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    Title: An Attacking Repertoire for White
    Sub-title: Ambitious Ideas and Powerful Weapons
    By (author): Viktor Moskalenko
    ISBN10-13: 9056918303 : 9789056918309
    Viktor Moskalenko is one of the leading chess instructors of our time. Not only has he coached Masters and Grandmasters, including Ukrainian star Vassily Ivanchuk, he has also taught hundreds of classes for amateurs and his best-selling books have inspired thousands of ambitious club players all over the world. Moskalenko’s previous and highly popular chess opening books were mainly written for the Black pieces. Now he presents an extremely powerful set of lines for White. The guiding principle of his 1.d4 repertoire is: be bold and put pressure on your opponent as early as possible. Moskalenko does not shower you with long computer-generated variations but has a keen eye for the essence of positions. His talent to find new resources in well-known lines results in a host of novelties, daring recommendations and cunning tricks. When you play his lines and follow his recommendations you will frequently surprise your opponent and build up positions full of swing. Studying An Attacking Repertoire for White with 1.d4 is a delight because this is a typical Moskalenko book: practical, accessible, original, entertaining and inspiring. Viktor Moskalenko (1960) is an International Grandmaster and a FIDE Senior Trainer. The former Ukrainian champion’s recent books include The Even More Flexible French, The Wonderful Winawer, Training with Moska and The Fabulous Budapest Gambit.
    Pages: 368  Size: 229x152mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - August   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 26.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 1 of: 9
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    Title: Forcing Chess Moves
    Edition Statement: New & Extended 4th Edition
    By (author): Charles Hertan
    ISBN10-13: 9056918567 : 9789056918569
    Why is it that the human brain so often refuses to consider winning chess tactics? Every chess fan marvels at the wonderful combinations with which famous masters win their games. How do they find those fantastic moves? Do they have special vision? And why do computers outwit us tactically? Forcing Chess Moves proposes a revolutionary method for finding winning moves. Charles Hertan has made an astonishing discovery: the failure to consider key moves is often due to human bias. Your brain tends to disregard many winning moves because they are counter-intuitive or look unnatural. It’s a fact of life: computers outdo us humans when it comes to tactical vision and brute force calculation. So why not learn from them? Charles Hertan’s radically different approach is: use COMPUTER EYES and always look for the most forcing move first. By studying forcing sequences according to Hertan’s method you will: Develop analytical precision; Improve your tactical vision; Overcome human bias and staleness; Enjoy the calculation of difficult positions; Win more games by recognizing moves that matter. This New and Extended Fourth Edition of Hertan’s award-winning modern classic includes 50 extra pages with new and instructive combinations. There is a foreword by three-time US chess champion Joel Benjamin, and a special foreword to this new edition by Swedish Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson. Charles Hertan is a FIDE master from Massachusetts with several decades of experience as a chess coach. He is the author of the bestselling Power Chess for Kids series.
    Pages: 336  Size: 229x152mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - August   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 25.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 2 of: 9
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    Title: Game Changer
    Sub-title: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI
    By (author): Matthew Sadler, Natasha Regan Foreword by: Garry Kasparov, Demis Hassabis
    ISBN10-13: 9056918184 : 9789056918187
    It took AlphaZero only a few hours of self-learning to become the chess player that shocked the world. The artificial intelligence system AlphaZero 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. They also had unparalleled access to its team of developers at DeepMind 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. Game Changer also presents a collection of lucidly explained chess games of astonishing quality. Both professionals and club players will improve their game by studying AlphaZero’s stunning discoveries in every field that matters: opening preparation, piece mobility, initiative, attacking techniques, long-term sacrifices and much more. The story of AlphaZero has a wider impact. 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. With a Foreword by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and an Introduction by DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.
    About The Author:
    Matthew Sadler is a Grandmaster who twice won the British Championship and was awarded an individual Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympiad. Natasha Regan is a Women’s International Master from England who achieved a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University. Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan won the English Chess Federation 2016 Book of the Year Award for their book Chess for Life.
    Natasha Regan is a Women’s International Master from England who achieved a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University. Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan won the English Chess Federation 2016 Book of the Year Award for their book Chess for Life.
    Demis Hassabis (1976) is co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading AI research organisation which developed ‘AlphaGo’, the first program to master Go. A child chess prodigy, he is also a renowned computer scientist, neuroscientist and videogame designer.
    Reviews:
    “Chess has been shaken to its roots by AlphaZero, but this is only a tiny example of what is to come. Hidebound disciplines like education and medicine will also be shaken.” -- Garry Kasparov
    BBC Focus magazine, January 2019, carries an excerpt from new book Game Changer. It’s an excerpt from the Introduction by Demis Hassabis, founder of artificial intelligence company DeepMind, the devlopers of AlphaZero - the technology which is the subject of Game Changer. The article points out why this technology is important in a much wider arena than the world of chess!

