More Simple Chess: Moving on from the Basics

Overview

Most experts agree that to reach a high standard at chess, one must not only be able to calculate properly but also master the many positional points of the game. However, while tactical ability is clear-cut and can be improved simply by the continual practice of puzzles, learning the finer points of positional play that come so naturally to Grandmasters can seem like a frightening task for the less experienced player. In this book, Grandmaster John Emms aims to solve this problem, giving the reader a thorough ...
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Overview

Most experts agree that to reach a high standard at chess, one must not only be able to calculate properly but also master the many positional points of the game. However, while tactical ability is clear-cut and can be improved simply by the continual practice of puzzles, learning the finer points of positional play that come so naturally to Grandmasters can seem like a frightening task for the less experienced player. In this book, Grandmaster John Emms aims to solve this problem, giving the reader a thorough grooming on all the crucial aspects of chess strategy. Moving on from the basic principles, Emms draws upon both his own experiences and those of other international players to unravel the mystery surrounding positional chess. This book will be particularly helpful for those who have previously honed their chess skills with the highly popular Simple Chess.

*An advanced course in chess strategy
*Written by an experienced chess professional
*Ideal for club and tournament players

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857443431
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

John Emms is one of Britain's strongest Grandmasters and has represented England in various team tournaments. He has many works to his name, including Sicilian Kan and Attacking with 1 e4. He is resident in the UK.
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Table of Contents

Bibliography 5
Introduction 7
1 Problem Pieces 9
Improving your worst placed piece 9
Power plays 13
Inducement 17
Exercises 21
2 Inside Trading 22
Early impressions of exchanges 23
An exchange as part of a combination 25
Removing a defender 26
Removing an attacker 30
Exchanging your worst placed piece 32
Matching, similar and unlike exchanges 36
Retaining a piece for attacking purposes 37
Retaining a piece for defensive purposes 39
Offering an exchange to open lines 41
Exchanging to inflict weaknesses 42
Offering a trade to gain structural advantages 48
Avoiding an exchange to leave an opposing piece vulnerable 50
The superfluous piece 53
Considering the strength of the remaining pieces 57
Exchanging to increase control over a colour complex 60
Exchanging to emphasise weaknesses 61
Exercises 63
3 Of Minor Importance 64
The unopposed bishop 64
Taming the bishop pair 69
A step backwards 76
Exercises 83
4 Dancing Queens 84
Queen power 84
After eating the poisoned pawn: fighting or running away? 84
Replacing the bishop 93
Finding a suitable home 100
Exercises 104
5 Concerning Kings 105
Castling by condition? 105
The storming king 111
King calamities 115
Exercises 117
6 Rampant Rooks 118
Outpost on an open file 118
Working from home 122
Rooks and restraint 128
Exercises 131
7 Solutions to Exercises 132
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