Keep it Simple: 1.e4: A Solid and Straightforward Chess Opening Repertoire for White

Most of the lines he selected are occasionally played by grandmasters, but on the whole they lie outside the mainstream of opening theory. The major objective is to dominate Black in the opening, by simple means. You don't need to sacrifice anything or memorize long tactical lines. International master Christof Sielecki has created a reliable set of lines for chess players of almost all levels.

That means that there is hardly any need to monitor theoretical developments. Sielecki always clearly explains the plans and counterplans and keeps you focussed on what the position requires. Unless black plays something stupid, when tactics are the simplest punishment. Sielecki developed this repertoire working with students who were looking for something that was easy to understand and to learn.

Ambitious players rated 1500 or higher will get great value out of studying this extremely accessible book. Award: chesspub 2018 book of the yearwhy is this repertoire called simple? For the simple reason that the variations are straightforward, easy to remember and require little or no maintenance.

Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI

The artificial intelligence system, created by DeepMind, 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 For Game Changer, Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan investigated more than two thousand previously unpublished games by AlphaZero.

Winner of the english chess foundation 2019 book of the year - the most prestigious chess BOOK AWARD IN THE WORLDIt took AlphaZero only a few hours of self-learning to become the chess player that shocked the world. They also had unparalleled access to its team of developers and were offered a unique look ‘under the bonnet' to grasp the depth and breadth of AlphaZero's search.

Game changer also presents a collection of lucidly explained chess games of astonishing quality. The story of AlphaZero has a wider impact. With a foreword by former world Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and an introduction by DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis. Both professionals and club players will improve their game by studying AlphaZero's stunning discoveries in every field that matters: opening preparation, attacking techniques, initiative, piece mobility, long-term sacrifices and much more.

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.

300 Most Important Chess Positions Batsford Chess

Improve your play and get to the next level by mastering these 300 of the most important positions in chess. An introduction explains the importance of these positions and the ideas they represent. These are positions every chess player must know, presented by an international grandmaster and expert teacher.

. This strategy-packed book offers 50 openings; 150 middle-game positions, arranged by theme; and 100 endgame positions that cover everything from pawn and knight to bishop and queen.

The 100 Endgames You Must Know Workbook: Practical Endgame Exercises for Every Chess Player

This book contains a massive amount of clear, concise and easy-to-follow chess endgame instruction. Solving these puzzles will drive home the most important ideas, refresh your knowledge and improve your calculation skills. In this book the spanish grandmaster presents hundreds of exercises grouped according to the various chapters in 100 Endgames.

The advice de la Villa gives in the solutions is practical and useful. Jesus de la villa's worldwide bestseller 100 Endgames You Must Know successfully debunked the myth that endgame theory is complex and endgame books are necessarily tedious. Spanish to english translation by Ramon Jessurun. Reviewers praised its clarity and completeness and thousands of players significantly improved their endgame understanding and their results!

In the past couple of years, de la villa's students sometimes complained that when they had to apply what they had studied in 100 Endgames, they didn't have the material ready at their fingertips. Ideal for every post-beginner, club player and candidate master who wishes to win more games. And de la villa made an important discovery: most of their errors had already been made by others as well, even by strong and sometimes famous chess players! De la Villa started collecting training material and selected those exercises best suited to retain your knowledge and avoid common errors.


Kaufman's New Repertoire for Black and White: A Complete, Sound and User-Friendly Chess Opening Repertoire New in Chess

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. 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 Grunfeld and Nimzo/Ragozin defenses. 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.

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 book necessary. Larry kaufman presents a completely new White repertoire with 1.

E4 aiming for an objective advantage in the simplest practical manner. The other factor was that chess engines have become so much stronger. You are presented with two options, while you don't have to play the sharpest lines.

1001 Chess Exercises for Club Players: The Tactics Workbook that Also Explains All Key Concepts

This celebrated observation is not only true for beginners, but also for club players Elo 1500 – 2000 Fide master frank erwich has done both: he explains all key tactical ideas AND provides an enormous amount of exercises for each different theme. Erwich has also included a new and important element: tests that will improve your defensive skills.

Every chapter starts with easy examples, but no worries: the level of difficulty will steadily increase. There are two types of books on tactics: those that introduce the concepts followed by some examples, and workbooks that contain lots of exercises. It serves as a course text book, because only the most didactically productive exercises are featured.

Erwich has created a complete tactics book for ambitious club and tournament players. If you want to win more games, nothing works better than training your combination skills. He teaches you how to reach the next level of identifying weak spots in the position of your opponent, recognizing patterns of combinations, visualizing tricks and calculating effectively.

. 1001 chess exercises for Club Players is not a collection of freewheeling puzzles. Chess is 99% tactics.

