Under the Surface

Gm david Navara. The author's philosophy is that understanding chess brings pure happiness, and he would like to share this happiness with you.

Small Steps to Giant Improvement: Master Pawn Play in Chess

Pawns on the other hand can never move backwards, making pawn moves truly permanent decisions. In chess you cannot take your move back, but you can always return a misplaced piece to its former square at the cost of some time. This irreversibility makes pawn play among the most difficult aspects of chess strategy, which is one reason few books have been written about this topic – and some that have are almost incomprehensible.

. Double olympiad gold medalist sam shankland has gone the other way – breaking down the principles of Pawn Play to basic, easily understandable guidelines every chess player should know.

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

The story of AlphaZero has a wider impact. 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 For Game Changer, Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan investigated more than two thousand previously unpublished games by AlphaZero.

Not just in solving games, but in providing solutions for a wide variety of challenges in society. 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. 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.

With a foreword by former world Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and an introduction by DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis. Game changer also presents a collection of lucidly explained chess games of astonishing quality. 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.

Sadler and regan reveal its thinking process and tell the story of the human motivation and the techniques that created AlphaZero. 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.

300 Most Important Chess Positions Batsford Chess

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. 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.

Improve your play and get to the next level by mastering these 300 of the most important positions in chess.

Better Thinking, Better Chess: How a Grandmaster Finds his Moves

It's about the way you think. His many years as a chess trainer have taught grandmaster Joel Benjamin how fundamental failings in their thought process cause his students to make mistakes. Joel benjamin concentrates on a wide array practical issues that players frequently have to deal with. Analysing your game with a chess engine will not tell you where and why you went wrong.

Chess engines represent a different reality: the top computer move isn't always the right move to play. This book teaches how you can improve the structure and effectiveness of your thinking when sitting at the board. In fact, greater knowledge often makes choosing a move more complex because it increases the number of directions your mind can take.

By applying a grandmaster's train of thought club players will more often arrive at strong moves and substantially improve their game. Winner of the cja 2019 best instructional Book AwardFinding strong moves does not simply depend on how much you know about chess. If you take the wrong direction at the start of your deliberations, as club players often do, you may be losing before you know it.

He needed to explain why they didn't arrive at the right move. Pointing out the moves his students missed was just half the job. How to look for the right things.

Grandmaster Ivan Bukavshin: A Chess Prodigy's Career in 64 Games

The russian team that jakov coached in 2009 took first place in the U16 Olympiad. This book will be of interest to active chess players seeking to improve their game, where they can learn from interesting opening novelties, spectacular attacking combinations and subtle endgame victories. This is his first chess book.

Ivan finished third in the aeroflot open in 2015, behind Daniil Dubov and Ian Nepomniachtchi, where he put in a performance rating of 2803. His coaches included grandmasters Jakob Meister and Marat Makarov. Jakov has won prizes in over 20 russian and international tournaments and he has written frequently for Russian and international chess publications, including American Chess Magazine, Chess Informant and 64.

Jakov has lived in Moscow since 2016. He was named children’s trainer of the Year in 2010 by the Russian Chess Federation. He tragically died in early 2016 at the age of 20 The author, jakov geller, born in Moscow in 1986, achieved the grandmaster title in 2011. Apart from jakov, alexander morozevich, maxim matlakov, 20 other guest grandmasters annotate games in this book, Vladislav Artemiev, Vladimir Fedoseev, including super GMs Dubov, and Evgeny Alekseev.

The list of ivan’s opponents in these games includes Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Alexander Morozevich, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inkariev, and Dmitry Andreikin. He was european u12, u14 and u16 champion and placed third in the world U16 championships among many other successes, gaining the grandmaster title at just 16 years of age.

Applying Logic in Chess

His assessments focus on concrete points: pawn-structure, material imbalance and compensation. I was excited by this book because of the way all of the ideas are intertwined and you get very concrete advice. He answers the first of those questions with a resounding ‘yes!’. Everything is applicable and it is easy to see how it applies to the real world.

