Desert Island Chess Puzzle Omnibus
320 pages, Gambit, 1. edition 2021
If you had to choose a single luxury chess item to take to a desert island, then how about this – a superb selection of 400 puzzles to solve? Each author has carefully chosen 100 original positions, graded by difficulty and theme into four sections of 25. The emphasis throughout is on entertainment, instruction and inspiration. The solutions pinpoint lessons to be learnt and explain why plausible but incorrect solutions fail.
- Wesley So presents 100 puzzles from his own recent games, many from elite events. They range from easily-overlooked but straightforward ideas to moves of great depth.
- Michael Adams offers positions from his files that have inspired him over the years, and includes a section of ‘warm-ups’.
- John Nunn challenges you to find beautiful tactics in recent games and studies, as well as some of his own career highlights.
- Graham Burgess has scoured his work over the years for hidden unpublished gems, and includes themed sections on opening tactics and defensive ideas.
This book is written by an all-star team of authors. Wesley So is the reigning Fischer Random World Champion, the 2017 US Champion and the winner of the 2016 Grand Chess Tour. Michael Adams has been the top British player for the last quarter of a century and was a finalist in the 2004 FIDE World Championship. John Nunn is a three-time winner of both the World Solving Championship and the British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award. Graham Burgess is Gambit’s Editorial Director and the author of 30 books.
Michael Adams: 100 amazing positions to inspire and entertain
006 25 Warm-Ups
018 25 Easy Puzzles
031 25 Medium Exercises
046 25 Hard Challenges
John Nunn: 100 exercises to sharpen your skills
066 25 Clear Tactics
078 25 Tricky Decisions
093 25 Tough Puzzles
110 25 Advanced Tactics, Endings and Studies
Graham Burgess: 100 spectacular and instructive puzzles, with themed sections
135 25 Fun Puzzles
150 25 Opening Themes
166 25 Defensive Tasks
187 25 Hard Cases
Wesley So: 100 world-class puzzles to instruct while providing hours of solving pleasure
209 25 Fairly Easy Puzzles
224 25 Tricky Positions
244 25 Difficult Exercises
269 25 Complex Cases
301 Solutions to Extra Puzzles
308 Index of Composers and Players
319 About the Authors