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Paul's first two books were De opening deel 1B en 1A (Queen's Gambit), which were updates of two older books in the legendary series Theorie van het Schaakspel by the former world champion Max Euwe. These books were published by Het Spectrum in 1981 and 1984. A single volume German translation was published in 1985.

Then came a number of tournament books. First he wrote the official book on the Hoogoven tournament in 1983, published bij Van Spijk and a year later he did the same again for Public Relations Hoogovens. In both these books he wrote round-by-round reports and analyzed a large number of the most important games.

In 1994 and 1995 Paul was a collaborator on the tournament books of the VSB tournaments, held in Amsterdam, analyzing all games from the 1994 tournament and half of the 1995 edition in great depth. These books were publications of the Stichting VSB Fonds.

After Paul stopped playing tournaments he had plenty of time to devote himself fully to writing. From 2004 onwards he published a new book almost every year. The first of these were books about chess, but later he also began to write about his experience with vipassana meditation and non-duality.

     

Paperback
237 pages - € 19,95
Tirion Publishers
December 2004
ISBN10: 9043906506
ISBN13: 9789043906500
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Paperback
144 pages - € 19,95
Tirion Publishers
November 2005
ISBN10: 9043907707
ISBN13: 9789043907705
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Paperback
294 pages - € 24,95
Tirion Publishers
October 2006
ISBN10: 9043909181
ISBN13: 9789043909181
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In 2004, 2005 and 2006 his series De wereld van de Schaakopening was published in three volumes bij Tirion. These books were an instant success and have been reprinted several times. In them Van der Sterren summarizes the whole of opening theory, explaining clearly and succinctly the ideas behind all openings at a level all chess players can find easily understandable.


Paperback
480 pages - € 27,00
Gambit Publishers
2009
ISBN10: 1906454132
ISBN13: 9781906454135
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A single volume English translation, slightly updated and expanded, was published by Gambit in 2009 under the title Fundamental Chess Openings. This book has also met with immediate success and has remained a very popular introduction to the theory of chess openings to this day.

Also available as an e-book and an app-book.

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"If this book is truly mastered, it is probably all a club player would ever need." - Edward H. Baker
Paperback
496 pages - € 29,90
New in Chess
October 2011
ISBN10: 905691376X
ISBN13: 9789056913762


In 2011 Van der Sterren's autobiography, Zwart op Wit, was published by New in Chess. In this book Paul looks back on his life as a chess player. While presenting a great number of annotated games and fragments he also paints a vivid background containing some of the most penetrating psychological self-analysis in the whole of chess literature.
As a result the reader is presented with an unusually honest and rounded picture of the mind and life of a chess player. This makes the book of interest not just for chess players but for anyone interested in sports or indeed in the condition humaine.


"Unfortunately there is no Book of the Year Award in Holland. If there was, Van der Sterren would have no competition. Zwart op wit is a great book that every chess player should read." - Gert Ligterink

It is the most detailed and intimate self-portrait ever written by a professional chess player (..) his honesty really shocked me." - Hans Ree

This book is still looking for an English publisher!


Hardcover
180 pages - € 18,50
Samsara Publishers B.V.
April 2012
ISBN10: 9077228977
ISBN13: 9789077228975
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In 2012 Paul wrote a book about something completely different, Verlichting in een lege verpakking (Enlightenment in an empty box). This book is based on the years when Paul intensively practiced vipassana meditation and studied Buddhism, between 1998 and 2006. Inspired by Tony Parsons he takes Buddhism into the completely concept-free world of Advaita or Non-Duality.

This book is in Dutch (still looking for an English publisher!), but for English readers the lecture (in English) he gave on this subject during the Science and Non-Duality Conference, Europe 2013 may be of interest.

Hardcover
127 pages - € 18,50
Samsara Publishers
October 2013
ISBN: 9789491411113
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In 2013 Paul wrote another book about non-duality, Over het brein, non-dualiteit en vrije wil (The brain, non-duality and free will). Ancient Eastern wisdom (Advaita) is compared to modern Western scientific insights into the functioning of the brain. The surprising conclusion is that these are actually two different languages saying the same thing.
Again this book is looking for an English publisher.

Paperback
139 pages - € 18,50
May 2014
ISBN: 9789402119282
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In 2014 Paul reverted to writing about chess. Terug in het strijdperk (A return into the arena) is a collection of short stories written after his partial comeback into the chess arena in 2010. This makes it a sequel to his chess autobiography Zwart op wit. He gives his views on how he himself has changed as a chess player and how he has found the chess world completely different from the one he left behind in 2001. The book also contains portraits of some of the greatest chess players of all time: Fischer, Kortchnoi and Karpov.







Paperback
94 pages - € 9,45
Gambit Publishers
October 2016
ISBN10: 1-910093-95-5
ISBN13: 978-1-910093-95-5
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Paul's next project is a manual of chess pure and simple, Your First Chess Lessons, published in October 2016 by Gambit Publishers.
This little book assumes no previous knowledge of the game. It explains the rules and the basic elements of practical play and in so doing draws the reader into the world of chess.

"Grandmaster Paul van der Sterren comes with a brilliant guide for beginners, where the rules of the game can be learned in no time!"
John Elburg

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Paperback
88 pages - € 19,-
Thinkers Publishing
December 2016
ISBN: 9789492510051
De Beste Zet
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The Dutch version of Your First Chess Lessons did appear in December 2016.
Leer schaken in 10 lessen is published by Thinkers Publishing. This book is in full color and is illustrated with drawings by Mieke Mertens. It also contains an extra chapter on endgame studies.
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Hardcover
107 pages - € 19,-
Samsara Publishers
December 2016
ISBN: 978-94-91411-44-1
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In December 2016 a third book on non-duality appeared, again in Dutch.
Gedachten over het ondenkbare (Thoughts on the unthinkable) is yet another attempt to say something about that which is inexpressible. An attempt which is bound to fail and in so doing succeeds!
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