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Winning Chess Explained [Paperback]

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Zenon Franco has regularly annotated top-level games for more than a quarter of a century. He has drawn upon this vast experience to present 50 hugely instructive games illustrating a wide variety of chess ideas. Key themes are illustrated by several games, so that we gain a well-rounded appreciation of the relevant ideas, and develop foresight that will enable us to make the right decisions at the board by anticipating problems before they arise. Topics include: Pawn Sacrifice, Exchange Sacrifice, The Art of Maneuvering, The Second Weakness, Permanent vs. Temporary Advantages, Regrouping, 'Strange' Exchanges, Denying the Opponent Squares, and The Central Breakthrough.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.8" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 20, 2006
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1904600468  
ISBN13  9781904600466  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Zenon Franco is a Grandmaster from Paraguay, now living in Spain. He represented Paraguay, on top board, in seven Chess Olympiads, and won individual gold medals at Lucerne 1982 and Novi Sad 1990. He s an experienced trainer and has written numerous books on chess."

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Good games collection  Mar 19, 2008
This book consists of 50 complete games from top grandmasters played between the years 2000-2004. Also included are 45 exercises. Well written with explanations rather than drawn out line analysis, this book is quite readable and very well organized into various chapters with the games presented in chronological order. Very well produced and one of the best chess books I have read in recent years.

The Kasparov book featuring Korchnoi and Karpov (Volume 5, My Great Predecessors) is also essential reading. Other fine chess games collections include Tal's massive 500 page book and Kasparov's book on Spassky and Petrosian (Volume 3, My Great Predecessors).
Strategic Chess quiz  May 25, 2007
This book consists of four main sections.

Art Of Sacrifice
The Pawn Sacrifice - Describes how to sacrifice a pawn to gain the initative. Games 1-6 discuss this concept
The Exchange Sacrifice - Describes how to sacrifice the rook or exchange to gain the initiative. Games 7-13 discuss this concept.
Exercises at the end of the section to quiz what you have learned.

Manuvering Play
The Art of Manuvering - Holding the structure and manuevring until its beneficial to change the structure by getting your pieces to their optimal attack positions. Games 14-17 discuss this concept.
The 2nd Weakness - discusses exploting or creating a second weakness when having the advantage to break the opponents defences. Game 18 discusses this concept.
Permanent vs Temporary Advantages - This talks about static vs dynamic advantages and how the two compete to win the game. Game 19 discusses this concept.
Regrouping - Moving your pieces and manuvering them to their best squares. Games 20-23 discuss this concept.
The Kings destination - Castling late or postponing castling for the sake of development. Deciding where to castle. Games 24-29 discuss this concept.

Strange Exchanges - discusses simplfying to quicken the win. Game 30
The Queen Exchange - Dicusses when to exchange queens. Game 31

Pawns the sole of Chess
Surrendering strong squares to the opponent
You gotta give squars to win squares" as Bobby Fischer used to say. Games 32-41 discuss this concept
Kasparovs pawn center
Discusses the Kasparov pawn center with pawns on e4 and d4. Games 42-45 discuss this concept.
The French pawn center -
Discusses the structures that arise out of the French. Game 46 discuess this concept.
A Special center -
Discusses the exchange Grunfeld structure. Games 47-48 discusses this concept
The Central Break through -
Discusses blasting through in the center. Games 49-50 discuss this concept.

The games are well annontated explaining the thought behind each move.

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