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    Title: A Modern Guide to Checkmating Patterns
    Sub-title: Improve Your Ability to Spot Typical Mates
    By (author): Vladimir Barsky
    ISBN10-13: 9056918877 : 9789056918873
    Giving mate is the ultimate goal of every chess player. Finding that all-decisive combination is immensely satisfying. But how are you supposed to spot a checkmate when you are sitting at the board with the clock ticking? In this guide International Master Vladimir Barsky teaches the method created by his mentor Viktor Khenkin (1923-2010). It’s based on an ingenious classification of the most frequently occurring mating schemes. A wide range of chess players will find it an extremely useful tool to recognize mating patterns and calculate the often narrow path to the kill. All the 1,000 examples (850 of them in exercise format) that Barsky presents are from games played in 21st century. He has carefully selected the most instructive combinations and lucidly explains the typical techniques to corner your opponent’s king. More often than you would expect, positions that look innocent at first sight, turn out to contain a mating pattern. This is not just another book full of chess puzzles. It’s a brilliantly organized course that has proven to be effective. Finding mate isn’t rocket science, but you need to know what to look for. Vladimir Barsky teaches you exactly that.
    About The Author:
    Vladimir Barsky (1969) is an International Master, an experienced chess coach and a well-known journalist and author. He lives in Moscow.
    Pages: 256  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - December   2020
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 22.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: An Attacking Repertoire for White with 1.d4
    Sub-title: Ambitious Ideas and Powerful Weapons
    By (author): Viktor Moskalenko
    ISBN10-13: 9056918303 : 9789056918309
    Viktor Moskalenko is one of the leading chess instructors of our time. Not only has he coached Masters and Grandmasters, including Ukrainian star Vassily Ivanchuk, he has also taught hundreds of classes for amateurs and his best-selling books have inspired thousands of ambitious club players all over the world. Moskalenko’s previous and highly popular chess opening books were mainly written for the Black pieces. Now he presents an extremely powerful set of lines for White. The guiding principle of his 1.d4 repertoire is: be bold and put pressure on your opponent as early as possible. Moskalenko does not shower you with long computer-generated variations but has a keen eye for the essence of positions. His talent to find new resources in well-known lines results in a host of novelties, daring recommendations and cunning tricks. When you play his lines and follow his recommendations you will frequently surprise your opponent and build up positions full of swing. Studying An Attacking Repertoire for White with 1.d4 is a delight because this is a typical Moskalenko book: practical, accessible, original, entertaining and inspiring. Viktor Moskalenko (1960) is an International Grandmaster and a FIDE Senior Trainer. The former Ukrainian champion’s recent books include The Even More Flexible French, The Wonderful Winawer, Training with Moska and The Fabulous Budapest Gambit.
    Pages: 368  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - August   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 26.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 2 of: 25
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    Title: Beyond Material
    Sub-title: Ignore the Face Value of Your Pieces and Discover the Importance of Time, Space and Psychology in Chess
    By (author): Davorin Kuljasevic
    ISBN10-13: 9056918605 : 9789056918606
    Improve your ability to take calculated risks! In order to win a game of chess you very often have to sacrifice material. Gathering the courage to do so while accurately assessing the potential benefits is a real challenge. The big question is always: what’s my compensation? Generations of chess players grew up with the idea that a sacrifice was correct if the material was swiftly returned, with interest. Almost by reflex, they spent lots of time counting, quantifying the static value of their pieces. But is that really the best way to determine the correctness of a sacrifice? In this book, Grandmaster Davorin Kuljasevic teaches you how to look beyond the material balance when you evaluate positions. With loads of instructive examples he shows how the actual value of your pieces fluctuates during the game, depending on many non-material factors. Some of those factors are space-related, such as mobility, harmony, outposts, structures, files and diagonals. Other factors are related to time, and to the way the moves unfold: tempo, initiative, a threat, an attack. Modern chess players need to be able to suppress their need for immediate gratification. In order to gain the upper hand you often have to live with uncertain compensation. With many fascinating examples, Kuljasevic teaches you the essential skill of taking calculated risks. After studying Beyond Material, winning games by sacrificing material will become second nature to you.
    About The Author:
    Davorin Kuljasevic is an International Grandmaster born in Croatia. He graduated from Texas Tech University and played in USCL 2007 and 2008 for Dallas Destiny, the team that became US champion in both these years. He is an experienced coach and a winner of many tournaments.
