Zenonchess Ediciones Libros de Ajedrez de GM Zenón Franco Ocampos

Books in Forward Chess

These are the Books in Forward Chess from Zenonchess Ediciones:

Attacking Chess in the 21st Century



The book consists of 36 attacking games from the 21st Century divided into four chapters.

Mastering attacking play in chess is a dream that we all long to achieve, but of course the art of attack does not arise by itself.

Constructing positions which favour the attack is the most difficult task.

In this book we shall see games with brilliant finishes, but we shall also draw attention to the different phases through which the struggle passes, in order make such finishes possible.

Attention has been paid not only to what happens on the board but also, wherever possible, to the influence of the analysis engines not only on a player’s preparation for the game, something that has become more important in these early years of the new century, but also on the practical context of the game.

The games are prefaced by brief biographical information and a short description of the events of the game.

After each game some lessons are highlighted.

Bobby Fischer Explained: And some stories

This book by Zenón Franco about the games of Robert (“Bobby”) James Fischer uses the “Move-by-Move” system, which is ideal for both learning and teaching chess. The book is based on a question-and-answer format to involve the reader and is therefore ideal training material.

Bobby Fischer revolutionised chess in the twentieth century.

Thanks to his dazzling career and his demands for better conditions for players, chess was popularised and was converted into a professional activity with many offshoots.

Fischer’s practically single-handed struggle to overthrow Soviet domination of the world of chess is an achievement difficult to match.

To fairly experienced chessplayers, some of Fischer’s games will already be well-known, or at least familiar, but memories of many of these games are likely to be hazy, so that taking a fresh look at them, using the Move-by-Move method, is likely to be very beneficial

As usual, Franco is keen to highlight the practical aspects of competitive chess, since we are playing, not against computers, but against human beings like ourselves, who make mistakes, like or dislike the position, get tired etc.

This is a chess book, not a biography, but it includes interesting anecdotes from Fischer’s tournaments in Argentina which will probably be new to readers.

Ljubojević’s Best Chess Games

Ljubomir Ljubojević belongs to a generation of extraordinary chessplayers, whose most outstanding representative is Anatoly Karpov.

Ljubojević reached number 3 in the world rankings and a potential candidate for the world title.

The book consists of forty of his best games, played between 1970 and 2008, annotated in the “Move by Move” format, with questions and exercises, a method which is effective both for training and teaching.

At the start of his career Ljubojević was notable for his dynamic and original style but his play gradually became more rounded and positionally refined.

As usual, Franco is keen to highlight the practical aspects of competitive chess, since we are playing, not against computers, but against human beings like ourselves, who make mistakes, like or dislike the position, get tired etc.

Your second chess book

Solving puzzles is one of the most pleasant training exercises there are. This book of chess puzzles is intended for novice players who can already see simple mates and direct captures, but now wish to move up a level.

The book, containing 275 puzzles, begins with fairly simple tasks and ends with a set of puzzles that are somewhat more challenging.

All of the puzzles are provided with explanations to facilitate the understanding of what happened and the assimilation of tactical patterns.

Zenón Franco Ocampos was born in Asunción, Paraguay, on the 12th of May 1956. After living for many years in Buenos Aires, from the 1990s he has been based in Spain.

He was awarded the 2016 Isaac Boleslavsky Prize by the FIDE Trainers Commission in the ‘author’ section.

In 2016 the Honourable Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay awarded him the National Order of Community Merit, «in recognition of his invaluable and meritorious contribution to Paraguayan sport, with a long and successful sports career in this discipline…»

In 2001 he was named a “Beloved Son of the City of Asunción», by the Municipality of his home town and in 2001 he received the decoration «Honour to Sporting Merit» in 2001, granted by the National Sports Council of Paraguay.