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Beyond Material

336 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 1. edition 2019.

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In order to win a game of chess you very often have to sacrifice material. Gathering the courage to do so while accurately assessing the potential benefits is a real challenge. The big question is always: what’s my compensation?

Generations of chess players grew up with the idea that a sacrifice was correct if the material was swiftly returned, with interest. Almost by reflex, they spent lots of time counting, quantifying the static value of their pieces. But is that really the best way to determine the correctness of a sacrifice?

In this book, Grandmaster Davorin Kuljasevic teaches you how to look beyond the material balance when you evaluate positions. With loads of instructive examples he shows how the actual value of your pieces fluctuates during the game, depending on many non-material factors. Some of those factors are space-related, such as mobility, harmony, outposts, structures, files and diagonals. Other factors are related to time, and to the way the moves unfold: tempo, initiative, a threat, an attack.

Modern chess players need to be able to suppress their need for immediate gratification. In order to gain the upper hand you often have to live with uncertain compensation. With many fascinating examples, Kuljasevic teaches you the essential skill of taking calculated risks. After studying Beyond Material, winning games by sacrificing material will become second nature to you.

Davorin Kuljasevic is an International Grandmaster born in Croatia. He graduated from Texas Tech University and played in USCL 2007 and 2008 for Dallas Destiny, the team that became US champion in both these years. He is an experienced coach and a winner of many tournaments.

Language English
Author Kuljasevic, Davorin
Publisher New in Chess
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 650 g
Width 17 cm
Height 23.5 cm
Pages 336
ISBN-13 978-90-5691-860-6
Year of Publication 2019
Binding paperback

006 Explanation of symbols

007 Preface

011 Chapter 1 - Attachment to material

035 Chapter 2 - Relative value of material

066 Test exercises - introduction

067 Test exercises

069 Chapter 3 - Time beats material

135 Test exercises

137 Chapter 4 - Space beats material

198 Test exercises

201 Chapter 5 - Psychology of non-materialism

259 Test exercises

261 Chapter 6 - Is it good to be greedy in chess?

299 Test exercises

301 Chapter 7 - Solutions

331 Index of names

335 Bibliography

336 Author’s biography


Beyond Material