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How To Beat Your Dad At Chess

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Describes how expert chess players recognize and use distinctive patterns of moves, and offers a collection of fifty combinations of moves that lead to checkmates.

John Nunn S Chess Course Cambit 2012

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"A Complete Chess Education Based on the Games of World Champion Lasker " The motivation behind this book was to flesh out some of the ideas discussed in my earlier books Understanding Chess Move by Move and Understanding Chess Middlegames. While reading those books first might help to clarify some concepts, John Nunn’s Chess Course is a stand-alone book. Some basic knowledge of strategic and tactical chess themes is assumed, but anyone who has read either of the above books (or those of an equivalent level) will have ample background to start this one. While in some ways this book can be regarded as a successor to those titles, my approach here is rather different. The earlier books featured carefully selected examples, each one designed to illustrate a specific point or points. While this method is valuable for illustrating each topic, it gives a somewhat false impression of the course followed by the majority of real-life games. In practice, games are rarely decided by a single concept; different themes are important at different stages of the game and sometimes several themes are intertwined. The games in this book have been chosen so as to show how the most important chess concepts operate in practice (Nimzowitsch did something similar in following up My System with Chess Praxis). Given my intention, the next question was how to select the games from the millions available. I wanted to give the opening relatively light coverage and focus mainly on the middlegame and endgame. The reason is that once you have grasped the basic principles of opening play, further improvement depends largely on deeper study of those openings in your repertoire. Unfortunately, detailed commentary on a particular opening is not very interesting if you don’t play that opening. Therefore, opening study is best done using a database in conjunction with specialized books on the specific openings you are interested in. I therefore decided to focus on the games of one particular player, moreover one who did not vary his openings much throughout his career. This would avoid filling the book with explanations of several different openings and would allow me to focus on the parts of the game which are of most general benefit. I decided on Lasker for a variety of reasons. His chess credentials are impeccable, as he was World Champion for 27 years, longer than any other person. Moreover, he had what is often termed a ‘universal’ style, in that he could handle all types of position well, and therefore a study of his games would benefit all aspects of the reader’s play. His style tended towards straightforward plans, which he executed precisely. Such clear-cut play is especially instructive, because it’s possible to understand what he was trying to do and transfer the learning to one’s own games. I certainly gained a great deal from looking at his games in detail, and felt that my own understanding of chess had become broader as a result. A final point is that there is relatively little good material available on Lasker’s games. He didn’t write much himself, and subsequent commentators have not done him full justice (more on this in Chapter 2). I might have chosen a modern player, but one problem with contemporary toplevel chess is that subtle opening innovations often play a crucial role. It’s difficult to explain such innovations without giving a great deal of background information and, as such innovations are often backed up by many hours of computer analysis, they can also be quite complicated. Once again, I felt that going into great detail about certain openings would prove a distraction from the main purpose of the book. Chess is a huge subject, and it’s inevitable that a book, even of 320 large-format pages, will be selective. My aim is to cover the most important chess themes, but although the book deals with many purely technical issues, there is a strong emphasis on thought-processes and decision-making. The psychological side of chess is not an isolated subject, but one which interconnects with the purely objective situation on the board. Once again, the choice of Lasker worked well here as psychology was an important part of his style. All world champions have had the ability to induce mistakes by their opponents, although their techniques have varied widely. Tal’s method was to drown his opponents in tactical mayhem, while Karpov had a more positional approach. Unusually, Fischer seemed to take little account of his opponent’s style, but simply tried to play the objectively best move whatever the circumstances. If Lasker’s technique needed to be summarized in one word, it would be ‘misdirection’. His talent lay in creating situations in which the normal rules and evaluations didn’t apply; his opponents would fail to realize that something was amiss until it was too late. This technique was so successful that not only Lasker’s opponents, but also many later commentators, have failed to appreciate Lasker’s modus operandi. As a consequence, the myth has developed that many of Lasker’s wins were based on swindles, pure luck or even the effect of his cigars. In reality, there was nothing mystical or underhand about his games; they were based on a deep understanding of chess, an appreciation of deceptive positions and some shrewd psychology. Another myth for which there seems no real evidence is that Lasker deliberately played bad moves in order to unsettle his opponents. Certainly Lasker played bad moves, as all chess-players do from time to time, but the point which struck me when analysing his games was how often he adopted a safety-first strategy. Lasker was a great fighter and had a strong will to win, but his winning efforts hardly ever crossed the boundary into recklessness; in almost every case, he played moves that appeared provocative but were no worse than the alternatives, with the important difference that they were more likely to induce a mistake. I have chosen the games solely for their instructive qualities. This isn’t primarily a book of Lasker’s best games, although Lasker fans will find his most famous battles included. Although Lasker wins most of the games, I have included a few draws and losses if they were especially instructive. The style of annotation is heavily textoriented. In a few places it proved impossible to explain the position without recourse to more detailed analysis, but wherever possible I have attempted to explain the ideas in general terms. Lasker’s clear-cut style proved especially suitable for this type of exposition. The choice of topics covered may appear a little unusual, but it was based on my desire to deal with general concepts of wide practical application. My selection starts with airly concrete topics and gradually moves into the area of thinking-processes and chess psychology. Along the way, it proved possible to mention some themes that are not often covered in textbooks, such as queenless middlegames and manoeuvring. To those who are disappointed that this or that topic is missing, I can only reply that mastery of the chosen themes enabled Lasker to remain World Champion for more than a quarter of a century. This book is not intended as a biography of Lasker, and details of his life and career are available elsewhere, but here is a quick summary to put the games in context. Emanuel Lasker was born on 24th December 1868 in Berlinchen (today known as Barlinek in Poland) and his chess talent first came to public attention in 1889 when he finished second in a tournament held in Amsterdam (Game 12 is from this event). His rise to the highest level was relatively quick, and he became World Champion in 1894 by beating Steinitz convincingly (+10 –5 =4); a return match in 1896/7 saw the aging Steinitz defeated even more heavily. By modern standards, Lasker played very few serious games in the course of his career (one calculation gives a total of 529). Given its length, this may seem remarkable, but the chess world was very different in those days. There were very few elite events, so opportunities for the top players to meet each other were infrequent. Leading masters, including Lasker, often gave tours involving simultaneous displays and other exhibition games, so they were actually far busier with chess activities than their tally of tournament and match games would suggest. Moreover, Lasker did not devote himself totally to chess, and there were periods in his career, sometimes lasting for years, when he played no serious chess. Instead, he devoted himself to publishing ventures, such as Lasker’s Chess Magazine, or to areas outside chess, including mathematics and philosophy. It was more than 10 years before Lasker again defended his title, against Marshall in 1907. The result was a humiliation for the American, who failed to win a single game. The following year Tarrasch was expected to provide a tougher challenge, but he could not recover from a disastrous start and Lasker ran out an easy winner by eight wins to three. In 1910 Lasker defended his title twice; the first match, against the Austrian Schlechter, has proved controversial ever since. In a very short match of only 10 games, Lasker was one point down before the final game. The precise rules of the match have been debated by chess historians ever since, but the weight of evidence suggests that had Schlechter drawn the 10th game then he would indeed have become World Champion. The final game is worth playing over (it is not given in this book); Schlechter established a winning position, but a series of errors gave away first the win and then the draw. Lasker won the game and retained the title, which he defended easily in a one-sided contest against Janowski later the same year. Due to the First World War, top-level chess was practically non-existent for several years. Lasker’s next challenger was Capablanca and the two met in Havana during 1921. The match was to be over 24 games (or the first to win 8 games), but after 14 games Lasker had lost four times without winning a game, and he resigned the match. Lasker’s play against Capablanca was oddly lacklustre, although the reasons for this are not entirely clear, with the Havana climate, ill health, Lasker’s financial problems and depression all being given as possible causes. Lasker was by now 52 years old and appeared to be in the twilight of his career. However, he still proved a worthy competitor when he won the Mährisch Ostrau tournament in 1923, but the great New York event of 1924 was expected to be a much tougher test, as practically all the world’s top players were participating. Playing remarkably fine chess for a 55-year-old, Lasker outdistanced the field to win 1½ points ahead of Capablanca. It was one of the great tournament performances of all time, yet after second place at Moscow 1925 Lasker left the top-level arena and, after a couple of years giving exhibitions, dropped out of chess more or less completely. In 1933, Hitler’s rise to power forced Lasker and his wife, who were both Jewish, to leave Germany, and financial considerations drew him back to the chessboard. Now well into his sixties, Lasker was still a very strong player and could produce outstanding individual games, but it’s not surprising that his play was more erratic than in former years. His third place at Moscow 1935, half a point behind joint winners Flohr and Botvinnik, was achieved when he was 66 years old, and is very likely the best performance by a sexagenarian in chess history. Lasker’s last tournament was Nottingham 1936, but he remained busy with writing for the remaining years of his life. Lasker died on 11th January 1941 in New York, aged 72. Because Lasker had a universal chess style, he did not influence the chess world in any dramatic way, yet he left a considerable chess legacy. The Lasker Defence to the Queen’s Gambit (1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 0-0 6 Nf3 h6 7 Bh4 Ne4) is the contribution to opening theory which is most relevant today. That it is still very much in the limelight is shown by the final game of the 2010 Anand-Topalov world championship match, when the Indian grandmaster used it to win with Black and thereby retain his title. The Lasker Defence to the Evans Gambit (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 b4 Bxb4 5 c3 Ba5 6 d4 d6 7 0-0 Bb6) was an important development in its day, and Lasker made several lesser contributions in other openings. However, Lasker was not an opening specialist and it is more in the areas of middlegame play and chess psychology that Lasker’s influence is felt today, even though it may be hard to quantify. Lasker promoted the ideas that chess is a struggle and that the will to win is an important factor, and these days all grandmasters know very well that chess isn’t only about playing good moves. In the majority of positions, there are a number of possible moves of roughly equal merit, and choosing between them is not only a question of whether, as a computer might tell you, one gives you +0.11 pawns advantage and another +0.12. It’s more about finding the move which discomforts your opponent and is most likely to induce a mistake. The universal acceptance of such ideas, which owe their origins in a very considerable part to Lasker, show that his influence remains alive today. Finally, it is interesting to consider which of the top contemporary players has a style most resembling Lasker’s. My vote would be for Carlsen. Like Lasker, he is little concerned with subtle opening finesses and is quite happy to play lines which are not regarded as critical, if by doing so he can reach positions that are awkward for his opponent. Like Lasker, his middlegame play is superb, and his opponents sometimes seem to lose without doing anything obviously wrong. Finally, his determination to continue the game and his ability to outplay strong opponents even in drawish endgames bring to mind some of Lasker’s most famous victories. His wins in the pivotal fifth and sixth games of the 2013 match against Anand, which enabled him to become World Champion, are very much in the Lasker style. Relentless pressure lasting far in the endgame eventually led the Indian grandmaster to falter and lose drawn positions. This book is intended to be read sequentially rather than dipped into. Elementary topics come first, while as the book progresses more abstract ideas are introduced. The later chapters deal with psychological issues. Finally, there is a selection of exercises for the reader to solve. The solutions to some of these contain further useful material and are well worth looking at in detail. I would like to acknowledge the assistance of Edward Winter regarding some historical matters and Viktor Zakharov for giving me access to the seven-man endgame tablebases. Naturally, any mistakes in the book are my own responsibility. In conclusion, I hope that readers will find this book both instructive and enjoyable, and that it will help them to gain a deeper appreciation of the games of one of the greatest players of all time. John Nunn Chertsey, February 2014 "CHESS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES"

