Chess Analytics: Training with a Grandmaster by Efstratios Grivas

84583ce1b83179a.jpeg Author Efstratios Grivas
Isbn 9781936490417
File size 7MB
Year 2012
Pages 320
Language English
File format PDF
Category games


Chess Analytics Training with a Grandmaster by Efstratios Grivas Foreword by Robert Zysk 2012 Russell Enterprises, Inc. Milford, CT USA Chess Analytics Training with a Grandmaster by Efstratios Grivas © Copyright 2012 Efstratios Grivas All Rights Reserved. No part of this book may be used, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any manner or form whatsoever or by any means, electronic, electrostatic, magnetic tape, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the express written permission from the publisher except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. ISBN: 978-1-936490-41-7 Published by: Russell Enterprises, Inc. PO Box 3131 Milford, CT 06460 USA http:/ / [email protected] Cover design by Nicolas Sphicas with Janel Lowrance Printed in the United States of America Table of Contents Foreword by Robert Zysk 5 The Middlegame Pinning 7 Shattered Kingside Pawns 11 The Weak d5-square 18 The Important f5-square 25 Rook on the Run 30 Sacrifices for the Initiative 36 The Central Strike 41 Mate on the Back Rank 47 Dancing Knights 57 Doubled f-pawns 63 Queen Sac around the King 73 A King's Golden Cage 81 The Useless Isolani 88 Driving Forces 96 Emptying the Queenside 1 02 False Guards 1 07 The Double Exchange Sacrifice 1 14 Losing a Queen 120 Twins 126 The f4 Break 131 Planning 137 Recipes from the Grandmaster's Kitchen 1 43 Opening Diagonals 1 46 Small Advantages 153 Chess Analytics The Endgame Keep Your Rooks Active! 1 64 A Trapped Rook 1 70 Losing a Drawn Rook Ending 1 75 Technical Rook Endings 1 80 The Isolani in the Endgame 1 87 Knight and Three Pawns vs. Rook 1 93 Rook vs. the Bishop Pair 198 The Bishop Pair vs. the Exchange 202 Pawns on the Seventh Rank 206 A King' s March 214 Pawn Endings 220 Rook and Knight 228 The Square 23 1 248 Queen vs. Rook 253 Rook and Rook-pawn vs. Bishop & Rook-pawn Miscellaneous Critical Games 262 Strength of a Novelty 280 The a7 Forepost 288 David Bronstein ( 1 924-2006) 292 Facing a Good Friend 300 FIDE World Cup 2007 303 Player Index 312 Opening Index 316 Bibliography 319 About the Author 320 4 Foreword Why do we read a chess book? There are mainly two reasons: we seek entertainment and we want to improve our play. While certainly entertaining, this book is clearly dedicated to the ambitious player who has reached a certain level and wants to improve even further. You want to advance from a medium player to a stronger player, from a strong player to a master? Well, you have made an excellent choice. Based on the analysis of high level games you will be presented with and have explained (this is something that your chess engine won't do for you!) important middlegame and endgame patterns, winning strategic plans, and typical mistakes. Several personal remarks about the author's and his students' tournament practice add another dimension, as you get an idea about the emotions involved in a tournament game. There is a broad range of the subjects which are covered. You will find well­ known subjects like back rank mate combinations, chapters about isolated pawns, strong squares, etc., as well as less commonly presented patterns, such as the chapters "False Guards" or "The King's Golden Cage." The guiding principle of these themes is their practical value. This is particularly true in the endgame section where the author deals with structures which occur relatively often but are rarely presented in chess literature. The structure of each chapter is clear and methodical. The concept is explained in a few lines and illustrated in carefully selected, annotated master games. A conclusion with practical hints rounds off each section. Working through the book will increase your general understanding of chess. Thus your progress will be permanent and sustainable. Unlike opening theory which is subject to rather dramatic changes in a relatively short period, the principal rules of chess strategy have remained the same over time. Personally, I particularly enjoyed the chapters about "Dancing Knights" and "Decisive Games" and the entire section about endings. Yes, sometimes you will need to go through a lot of analysis in this section but there is a good chance that this work will bring you the desired extra half-point in your tournament games. Some remarks about your author. I have known and have been good