle the pieces (like if you are playing in a real tournament). When you made your decision, write down the solutions and the variations that you propose so you can analyze them with your trainer (or checking the solutions located at the end of the book/chapter). I mentioned the (trainer) because he can improve your way/method of processing the variations. It is not important how many puzzles or exercises you worked on, but the quality of work that count.

Secondly, Opening repertoire: If you are lucky that you can afford to have a trainer, he will construct an opening repertoire for you, depending on your style, what type of game to like to play (though of course your opponent will try not to let you do it), with typical plan and games to study, with the issuing middle and end games that will normally issue from the mentioned repertoire. This type of work is most time consuming for you and our trainer. On average, you will need 2 to 3 sessions per week for duration of at least one year work (the average is 2 -2.5 years as all depends on the consistency of the player).

Thirdly, middle game themes: Here we enter the chess education where the joy of studying chess is far away from tiring study of opening theory. Of course there is tendency that you like to study games of your favorite player(s), but preferable that this will done under the supervision of the trainer, as the later knows what games to study and what to skip.

Fourthly, Endgame: some players find it very dull to open a book on endgame and start studying its contents. Each player must know the basics of the endgame phase, with different pieces, as well as the most theoretical ones. This is unavoidable. Try to study a page or certain endgame topic once per week.

If an endgame book takes a year or 2 from your schedule to finish, it is normal.

Check the books list below.

When you have advanced in the scheduled stage of constructing your repertoire, it will be time to reduce the related sessions, and replace some with middle game ones as guided by your trainer. May be he sees that it will be more appropriate to concentrate more on your calculations of variations rather than studying the endless theory of the Najdorf for example, or he remarks that your play is shaky on a certain types of color complex or you underestimate your opponents counter-play, or you overestimate your attack, or your endgame phase needs some rectification etc., so a certain adjustment is needed in your play.

Finally, how to prepare for your next tournament? This is a very complex topics, I will skip it for now (as I am afraid of revealing some secrets of itJ (are there some secrets?)). May be when the corona issue is resolved. Then we will be free to go out from our home to live back normally.

I sorted the following books titles by the level of the pupils, although a large set of it can be used from one level to another. I omitted intentionally a large set of titles (for example, New in Chess yearbooks series or psychology chess related), as they are too advanced and only a professional player can profit from it.

B: Biography

C: Collection

E: Endgame

M: Middle game

O: Openings

T: Tactics

Ref/Adv.: Reference/Advanced

L: Level

 

 

 

 

 

