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One of the best books on positional play you're ever likely to read. (Paul Kane Manchester Chess Federation)

I am absolutely convinced that every (really every!) chess player will learn a whole lot from this book. For me personally it is one of the best chess books on the market today. (Martin Rieger Schachwelt)

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Ukrainian International Master Valeri Bronznik lives and works in Germany and has written a number of highly acclaimed books on chess, among which 1.d4-Beating the Guerillas.
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  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New In Chess,Csi (October 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9056914340
  • ISBN-13: 978-9056914349
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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It's still early November. Yet I'll be surprised if a better chess book is released in 2013 for the advance club player than Techniques of Positional Play by Valeri Bronznik and Anatoli Terekhin.

This is not a book for novices. Nor is it an introduction to the principles of positional chess. This is instead an excellent primer on the development of positional chess technique.

The very first technique is an excellent example: how to use a duo of wing pawns to paralyze the enemy knight. Ten examples follow. The next technique explores other ways of dominating knights with another eight examples.

This book is an English translation and adaptation of a Russian classic from FM Anatoli Terekhin. IM Bronznik has done a very effective job of organizing the book. The forty-five techniques are presented in ten chapters:
1.Restricting the enemy pieces
2.Creating breathing space for your pieces!
3.The clash between pawn formations
4.The rook pawn - an underrated fighter
5.Techniques in the fight for an open file
6.Some aspects of piece exchanges
7.Working with the king
8.Developing and activating the pieces
9.Along the diagonals
10.Other methods

There's also a small collection of practical exercises.

There is a brief introduction to each technique. Most are priyomes, so many also include an introductory diagram. A priyome, you ask? It's a Russian word for essential positional patterns.

For club players to improve, middlegame and endgame understanding is essential. If you work through the examples in this book with a chessboard in front of you, your chess technique is sure to be enhanced.

Strongly recommended for all advanced club and tournament players!
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If you've already absorbed the material from a basic book on positional chess, I can't think of a better way to grow your chess ability than to master these 45 lessons. As a strong club player (currently rated ~1980 on FICS) I was already familiar with many of the techniques, such as rook lifts and artificial castling, but Bronznik and Terekhin's explanations and analysis strengthened my understanding. Many of the techniques, such as bishop zigzags (to challenge an opponent's superior bishop) and the "Rubinstein's cxd5 after ....Nbd7" (to seize control of the c-file that can no longer be blocked by ...Nc6) were new to me, too.

Each lesson begins with a brief introduction of a technique and how you use it, using simplified explanatory diagrams where appropriate. The authors then provide game fragments (or occasionally whole games) that illustrate how grandmasters such as Capablanca, Botvinnik, or Kasparov used it to good advantage. Many books provide just one or two examples and move on, but Bronznik and Terekhin present a wealth of chess material: on average, 7 illustrative game fragments per technique. They are generous with diagrams; a single diagram suffices on the shorter game fragments, but when action continues 8 or more moves they almost always include an extra diagram or two. They do a good job explaining why grandmasters use the technique, but they do not hesitate to note other tactics and ideas in a position. They illustrate the zig-zag maneuver with Capablanca v. Alekhine (Game 25 of championship match, 1927), for example, but they also point out Alekhine's prophylactic ...Rc7, note a tactical shot that Capablanca had to avoid, and explain Alekhine's refusal to trade queens (it suppressed white's e4 pawn break). My head practically explodes every time I open the book!
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This is a book about little positional tricks, whose value should be very high for the club player. Some books deal with "Grand Strategy", (like the excellent "The Giants of Strategy" ,Mc Donald, at Everyman chess, or "Strategy for the club player", from Grooten,NIC).This books deals with many little ideas. For example,i n a symetrical position,white is pushing his a pawn all the way through from a2 to a6 (black has a pawn on a7). What does the first player want to achieve ? This is the trick the authors called "potential passed pawn" (technique n°14). Or how to restrict the enemy's bishop by putting our pawns on its colour (technique N°3 and followings). Or the "pendulum manoeuver" : in the Queen's Indian defense for example, the f8 bishop before to go the e7, first gives a check on b4,in order to disrupt the opponent's piece placing (technique n°36). The book will be of great use for trainers (like me), because to explain positional subtilities, it is nice to have several examples to show the pupils, and being able to name a specific trick is a big plus, especially as kids are involved. I believe that this book is an ideal guide for the player rated between 1300 to 2100, and also a precious tool for the trainer.
Emmanuel Neiman,from Paris.
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Just wanted to add my voice to that of the previous reviewer. We're told to study the classics, study the games of Rubinstein, Capablanca, and others -- but we're not taught what to look for. We don't understand the superior positional insight of those masters. This book -- the first to my knowledge -- makes it explicit. Even 2200 and 2300 players can learn from this book.

The book seems to have been published in Russian several years back and then translated into German in 2005. Only now in 2013 is it available in English. One wonders as to what other masterpieces they have available that haven't been translated.
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