Gambit Verlag, paperback, Englisch, ISBN: 978-1-904600-84-8, 192 Seiten,
The opening is reaching its end, and we must make a pivotal decision: what
shall our middlegame strategy be? Do we seek an active plan to profit from our
strengths and highlight the opponents weaknesses? Or do we adopt prophylaxis,
attending to our own positions shortcomings and hindering the opponents plans?
Alternatively, are there any ready-made plans that we know from other games that
can be tailored to fit our position?
The authors present 90 multi-choice tests where the reader faces this task.
In detailed solutions, they explain the best solution, and why other
possibilities are less convincing. We develop a feel for how the decision is
made, while painlessly building our repertoire of plans in typical positions.
All the examples in this book arise from Queens Pawn or Flank Openings, and
are arranged by opening and level of difficulty. Many are drawn from games by
virtuoso strategists such as Karpov and Petrosian. In all cases, the game is
annotated in full, so we see the consequences of the critical decision, while
also appreciating the finer points of some of the most instructive games in
Grandmaster Alfonso Romero comes from Spain and was runner-up in the 1984/5
European Junior Championship. He has represented his country in several
Olympiads, winning an individual bronze medal at the 2002 event.
Amador Gonzalez de la Nava is a FIDE Master. He is also from Spain, and is a
chess teacher and writer.