Kamis, 16 Agustus 2012

Your First Move – Alexei Sokolsky

I.
RULES OF THE GAME

The Board and Notation

Initial Position

Moves

Capture

Pawns

Notation

The King's Special Features. Check

Checkmate

Castling

Stalemate

Other Kinds of Draws. Perpetual Check

The Method of Notation

Comparative Value of the Pieces

Additional Rules


II.
THE SIMPLEST ENDINGS

Three Stages in Chess Play

Mating a Lone King


Queen Mates


Mate by Two Rooks


Mate by Rook


Mate by Two Bishops


Mate by Bishop and Knight


Mate by Two Knights


King and Bishop (or Knight) Versus King


King and Pawn Versus King

Conclusions

A Remote Passed Pawn

Positional Advantage


III.
SOME BASIC CONCEPTS

The Pin

Discovered Attack

Discovered Check

Double Check

Variation. Combination


IV.
HOW TO START A GAME

The Centre

Fast Development of Pieces

Setting Up a Good Pawn Structure

Mistakes in the Opening


V.
SHORT GAMES AND TRAPS

The Perfidious Pin

Attention: Square f7!

An Ill-Starred Queen

A Sudden Encirclement

A Mistaken Raid

The Exultant Knight

Opening Finesse

A Poisoned Pawn

A Knight Better Than a Queen

"Modernised Légal Mate"

Pseudosacrifice

The Queen as a Spectator

Roaming King

Unpleasant Surprise


VI.
MIDDLE GAME

Typical Combinations

Mate on the First, Two and Last Two Ranks

Smothered Mate

The "Wheel"

Trapping Combinations

Diversion

Blocking Combinations

Obstruction

Combinations to Destroy Defence Forces

Square Clearance Combinations

Line Clearance Combinations

Pawn Promotion Combinations

Combinations for a Draw

Several Ideas Combined

Attacking the King in the Centre

Attacks Against the Castling Side


Mate by a Major Piece Supported by a Pawn or Piece

Combinations for Destruction


Sacrifice on h7 (h2)


Sacrifice of Two Bishops


The Attack After Castling on Opposite Sides

Elements of Positional Play


The Battle for an Open File and the Seventh Rank


Pressure Along a Semi-Open File

Distribution of Pawns

Weak Square

"Good" and "Bad" Bishops

How to Exploit Material Advantage


VII.
ENDGAME

King and Pawn Versus King and Pawn

Endings with Several Pawns

King and Queen Versus King and Pawn

Queen and Pawn Versus Queen

Queen Endings with Many Pawns

Rook and Pawn Versus Rook

Rook and Two Pawns Versus Rook

Rook Endings with Many Pawns

Queen Versus Rook

Rook Versus Minor Piece

Bishop and Pawn Versus Bishop

Endings with Bishops and Several Pawns

Endings with White and Black Bishops

King, Bishop and R-Pawn Versus King

Knight Endings

Intricate Endings


VIII.
CHESS COMPOSITION

Problems

Endgame Studies


IX.
THE OPENING

Open Openings


Philidor's Defence


Petroff's Defence


Scotch Game


Giuoco Piano


The Greco Analysis


Two Knights' Defence


Ruy Lopéz


King's Gambit

Semi-Open Openings


French Defence


Sicilian Defence


Caro-Kann Defence


Alekhine Defence


Ufimtsev Defence

Closed Openings


Queen's Gambit


Veresov Opening


Group of Indian Defences


Dutch Defence


English Opening


Réti Opening


Sokolsky Opening


X.
CHESS: PAST AND PRESENT


XI.
SOLUTIONS TO EXERCISES

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