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Winning by Nigel Short

Hardcover edition

Grandmaster Nigel Short realised that every tournament win has a unique narrative and challenge. In this exceptional chess book, Short discusses eight of his foremost tournament wins, describing the drama with insightful game annotations and entertaining anecdotes. For those wanting to win in chess, this book is the place to start.

English GM Nigel Short was one of the most successful chess players of the 1980s and 1990s and was still in the top 100 well into his 50s. The peak of his career came in 1993, when he challenged for the World Championship in a match against Garry Kasparov.

416 pages - Published (hardcover) 30 June 2021

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-159-2

Reviews

"I wish I'd had a book like this when I was a promising young player... I enjoyed this book greatly. There are inevitably a few places where you raise your eyebrows and think 'Nigel, did this really need to be included...?' However, the opportunity to hear the thoughts of a great player on how to win across 8 tournaments is something quite unique and worthy of 5 stars!"

GM Matthew Sadler, New in Chess

"An important, no holds barred book, which heralds Nigel Short’s entry into the field of chess literature... The games are thoroughly annotated and show the drama, the good play, the practical play and sometimes survival play required to win tournaments."

GM Raymond Keene, The Article (full review)

"Nigel Short gives an open and honest account on what it really means to be one of the top chess professionals in the world. Do not miss the secrets of his success and the anecdotes of a world traveller!"

GM Karsten Müller

"Like Nigel Short the chess commentator, Nigel Short the chess writer is educational and entertaining... Short seems to enjoy writing and the reader is carried along with his enthusiasm. I read every page of Winning. I learned more about some openings that I already play, like the Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation; the French Defense, Rubenstein Variation; and the Dutch Defense, Stonewall Variation. He doesn’t recommend the latter two. There were also many games with the Sicilian Defense, usually with Short playing the White side. Short’s annotations show the value of preparing good openings for specific opponents."

"I also enjoyed Short’s opinions. Especially when they happened to agree with mine!"

WIM Alexey Root, SparkChess (full review)

"Each tournament receives its own chapter; each one uses a song title as its title, including 'Happy' and 'China Girl'. The time scale runs from Wijk aan Zee 1987 up to Anzali 2016. The tournament crosstables serve to remind us just how successful Nigel was when he was on top form."

Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine

Hardcover edition

Grandmaster Nigel Short realised that every tournament win has a unique narrative and challenge. In this exceptional chess book, Short discusses eight of his foremost tournament wins, describing the drama with insightful game annotations and entertaining anecdotes. For those wanting to win in chess, this book is the place to start.

English GM Nigel Short was one of the most successful chess players of the 1980s and 1990s and was still in the top 100 well into his 50s. The peak of his career came in 1993, when he challenged for the World Championship in a match against Garry Kasparov.

416 pages - Published (hardcover) 30 June 2021

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-159-2

Reviews

"I wish I'd had a book like this when I was a promising young player... I enjoyed this book greatly. There are inevitably a few places where you raise your eyebrows and think 'Nigel, did this really need to be included...?' However, the opportunity to hear the thoughts of a great player on how to win across 8 tournaments is something quite unique and worthy of 5 stars!"

GM Matthew Sadler, New in Chess

"An important, no holds barred book, which heralds Nigel Short’s entry into the field of chess literature... The games are thoroughly annotated and show the drama, the good play, the practical play and sometimes survival play required to win tournaments."

GM Raymond Keene, The Article (full review)

"Nigel Short gives an open and honest account on what it really means to be one of the top chess professionals in the world. Do not miss the secrets of his success and the anecdotes of a world traveller!"

GM Karsten Müller

"Like Nigel Short the chess commentator, Nigel Short the chess writer is educational and entertaining... Short seems to enjoy writing and the reader is carried along with his enthusiasm. I read every page of Winning. I learned more about some openings that I already play, like the Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation; the French Defense, Rubenstein Variation; and the Dutch Defense, Stonewall Variation. He doesn’t recommend the latter two. There were also many games with the Sicilian Defense, usually with Short playing the White side. Short’s annotations show the value of preparing good openings for specific opponents."

"I also enjoyed Short’s opinions. Especially when they happened to agree with mine!"

WIM Alexey Root, SparkChess (full review)

"Each tournament receives its own chapter; each one uses a song title as its title, including 'Happy' and 'China Girl'. The time scale runs from Wijk aan Zee 1987 up to Anzali 2016. The tournament crosstables serve to remind us just how successful Nigel was when he was on top form."

Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine



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