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Title Catastrophes and Tactics in the Chess Opening Volume 9 Caro Kann and French
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher Independently Published
Release Date 2018-03-27
Category
Total Pages 235
ISBN 1973157160
Language English, Spanish, and French
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WINNING FAST IS FUN!This book is a collection of games played by the best players in the world in which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result of brilliant chess tactics, an accumulation of mistakes or blunders. Through the study of the games in this volume, you will improve your opening play, opening repertoire, strategies and tactical ability. The chess opening variations in this volume are all the variations of the Caro-Kann & French Defenses, such as:1) French Defense - Minor Variations 2) French Defense - Advance Variation3) French Defense - Tarrasch Variation: 3.Nd2 4) French Defense - Various 3.Nc3 Variations5) French Defense - Winawer Variation: 3.Nc3 Bb4 6) Caro-Kann Defense - Main Lines: 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe47) Caro-Kann Defense - Panov Attack8) Caro-Kann Defense - Advance Variation9) Caro-Kann Defense - Minor Lines

Title Catastrophes Tactics in the Chess Opening Volume 9 Caro Kann French
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher CarstenChess
Release Date 2018-03-31
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 220
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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WINNING FAST IS FUN! This book is a collection of games played by the best players in the world in which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result of brilliant chess tactics, an accumulation of mistakes or blunders. Through the study of the games in this volume, you will improve your opening play, opening repertoire, strategies and tactical ability. The chess opening variations in this volume are all the variations of the Caro-Kann & French Defenses, such as: 1) French Defense - Minor Variations 2) French Defense - Advance Variation 3) French Defense - Tarrasch Variation: 3.Nd2 4) French Defense - Various 3.Nc3 Variations 5) French Defense - Winawer Variation: 3.Nc3 Bb4 6) Caro-Kann Defense - Main Lines: 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 7) Caro-Kann Defense - Panov Attack 8) Caro-Kann Defense - Advance Variation 9) Caro-Kann Defense - Minor Lines Short games in chess have always fascinated me; what is it that is causing a player to go so wrong that he or she loses within 15 moves (or 25 moves as in my Chess Miniatures Series)?The games in this book illustrate the making of and punishment of a lot of typical mistakes: Loose pawns & pieces Not calculating far enough Over-burdened pieces Overlooked intermediary moves Misevaluations Not sensing danger And much more of that kind But the names also include a surprising amount of tactics (see the front cover - White to move), sometimes even missed tactical opportunities. I have chosen only from games of players that were rated 2350 and above (or would have rated as such, but it was before the rating system was put in place), because I felt that if mistakes like these can be played by such strong players, then there are lessons to be learned for the majority of the rest us. Further, I sorted away the worst games, such as when one side a piece is threatened and the other side forgets to move a threatened piece, even that happens among strong players. Through the study of the games in this book should help you avoid a lot of mistakes in your own games, help you to take advantage of the mistakes of your opponents and ultimately sharpen your tactics and tactical awareness by answering the prompts to the diagrammed positions. Enjoy!

Title Catastrophes Tactics in the Chess Opening Volume 9
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-05-20
Category
Total Pages 358
ISBN 9798647490780
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is a LARGE PRINT EDITION.WINNING FAST IS FUN!This book is a collection of games played by the best players in the world in which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result of brilliant chess tactics, an accumulation of mistakes or blunders. Through the study of the games in this volume, you will improve your opening play, opening repertoire, strategies and tactical ability.The chess opening variations in this volume are all the variations of the Caro-Kann & French Defenses, such as: 1) French Defense - Minor Variations 2) French Defense - Advance Variation3) French Defense - Tarrasch Variation: 3.Nd2 4) French Defense - Various 3.Nc3 Variations 5) French Defense - Winawer Variation: 3.Nc3 Bb4 6) Caro-Kann Defense - Main Lines: 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 7) Caro-Kann Defense - Panov Attack 8) Caro-Kann Defense - Advance Variation 9) Caro-Kann Defense - Minor LinesMany interesting ideas for players of all levels along with typical mistakes that are regularly seen in the games of club players

