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Hansen: Improve Your Chess

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'\''If you want to reach the heights, you should study the entire history of chess. I can\''t give any clear logical explanation for it, but I think it is absolutely essential to soak up the whole of chess history.\'' - VLADIMIR KRAMNIK
\r\nIn this book Lars Bo Hansen shows how chess understanding has evolved and explains how and why a study of the great champions of the past and present will significantly improve your chess. Although modern chess is a highly concrete game where calculation is paramount and principles often appear to take a back seat, Hansen argues that the principles have become implicit at top level: \''you cannot win games only by following Steinitz\''s or Nimzowitsch\''s principles, but you will certainly lose games if you don\''t know these principles!\''
\r\nHansen shows that pattern recognition - one of the most vital aspects of chess mastery - is built up highly effectively by studying historic games, and cites many examples which will immediately form part of your armoury. Building upon the structure of his acclaimed work How Chess Games are Won and Lost, Hansen also argues that the transitions opening-to-middlegame and middlegame-to-endgame are best understood by studying the games of the great champions.
\r\nThroughout the book, the emphasis is firmly on improving your chess, and equipping you to improve your chess further by studying on your own. At the same time, you will enjoy a feast of the most instructive chess games of all time - both classical and modern. The final chapter discusses the future development of chess style.
\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 fourth book for Gambit.
\r\nSymbols 5
\r\nBibliography 6
\r\nIntroduction: Why Study Chess History? 8
\r\nThe Seven Phases of Chess History 9
\r\n1 The Romantic Era 11
\r\nPhilidor – The Misunderstood Genius 11
\r\nThe Truly Romantic Age 15
\r\nMorphy – Master of the Open Position 17
\r\nRomanticism in Modern Chess 22
\r\n2 The Scientific Era 28
\r\nSteinitz’s Theories 28
\r\nThe Concept of Advantage 28
\r\nPawn-Structure 29
\r\nControl of Key Squares and Files 37
\r\nControl of the Centre 40
\r\nSpace and Superior Mobility 41
\r\nThe Two Bishops 44
\r\nSteinitz versus Lasker 46
\r\nCapablanca: Transformation of Advantages 50
\r\nAlekhine: The Transitionary Figure 57
\r\nBotvinnik: Bringing Science into Chess Preparation 67
\r\n3 The Hypermodern Era 70
\r\nBlockade 71
\r\nProphylaxis 76
\r\nOverprotection 81
\r\nThe Outpost 84
\r\nOpen Files 86
\r\nThe Pawn-Chain and Passed Pawns 89
\r\nExchanging 94
\r\nThe Isolated d-Pawn 95
\r\nPetrosian: Nimzowitsch’s Star Student 99
\r\n4 New Dynamism 104
\r\nKeres: The Eternal Number Two 110
\r\nTal: Unbridled Dynamism 116
\r\nLearning from New Dynamism 122
\r\n5 The Age of Universality 125
\r\n6 Creative Concreteness 141
\r\n7 Chess in the Future – The Era of Transformation 167
\r\nTransforming Yourself to the Opponent and Situation 168
\r\nThe Need for a Broad Opening Repertoire 172
\r\nStrategically Complex Openings 173
\r\nPragmatism Regarding Colour 176
\r\nCourage, Resourcefulness and Inventiveness 181
\r\nEnergy and Stamina 183
\r\nIndex of Games 189
\r\nIndex of Openings 191
\r\n192 Seiten, 2009, kartoniert, englisch'