Chess Analytics: Training with a Grandmaster by Efstratios Grivas

By Efstratios Grivas


The approach to Logical Analysis

You are invited to take an instructive trip with probably the most winning chess coaches of our period, Greek grandmaster Efstratios Grivas. Over forty serious facets of the royal video game are tested by means of this skilled, well-respected coach.

Grivas provides virtually 240 video games, so much with entire rankings to aid comprehension, illustrating his subject matters with useful, insightful examples and motives. And the handy constitution of the booklet is such that the reader may well choose and select the themes in any order.

Topics comprise: Pinning, Shattered Pawns, the susceptible d5-square, Doubled f-pawns, the Double alternate Sacrifice, the f4 holiday, making plans, establishing Diagonals, Small merits, Sacrifices for the Initiative, Rook vs. Bishop Pair, fake Guards, Pawns at the 7th Rank and plenty of extra!

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White is a pawn down but a tempt­ ing continuation is in the air. §xf6? This looks like a winner but in fact it is a losing move. h3. (41) Seirawan - Lobron Amsterdam 1 983 (D) 1 ... tf1Jb7?? Black wins with the spectacular l . 'ti¥c6!! (double deflection, coupled with a double attack) whereas the text move leads to the opposite result. 2. tfJJf l! 1-0 Somewhat more complicated cases can be of course connected to our theme but requires exact calculating abilities. xa7? 4)b4! This is an extremely tactical posi­ tion, where White has to find his way.

H3 Making luft for the king, prevent­ ing a future ... 4Jg4 and also threatening f4. 22 ... h6 23 . §acl. 4)c6 h7 (D) •.. b5 Seemingly strong, but in fact it only succeeds in further weakening Black's queenside. 16 . . Ab5 White has the advantage. I would say that in this position Black's main problem is the absence of a de­ cent plan. He is condemned to passiv­ ity and defense without much chance for the full point. a41 bxa4 Compulsory, as 17 . . b4? loses im­ mediately to 1 8 . d4 Ad6 1 9 .

The game is now complicated but unimpor­ tant for our theme from now on. 17 . § x h4 2 5 . �e2 � x h4 27 . Q. §e8 28 . �{2 � x f2 30 . §xe3 (D) Rook on the Run 1 6 ... §fel d x c4 18. g4 19 . d6?! h3 32 . cl 4) xd5 33 . Q. el 4) f5 35. f8 3 6 . c2 4) d 6 37. § x f8+ � xf8 38. E! c5 4)b6 5 1 . cl g3 5 2 . §f7 �e3 0-1 Later on, and as a result ofWhite's continuation, Black improved with 19 . . a6! h3 Ah5 2 1. 4Jg5? 4Je6 '{;lrd5 2 3 . l"l x e 2 f3! 4::\xfS § xf8 -+ Rohde­ Seirawan, Estes Park 1 986) 2 l .

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