Title Catastrophes Tactics in the Chess Opening Volume 3 Flank Openings
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher CarstenChess
Release Date 2019-03-02
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 206
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Everybody wants to win fast, preferably straight out of the chess opening. This book is a collection of games played by top players in which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result of blunders, an accumulation of mistakes or brilliant chess tactics. Through the study of the games in this volume, you will improve your opening play, opening repertoire, strategies and tactical ability. The chess openings covered in this volume are: 1) Minor Flank Openings such as Larsen Attack, Bird Opening, Dunst Opening 2) Reti Opening & King's Indian Attack 3) English Opening - Slav, Dutch, Indian Lines 4) English Opening with 1...e5 5) Symmetrical English After sorting games with the worst mistakes & blunders away, there remains a collection of games showing a catalog of typical mistakes, misunderstandings, misevaluations and how to exploit these: either through simple execution or brilliant chess tactics.

Title Miniatures in the Sicilian Najdorf
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher SCB Distributors
Release Date 2016-06-13
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781941270479
Language English, Spanish, and French
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INSTRUCTIVE NAJDORF MINIATURES "An opening book based only on miniatures? Perhaps it sounds odd at first, but it works well in the sharp Najdorf, and even in the more positional Queen's Indian Defense. As usual Carsten's theoretical coverage is thorough, and the books are not repertoire based, but gives a full examination of these topical openings. Is it limiting only to show miniatures? Maybe, but one somehow get the purified version of a successful strategy, when the games are not complex battles, but a slam-dunk! - Grandmaster Peter Heine Nielsen, Coach & Second to World Champion Magnus Carlsen The purpose of the book is to entertain and educate you. The entertainment consists of 100 main games all of which are 25 moves or less. In addition to the main games, you will find miniatures included in the notes, along with many other complete games. The education part involves solving tactical puzzles, reasoning your way to the right move, spotting combinations and studying the theory associated with these lines. While the theoretical coverage may not necessarily be as deep as in opening monographs or repertoire books, there’s usually more than enough to give you a good understanding of the particular line, making it easier for you to incorporate it into your opening repertoire. We have also tried to include some key alternatives with analysis to give you an idea of other possibilities for both sides. As for the games, they are typically between players with a rating of at least 2350 and in fact are often stronger. However, we have made some exceptions to this guiding principle when a lower-rated player beats a player rated above the magical 2350 number. So that the performances of the players may be evaluated better, their ELO ratings have been included. The subject of this book is the Najdorf Sicilian, which arises after 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6. The Najdorf has been and continues to be a tremendously popular opening at all levels. It is sharp, unbalanced, with many theory-laden lines – and fun. The main lines after 6 Bg5 e6 7 f4 are steeped in theory, making them tricky to play, especially for players with limited time to study.

Title Miniatures in the Main Line Ruy Lopez
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher SCB Distributors
Release Date 2017-06-13
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781941270806
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Miniatures in the Ruy Lopez – Main Line Another Great Book in the "Miniatures in the..." Series! The lines covered in this book, the Ruy Lopez – Main Lines, arise (with a few exceptions for move order and such) after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0. The Ruy Lopez, or Spanish Opening if you like, is one of the oldest openings, named after a Spanish priest who first played it back in the 16th century. Needless to say, it has been played a few times since and remains a popular opening at all levels of play. Some of the lines are incredibly theoretical, but rather than burden you with a ton of theory in lines you will have limited chance of using in your own games, the emphasis is on the lines that are more likely to occur in your games. Those lines will be in chapters 3 and 4, the two longest chapters of the book. This book is by no means an all-encompassing theory work, which means that there is a lot of theory that is not discussed in the notes. This is of course intentional. The book is written to entertain and inspire. If you find some lines that you like, you are encouraged to dive deeper into those lines before using them in your own games. As for the games, they are typically between players with a rating of at least 2350 and often well more than that; you will find games between players rated above 2700 in this book. However, I have made some exceptions when a lower rated player beats a player rated above the magical 2350 number. To show the relative strength of the players, I have included the ELO rating of the players involved in the miniatures. A few games are of older date, but are otherwise as recent as 2015.

