The Seven Deadly Chess Sins (Scotland's Youngest Grandmaster Discusses the Most Common Ca)
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The Seven Deadly Chess Sins

This is a very different chess book than any I've ever read and I own quite a library. It explores the struggle of chess through the psychology of the players. Afterall, chess is ultimately played between humans with emotions, faults, desires and egos. There is a lot of good chess advise like talking to your pieces during a game, reevaluating chess piece values and non-material factors, prophalaxis and much more. Rowson shares his di...

Secrets of Chess Intuition: Insightful Discussion of a Major Chess Topic
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Secrets of Chess Intuition: Insightful Discussion of a Major Chess Topic

Intuition is central to all chess decision-making, and an understanding of its role is vital in improving one's game. Players who try to calculate everything to a finish are doomed to lose out to those who use their logical and intuitive abilities in harmony with one another. This book, the first devoted to the role of intuition in chess, explains how to allow your intuition to reach its full potential and provides guidance on the ty...

Viktor Moskalenko, "Revolutionize Your Chess"
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Revolutionize Your Chess

Former Ukrainian Champion Moskalenko, who coached Vasily Ivanchuk to stardom, presents a fundamentally new approach of getting better at chess. Covering all aspects of the game, Moskalenko develops new and easy-to-apply rules-of-thumb for amateur players who want to improve. With many examples, tests and exercises, this is the ultimate modern chess skills improvement manual. Easy to read and understand; even weaker players will benef...

Mastering the Chess Openings: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings
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Mastering the Chess Openings

“To say that these books are about opening strategies or opening theory would be a disservice to the importance of the material covered in them. ... I found his chosen examples excellent and his commentary instructive and very enlightening. ... His discussions of pawn structures and their interconnected strategies are worth the price of both books. ... The books convey an understanding of the opening that even specialized opening wor...

Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player (Comprehensive Chess Course Series)
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Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player

A series of chess lessons which take the mystery out of long-term planning in chess. Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player is the fifth volume in Grandmaster Lev Alburt's Comprehensive Chess Course series. Endorsed by world champion Garry Kasparov as revealing "the once-secret Russian method of chess training," this uses only materials and techniques that worked well in the former USSR. It contains hundreds of strikingly beautiful...

Chess Exam And Training Guide: Rate Yourself And Learn How To Improve (Chess Exams)
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Chess Exam And Training Guide: (Chess Exams)

This is such a terrific and interesting book. The author has 12 major categories that comprise a large exam for self-assessment. Points are awarded (and sometimes subtracted) for the correct answers. At the end you tally the total points and there are tables to help give an estimated rating for each category. I've completed 80 of the 100 problems (technically there are 2 questions per page, so I suppose it's really 200 problems). The...

The Ruy Lopez: a Guide for Black
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The Ruy Lopez: a Guide for Black

The Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Opening) is one of the critical chess battlegrounds. It has long been recommended as an excellent chess opening for training purposes, as it leads to a wide variety of structures and strategies. This book is a complete guide to handling the black side of the Lopez, based principally around the Zaitsev Variation, upon which Anatoly Karpov relied during much of his career. This line leads to sharp play, often ...

Understanding the King's Indian: An All-round Guide by a Life-long King's Indian Specialist
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Understanding the King's Indian

Understanding the Kings Indian is a wonderful book. It is designed for midlevel players looking to expand their repertoire. The book starts gently and eases the player through the different nuances of the opening. The book is more interested in establishing firmly an understanding of the opening where it is going and what it is trying to accomplish than in deep analysis of lines. For a club player this is a valuable resource but at t...