Grandmaster Alexander Panchenko (1953-2009) was one of the most successful chess trainers in the Soviet Union, and later in Russia. Panchenko ran a legendary chess school that specialised in turning promising players into masters.The secret of his success were his dedication and enthusiasm as a teacher combined with his outstanding training materials. ?Pancha? provided his pupils with systematic knowledge, deep understanding and the ability to take practical decisions. Now, Panchenko?s classic Mastering Chess Middlegames is for the first time available in translation, giving club-players around the world access to this unique training method. The book contains a collection of inspiring lessons on the most important middlegame topics: attack, defence, counterplay, realising the advantage, obstructing the plans of your opponent, the battle of the heavy pieces, and much more. In each chapter, Panchenko clearly identifies the various aspects of the topic, formulates easy-to-grasp rules, presents a large number of well-chosen examples and ends with a wealth of practical tests.The brilliance of Alexander Panchenko?s didactic method shines through in this book. It is hard to give better advice for ambitious chess players than to follow this tried-and-tested and highly instructive road towards mastering the chess middlegame.
The KGB Plays Chess:The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown Russell Enterprises, Inc. Boris Gulko, Yuri Felshtinsky
Bobby FischerRobert James ´Bobby´ Fischer (1943-2008) was the eleventh World Chess Champion. In 1972 the American defeated the reigning World Champion at that time, Boris Spassky, in a very tense match. People still talk about this ´Cold War confrontation´, which was known for its dramatic events.Fischer´s road to the World title did not go unnoticed by Hollywood. On September 2015 the movie ´Pawn Sacrifice´ was released in the United States. The movie is based on Bobby´s Fischer´s challenging of the top Soviet chess grandmasters during the Cold War, resulting in the clash with Spassky in 1972.In 1975, Fischer abdicated his title when an agreement could not be reached with FIDE, the World Chess Federation. After that he disappeared from the chess scene, but suddenly emerged to play a re-match against Boris Spassky in 1992. He won the match convincingly, although experts claimed he no longer had the strength of a World Champion.Again, after beating Spassky in a match, Fischer did not play (tournament) chess anymore. Fischer only hit the headlines for his controversial views and behavior outside the chessboard. During his career he was known for ´being different´, but as time progressed his behavior became more and more strange.After 1992, for twelve years Fischer was on the run from the US government, which issued an arrest warrant against him for violating the UN sanctions and not paying his taxes. Eventually, Iceland granted him asylum in 2005. At the symbolic age of 64 Fischer died in a hospital in Reykjavik, the city where he had become World Champion.Bobby Fischer was one the greatest chess players of all time. He was renowned for his opening preparation, but probably most people will remember Fischer as the attacking player with a relentless will to win. Some typical Fischer quotes: ´´Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent´s mind. I like the moment when I break a man´s ego. You have to have the fighting spirit. You have to force moves and take chances.´´Another thing Fischer said was, ´´All that matters on the chessboard is good moves!´´ In this tactics training book you will get the opportunity to play the same good moves as Fischer did. This book offers you one hundred training exercises, in which Fischer turned the game in his favour. The puzzles start at a moderate level and gradually get more difficult. Good luck!
