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The Art of the Middle Game -- written by Paul Keres
I'm about 1310 - 1350 blitz 1400 - Long
I'm looking for a book that will help me be able to acess positions better, come up with a solid plan and folllow through
The above book I mentioned, IM Silman recommends ... I was wondering if you guys could give me reviews on this book and if you think it would help me?, thank you any help is appreciated,
It's actually written by (mostly) Kotov along with Keres. It's fairly helpful, I would think; I liked the parts by Keres (esp the difficult defense section [I think it was] and the chapter on analyzing adjourned positions [whatever those were!]) a lot better than the ones by Kotov.
I'd say too that the title's a bit of a misnomer. It really should be something like A Few Essays on the Middlegame. I mean, don't approach it thinking it's going to be some kind of comprehensive textbook (because it's not).
thank you for your input, with the information you have above of the kind of book i'm looking for, what books would you recommend besids "The Art of the Middle Game" tony?
My two favorites have long been:
Pawn Structure Chess--Andrew Soltis
Modern Chess Strategy--Ludek Pachman
You also might check out the sample-master-game section in Znosko-Borovsky's How Not To Play Chess; it was the first time I ever understood what a plan was supposed to be (though not of course how to do it right away!). (Thanks again to nimzovich on the site here for tracking down where that supremely instructive example was.)
about 20 years ago I read Znosko-Borovsky's middle game book and loved it. It made a huge improvment in my playing at the time. I also liked How Not to Play Chess by him, but have read that second, I feel like that one (How Not ...) should be first if one were to read the 2.
I need to go back and re-read them, but I'm working through his combinations book now.
Recently got the Pachman book... I love it so much I can put up with the descriptive notation.
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