The Sicilian Sozin by Mikhail Golubev

Title The Sicilian Sozin
Author Mikhail Golubev
Publisher Gambit Publications
Release Date 2000-12-01
Category Games
Total Pages 272
ISBN 1901983382
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Learn in detail the theory of the Sozin, in all its forms, including the Velimirovic attack.

Title Winning Chess Openings
Author Anonim
Publisher Cardoza Publishing
Release Date 2021
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781580425599
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Play The Caro Kann by Jovanka Houska

Title Play the Caro Kann
Author Jovanka Houska
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2007
Category Games
Total Pages 208
ISBN 1857444345
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Caro-Kann is a reliable yet at the same time dynamic answer to White's most popular opening move, 1 e4. It has the seal of approval of numerous leading Grandmasters including Vishy Anand, Evgeny Bareev and Alexey Dreev, as well as former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, who has utilized it with great success throughout his illustrious career. One of the attractions of the Caro-Kann is that it suits a variety of different styles; it can lead to wild tactical battles as well as quiet, positional play. In Play the Caro-Kann, Jovanka Houska presents the reader with a concise and trustworthy repertoire within the opening, providing a solution against all of White's main possibilities. Houska examines the important tactical and strategic plans for both sides, arming the reader with enough information to begin playing the Caro-Kann with confidence in his or her own games. *A complete repertoire against 1 e4 *Written by a Caro-Kann expert *Ideal for improvers, and club and tournament players

Chess Tactics Volume 1 by Carsten Hansen

Title Chess Tactics Volume 1
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher CarstenChess
Release Date 2020-01-20
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 375
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Are you ready to seriously improve your game? It has been said that chess is 99% tactics but whether that is an accurate reflection is hard to tell. Nevertheless, it is important. But if you are like most players, you only discover the tactics after you come home and run through your game with a chess engine. So what to do? In the present book, you will be challenged 404 times but unlike most tactics puzzle books you don't know what your objective is: do I need to find a mate, find an opportunity skewer or pin a piece, use a tactical turn to gain a positional advantage and how far do I need to calculate? These questions are you are faced with when you play your own games and therefore this book tries to replicate this position. Your one advantage over the players in the respective positions is that you know that there is supposed to be something in there for you to find. The puzzles vary a lot in difficulty, some are relatively easy, some are incredibly difficult, but most are somewhere in between. However, most of the puzzles are layered so that even when you think the answer is obvious, it is worth looking further because your idea may be the decoy left there for you to get distracted from the actual solution. Working through the puzzles and then carefully play through the thoroughly annotated solutions will help you to up your tactical radar as well as your calculation skills. So if you are up for the challenge, here is the opportunity to take the leap forward. Good luck!

Title Opening Repertoire C6 Playing the Caro Kann and Slav As
Author Cyrus Lakdawala
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017-02-15
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 448
ISBN 1781943877
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book provides a rock solid opening repertoire for Black, using systems based on the move ...c6. The backbone of this repertoire is the Caro-Kann versus 1 e4 and the Semi-Slav (via a Slav move order) versus 1 d4. In general these systems aim to neutralise White's early initiative. They aim for success by the gradual accumulation of small advantages, rather than by emerging victorious from an early tactical melee (which is rather problematic with the black pieces at the best of times). The book is co-authored by Cyrus Lakdawala and Keaton Kiewra and takes a teacher/student format. The "student" Keaton Kiewra is a very strong international master with two grandmaster norms. He normally specialises in razor-sharp defences such as the Sicilian Dragon and King's Indian. Now he wants to broaden his style and develop his skills at handling more sedate positions. His "teacher" is Cyrus Lakdawala, an extremely experienced player, coach and author, who guides Keaton along the learning path.