Title Author Type Publisher Level
Alekhine move by move Giddins B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Anand move by move Franco B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Botvinnik move by move Lakdawala B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Bronstein move by move Giddins B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Capablanca move by move Lakdawala B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Carlsen move by move Lakdawala B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Fischer move by move Lakdawala B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Ivanchuk move by move Tay B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Karpov move by move Collins B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Keres move by move Franco B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Kramnik move by move Lakdawala B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Larsen move by move Lakdawala B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Morphy move by move Franco B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Petrossian move by move Engqvist B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Reti move by move Engqvist B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Rubinstein move by move Franco B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Spassky move by move Franco B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Stein move by move Engqvist B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Steinitz move by move Pritchett B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Tal move by move Lakdawala B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Victor Korchnoi Move by Move Lakdawala B EVERYMANCHESS Basics
1..d6 move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Anti-Sicilian move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Bird’s Opening move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
First Steps: The Queens’ Gambit Martin O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Starting out : The Sicilian Emms O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Starting out: 1.d4! Cox O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Starting out: sicilian Grand Prix Attack Jones O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Starting out: sicilian Scheveningen Emms O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Starting out: Sicilian Sveshnikov Cox O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Starting out: the King’s indian Gallagher O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Starting out: The Nimzo-Indian Ward O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Starting out:Benoni systems Raetsky O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Starting out:The Sicilian (2nd ed) Emms O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Alekhine defence move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Benko Gambit move by move Tay O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The caro-kann move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Classical French move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Colle Move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The English move by move Giddins O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Four Knights move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The French Winawer move by move Giddins O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The King’s Indian Attack move by move McDonald O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Modern Defence move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Nimzo-Indian move by move Emms O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Nimzo-Larsen attack move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Old Indian Move by Move Tay O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Panov-Botvinnik attack move by move D’ Costa O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Petroff move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Pirc Move by Move Davies O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Queen’s Indian move by move D’ Costa O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Ruy Lopez move by move McDonald O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Scandinavian move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Sicilian Dragon move by move Hansen O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Sicilian Scheveningen move by move D’ Costa O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Sicilian Sveshnikov move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Sicilian Taimanov move by move Emms O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Slav move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Tarrasch Defence move by move Collins O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Torre Attack move by move Palliser O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Trompowsky Attack move by move Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
The Versov move by move Liew O EVERYMANCHESS Basics
Fundamental Checkmates Gude T G A M B I T Basics
Learn Chess Tactics Nunn T G A M B I T Basics
Chess Openings for Kids Watson O G A M B I T L1
Chess Tactics for Kids Chandler T G A M B I T L1
How to Beat your Dad at Chess Chandler T G A M B I T L1
Chess Endgames fro Kids Muller E G A M B I T L1-2
Chess Strategy for Kids Engqvist M G A M B I T L1-2
Power Chess for Kids Vol 1 Hertan M New In Chess L1-2
Power Chess for Kids Vol 2 Hertan M New In Chess L1-2
1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners Masetti/Messa T New In Chess L1-2
Tactics Time Brennan/Carson T New In Chess L1-2
Tactics Time 2 Brennan/Carson T New In Chess L1-2
A complete Chess Course Gude OMET G A M B I T L1-3
1001 Deadly Checkmates Nunn T G A M B I T L1-5
Basic Chess Openings for Kids Hertan OM New In Chess L2
Chess Puzzles for Kids Chandler T G A M B I T L2
101 chess Endgame tips Giddins E G A M B I T L2-4
The Art of Checkmate Renaud/Kahn M Batsford Chess L2-4
Instructuve Chess Miniatures Ataman M G A M B I T L2-4
A simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White Collins O G A M B I T L2-4
My first chess opening repertoire for White Moret O New In Chess L2-4
The Complete Chess Workout Palliser T EVERYMANCHESS L2-4
The Complete Chess Workout II Palliser T EVERYMANCHESS L2-4
50 essential chess lessons Giddins OME G A M B I T L3
Art of planning McDonald M Batsford Chess L3-4
Chess Success: Planing after the opening McDonald M Batsford Chess L3-4
Chess:The art of logical thinking McDonald M Batsford Chess L3-4
Logical Chess Move by Move Chernev M Batsford Chess L3-4
Art of attack in Chess Vokovic M EVERYMANCHESS L3-4
Chess Strategy move by move Hunt M EVERYMANCHESS L3-4
Fighting Chess move by move Crouch M EVERYMANCHESS L3-4
How to win at chess quickly! Williams M EVERYMANCHESS L3-4
Improve your positional chess C. hansen M G A M B I T L3-4
Understanding Chess Middlegames Nunn M G A M B I T L3-4
Understanding Your Chess Rizzitano M G A M B I T L3-4
Attacking Chess for Club Players Grooten M New In Chess L3-4
Chess Strategy for Club players Grooten M New In Chess L3-4
Chess Training for Post-Beginners Srokovski M New In Chess L3-4
Techniques of positional play Bronznik M New In Chess L3-4
The Power of Pawns Hickl M New In Chess L3-4
100 chess master trade secrets Soltis ME Batsford Chess L3-4
Chess Explained: Classical Sicilian Yermolinsky O G A M B I T L3-4
Chess Explained: Sicilain taimanov Rizzitano O G A M B I T L3-4
Chess Explained: The English Opening Franco O G A M B I T L3-4
chess explained: the french Eingorn O G A M B I T L3-4
chess explained: the Grunfeld Bogdanov O G A M B I T L3-4
Chess explained: the modern benoni Franco O G A M B I T L3-4
chess explained: the nimzo-indian Vera O G A M B I T L3-4
Just the Facts! Alburt O   L3-4
Test your Chess IQ Livshitz T EVERYMANCHESS L3-4
Test your Chess IQ – GrandMaster Chalenge Livshitz T EVERYMANCHESS L3-4
Test your Chess IQ – Master Chalenge Livshitz T EVERYMANCHESS L3-4
Pawn Structure Chess Soltis M Batsford Chess L3-5
Mastering Chess Strategy Hellsten M EVERYMANCHESS L3-5
Chess Self improvement Franco M G A M B I T L3-5
Counterattack! Franco M G A M B I T L3-5
Elements Of Chess Strategy Kosikov M G A M B I T L3-5
John Nunn’ Chess Course Nunn M G A M B I T L3-5
Secrets of Attacking Chess Marin M G A M B I T L3-5
The Art of Attacking Chess Franco M G A M B I T L3-5
The Ultimate Chess Strategy Book: Volume 1 Romero M G A M B I T L3-5
Winning Chess Explained Franco M G A M B I T L3-5
Improve Your Chess Patern Recognition Van De Oudeweetering M New In Chess L3-5
Mastering Chess Middlegames Panchenko M New In Chess L3-5
Risk & Bluff In Chess Tukmakov M New In Chess L3-5
Sacrifice and Initiative Sokolov M New In Chess L3-5
The Complete Manual of Positional Chess Sakaev M New In Chess L3-5
Train your chess Patern Recognition Van De Oudeweetering M New In Chess L3-5
Chess Lessons Popov M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Chess Structures A grandmaster Guide Rios M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Grandmaster versus Amateur Shaw M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Learn from the Legends Marin M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Mating the Castled king Gormally M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Positional Chess Sacrifices Suba M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Pump up your rating Smith M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Soviet Chess Strategy Suetin M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Soviet Middlegame Technique Romanovsky M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Test your chess Franco M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
The Grandmaster Battle Manual Kotronias M QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Boost your Chess 1 – The Fundamentals Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Boost your Chess 2 – Beyond the Basics Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Boost your Chess 3 – Mastery Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Build up your Chess 1 – The Fundamentals Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Build up your Chess 2 – Beyond the Basics Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Build up your Chess 3 – Mastery Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Chess Evolution 1 – The Fundamentals Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Chess Evolution 2 – Beyond the Basics Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Chess Evolution 3 – Mastery Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
Revision & exam 1 Yusupov OME QUALITY CHESS L3-5
The Gambit book of Instructive Chess Puzzles Burgess T G A M B I T L3-5
The Giant Chess Puzzle Book Franco T G A M B I T L3-5
Tune your chess tactics antenna Neimann T New In Chess L3-5
Improve your Chess Tactics Neishtadt T New In Chess L4
New Art of Defence in Chess Soltis M Batsford Chess L4-5
How to play dynamic chess Beim M G A M B I T L4-5
Chess Training for Candidate Masters Kalinin M New In Chess L4-5
Dynamic Chess Strategy Suba M New In Chess L4-5
Winning Chess Manoeuveres Guliev M New In Chess L4-5
Winning Chess Middlegames Sokolov M New In Chess L4-5
Attacking Manual – Vol 1 Aagaard M QUALITY CHESS L4-5
Attacking Manual – Vol 2 Aagaard M QUALITY CHESS L4-5
The Exchange sacrifice – a practical Guide Kasparov M Russell Enterprises L4-5
A rock-solid chess opening repertoire for Black Eingorn O G A M B I T L4-5
Secrets of Chess Transformations Marovic OME G A M B I T L4-5
Test your tactical ability Neishtadt T Batsford Chess L4-5
365 ways to Checkmate Gallagher T G A M B I T L4-5
The New Old Indian Cherniaev/Prokuronov O EVERYMANCHESS L5
The new Sicilian dragon Williams O EVERYMANCHESS L5
the Queen’s indian defence Aagaard O EVERYMANCHESS L5
The Sniper Storey O EVERYMANCHESS L5
Unusual Queen’s gambit declined Ward O EVERYMANCHESS L5
a strategic chess opening repertoire for White Watson O G A M B I T L5
An explosive chess opening repertoire for Black 1..d6! Yrjola O G A M B I T L5
Attack with Black Aveskulov O G A M B I T L5
Declining the Queen’s Gambit Cox O G A M B I T L5
Play the Alekhine Bogdanov O G A M B I T L5
Play the Open Games as Black Emms O G A M B I T L5
