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Power Chess With Pieces: The Ultimate Guide to the Bishop Pair & Strong Knights (New in Chess) [Paperback]

By Jan Timman (Author)
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According to an Indian saying, the game of chess is a sea in which a mosquito can drink and an elephant can bathe. To which many chess players would surely like to add: 'And in which it's very easy to drown in the middle game!' In contrast to the opening or the endgame, the middle game seems to offer little in the way of concrete starting-points for methodical study. In Power Chess with Pieces former world championship candidate Jan Timman shows the way through the fascinating maze of the middle game. What, after all, is the point of getting an advantage in the opening if you don't know how to exploit this advantage? On the basis of countless examples encountered in his rich chess career, Jan Timman deals with themes like 'strong knight against bishop' and the 'dominant bishop pair'. How is one to proceed when one emerges from the opening with a strong knight and one's opponent is stuck with a bad bishop? And is the bishop pair really as strong as they say? And how can one put this asset to maximum use? Or, conversely, how can one contain the damage if the roles are reversed? With his lucid style and practical approach, Timman follows in the footsteps of his teachers Max Euwe and Mikhail Botvinnik. Power Chess with Pieces is a book that will delight and instruct enthusiastic beginner and seasoned club player alike.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: New In Chess
Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 25, 2004
Publisher   New in Chess
ISBN  9056911236  
ISBN13  9789056911232  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jan Timman has for twenty years been one of the top players of the world. He contested many Candidates Matches for the world title. He wrote several highly acclaimed books, among which Chess the Adventurous Way, Power Play with Pieces, and Curacao 1962. Jan Timman is editor-in-chief of New In Chess, the world's premier chess magazine.

Jan Timman was born in 1952.

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Bringing the Middle into Focus  May 11, 2008
Excellent analysis of highest level Grandmaster encounters illuminating the ongoing argument over the relative strenghts of the two minor pieces. The argument is staged in a series of games in which the two pieces are pitted against each other in the late middle-game/endgame stages. First the powers of the Knight are explored and then those of the bishop.

This is not a light read, nor an introductory book to the game of chess, but rather a sublime and serious look into one of the more inscrutable aspects of the chess middlegame.
Funny book about minor peaces  Mar 3, 2006
This book is my 3rd most favorite Timman book, after Curacao 1962 and Fischer World champion! That said, it means it is a preaty good one, coz this guy wrote like few dosens of books up to now. The theme of the book is not the novel one, countless of authors wrote about knight-bishop relation in various middlegame books, including Timman teacher dr. Max Euwe.
So what I like in this book is a fresh view of the subject, especially the rarely talked idea of the position in which the dominance is focused on bishop and knight couple over the other minor peaces combination, and the chapter od the domination of knight pair, although that subject is not so rarely seen.
Actually this is the book about 28 havely annotated games, with 80% of them very new from year 2000 on. It can easely be counted that author spent almost 10 pages to each game, not skiping even the opening, so as a metter of fact, this can be very instructive book to the lower rated players too. But for them it wouldnt be very instructive that Timman skiped explanations in some parts of the games where we can say they are "technically winning" for the superior side.
He resolved the critical points in the battle of minor peaces, or pairs of minor peaces superebly, not shying away of writing the full page of explanations, if needed, if only for one played move. Even the better, the pages are not full of tree of analysis, but of real sentences of taught process.
Why not the 5 stars? For once, because of subject. There are so many of books about similar strategic issues of minor peaces, and maybe because of the authors preferency for the knight. Although it is widely known that bishop has more suited positions than knight to operate efficiently, in this book there are 12 games where knight is stronger, and only 10 where the bishop is stronger.
Nevertheless, I recommend the title for everyone who havent the similar book in its home liberary.

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