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All rights reserved. No part of i:his publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, or otherwise, without prior permission. Between and I produced and published i n Germany a small series of ten trai ning booklets, each one covering a partic u l ar chess theme.

T h i s experi m ental proj ect proved quite popular with German-speaking readers, and others too. Many of my chess colleagues liked this form of i n d ivid ual trai n i ng; and some of them u sed the m aterial in their cl asses too. This favou rable reaction pro m pted the idea of an Engl ish translati o n. Although the booklets were aimed at p l ayers of d ifferi ng abil ities, m o s t wanted the complete set. And that's how these d ifferent themes h ave ended up in one book. You could also look on this d iversity as a strength if a reader, with chess am bitions, wants to test his overall ability.

Moreover, for chess trainers this book provides several ready-made lectures, and many usefu l exercises covering d ifferent aspects of the game, al ready sorted in terms of their level of d ifficu l ty. These chapters are, on the whole, the sim plest, and pl ayers rated below Elo should probably start with them.

Two chapters deal with positional themes: chapter 4 , exchanging pieces ; and chapter 9, improvi ng piece positio n. These fou r chapters are more challenging and perhaps s u i table for players w ith an Elo above H owever, p l ayers of any strength cou ld profit from studyi ng them.

Two chapters deal w i th the q u estion of calculation: chapter 2, can d i d ate m oves ; and chapter 7, the process of e l i m i n ation. These themes are more su i table for players with an Elo rati ng greater than Less experienced p l ayers s h o u l d go th rough the examples and try to solve the one and two-star positions. Chapter 5 deals with a strategical theme, passed pawns i n the midd legame, and contains many add i tional examples that could also be u sed by c l u b players as exercises.

For more advanced players, i t s h o u l d be e nough to p l ay through these examples carefu l ly on the chessboard. How should an ambitious p l ayer work with this book? I suggest two possi bil ities : a direct approach; and one based on the d ifficu l ty of the exercises. With the d i rect approach, go thro ugh the examples at the start of the chapter, then tackle the exercises.

The exercises are m arked with stars accord i ng to their d ifficulty. Accord i ng to you r rati ng, each star gives the fol l owing scori ng and th i n ki ng time: - Below Elo, 1 point for solvi ng a position i n under 10 m i n utes.

So, for example, an exercise with three stars should take a player with an Elo of a maxi m u m 21 m i n utes to solve, and gives h i m 3 points. At the end of each chapter you w i l l find t h e answers, a n d you can see how well you understood t h e theme.

There are some special exercises i n the chapters o n cal c u lation that you m ust p lay through move by move. Check the i nstr u ctions before you try these exercises. I also suggest an alternative method of a p proaching th i s book - accor d i ng to the d iff i c u l ty of the exercises. Th i s m ethod is suitable for p layers with a n Elo below I n each cha pter, wor k through the exam ples, then try to solve the positions u p to the second level of diff iculty.

When you have fin ished the book, come back and consider positions on level three. If you are comfor table with the res u l ts, ra i se the level aga i n. If you fi nd you aren't yet ready for the next l evel , put the book back on the shelf, d o some other chess wor k, but af ter a couple of months come back and try again! But i n the end, per haps the most i m por tant th ing i s not to ta ke a l l these poi nts too ser iously.

I hope you wil l j u st enjoy the book. F i nal ly, I wou l d l i ke to tha n k several people who hel ped to make this project possi ble: my wife Nad ia for her hard wor k on the German version ; my chess teacher Mar k Dvoretsky; Jurgen Da niel, my p u bl i sher, for encouragi ng the idea of an Engl ish translati o n ; and U l i Dirr for the layout of the book a n d for correcti ng some m istakes i n the or iginal Ger ma n ed ition.

The theme of terial to get a dead ly check on the back-rank. Although i m portant elements in these combinations. Capa blanca seizes his chance 4 4 with a bri l l iant hit.

At the same time the wh ite q ueen i s deflected a b c d e f g h f ro m protecti ng the i m portant bac k-ra n k square d 1. The pawns not be ca ptu red beca use of mate. White can mate i m med iately with 1. Wb2-b1 3. What's so s pecial here? Aga i n , White can not accept the q u een a b c d e f g h sacrifice.

H owever, even after Ab7xas cs-q, im portant ga mes of t h e whole tou rnament. Black's win wou l d j ust be a matter of time. Was 1. I-o [ 2. Wxd4 z. Wb6 [2. Axf6 Wxf6 [I. Etas Eidxb8 Eic7 g6 2. Black has to try to exploit the weakness of the i! The best way to achieve this aim is the 0 E double attack on queen and rook. Wez [ A crucial move. Wxes u. Ae3 portant fs square. The key move, and the only one to get points. Whs 1. I n some rare The t i m e control had been reached, so cases we may fi nd even more a l ternatives E ric cou ld ca l m ly consider the position.

Our than this. H e ately l i m i t our choice to the mai n lines. B lack only has two tion. The other idea was either not considered by Black, or he rej ected it too ea rly i n h i s ca l c u lations. He cou ld have drawn easily with O n e ca n say that ca n d i date ment: the German team faced R u ssia, the m oves a re central to ca l c u lati o n , and the tournament favourites. For the whole ga me search for can di date m oves is the soul of E ri c Lobron had had to defend an a l m ost th i s ca l c u la ti o n.

There fol lowed : u n necessa ry. Artur Yusu pov -jesus N ogueiras G[ xf6 G[ xd5! A x bs ttle6 Wb2 cxbs Ah4 6 6 Black resigned. There is no s i m ple a lgorith m , but there are some priorities to follow.

First, you a b c d e f g h must consider all forcing moves, namely checks, ca ptu res and attacks. Some of these moves Here I fel l i n to deep contem plati o n. I n ca n be d isca rded i m med iately, but others return for the sacrificed pawn I have a great remai n as ca nd idate moves.

One ca n i magi ne the whole game as f u rther d evelopment, but I fa i led to fi n d a a series of problems. When a na lysing the clear way to gai n the adva n tage. G[ xds 18fxe5 Af ter you player; it led me bac k - eventua l ly - to the d raw u p you r ca n d i date m oves, carry o u t search for other candidate moves. I fou nd a move that ment of the positi o n. If you fa i l to fi n d a created five th rears! After clear and attractive conti nuation among the chosen moves , it is advisable to retu rn to G[ xd5, GLle4, ca n d i dates.

Ask yourself occasionally if there Sometimes it happens that d u ri ng the calculation of va riations you A m istake a b c d e f g h in these first moves is more dangerous than a m istake i n the tenth m ove of a variatio n. My trainer Mark Dvoretsky gave me th i s The key t o solvi ng a p roblem i s very often study t o solve. I spent a l o n g t i m e looking the discovery of the best conti nuation, but for a resou rce in th is d ifficult endgame, but not its calculation.

When going through the without success.

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All rights reserved. No part of i:his publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, or otherwise, without prior permission. Exerci ses - Sol u t i o n s- P racti c a l exerc i se s- Score tab l e- Preface Between and I produced and published i n Germany a small series of ten trai ning booklets, each one covering a partic u l ar chess theme.


Chess Lessons

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