BOOK REVIEWS 
July/August 2014 

Beating the King’s Indian and Grunfeld
Original ideas with an insanely low price.

Chess Explained: The c3 Sicilian
Filled with instructive prose about how to play and meet 2.c3 in the Sicilian.

The Doeberl Cup
Australia’s top tournament, featuring games, a free CD-ROM, news, stories, and chess history.

Play the Accelerated Dragon
A new book on this popular Sicilian system, for players 1400 to 2200.

Avro 1938 International Chess Tournament
One of the greatest tournaments ever held. Enjoy the games, photos, notes, crosstables, and much more.

Chess For Zebras
An original work on chess psychology by grandmaster Jonathan Rowson.

The Safest Grunfeld
If you play (or play against) this opening, you’ll want the book. 

Elements Of Chess Strategy
Chess instruction by a famous coach.

Play The Benko Gambit

A dynamic Black repertoire, answers for everything White can throw at you, plus instructive prose.

100 Endgames You Must Know
Useful for players 2000 through International Master

May/June 

The Stress of Chess and its Infinite Finesse
Six-time U.S. Champion Walter Browne shares his life and games [reviewed by John Watson].

Capablanca: A Primer Of Checkmate
Using Capablanca’s games, this book demonstrates the various classic mating patterns that everyone needs to know [reviewed by John Donaldson].

Profession: Chessplayer
I love this book, and John Donaldson (who reviewed it) gives it his highest recommendation.

Vishy Anand: World Chess Champion, Life and Games
The 3rd edition of this classic book, by Anand and Nunn [reviewed by John Watson].

Two Classic Reinfeld Books and one Enlarged Heisman Book in One Review [reviewed by Donald K. McKim]:
1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate (21st Century Edition)
1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations (21st Century Edition)
Looking for Trouble: Recognizing and Meeting Threats in Chess (2nd Edition)

The Enigma Of Chess Intuition
A great writer explores a very important subject [reviewed by John Donaldson].

Chess in the Movies
The author gives over 2,000 listings, with some films having heavy chess themes, and others that only use a small amount of chess symbolism [reviewed by Jeremy Silman].

Modernized: The King’s Indian Defense
Grandmaster Bojkov offers an aggressive but sound repertoire for fans of the KID [reviewed by John Donaldson].

A Vigorous Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
A Petroff Defense repertoire that also covers the King’s Gambit, Vienna Game, The Four Knight’s Game, and everything else White can throw at you after 1.e4 e5 [reviewed by John Donaldson].

April 

Finding Chess Jewels
If you want very challenging training material then this is for you!

Foundations Of Chess Strategy: Applying Business Methods to Chess
In this review, Watson gives it an unequivocal recommendation.

Genius In The Background
A wonderful book about unsung chess heroes.

Chess Secrets: Great Attackers
Kasparov, Leonid Stein, and Tal.

Heroes Of Classical Chess
More chess heroes, this time Carlsen, Anand, Fischer, Smyslov, and Rubinstein.

Mastering Opening Strategy
An instructional manual for better understanding opening principles.

Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion
Yet another Soltis masterpiece!

The Classical Slav
Celebrated author Boris Avrukh turns his skills to the Slav.

Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov
A must own for Karpov fans or anyone (1600 – grandmaster) that wishes to improve his endgame play.

Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics
The 2014 edition makes this award-winning book even better.

March 

100 Master Trade Secrets
Andrew Soltis’ newest book.

Judit Polgar Teaches Chess 2
The 2nd volume about the life and games of the strongest female player of all time.

The Tarrasch Defense: Move-by-Move
A great opening against 1.d4, explained in a clear instructive manner.

The Panov-Botvinnik Attack: Move-by-Move
A fierce weapon against the Caro-Kann.

My Chess
A fascinating look at chess greats and other important players who also made their mark.

Seven Deadly Chess Sins
The best book on chess psychology.

Tango! A Dynamic Answer to 1.d4 
An exciting way to deal with 1.d4.

Pirc Alert: A complete Defense Against 1.e4
A classic treatise on the ins and outs of the Pirc Defense.

Philidor Files
The Philidor Defense is alive and well! A wonderful book.

February 

A Cunning Chess Opening Repertoire for White 
If you’re a 1.d4 player, then this book might well be for you 

A new edition of Dvoretsky’s magnificent work 

This book, the first of 3, covers the super complex Winawer Variation (sans 7.Qg4) 

Lakdawala teaches you to play 1.b3, which has been successfully used by Fischer, Larsen, and Nimzowitsch 

A fine handbook of key positional methods 

A deep analysis and discussion of Carlsen’s World Championship victory over Anand, in a beautiful hardcover edition. A seriously impressive piece of work! 

January 2014 

Jeremy Silman’s first novel! (Adults Only) 

The first proper translation in English (for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch). Deeply reviewed by John Watson 

The first proper translation in English (for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch). Deeply reviewed by John Watson 

A simple but effective system for those that want effective but easy-to-learn openings 

Another instructional masterpiece by Cyrus Lakdawala 

How Magnus broke Kasparov’s rating record 

Another magnificent book by grandmaster Ivan Sokolov 

Aagaard and Ntirlis team up to give you a complete, dynamic answer to 1.e4 

November/December 2013 

A K-8 educational math learning aid series that teaches you to play chess at the same time! 

A classic "winner take all” between Botvinnik, Smyslov, Reshevsky, Keres, and Euw

Jeremy Silman’s first novel! (Adults Only) 

October 2013

A delightful new book by Hans Ree, deeply reviewed by Donald K. McKim 

A wonderful book offered at the insane price of $14.00 

Dealing with something all chess players agonize over 

The great Edward Winter takes us through the ins and outs of chess history 

Facing multiple choices? This book will teach you how to deal with it 

GM Repertoire 8 & 9: THE GRUNFELD DEFENSE
 VOLUMES 1 AND 2
The greatest work on the Grunfeld defense ever 

We all face strange openings. Now we’ll know how to deal with them 

A great book on a great opening 

September 

The latest in a groundbreaking series which now chronicles all major tournaments from 1747 to 1970. 

Looked at from black’s point of view, this fine book offers state of the art coverage of the Grunfeld. 

Alekhine dominates one of the greatest tournaments of all time. 

A highly original book that caused quite a stir back in 2007. 

GM Beim’s chess classic from 2006. 

An ambitious one-system setup for Black. 

The best English Opening repertoire book for amateurs. 

August 

Another important book by Scottish IM Craig Pritchett. 

The best book ever written on 1…b6 (vs. everything but 1.g3)

Andrew Greet deeply explores my favorite opening. 

The book to get for players under 2000 that want to understand the ins and outs of the QGD. 

For those that want to avoid the mega-theory of 1.d4 or 1.e4 and instead embrace the sublime Réti Opening. 

Karpov shows you how to deal with the Panov-Botvinnik Attack. 

A White repertoire based on meeting 1.e4 e5 with the Ruy Lopez. 

Reviewed by John Watson. An algebraic version (with added photos and crosstables) of Alekhine’s masterpiece. 

Bobby Fischer Comes Home: The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions 
I loved it, but John Watson tells you why he doesn’t. 

July 

Wojo’s Weapons: Winning With White, Volumes One, Two, and Three 









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