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Winning Chess Tournaments

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In Winning Chess Tournaments, chess coach Robert M. Snyder takes his Chess for Everyone book a step further by providing a guide for students and coaches to prepare for tournament competition. The author reveals secrets of training that resulted in students winning thirty-six individual first place titles in championship sections at the national championships. Additional study materials to extend and supplement Chess for Everyone. Training and conditioning before and during tournaments. Understanding how tournaments work and making the most out of tournament rules. Important role of psychology in competition. How to study and prepare openings, endgames and tactics (includes extensive materials for actual study). Profiles and games of individual scholastic champions. Written for advanced beginners and intermediate players.

The Gambit Book Of Instructive Chess Puzzles

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Solving tactical puzzles is one of the most effective ways to improve your chess. This convenient book provides 300 exercises, with instructive points highlighted in the solutions. There is something here for everyone. The puzzles in the first two chapters are based on a clear-cut tactic or checkmate, such as those explained in Gambit's best-sellers How to Beat Your Dad at Chess and Chess Tactics for Kids. The endgame challenges highlight tactics and principles in action. In practice it is vital to defend resiliently and seek counterattacking chances - there is an innovative chapter on these rarely-covered themes as well as puzzles where the reader must decide how to punch home an attack. Later chapters help readers develop a vital skill: the ability to make tough chessboard decisions. Attack, sacrifice, grab material, defend or simplify - it's for you to decide! Principles and guidelines are emphasized, together with common sources of error. The final section of puzzles will prove a stern challenge even for the best players, with the reader exposed to the full complexity of modern chess - with a few helpful hints along the way.

Chess Tactics For Kids

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Illustrates 50 tactics that experienced chess masters use to win their games.

Understanding Chess Move By Move

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John Nunn is one of the most highly regarded chess writers in the world. He has carefully selected thirty modern games to help the reader understand the most important aspects of chess and to illustrate modern chess principles in action. Virtually every move is explained using words that everyone can understand. Jargon is avoided as far as possible. Almost all the examples are taken from the 1990s and show how key ideas are handled by the grandmasters of today. The emphasis is on general principles that readers will be able to use in their own games, and detailed analysis is only given where it is necessary. Each game contains many lessons, but to guide the reader through the most important ideas in each phase of the game, the thirty games are grouped thematically into those highlighting opening, middlegame and endgame themes.

The Seven Deadly Chess Sins

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Scotland's youngest grandmaster discusses the most common causes of disaster in chess.

Secrets Of Modern Chess Strategy

Author : John L. Watson
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The first section of [this] book discusses classical themes, such as pawn majorities, the centre and structural weaknesses. Watson then moves on to discuss new concepts, including the willingness of modern players to accept backward pawns in return for dynamic play, the idea of a good 'bad' bishop, knights finding useful roles at the edge of the board, and the exchange of sacrifice ideas that became prevalent with the post-war Soviet world champions. ..."--Back cover.

Chess For Children

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Teaches chess step-by-step, covering the board and pieces, notation, castling, draws, and basic tactics, and features a boy named George, who learns how to play chess from his tall-tale-telling pet alligator, Kirsty.

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