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Techniques of Positional Play: 45 Practical Methods to Gain the Upper Hand in Chess

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Opening preparation is useful, but understanding the middlegame is much more important. This book, an improved edition of a Russian classic, teaches amateur chess players 45 extremely effective skills in a crystal-clear manner. Quite a few of the ideas presented here will surprise the reader, because they offer solutions for problems the club player is only subconsciously ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 16th 2013 by New in Chess (first published January 1st 2005)
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Liquidlasagna
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Silman says its good for 1500-2200 Rating

which in reality means 1400 to 2300 Elo!
Goetz Holic
Nov 18, 2021 rated it liked it
It is a quite good book; It does pretty much exactly what it claims to do on the cover.

For me, this book is overall 3 stars because learning isolated techniques will only help in certain positions. However, if you already have a good general understanding of the middlegame, then this might really help you out. The selection of themes is mostly great. I liked specifically the different approaches how to counter the typical f-pawn advances (e.g. in King's Indian settings) because I struggled agai
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Steven
Dec 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Great techniques indeed and plenty of examples, just really difficult to put into practice until they are internalized and become part of your technique.
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