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Key Concepts of Chess - vol. 1

197 pages, paperback, Thinkers Publishing, 1. edition 2021

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International master Herman Grooten has over 40 years of experience as a professional chess trainer. Countless of his pupils became strong chess players. The best known of these are the grandmasters Loek van Wely, Robin Swinkels, Wouter Spoelman, Dennis de Vreugt, Jan Werle, Twan Burg and Benjamin Bok.

In the field of journalism, he earned his spurs with chess columns in the newspapers Trouw and Het Eindhovens Dagblad. Since 2020 he has been co-owner of the popular Schaaksite.nl for which he has been writing articles for over ten years. As an author, he wrote several books of which the 2009 publication "Chess Strategy for Club Players" was awarded "Book of the Year" on Chesscafe.com.

Meanwhile, in his series "Understand before Moving " he has published several volumes that were received with great enthusiasm, both in Dutch and English.

This is the first volume of the new series "Key Concepts of Chess". The idea is to deal with middlegames in which a certain structure or essential theme becomes central. The idea of starting this series is in line with the "Understand before Moving" series because the aim, is to improve the understanding of club chess players. According to the author, playing an opening should be 'hung up' on stereotypical ideas and concepts belonging to this structure. The thorough exploration of middlegame structures is beyond the scope of opening books, hence it makes more sense to expose it in this complementary series.

In this first volume, the "Hedgehog System" is discussed in detail. Apart from being part of the author's repertoire, this typical set-up deserves to be widely highlighted. Although in the second part of the trilogy on the Sicilian, the Hedgehog has already made its appearance, in this book the seemingly fragile, but oh so treacherous creature can reconsider its spines in an extensive way.

More Information
Weight 380 g
Manufacturer Thinkers Publishing
Width 17 cm
Height 23,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2021
Author Herman Grooten
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9789464201253
Pages 197
Binding paperback

004 Symbols and bibliography

005 Explanation of visual aids

006 Contents

008 Foreword

011 Chapter 1 Learn from the Hedgehog Classics

012 Section 1.1 Introduction

013 Section 1.2 Bobby Fischer

019 Section 1.3 Julian Hodgson

025 Section 1.4 Ulf Andersson

029 Chapter 2 Typical ideas in the Hedgehog

030 Section 2.1 Introduction

037 Section 2.2 Background knowledge

038 Section 2.3 Schematic plans

040 Section 2.4 Typical Ideas for White

045 Section 2.5 Typical Ideas for Black

053 Chapter 3 Model Games with the Hedgehog

054 Section 3.1 Introduction

056 Section 3.2 Model Games for White

079 Section 3.3 Model Games for Black

103 Chapter 4 The ‘Maróczy Bind’ in Relationship to the Hedgehog

104 Section 4.1 Introduction

104 Section 4.2 History of the Maróczy

105 Section 4.3 Backgrounds of the Maróczy

108 Section 4.4 Variations featuring g3 and a Fianchetto

114 Section 4.5 Move Orders

125 Chapter 5 Own Experiences with the Hedgehog

126 Section 5.1 Introduction

127 Section 5.2 A “simple” knight fork

130 Section 5.3 An Attack from the Back Rank ...

135 Section 5.4 Rematch!

142 Section 5.5 An Instructive Defeat

149 Section 5.6 Combating the Double Fianchetto

156 Section 5.7 "Who was the Hacker Again?"

163 Chapter 6 Exercises with the Hedgehog

164 Section 6.1 Introduction

165 Section 6.2 Exercises with the Hedgehog

169 Chapter 7 Solutions

170 Section 7.1 Introduction

171 Section 7.2 Solutions

195 Chapter 8 Game Index

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