Middlegame – Planning and Combination by P.Romanovsky
Hi Everyone! I would like to recommend a book that helped me add 200 points to my OTB USCF rating within a year. My rating was around 1500 when I started reading it and by the time I was done it was around 1700 and still improving. I learn about it here, @ chess.com in this article (http://www.chess.com/article/view/middlegame-planning) by GM Julio_Becerra. Thank you very much Julio!
The book is written very well and can be considered easy reading. Peter Romanovsky has great sense of humor and all the games are brilliantly analyzed and annotated. The only downside of the book is that all the games were played before like 1950 but nevertheless it does the job – it teaches about most complex part of the chess game – middle game. I spend about an hour a day for about 8 month to finish all the games in the book which seems very reasonable.
Here’s a little tester – a game from that book, annotated by P.Romanovsky. What’s amazing in this game for me is that at one point 4 out of 5 attacking pieces are unprotected and can be taken by the opposite side player but there’s no escape from the mate for him. Enjoy!