Play the Sicilian Kan Hellsten O G A M B I T L5
Play the Sicilian Najdorf Rizzitano O G A M B I T L5
The Fianchetto System Lemos O New In Chess L5
The four knights game Obodchuk O New In Chess L5
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White Kaufman O New In Chess L5
John Nunn’ Chess puzzle book Nunn T G A M B I T L5
My 60 memorable games Fischer B Batsford Chess Ref./Adv.
Chess Secrets: Giants of Innovation Pritchett C EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Chess Secrets: Great Attackers Crouch C EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Chess Secrets: Great Chess Romantics Pritchett C EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Chess Secrets: The Giants of Power Play McDonald C EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy McDonald C EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Chess Secrets:Heroes of Classical Chess Pritchett C EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Secrets: Winning Quicly at Chess Nunn C G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
How to crush your chess opponents Williams C G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Improve your Chess by learning from Champions Hansen C G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces – Enlarged ed.2009 Stohl C G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
The Mammoth book of the World’s greatest chess games Burgess/Nunn/Emms C G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Zurich 1953 Bronstein C Dover Ref./Adv.
Zurich 1953 Najdorf C Russell Enterprises Ref./Adv.
Winning Endgame technique Mikhalchinshin E Batsford Chess Ref./Adv.
The Endgame Makarov E Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Mastering Endgame Strategy Hellsten E EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
The greatest Ever chess endgames Giddins E EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Fundamental Chess Endings Muller/Lamprecht E G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Nunn’s Chess Endings Vol 1 Nunn E G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Nunn’s Chess Endings Vol 2 Nunn E G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Practical Endgame play – Beyond the basics Flear E EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Secrets of Rook Endings Nunn E G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Understanding chess endgames Nunn E G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
100 Endgames You Must Know -New Edition Jesus de la Villa E New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Endgame tactics – New Edition Van Perlo E New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Liquidation on the Chess Board Benjamin E New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Mastering Complex Endgames Naroditsky E New In Chess Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster preperation: Endgame play Aagaard E QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual 4th ed. Dvoretsky E Russell Enterprises Ref./Adv.
Critical Moments in Chess Gaprindashvili M Batsford Chess Ref./Adv.
My System & Chess Praxis (New edition 2016) Nimzowitsch M New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Sicilian Attacks Yakovich M New In Chess Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster preparation: Calculation Aagaard M QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster preparation: Positional play Aagaard M QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster preparation: Strategic play Aagaard M QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster preperation: Attack & Defence Aagaard M QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Practical Chess Defence Aagaard M QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster preperation: Thinking Inside the Box Aagaard M QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
My System Nimzowitsch M   Ref./Adv.
Secrets of Chess Defence Marin ME G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Play 1.d4! Palliser O Batsford Chess Ref./Adv.
An Expert’s guide to the 7.Bc4 Gruenfeld Sakaev O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
How to get the edge against the Grunfeld Sakaev O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for Black According to Karpov Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4 Vol 2 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4 Vol 3 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4 Vol 4 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4 Vol 5 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4 Vol 6 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4 Vol 7 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4 Vol 8 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4 Vol 9 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Kramnik 1.Nf3 Vol 1 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Kramnik 1.Nf3 Vol 2 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Kramnik 1.Nf3 Vol 3 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Kramnik 1.Nf3 Vol 4 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Opening for White according to Kramnik 1.Nf3 Vol 5 Khalifman O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
The Anti-Meran Sakaev O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
The Safest Sicilian Delchev O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
The Sharpest Sicilian Delchev O Chess Stars Ref./Adv.
