Monday, December 14, 2015

4 Gruenfeld Defence books for Christmas

Today we consider the Gruenfeld Defence in recent books. We know the Gruenfeld as a sharp opening after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5. Both sides play in the hope to win. You must be prepared. You need tools that help you understand how to play the Gruenfeld Defence. Books such as the ones below provide you with good ideas to improve your play. These books give you good ideas.

My 12 days of Christmas is over, but I have more books to highlight. With this post, I return to my normal schedule of Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

1. The Grunfeld Defence, Vol. 1 (Grandmaster Repertoire 8) by Boris Avrukh
Grandmaster Avrukh covers all the Gruenfeld except the Exchange Variation 4.cxd5.

2. The Grunfeld Defence, Vol. 2 (Grandmaster Repertoire 9) by Boris Avrukh
The author covers the popular Exchange Variation 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5.

3. Chess Developments: The Grünfeld by David Vigorito
This provides a helpful service to update Gruenfeld players on new ideas in practice.

4. The Ultimate anti-Grunfeld: A Saemisch Repertoire by Dmitry Svetushkin
This details the possibilities after 3.f3 vs the Gruenfeld or the King's Indian Saemisch.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

4 Semi-Open 1.e4 books for Christmas

The eleventh day of December we consider the Semi-Open Games in chess books. These openings include the Scandinavian (1.e4 d5), the Pirc (1.e4 d6), the English Defence 1...b6, and the Alekhine Defense 1.e4 Nf6. We know 1.e4 leads to sharp opening that both sides play in the hope to win. Usually Black knows these lines better than White. The move 1.e4 is very popular but the Semi-Opens are much less so. You must be prepared. You need good tools. These books help you understand how to play the Semi-Open games. The good ideas you can improve your play. The books below give you new strategies.

1. Understanding the Scandinavian by Sergey Kasparov
The author offers this modern approach to the Center Counter with 3...Qd6.

2. The Perfect Pirc-Modern: Strategic Ideas & Powerful Weapons by Viktor Moskalenko
This book reveals strategy and tactics from the games of many grandmasters.

3. 1...b6: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala
The author sets forth an instructive manual on the early queenside fianchetto.

4. Alekhine Defence: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala
The International Master studies this bold opening and shows ideas for Black.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

4 Open Games 1.e4 e5 books for Christmas

The tenth day we consider the Open Games in chess books. Double King Pawn openings with 1.e4 e5 tend to resemble hand to hand combat. Many players happily play both sides in these openings with the hope to win. Since these are popular openings, you must be prepared. You need good tools that help you understand how to play the Open Games. Books such as the ones below provide you with good ideas to improve your play. You need to guidance to navigate the mine fields. These books give you good ideas.

1. Opening Repertoire: The Open Games with Black by Martin Lokander
The author demonstrates how playing 1.e4 e5 as Black develops your chess.

2. Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games: How to Play for a Win if White Avoids the Ruy Lopez by Victor Bologan
This is the companion volume to the grandmaster's work on the Ruy Lopez.

3. The Modern Vienna Game: 1.E4 E5 2.Nc3 by Roman Ovetchkin and Sergei Soloviov
The main idea is 3.Bc4 which I played for many years with 2.Bc4 and 3.Nc3.

4. King's Gambit (Grandmaster Guide) by John Shaw
This impressive tome is the current definitive standard on the King's Gambit.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

4 Catalan and Nimzo books for Christmas

The ninth day of December we consider the Nimzo-Indian, Queens Indian, Bogo-Indian and the Catalan in chess books. In response to the planned White set-up of 1.d4 and 2.c4, Black plays 1...Nf6 and 2...e6. Black's strategy is to develop the king's bishop classically. Many grandmasters play this openings from both sides of the board. How do they hope to win? By discovering tools they understand better than their opponents. You must be prepared. Books such as the ones below provide you with good ideas to improve your play. These books give you good ideas.

