Artur Yusupov’s complete course of chess training stretches to nine volumes, guiding the reader towards a higher chess understanding using carefully selected positions and advice. To make sure that this new knowledge sticks, it is then tested by a selection of puzzles.
The course is structured in three series with three levels. The Fundamentals level is the easiest one, Beyond the Basics is more challenging, and Mastery is quite difficult, even for stronger players.
The various topics – Tactics, Strategy, Positional Play, Endgames, Calculating Variations, and Openings – are spread evenly across the nine volumes, giving readers the chance to improve every area as they work through the books.
This book is the third volume at the Beyond the Basics level.
Do not let the term beginner fool you because these strategic motifs apply at all levels. Beginner chess strategy forms the foundation you build upon for the rest of your chess career.
They are the fundamental principles of chess strategy, and the ones beginners must know to make playing chess an enjoyable experience. They are what guide you to finding the right moves when there is no direct contact between the pieces.
Jose Raul Capablanca, the third World Chess Champion, said, “In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else.” Because of the fifty-move rule in chess, it is essential to know how to checkmate your opponent quickly in the endgame.
You also need to know how much material you or your opponent needs to deliver checkmate. This knowledge can help you transition to a drawn endgame even if you are material down.
July 26, 2022
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