When released in 2002, the first volume of The Magic of Chess Tactics by FIDE Master Claus Dieter Meyer and German Grandmaster Karsten Müller was extremely popular. It was one of the first books to deal with tactics on high level. Like the first book, intended for advanced (Elo 1800+) players, this second volume puts special tactical motifs and themes under the analytical microscope.
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|Author / Authors||Claus Dieter Meyer, Klaus Müller|
|Publication date||1st edition 2018|
|Height||23.5 cm / 9.25 inch|
Complicated tactics – the kind that separate tournament winners from the pack – require intuition, imagination and precision. The focus in this book is on attacking techniques and transformations.
The contents include:
The reader will find the analysis comprehensive and challenging. Dozens of exercises help reinforce the reader’s understanding of this complex subject matter. So, roll up your sleeves and prepare to ride herd on tactical fireworks and sharpen your tactical skills.
FIDE Master Claus Dieter Meyer has become well known in Germany as an analyst and chess trainer. He has authored and translated many chess books. Though in retirement now, he still has a passion for analyzing and training. He resides in Bremen, Germany.
Grandmaster Dr. Karsten Müller has been recognized as one of the world’s experts on the endgame. He is the co-author with international master Frank Lamprecht of the highly acclaimed Secrets of Pawn Endings (2000) and Fundamental Chess Endings (2001). Also quite popular is his 2009 work, Bobby Fischer, The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion. His passion for chess tactics can be seen in several books, including the four Chess Puzzle books, The Magic of Chess Tactics, and the revised editions of The Art of Sacrifice in Chess and The Tactician’s Handbook. He resides in Hamburg Germany.
006 Foreword by Viswanathan Anand
008 (1) Attacking with the Queen and Knight
022 (2) The Knight on the Attack
022 (2.1) Dark-square weaknesses on the kingside
029 (2.2) The octopus on f5 or d5
036 (2.3) Line-clearance sacrifice of the knight
046 (2.4) Focal point f7
047 (2.5) Invasion by enemy forces
049 (2.6) Enduring attacks and endgame attacks
066 (3) Attacking with Bishops of Opposite Colors
066 (3.1) Attacking the kingside castled positions along the dark squares
077 (3.2) Attacking the kingside castled positions along the white squares
080 (3.3) Both kings in the crossfire
084 (4) Pins
093 (5) Learn from the World Champions
093 (5.1) Magnus Carlsen
093 (5.1.1) Positional powerplay
098 (5.1.2) Powerplay in the endgame
106 (5.2) Garry Kasparov
111 (5.3) Viswanathan Anand
120 (6) Exchanges & Transformations
120 (6.0) Transformations (A few thoughts)
122 (6.1) Exchanges
122 (6.1.1) Salvation in a drawn endgame
124 (6.1.2) Liquidation into rook endings
125 (6.1.3) Liquidation into pawn endings
139 (6.2) The side with the knight aims for static control, the side with the bishop for dynamic control
139 (6.2.1) The side with the knight is playing for the win
143 (6.2.2) The side with the bishop is playing for the win
145 (6.3) Is static play the order of the day, or dynamic transformation?
188 Index of Players
191 Photo Credits
192 About the Authors