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    “Most unnerving was that AlphaZero seemed to express insight. It played like no computer ever has, intuitively and beautifully, with a romantic, attacking style.” -- Steven Strogatz, professor of mathematics at Cornell, New York Times
    “Quite inspirational. I was thinking at several points during the game [in Round 11 of the 2019 Tata Steel Chess Tournament]: how would AlphaZero have approached this?” – World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen
    “I love Game Changer. This is a phenomenal book.” -- International Master John Bartholomew, on his YouTube Channel
    “One of the most important chess books ever written.” -- Grandmaster Raymond Keene, The Spectator
    “I absolutely love it. A fascinating read: provocative, inspiring, instructive and joyful. AlphaZero’s style is great fun, some of the things it is doing are incredible. This is just a great book.” – Grandmaster Daniel King, on his YouTube channel
    Pages: 416  Size: 231x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - January   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Artificial intelligence : Chess
    List Price: 19.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 3 of: 9
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    Title: Side-stepping Mainline Theory
    Sub-title: Cut Down on Opening Study and Get a Middlegame You Are Familiar With
    ISBN10-13: 9056918699 : 9789056918699
    Spend more study time on what’s really decisive in your games! The average chess player spends too much time on studying opening theory. In his day, World Chess 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. Club players shouldn’t slavishly copy the choices of grandmasters. GMs need to squeeze every drop of advantage from the opening and therefore play highly complex lines that require large amounts of memorization. The main objective for club players should be 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. Gerard Welling and Steve Giddins recommend the Old Indian-Hanham Philidor set-up as a basis for both Black and White. They provide ideas and strategies that can be learned in the shortest possible time, require the bare minimum of maintenance and updating, and lead to rock-solid positions that you will know how to handle. By adopting a similar set-up for both colours, with similar plans and techniques, you will further reduce study time. Side-stepping Mainline Theory will help you to focus on what is really decisive in the vast majority of non-grandmaster games: tactics, positional understanding and endgame technique. Gerard Welling is an International Master and an experienced chess trainer from the Netherlands. He has contributed to NIC Yearbook and Kaissiber, the freethinker's magazine on non-mainline chess openings. Steve Giddins is a FIDE Master from England, and a highly experienced chess writer and journalist. He compiled and edited The New In Chess Book of Chess Improvement, the bestselling anthology of master classes from New In Chess magazine.
    Pages: 272  Size: 229x152mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - August   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 20.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 4 of: 9
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    Title: The Hippopotamus Defence
    Sub-title: A Deceptively Dangerous Universal Chess Opening System for Black
    By (author): Alessio de Santis
    ISBN10-13: 9056918311 : 9789056918316
    The Hippopotamus Defence is just what a club player needs. It’s a straightforward and clear-cut chess opening that avoids the ever growing body of mainline theory. It’s universal: Black can use the Hippo against virtually all of White’s choices (1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4, 1.f4, the Colle, London, Trompowsky, Réti and others). It’s not very well known and will surprise many opponents. On top of all that, the Hippo is seriously underestimated: with its characteristic double fianchetto it may look quiet, but inside there lurks a very dangerous animal. FIDE Master Alessio de Santis is one of the world’s greatest experts on the Hippo and has written a practical, well-structured and accessible manual. His book can be studied on three levels: after a first flash of 3 to 4 hours you will be familiar with the Hippo’s basic moves and key variations, its strategic themes and recurring manoeuvres. In the second and third stage De Santis leads you through the most important concrete lines and introduces the Semi-Hippopotamus to counter some specific White ideas. You can use the Hippo as a surprise weapon or as your main repertoire. The extensive explanations and clear conclusions make this book an easy-to-navigate manual for all club players. If you like to confront your opponents with some unexpected counter-attacks, then you need not look any further.
    About The Author:
    Alessio de Santis is a FIDE Master and one of the best known and most successful chess authors of Italy.
    Pages: 320  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - June   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 24.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 5 of: 9
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    Title: The Longest Game
    Sub-title: The Five Kasparov – Karpov Matches for the World Chess Championship
    By (author): Jan Timman
    ISBN10-13: 9056918117 : 9789056918118
    One of the greatest rivalries in sports history. On 10 September 1984, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov started their match for the World Chess Championship in Moscow. The clash between the reigning champion and his brazen young challenger was highly anticipated, but no one could have foreseen what was in store. In the next six years they would play five matches for the highest title and create one of the fiercest rivalries in sports history. The matches lasted a staggering total of 14 months, and the ‘two K’s’ played 5540 moves in 144 games. The first match became front-page news when after five months FIDE President Florencio Campomanes stepped in to stop the match for reasons that still remain mysterious. A new match was staged and 22-year-old Garry Kasparov became the youngest World Chess Champion in history. His win was not only hailed as a triumph of imaginative attacking chess, but also as a political victory. The representative of ‘perestroika’ had beaten the old champion, a symbol of Soviet stagnation. Kasparov defended his title in three more matches, all of them full of drama. In The Longest Game Jan Timman chronicles the many twists and turns of this fascinating saga. He includes his behind-the scenes impressions and takes a fresh look at the games.
    About The Author:
    Jan Timman is a former World Championship Candidate who rose to the number two spot of the FIDE world rankings. He is the author of highly acclaimed books such as Curacao 1962 and The Art of the Endgame. His best-selling Timman’s Titans won the 2017 English Chess Federation Book of the Year Award.
