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Mastering Chess Strategy

Mastering Chess Strategy

How many young players in our country spending their time playing chess on the net? Too many. How many of them memorize their favorite opening variations? Too many.  How many ,when faced by a novelty, but not necessarily in their memory book move,  in their favorite opening, react correctly ? very few !!! Why? Because they felt in the learning psychological trap: more I memorize moves, much stronger I am, more unbeatable I am, more winner I am. And you can  read on their faces the shocking look about z certain Fritz or Rypka engine evaluation of their chosen moves: loss, nearly loss, completely loss, or mat in 7 for your king!!

Then, a certain player of those group approaches an experienced player, who also works as a chess coach, and after showing him the moves of the game, asks him : Sir, can you please explain to me why I lost my game? I played the opening very well. And the reply comes:  but you allowed to double your pawns, and your opponent had a strong knight on a dominating outpost. And the young player replies: Outpost?! Strong knight?!  But this is not mentioned in the variation I played. The coach replies: So you need to master some chess strategy !!!

And how many of the our young generation accepted the   recommendation   to read books having Strategies as main topics? Very few. They like books on openings, and mat in N moves. So they prefer unconsciously to spend their time , and money, on  gaining  a certain experience on strategic themes by trial and error experience. They can save  time and money by reading carefully one of the new strategic book on the market: Mastering Chess Strategy, written by the Swedish Grandmaster and coach Johan Hellsten. The book is a collection and product of his many years work as coach on international scenes, and the most topics covered are:

-         Improving the pieces

-         Exchanges

-         Eliminating key pieces

-         Facilitating an attack

-         Facilitating the defense

-         Dynamic exchanges

-         Pawn play

-         Prophylaxis

-         Restriction and provocation

-         Weak squares

-         Weak pawns

-         Blockade

-         Initiative

Also the author concluded the book by more than 350 ! typical exercises. And much more are covered in the 490 pages !!!


What is ideal in the content, is the explanatory comments, no complicated variations, classical positions (do our young players know the classical games ? I wonder) are explained in a professional way, so that the idea reaches the reader’s mind and stays there!! And I am sure that the average player will raise at least 200 points on his Elo.


Highly recommended.


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