Mastering Positional Sacrifices: A Practical Guide to a Vital Skill in Chess - Merijn van Delft (K-5835)

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Most chess games of beginners and post-beginners are decided by fairly straightforward tactics. Anyone who wants to progress beyond this level and become a strong club player or a candidate master, needs to understand that somewhat mysterious-looking resource, the positional sacrifice.

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Language versionsEnglish
Author / AuthorsMerijn van Delft
PublisherNew In Chess
Publication date1st edition 2020
Pages320
ISBN9789056918835
HardcoverNo
PaperbackYes
DownloadableNo
Width17 cm / 6.69 inch
Height23.5 cm / 9.25 inch

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International Master Merijn van Delft has studied and loved positional sacrifices for as long as he can remember. This non-forcing tool is not just a surprising and highly effective way of creating a decisive advantage during a game. Positional sacrifices are also instruments of superior beauty.

Van Delft has created a unique thematic structure for all types of positional sacrifices. He shows the early historical examples, explains which long-term goals are typical for each fundamental theme and presents lots of instructive modern examples. He then concentrates on those sacrifices that have become standard features of positional play. Solving the exercises he has added will further enhance your skills.

Playing a positional sacrifice will always require courage. Merijn van Delft takes you by the hand and not only teaches the essential technical know-how, he also helps you to recognize the opportunities when to take the plunge. Mastering Positional Sacrifices is bound to become a modern-day classic.

Merijn van Delft is an International Master from the Netherlands. He has been a chess trainer for more than two decades and created instructional material both online and offline.

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Mastering Positional Sacrifices: A Practical Guide to a Vital Skill in Chess - Merijn van Delft (K-5835)

Mastering Positional Sacrifices: A Practical Guide to a Vital Skill in Chess - Merijn van Delft (K-5835)

 ANNOUNCEMENT 

Most chess games of beginners and post-beginners are decided by fairly straightforward tactics. Anyone who wants to progress beyond this level and become a strong club player or a candidate master, needs to understand that somewhat mysterious-looking resource, the positional sacrifice.

Content

006 Explanation of symbols
007 Introduction
015 Part I Fundamental themes
016 Chapter 1 Piece play
016 1.1 Opening files
024 1.2 Opening closed positions
034 1.3 Opening diagonals
040 Chapter 2 Pawn structure
040 2.1 Perfect pawn centre
049 2.2 Pawn steamroller
059 2.3 Mighty pawn chain
067 Chapter 3 Colour complex
067 3.1 Dark squares
075 3.2 Light squares
084 Chapter 4 Domination
084 4.1 Total domination
093 4.2 Domination in the endgame
103 Part II Typical positional sacrifices
104 Chapter 5 Typical pawn sacrifices
104 5.1 Benko Gambit
112 5.2 Marshall Gambit
122 5.3 Powerplay with white
134 5.4 Counterplay with black
145 Chapter 6 Typical exchange sacrifices
145 6.1 Russian exchange sacrifice
152 6.2 French exchange sacrifice
158 6.3 Sicilian exchange sacrifice
164 6.4 Allowing ...Bxa1
170 6.5 The bishop snatcher
175 6.6 Building a repertoire
183 Part III Testing the limits
184 Chapter 7 Extreme sports
184 7.1 Double exchange sacrifice
198 7.2 Queen sacrifice
210 7.3 Rook sacrifice
221 Chapter 8 Heroes
221 8.1 The mighty knight
226 8.2 Fire on board
231 8.3 Contemporary chess
243 Chapter 9 Superhuman
243 9.1 Man versus machine
246 9.2 AlphaZero
253 9.3 Leela
265 Part IV Training material
266 Chapter 10 Exercises
275 Chapter 11 Solutions to exercises
309 Index of players
313 Bibliography

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