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The Science of Strategy

240 pages, paperback, Quality, 1. edition 2019

From the series »Chess Classics«

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Chess is a strategically deep game and it is no surprise that players often struggle to find the right strategy over the board. Computers may be able to show a good move in a position, but they can’t explain how it should fit into an overall plan.

In The Science of Strategy , Alexander Kotov takes a methodical approach to this mysterious subject, breaking it down into clear themes. He starts with the crucial role of the pawn in chess, before systematically discussing a series of key strategic elements to complete the overall picture. Finally, building on what has gone before, one of the most difficult aspects of chess is discussed: the ability to evaluate a position and conceive a plan on the basis of this evaluation.

Kotov’s clear and methodical style makes this book an ideal guide to chess strategy. He describes the chess in words rather than relying overmuch on variations, and illustrates his ideas in insightfully annotated positional games, with the likes of Alekhine, Botvinnik and Karpov featuring heavily.

Alexander Kotov was a formidable grandmaster of the Soviet school. He was the 1948 Soviet Champion (jointly with Bronstein), and a member of the USSR gold-medal-winning team at the 1952 and 1954 Olympiads. He is also renowned as a chess author, most famously for Think Like a Grandmaster.

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Weight 460 g
Manufacturer Quality
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2019
Author Alexander Kotov
Series Chess Classics
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1-78483-079-3
Pages 240
Binding paperback

003 Publisher’s Foreword

006 Preface

007 1. The Pawn - Its Strength and Weakness

008 Pawn structure in the centre

008 Closed centre

020 Open centre

026 Mobile centre

050 Fixed centre

072 Volatile centre

095 2. Attack in the Centre and on the Queenside

095 Characteristics of central and queenside attacks

097 Attacking with pieces

106 Pawn offensives

111 Open files

123 Pawn sacrifices for opening files

129 Other typical methods of attack

137 Transferring the attack from one wing to the other

143 3. Play on Both Wings

158 Tacking to and fro

167 4. Defence and Counterattack

167 Sense of danger

172 Creating maximum difficulties

175 Transition to the endgame

178 Removing the king from the danger zone

182 Counterattack

187 5. Manoeuvring

197 6. “Simple” Situations

198 Simple situations of the endgame type

201 Simple situations of the combinative type

207 7. Major Piece Endings

213 8. Positional Evaluation - Planning

215 Unified plan

225 Creative thinking

235 Game Index

237 Index of Openings

238 Name Index

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