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Chess Secrets is a series of books which uncover the mysteries of the most important aspects of chess: strategy, attack, opening play and gambits, classical play, endgames and preparation. In each book the author studies a number of great players from chess history who have excelled in a particular field of the game and who have undeniably influenced those who have followed.
In "The Giants of Power Play", Neil McDonald selects five players who have excelled in the art of putting opponents under constant pressure. These five are Veselin Topalov, Efim Geller, David Bronstein, Alexander Alekhine and Paul Morphy. "Power Play" is a combination of psychology, preparation and dynamism and it's numerous methods include gaining rapid development in return for material to build up an initiative, preparing powerful opening ideas in advance, or even developing completely new opening systems. McDonald examines the contributions made by each player via 88 complete, annotated games. He contrasts their differences in approach and style, and from Morphy to Topalov, how they followed in each other's footsteps. A study of this book will help you to enhance your skills in one of the most crucial elements of the game.
English Grandmaster Neil McDonald is an experienced and successful player on the international chess circuit. He is a respected chess coach, who has trained some of the UK's strongest junior players. McDonald is also a talented chess writer and has many outstanding works to his name.
Published 2009, softback, 239 pages.