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Many chess players act intimidated and overly cautious when they have the Black pieces. They are so preoccupied with White’s advantage of the first move, that their predominant urge is to defend against possible threats and to safeguard their position.

With his iconoclastic Black is OK books, Andras Adorjan has consistently been fighting this negative mindset. In Black is Back!, the Hungarian grandmaster continues his crusade.

Adorjan shows that White’s advantage is far from obvious and that winning with Black starts with having the right attitude.

In this book, his ‘Swan Song', Adorjan takes stock. He presents a wealth of Black wins from his own long career and from great players he has worked with. Their creative play proves that Black can often turn the tables.

Surprising statistics and instructive examples from modern-day chess will encourage even the most defensively minded players to look for hidden opportunities.

This book will convince both club players and professionals that there is no reason to be afraid when playing Black. Instead they will start looking for creative solutions and beat White more often.

Item ID OA213
Our price $ 33.95




The Zaitsev System is one of the most dynamic setups for Black in the ever popular Ruy Lopez chess opening.

When Alexey Kuzmin joined the coaching staff of World Champion Anatoly Karpov in the 1980s he started analysing the Zaitsev System, and later continued his investigations as a second of Alexander Morozevich. For this book he has updated and improved his analysis, and found countless innovations that change the assessments of many lines.

One of the drawbacks of the Zaitsev, some feel, is that White, if he wishes, can make a draw by repetition early on. To avoid this possibility, Kuzmin presents a brand-new weapon, which he calls the Saratov Variation, based on an early exchange on d4, that was never played by either Karpov or Morozevich.

Kuzmin has written a practical guide for Black with extensive verbal explanations of the strategic ideas for both sides. His lucid style combined with ground-breaking analysis has resulted in a unique chess opening book: a guide that is suited for both club players and Grandmasters.

Former World Champion Garry Kasparov once called the Zaitsev System ‘a revelation’. Kuzmin’s book, chock-full of novelties and presenting a most remarkable new plan for Black, can be called a revelation as well.

Igor Zaitsev himself wrote a special introduction.

Item ID ORLA38
Our price $ 39.95




Among major chess figures of the 20th century, few stand out more than Miguel Najdorf. One of the world’s best players for decades, he was also one of the most active and colorful. And his life, both at the chessboard and away from it, was rich in experience, both joyful and deeply painful.

In this biography, Najdorf’s daughter Liliana paints an intimate portrait of her larger-than life father. She writes about him, warts and all, showing us her father as a man both greatly talented and deeply flawed, a man at once loving and rage-prone, noble and petty, generous ans selfish, jovial but despotic, earthy but vain, exuberant yet deeply sad.

A genius who could conduct 40 blindfold games simultaneously and memorize long strings of random numbers, yet forgot where he parked his car.

For the English-language edition, Dutch grandmaster Jan Timman has prepared a selection of annotated games and an in-depth foreword. These are complemented nicely by several historical essays, while many photographs round out this engrossing biography of one of the world’s most fascinating chessplayers of the 20th century.

Item ID JA333
Our price $ 34.95




A Complete, Solid and Flexible Chess Opening Repertoire for Black & White – with the King’s Fianchetto

When experienced chess teacher Emmanuel Neiman learned that some of his pupils hesitated to play in competitions for fear of being crushed in the opening, he wanted to help.

Neiman knew that amateurs have little time to seriously study opening theory, so he had to come up with a practical, complete, easy-to-learn and solid opening repertoire that would not outdate rapidly.

And that is what he did. Neiman advises amateurs to play (with both colours!) the flexible King’s Fianchetto system, where the Bishop is a defender of the King and at the same time an attacker.

No matter what side you are, you use the same basic ideas: as White you are targeting the light squares and as Black the dark squares, while applying roughly the same strategies, plans and tactical motifs.

Neiman has teamed up with Samy Shoker, who gained the Grandmaster title by mainly playing the King’s Fianchetto systems (and sometimes beating 2700+ rated players with it!).

The result is a complete and practical repertoire which will give club players a sound and flexible middlegame position they can feel at home in. In many lines Neiman and Shoker not only present a solid approach but also a sharp and aggressive alternative.

The authors don’t promise you a large advantage every time you play their system, but one thing is certain: after studying this entertaining book you can play the opening confidently and you will be a better all-round player because you have learned many essential middlegame lessons. Even (very) strong players will find the ideas of Neiman and Shoker useful as an easy-to-play occasional weapon.

Item ID OA212
Our price $ 33.95




From December 1966 until January 1970, Bobby Fischer wrote a chess column for Boys’ Life, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America.

Now, for the first time, all of these columns have been collected in one volume. It is an eclectic mix, a fascinating look at Fischer’s writing and thinking as he reached his prime, maturing into the strongest player in the world.

In these columns, he answers many readers’ questions – from basic to sophisticated. His answers provide a unique glimpse into Fischer’s thinking at the chessboard. The time period covered in these columns was one of the most critical in Fischer’s career.

It was during this time period that his opus magnum, My Sixty Memorable Games, was released. And as player, he grew from one of a few super-grandmasters to the best player in the world. The only thing missing was an actual title match. That of course would soon come.