friends with Efstratios (Stratos) Grivas now for 30 years. He is a grandmaster and by definition an excellent player. But more importantly for you he is one of the world's leading chess trainers, one of those who can help you to become a grandmaster. (Well, I do admit that achieving that goal takes more than reading one book. It takes talent, time and tournament practice and . . . some luck!) Having been "brought up" as a chessplayer by leading trainers ofthe Eastern European Chess School, he has devoted almost two decades of his life to chess training. Consequently he is now an executive member of the FIDE trainer's commission. This position compels him to travel a lot, giving classes to future FIDE Trainers. Bottom line: you are in the safe hands of a real expert who is dedicated to chess training. That's the good news. 5 Chess Analytics Now the bad news: buying Stratos' book and even reading it is not enough. You have to work with it, you have to play through the games, follow the analyses and understand the concepts presented to reap the real benefits. This means that you will have to spend time and effort. And, of course, you will need to play some tournaments to put into practice what you learned. On the other hand, if you make that effort, you are almost sure to improve your success at chess substantially. And that's what you really want, right? I sincerely wish to all of you that you will experience this effect! International Master Robert Zysk Germany March 20 1 2 6 Pinning The Middlegame Pinning Concept The concept of pinning is a very simple one, as its definition is rather basic: the piece that is pinned cannot move either because it allows the op­ ponent to win material or because it is simply forbidden to do so! Pinning a piece is an everyday ac­ tion during a chess game, but the ques­ tion remains: how can we really ben­ efit from a pin? Well, there are many ways but the most often met are: Black seemed to have everything under control, but he had missed a de­ tail: 22.�xe6! �xe6 23.§xe6 §xe6 24..1}.d5 §fe8 Or 24 . . .'�£7 25.§el §fe8. 25.§el ctlf7 (D) ( 1 ) Instantly winning material; (2) Long-term win of material; ( 3 ) D isrupting the opponent's camp; and (4) Help an attack or a defense. Here we are going to see some ex­ amples that mostly deal with the sec­ ond concept. We shall start with the long-term pinned rook concept and the way to benefit from it. The first game is a clear case of our theme: Of course Black had counted on that position, based on his . . . f5 and ... �f6 plan. (1) Sulava - Kryvoruchko Calvi 2007 Queen's Gambit Declined [D4 1 ] 26.f4! f5 V£)f3 c5 2.c4 4Jf6 3.4Jc3 4Jc6 4.g3 d5 5.d4 e6 6.cxd5 4J x d5 7 . .1}.g2 .1}.e7 8.0-0 0-0 9.4J xd5 exd5 10.dxc5 .1}.xc5 1 1 . .1}.g5 f6 12 . .1}.d2 .1}.e6 13.e3 d4 14.exd4 4J xd4 1 5 . .1le3 4J xf3+ 16.� x f3 .1}.xe3 17. � xe3 �d7 18.§fdl �f7 1 9 . .1}. x b7 §ab8 20 . .1}.f3 § x b 2 21.§d6 §b6 (D) Or 26 . . . g6 27 .g4 f5 28.g5 +- . 27.g4! g6 27 . . .'�f6 28.g5+ 28.g5 And now Black can never unpin his rook without losing a great deal of ma­ terial. 28 ... h5 29.§e51 (D) 7 Chess Analytics Preparing the white king's journey on the queenside. 24.'it'al Ad5 25.Axe4 Axe4 26.�xe4+ �d5 27.f3 ± is a better try for Black) 23.Ag2! Axe5 24.dxe5 �xe5 (D) 29 ... §8e7 30.

Author Efstratios Grivas Isbn 9781936490417 File size 7MB Year 2012 Pages 320 Language English File format PDF Category Games Book Description: FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrDiggMySpaceShare Analytics The Method of Logical Analysis You are invited to take an instructive journey with one of the most successful chess coaches of our era, Greek grandmaster Efstratios Grivas. Over 40 critical aspects of the royal game are examined by this experienced, well-respected trainer. Grivas presents almost 240 games, most with complete scores to assist comprehension, illustrating his themes with practical, insightful examples and explanations. And the convenient structure of the book is such that the reader may pick and choose the topics in any order. Topics include: Pinning, Shattered Pawns, the Weak d5-square, Doubled f-pawns, the Double Exchange Sacrifice, the f4 Break, Planning, Opening Diagonals, Small Advantages, Sacrifices for the Initiative, Rook vs. Bishop Pair, False Guards, Pawns on the Seventh Rank and many more!     Download (7MB) Positional Chess Handbook A Guide to Attacking Chess Chess Endgame Training Mastering Chess Tactics Pawn Structure Chess Load more posts

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