    Reviews:
    “A fascinating effort that deserves a wide audience. One of the best books I have read this year.” – International Master John Donaldson
    “This book will take intermediate players to a new dimension of chess understanding and practical performance. As you read Beyond Material it feels as if Kuljasevic was next to you as a coach. The examples in the book are not geared to impress you, but to help you to become a better chess player.” – Miguel Ararat, Gainesville Chess Training
    Pages: 272  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - October   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 19.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 3 of: 25
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    Title: Forcing Chess Moves
    Sub-title: The Key to Better Calculation
    Edition Statement: New & Extended 4th Edition
    By (author): Charles Hertan
    ISBN10-13: 9056918567 : 9789056918569
    Why is it that the human brain so often refuses to consider winning chess tactics? Every chess fan marvels at the wonderful combinations with which famous masters win their games. How do they find those fantastic moves? Do they have special vision? And why do computers outwit us tactically? Forcing Chess Moves proposes a revolutionary method for finding winning moves. Charles Hertan has made an astonishing discovery: the failure to consider key moves is often due to human bias. Your brain tends to disregard many winning moves because they are counter-intuitive or look unnatural. It’s a fact of life: computers outdo us humans when it comes to tactical vision and brute force calculation. So why not learn from them? Charles Hertan’s radically different approach is: use COMPUTER EYES and always look for the most forcing move first. By studying forcing sequences according to Hertan’s method you will: Develop analytical precision; Improve your tactical vision; Overcome human bias and staleness; Enjoy the calculation of difficult positions; Win more games by recognizing moves that matter. This New and Extended Fourth Edition of Hertan’s award-winning modern classic includes 50 extra pages with new and instructive combinations. There is a foreword by three-time US chess champion Joel Benjamin, and a special foreword to this new edition by Swedish Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson. Charles Hertan is a FIDE master from Massachusetts with several decades of experience as a chess coach. He is the author of the bestselling Power Chess for Kids series.
    Pages: 336  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - August   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 25.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 4 of: 25
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    Title: Game Changer
    Sub-title: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI
    By (author): Matthew Sadler, Natasha Regan Foreword by: Garry Kasparov, Demis Hassabis
    ISBN10-13: 9056918184 : 9789056918187
    It took AlphaZero only a few hours of self-learning to become the chess player that shocked the world. The artificial intelligence system AlphaZero had been fed nothing but the rules of the Royal Game when it beat the world’s strongest chess engine in a prolonged match. The selection of ten games published in December 2017 created a worldwide sensation: how was it possible to play in such a brilliant and risky style and not lose a single game against an opponent of superhuman strength? For Game Changer, Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan investigated more than two thousand previously unpublished games by AlphaZero. They also had unparalleled access to its team of developers at DeepMind and were offered a unique look ‘under the bonnet’ to grasp the depth and breadth of AlphaZero’s search. Sadler and Regan reveal its thinking process and tell the story of the human motivation and the techniques that created AlphaZero. Game Changer also presents a collection of lucidly explained chess games of astonishing quality. Both professionals and club players will improve their game by studying AlphaZero’s stunning discoveries in every field that matters: opening preparation, piece mobility, initiative, attacking techniques, long-term sacrifices and much more. The story of AlphaZero has a wider impact. Game Changer offers intriguing insights into the opportunities and horizons of Artificial Intelligence. Not just in solving games, but in providing solutions for a wide variety of challenges in society. With a Foreword by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and an Introduction by DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.
    About The Author:
    Matthew Sadler is a Grandmaster who twice won the British Championship and was awarded an individual Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympiad. Natasha Regan is a Women’s International Master from England who achieved a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University. Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan won the English Chess Federation 2016 Book of the Year Award for their book Chess for Life.
    Natasha Regan is a Women’s International Master from England who achieved a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University. Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan won the English Chess Federation 2016 Book of the Year Award for their book Chess for Life.
    Demis Hassabis (1976) is co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading AI research organisation which developed ‘AlphaGo’, the first program to master Go. A child chess prodigy, he is also a renowned computer scientist, neuroscientist and videogame designer.
    Reviews:
    “Chess has been shaken to its roots by AlphaZero, but this is only a tiny example of what is to come. Hidebound disciplines like education and medicine will also be shaken.” -- Garry Kasparov
    BBC Focus magazine, January 2019, carries an excerpt from new book Game Changer. It’s an excerpt from the Introduction by Demis Hassabis, founder of artificial intelligence company DeepMind, the devlopers of AlphaZero - the technology which is the subject of Game Changer. The article points out why this technology is important in a much wider arena than the world of chess!

