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I don't know how much "essential knowledge" Chess Middlegames: Essential Knowledge contains, but anyway, what it is is a lot of well-chosen and instructive positions. Don't get too caught up in his jargon and you might find this one pretty useful, even though it checks in at barely 100 pages.
As an example, here's a pretty snappy combo:
I'm sure this isn't essential but the author of Chess Middlegames Essential Knowledge Yuri Averbakh is currently the oldest living GM - this may be related to his never having worn orange hand puppets, but this is only an educated guess on my part...BTW nice puzzle!
It took me a couple times...he is a great man and a model of how nice guys don't always finish last.
orange hand puppets
Dammit, I'm full-sized! Not only that, I'm the mayor of a whole island. So try that one on for size, JuntaBoy!
What island are you the mayor of? The Island of Dr Moreau?
No, Living Island! Admittedly I just had to look that up though (sweatyknickers would've known!).
Should i learn the bishop and knight vs king checkmate?
by Vicariously-I a few minutes ago
Quality Chess Book
by Chicken_Monster 2 minutes ago
5/26/2016 - Chr. Wiehe, Nationaltidende, 1884
by JohnTheGreek1 6 minutes ago
Bean Variation in the Najdorf 6.Bg5
by notmtwain 7 minutes ago
by RandomBean 10 minutes ago
Chess is like Football
by macer75 11 minutes ago
Old wooden cigar boxes make great chess piece boxes
by UpcountryRain 13 minutes ago
Responding to d4.
by dpnorman 13 minutes ago
Is chess still evolving?
by fuzzbug 18 minutes ago
help-mate in 4 (hard)
by Robert_New_Alekhine 21 minutes ago
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