Highly focused and arrogant, John Butler has little time for anything other than achieving his ultimate goal: to become a world champion chess player. He already knows he´s the best player in the world, but he needs the title to prove it. Now, with the most important competition of his life about to take place in Venice, John´s carefully regimented existence is suddenly thrown into chaos when the CIA asks him to take part in a different sort of match. John´s opponent, Russian world champion Yevgeny Petroff, plans to defect, and the CIA wants John to be their point of contact. John would never willingly agree to such a distraction, but when he´s paid an unexpected visit by Petroff´s sister, he finds himself a pawn in a complex, dangerous game of deception?and only the greatest player can win.
Somewhere in the near future, cars are driven on electric highways and in the air on designated corridors at set elevations. Law enforcement agencies have been reorganized under new designations. International space stations have become small cities, but not quite self-supporting. Colonel Harmon Steele, test pilot for Garland Aviation and a NASA shuttle pilot, spends part of his time delivering supplies to the various stations. Terrorist threats have kept the country on alert, but when a space station blows up, the blame is put on the colonel. Unable to prove his innocence at his trial, Steele is found guilty of murder. Steele knows who planted the bomb and finds himself in a chess match, trying to capture his opponent before Agent Krisler captures him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cameron Beierle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001213/bk_bimo_001213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rook Black is determined to leave her chess career in the past. Unfortunately, beyond being able to kick ass on the board, she doesn´t have many skills to offer up, which leads her to a hustle - and a lot of trouble. Trying to make it right, she´s stuck back in the game and miserable about it...until she meets Carmen. Carmen Barnes is a beauty queen who´s out to prove she´s more than just a pretty face. Determined to use her crown to change the world, she wants to leave a mark that makes people think. Hosting a chess tournament for a local teen´s homeless shelter is just the thing. One caveat: She doesn´t know a thing about chess. There´s also the stifling rules that come with her title. Romance - or a lack thereof - is written into her contract. When a stubborn chess player is pitted against an ambitious pageant winner, heads butt and sparks fly. Will Rook´s gambit pay off? Fate aims for a checkmate in this lesbian romance! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ainslie Caswell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/111532/bk_acx0_111532_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We all know the usual leadership lessons...the ones about hard work, playing nice and good time management. They create fine leaders. But what makes leaders truly great is a whole different story. One that will be revealed to you in Tough Truths. The reason the lessons are truths is because they´re proven to make people great. The reason they are tough is because they make us uncomfortable...take us out of our comfort zone. In fact, they might make us question everything we thought we knew about this chess game called life. The good news is when we embrace the Tough Truths we stand out. We do things we never thought possible. We find great success. We make a better future. We live a better life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deirdre Maloney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065459/bk_acx0_065459_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Young Snowden ´´Snow´´ Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he´s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he´s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn´t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback. When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up - but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow´s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater - literally. In a car! Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he´s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kale Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061957/bk_acx0_061957_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Claire North comes an audio exclusive. For the first time, all three novellas have been released as one edition, set in the ingenious and thrilling world of the Gameshouse. Novella one: The Serpent. In 17th-century Venice exists a mysterious establishment known only as the Gameshouse. There, fortunes are made and fortunes are broken over games of chess, backgammon and every other game under the sun. But those whom fortune favours may be invited to compete in the higher league...a league where the games played are of politics and empires, of economics and kings. It is a league where Capture the Castle involves real castles, where hide-and-seek takes place on a scale as big as the British Isles. Not everyone proves worthy of competing in the higher league. But one woman who is about to play may just exceed everyone´s expectations.Though she must always remember: the higher the stakes, the more deadly the rules.... Novella two: The Thief. In 1930s Bangkok, one higher league player has just been challenged to a game of hide and seek. The board is all of Thailand - and the seeker will use any means possible to hunt down his quarry - be it police, government, strangers or even spies.... Novella three: The Master. The Gameshouse is an unusual institution. Many know it as the place where fortunes can be made and lost through games of chess, backgammon - every game under the sun. But a select few who are picked to compete in the higher league know that some games are played for higher stakes - those of politics and empires, of economics and kings...And now, the ultimate player is about to step forward. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Kenny. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/001032/bk_twuk_001032_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wesley So: My Secret Weapon: 1.b3 The Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack with 1.b3 (or 1.Nf3 followed by 2.b3) is a system, rather neglected by theorists, which nevertheless can be a forceful weapon in the hands of an ambitious white player. Even Bobby Fischer tried this opening in various games, sometimes preferring it to his beloved 1.e4, and its greatest advocate was the legendary Danish fighter Bent Larsen. Meanwhile, 1.b3 has also found its way into the practice of today´s world elite, and now finally a modern top ten player has taken on the subject for ChessBase: none other than Grandmaster Wesley So! In a total of nine video clips, So talks to IM Oliver Reeh, explaining his view of White´s strategy after the four main replies bv Black: 1...e5, 1...d5 (2.Nf3!), 1...c5 and 1...Nf6. Often, play transposes to openings like the Queen´s Indian or the Nimzo Indian with reversed colours where White simply is a valuable tempo up. Also possible are transitions to the English where once again the move 1.b3 proves very advantageous to White - his bishop will always be the first to appear on the long diagonal! Apart from plans and ideas in the individual variations after 1.b3, this DVD provides insights in the personal thinking of a modern top grandmaster. For example, you´ll get to know that So particularly appreciates the bishop pair, but also enjoys enemy doubled pawns (after for instance, Bb2xNf6!). Positional understanding and opening knowledge go hand-in-hand, imparted by one of the great players of our time. Broaden your chess mind with GM Wesley So and 1.b3! - Video running time: 2 hours 50 min. (English) - With annotated games by Wesley So - Exclusive database with additonal model games - Including CB 14 Reader System requirements: Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet access to activate the program. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen3, 8 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and Internet access to activate the program.
