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Mastering the Opening and Middlegame

320 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2018

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Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Mastering the Opening by Byron Jacobs and Mastering the Middlegame by Angus Dunnington in one volume.

These books are ideal for keen club players who want to improve and are seeking to better their understanding of these key stages of a chess game: the opening, when the battle lines are drawn and the middlegame when the armies commence hand to hand combat.

Both books are written in a user-friendly style with plenty of notes, tips and warnings to illustrate key points. The authors are experienced at writing for players of all levels and are particularly noted for their ability to explain ideas in a clear and straightforward fashion. The books are particularly useful for those players who honed their skills with the earlier Everyman Chess books Improve Your Opening Play andImprove Your Middlegame Play .

  • Revolutionary layout helps readers absorb the key ideas

  • Emphasis placed on the application of simple principles

  • Numerous exercises enable readers to gauge their progress

More Information
Weight 550 g
Manufacturer Everyman
Width 16,9 cm
Height 24,1 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2018
Author Byron JacobsAngus Dunnington
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9781781944707
Pages 320
Binding paperback

Mastering the Opening

005 Introduction

King Pawn Openings

007 1. The Sicilian with d2-d4

  • The Sveshnikov Sicilian

  • The Scheveningen Variation

  • The Dragon Variation

  • The Taimanov Varaition

026 2. The Sicilian without d2-d4

  • Closed Systems with 2 Nc3

  • The c3 Sicilian

036 3. 1 e4 e5: The Spanish and Others

  • The Spanish: The Classical Main Line

  • The Spanish: Other Variations

  • Others after 1 e4 e5

050 4. The French Defence

  • The Winawer Varaition

  • The Tarrasch Variation

  • The Advance Variation

065 5. The Caro-Kann Defence

  • The Caro-Kann Main Lines

  • The Advance Variation

075 6. 1 e4: Other Defences

  • Alekhine´s Defence

  • The Scandinavian Defence

  • The Pirc and Modern Defence

Queen Pawn Openings

089 7. The King's Indian Defence

  • The Classical Main Line

  • The Sämish Variation

  • The Four Pawns Attack

104 8. The Indian Defences

  • The Nimzo-Indian with 4 e3

  • The Nimzo-Indian with 4 Qc2

  • The Nimzo-Indian with 4 a3 or 4 f3

  • The Queen´s Indian Defence

  • The Bogo-Indian Defence

129 9. The Queen's Gambit Declined

  • The Classical Main Lines

  • The Slav Defence

  • The Semi-Slav Defence

145 10. 1 d4: Other Defences

  • The Queen´s Gambit Accepted

  • The Grünfeld-Defence

  • The Benoni Defence

  • The Dutch Defence

Other Openings

166 11. The English Opening

  • The English with ...e5

  • The English with ...c5

Mastering the Middlegame:

005 Introduction

007 1. Attacking the King

- The King in the Centre

- Castling on Opposite Wings

- Eliminating Defenders

- Stay Alert

- Try it Yourself

040 2. Definding - Keep Calm!

- Defence

- Counterattack

- The Knockout Blow

- Nobody´s Perfect

056 3. Opening Lines

- Infiltration

- Try Diagonal

- Try it Yourself

074 4. Using the Pieces

- The Rook on the Seventh Rank

- The Queen Sacrifice

- Bishops versus Knights

- Opposite-Coloured Bishops

- Try it Yourself

104 5. Using the Pawns

- Structural Strengths and eaknesses

- The Power of the d-pawn

- The Pawn Brak

- Sacrificing a Piece for Pawns

122 6. Further Ideas

- Creating and Using Outposts

- The Colour Complex

- Piece Placement

- Complex Situations

139 7. Solution to Exercises

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