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    “Most unnerving was that AlphaZero seemed to express insight. It played like no computer ever has, intuitively and beautifully, with a romantic, attacking style.” -- Steven Strogatz, professor of mathematics at Cornell, New York Times
    “Quite inspirational. I was thinking at several points during the game [in Round 11 of the 2019 Tata Steel Chess Tournament]: how would AlphaZero have approached this?” – World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen
    “I love Game Changer. This is a phenomenal book.” -- International Master John Bartholomew, on his YouTube Channel
    “One of the most important chess books ever written.” -- Grandmaster Raymond Keene, The Spectator
    “I absolutely love it. A fascinating read: provocative, inspiring, instructive and joyful. AlphaZero’s style is great fun, some of the things it is doing are incredible. This is just a great book.” – Grandmaster Daniel King, on his YouTube channel
    Pages: 416  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - January   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Artificial intelligence : Chess
    List Price: 19.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: How to Beat Magnus Carlsen
    Sub-title: Exploring the Most Difficult Challenge in Chess
    By (author): Cyrus Lakdawala
    ISBN10-13: 9056919156 : 9789056919153
    Magnus Carlsen is arguably the strongest player of all time. His dominance is such that every loss comes as a shock. They remind us that even he has his weak moments. In fact, identifying the root causes of his losses holds valuable lessons for all players. Cyrus Lakdawala’s search starts with a series of Magnus wins and draws to give the reader a feel for how incredibly difficult it is to beat him. The World Champion’s arsenal is awesome: a superlative ability to calculate, near-perfect intuition, probably the best endgame technique ever, a wide and creative opening repertoire, a willingness to unbalance the position almost anytime, and last but not least: his unparalleled will to win. How to Beat Magnus Carlsen has a thematic structure, which, together with Lakdawala’s uniquely accessible style, makes its lessons easy to digest. Sometimes even Magnus gets outplayed, sometimes he over-presses and goes over the cliff’s edge, and sometimes he fails to find the correct plan. And yes, even Magnus Carlsen commits straightforward blunders. Lakdawala explains the how and the why. It’s wonderful to have a World Champion who is not just incredibly strong, but who is also happy to experiment and take risks. That’s what makes Magnus Carlsen such a fascinating chess player. And that’s why he is the hero of this book. There is no doubt that Carlsen has examined all his losses under a microscope. If he benefits from this process, then so will we.
    About The Author:
    Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master who lives in San Diego, CA. He has been teaching chess for four decades and is a prolific and widely read author. Much acclaimed books of his are How Ulf Beats Black, Clinch It! and Winning Ugly in Chess. He twice won the Best Instructional Book Award of the Chess Journalists of America (CJA), in 2017 for Chess for Hawks and in 2020 for In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History.
    Pages: 304  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - December   2020
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 24.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 6 of: 25
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    Title: How to Become a Candidate Master
    Sub-title: A Practical Guide to Take Your Chess to the Next Level
    By (author): Alex Dunne
    ISBN10-13: 9056919210 : 9789056919214
    Surprise yourself and reach higher! This book is based on real amateur games and shows you how an average club player can proceed through the ranks and reach Candidate Master level. It’s a hard struggle, nothing comes for free and your path will be strewn with setbacks and disappointments. Just like in real life. Alex Dunne guides you in the more than 50 games that you will be ‘playing’ and offers lots of practical, straightforward and effective advice. Slowly but surely, you will improve in all phases of the game: the opening, the middlegame and the endgame. Dunne explains when and how to activate your pieces and how to recognize and punish the errors your opponents are bound to make. At the end of the book, having absorbed these lessons, your experience, technique and confidence will have improved in such a way that your first win against a master will not come as a big surprise.
    About The Author:
    Alex Dunne is an American FIDE Master, ICCF Correspondence Chess Master and author of more than a dozen chess books. He lives in Sayre, Pennsylvania. This is a revised, improved and extended edition of the 1985 classic.
