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Attacking the Strongpoint - Limited Edition

240 pages, hardback, Russel, 1. edition 2020

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Signed, Numbered, Limited Hardcover Edition

Each book is signed by Igor Zaitsev. There will be only 200 of these unique collectors’ editions.

Grandmaster Igor Zaitsev ranks as one of the most creative chess minds ever in the history of the royal game. This is his book of secrets and methods, his remarkable life’s work.

Zaitsev unearthed astonishing ideas which even giants of the game had overlooked. World champions Tigran Petrosian and Anatoly Karpov insisted on Zaitsev’s analytical help in their matches, wanting to be first to play his profound discoveries, such as the famous Zaitsev Variation of the Ruy Lopez.

Zaitsev was himself a tournament champion. With his sharp, combinative style, he won dozens of “Most Beautiful Game” awards. Many of these games provide context for his lessons.

But Zaitsev is even more than a renowned coach and competitor. Part analyst, part champion, part chess philosopher, and part chess poet, he reveals the underlying logic and beauty of chess in a way no one else has ever done.

In his eye-opening title chapter, “Attacking the Strongpoint,” Zaitsev makes explicitly clear a common strategic element never formalized until this book. Often overlooked by amateurs and even GMs, the idea can lead to winning tactics in many games!

Backed up by top-level games, Zaitsev also provides deep-level explanations about:

  • Combinations and Piece Harmony

  • Strategy and Structure

  • Learning from the Cycle of Chess Epochs

  • The Role of Reason and Judgment

  • The Chess Law of Conservation of Energy

  • Strategy: Evolution vs. Revolution, Recognizing a Favorable Structure

As you read Zaitsev, you’ll often find yourself thinking, “Ah, now I get it!&rdquo

The volume is topped off by supplemental games, a complete autobiography by Zaitsev, a special foreword by world champion Garry Kasparov, as well as tributes and memories from world champion Anatoly Karpov and famed coach Mark Dvoretsky.

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Weight 420 g
Manufacturer Russel
Width 15,2 cm
Height 22,7 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2020
Author Igor Zaitsev
Edition 1
Pages 240
Binding hardback

005 Foreword by Garry Kasparov

009 A Tribute by Anatoly Karpov

011 Preface by Mark Dvoretsky

012 About the Author by Eduard Shekhtman

015 Author’s Foreword by Igor Zaitsev

017 Chapter One: Combinations

039 Chapter Two: Strategy and Structure

075 Chapter Three: The Role of Reason and Judgment

089 Chapter Four: Attacking the Strongpoint

125 Chapter Five: The Rule of Maintaining the Advantage

143 Chapter Six: The Philosophy of Strategy, Part I

151 Chapter Seven: The Philosophy of Strategy, Part II

159 On the Development of an Intelligent Concept in the Light of Philosophy by Igor Zaitsev

177 Point of Absurdity: Tigran Petrosian by Igor Zaitsev

183 Supplemental Games with Notes by Igor Zaitsev

195 A Brief Autobiography by Igor Zaitsev

211 Poems by Igor Zaitsev

219 It All Began with a Draw by Anatoly Karpov

222 Master of Analysis by Alexei Kuzmin

229 Epilogue: Personality on a Grand Scale! by Anatoly Bykhovsky

231 Afterword by Hugh Verrier

239 Articles by Igor Zaitsev: A Bibliography

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