# Hellsten: Mastering Chess Strategy

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'Grandmaster Johan Hellsten is convinced that mastering chess strategy – just like chess tactics – requires practice, practice and yet more practice!

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\r\nThis outstanding book is a product of his many years\'' work as a full-time chess teacher, and is specifically designed as part of a structured training programme to improve strategic thinking. It focuses on a wide range of key subjects and provides a basic foundation for strategic play. Furthermore, in addition to the many examples, there\''s an abundance of carefully selected exercises which allow readers to monitor their progress and put into practice what they have just learned. Following such a course is an ideal way for players of all standards to improve. Although designed mainly for students, this book is also an excellent resource for chess teachers and trainers.

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\r\n- An essential course in chess strategy

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\r\n- Contains over 400 pages of Grandmaster advice

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\r\n- Includes more than 350 training exercises

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\r\nContents

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\r\nBibliography

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\r\nPreface

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\r\nIntroduction

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\r\n1. Basic Concepts of Strategy

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\r\nIntroduction

\r\nA review of the concepts

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\r\n2. Improving the Pieces

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\r\nThe bishop

\r\nThe knight

\r\nThe rook

\r\nThe queen

\r\nThe king

\r\nThe bishop pair

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\r\n3. Exchanges

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\r\nRealizing a material advantage

\r\nRealizing a positional advantage

\r\nEliminating key pieces

\r\nFacilitating an attack

\r\nFacilitating the defence

\r\nReducing enemy activity

\r\nSeries of exchanges

\r\nDynamic exchanges

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\r\n4. Pawn Play

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\r\nGaining space

\r\nCreating weaknesses

\r\nPassed pawns

\r\nPawn majorities

\r\nPawn chains

\r\nDynamics

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\r\n5. Prophylaxis

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\r\nRestriction

\r\nProphylaxis

\r\nProvocation

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\r\n6. Miscellaneous

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\r\nWeak squares

\r\nWeak pawns

\r\nDoubled pawns

\r\nBlockade

\r\nThe initiative

\r\nThe link between tactics and strategy

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\r\nExercises

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\r\n1-20: The bishop

\r\n21-40: The knight

\r\n41-60: The rook

\r\n61-69: The queen

\r\n70-81: The king

\r\n82-90: The bishop pair

\r\n91-96: Exchanges - material advantage

\r\n97-104: Exchanges - positional advantage

\r\n105-114: Exchanges - key pieces

\r\n115-126: Exchanges - attack

\r\n127-136: Exchanges - defence

\r\n137-148: Exchanges - activity

\r\n149-154: Series of exchanges

\r\n155-162: Dynamic exchanges

\r\n163-174: Gaining space

\r\n175-192: Creating weaknesses

\r\n193-208: Passed pawns

\r\n209-218: Pawn majorities

\r\n219-228: Pawn chains

\r\n229-246: Dynamics

\r\n247-266: Restriction

\r\n267-286: Prophylaxis

\r\n287-306: Provocation

\r\n307-314: Weak squares

\r\n315-324: Weak pawns

\r\n325-334: Doubled pawns

\r\n335-350: Blockade

\r\n351-366: The initiative

\r\n367-382: The link between tactics and strategy

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\r\nSolutions

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\r\nIndex of players

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\r\nFigurine Notation, 489 Seiten, 2010, kartoniert, englisch.'

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\r\nThis outstanding book is a product of his many years\'' work as a full-time chess teacher, and is specifically designed as part of a structured training programme to improve strategic thinking. It focuses on a wide range of key subjects and provides a basic foundation for strategic play. Furthermore, in addition to the many examples, there\''s an abundance of carefully selected exercises which allow readers to monitor their progress and put into practice what they have just learned. Following such a course is an ideal way for players of all standards to improve. Although designed mainly for students, this book is also an excellent resource for chess teachers and trainers.

\r\n

\r\n- An essential course in chess strategy

\r\n

\r\n- Contains over 400 pages of Grandmaster advice

\r\n

\r\n- Includes more than 350 training exercises

\r\n

\r\n

\r\n

\r\nContents

\r\n

\r\nBibliography

\r\n

\r\nPreface

\r\n

\r\nIntroduction

\r\n

\r\n1. Basic Concepts of Strategy

\r\n

\r\nIntroduction

\r\nA review of the concepts

\r\n

\r\n2. Improving the Pieces

\r\n

\r\nThe bishop

\r\nThe knight

\r\nThe rook

\r\nThe queen

\r\nThe king

\r\nThe bishop pair

\r\n

\r\n3. Exchanges

\r\n

\r\nRealizing a material advantage

\r\nRealizing a positional advantage

\r\nEliminating key pieces

\r\nFacilitating an attack

\r\nFacilitating the defence

\r\nReducing enemy activity

\r\nSeries of exchanges

\r\nDynamic exchanges

\r\n

\r\n4. Pawn Play

\r\n

\r\nGaining space

\r\nCreating weaknesses

\r\nPassed pawns

\r\nPawn majorities

\r\nPawn chains

\r\nDynamics

\r\n

\r\n5. Prophylaxis

\r\n

\r\nRestriction

\r\nProphylaxis

\r\nProvocation

\r\n

\r\n6. Miscellaneous

\r\n

\r\nWeak squares

\r\nWeak pawns

\r\nDoubled pawns

\r\nBlockade

\r\nThe initiative

\r\nThe link between tactics and strategy

\r\n

\r\nExercises

\r\n

\r\n1-20: The bishop

\r\n21-40: The knight

\r\n41-60: The rook

\r\n61-69: The queen

\r\n70-81: The king

\r\n82-90: The bishop pair

\r\n91-96: Exchanges - material advantage

\r\n97-104: Exchanges - positional advantage

\r\n105-114: Exchanges - key pieces

\r\n115-126: Exchanges - attack

\r\n127-136: Exchanges - defence

\r\n137-148: Exchanges - activity

\r\n149-154: Series of exchanges

\r\n155-162: Dynamic exchanges

\r\n163-174: Gaining space

\r\n175-192: Creating weaknesses

\r\n193-208: Passed pawns

\r\n209-218: Pawn majorities

\r\n219-228: Pawn chains

\r\n229-246: Dynamics

\r\n247-266: Restriction

\r\n267-286: Prophylaxis

\r\n287-306: Provocation

\r\n307-314: Weak squares

\r\n315-324: Weak pawns

\r\n325-334: Doubled pawns

\r\n335-350: Blockade

\r\n351-366: The initiative

\r\n367-382: The link between tactics and strategy

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\r\nSolutions

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\r\nIndex of players

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\r\nFigurine Notation, 489 Seiten, 2010, kartoniert, englisch.'