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The Chess Store carries the complete library of Gambit chess books. These books are written by the worlds greatest players and Grandmasters on a variety of chess topics with one purpose in mind - to improve your game!
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Play the Alekhine
The Alekhine is arguably the most forcing and aggressive reply to 1e4. Black immediately sets the pace and drags the game onto his own favoured territory. This strategy is not without risk, but those who specialize in the Alekhine find that the opneing has a real practical sting and quick-strike potential.<br> This book describes the main positional and tactical themes unique to the Alekhine, a...
Price $19.95
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Play the Alekhine
Play the Open Games as Black
This book fills a gaping chasm in chess literature. For years, those who wish to take on the black side of the Ruy Lopez have had to muddle their way through against the variety of alternative openings at White's disposal. This book gives a choice of systems for Black; to counter anything White might try in order to avoid the Ruy Lopez - the Scotch, King's Gambit, Italian Game, Four Knights, et...
Price $23.95
View Item Item: GP3272
Play the Open Games as Black
Solving in Style
In this book, John Nunn, a top-class grandmaster who is also one of the world's finest solvers, explains the methods by which chess problems and studies are solved. The logical and creative methods advocated, while targeted at the solving of composed positions, may also help players find startling tactical solutions in their games. Solving in Style also constitutes an entertaining and insightfu...
Price $17.95
View Item Item: GP3661
Solving in Style
Test Your Chess
This book offers a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking exercises in fundamental chess skills. It will help players of all standards to identify strengths and pinpoint areas of their play that need more attention. The first half of the book tests your ability in each part of the game. Opening Exercises test your ability to develop harmoniously and to find creative solutions in the firs...
Price $19.95
View Item Item: GP3357
Test Your Chess
The English Attack
The Najdorf Sicilian is one of the key battlegrounds of modern chess. This opening line occurs in a high proportion of top-level games, and is popular amongst players of all levels. World Champions Fischer and Kasparov are the Najdorf's most famous adherents - both made it their main defence, and scored a high proportion of wins with it, while very rarely losing. The English Attack (Be3 and f3)...
Price $28.95
View Item Item: GP3579
The English Attack
The French: Tarrasch Variation
This book continues the coverage of the French Defence that was begun by Pedersen in The Main Line French: 3 Nc3. It is essential reading for all those who play the French, and for those who meet it with the popular and flexible Tarrasch Variation. The Tarrasch Variation provides a stern test for the French Defence, and has always been a favourite of strategically minded players, such as Michae...
Price $24.95
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The French Tarrasch Variation
The Grandmaster's Mind
My banner makes an attractive headline; but I would humbly opine that this book is sort of like Kotov's classic "Think like a GM" and Pal Benko's "Winning Chess Psychology" combined. I was at the prestigious HB Tournament as a spectator; and there was the widest array of chess books I had ever seen were on sale. Opening books, ones on tactics, games collections, etc. but I wanted something a bi...
Price $23.95
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The Grandmaster s Mind
The Main Line French: 3 Nc3
The French is a sound and resilient defense, which also provides abundant opportunities for counter play. As a result it has been favored by such great fighting players as Lasker, Botvinnik and Korchnoi. Current adherents include Short, Shirov, Morozevich and Khalifman. By playing 3 Nc3, White confronts the French head-on. The upshot is often a ferocious battle as Black tries to destroy or dama...
Price $22.95
View Item Item: GP3456
The Main Line French 3 Nc3
The Meran System
The Meran is an opening rich in both strategy and tactics, making it ideal for players seeking to win with either color. It occupies an important place in the repertoires of many of the world's top players, with Anand, Kramnik, Kasparov and Karpov regularly taking one side or the other. The book provides the most detailed coverage to date of the Meran, together with several related variations, ...
Price $21.95
View Item Item: GP3289
The Meran System
The Nimzo-Indian: 4 e3
Ever since Nimzowitsch introduced his flexible, dynamic defense to the queen's pawn, debate has raged over White's best reply. Many variations have been in and out of fashion, but one line in particular has proved an enduring weapon - the sound and solid 4 e3 line, known as the Rubinstein Variation. The 4 e3 Nimzo is extraordinarily rich in strategy. All manner of different central pawn-structu...
