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'Traditionally, chess games have been divided into three stages - opening, middlegame and endgame - and general principles presented for how to handle each stage. All chess-players will be well aware that these principles all too frequently fail to help in their selection of the best move.
\r\nIn this important work, Lars Bo Hansen, grandmaster and professional educator, presents chess as a game of five phases, and explains the do\''s and don\''ts in each: * the opening * the transition to the early middlegame * the middlegame * strategic endgames * technical endgames *
\r\nWith a wealth of examples from both his own practice and that of his colleagues, Hansen discusses the typical mistakes and pitfalls, and shows how to handle the subtleties unique to each stage. He also advises on how to work on your chess in each aspect of the game. Of special value is his explanation of how to study typical middlegames, and that middlegame preparation - a neglected area for most players - is both possible and necessary.
\r\nLars Bo Hansen is a well-known grandmaster from Denmark. He has won the Danish Championship on two occasions, and represented his country in four olympiads, winning a bronze medal for his individual performance in 1990. His many tournament victories include first prize in the strong Copenhagen Open in both 1997 and 2000. Away from the board, he teaches and lectures on business studies, with a particular focus on marketing, organization and strategy. This is his third book for Gambit: see also Foundations of Chess Strategy and Secrets of Endgame Strategy.
\r\nSymbols 6
\r\nBibliography 7
\r\nIntroduction – What is this Book About? 9
\r\nHow to Improve in Chess 10
\r\nThe Structure of this Book: the Five Phases of a Chess Game 11
\r\nHow to Distribute Your Time in Chess Training 13
\r\n1 The Opening 14
\r\nThe Principles of Opening Play 15
\r\nThe Fight for the Centre 15
\r\nDevelopment 21
\r\nKing Safety 22
\r\nPreventing or Obstructing the Opponent’s Plans 23
\r\nThe Modern Trend: Breaking the Principles 27
\r\nPawn Sacrifice for Initiative 27
\r\nKnights on the Rim 30
\r\nThe King in the Centre 35
\r\nAcceptance of Doubled Pawns 39
\r\nThe g4 Revolution 44
\r\nOpening Play in Practice 51
\r\nWhere does the Opening End? 54
\r\nHow to Build an Opening Repertoire 57
\r\nThe Soundness of an Opening Repertoire 57
\r\nFitting the Opening Repertoire to Your Style 58
\r\nFitting the Opening Repertoire to Your Playing Strength 61
\r\nThe Importance of Move-Order 63
\r\nBroad or Narrow Opening Repertoire? 65
\r\nHow My Opening Repertoire Evolved 67
\r\nThe Early Years 73
\r\nRebuilding an Opening Repertoire 75
\r\n2 Transition from Opening to Middlegame 84
\r\nThe Pawn-Structure in the Centre 87
\r\nPlaying the Exchange Queen’s Gambit 92
\r\nPlaying the Exchange Queen’s Gambit as White 93
\r\nPlaying the Exchange Queen’s Gambit as Black 100
\r\nPersonal Style in the Transition from Opening to Middlegame 119
\r\n3 The Middlegame 122
\r\nThe Battle for an Advantage 122
\r\nThe Concept of Advantage 122
\r\nThe Transformation of Advantages 124
\r\nThe Noble Art of Defence 127
\r\nSteinitz’s Principle of Defence 127
\r\nDefending Against an Attack 128
\r\nPositional Defence 134
\r\nLooking for a Swindle 136
\r\nAttacking Mechanisms 139
\r\nSteinitz’s Principle of Attack: Target the Main Weakness! 139
\r\nTal’s Attacking Ratio 139
\r\nAttacking in Practice 140
\r\nTactics 144
\r\nDiversion and Overload 146
\r\nThe Magnet 147
\r\nDouble Threat 148
\r\nThe Pin 149
\r\nBlocking 151
\r\nGain of Tempo, Desperado, and Zwischenzug 152
\r\nClearance and Opening of Lines 153
\r\nThe Quiet Move 154
\r\nManoeuvring 156
\r\n4 Transition from Middlegame to Endgame 160
\r\nThe Importance of the Pawn-Structure 164
\r\nThe Principle of Two Weaknesses 172
\r\nThe Space Advantage 175
\r\nControl of Squares and Files 176
\r\nGrip and Suppressing Counterplay 178
\r\nDomination 180
\r\nTime: Hurry or Not? 182
\r\nMaking the Right Exchange 184
\r\nThe Transformation of Advantages 185
\r\nThe Two Bishops 187
\r\nBishops or Knights? 189
\r\nWhen the Knight is Superior to the Bishop 189
\r\nWhen the Bishop is Superior to the Knight 191
\r\nSame-Coloured Bishop Endings 192
\r\nOpposite-Coloured Bishop Endings 193
\r\nKnight Endings 194
\r\nKing Activity 196
\r\nRook Activity 198
\r\nInitiative and Attack in the Endgame 200
\r\nMate and Stalemate in the Endgame 202
\r\n5 Technical Endgames 204
\r\nPawn Endgames 204
\r\nMinor-Piece Endgames 206
\r\nRook Endgames 209
\r\nFrom the Side or from the Rear? 213
\r\nThe Advanced Lucena 215
\r\nQueen Endgames 218
\r\nUnbalanced Material Distributions 220
\r\n6 Practical Tips 227
\r\nHow to Work with Computers in Analysis 227
\r\nThe Horizon Problem 227
\r\nThe Understanding Problem 230
\r\nPreparing for Tournaments and Opponents 234
\r\nPreparing for Specific Opponents 234
\r\nStep 1: Repertoire Overview 234
\r\nStep 2: Narrowing Down the Choice 236
\r\nStep 3: Preparing the Specific Line 238
\r\nTime Management 241
\r\nTime Allocation During the Game 242
\r\nPlaying in Time-Pressure – DAUT, NUPM and KAPP 247
\r\nIndex of Players 252
\r\nIndex of Openings 255
\r\nFigurine Notation, 255 Seiten, 2008, kartoniert, englisch.'