In Jennifer duBois’s mesmerizing and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter links two disparate characters, each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds. In St. Petersburg, Russia, world chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov begins a quixotic quest. With his renowned Cold War–era tournaments behind him, Aleksandr has turned to politics, launching a dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin. He knows he will not win - and that he is risking his life in the process - but a deeper conviction propels him forward. And in the same way that he cannot abandon his aims, he cannot erase the memory of a mysterious woman he loved in his youth. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, 30-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison is on an improbable quest of her own. Certain she has inherited Huntington’s disease - the same cruel illness that ended her father’s life - she struggles with a sense of purpose. When Irina finds an old, photocopied letter her father had written to the young Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful decision. Her father had asked the Soviet chess prodigy a profound question - How does one proceed against a lost cause? - but never received an adequate reply. Leaving everything behind, Irina travels to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer for her father, and for herself. Spanning two continents and the dramatic sweep of contemporary history, A Partial History of Lost Causes reveals the stubbornness and splendor of the human will even in the most trying times. With uncommon perception and wit, Jennifer duBois explores the power of memory, the depths of human courage, and the endurance of love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathe Mazur, Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002914de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Checkmate Run is a real-life thriller that chronicles the author´s life as a writer, medical student, and physician in Moscow during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s and his struggle to survive the brutal Soviet regime. Alex Loevsky is a medical student and an inspiringly rebellious poet who becomes enmeshed in a battle against the rampant cruelty of the communist rule, where the simple desire to think freely is a crime on par with treason, and being born Jewish is more than a mere hindrance. When Alex witnesses the murder of a dissident who seeks to expose to the Western world the tortuous reality of life in the Soviet Union, it leads him to the core of the human rights activists´ underground. Alex´s life becomes a death-dealing game of chess, where in order to survive he must remain one step ahead of his ruthless opponent - the KGB´s second chief directorate. The KGB agents are vicious and closing in, and Alex´s odds of escaping are bleak. The inevitable checkmate will either bring him freedom...or death. Checkmate Run is an adrenaline rush of a novel that examines the value and fragility of life, love, and freedom, which most of us take for granted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007740de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Firebird Affair centers on the suspicious death of Emily, the beautiful wife of Washington Tribune correspondent Todd Martin. In 1991, she collapsed over lunch with a friend in a Moscow restaurant. A massive heart attack, Moscow authorities said and the US Embassy concurred. They shipped her body home to the U.S. without Todd even being aware she had died. He was out of contact covering one of the conflicts flaring up as the Soviet Union disintegrated. But Todd has managed to rebuild his life; he´s now the Tribune´s chess columnist, from time to time drifting in and out of depression. He has always been doubtful Emily´s death was an accident. His estranged son, Rick, is certain his mother was murdered, and blames his father for failing to protect her. By 2002, Todd gets an opportunity to establish the truth after a Russian spy approaches the CIA wanting to defect. The spy reveals the existence of a KGB mole inside the U.S. government. He also alleges that the KGB played a role in Emily´s death by sneaking a psychotropic drug into her drink. Holz, the former Moscow CIA station chief, now a senior CIA official, offers Todd the chance to go to Moscow on a rogue mission to uncover the traitor´s identity. Todd undertakes the mission that leads him as well as Holz to confront wholly unexpected results. The Firebird Affair explores the consequences of duplicity and betrayal, in both Moscow and Washington. It revolves around the actual KGB-led plot to remove Gorbachev from power, capturing the drama of the last months of Cold War and the subsequent changes in our public life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andy Caploe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010478de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An intense cat-and-mouse game played between two brilliant men in the last days of the Cold War, this shocking insider´s story shows how a massive giveaway of secret war plans and nuclear secrets threatened America with annihilation. In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counterintelligence. But his real expertise was ´´reading´´ body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated. So it was that, on a routine assignment to interview a ´´person of interest´´ - a former American soldier named Rod Ramsay - Navarro noticed his interviewee´s hand trembling slightly when he was asked about another soldier who had recently been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage. That thin lead was enough for the FBI agent to insist to his bosses that an investigation be opened. What followed is unique in the annals of espionage detection - a two-year-long battle of wits. The dueling antagonists: an FBI agent who couldn´t overtly tip to his target that he suspected him of wrongdoing lest he clam up, and a traitor whose weakness was the enjoyment he derived from sparring with his inquisitor. Navarro´s job was made even more difficult by his adversary´s brilliance: not only did Ramsay possess an authentic photographic memory as well as the second highest IQ ever recorded by the US Army, he was bored by people who couldn´t match his erudition. To ensure that the information flow would continue, Navarro had to pre-choreograph every interview, becoming a chess master plotting 20 moves in advance. And the backdrop to this mental tug of war was the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the very real possibility that its leaders, in a last bid to alter the course of history, might launch a devastating attack. If they did, they would have Ramsay to thank, because as Navarro would learn over th... 