Opening preparation is essential, but for aspiring players understanding the middlegame is even more important. Techniques of Positional Play, an improved edition of a Russian classic, teaches amateur chess players 45 extremely effective skills in a crystal-clear manner.
Quite a few of these techniques will be revelations for club players, as they offer solutions for problems amateurs are often only subconsciously aware of. For example:
• How do you restrict the efficacy of your opponent’s pieces? • What is the best way to exchange a piece? • How do you prevent your opponent from opening a file? • Which rook belongs on the c-, d- or e-file? • How do you castle artificially?
The techniques are easy to understand and memorize. The authors present a wealth of practical examples and do not burden the reader with unnecessary deep analysis. There is a special training section at the end of the book where you can test your newly acquired skills.
Ukrainian International Master Valeri Bronznik lives and works in Germany. He has written a number of highly acclaimed books on chess, such as '1.d4-Beating the Guerillas'. Anatoli Terekhin is a well-known Russian chess trainer. He leads a chess academy in Perm.
Paul Kane, Manchester Chess Federation: "One of the best books on positional play you're ever likely to read."
Martin Rieger, SchachWelt: "I am absolutely convinced that every (really every!) chess player will learn a whole lot from this book. For me personally it is one of the best chess books on the market today."
Joe Petrolito, Australasian Chess Magazine: "I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of original ideas that I had not seen before (..) The examples have very instructive notes to reinforce the ideas being discussed (..) An original and instructive book on an important area of chess."