Item description for Decision-Making at the Chessboard by Viacheslav Eingorn & John Sugden...
Chess is a game of decisions. In addition to deciding which move to play and which plan to adopt, players must also make practical decisions about how to use their clock time and whether to use intuition rather than trying to calculate every line to a finish.
This is the first book devoted to this fundamental area of the chess struggle. Viacheslav Eingorn draws upon his vast experience to provide guidance on how to weigh the various factors in positions and decide on the best course of action. He examines many practical examples and explains how the critical decisions were made, and investigates whether they were correct. By following Eingorn on his voyage of discovery, the reader will gain a greater understanding of decision-making and develop an enhanced feel for the harmonious use of intuition and calculation.
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More About Viacheslav Eingorn & John Sugden
Viacheslav Eingorn is an extremely experienced grandmaster from Ukraine. He played regularly and successfully in the Top League of the USSR Championship in the 1980s. He has represented Ukraine many times in team events and plays frequently in the German Bundesliga and open tournaments across Europe.
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Exceptional middlegame work Mar 12, 2005
I believe the Gambit middlegame series may have begun with Secrets of Modern Chess Stategy. Although Watson's magnum opus has been justly lauded, I have found many of the subsequent books by overseas authors to be equally stimulating. In this book V Eingorn - an experienced and respected grandmaster from Ukraine - has written what amounts to a wide-ranging middlegame manual. It is based on his games and experience at or near the top of world chess over a couple of decades. The book is based around annotated games. I have found the way to get the most out of these middlegame books is to find the bare score of the game on my computer database, and play through the moves while reading the text. Afterwards I look up other games from the same opening on the database. My experience with this study method is that it has broadened my opening repertoire - I easily become intrigued by variations I scarcely knew existed previously. For an example, I starting following Eingorn-Onishchuk, Cuxhaven 1994. This was a semi-slav where Black varied from normal lines on move 11 (with 11...Rg8). As Eingorn comments, "when black gets fed up with the complex theoretical debate about this line, he has several ways to deviate." Now I have seen a number of semi-slavs when the routine 11...Bb7 was played, so this game was a useful reminder of different possibilities. Later I found other games with ...Rg8 on the database, including Shirov and Kramnik playing with the black pieces. Naturally consulting a database only works if the game is there. The material in Eingorn's book is all original, so some of the games don't seem to have appeared in the public domain before. In order to play through Eingorn-Vakhidov, Tashkent 1983, I had to revert to the old-fashioned board and set. Not such a big deal, truth be told, as I do enjoy working on a normal board. The reward for this "effort" was that Eingorn explained a novel system he had used (against the King's Indian Defense)where a simple plan by white snuffed out all black counterplay. Despite having castled queenside, at one moment white plays the move 18 a4, which is a move I would never have considered. Eingorn's explanation of this key move was truly enlightening, and sure enough, in subsequent play the blocked queenside left black helpless. Books like Decision Making on the Chessboad make you realize we are in a golden ago for chess publishing.