Chess Blueprints: Planning in the Middlegame by Nikolay Yakovlev

By Nikolay Yakovlev

Making plans is necessary to successful in chess. whereas different writers provide you with pondering instruments for construction a good plan, in Chess Blueprints: making plans within the Middlegame Nikolay Yakovlev grants the bricks - the positional topics and styles it's essential to understand for you to utilize these fancy instruments. With 188 positions and 559 diagrams starting from the classics to little-known gemstones of Russian chess, the writer demanding situations you to shape your personal influence after which see how the masters honed in at the key parts to accomplish victory, or ignored them and went all the way down to defeat. in the event you fortress, or press the assault? Are rolling heart pawns worthy a bit? the place does choice finish and obstinacy commence? faraway from a dry directory of principles and examples, Chess Blueprints: making plans within the Middlegame is a wealthy selection of strategic tips and mental recommendation that will help you behavior the assault, defeat your opponent's aggression, and make the most of a tiny endgame virtue.

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After all, the opening is the easiest stage of the 40 A Promoted Pawn - My Chess Journey game: you basically need to develop your forces. After that, you’ll need to calculate variations, compose plans, and so forth. These tasks are much more difficult and require more time to do properly. This is why you need to reserve more time for the middlegame and endgame than for the opening. Moreover, if you look at the games of other players, even strong Grandmasters, you can see that very often the result of the game is decided closer to the end, not the opening.

When I started playing chess, my progress was quite rapid. I won a few tournaments, raised my rating, and was considered to be a very promising player – so much so, my parents expected a great career from me. The reality of my career, though, was nothing like that at all. Unlike Magnus Carlsen, I didn’t get invited to world class events in my early teenage years. Sometimes I didn’t win at critical times and I felt a lot of pressure when I played. My parents were average working people, with average wages.

Psychologists state that the character of a person is formed by the age of five. Since nature defines character so early in life, it sort of goes against the grain to try and change weaknesses into strengths. It is better to identify and focus on improving strengths that are already formed. Yes, do cover weaknesses, but focus on the strengths. If you are the student, try not to fall into the common misconception that traps many chess players. I call it the ‘weakness trap’ and it basically is the well-known piece of advice: “In order to progress at chess, one must analyze one’s games, find one’s weaknesses and then work to get rid of them”.

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