These columns are a diverse collection of tips for players, comments on playing, annotated games and casual observations. The games and annotations are presented in modern English algebraic notation.

As Andy Soltis notes in his foreword, “You read [Fischer’s Boys’ Life columns] to see what was going on in that remarkable mind. As quirky as Checkmate was, these columns tell us a lot." Add to cart

Item ID JA334
Our price $ 24.95




For many years Jan Timman was one of the best chess players in the world. He combined his brilliant successes on the board with a passion for writing and meticulously analysing his own games and those of his rivals. Three times he was a World Championship Candidate and in 1993 he played in the final of the FIDE World Championship.

In this fascinating book, Jan Timman portrays ten World Chess Champions that played an important role in his life and career. Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946) he never met, but the story of how in Lisbon he bought one of the last chess sets belonging to the fourth World Champion is one of many highlights in this book.

Timman has a keen eye for detail and a fabulous memory, and he visibly enjoys sharing his insider views, including many revelations about the great champions. Timman’s Titans not only presents a personal view of these chess giants, but is also an evocation of countless fascinating episodes in chess history.

Each portrait is completed by a rich selection of illustrative games, annotated in the author’s trademark lucid style. Always to the point, sharp and with crystal-clear explanations, Timman shows the highs and lows from the games of the champions, including the most memorable games he himself played against them.

Item ID JA332
Our price $ 39.95




Available in black, red, and blue

Item ID M-1234
Our price $ 12.95




The DGT 1001 is a universal game timer suitable for school, club or home use.

It has a crystal clear display, is extremely easy to use and very affordable.

The DGT 1001 features countdown and up-count and has two large buttons on the top left and right to operate the timer. The clock does not have bonus or delay options.

Battery is included.

Item ID H-DGT1
Our price $ 39.95




Dixit, the multi-award winning game in which your imagination unlocks the tale, is back with a new expansion! Enhance your Dixit experience with 84 new cards. Dixit Revelations (Dixit 7) lifts the veil on an uncanny, secret world.

This sixth expansion for Dixit is designed by Marina Coudray, an illustrator working in advertising, publishing and animation. Follow her to a refined, delicate world full of poetry. Her bright, gentle design will lead you to surprising new horizons. Go back

Item ID FS-10648
Our price $ 29.99




In the 1920’s, Mr. MacDowell, a gifted astrologist, entered in his new house when he immediately detected a surnatural being. Gathering eminent mediums of his time for an extraordinary seance, they will have 7 hours to contact the ghost and investigate to unlock an old mystery…

Unable to talk, the amnesic ghost will communicate with the mediums through visions (illustrated cards). They will have to decipher the images to help the ghost remember how he was murdered (who? where? which weapon?). The more they cooperate and guess well, the easier it will be to the catch the right culprit.

This party game is one of the most anticipated games of 2015, thanks to innovative, thrilling and immersive features. It offers cooperation and investigation with an asymmetrical gameplay. While playing the ghost or a medium, you will have fun trying to guess what other players have in their minds!

So enter in this strange manor and let yourself be led by your intuition!

Item ID FS-2830
Our price $ 59.99




French Version of Game

Dans ce jeu d'association d'idées pour 2 à 8 joueurs (voire plus !), deux équipes redoublent d'ingéniosité pour identifier les noms de code derrière lesquels se cachent leurs informateurs respectifs… Tandis que les deux maîtres-espions cherchent les bons indices pour mettre leurs agents sur la bonne piste, ces derniers doivent se creuser la tête pour éviter de contacter un informateur adverse, ou pire… le redoutable assassin !

Item ID VC-282
Our price $ 29.99




Après une dure journée de travail, vous prenez quelques minutes pour admirer la ville à travers les baies vitrées de votre bureau… À cette heure, la plupart de vos administrés rentrent chez eux, dans les hautes tours qui vous font face. D’autres se promènent dans les parcs et jardins de la ville avec leurs enfants, et certains font leurs courses dans le nouveau centre commercial que vous avez ouvert il y a quelques semaines. Au loin, près du port, vous distinguez la fumée qui s’élève des cheminées des usines du quartier industriel. La ville ne dort jamais…

Dans Quadropolis™, vous incarnez le maire d’une ville moderne en plein développement. À l’aide de vos architectes, vous allez faire construire différents bâtiments dans votre ville pour répondre aux besoins de vos citoyens et surpasser vos adversaires. Chaque bâtiment vous permet de marquer des points de victoire, et nombre d’entre eux peuvent être combinés pour être encore plus efficaces.

Serez-vous capable de relever le défi et d’inscrire votre nom dans l’histoire de la ville ?

Item ID FS-8521
Our price $ 74.99




Pour 2 à 6 aventuriers à partir de 8 ans.

Enfilez les bottes d'un explorateur et fouillez une pyramide des plus farfelues pour en dérober ses trésors. Mais attention! Des monstres gardiens veillent au grain. Mieux vaut pour vous demeurer très discret et envoyer les monstres aux trousses de vos adversaires!

