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Scandinavian Defense: A Complete Chess Opening Repertoire Agains 1.e4Zhigen Lin
The Scandinavian: A Complete Chess Opening Repertoire Against 1.e4 is a chess ebook targeting the whole range from beginners up to masters.
The Scandinavian Defense is favored by a large number of grandmasters and has often been employed as a surprise weapon by a number of high-class players. Indian Grandmaster and World Champion Viswanathan Anand used it against Garry Kasparov in their 1995 PCA World Championship match. Anand managed to equalize out of the opening, but he faltered later on.
Perhaps the greatest exponent of the Scandinavian was Australian Grandmaster Ian Rogers, who used it to rock...
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Chess Opening Wizard (COW)
The Modern Chess Instructor 2Wilhelm Steinitz
In this second part of Steinitz's masterly written work only section 1 appeared. It describes Ponziani's opening and Giuoco Piano.
Go here for part 1.
1st edition 1895; 78 pages
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The Modern Chess Instructor 1Wilhelm Steinitz
Steinitz having elevated chess to a science starts out very systematical and explains movement, mode of capture and the value of the various pieces. The bulk of the book is an analysis of six openings: The Ruy Lopez, Double Ruy Lopez, The Scotch Gambit, The Two Knight's Defence, Petroff's Defence and Philidor's Defence. He concludes with all 17 games played in the match Steinitz - Tchigorin, Havana 1889, which was won by Steinitz.
Steinitz also started to write part 2.
1st edition 1889; 237 pages.
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Art of Attack in ChessVladimir Vukovic
One of the finest chess books ever written, now in the revised algebraic edition. The author expounds both the basic principles and the most complex forms of attack on the king.
[Note: This ebook is in ChessBase format. You will need ChessBase, the free version ChessBase Light, or any other chess software which can read the CBV format (Fritz, Shredder, Junior). Remember that ChessBase and ChessBase Light do export to PGN.]
1st edtion 1998
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The Adventures of Ajeeb - The Wonderful Chess Automatonunknown
From an old description:
Ajeeb, who recently completed a tour across the United States, meeting all state champions and whose record remains undefeated, is now at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, meeting all comers at checkers.
Ajeeb's wizardry at chess and checkers is world renowned, and its secret mechanism has baffled mankind since 1769, the year in which it was devised.
During its career, this marvelous automaton has humbled in chess not only the masters of the world, but the greatest soldier of them all - Napoleon Bonaparte.
Ajeeb's mysterious mechanism, its uncanny ability to...
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Small Silicone Chess Board (10" x 10")Lybrary.com
This is a 10" x 10" chess board (square size is 1 1/4"). The overall size of the silicone sheet is 10 1/4". There is no alphanumeric notation on the border. (If you do need it simply take a Sharpie and add it yourself.)
The primary advantage of this small roll up chess board is mobility. The no-memory-effect silicone material allows you to roll it tightly, fold it, or just squeeze it together anyway you like, and still have the board open flat and stay flat instantly. The problem with vinyl boards is that they tend to roll up by themselves particularly if stored for longer time in a rolled...
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Chess Rules of ThumbLev Alburt & Al Lawrence
This ebook gives you the winning principles of chess in clear, short statements. Three-times U.S. Champion Lev Alburt and World Chess Hall of Fame Curator Al Lawrence have put together three centuries of insights from the masters. Fun to browse or to read from cover-to-cover, it's a book that all chess players, from beginners to grandmasters, will enjoy for a lifetime.
Backed up with diagrams and illustrations to help you remember key principles, a glossary of essential chess terms and a rundown on all major openings, Chess Rules of Thumbs will improve your chess play. And it's great fun...
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Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory: Chess Openings CourseIgor Smirnov
Do you want to win chess games before they even begin? Then this chess course was designed for you.
It will give you a complete opening repertoire on the GM's level and will make your pre-game preparation extremely effective. There is no guarantee that you will always win, but with this course your chances are guaranteed higher.
In modern chess, computers have made opening preparation a very powerful and even decisive factor. Strong players spend most of their training time on opening analysis. There are serious reasons for doing that. Every chess player can recollect the following situation: ...
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Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory 2: Advanced Chess Openings CourseIgor Smirnov
Advance your opening play to the level of Masters and Grandmasters! Learn the general principles of opening play. Get a powerful opening repertoire.
What determines your WIN/LOSS in a chess game? Whether or not you win or lose is determined by your opening preparation, your middlegame skills, and your endgame technique. At the same time, the opening phase is MORE important because if you don't play it well, you will lose sooner than you can demonstrate your middlegame/endgame skills.
How do you play an opening properly? In order to play the opening properly, a lot of people believe that...
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Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory 2: Advanced Chess Openings Course - Bonus PackIgor Smirnov
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The Grandmaster's Secrets: Beginner Chess CourseIgor Smirnov
This contains the MOST essential principles of chess. Showing you how to think like a strong player step-by-step.
Every chess player wants to improve himself and make progress,...
