Friday, April 18, 2008 5:38
What is the connection between Jose Mourinho's defensive cunning and the principles of Wilhelm Steinitz?
How does Rafael Benitez compare to David Bronstein, and does Ray Keene in any way resemble Roy Keane?
According to Football & Chess, a book we just got in stock, there are lots of similarities between the two most popular games on earth.
Thursday, April 10, 2008 18:07
Our shop just received an interesting new DVD: A Tribute to Bobby Fischer.
It is made by legendary Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili, and is full of engaging stuff:
Never published commentary & facts about Fischer's life
The evolution of Bobby Fischer from age 12
How the Soviet Union ordered all their greatest GMs
to prepare Spassky to beat...
Friday, April 04, 2008 18:32
One of the most succesful chess instruction tools today is the PowerPlay DVD series by GM Daniel King.All produced over the last 18 months this monument of instructional lucidity now consists of six titles:PowerPlay 1: Mating PatternsPowerPlay 2: Attacking the King PowerPlay 3: Pawn StormPowerPlay 4: Opening PlayPowerPlay 5: Pawn...
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 19:30
We recently reprinted The King by J.H. Donner.
This book will not make you a better chess player, so you can safely neglect this post if that is the only thing you are interested in.
But Richard James and the late Mike Fox said it was "A magnificent portrait of a remarkable man, as well as on of the funniest chess books ever written."
Friday, March 28, 2008 16:12
Jeremy Silman called Beating the Open Games by Mihail Marin "the best repertoire book ever written".
Now the second edition of this classic has appeared, and it is even better, with 48 extra pages of updates, corrections and expansions.
Marin reveals his own opening repertoire after 1.e4 e5 but does much more than that. So good are his strategic...
Thursday, March 20, 2008 19:14
The Nimzo-Indian has arguably the best reputation of all defences against 1.d4. Why is this?
Basically because of the logic and simplicity of the NI formation. Black's first three moves adhere to the classic opening principles: development, control of the center and preparation for castling.
While doing this Black retains great structural...
Friday, March 14, 2008 19:41
This Crazy World of Chess is the title of Grandmaster Larry Evans' new book.
It is a collection of 101 entertaining dispatches from the back door of chess: fun, intrigues, bizarre anecdotes, scandals, great games, and high-level gossip.
Inevitably, there is a lot of Bobby Fischer in this book, as Evans was Fischer's best friend during a crucial...
Friday, March 07, 2008 18:45
How much book do you need to know?
"The bare minimum is", said GM Andrew Soltis, "you need to know the traps that come up in your openings."
222 Opening Traps after 1.e4 is the title of a new book we just received, published by the respected house of Olms in Switzerland.
It's authors are two German GM's: Karsten M?É¬ºller and Rainer Knaak, and it...
Wednesday, March 05, 2008 20:52
Yearbook 86 has just arrived from the printers. In the 250 pages of this issue of The Chess Player's Guide to Opening News you will get an answer to the following questions:
What did Sosonko have in store against the sharp 5...b5 in his Catalan years?
Is the Riga Ruy Lopez busted by a reader from Austria?
Has Magnus Carlsen found the easy way to...
Saturday, March 01, 2008 0:26
Jeremy Silman has just won the 2007 ChessCafe Book-of-the-Year Award. His Silman's Complete Endgame Course was the favorite in a worldwide internet voting round.
We wouldn't have minded if one of the other two shortlisted books, our own From London to Elista or Quality Chess's San Luis 2005, would have won, but it is obvious that the voters have...