New PDF release: Amateur to IM: Proven Ideas and Training Methods

By Jonathan Hawkins

How did Jonathan Hawkins be capable to pass from being a normal event competitor to a participant near to clinching the Grandmaster identify? the key used to be figuring out what to review and the way to benefit as successfully as attainable. Focusing his recognition firmly at the endgame, Jonathan devised a couple of development blocks and pointed out a couple of extremely important components of analysis. the results of his labor was once a meteoric upward thrust in the course of the ranks, as he grew to become firmly verified as a renowned GM killer at the English event circuit. those pages demonstrate the secrets and techniques of his notebooks for the 1st time. IM Hawkins provides specified fabric aimed that will help you turn into a stronger sensible participant, one armed with a deeper realizing of key features of chess. A cautious examine of the teachings offered during this ebook should still let the chess pupil to realize major development.

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In each case all three pawns are on their starting squares, so each time it is an exercise in using good technique, leading to a triumph for the stronger side. Mostly these are reasonably simple, but in Capablanca's final case precise technique is required. I am referring to the following situation. White to play Before we proceed, the reader may wish to take some time to practice play31 P A R T 1. Thinking techniques ing this position against a partner (human or silicon). It can be useful to get a 'feel' for a position by playing it out before studying the theory.

G8 9. *f6 * h 7 10. *f7 * h 8 11. *g6 White wins. e. play the move g5-g6, creating a passed pawn, at the moment Black's king is on the h8 square). f6 and the move (Zugzwang situation in Building Block B). 41 P A R T 1. Thinking techniques > If Black plays his pawn to h5 at any stage, White should be able to win the pawn. This will be achieved either by playing h2-h4 (if the white pawn is still on g2) and entering the critical squares of the h5-pawn, or by blocking with g4-g5 (if the white pawns are already on g4 and h4).

Axd3+ * x b 3 and Black wins easily. Lesson 4. Step b y Step — A G u i d e to Little Plans S U M M A R Y OF IDEAS > A grand plan is a good thing. The move-by-move specifics are dealt with in the framework of little plans to achieve short-term goals. > Remember always that while the direction of travel (where you want to take the position) is determined by your plans, tactics are always present and form the pathways which you can take to your destination. 1c4 4>b8 Postscript After my game with Short, I found a game he had played 18 years previously which followed a very similar path.

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