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Strategic Plans: 75 Modern Battles

237 Seiten, kartoniert, Elk and Ruby, 1. Auflage 2019

21,95 €
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Russian International Master Maxim Chetverik has written a strategy textbook containing 75 deeply annotated positional games that show players how to devise plans to handle a number of key strategic themes, such as when to open up the game, how to activate the pawn chain, how to carry out positional sacrifices and many others. Unlike most other textbooks, the strategic plans are viewed as battles where the plans of each player clash, and Maxim analyzes why one plan comes out on top.

Also unlike most other textbooks, all example games are drawn from grandmaster play in the 21st century, some played in 2018, and consider the plans right out of the opening stage. This makes the book of particular value to players wishing to better understand the strategies that the openings they play may lead to, bearing in mind the author is an openings expert with ten openings books published. The majority of games are played by elite grandmasters, including Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Kramnik, Karjakin, Giri, So, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Nakamura, Gelfand, Svidler, Ivanchuk, Shirov, Leko, J. Polgar, Topalov, Kamsky, Morozevich, Korchnoi and Spassky.

Chetverik introduces and illustrates the concepts of "macroplan" and "microplan", which provide a simple structural framework for players seeking to devise plans in their own games. The macroplan is the specific way to achieve the required result (usually, a win), for example, the successful exploitation of a queenside pawn majority. The microplan is a way of solving a local problem that involves several moves, such as transferring a knight from a bad square to a good one. Ideally, a macroplan is a chain of sequential and carefully calculated microplans.

This book is largely aimed at strong club players wishing to improve, or their coaches. The recommended Elo range is approximately 1,800 - 2,200, although it may of course be of interest to players a bit lower and a bit higher than this range.

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Gewicht 370 g
Hersteller Elk and Ruby
Breite 15,6 cm
Höhe 23,2 cm
Medium Buch
Erscheinungsjahr 2019
Autor Maxim Chetverik
Sprache Englisch
Auflage 1
ISBN-13 978-5-6041769-2-4
Seiten 237
Einband kartoniert


008 PART I. A one-sided game

009 Chapter 1. Chronicle of a black day

024 Chapter 2. When luck runs out

039 Chapter 3. The pawn is the target

055 Chapter 4. Positional sacrifice

062 Chapter 5. Multi-faceted advantage

062 Openly aiming for a draw

064 Pretending to attack the king

066 When indecision proves fatal

069 Opening up the game too early

071 Pointless sacrifices

073 When prophylaxis triumphs

075 Sabotage – in reality and behind the scenes

079 Stubborn avoidance of exchanges

082 I play against pieces

085 Switching play from one flank to the other

089 A MAGICAL INTERLUDE. Watch out, it’s Fabiano!

098 PART II. A two-sided game

099 Chapter 6. Defending like a hero

106 Chapter 7. When equal forces collide

116 Chapter 8. Reaching a draw through spilt blood

125 Chapter 9. One step from saving the day

138 Chapter 10. The battle of macroplans

156 Chapter 11. The priority of piece coordination

170 Chapter 12. Macroplans and microplans

170 Triumph of the macroplan over local threats

175 Triumph on the “opponent’s” flank

184 Disaster on the “opponent’s” flank

186 Pawns don’t move backwards

190 Failed sabotage of the enemy king

193 Activating the pawn chain

197 The center takes priority

204 Triumph of a central bind

208 Endgame dynamics

210 Thoughtless reshaping of the structure

213 Risk strategy

216 Strategy gives way to tactics

224 Varying defensive plans

227 Ignoring the main threat

230 The art of consolidation


235Players Index

237Openings Index

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