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The King is a Powerful Piece


280 pages, paperback, Mongoose, 1. edition 2017

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Cowering in the middlegame, towering in the endgame: chess theory teaches that the king needs protection from enemy pieces until the ending, when finally it can come out from hiding to decisive effect. But what if the king can take care of itself, and even march out to battle with its army? FIDE Master and coach Tigran Gyozalyan fills a gap in the chess literature with the first systematic exploration of the king’s role and capabilities in the opening and the middlegame.

Relying on a selection of more than one hundred international games, the author shows how strong players - from Steinitz and Alekhine to Karpov and Kasparov - transcend general chess advice to put the king to good use and tip the scales in their favor. Illustrative games and positions to deepen your understanding complement this comprehensive treatment.

Broaden your chess horizons, get the edge on your opponents and show them, when they least expect it, that The King Is a Powerful Piece.

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Weight 324 g
Manufacturer Mongoose
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2017
Author Tigran Gyozalyan
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9781936277803
Pages 280
Binding paperback

005 Foreword

007 Preface

009 Introduction

013 Chapter 1: The Aggressive King

056 Chapter 2: The Active King

076 Chapter 3: The King Finds Safe Haven

106 Chapter 4: Evacuating the King Ahead of Your Opponent’s Attack

124 Chapter 5: Removing the King Ahead of Your Own Attack

141 Chapter 6: The King Protects Weaknesses

157 Chapter 7: The King Facilitates Major-Piece Coordination

183 Chapter 8: Giving Up Castling Voluntarily

253 Illustrative Games

268 Exercises

272 Solutions

278 Afterword

279 Nikita Glebovich Alekseev

280 About the Author