1. Grandmaster Repertoire 1A: 1.d4: The Catalan by Boris Avrukh
This is a welcome update edition of Grandmaster Avrukh's popular repertoire.

2. The Queen's Indian: Move by Move by Lorin D'Costa
A full-time chess teacher explains for you one of the most popular defenses.

3. Opening Repertoire: Nimzo and Bogo Indian by Christof Sielecki
The author provides a reliable repertoire for Black after the 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6.

4. Nimzo-Indian: Move by Move by John Emms
A famous openings expert gives his grandmaster advice one move at a time.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

4 Dutch & Bird books for Christmas

The eighth day of Christmas is for the Dutch Defence (1...f5) and Bird's Opening (1.f4). These f-pawn openings give you easy to play set-ups. Your ability to win will depend on your experience and your understanding of the tactics and strategy for each line. Most of your opponents will do little or no preparation to meet this variations. To take advantage of their lack of knowledge, you need good tools that show you how to play the Dutch Defence and Bird's Opening. Books such as the ones below provide you with good ideas to improve your play. These books give you some interesting ideas and examples.

1. The Diamond Dutch: Strategic Ideas & Powerful Weapons by Viktor Moskalenko
The author provides in depth examination of lines needed for a Black repertoire.

2. Birds' Opening: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala
One of our favorite teachers explains thematic tactics and important strategies.

3. Dismantle the Dutch Defense with the Dangerfield Attack: A New Way to Fight the Stonewall, Classical, Leningrad and Fianchetto Variations by David I. Rudel
The author is noted for Colle Systems and other innovative opening approaches.

4. The Polar Bear System 1: Dangerous & strong! by GM Henrik Danielsen
A grandmaster demonstrates his approach to the Bird's Openings in his games.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

4 French Defence Books for Christmas

On the seventh day of December we consider the French Defence in chess books. This defense has been amazingly popular for over 100 years. In the French after 1.e4 e6 both sides play to win. Positions become unbalanced. White has a kingside space advantage. Black has one on the queenside. Whoever can successfully bust open the center has the biggest advantage. You must be prepared. You need good tools to understand how to play the French Defence opening. Books such as the ones below provide you with good strategies and tactics to improve your play. These might give you some good ideas.

1. Grandmaster Repertoire 16: The French Defence by Emanuel Berg
The third volume in this famous series covers the Tarrasch and Advance Variations.

2. The Even More Flexible French: Strategic Ideas & Powerful Weapons by Viktor Moskalenko
The author offers several ideas in all the major variations of the French Defence.

3. The Classical French: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala
This book has very detailed coverage of the 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 variations.

4. French Defense: The Solid Rubinstein Variation by Hannes Langrock
Coverage of the 3...dxe4 line as well as lines for Black vs other rare White moves.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

4 Ruy Lopez Books for Christmas

The third day we consider the Ruy Lopez in chess books. We know the Ruy Lopez 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 as an opening full of possibilities. Most of the pieces remain in action for a long time in this well established opening. For over 100 years the top players in the world happily play either side in the hope to win. If you want the same, you must be prepared. You need good tools that help you understand how to play the Ruy Lopez. Books such as the ones below provide you with good ideas to improve your play. You don't need to play everything, but you do need to play something. The books below might give you some good ideas.

1. Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black: How to Play for a Win against the Spanish Opening by Victor Bologan
This book offers the latest theory for Black in both the Marshall Attack and the Breyer.

2. Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez by John Emms, Tony Kosten, and John Cox
A team to respected theoreticians over a collection of surprising and often tricky ideas.

3. The Ruy Lopez: Move by Move by Neil McDonald
This is an excellent basic guide to the ideas of all the major variation in the Ruy Lopez.

4. Fighting the Ruy Lopez by Milos Pavlovic
A grandmaster provides a complete Ruy Lopez with the aim to reach a Marshall Attack.

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