From the foreword by GM Hjörvar Steinn Gretarsson. As the trainer of players ranging from high-level grandmasters to average club-players, choosing hardware, Kislik is very strong on providing practical guidance on topics such as how best to use chess software, getting psychologically ready for a game and preparing for specific opponents.

. Shortlisted for the fide book of the year award is chess a logical game? what constitutes an advantage in chess? How can we set problems and create psychologically difficult situations for the opponent? These are big questions, thoroughly modern, and Erik Kislik tackles them and others head-on in this thought-provoking, and original work.

He is always willing to boldly state his views, even when they run contrary to conventional chess wisdom. Even though the analytical proofs may be complex, he repeatedly shows that these elements are the keys to evaluating positions and forming plans.

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

Ideal for every post-beginner, club player and candidate master who wishes to win more games. The advice de la Villa gives in the solutions is practical and useful. 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.

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. This book contains a massive amount of clear, concise and easy-to-follow chess endgame instruction.

In this book the spanish grandmaster presents hundreds of exercises grouped according to the various chapters in 100 Endgames. Reviewers praised its clarity and completeness and thousands of players significantly improved their endgame understanding and their results! 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.

Solving these puzzles will drive home the most important ideas, refresh your knowledge and improve your calculation skills.

The Chess Toolbox: Practical Techniques Everyone Should Know

He even teaches you how to think outside your toolbox! Unfortunately, most amateur chess players have no toolbox to speak of. Or what tools are available. If you want to win more games you simply need the right tools. In his no-nonsense guide, he presents essential techniques on how to mobilize your pieces in order to gain the upper hand.

What's more, they don't even know which tools they actually need. Willemze teaches you how to lift a blockade, simplify your position why and how, exploit the 7th rank, get rid of an inferior piece, eliminate an important defender, conquer an open file, fight for entrance squares and much more. In order to make you feel comfortable and let you get used to these essential techniques, the author gives lots of fascinating examples and hundreds of instructive exercises.

He tells you which are the most urgent problems that need fixing. In chess, as in repair or construction jobs in and around the house, you will not get very far without the right equipment. In fact, if a chess hardware store would exist, most amateur chess players would be clueless what to ask for. International master and experienced chess trainer Thomas Willemze is the handyman you are looking for.


Test Your Chess Skills: Practical Decisions in Critical Moments

The solution may be a quiet move or you may be asked for a reasoned evaluation. They always offer a general conclusion and have added thoughtprovoking and entertaining aphorisms. In addition there are points to earn with every solution, so students can keep track of their development. The test positions in this instructive book cover the entire spectrum of what a modern club player should know.

It will help you to develop a vital skill: the ability to take practical decision in critical moments. The fact that they originated from real games guarantees that the tests are practical, not artificial. In the solutions the Guliev brothers clearly explain the underlying ideas and the principles that are involved.

The reader is invited to find tactical blows, opening traps, deep strategic manoeuvres, standard endgame plans and other principles in action. Sarhan guliev and his brother Logman Guliev have carefully selected the positions from their own games. That is why these puzzles are completely unknown outside the former Soviet Union.

Solving the puzzles in this unusual and entertaining book is a most effective way to improve your chess. The solutions rarely involve spectacular fireworks, as is the case in most chess puzzle books.

Coach Yourself

If you want your chess to leap forward it's time to Coach Yourself! * A complete self-improvement programme. This book addresses this problem and is your self-improvement plan. All topics are discussed with numerous examples and puzzles from the games of modern players such as Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Viswanathan Anand.

Utilizes a structured approach, making the most of your study time. You will be challenged to find the best middlegame strategy. All aspects of the game included. Endgame technique is also covered in detail. Many players are serious about their chess but become stuck at a certain playing strength. Usually they get left behind because they don't know how to make best use of the time they have available to study chess.

It shows you how to work on your own games to root out mistakes. It's rarely a lack of talent or practice or opening knowledge that holds them back. It will sharpen your calculation of variations.