Attacking with 1.d4 Dunnington O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Attacking with 1.e4 Emms O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Beating 1 e4 e5 Emms O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Beating the King’s Indian and grunfeld Taylor O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Beating unusual chess defences: 1 e4 Greet O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni Palliser O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Chess Developments: The Sicilian Dragon Vigorito O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Classical Dutch Pinski O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous weapons: Anti Sicilians Emms/Palliser/Walls O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous Weapons: The Benoni and Benko Palliser/Emms/Ward O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous Weapons: The Dutch Palliser/Williams/Vigus O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous Weapons: the French Watson O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous Weapons: The King’s indian Palliser/Flear/Dembo O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous Weapons: The Pirc and Modern Palliser/McNab/Vigus O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous Weapons: The Queen’sGambit Palliser/Flear/Ward O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy  Lopez Emms/Kosten/Cox O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous Weapons: The Sicilian Emms O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dangerous Weapons:Nimzo indian Palliser/Emms/Ward O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dealing with d4 deviations Cox O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Dutch Stonewall Aagaard O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Fighting the Anti-Sicilian Palliser O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Fighting the Ruy Lopez Pavlovic O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Gambit Busters Collins O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Italian game aand Evans gambit Pinski O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Mastering Opening Strategy Hellsten O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Meeting 1.e4 Raetsky O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Modern Defence Gurevich O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Offbeat King’s Indian Panczyk O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Offbeat Nimzo Indian Ward O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Play 1 e4 e5! Davies O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Play 1..b6 Bauer O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Play 1.b4! Lapshun/Conticello O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Play the London system Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Play the Najdorf:Scheveningen style Emms O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Play the Ruy Lopez Greet O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Queen’s gambit declined Sadler O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Queen’s Gambit Declined:Bg5 systems Lalic O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Satrting out: d-pawn attacks Palliser O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Slay the Sicilian ! Taylor O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Slay the Spanish Taylor O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
The dark knight system Schuyler O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
The Scotch game Dembo/Palliser O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repertoire: 1.e4 Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repertoire: …c6 Playing the Caro-Kann and Slav as Black Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repretoire: The Modern Sämisch Montany O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repertoire: The English Cummings O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repertoire: The French Defence Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repertoire: The Sicilian Najdorf Doknjas O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repertoire: 1 d4 with 2 c4 Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repertoire: The Queen’s Gambit Lemos O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repertoire: The Petroff Defence Lakdawala O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
A Killer chess opening repertoire Summerscale O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
FCO Van Der Stern O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Mastering the Chess Openings Vol 1 Watson O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Mastering the Chess Openings Vol 2 Watson O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Mastering the Chess Openings Vol 3 Watson O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Mastering the Chess Openings Vol 4 Watson O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
the Cambridge Springs Panczyk/Ilczuk O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
The Queen’s Gambit & Catalan for Black Janjgava O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Understanding the Marshall Attack Vigorito O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Understanding the Scandinav Kasparov O G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
A chess opening Repertoire for Blitz and Rapid Sveshnikov O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
A Cunning chess opening for Black Kasparov O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Beat the Guerillas Bronznik O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Bologan’s Black Weapons Bologan O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Bologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black Bologan O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Play 1. b3! Odessky O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Sabotage the Grunfeld Kaufman O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Steamrolling the Sicilian Kasparov O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Sveshnikov vs the Anti Sicilian Sveshnikov O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Taming Wild Chess Openings Watson/Schiller O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Agile London system Romero O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Chebanenko Slav Bologan O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The complete c3 Sicilian Sveshnikov O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Diamond Dutch Moskalenko O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Dynamic Benko Gambit Kasparov O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The English Attack Against the Taimanov Sicilian Andriasyan O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Even More Flexible French Moskalenko O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Fianchetto Solution Neiman/Shoker O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Lazy Man’s Sicilian Bonsnik/Giddins O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Modern Bogo 1.d4 e6 Antic/Maksimovic O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Modern French Antic/Maksimovic O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Perfect Pirc-Modern Moskalenko O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Powerful Catalan Bologan O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Ragozin Complex Barsky O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Rossolimo Sicilian Bologan O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
