A Practical Manual for Improving Opening-Middlegame Play: Part II

A Practical Manual for Improving Opening-Middlegame Play: Part II

GM SenseiJulio

In the first part of this series, we looked at the unique values Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide offers in comparison to other books on the subject of pawn structures. This time, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite positions and ideas from the book.

II.   Highlights of Favorite Examples

The following examples have made an indelible impression on my mind and even helped me in my recent games (and will help me in future games!). I have also tried to select my favorites from various chapters and included the author’s instructive annotations in order to give you an overall taste of the book's material.

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Caro-Kann/Slav Structure

Carlsbad Structure
Symmetric Benoni Structure

Grunfeld Center Structure

The next game I’d like to share is a  classic or “modern-classic” which I studied growing up when I was learning the Grunfeld, but seeing it again as an experienced player in the context of middle game structures was both refreshing and still instructive.

I must admit that I have more favorites, but if I keep going I will run the risk of giving away half of the book’s valuable material! Maybe I will in my future blog series ;)

Look out for Part III where I'll share how the book's material have influenced my recent play!