    Pages: 272  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - December   2020
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 19.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 7 of: 25
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    Title: Kaufman’s New Repertoire for Black and White
    Sub-title: A Complete, Sound and User-friendly Chess Opening Repertoire
    By (author): Larry Kaufman
    ISBN10-13: 9056918621 : 9789056918620
    Seven years after his acclaimed and bestselling The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, Grandmaster Larry Kaufman is back with his new repertoire book, covering the entire scope of chess openings for both White and Black, in one volume. Two important developments made this new book necessary. Larry Kaufman, who himself routinely plays the lines he advocates to others, discovered that after 1.d4 (the recommendation in his previous book) it became nearly impossible to show a consistent advantage for White, especially against the Grünfeld and Nimzo/Ragozin defenses. The other factor was that chess engines have become so much stronger. Larry Kaufman presents a completely new White repertoire with 1.e4 aiming for an objective advantage in the simplest practical manner. You are presented with two options, while you don’t have to play the sharpest lines. The Black repertoire has been thoroughly revised and updated, and three new chapters have been added. Kaufman’s New Repertoire for Black and White is the first opening book that is primarily based on Monte Carlo search. The highly original analysis has resulted in loads of improvements on existing theory. This is a lucidly explained, ready-to-go and easy-to-digest repertoire with sound, practical lines that do not outdate rapidly and are suitable for masters while perfectly accessible for amateurs.
    About The Author:
    Larry Kaufman is an American Grandmaster. He has been involved in computer chess since 1967, when he worked on ‘MacHack’, the first computer that competed in tournaments with human players. More recently he has been working on the programs Rybka and Komodo.
    Reviews:
    “Kaufman isn't fobbing the public off with Mickey Mouse sidelines. He keeps things simple, but lucid. The book serves a purpose and does this very well. I have been hunting for something like this for a while. Thanks, Mr. Kaufman, my search is over!” – Grandmaster Glenn Flear, on The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White by Larry Kaufman
    Pages: 464  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - October   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 24.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 8 of: 25
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    Title: Keep It Simple 1.d4
    Sub-title: A Solid and Straightforward Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    By (author): Christof Sielecki
    ISBN10-13: 9056918672 : 9789056918675
    After the success of his award-winning book Keep it Simple 1.e4 International Master Christof Sielecki is back. His new repertoire based on 1.d4 has a similar profile: variations that are straightforward and easy to remember, and require little or no maintenance. Sielecki has created a reliable set of opening lines for chess players of almost all levels. The major objective is to dominate Black from the opening, by simple means. You don’t need to sacrifice anything or memorize long tactical lines. His main concept is for White to play 1.d4, 2.Nf3, 3.g3, 4.Bg2, 5.0-0 and in most cases 6.c4. Sielecki developed this repertoire while working with students who were looking for something that was easy to understand and easy to learn. This new 1.d4 repertoire may be even easier to master than his 1.e4 recommendations, because it is such a coherent system. Sielecki always clearly explains the plans and counterplans and keeps you focussed on what the position requires. Ambitious players rated 1500 or higher will get great value out of studying this extremely accessible book.
    About The Author:
    Christof Sielecki is an International Master from Germany. He has been teaching and training chess for many years, and runs a popular YouTube channel called ChessExplained
    Pages: 432  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - December   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
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    Title: 9 of: 25
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    Title: Mastering Positional Sacrifices
    Sub-title: A Practical Guide to a Vital Skill in Chess
    By (author): Merijn van Delft
    ISBN10-13: 9056918834 : 9789056918835
    Most chess games of beginners and post-beginners are decided by fairly straightforward tactics. Anyone who wants to progress beyond this level and become a strong club player or a candidate master, needs to understand that somewhat mysterious-looking resource, the positional sacrifice. International Master Merijn van Delft has studied and loved positional sacrifices for as long as he can remember. This non-forcing tool is not just a surprising and highly effective way of creating a decisive advantage during a game. Positional sacrifices are also instruments of superior beauty. Van Delft has created a unique thematic structure for all types of positional sacrifices. He shows the early historical examples, explains which long-term goals are typical for each fundamental theme and presents lots of instructive modern examples. He then concentrates on those sacrifices that have become standard features of positional play. Solving the exercises he has added will further enhance your skills. Playing a positional sacrifice will always require courage. Merijn van Delft takes you by the hand and not only teaches the essential technical know-how, he also helps you to recognize the opportunities when to take the plunge. Mastering Positional Sacrifices is bound to become a modern-day classic.
    About The Author:
    Merijn van Delft is an International Master from the Netherlands. He has been a chess trainer for more than two decades and created instructional material both online and offline.
    Pages: 320  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - December   2020
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 22.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 10 of: 25

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