Ivan SokolovAn unchanged reprint of the 2010 second edition of this modern classic.Sample pages (pdf)
Ivan Sokolov's understanding of middlegame play is based around a number of essential pawn structures which he examines in this groundbreaking book. In Winning Chess Middlegames he divides pawn structures into four main types: doubled pawns, isolated pawns, hanging pawns and pawn majorities.
Within each type he shows the various plans and ideas associated with different versions of that type, by using annotated Grandmaster games. In each game he tries to systematize and explain the plans used and incorporate the ideas of the opening in question into the ensuing pawn structure.
With its highly accessible verbal explanations and deep analyses of top-level games, this book helps you to solve the basic problems of the middlegame: space, tension and inititative via examination of key pawn structures.
Club players studying Winning Chess Middlegames will:
* greatly enhance their middlegame skills
* develop an accurate feeling as to which particular positions suit their style
* acquire new strategic and practical opening knowledge
Ivan Sokolov explains matters profoundly, honestly and objectively, and includes lots of inside stories from top-level chess, sparing neither his collegue grandmasters nor himself in his comments.
Ivan Sokolov is a top grandmaster who was born in Bosnia in 1968 and has been living in the Netherlands for many years. He was Yugoslav champion in 1988 and Dutch champion in 1995 and 1998. Sokolov has beaten former world champions Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand.
Published 2017, softback, 286 pages.