Carlsen Vs Caruana by Niclas Huschenbeth

Title Carlsen Vs Caruana
Author Niclas Huschenbeth
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018-12-20
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 228
ISBN 1792096518
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Learn from the Games of the Best Two Chess Players in the World In every sport, there is that one match-up that electrifies the fans. In soccer, you have Ronaldo vs. Messi. In tennis, Federer vs. Nadal. And in chess, there is Carlsen vs. Caruana. The rivalry of reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana began 2010 in the Dutch village Wijk aan Zee and culminated in the World Chess Championship 2018. Over the past years, they have crossed swords 71 times: In classical, rapid and blitz chess. All their games against each other - including the thrilling World Championship match - are thoroughly annotated in this book. GM Niclas Huschenbeth gives detailed move-to-move explanations and decodes the complexities of the game, with the aim to improve the reader's chess understanding. After all, what could be better suited to enhance one's understanding than to study the games of the two best chess players on the planet? From the introduction: What You Will Learn From This Book Have you ever played through a top level chess game and asked yourself "Why in the world did he play that move?" or "This move does not make any sense, what's the idea behind it?" If so, I can completely sympathize. "Learn from the best. Analyze their games. Understand what they are doing and how they are doing it." These were the words of my coach when I was in my youth, aspiring to become a good player myself. And I did. Or rather, I tried. All too often, though, I found myself scratching my head when playing through the games of Kasparov, Kramnik & Co. What was the idea behind this move? Why didn't he play that move instead? Back then, the computers were too weak to be of any help. These days, they are a bit more useful. They tell you the best move and the correct evaluation. But they still do not tell you why. It's like trying to work out a difficult math problem and then just being shown the final solution. No learning happens. I was lucky to have my coach guide me through the jungle that chess often is. But not everybody is so fortunate to have a great coach. This is why I wrote this book. In this book, I decode the sometimes mysterious moves and explain the ideas behind them. To me, chess boils down to two basic skills: understanding and calculation. Finding the right plans and finding ways to execute them - the two go hand in hand. But in training, we often compartmentalize, focusing on one specific topic, let's say "how to play with the bishop pair" or "good knight vs. bad bishop." But chess does not work like that. After all, the beautiful thing about chess games is that you usually have some elements of everything. This is why I always found game analyses to be the most rewarding. You learn about chess as a whole and not about one specific detail. It is not without reason that about every coach recommends the study of one's own games as well as the games of the very best.

Back To Basics Openings by Carsten Hansen

Title Back to Basics Openings
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher SCB Distributors
Release Date 2010-12-28
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781936490110
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Chess Openings Can Be Simple! Because of the sheer volume of variations, possible transpositions and ever-changing theory, chess openings can be overwhelming � even intimidating. This book is an introduction to understanding and playing chess openings. The author, Danish Master Carsten Hansen, stresses opening play based on comprehending opening principles as well as useful, fundamental knowledge. With an overview of all the most important opening variations, examples of good and bad opening play, opening traps and problems to solve, chess openings and its major principles are covered thoroughly. Many games are lost as a result of a player�s poor grasp of even the most basic principles of opening play. This book will help you enhance your understanding and give you guidelines on how to best study and play chess openings, reaching good, playable middlegame positions.

