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Kosikov: Elements of Chess Strategy

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'Forming a plan is the most important goal of logical chess thought. Without a good plan, we are reduced to tactical opportunism, rather than harnessing the power of our pieces to achieve specific tasks and make methodical progress towards victory.
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\r\nHowever, few chess-players - even those fortunate enough to have a trainer - develop a disciplined approach to planning. In this book, one of the world\''s leading chess teachers provides step-by-step guidelines for identifying the features of a position onto which our strategy should be latched. He adopts a thoroughly modern approach, recognizing that the opponent will have his own plans and be attempting to disrupt ours. The effectiveness of Kosikov\''s methods - in particular the STEPS algorithm - is shown by his pupils\'' over-the-board proficiency.
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\r\nHaving presented the basics of orderly strategic thinking, Kosikov shows them at work in a variety of middlegame and endgame situations, especially the strategic minefield of minor-piece play. Examples are taken from both classic games and modern grandmaster play, together with instructive moments from games by the author\''s pupils.
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\r\nAlexei Kosikov is a chess master from Ukraine who has enjoyed an illustrious career as a chess trainer. He has nurtured a vast array of chess talents, including nine who have achieved grandmaster titles, perhaps most notably Vladimir Baklan and Dmitry Komarov. He has written extensively about chess - and combinations in particular - and was a frequent lecturer at the Yusupov/Dvoretsky elite chess school, to whose training manuals he also contributed.
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\r\nContents
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\r\nPreface 5
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\r\nSymbols 5
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\r\nIntroduction 6
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\r\n1 Devising a Plan in a Game of Chess 9
\r\nElements of Chess Strategy 9
\r\nProphylactic Thinking and Anticipation of Events 13
\r\nThe Principle of Two Weaknesses 14
\r\nManoeuvring 17
\r\nThe Principle of the ‘Worst’ Piece 20
\r\nAnswers to Exercises for Chapter 1 22
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\r\n2 ‘STOPS’ – A System of Self-Discipline in Chess 43
\r\nAnswer to Exercise for Chapter 2 50
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\r\n3 The Advantage of the Bishop-Pair 51
\r\nBishop or Knight? 51
\r\nBishop Stronger than Knight 52
\r\nKnight Stronger than Bishop 57
\r\nTwo Bishops in the Middlegame 60
\r\nTwo Bishops in the Middlegame: Associated Factors 62
\r\nThe ‘Advantage of the Knight-Pair’ 64
\r\nThe Problem of Exchanging 68
\r\nTwo Bishops in the Endgame 71
\r\nTwo Bishops against Two Knights in the Endgame 76
\r\nMethods of Combating the Two Bishops in the Endgame 78
\r\nTransformation of the Advantage 81
\r\nThe Passed Pawn 84
\r\nThe Bishop-Pair in the Endgame – How Much is it Worth? 85
\r\nThe ‘Best Odds’ Principle 87
\r\nAnswers to Exercises for Chapter 3 90
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\r\n4 Warning – Trap Ahead! 105
\r\nAnswers to Exercises for Chapter 4 120
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\r\n5 Opposite Bishops in the Middlegame 126
\r\nBishop Power 126
\r\nThe Initiative 130
\r\nAttacking the King 134
\r\nAttacking the King with Minimal Material 136
\r\nOpen File and Passed Pawn 138
\r\nProphylaxis 140
\r\nPiece Coordination 142
\r\nDefence 143
\r\nThe Pawn-Structure 145
\r\nAnswers to Exercises for Chapter 5 149
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\r\nIndex of Players 157
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\r\n159 Seiten, 2010, kartoniert, englisch.'