Magnus Carlsen's Middlegame Evolution
280 pages, hardback, Quality, 1. edition 2021
Magnus Carlsen’s mastery of the middlegame is astonishing, even by the standards of World Champions. But how did this power develop, and what can the rest of us learn from it? To explain the mysteries requires another elite grandmaster, and Ivan Sokolov is perfectly qualified for this role.
Magnus Carlsen’s Middlegame Evolution allows the reader to celebrate the brilliance of the highest-rated chess player in history while learning from his example. With insightfully annotated games, Sokolov takes us inside the mind of a chess genius.
GM Ivan Sokolov is a Yugoslav and twice Dutch Champion with decades of experience of elite chess. His peak rating was over 2700, and his extensive list of scalps includes Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand.
004 Key to Symbols used
009 1) A Minor Sacrifice
041 2) Pawn Majority in the Centre
071 3) Hanging Pawns in the Centre
099 4) Mastering the Nimzo-Indian Sämisch
141 5) Attack & Prophylaxis
159 6) Knight Dominates Bishop
171 7) Magnus is Human
235 8) Exercises
243 9) Solutions
270 Game Index
273 Opening Index
274 Game Index by Carlsen’s Opponents
275 Index of Photos
276 Name Index