Minggu, 10 Juni 2012

Plan Like a GRANDMASTER – Alexei Suetin



Foreword by GM Lev Polugayevsky

PART I
BASIC PRINCIPLES AND TASKS OF THE OPENING
1
Mobilization of the Forces in the Opening

The scale of relative piece values and its significance in the opening

Development of the pieces and the role of the centre

The unpleasant consequences of loss of tempi

Premature inclusion of the heavy pieces in the play

The danger of leaving the king in the centre

Diversions in the opening

Harmony in the development of the flanks

Excessive prophylaxis

Advantageous opening of the centre

Retribution for routine play

Flexibility of development in the opening

The advantage of the first move and the initiative

Move order in the opening
2
Active Operations in the Opening

Combinations, early attacks and counterattacks

The triumph of tactics

Early opening attacks

The castled position as a target for attack in the opening

Pawn storms early in the game

The attack on h7

Pawn weaknesses in the castled position

Counterattack in the opening
3
Basic Spatial Factors

Occupation of the centre

Opening up of the centre

The art of centralization

The demarcation line of the board

The distinction between the flanks

The Q-side as the arena of opening play

Premature flank operations

Against a flank diversion — a counterblow in the centre
4
General Opening Problems

Pawn weaknesses

Pawn chains and their mobility

The blocking of pawn chains

The coordination of pieces and pawns at the start ofthe game

Coordination ofthe forces in the opening

Isolation of part of the forces

Coordination and basic opening principles

Disuniting the opponent’s flanks

Models of harmonious piece coordination


PART II
THE DEVELOPMENT OF OPENING THEORY
5
The Connection of the Opening with the Later Stages of the Game

The opening as a sum total of knowledge about the initial position

The choice of strategic ‘weapon’

The realization of an opening advantage in the middlegame

The plan of accumulating positional advantages

Simplifying from the opening into a complex endgame
6
Attack during the Transition to the Middlegame

Attack as an effective strategic means

Offensive in the centre

Switching the attack from the centre to the K-side

Switching the attack to the Q-side

The preparation of pawn breaks

Pawn storms on opposite flanks

An attack on the king is always the No.1 threat

Counterattacks and defensive barriers
7
Dynamic Attacks and the Tactical Struggle for the Initiative in Modern Opening Systems

Sharp ways of struggling for the initiative in the centre

The attainment of manoeuvring freedom and the initiative at the cost of material sacrifices or positional concessions

Dynamics of the modern opening

Dynamic attacks in the opening and during the transition to the middlegame

‘Shock’ central attacks against the Sicilian

Sudden explosive piece attacks

Switching the weight ofthe attack from another target to the king

A broad tactical offensive

The dominant role of tactics in attack

Psychological factors of dynamic attacks

The ‘brittleness’ of dynamic attacks

Dynamic counterattacks

Dynamic seizing ofthe initiative

Belief in defensive resources

Under the microscope of analysis

A necessary measure of caution in active intentions

Attack as a playing method
8
Opening Principles in their Second Approximation

Dynamic play and a new approach to opening principles

Minor piece manoeuvres in the opening. Opening exchanges

Early development of the heavy pieces

Delayed castling. Leaving the king in the centre

The sacrifice of a pawn in the opening

Queen against rook and minor piece

Queen against three minor pieces

Exchange sacrifices in the opening

Rook for two minor pieces

The sacrifice of a minor piece in the opening

The tactical destruction ofthe flanks in the opening

Seizure ofthe centre from the flanks

Castling on opposite sides

The double-edged nature of pawn expansions

Tactical ways of transforming the centre

Optimal plan or best variation?

Opening ‘fashion’ and the origin of new variations
9
Modern Strategic Problems of Opening Struggle for the Centre

New methods of opening struggle for the initiative

Positions of dynamic balance

Typical pawn structures in the centre

Pawn structures and the inner content of the opening struggle

Tense structures in the centre

Undetermined structures in the centre

Flexible opening structures

‘Cramped’ positions


Index of Players

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