Dangerous Weapons by Richard Palliser

Title Dangerous Weapons
Author Richard Palliser
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2009
Category Chess
Total Pages 223
ISBN OCLC:1105222738
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Miniatures in the Queen s Indian Defense
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher SCB Distributors
Release Date 2016-07-29
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781941270486
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Miniatures in the Queen’s Indian: 4.g3 The subject of this book is the Fianchetto Variation of the Queen’s Indian Defense, which arises after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3. Its purpose is to entertain and educate you. The entertainment consists of 100 main games all of which are 25 moves or less. In addition to the main games, you will find miniatures included in the notes, along with many other complete games. The education part involves solving tactical puzzles, reasoning your way to the right move, spotting combinations and studying the theory associated with these lines. While the theoretical coverage may not necessarily be as deep as in opening monographs or repertoire books, there’s usually more than enough to give you a good understanding of the particular line, making it easier for you to incorporate it into your opening repertoire. We have also tried to include some key alternatives with analysis to give you an idea of other possibilities for both sides. As for the games, they are typically between players with a rating of at least 2350 and in fact are often stronger. However, we have made some exceptions to this guiding principle when a lower-rated player beats a player rated above the magical 2350 number. So that the performances of the players may be evaluated better, their ELO ratings have been included. The Queen’s Indian as a whole has been played consistently since its invention by Aron Nimzowitsch in the early years of the 20th century and it remains a very popular opening at all levels. While its foundation is solid, things can quickly become very sharp and heavy on theory, particularly when Black plays 4...Ba6. We hope you enjoy this second volume in the “Miniatures” series... Every chess player dreams of winning quickly and beautifully in his favorite opening. Carsten Hansen’s new “Miniatures” Series shows you how to do that, divided by opening! A novel and entertaining approach. But as they say – wait, there is more! It’s in the nature of chess that miniatures can only be won following mistakes by the opponent. The books can also show you which early mistakes to avoid so that you don’t lose quickly and beautifully in your favorite opening. Get the volumes with your openings and use them as preparation for your next tournament! – Grandmaster Lars Bo Hansen

Ruy Lopez Tactics by Tim Sawyer

Title Ruy Lopez Tactics
Author Tim Sawyer
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-08-20
Category
Total Pages 510
ISBN 9798677289712
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This Ruy Lopez Tactics gives you 500 positions from actual games that use combinations and checkmates in the opening.If you're good at tactics, you're good at chess. Opening theory may help you start well. Endgame knowledge may help you finish well. Tactical skill helps you win games and avoid losses.Tactics include pins, forks, removing the defender, attacking two pieces at the same time, and threatening to mate your opponent.The easiest path to tactical success is to recognize patterns that occur frequently in your favorite chess openings.Everyone knows a few positions. Here's 500 in the Ruy Lopez.Tactical knowledge helps you to improve your winning chances. Take your opponent's pieces. Pick off the pawns. Mate the king!To advance in chess, you need more than dumb luck. You need tactics.The purpose of this book is to teach you Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Game) tactics. I assume you can read algebraic chess notation. The White pieces are positioned at the bottom of each diagram.Above each diagram note who can move and win. It's either White to play a tactical move or Black to play a tactical move.Some moves are simple and easy. Others are subtle and tricky. That's chess - lots of obvious moves and lots of sneaky moves.Look at each diagram. It's a key position ready for a tactical win. The final moves are in bold with a brief analysis or comment. Chess engines were used to ensure the accuracy of analysis.Follow the moves in your mind. The skill to visualize each new position without moving pieces improves your tactical strength.Games are arranged by ECO (Encyclopedia of Chess Openings) coding (C60 to C99) from less popular to more popular moves.White tends to win more than Black due to having the first move, but C78 and C89 seem to win a fairly high percentage for Black.All the World Champions played the Ruy Lopez with success. In my hope to follow them, I won prize money with a Ruy Lopez in my first rated tournament in 1972. He's played it over a thousand times in the last 48 years.It's a good opening for winners. Are you ready to win?Buy Ruy Lopez Tactics, pick up your e-pawn, and go win!

The Full English Opening by Carsten Hansen

Title The Full English Opening
Author Carsten Hansen
Publisher New In Chess
Release Date 2018-07-20
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9789056917555
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The first one-volume book that covers all variations The English Opening (1.c4) is a popular choice at both club and master level, because it is a chess opening that suits all styles. Elite players as diverse as Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Vishy Anand include it in their repertoire. As White you can play aggressively or opt for a more strategic approach, depending on what kind of middlegame positions you are looking for. For a club player who wants to reap the benefits of this multipurpose opening, understanding is much more important than deep theoretical knowledge. The Full English Opening teaches the fundamentals and is the first one-volume book that covers all major variations. Carsten Hansen dedicates special attention to the transition into the early middlegame. You will learn how to identify specific plans, determine your strategic goals and find positional and tactical targets. Supported by examples and exercises, you will be able to enjoy the greatest asset of the English Opening: its versatility. It will serve you well in any mood, against any type of opponent, in any tournament situation.