Price $23.95
View Item Item: GP3586
The Nimzo Indian 4 e3
The Petroff
The Petroff has for a long time been regarded as a very solid defense. Black avoids the perils of the Scotch, the Italian Game and above all the dreaded Ruy Lopez, and instead opts to neutralize White's initiative with active piece-play. In the Petroff, it is quite common for Black to launch an early counterattack, often gambiting a pawn to do so. For many years, the Petroff enjoyed a steady fo...
Price $21.95
View Item Item: GP3463
The Petroff
The Queen's Gambit & Catalan for Black
Every chess-player needs a reliable defense against the Queen's Pawn Opening. The fundamental question is whether to go all-out for counter play, which may involve a great deal of risk, or to adopt a more solid, classical approach, and first carefully neutralize White's initiative.This book shows the potential of the latter approach. By defending the Queen's Gambit Declined, Black puts a firm r...
Price $21.95
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The Queen s Gambit Catalan for Black
The Seven Deadly Chess Sins
Everyone loses chess games occasionally, but all too often we lose a game due to moves that, deep down, we knew were flawed. Why do we commit these chess-board sins? Are they the result of general misconceptions about chess and how it should be played? And how can we recognize the warning signs better? In this thought-provoking and entertaining book, Jonathan Rowson investigates, in his inimita...
Price $24.95
View Item Item: GP3364
The Seven Deadly Chess Sins
The Slav
The Slav's great popularity is due to its extreme solidity and abundant possibilities for dynamic counter play. This book provides detailed coverage to help players as both White and Black face the challenges of this tough yet rewarding opening. All lines after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 are discussed, except those that transpose to the Semi-Slav. The sharpest tactical lines of the Slav receive especially...
Price $22.95
View Item Item: GP3449
The Slav
The Survival Guide to Rook Endings
For all chess-players - from beginners to grandmasters, and whatever their style of play - one thing is certain: rook endings will arise in a great many of their games. Yet it is precisely in this area of the game that many players give away hard-earned points, either through lack of knowledge or inadequate understanding. Previous books on the subject have been extremely technical and theoretic...
Price $25.95
View Item Item: GP0947
The Survival Guide to Rook Endings
The Symmetrical English
The Symmetrical systems of the English Opening constitute a large and important area of modern opening theory. The strategic variety to be found within this book is staggering: from the sedate Symmetrical Variation to the wild gambit lines of the Anti-Benoni, and almost everything in between! The book provides detailed coverage of the theory of all lines stemming from 1 c4 c5. It includes many ...
Price $22.95
View Item Item: GP3401
The Symmetrical English
The System: A World Champion's Approach to Chess
American Hans Berliner is one of the most successful correspondence chess players of all time, and was utterly dominant in the 5th World Championship. Here, for the first time, he explains the set of principles - The System - that he used to guide him to the right moves. Readers will be astonished by the simplicity and power of Berliner's methods as he takes several major openings and subjects ...
Price $24.95
View Item Item: GP3104
The System A World Champion s Approach to Chess
Understanding the Leningrad Dutch
The Leningrad System of the Dutch Defense is an interesting hybrid of the Dutch and the King's Indian. For many years, it was viewed with some suspicion in view of the slight positional weaknesses created in Black's position. However, in the 1980s dynamic new approaches were introduced by such players as Sergei Dolmatov, Evgeny Bareev, Mikhail Gurevich and especially Vladimir Malaniuk. These pl...
Price $24.95
View Item Item: GP3722
Understanding the Leningrad Dutch
Understanding Your Chess
James Rizzitano, an experienced international master, has reassessed games from the whole of his career, and in this book presents the lessons from them that will be most relevant to club and tournament players. A common problem for the typical weekend competitor or club player is that his time available for studying chess is very limited. What should he study? Grandmasters from Botvinnik to Ye...
Price $24.95
View Item Item: GP0077
Understanding Your Chess
Win with the London System
The London System is a perennial favourite of club players, as it is a very sound and solid system with a real practical sting. The authors of this new book seek to maximize this sting in two principal ways. Firstly, by explaining in detail the typical plans for White, they help readers to make the most of their chances, whether they are based on a kingside attack, queenside penetration, centra...
Price $25.95
View Item Item: GP0350
Win with the London System
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