Description This is a product of what happens when two chess players start a relationship (which started over six years ago) and enter a dialogue about how to get ready for the next tournament. The content of this book is a training program for players who plan to play an over-the-board tournament a few weeks from the time they start training with this book. This book, unlike other similar books in the field of improvement, does not have a central theme. In other words, we are not focused solely on openings, middlegames or endgames. Moreover, the book does not only concentrate on specific themes (calculation, positional decisions, or other strategic aspects), though many of these concepts are addressed throughout the book. Instead, this book offers a holistic view on how to approach every single position in it, regardless of the phase of the game or the nature of the position. We try to teach players how to identify types of decisions in various positions, while pointing at the trade-off between a hardcore calculation and a heuristics judgment.
Content: 005 KEY TO SYMBOLS
015 PART I. SIMPLE IDEAS 015 a. Introduction to the Art of Understanding One’s Thinking Process in Chess 037 b. Exercises 075 c. Solutions 189 d. Concluding Thoughts
191 PART II. THE ENDGAME 191 a. Introduction to a Few Endgame Themes 203 b. Exercises 233 c. Solutions 355 d. Concluding Thoughts
357 PART III. THE ADVENTURE OF THE COMPLEX POSITIONS 357 a. Introduction to Complex Positions 371 b. Exercises 383 c. Solutions 433 d. Concluding Thoughts