Chess - 2 new books by Mark Dvoretsky (reprocessed)
Mark Dvoretsky & Artur Yusupov: Positional Play
(School for Budding Champions, Vol. 4)
with contributions from:
Vladimir Kramnik, Evgeny Bareev, Igor Khenkin, Aleksei Kosikov
Batsford 1996, 288 pages, English, PDF, 9.4 MB
This is the fourth in the series of phenomenally successful training manuals by the world\'s leading trainer and his star pupil. By instilling players with an understanding of persistent positional features, they stress the features of positional play most relevant to the practical struggle, assuring over-the-board success.
This book is for intermediate or advanced players who have been exposed to the elements of positional play (Such as \"My System\", \"Judgment & Planning\" etc.).
What this book does is take positional play to a new level through the eyes of the best school since the Second World War, the Soviet school of play.
Maneuvering is covered in an early chapter, what is that? it\'s re-positioning your pieces to induce or exploit positional weaknesses in your opponents set up. Of course this assumes that you can determine what those weaknesses are. (Hence why you need to study a primer first).
Dvoretsky reinforces the importance of prophylactic thinking perhaps the most important topic to learn in advanced positional play. He has been the primary author in advancing this thinking (first proposed by Nimzovitch). Basically it is the elimination or minimization of weaknesses. For instance, it may be right to sacrifice a pawn to prevent a fatal positional weakness or move a piece not under attack to prevent a weakness. This style of play is evident particularly in Petrosian and Karpov\'s play. By eliminating weaknesses there is nothing for the attacking player to attack, instead you are able to exploit his weaknesses.
Finally, there are the usual advanced difficult but rewarding exercises that Dvoretsky is famous for. After a while you will guess the next moves with more accuracy at a faster rate than trying to play thought the whole game. Then you can start to time yourself to simulate play under competitive conditions.
Mark Dvoretsky & Artur Yusupov: Technique for the Tournament Player
with a contribution from Vladimir Vulfson
Batsford 1995, 240 pages, English, DJVU, 6.3 MB
Russian International Master Mark Dvoretsky is one of the most highly respected trainers in the world. Previous books such as \"Secrets of Chess Training\" and \"Training for the Tournament Player\" have been excellent both in presentation and content. His most recent effort, \"Technique for the Tournament Player\" is another superb work, albeit poorly titled. The correct title of the book should be \"Endgame Technique for the Tournament Player.\" This is, after all, what the book is about. Those looking to improve their technique in the opening or the middlegame will be disappointed.
Throughout his highly instructive book, Dvoretsky, with the help of Yusupov, takes a very practical approach to the explanation and advice for those seeking to handle their endgames better. Take for example, some remarks made in Chapter 8 (Exploiting an Advantage) about time pressure:
Once again, I won\'t go into detail about how to fight against time trouble. I\'ll just mention the two basic methods: 1) \"anti-time trouble games\"; 2) writing down clock times with the aim of later analysing the causes of time trouble. Points are lost not only in your own time trouble but also in your opponent\'s. This happens because chess players often neglect basic principles in such situations. If you have the better position, never try to exploit time trouble. Act and play in exactly the same way as usual, without even thinking about your opponent\'s shortage of time. Why? By playing quickly and not giving your opponent time to think about his moves, you are in effect forcing yourself into the same time trouble. Your opponent is completely focused and determined in a difficult situation, whereas you on the other hand, lulled by your advantage in time and position, are waiting for the flag to fall and cannot function at full intensity. Some players consciously fall into time trouble in difficult positions, relying on this psychological effect, and quite often they manage to turn round an unfavourable position.
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