Mastering Opening Strategy

Mastering Opening Strategy

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Bibliography 7
Preface 9
Introduction 11
1 Basic Concepts of Strategy 13
Introduction 13
A review of the concepts 13
2 Improving the Pieces 28
The bishop 28
The knight 44
The rook 59
The queen 73
The king 78
The bishop pair 86
3 Exchanges 95
Realizing a material advantage 95
Realizing a positional advantage 98
Eliminating key pieces 103
Facilitating an attack 107
Facilitating the defence 112
Reducing enemy activity 116
Series of exchanges 124
Dynamic exchanges 128
4 Pawn Play 134
Gaining space 134
Creating weaknesses 142
Passed pawns 156
Pawn majorities 168
Pawn chains 179
Dynamics 190
5 Prophylaxis 204
Restriction 204
Prophylaxis 211
Provocation 222
6 Miscellaneous 232
Weak squares 232
Weak pawns 239
Doubled pawns 249
Blockade 259
The initiative 273
The link between tactics and strategy 288
Exercises 299
1-20: The bishop 301
21-40: The knight 304
41-60: The rook 307
61-69: The queen 311
70-81: The king 312
82-90: The bishop pair 315
91-96: Exchanges – material advantage 316
97-104: Exchanges – positional advantage 317
105-114: Exchanges – key pieces 319
115-126: Exchanges – attack 321
127-136: Exchanges – defence 323
137-148: Exchanges – activity 325
149-154: Series of exchanges 327
155-162: Dynamic exchanges 328
163-174: Gaining space 329
175-192: Creating weaknesses 331
193-208: Passed pawns 334
209-218: Pawn majorities 337
219-228: Pawn chains 338
229-246: Dynamics 340
247-266: Restriction 343
267-286: Prophylaxis 347
287-306: Provocation 350
307-314: Weak squares 353
315-324: Weak pawns 355
325-334: Doubled pawns 356
335-350: Blockade 358
351-366: The initiative 361
367-382: The link between tactics and strategy 363
Solutions 367
Index of players 482