Superior introduction to most demanding part of chess. Basic concepts of middle game play are systematically and logically presented. Every significant idea is illustrated by well-chosen excerpts from master play, including games by Alekhine, Capablanca, Lasker, Reshevsky, Botvinnik, Marshall, Pillsbury, and other prominent players. 80 illustrations.
Among the most satisfying and successful chess maneuvers, the combination usually involves surprise and sacrifice to achieve a sudden advantage. This essential work explains principles, varieties, and techniques, plus the ideas behind them. Examples from the games of master players provide helpful illustrations. Suitable for players at all levels. 200 diagrams.
Written by a world-famous chess teacher, this excellent introduction to the principles of chess endings clearly explains the importance of tempo, the rule of the triangle, and the idea of related squares. Special attention is given to positional play, the conception and execution of a plan, and the recognition of tactical opportunities.