Chess Books

Chess Combinations. World Champions, vol. 1 (Steinitz-Petrosian) 

This book is a collection of the best examples of combinative play from the games of the first nine official world champions: Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal and Petrosian.

The book contains 1455 chess combinations by 9 World Champions to solve. Each combination has a difficulty rating (the correct answers are given in the end of the book). It is a good instructional aid and will be useful in helping players to improve. Text in English. 400 pages, hardcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2011. ISBN: 978-5-946931-04-5. Q6   $60.00

Chess Combinations - World Champions Vol. 2 (Spassky-Anand)

This book is a collection of the best examples of combinative play from the games of six official world champions: Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand.

For centuries, combinative storms and the brilliance of paradoxical sacrificial manoeuvres have generated enormous enthusiasm among chess fans. This book is an original work, containing valuable practical material, very interesting from the aesthetic point of view, which can also be successfully used as an instructional aid.

The book contains 926 chess combinations by 6 World Champions to solve. Each combination has a difficulty rating (the correct answers are given in the end of the book). 272 pages, hardcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2011. ISBN: 978-5-946931-05-2.   Q6   $60.00

Combinative Motifs by Maxim Blokh. One of the truly great chess authors presents an excellent overview of essential chess knowledge, with 1400 exercises. Text in English, Russian and Spanish. 305 pages, softcover. Moscow: Chess Assistant, 2006. ISBN 1889846693. Q11    $55.00
Great Chess Combinations: Vishy Anand. This pocket-sized book is perfect for reading on a plane or during travel. It contains 131 problems from Anand's games. The problems are ranked 1-4 according to the player's strength:

Rank 1 : ELO Rating < 2000
Rank 2:  ELO Rating 2000-2200
Rank 3: Candidate Master Level
Rank 4: Grandmaster Level

Text in English and Russian. 240 pages. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2011. ISBN: 978-5-94693-172-4. Q7    $29.00

Great Chess Combinations: Robert Fischer. This pocket-sized book is perfect for reading on a plane or during travel. It contains 102 problems from Fischer's games. The problems are ranked 1-4 according to the player's strength:

Rank 1 : ELO Rating < 2000
Rank 2:  ELO Rating 2000-2200
Rank 3: Candidate Master Level
Rank 4: Grandmaster Level

Text in English and Russian. 160 pages. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2013. ISBN: 978-5-94693-529-2. Q12     $24.00

Great Chess Combinations: Garry Kasparov. This pocket-sized book is perfect for reading on a plane or during travel. It contains 205 problems from Kasparov's games. The problems are ranked 1-4 according to the player's strength:

Rank 1 : ELO Rating < 2000
Rank 2:  ELO Rating 2000-2200
Rank 3: Candidate Master Level
Rank 4: Grandmaster Level

Text in English and Russian. 400 pages. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2013. ISBN: 978-5-94693-258-5. Q9     $24.00

Great Chess Combinations: Vladimir Kramnik. This pocket-sized book is perfect for reading on a plane or during travel. It contains 110 problems from Kramnik's games. The problems are ranked 1-4 according to the player's strength:

Rank 1 : ELO Rating < 2000
Rank 2:  ELO Rating 2000-2200
Rank 3: Candidate Master Level
Rank 4: Grandmaster Level

Text in English and Russian. 200 pages. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2011. ISBN: 978-5-94693-171-7. Q7    $29.00

Great Chess Combinations: Boris Spassky. This pocket-sized book is perfect for reading on a plane or during travel. It contains 210 problems from Spassky's games. The problems are ranked 1-4 according to the player's strength:

Rank 1 : ELO Rating < 2000
Rank 2:  ELO Rating 2000-2200
Rank 3: Candidate Master Level
Rank 4: Grandmaster Level

Text in English and Russian.336 pages. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2017. ISBN: 978-5-94693-429-9. Q9     $27.00

 

Great Chess Combinations: Mikhail Tal. This pocket-sized book is perfect for reading on a plane or during travel. It contains 214 problems from Tal's games. The problems are ranked 1-4 according to the player's strength:

Rank 1 : ELO Rating < 2000
Rank 2:  ELO Rating 2000-2200
Rank 3: Candidate Master Level
Rank 4: Grandmaster Level

Text in English and Russian.400 pages. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2017. ISBN: 978-5-94693-430-5. Q8     $27.00

 


