How To Reassess Your Chess (4th Edn)

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Preface xi
Acknowledgements xii
Introduction xiii
Part One / The Concept of Imbalances 1
Imbalances / Learning the ABCs 3
Superior Minor Piece — Bishops vs. Knights 4
Pawn Structure — Weak Pawns, Passed Pawns, etc. 5
Space — The Annexation of Territory 6
Material — The Philosophy of Greed 7
Control of a Key File — Roads for Rooks 8
Control of a Hole/Weak Square—Homes for Horses 8
Lead in Development — You’re Outnumbered! 9
Initiative — Calling the Shots 10
King Safety — Dragging Down the Enemy Monarch 11
Statics vs. Dynamics — The Battle Between Short Term and Long Term Imbalances 12
Planning — Creating Your Own Future 13
Talk to the Board and It Will Talk to You 23
Summary 28
Part Two / Minor Pieces 29
Knights / Psychopaths of the Chessboard! 31
Summary 50
Knights – Tests 52
Bishops / Speed Demons of the Diagonals 54
The Active Bishop 54
The Useful Bishop 58
The Tall-Pawn 62
Bishops of Opposite Colors 69
Summary 74
Bishops – Tests 75
Bishops vs. Knights / Grudge Match 77
Feeling the Minor Piece Tension 78
The Two Bishops 83
Two Bishops Antidote — Trade One Off 83
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Free Range Bishops Are Happier Bishops 85
Bishops vs. Knights 87
The Great Breakout 87
The Incarcerated Knight 91
Pawns and Squares Often Determine a Minor Piece's Value 92
Even the Most Innocent Pawn-Move Can Potentially Weaken a Square 93
All Pawns on One Side of the Board = An Octopus’ Garden 97
Mr. Knight Prepares to Take a Journey 99
Summary 102
Bishops vs. Knights – Tests 103
Part Three / Rooks 107
Rooks / Files, Ranks, and Targets 109
Creating an Open File 109
Stealing an Open File 114
Waiting to Pull the File-Opening Trigger 116
Control of the 7th or 8th Ranks 119
Summary 130
Rooks – Tests 131
Part Four / Psychological Meanderings 133
Material / Fear of Giving Up or Taking Material 135
Stepping Beyond Fear 135
Embracing Your Inner Greed 142
Imbalances vs. Material 144
The Stockholm Variation of the Classical Dragon 149
Catalan Opening 150
Ruy Lopez, Marshall Attack 151
Summary 154
Material – Tests 155
Mental Breakdown / Overcoming the Trap of “I Can’t” and “I Must” 158
Bowing to Panic 158
It’s My Party and I’ll Move What I Want To 160
The Eerie Phenomenon of Mutual Delusion 163
The Curse of “I Can’t” 167
Summary 172
Mental Breakdown – Tests 174
Macho Chess / The Art of Insistence 176
Pushing Your Own Agenda 176
Key Positions 187
Summary 194
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CONTENTS
Macho Chess – Tests 195
Various States of Chess Consciousness 197
Lack of Patience 201
Lazy/Soft Moves 208
Pay Attention! 217
Summary 220
Various States of Chess Consciousness — Tests 221
Part Five / Target Consciousness 223
Introduction 225
Weak Pawns / The Sound of Ripe Fruit Falling 227
The Isolated Pawn 227
The Backward Pawn 235
Doubled Pawns 239
The Irish Pawn Center 244
Summary 246
Weak Squares 248
Summary 258
Dragging Down the Central Enemy King! 259
Summary 273
Target Consciousness — Tests 274
Part Six / Statics vs. Dynamics 277
Statics vs. Dynamics 279
Boxer vs. Puncher — A Battle of Opposing Philosophies 279
Statics vs. Dynamics in the Openings 283
Summary 297
Statics vs. Dynamics — Tests 298
Part Seven / Space 301
Crushing Your Opponent in Space’s Embrace 303
The Great Land Grab 303
Dueling Spatial Plusses 316
Fighting Against Space 323
Exchange Pieces! 323
Use Pawn Breaks! 325
Gains in Space = Potential Weak Squares 332
ASpace-Gaining Pawn Center Might be a Target 337
Summary 348
Space — Tests 350
Part Eight / Passed Pawns 353
Baby Queens on the Run 355
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Creation 356
ALittle Help From Its Friends 360
Passed Pawn Tango 363
The Dynamic Passer 364
Three Kinds of Useless Passed Pawns 367
Blockades 374
Failed Blockades 374
Successful Blockades 379
Blockade — Caveat (Obicem) Emptor 381
Summary 385
Passed Pawns — Tests 386
Part Nine / Other Imbalances 389
Imbalances in the Opening 391
Creating an Opening Repertoire 391
Integrating Imbalances With Your Opening Choices 393
Waylaid into Opening Chaos 416
Summary 420
Imbalances in the Opening — Tests 421
Mixing Imbalances 424
Mixing Imbalances — Tests 424
Answers to Tests 429
Appendix / Instructive Articles 611
Introduction 613
Imbalances 613
Help! I Need a Plan! 616
Two Questions on Planning 625
The Art and Science of the Isolated d-Pawn 627
The Art of Stealing Opening Ideas 631
Creating a Study Program 636
The Study of Master Games 639
Offering a Draw 641
Proper Tournament Diet 643
Is Chess a Gentleman’s Game? 644
Teaching Chess to Children 646
Bibliography 647
Index of Concepts 649
Index of Players and Games 652