Chess Lessons (Grandmaster Repertoire Series) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/4/15
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Vladimir Popov is a distinguished Russian chess coach whose two most celebrated pupils, Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva, are both in the top 5 of womens chess. In Chess Lessons Popov offers his secrets of chess improvement. Popov shares many stories from his decades of coaching experience. By following his pupils successes, and missteps, the reader can join them on the path to stronger chess.
Chess is of course a complex game, but Popov has the ability as a coach and author to offer clear principles to help the reader achieve a deeper understanding.
"Chess Lessons is an excellent book that will prove helpful not only for the examples it offers, but also the ways it teaches one how to look at the game."IM John Donaldson "Another inspiring book is Vladimir Popov's Chess Lessons... a typical high-quality chess improvement book."Arne Moll, ChessVibes商品の説明をすべて表示する
Chap 1 errors due to lack of Knowledge.
Chap 2 Evaluating the position.
Chap 3 Planning
Chap 4 Piece Play
Chap 5 Pawn Play
Chap 6 Co-ordination of the pieces
Chap 7 Arranging and altering the pawn structure
Chap 8 Exchanging
Chap 9 Transition to the endgame
Chap 10 Asymmetrical exchanges
Chap 11 Prophylaxis
Chap 12 Monitoring counter threats
Chap 13 Too Much Calculation
Chap 14 Calculation neglected or cut short
Chap 15 Spotting aggressive sorties
Chap 16 Detecting ideas
Chap17 Blow and counter blow
Chap 18 Obvious moves and reflex answers
Chap 19 Deep calculation
Chap 20 Enterprise
Chap 21 Hard work pays off!
Appendix Examles from classic games
Every lesson stands as a single unit. The format is simple,the author discuss an example and mention the "theorical" concept behind the chess mistake, but adding the human factor too.
You can work on this book in sequential order or jump to the topic (problems) that are more critical to your chess.
My chess skill level is not very high (around 1930 USCF) so I spent a lot of time in each lesson as at least half of the positions (6-12) at the end of the chapter are new. For example, in Chapter 1 I solved the positions before reading the chapter to evaluate my chess knowledge. The position comming from Kings indian like structures were easy: One was a exchange Sac on F4 to activate your KID bishop,capture a pawn and get your Queen closer to White's king. Next a KID like position with White blocking the Kingside with h5 (easy, 2 years ago one of my opponents used this idea against me...). Now the hard positions(for me): middlegame position with isolated pawn I founded the first move, but the followed a weak plan: attacking the king. The best option force favorable exhanges around the isolated pawn and get the superior minor piece...
This book will help you depending on your chess skill level.
Below 2000 USCF most of us have problems time to time selecting the right plan, calculating too much, transitioning to the endgame and with mistake due to lack of chess culture...
A bonus from this book is that you can play the position with your study patner and then look at Popov suggestions.
I play "interesting-unbalanced positions" for training purposes with a 2000+ training patner similar to the author's reccomendations.The problem was that at the end of the"game" and of the 'post mortem" we have to go home and try to figure it out if our analysis were right. Tactical errors are easy to spot with a computer but strategic errors are not. Popov's explanation will take care of this time consumming and labor intensive part.
I like this book and it will help your chess. Please read the content table carefully and the pdf samples from the publisher website before buying the book. This is not a spoon fed type book.
disclaimer; I am not a professional reviewer. I evaluate this book according to my skill level (below 2000 USCF)
"Obviously the term evaluation is inseparably linked to the concept of the positional elements. A
classification of these elements can be found in various books; for instance in his excellent work
Think like a Grandmaster (1970), Alexander Kotov identifies four major categories:
(1) Open lines and diagonals
(2) The pawn structure and weak squares
(3) Piece placement
(4) Space and the centre"
He gives no explanations of how one might apply such ideas. A superior book on this same subject is "Chess Strategy for Club Players" by Herman Grooten. Grooten shows how to evaluate a position based on the 7 criteria used by Karpov and Mazukevich found in "Find The Right Plan"; which is also superior to chess lessons by popov...bottom line, don't waste your money!