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Chess Analytics

320 pages, paperback, Russel, 1. edition 2012

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You are invited to take an instructive journey with one of the most successful chess coaches of our era, Greek grandmaster Efstratios Grivas . Over 40 critical aspects of the royal game are examined by this experienced, well-respected trainer.

Grivas presents almost 240 games, most with complete scores to assist comprehension, illustrating his themes with practical, insightful examples and explanations. And the convenient structure of the book is such that the reader may pick and choose the topics in any order.

There is a broad range of the subjects which are covered. You will find well-known subjects like back-rank mate combinations, chapters about isolated pawns, strong squares, etc., as well as less commonly presented patterns, such as the chapters "False Guards" or "The King’s Golden Cage."

Topics include: Pinning, Shattered Pawns, the Weak d5-square, Doubled f-pawns, the Double Exchange Sacrifice, the f4 Break, Planning, Opening Diagonals, Small Advantages, Sacrifices for the Initiative, Rook vs. Bishop Pair, Pawns on the Seventh Rank and many more!

The guiding principle of these themes is their practical value. This is particularly true in the endgame section where the author deals with structures which occur relatively often but are rarely presented in chess literature.

The structure of each chapter is clear and methodical. The concept is explained in a few lines and illustrated in carefully selected, annotated master games. A conclusion with practical hints rounds off each section. Chess Analytics: Training with a Grandmaster will help add a new dimension to your game.

More Information
Weight 430 g
Manufacturer Russel
Width 15,1 cm
Height 22,8 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2012
Author Efstratios Grivas
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1936490417
Pages 320
Binding paperback

005 Foreword by Robert Zysk

The Middlegame

007 Pinning

011 Shattered Kingside Pawns

018 The Weak d5-square

025 The Important f5-square

030 Rook on the Run

036 Sacrifices for the Initiative

041 The Central Strike

047 Mate on the Back Rank

057 Dancing Knights

063 Doubled f-pawns

073 Queen Sac around the King

081 A King’s Golden Cage

088 The Useless Isolani

096 Driving Forces

102 Emptying the Queenside

107 False Guards

114 The Double Exchange Sacrifice

120 Losing a Queen

126 Twins

131 The f4 Break

137 Planning

143 Recipes from the Grandmaster’s Kitchen

146 Opening Diagonals

153 Small Advantages

The Endgame

164 Keep Your Rooks Active!

170 A Trapped Rook

175 Losing a Drawn Rook Ending

180 Technical Rook Endings

187 The Isolani in the Endgame

193 Knight and Three Pawns vs. Rook

198 Rook vs. the Bishop Pair

202 The Bishop Pair vs. the Exchange

206 Pawns on the Seventh Rank

214 A King’s March

220 Pawn Endings

228 Rook and Knight

231 Rook and Rook-pawn vs. Bishop & Rook-pawn

248 The Square

253 Queen vs. Rook


262 Critical Games

280 Strength of a Novelty

288 The a7 Forepost

292 David Bronstein (1924-2006)

300 Facing a Good Friend

303 FIDE World Cup 2007

312 Player Index

316 Opening Index

319 Bibliography

320 About the Author