Chess Middlegame Strategies, Volume 1 After his outstanding book from 2008, ‘Winning Chess
Middlegames’, Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov takes us a step further into his dungeon of middlegame
skills. In his well known style, Sokolov focuses on the different aspects of the complex middlegame.
As usual Ivan breaks new ground and provides us with a variety of instructive examples. Many were
extracted from the very recent top level tournament practice. Volume 2 will be published later in 2017.
Chess Middlegame Strategies
The ‘work database’ collection for this book which I started about two years ago meant the initial plan
was for just one volume on Chess Middlegame Strategies. However, the way my work and material
built up and progressed, it soon became obvious that this ‘one volume’ would be approximately 500
pages long – so, the decision was taken to split the material into two volumes.
In this first volume I have annotated 37 games representing different aspects (chapters) of ‘chess
middlegame strategies’. Readers will see that the vast majority of the games selected belong to the
works of ‘contemporary artists’.
Notwithstanding the ‘traditional/golden classics selection’, I preferred to use the ‘contemporary
learning examples’ feeling that: A) younger/middle generation reader will more easily associate with
them and B) they perfectly mirror the middlegame strategies used in modern top-class chess (i.e.
today’s chess at the highest level).
Opening play is in general not the subject of this book, although I did pay attention to opening ideas
in the cases where I felt I had something useful to say on the subject (in the particular game selected).
Ivan Sokolov was born in Bosnia in 1968. He was and still is one of the most flamboyant attacking
players of his time, reaching several times, over a period of 13 years, the top 12 spot in the FIDE ranking.
He notably has beaten world chess champions like Smyslov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand and Topalov.
We remember him winning most recent the World Open in Philadelphia 2012 and the gold medal for
best performance at the ‘European Teams’in Warsaw 2013.