the strategic nimzo indian 4e3 Sokolov O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
The Zaitsem System Kuzmin O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Winning with the Najdorf Sicilian Andriasyan O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
Winning with the Slow (but Venomous!) Italian Muller/Souleidis O New In Chess Ref./Adv.
A Classical Repertoire: Playing 1.e4 e5 Ntirlis O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Challenging the Nimzo-indian Vigorito O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Experts on the Anti-Sicilian Aagaard/Shaw O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire 1A: 1.d4: The Catalan Avrukh O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire 1B: 1.d4: The Queen’s Gambit Avrukh O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: 1.e4 vs The French, Caro-Kan & Philodor Negi O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: 1.e4 vs The Sicilian I Negi O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: 1.e4 vs The Sicilian II Negi O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: 1.e4 vs The Sicilian III Negi O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: Beating the Anti-Sicilians Kotronias O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: Beating the Minor Openings Mikhalevski O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The Classical Slav Avrukh O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The Dragon Volume one Jones O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The Dragon Volume two Jones O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The English Opening 1 Marin O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The English Opening 2 Marin O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The English Opening 3 Marin O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The French Defence Vol 1 Berg O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The French Defence Vol 2 Berg O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The French Defence Vol 3 Berg O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The Modern Benoni Petrov O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Grandmaster Repertoire: The Nimzo-Indian defence Roiz O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The Semi-Slav Schandorff O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The Sicilian Svenshnikov Kotronias O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
GrandMaster Repertoire: The Tarrasch Defence Aagaard O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Kotronias on the King’s Indian Vol1 – Fianchetto Systems Kotronias O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Kotronias on the King’s Indian Vol2 – Mar del Plata I Kotronias O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Kotronias on the King’s Indian Vol3 – Mar del Plata II Kotronias O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Kotronias on the King;s Indian Vol4 – Classical Systems Kotronias O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Kotronias on the King’sIndian: Samisch and the rest Kotronias O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Opening Repertoire: The English Cummings O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Playing 1.d4 the Indian Defences Schandorff O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Playing 1.d4 the Queen’s Gamabit Schandorff O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Playing 1.e4-Caro-Kann, 1…e5 & Minor Lines Shaw O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Playing the Queen’s Gambit: A GrandMaster Guide Schandorff O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Playing the Ragozin Pert O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Playing the Trompowsky Pert O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
The Berlin Wall Cox O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
The Modern Tiger Hillarp Persson O QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Bf4 in the Queen’s Gambit and the Exchange Slav Dreev O   Ref./Adv.
The Art of the King’s Indian – New Edition Gufeld O Russian Chess House Ref./Adv.
The Zukertort System: A guide for White and Black Bogdanovich O   Ref./Adv.
A course in chess tactics Boykov T G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Perfect your chess Volokitin T G A M B I T Ref./Adv.
Chess Tactics from Scratch 2nd edition Weteschnik T QUALITY CHESS Ref./Adv.
Anthology of Chess Combinasons Informant T Informant Ref./Adv.
My Great Predecessors Vol 1 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
My Great Predecessors Vol 2 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
My Great Predecessors Vol 3 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
My Great Predecessors Vol 4 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
My Great Predecessors Vol 5 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Revolution in the 70′s Kasparov O EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Kasparov-Karpov 84-85 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Kasparov-Karpov 86-87 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Kasparov-Karpov 88-2009 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Kasparov on Kasparov Part 1 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Kasparov on Kasparov Part 2 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.
Kasparov on Kasparov Part 3 Kasparov B EVERYMANCHESS Ref./Adv.