    Reviews:
    "A very interesting book, full of anecdotes I have never seen elsewhere. Entertaining and instructive." -- Sean Marsh, CHESS Magazine (UK) on Timman’s Titans
    The ultimate book on Karpov – Kasparov. Jan Timman has again written a monumental history book on a subject that will continue to capture our imagination.” -- Johan Hut, Noord Hollands Dagblad
    “Timman remembers the many twists of each match, supplies his impressions from the time and takes a fresh look.” -- CHESS Magazine, UK
    “Timman, as a top grandmaster, rival and contemporary, is in an excellent position to make sense of the sometimes chaotic political rumpus, but as an ‘outsider’ he is able to be sufficiently objective. Again a splendid book from Jan Timman.” -- International Master Jeroen Bosch, Schaakmagazine
    Pages: 368  Size: 230x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - December   2018
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 24.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 6 of: 9
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    Title: The 100 Endgames You Must Know Workbook
    Sub-title: Practical Exercises for Every Chess Player
    By (author): Jesus de la Villa
    ISBN10-13: 9056918176 : 9789056918170
    Jesus de la Villa’s worldwide bestseller 100 Endgames You Must Know successfully debunked the myth that endgame theory is complex and that endgame books are tedious. Reviewers praised its clarity and completeness and thousands of players dramatically improved their endgame understanding (and their results!). In recent years, De la Villa’s students sometimes complained that when they had to apply what they had studied in 100 Endgames, they didn’t always have the material ready at their fingertips. De la Villa then made an important discovery: most of the errors his students made are being 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 and improve your knowledge and avoid common errors. In this book the Spanish grandmaster presents hundreds of exercises grouped according to the various chapters in 100 Endgames. Solving these puzzles will drive home the most important ideas, refresh your knowledge and improve your technique. This book contains a massive amount of clear, concise and easy-to-follow chess endgame instruction. The advice De la Villa gives in the solutions is practical and useful. Ideal for every post-beginner, club player and candidate master who wishes to win more games.
    About The Author:
    Jesus de la Villa (1958) is an International Grandmaster born in Spain. He has won the Spanish Championship twice and is a well-known chess coach. De la Villa is the author of the world famous bestseller 100 Endgames You Must Know.
    Pages: 288  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - April   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 20.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 7 of: 9
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    Title: Winning Ugly in Chess
    Sub-title: Playing Badly is No Excuse for Losing
    By (author): Cyrus Lakdawala
    ISBN10-13: 9056918281 : 9789056918286
    When was the last time you won a perfect game? A game that was not tainted by inferior moves? Every chess player knows that smooth wins are the exception, that play is often chaotic and positions are frequently irrational. The road to victory is generally full of bumps and misadventures. Welcome to the world of imperfection! Chess books usually feature superbly played games. In this book you will see games where weird moves are rewarded. Cyrus Lakdawala knows that playing good chess is all very well, but that beating your opponent is better. He demonstrates the fine art of winning undeserved victories by: miraculously surviving chaos; throwing vile cheapos; refusing to resign in lost positions; getting lucky breaks; provoking unforced errors, and other ways to land on your feet after a roller-coaster ride. Lakdawala shows how you can make sure that it is your opponent, not you, who makes the last blunder. If you’d rather win a bad game than lose a good one, then this your ideal guide. The next time ‘the wrong player’ wins, you will be that player!
    About The Author:
    Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master and a former American Open Champion. He has been teaching chess for four decades and is a prolific and widely read author. His Chess for Hawks won the Best Instructional Book Award of the Chess Journalists of America (CJA). Other much acclaimed books are How Ulf Beats Black and Clinch It! How to Convert an Advantage into a Win.
    Pages: 336  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - June   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 20.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 8 of: 9
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    Title: 1001 Chess Exercises for Club Players
    Sub-title: The Tactics Workbook that Also Explains All Key Concepts
    By (author): Frank Erwich
    ISBN10-13: 9056918192 : 9789056918194
    Chess is 99% tactics. This celebrated observation is not only true for beginners, but also for club players (Elo 1500 – 2000). If you want to win more games, nothing works better than training your combination skills. There are two types of books on tactics: those that introduce the concepts followed by some examples, and workbooks that contain lots of exercises. FIDE Master Frank Erwich has done both: he explains all the key tactical ideas AND provides an enormous amount of exercises for each different theme. Erwich has created a complete tactics book for ambitious club and tournament players. He takes you to the next level of identifying weak spots in the position of your opponent, recognizing patterns of combinations, visualizing tricks and calculating effectively. Erwich has also included a new and important element: tests that will improve your defensive skills. 1001 Chess Exercises for Club Players is not a freewheeling collection of puzzles. It serves as a course text book, because only the most didactically productive exercises are featured. Every chapter starts with easy examples, but don’t worry: the level of difficulty will steadily increase.
    About The Author:
    Frank Erwich is a FIDE Master and an experienced chess trainer from the Netherlands.
    Pages: 192  Size: 235x170mm 
    PublishedNew In chess - April   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Chess
    List Price: 15.99 Pounds Sterling
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