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How To Beat Titled Players and Stronger Opponents: Middlegame Chess CourseIgor Smirnov
Master the 5 Chess Weapons and learn how to defeat opponents that are 200 or even 300 rating points ahead of you.
Nowadays, you need to have some unique skills if you want to beat an experienced opponent. You need to have special knowledge which is not presented in chess books. Some strong players know these weapons, however they will never tell them to you. Nevertheless, now you can get this knowledge from the course How to Beat Titled Players.
This course should not have been created.
Actually, I wasn't going to share this information with a huge audience. I've had doubts about whether...
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Your Winning Plan: Middlegame Chess CourseIgor Smirnov
Planning is one of the MOST important skills in chess! Learn how to read the chessboard and plan like the PROs.
Do you want to reach the HIGHEST chess goals? Do you want to become not just a strong player, but an EXTREMELY strong one? Then use Your Winning Plan - the most direct way for a chess success!
What is the main factor of success in chess?
Chess is inherently a strategic game. That's why strategic skills are the most important thing in chess. They allow you to understand what you should do in any position. Chess players usually call it "a chess understanding". In fact it is...
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An Endgame Expert: Endgame Chess CourseIgor Smirnov
Play an endgame stage like Capablanca, Smyslov, or Karpov and develop a really deep understanding for the game.
Do you want chess books to publish your games as examples of outstanding endgame play with a crystal clear style of playing? (somewhere between Capablanca and Karpov will be cool) With the course An Endgame Expert this will definitely become your reality!
How to win in modern chess?
Today everyone has access to huge chess databases. Everyone can learn plenty of opening lines and numerous 'typical' middlegame positions. Any chess player can prepare something against you using...
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Self-Taught Grandmaster: Chess Training CourseIgor Smirnov
This is your guide towards high chess achievements! You'll know WHAT and HOW you should train (+ the best training materials).
Why do Some Players Play BETTER Than Others?
Really, why? A lot of people play and study chess. However, only 1-3% of players have really good achievements (titles, prizes...). What is different about this successful minority from the rest? It is NOT a matter of talent. I have observed thousands of different players, and I can state it with confidence. Yes, you need to have chess talent for the highest chess achievements (over 2600-2700 rating). However, anyone...
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The Grandmaster's Positional UnderstandingIgor Smirnov
Here I reveal EVERYTHING about Chess Strategy. Allowing you to take your play to the NEXT level.
Why do STRONGER players play better than the average club player?
Why is it that they WIN games and tournaments almost ALL the time...and some players can't even keep a positive score? The answer obviously is this:
Stronger players UNDERSTAND chess better!
No, they don't just calculate variations. Strong players don't just memorize opening lines. They don't just look for tactics every move. What set really strong players ahead of the pack is their DEEP and CLEAR UNDERSTANDING of the game....
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Calculate Till Mate: Middlegame Chess TechniqueIgor Smirnov
This is a COMPLETE 3-in-1 training system that will sharpen your tactics, calculation and visualization skills.
Modern chess = DYNAMIC chess
Modern chess, thanks to our 'silicon friends' Fritz, Houdini, and company, have advanced to a level that is never seen before. Just have a look at today's GM games - full of tactical twists and turns, intense fight for the initiative, sacrifices for dynamic compensation, and mind-boggling complications in ALL phases of the game.
Gone Are The Days When You Can Single-Mindedly Follow An Abstract Plan And Win Games!
True, positional play and strategic...
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Chess NoveltiesHenry Edward Bird
This is a book on creative, innovative and unusual openings. Prof. Hoffmann writes in the introduction "With the courage of his opinion, Mr. Bird has decided to embody these tabooed openings and games arising from them in an independent volume. Here in black and white he has set down the heterodoxies of which he is accused, and he submits them to the judgment not alone of critics who have pinned their faith to certain special lines of play, but to that of the whole Chess world."
1st edition, 1895; 344 pages.
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The Monte Carlo Tournament of 1903Emil Kemeny
The 3rd international chess tournament in Monte Carlo was held from 10th February to 17th March 1903. World champion Lasker did not take part; he had just taken up residence in St. Louis, USA, as assistant professor of mathematics. Because of various disputes with the tournament management, Gunsberg, Janowski and Tschigorin had been disqualified.
Playing were the Hungarian Maroczy, the winner of the 1902 Monte Carlo tournament; the American champions Marshall and Pillsbury; the Viennese Marco, Schlechter and Wolf; the Englishmen Mason and Teichmann; Albin, Moreau and Taubenhaus from Paris;...
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Knight's Tour: With Free Choice of Start and EndChris Wasshuber
"I will sum up your Knight's Tour routine as follows, IT IS BRILLIANT!" - David BurmeisterIn the late 1980s I developed a method for the Knight's Tour which allows a spectator a truly free choice for the starting square and ending square of opposite color (same color start and end is mathematically impossible).
This manuscript describes in detail this method. The method attempts to minimize memorization and teaches you a system to derive a proper complete tour on the spot. The method is so flexible that you can find several different tours for one pair of start and end points. Of course,...
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