Title Chess Training Repertoire 1
Author Tim Sawyer
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date 2016-10-30
Category
Total Pages 118
ISBN 1539834557
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Do you struggle to pick good moves in your favorite openings? Are there too many choices at the beginning of your games? Ever wish someone would tell you exactly what moves to play? This book helps you solve these problems. Tim Sawyer gives you bite size amounts. He covers a variety of openings for White and for Black. These openings are based on his 45 years of chess experience. Opening repertoires include Grob, Birds Opening From Gambit, English Opening, Trompowsky, Benoni, Dutch, Nimzowitsch, Scandinavian, Alekhine, Pirc, Caro-Kann, Sicilian, French, Kings Gambit, Latvian Gambit, Italian Game, Ruy Lopez, BDG Lemberger, London System, Albin Counter Gambit, Slav, Semi-Slav, Queens Gambit, Gruenfeld, Catalan, Queens Indian, Nimzo-Indian, and King's Indian Defence. This is the complete collection of the first 50 weeks of the author's Chess Training Repertoire.

Bologan S Caro Kann by Victor Bologan

Title Bologan s Caro Kann
Author Victor Bologan
Publisher New In Chess
Release Date 2018-06-20
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 350
ISBN 9789056917791
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Caro-Kann is one of the most important and popular responses to 1.e4. World champions Botvinnik, Petrosian, Karpov and Anand have played this reliable chess opening in many of their games. Present-day elite players such as Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana are proving that the ‘drawish’ reputation of the Caro-Kann no longer holds in modern chess. Victor Bologan presents a complete Caro-Kann repertoire for Black that is much more than just a lucidly explained and highly playable set of responses. In many lines Bologan provides – as he has done in his other recent major chess opening books for New In Chess – two options to handle the Black position. Bologan’s explanations are accessible for a wide range of players and he provides the reader with a thorough grounding in the strategic and tactical motifs. During his research, Bologan has found many new ideas and resources. After reading and studying this book you are bound win many exciting games with Bologan’s Caro-Kann!

Title The Club Player s Modern Guide to Gambits
Author Nikolai Kalinichenko
Publisher SCB Distributors
Release Date 2019-10-04
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781941270776
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is no ordinary opening book. This practical guide describes only such openings in which White or Black sacrifices material at an early stage of the game. They are called gambits (in Old Italian, gambetto means tripping). The justification for such sacrifices can differ quite a lot. In most cases, the side that sacrifices material tends to get ahead of the opponent in development and/or opens lines to attack the enemy king. However, there are also gambits aimed at the occupation of the center (Blumenfeld Gambit), depriving the opponent of castling (Cochrane Gambit or Traxler Variation), weakening the opponent’s pawn structure (Anti-Moscow Variation), luring an opponent’s piece to an unfavorable position (sacrificing the b2-pawn), obtaining a certain positional compensation (Volga Gambit), etc. Gambits are often associated with the romantic chess of the 19th century. Indeed, that was the heyday of such sharp openings as the King’s Gambit or Evans Gambit, but even nowadays, many games begin with one of the well-known or even innovative gambits. This should come as no surprise: gambits help to reveal the true essence of chess, “the triumph of spirit over matter.” The concept of this book is to examine practical games and give theoretical insights in the notes rather than in stand-alone articles. Practice has shown this to be the most effective way of mastering new material. More often than not, recent games by the world’s top players have been chosen as an illustration, played in the last few years in particular. However, the most important classic games are mentioned as well. The present book analyzes almost 50 of the major gambit lines and systems. Almost 140 games are given in full, with many game fragments selected to illustrate the important deviations. And there is a special section about types of sacrificial themes, such as sacrificing the b2-pawn, sacrificing on f7, etc. Readers who may wish to employ one of the examined gambit variations on a regular basis should, no doubt, study the specific books on that very opening, although in most cases the lines and ideas given are sufficient for a beginner or club player to include the system in his or her opening repertoire and give it a try.