Chess Middlegame Strategies, Vol. 2: Opening meets Middlegame by Ivan Sokolov (K-5353)

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In modern chess practice, the theory of the opening oft en stretches into the middlegame, sometimes quite deeply. When players choose particular opening variations, they are in essence deciding on the type of middlegame in which they would like to fi ght their opponents.

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Language versionsEnglish
Author / AuthorsIvan Sokolov
PublisherThinkers Publishing
Publication date 21 January 2018
Pages260
ISBN978-94-9251-020-4
HardcoverNo
PaperbackYes
DownloadableNo
Width17 cm / 6.69 inch
Height23.5 cm / 9.25 inch

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In this second volume of my “Chess Middlegame Strategies” series I have decided to focus on this connection between the opening and the middlegame. 
I have selected different themes from popular openings and examined the resulting middlegames, trying to offer a sort of user manual to guide readers through these middlegames. I have also offered some ideas on the theory of the different openings. The 30 games in this book cover a wide range of different middlegame types, so I hope there is something for everyone and that studying this book will enhance readers’ understanding of middlegame strategies. 
Only one chapter in this book, “Knight Tales”, is not related to a particular opening. It concentrates on the middlegame theme of knights versus bishops. Originally I had planned to present much more pure middlegame material, but sometimes in the work process we adjust the original plan and, well... this book is the product!
Naturally I still have this pure middlegame material in my work database and I do not exclude the possibility that volume three may arrive around the end of 2018. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this book and the game selection.

Ivan Sokolov
November 2017


CONTENT:
005 KEY TO SYMBOLS

007 PREFACE

009 CHAPTER I. SICILIAN STRATEGIES

009 1.1. Rauzer Ideas

010 Game 1. J. Klovans — M. Tal (1981)

015 Game 2. V. Anand — V. Kramnik (2000)

020 Game 3. T. Baron — Z. Kozul (2010)

029 Game 4. E. Prandstetter — Z. Kozul (1988)

035 Game 5. E. Geller — B. Larsen (1966)

038 1.2. Velimirovic Piece Sacrifice

040 Game 6. D. Velimirovic — U. Andersson (1982)

048 Game 7. D. Velimirovic — L. Gutman (1988)

065 Game 8. D. Velimirovic — M. Suba (1987)

069 1.3. Fortified Knight on e5

070 Game 9. J. Polgar — V. Topalov (2006)

078 Game 10. D. Ghizdavu — B. Spassky (1974)

082 Game 11. A. Karpov — B. Spassky (1982)

087 CHAPTER II. SPANISH PIECE SACRIFICE

088 Game 12. J. Polgar — B. Spassky (1993)

093 Game 13. H. Nakamura — V. Golod (2009)

096 Game 14. A. Rasmussen — I. Sokolov (2017)

109 Game 15. J. Polgar — I. Sokolov (2003)

121 CHAPTER III. THE CARO-KANN DOUBLED F-PAWN

122 Game 16. A. Khalifman — Y. Seirawan (1991)

131 Game 17. E. Torre — V. Kortschnoj (1978)

141 CHAPTER IV. BENONI STRATEGIES

141 4.1. Positional Exchange Sacrifice

142 Game 18. T. Petrosian — N. Rashkovsky (1976)

150 4.2. Kingside Structure Transformations

151 Game 19. E. Magerramov — G. Kasparov (1979)

166 Game 20. E. Bukic — M. Tal (1967)

173 4.3. Two Typical Sacrifices

174 Game 21. L. Le Quang — Saleh Salem (2015)

179 Game 22. V. Kortschnoj — G. Kasparov (1982)

191 CHAPTER V. CATALAN SACRIFICES

191 5.1. Knight Sacrifice on f7

192 Game 23. V. Mikhalevski — A. Rabinovich (1999)

204 Game 24. A. Giri — A. Morozevich (2012)

208 5.2. Pawn Chain Break with the b2-b3 Push

208 Game 25. B. Spassky — L. Zinn (1962)

222 Game 26. Ding Liren — W. So (2016)

233 CHAPTER VI. KNIGHT TALES

234 Game 27. A. Karpov — J. Timman (1982)

241 Game 28. A. Karpov — Z. Azmaiparashvili (1983)

249 Game 29. A. Karpov — M. Taimanov (1977)

256 Game 30. I. Sokolov — A. Miles (1989)

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Chess Middlegame Strategies, Vol. 2: Opening meets Middlegame by Ivan Sokolov (K-5353)

Chess Middlegame Strategies, Vol. 2: Opening meets Middlegame by Ivan Sokolov (K-5353)

In modern chess practice, the theory of the opening oft en stretches into the middlegame, sometimes quite deeply. When players choose particular opening variations, they are in essence deciding on the type of middlegame in which they would like to fi ght their opponents.

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