Theory and Practice of Chess Endings Vol. 1 by Alexander Panchenko. One of the best-known Russian chess coaches, Panchenko's students include many grandmasters.  This book is a compendium of his endgame instruction that will help to increase playing skills and to achieve higher practical results both for amateurs and professionals. Besides theoretical material, the book contains numerous examples from the practice of the classical and modern chess players and the tasks for the independent solving and playing. Text in English. 160 pages, softcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2009. ISBN: 978-1886846708. Q3     $29.00
Theory and Practice of Chess Endings Vol. 2 by Alexander Panchenko. One of the best-known Russian chess coaches, Panchenko's students include many grandmasters.  This book is a compendium of his endgame instruction that will help to increase playing skills and to achieve higher practical results both for amateurs and professionals. Besides theoretical material, the book contains numerous examples from the practice of the classical and modern chess players and the tasks for the independent solving and playing. Text in English. 176 pages, softcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2009. ISBN: 978-1886846715. Q3    $29.00
A Positional Opening Repertoire for the Club Player by Nikolai Kalinichenko. The author of more than 40 books on chess, Kalinichenko presents a series of openings which provide a broad overview of beginning a chess game. Text in English. 240 pages, hardcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2007. ISBN: 978-5946930802. Q1     $32.00
An Aggressive Opening Repertoire for the Club Player by Nikolai Kalinichenko. The author of more than 40 books on chess, Kalinichenko presents a series of openings which provide show the benefits of attack in chess. Text in English. 230 pages, hardcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2007. ISBN: 978-5946930819. Q1     $32.00
Chess School: Manual of Chess Combinations, Volume 1b, by Sergey Ivashchenko. This is an excellent book for beginners, with ratings of 1200 - 1500. It provides more than 700 problems, arranged by theme and skill level. Text in English, German, Russian and Spanish. 112 pages, hardcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2007. ISBN 5946930443. Q3    $27.00
Chess School: Manual of Chess Combinations, Volume 2, by Sergey Ivashchenko. This book is designed to take your game to the next level - solving problems in each section can raise your rating by 100 points.   It provides 1,188 problems, arranged by theme and skill level. Text in English, German, Russian and Spanish. 255 pages, hardcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2002. ISBN 5946930060. Q11     $45.00
Chess School: Manual of Chess Combinations, Volume 3, by Alexander Mazja. This book features 750 chess combinations for the intermediate to advanced player. Text in English, German, Russian and Spanish. 183 pages, hardcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2003. ISBN 5946930192. Q5    $45.00
Chess School Volume 4: Manual of Chess Endings by Sarhan Guliev. 600 endgame positions designed to help players improve the outcome in most any situation. Text in English, German, Russian and Spanish. 182 pages, hardcover.  Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2003. ISBN 5946930206. Q3  $45.00
Brilliant Chess Studies by Anatoly Kuznetsov. Some of the best endgame positions ever recorded are compiled in this edition, which will provide interesting insights for both beginning and advanced players. Text in English, German, Russian and Spanish. 334 pages, hardcover. Moscow: Amannazarov, 1998. ISBN 9984922944. Q4     $45.00
Masterpieces of Chess Composition, Volumes 1-3. As the title implies, this softcover collection presents excellent examples from which both beginning and advanced players can learn. Tactical positions are grouped by topic. Moscow: Amannazarov, 1998.

VOLUME I - Alexey Troitzky. 50 pages, 100 best studies. ISBN 9984922947.
VOLUME II - Henri Rinck. 50 pages, 100 best studies. ISBN  9984922946.
VOLUME III - Leonid Kubbel. 50 pages, 100 best studies. ISBN 9984922945.

Text in English, German, Russian and Spanish.   Q8    $20.00

Masterpieces of Chess Composition, Volumes 4-6. This softcover collection supplements Volumes 1-3 with more examples of chess problems for players of all skill levels. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2002.

VOLUME IV - Samuel Loyd. 50 pages, 100 best studies. ISBN 594630117
Loyd, founder of the modern thematic chess problem, astonished the world with numerous thematic discoveries, involving doubling, regrouping and interference of pieces, line vacation and unstalemating of the black king.

VOLUME V - Vasily and Mikhail Platov. 50 pages, 100 best studies. ISBN 594630109.
Classics of the modern artistic chess study, the Platov brothers developed themes such as battle of two pieces against a queen, luring black pieces onto key squares, and subtle aspects of rook endings.

VOLUME VI - Richard Reti and Jindrich Fritz. 50 pages, 100 best studies. ISBN 5946930125.
Reti, a famous grandmaster and an outstanding theoretician, is known to have preferred positions with mutual zugzwang and paradoxical entry moves, supported by thematic false trails.
Fritz, a grandmaster of chess composition and an international arbiter, was a follower of the Bohemian chess school. His studies invariably end in pretty and correct checkmates or stalemates.

Text in English, German, Russian and Spanish. Q9   $20.00

The Chess Greats of the World: Bobby Fischer. This book features 50 diagrams where you can look for the best move. The game is shown on the page following the diagram. 120 pages, softcover. Text entirely in English. Moscow: Caissa, 2006. ISBN 9638703261. Out of Stock
Tactical Targets in Chess, Volume 1 by Istvan Pongo. Chess combinations are essential for improving your game, and this book offers 978 of them, grouped according to topics. The text is entirely in English. 323 pages, softcover. Budapest: Caissa, 1999. ISBN: none. Out of Stock
Tactical Targets in Chess, Volume 2. Additional practice with 1845 combinations, grouped according to topics. The text is entirely in English. 274 pages, softcover.  Budapest: Caissa, 1999. ISBN: none. Out of Stock
Modern Chess Self-Instructor by Victor Pozharsky. This three-volume set is designed for the intermediate-level player looking for a comprehensive series of chess positions to solve and improve their skills. Volume 1 covers openings and the middle game, with special attention to combinations and attacks on the king. Click here to view the table of contents. Text in English and Russian. 227 pages, softcover. Moscow: Caissa, 1999. ISBN 587789059X. Out of Stock
Modern Chess Self-Instructor by Victor Pozharsky. This three-volume set is designed for the intermediate-level player looking for a comprehensive series of chess positions to solve and improve their skills. Volume 2 covers the middle game. Click here to view the table of contents. Text in English and Russian. 191 pages, softcover. Moscow: Caissa, 1999. ISBN 587789059X. Out of Stock
Modern Chess Self-Instructor by Victor Pozharsky. This three-volume set is designed for the intermediate-level player looking for a comprehensive series of chess positions to solve and improve their skills. Volume 3 covers endgame tactics. Click here to view the table of contents. Text in English and Russian. 148 pages, softcover. Moscow: Caissa, 1999. ISBN 587789059X. Out of Stock
Chess School: Manual of Chess Combinations, Volume 1a, by Sergey Ivashchenko. This is an excellent book for beginners, with ratings of 0 - 1200. It provides more than 700 problems, arranged by theme and skill level. Text in English, German, Russian and Spanish. 144 pages, hardcover. Moscow: Russia Chess House, 2006. ISBN 5946930451. Q0   $27.00  Out of Stock