This book is about the practical approach to the game of chess. It shaped me as a player and now I would like to share my philosophy with you. My objective is to combat several generally accepted misconceptions such as
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|Author / Authors||Alexander Ipatov|
|Publication date||1st edition 2019|
|Width||17 cm / 6.69 inch|
|Height||23.5 cm / 9.25 inch|
The last fallacy is especially dangerous because it implies that players will keep on making the best moves over the board, and therefore sidelines should never be played as the opponent will always find a way to retain and convert the advantage. That is in theory. In practice, however, many players will feel like fish out of water once they end up in a position that is objectively better for them, but one that they have never analyzed. Overall, based on my experience as a chess professional, I strongly believe that the above-mentioned fallacies do not hold true empirically,
The book is divided into four parts.
Part I covers sidelines in the mainstream openings where I take a major opening and analyze one or several sidelines. This is the most theoretical part of the book, where I share a significant amount of original thoughts and analyses that constitute my opening repertoire.
Part II discusses the concept that I refer to as systems. It still involves theory, but less so in comparison to Part I. What I am trying to convey in this part is the “schematic thinking” – where you think in terms of plans and typical ideas.
Part III takes one step further in abstraction – it analyzes notable modern games where one player showed ambition early on in the game and it worked out well for him.
Part IV covers the so-called “early surprises” where early on in the game a player implemented a move that shocked his opponent.
004 Key to Symbols
007 Preface PART I -Sidelines In Mainstream Openings
013 Chapter 1 - Early Deviations in the Ruy Lopez
047 Chapter 2 - Later Deviations in the Ruy Lopez
109 Chapter 3 - Scotch Game
131 Chapter 4 - Caro-Kann Defense
153 Chapter 5 - Rauzer Variation
163 Chapter 6 - Philidor Defense
177 Chapter 7 - Nimzo-Indian Defense PART II - Systems
197 Chapter 8 - Double Fianchetto
237 Chapter 9 - 1.d4 d6
273 Chapter 10 - Malakhov System PART III - Showing Ambitions PART IV - Early Surprises
359 Final Thoughts