Mozart wasn´t born with perfect pitch. Most athletes are not born with any natural advantage. Three world-class chess players were sisters whose success was planned by their parents before they were even born. Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate ´gift´ of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts. Anders Ericsson´s research was the inspiration for the popular ´10,000-hour rule´, but, he tells us, this rule is only the beginning of the story. It´s not just the hours that are important but how you use them. We all have the seeds of excellence within us - it´s merely a question of how to make them grow. With a bit of guidance, you´ll be amazed at what the average person can achieve. The astonishing stories in Peak prove that potential is what you make it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoffrey Beevers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002415/bk_rhuk_002415_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Former cop Cass Raines has found the world of private investigation a less stressful way to eke out a living in the Windy City. But when she stumbles across the dead body of a respected member of the community, it´s up to her to prove a murderer is on the loose.... Cops can make mistakes, even when they´re not rookies. If anyone knows that it´s Cass Raines, who took a bullet two years ago after an incompetent colleague screwed up a tense confrontation with an armed suspect. Deeply traumatized by the incident, Cass resigned from the Chicago PD, leaving one less female African-American on the force. Now she´s the head of a one-woman private investigation agency, taking on just enough work to pay the bills. She spends the rest of her time keeping an eye on the tenants in her little Hyde Park apartment building, biking along the lakefront, and playing chess with the only father figure she´s ever known, Father Ray Heaton. When Father Ray asks Cass to look into a recent spate of vandalism at his church, she readily agrees to handle the case. But only hours later she´s horrified to discover his murdered body in the church confessional, a dead gangbanger sprawled out nearby. She knew Pop, as she called him, had ticked off plenty of people, from slumlords to drug dealers and even some parishioners and politicians, with his uncompromising defense of the downtrodden. But a late-night random theft doesn´t seem like much of a motive at a cash-strapped parish like Saint Brendan´s. The lead detective assigned to the case is all too ready to dismiss it as an interrupted burglary gone awry, just another statistic in a violent city. But Cass´s instincts tell her otherwise, and badge or no badge, she intends to see justice done.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shari Peele. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/012160/bk_reco_012160_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Develop clarity of thought. Avoid analysis paralysis. Make better decisions. Never miss a beat. Clear and effective thinking clashes with most of our instincts and habits. Think Like Einstein will shine a light onto the mistakes you´ve been making and show you how to defeat them once and for all. Learn to think outside the box. Think Like Einstein is a scientifically proven guide for improving your critical thinking skills and developing a sense of intuition and judgment. You will learn how to attack problems from a multitude of angles and generate solutions that previously seemed impossible. This book is not a simple list of tips - it is full of 100% actionable insights into human psychology and action patterns. Discover what is holding you back from quick strategic thinking and decision making that can make huge differences in your life. Analyze situations, people, and data better. Peter Hollins has studied psychology and peak human performance for over a dozen years and is a best-selling author. He has worked with dozens of individuals to unlock their potential and path towards success. Create consistent flashes of insight in your daily life. Discover the four types of obstacles to clear thinking What Mozart, chess, and brain training programs mean for you How an ancient Greek method can help you discover your information gaps How to make optimal decisions with the given information Work smarter; not harder. Improve your focus and productivity. How to help your brain perform at its peak How to think creatively in any situation Understanding everyday data, statistics, and probabilities Einstein´s most effective thinking technique These are the skills that allow you to live the life you want. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Sutton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088670/bk_acx0_088670_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.