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Newbern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007921de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1959, nine hikers of the Dyatlov expedition perish while crossing a remote mountain range in the Soviet Union. More than 65 years later, the circumstances surrounding their deaths remain a mystery. In 1995, Julie Sigler is killed in an Air Force training exercise crash, but the circumstances of her death are never called into question...until she appears on TV, 20 years later, standing beside the current president of the United States. Disavowed and on the run, the black ops Chess Team is in search of one of their own: former President Tom Duncan. Held in a secret US government detainment site after sacrificing his freedom to ensure the team´s, Duncan hasn´t been seen or heard from in a year. Meanwhile, the team´s leader, Jack Sigler, is on the trail of a woman who just might be his sister Julie - back from the dead and working for his enemies. Drawn into a labyrinth of intrigue, King discovers a scheme to topple the US government and forge a new global empire. To stop a war that could destroy civilization, King and the Chess Team infiltrate the frozen Russian wilderness, battle the elements and the inhuman abominations spawned in Cold War laboratories, and go head-to-head with a powerful enemy, ascending from the pages of history. Torn between loyalty to his family, his teammates and his country, King faces his most daunting challenge yet. The stakes have never been higher, or more personal. Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis, the international best-selling duo behind Herculean and Cannibal are back for the eighth novel in the pulse-pounding Jack Sigler Thriller series. With the ancient mystery of James Rollins and frenetic pacing of Matthew Reilly, and with an all too plausible civilization-ending scenario, Empire will please new listeners and longtime Sigler fans alike. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067790de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrei Kanchelskis was one of the stars of the first great side Sir Alex Ferguson built at Old Trafford; the team of warriors that included Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona. In Russian Winters, Andrei tells the inside story of his departure from Old Trafford; a departure dogged by persistent accusations it had been engineered by the Russian mafia. Here, Kanchelskis reveals why his agent presented Ferguson with a box containing £40,000 and what it was like to be the nearest player to Cantona on the night he leapt into the crowd at Selhurst Park. After leaving Manchester United, Kanchelskis tells what it was like to play alongside Duncan Ferguson at Everton and Gabriel Batistuta at Fiorentina and how in Florence he witnessed a real-life mafia murder. His move to Rangers ensured he would be the only man to score in a Manchester, a Merseyside and a Glasgow derby. After a fall-out with the Rangers manager, Dick Advocaat, he returned to Russia via a spell at Manchester City and in the Middle East, Kanchelskis explains what life was like as a foreigner in Saudi Arabia and how he was playing chess in the desert with a member of the Saudi royal family as a murderous Al-Qaeda attack shot up the centre of Riyadh. With Russia due to be the centre of the football world when hosting next years World Cup, Kanchelskis examines the sad decline of one of the games great powers told through his time as a manager in his native land; a story of ignorance and corruption. Andrei Kanchelskis was born in Kirovograd, Ukraine, in 1969. He began his playing career with Dynamo Kyiv - the most revered club in Soviet football. Following a year with Dynamos Ukrainian rivals Shakhtar Donetsk, Sir Alex Ferguson made his move to bring Kanchelskis to Manchester United, months before the dissolution of the USSR. Kanchelskis beguiled fans at Old Trafford before he took his whirlwind wing play across the M62 to Goodison Park. A brief but memorable 18-month period at Everton was followed by spells at Fiorentina, Rangers and Manchester City. He featured 36 times for Russia between 1992-1998. He currently resides in Moscow.
I build levers to move objects that appear to be immovable. With no heart and immunity to cancer, Alexei Drovosek represents the next evolution of human. As an orphan in post-Soviet Russia, Alexei was raised by the state and trained to be its most effective killer. But eventually the Russian Federal Security Service´s best assassin did the most dangerous thing of all: he went rogue and disappeared. In the bleak, high-tech near future, Alexei has resurfaced in a secret compound on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Nearby is the soaring headquarters of Pearl Knight Industries, an international mega-corporation whose power is beyond the reach of the law. Alexei´s closest companions are his personal AI, Emma, and a group of orphans he has spent years training. But Alexei isn´t fostering these children as a favor to the state; he´s raising them with the hope that they will destroy it. As he moves each child into play in the world´s highest-stakes game of chess, Alexei fights for what matters most: democracy and freedom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Will Damron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005328de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.