MAUDITE MOMIE est un jeu de prise de risque et de bluff tout simple, rapide et bien nerveux!.

Item ID IL-118
Our price $ 19.99




Le monde change rapidement. Partout à la surface du globe, des voies ferrées sortent de terre et traversent villes et campagnes. Des voyages qui duraient plusieurs semaines il y a encore quelques années se font maintenant en quelques jours. La mer n’est plus un obstacle : de gigantesques transatlantiques chargés de passagers traversent les océans. De Los Angeles à Sydney, de Mourmansk à Dar Es Salaam, Les Aventuriers du Rail – Autour du monde vous emmènent à la découverte du monde entier. Montez à bord et préparez-vous à un voyage inoubliable !

Les Aventuriers du Rail Autour du monde est une nouvelle version du célèbre jeu d’aventures ferroviaires. Les joueurs rassemblent des cartes de différents types (trains et bateaux) pour s’emparer des voies ferrées et maritimes sur un plateau double-face richement illustré représentant la carte du monde d’un côté et celle des Grands Lacs d’Amérique du Nord de l’autre. La série des Aventuriers du Rail passe à la vitesse supérieure avec ces deux nouveaux plateaux, qui conviendront aussi bien aux familles qu’aux vétérans du jeu. Mettez les voiles vers de nouveaux horizons !

Item ID FS-1810
Our price $ 109.99




Essen 2016 - les sorties à surveiller 8/22/2016 26 Commentaires Photo Maintenant que Gen Con s’éloigne dans le rétroviseur, il est déjà temps de préparer le grand SPIEL’16 qui nous attend cet automne à Essen ! Oh, oui. Filosofia travaille déjà sur plusieurs titres à venir, et une majorité d’entre eux sortiront dès le mois d’octobre à l’occasion du SPIEL d’Essen 2016. Alors, jetons y un premier coup d’œil, voulez-vous? ​ Nautilion ​Dans Nautilion, prenez les commandes d’un sous-marin, maitrisez les marées changeantes et arrêtez l’infâme Phare Obscur, avant que sa flotte destructrice n’atteigne sa destination. Mais attention ! Pour vaincre le Phare Obscur, il ne suffit pas d’être plus rapide que le Sous-marin Fantôme, il vous faudra également réunir un équipage digne de ce nom. ​ Photo Photo Photo ​Bienvenue dans la Péninsule ibérique ! Vous ramenant au milieu du XIXe siècle, Pandemic Iberia vous propose d’endosser le rôle d’une infirmière, d’un cheminot, d’un marin et plus encore pour combattre la malaria, le choléra, le typhus et la fièvre jaune.

​ De Barcelone jusqu’à Lisbonne, voyagez par charriot, par bateau ou par train, et aidez le peuple ibérique à développer les chemins de fer et à distribuer de l’eau potable pour sauver la péninsule dans cette nouvelle version de Pandemic.

Item ID FS-28500
Our price $ 64.99




Renouvelez vos parties de 7 Wonders Duel avec cette première extension.

Peuplez le Panthéon composé de différentes Mythologies et utilisez la puissance des Divinités pour amener votre civilisation à son apogée. 7 Wonders Duel : Panthéon vous permettra d’utiliser des effets d’une puissance jamais égalée !

Attirez-vous les faveurs des Divinités à l’aide d’offrandes ou subissez leur courroux !

Item ID IL-557
Our price $ 29.99




Un jeu de compagnie pour des groupes de 3 à 8 personnes ! Passez une soirée à mettre le mystère à jour. Trouvez des indices, résolvez les casse-têtes et sauvez-vous avant que le temps soit écoulé!

L'objectif: travaillez avec vos invités, pour découvrir le mystère du Manoir de l'astrologue en trouvant les indices et en résolvant les casse-têtes. Mais soyez prudent, dans l'histoire, les portes sont fermées et verrouillées derrière vous. Est-ce que vos invités et vous réussirez à résoudre le mystère et à vous sauver avant que le temps soit écoulé ?

Le mystère: nous sommes en 1869 et l'astronome très réputé dans sa petite ville n'a pas été vu depuis le décès prématuré de sa femme. Récemment, des événements étranges se sont déroulés dans ce manoir - des bruits puissants et étranges, une senteur désagréable et des volutes de fumée s'échappant de l'observatoire. C'est à vos invités et vous de résoudre le mystère du Manoir de l'astrologue.

Item ID PB-373511
Our price $ 29.99




La nuit la plus longue est un jeu à part entière qui peut également se greffer au jeu Dead of Winter. Il introduit autant d’améliorations que de nouveautés, faisant de Dead of Winter une expérience encore plus terrifiante, éreintante, mais complète !

  • Introduction des bandits et de leur repaire qui s’emparent des ressources.
  • Le laboratoire Raxxon produit des médicaments aussi dangereux qu’avantageux en plus de libérer de monstrueuses expérimentations.
  • Nouvelles améliorations à la colonie, nouvelles cartes À la Croisée des chemins et nouveaux personnages !

    Item ID FS-42001
    Our price $ 79.99


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