By Steve Giddins
Steve Giddins has selected 50 supremely instructive video games - a few previous, a few new, and together with many who few readers could have obvious prior to. He has annotated those video games intimately from a contemporary point of view, explaining the invaluable classes that may be learnt from them, whereas heading off the damaging dogma that characterised many older works of this sort. subject matters contain: Attacking the King, Defence, Piece strength, and Endgame subject matters. every one online game is through a recap of the most classes to be learned.
Giddins writes in a hugely obtainable down-to-earth type that appeals to membership gamers looking to increase their knowing of useful chess. His wisdom of Russian-language chess literature has enabled him to discover many glorious examples that experience no longer seemed in earlier western literature.
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D1 Bringing the king to cl to defend the b2pawn, in anticipation of Black's later doubling of rooks on the b-file. e718 f4lDd419 Wcl (D) B The diagram vividly shows the strength of the centralized black knight, which dominates the position. By contrast, while the g2-bishop may look active, it in fact just controls an empty diagonal, and does not cause Black any inconvenience at all. ••h5! A very classy move, and our first example of a theme about which we shall have much more to say later in this book: the principle of two weaknesses.
Recapturing with the d6-pawn would leave a terrible hole on e5 for White's pieces, hence Black's next move is forced. 15•••bxc5 16liJd2! An excellent move, challenging the strong knight on e4 and freeing the f-pawn to drive the knight away. In a previous game, Keres had reached an almost identical position against Max Euwe, who had played the weaker move b5. Although it looks tempting to create a queenside pawn-majority in this way, the release of pressure from the c5-square frees Black's hand to counter in the centre and kingside, and Keres went on to create good counter-chances in that game.
Xc6 This move characterizes the Exchange Variation of the Lopez, one of the classic knight vs bishop openings. White immediately surrenders the bishop-pair, in order to double Black's pawns. His usual strategy is to follow up with a quick d4, aiming to secure an exchange of pawns on d4. His idea is that in the resulting pawn-structure, White has a healthy 4 vs 3 pawn-majority on the kingside, which can be expected to produce a passed pawn in due course. Black, by contrast, has 4 vs 3 on the queenside, but since his pawns are doubled, he cannot force a passed pawn from such a structure.
50 Essential Chess Lessons by Steve Giddins