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Chess Middlegame Strategies, Vol. 3


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“My aim in this book, as well as its two predecessors, is not only to help you improve your middlegame understanding but to give you new and different ideas/concepts to employ in your own play.” ~ Ivan Sokolov

por Ivan Sokolov

  • Editorial: Thinkers Publishing
  • ISBN: 9789492510600
  • Páginas: 325
  • Idiomas: Inglés
  • Fecha de la edición: 2019

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In this book I have taken strategic themes from specific openings and combined these with standard

strategies such as the open file, space or flexibility. Indeed, the subtitle for this book is “Strategy

MeetsDynamics” and that is a good definition of what this book is about.


The book contains 43 annotated games divided among seven chapters. Within these pages you will find

strategic plans related to typical pawn structures arising from the Geller/Tolush Gambit or the Anti-

Moscow Gambit. By taking the time to study those chapters you should come away with a deeper

understanding of the subtle nuances in pawn structures and the dynamics that arise. In addition, you will

learn different strategic/dynamic ideas and this will strengthen your practical play in such positions.


The chapter on ‘Karpov’s King in the Center’ is where you will be surprised at how often the 12th World

Champion, playing Black no less, deliberately gave up the right to castle. Not only will you gain

perspective on when you might wish to leave your king uncastled you will also see how Karpov arranges

his pieces so that each move is in harmony with those before and after the king move. Lastly you will

improve your knowledge, from both sides of the board, of this particular variation of the Caro-Kann.


The open file theme is one that has been written on extensively. What I have tried to do here is show

some modern approaches to this concept.


Perhaps the one dynamic theme that often amazes players is the exchange sacrifice. I have included no

less than 11 annotated games in this chapter sorted by the different objectives that the player is trying to

accomplish. There is plenty of knowledge to be absorbed by studying these games.

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