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Powerful Pawnplay

No. 3 in the Strategic Chess Series
by Mikhail Cugovsky

Published by The Bookman at Smashwords
Copyright 2013 Mikhail Cugovsky


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Introduction
Thank you for downloading this third book in the Strategic Chess series.
To become a very strong chess player you have to know how to play your pawns.
Study this first section well as two of the greatest Grandmasters demonstrate the strategic thinking behind their pawn play. They show how vital it is to place supporting pieces with precision.
We then examine a ‘cat and mouse’ game where the winner uses the strategy of switching the focus of the attack - and it’s a master class in exploiting the weakness of doubled pawns.
Bobby Fischer shows that losing the exchange to gain a strategic advantage can be enough to win the game and then there are two mighty, one hundred year old clashes between those legends of the game, Frank Marshall and Jose Capablanca.
As it’s unlikely that a Grandmaster will have beaten another Grandmaster because the loser fell for a simple tactical trick or suffered from a glaring weakness in his endgame technique or some other aspect of his game, just what is it that separated them?
The answer is likely to be that one of them had a better grasp of the strategic requirements of the positions which arose.
The examples which we’ll be examining in this book highlight the fine points which make the difference between winning and losing at the highest levels of the game.
Frank Marshall loses twice to Jose Capablanca; in the first game because he doesn’t move his pawns and in the second because he does!
Max Euwe was the World Chess Champion from 1935 to 1937 and he had this to say about the difference between strategy and tactics: -
‘Strategy requires thought; tactics requires observation.’
There's an example in this book of a position which required a lot of thought because it involved the sacrifice of a queen and an eight move forced checkmate!
Want to know how to turn superior space and piece development into a permanent advantage? Well that's in here too.
As ever, you’ll find it easier and more beneficial if you follow the games on an actual chess set.
Enjoy it all.

Mikhail


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