By Steve Giddins
Steve Giddins has selected 50 supremely instructive video games - a few outdated, a few new, and together with many who few readers could have noticeable prior to. He has annotated those video games intimately from a latest point of view, explaining the precious classes that may be learnt from them, whereas heading off the damaging dogma that characterised many older works of this kind. issues contain: Attacking the King, Defence, Piece strength, and Endgame issues. every one online game is by means of a recap of the most classes to be learned.
Giddins writes in a hugely obtainable down-to-earth type that appeals to membership avid gamers looking to increase their realizing of functional chess. His wisdom of Russian-language chess literature has enabled him to discover many fantastic examples that experience now not seemed in earlier western literature.
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He was no doubt helped by the fact that he had played all of these moves before! tc7 29 l::td3 lDd7 30 lDe4 ~f8 31 l:ted1 1-0. 15lDf31li'c5161li'e4 ~b4 (D) w 53 going to h4 and taking part in a winning attack on the kingside. Pawn-structure, although an important element of the game, is only one element of it. Weak pawns usually prove costly in the endgame, but as Dr Tarrasch pointed out, "Before the endgame, the gods have placed the middlegame". Short's point is that Black is not likely to survive to an endgame, because his king is going to be mated long before any endgame is reached.
The Essential Lessons • Although normally the most powerful piece on the board, the queen needs weaknesses and targets. Without these, its power is much reduced. ). • Rooks and minor pieces can prove more powerful than a queen, if they coordinate well together and have secure central outposts. Uploaded to Ctorrents - Leaked out elsewhere PIECE POWER 51 Game 16 Short- Tim man Tilburg 1991 Alekhine Defence In the middlegame, in contrast to the endgame, the king is generally a relatively weak piece, which needs to be kept under cover and protected from attack by enemy pieces.
G2lZJxe5 Now 9 ... b7? can be met by 10 lZJxb5, regaining the pawn with advantage. d7 And now exchanging queens would again allow White to regain the pawn after 10... b7) 12lZJxb5. b4 This leaves c4 fatally weak, so that White can always regain his pawn, but Black had no good way to hold his queenside together, in view of the continual tactical threat of lZJxb5. e6 Things have gone very wrong for Black, and with his kingside development so lagging, he is glad to exchange queens. However, it transpires that this leads by force to a position where Black is quite lost.
50 Essential Chess Lessons by Steve Giddins