100 Endgames You Must Know: Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player

This book contains only those endgames that show up most frequently, are easy to learn and contain ideas that are useful in more difficult positions. Your performance will improve dramatically because this book brings you simple rules, detailed and lively explanations, many diagrams, clear summaries of the most important themes and dozens of tests.

Pages: 256 Pages. Author: Jesus de la Villa. Modern time-controls make matters worse: there is simply not enough time to delve deep into the position. Grandmaster jesus de la villa debunks the myth that endgame theory is complex and he teaches you to steer the game into a position you are familiar with. This is a new and improved edition of an all-time classic! The good news about endgames is that there are relatively few endings you should know by heart and that once you know these endings, that's it.

Your knowledge never goes out of date!The bad news is that, all the same, the endgame technique of most players is deficient. Publication Years: 2015.

Chess Pattern Recognition for Beginners: The Fundamental Guide to Spotting Key Moves in the Middlegame

It teaches the most important patterns you need to know in order to develop and mobilize your pieces, attack the enemy king, put pressure on your opponent, manoeuvre your pawns into positions of strength, or execute standard sacrifices to get the initiative. Ambitious beginners and postbeginners who study this book will soon experience a significant improvement in their results.

Publication Years: 2015. To appreciate these books you had to know these basic principles. Chess pattern Recognition for Beginners provides this knowledge. It helps you to quickly grasp the essence of a position on the board and find the most promising continuation. In his instant classics improve your chess pattern recognition 2014 and Train Your Chess Pattern Recognition 2016 International Master Arthur van de Oudeweetering presented building blocks for experienced club players which often involved notable exceptions to a set of fundamental guidelines.

. Pages: 256 Pages. Pattern recognition is one of the most important mechanisms of chess improvement. Author: Jesus de la Villa.

Side-stepping Mainline Theory: Cut Down on Chess Opening Study and Get a Middlegame You are Familiar With

Club players shouldn't slavishly copy the choices of grandmasters. Author: Jesus de la Villa. Gerard welling and steve giddins recommend the Old Indian-Hanham Philidor set-up as a basis for both Black and White. With this compact and straightforward opening approach, club players will have more time to focus on what is really decisive in the vast majority of non-grandmaster games: tactics, Welling and Giddins argue, positional understanding and endgame technique.

. The main necessity for club players is to emerge from the opening with a reasonable position, from which you can simply play chess and pit your own tactical and positional understanding against that of your opponent. Pages: 256 Pages. The average chess player spends too much time on studying opening theory.

They provide ideas and strategies that can be learned in the shortest possible time and require the bare minimum of maintenance and updating. Publication Years: 2015. In his day, world champion emanuel Lasker argued that improving amateurs should spend about 5% of their study time on openings. These days club players are probably closer to 80%, often focusing on opening lines that are popular among grandmasters.

They deliver exactly what you need: rock-solid positions that you know how to handle. Gms need to squeeze every drop of advantage from the opening and therefore play highly complex lines that require large amounts of memorization.

Keep It Simple 1.d4: A Solid and Straightforward Chess Opening Repertoire for White

You don’t need to sacrifice anything or memorize long tactical lines. After the success of his award-winning book ‘Keep it Simple 1. E4’ international Master Christof Sielecki is back. Ambitious players rated 1500 or higher will get great value out of studying this extremely accessible book. Author: Jesus de la Villa.

Publication Years: 2015. Pages: 256 Pages. This new 1. D4 repertoire may be even easier to master than his 1. E4 recommendations, because it is such a coherent system. Sielecki has created a reliable set of opening lines for chess players of almost all levels. Sielecki developed this repertoire while working with students who were looking for something that was easy to understand and easy to learn.

The major objective is to dominate Black from the opening, by simple means. Sielecki always clearly explains the plans and counterplans and keeps you focussed on what the position requires. His main concept is for White to play 1. D4, 2. Nf3, 3.

A Startling Chess Opening Repertoire: New Edition

Teeming with dangerous new ideas never published anywhere else before makes use of the new generation of neural-network based engines inspired by AlphaZero Updated by an openings expert and editor with a wealth of experience creating repertoires Emphasis on lines that are hard to meet in practice with the clock ticking! Future-proofed: recommendations against rare and untried ideas for Black Author: Jesus de la Villa.

Publication Years: 2015. Pages: 256 Pages. All are based on rapid, healthy development, central control and play against the enemy king. You go straight from the opening into a sharp, little-explored middlegame where you will be better prepared than your opponent. This new edition brings the repertoire completely up to date.

Tired of being surprised in the opening? horrified by studying many hours each week to keep on top of the latest developments in main-line openings? Then this is the book for you!For here is a repertoire of opening lines based on 1 e4 that are slightly off the beaten track, but full of practical sting and cunning traps for unwary opponents.

The basic choice of main lines is unchanged, but each move has been re-examined and new ideas from practice and analysis incorporated at every turn.