Gambit Verlag, paperback, Englisch, ISBN: 1-901983-92-7, 224 Seiten,
A Spanish grandmaster explains how creativity can be used to overcome
technical obstacles on the chessboard. Once they have obtained an advantage, too
many players make the mistake of assuming that the exploitation of this
advantage will just be a matter of technique, requiring accuracy but little
imagination. Romero shows that the opposite is often the case: sometimes it is
the paradoxical solution that works, whereas the mechanical method would fritter
away the hard-earned advantage. By following Romero in his investigation of the
many outstanding practical examples in this book, readers will inevitably
increase their understanding of chess strategy in general, and fine-tune their
instinct for sensing those critical moments when non-standard solutions are
Alfonso Romero is a grandmaster from Spain, and was editor of the magazine
Gambito. He was runner-up in the 1984/5 European Junior Championship and has
represented his country in several Olympiads. He has a reputation for playing
imaginative attacking chess. This is his first chess book.
"The game selection is superb. I was excited by numerous brilliantly played
top-level games that I'd never seen. ... To me, this is the most entertaining
and absorbing of recent books that deal with strategy and I can recommend it
without reservation.", IM John Watson, TWIC.
"An excellent book on chess strategy. Highly recommended.", Paul Dunn,
"I have read several instructional books, including Dvoretskys famous works,
but this book is by far the best. Often instructional books use the same hoary
old examples, and although this book has a couple of well-known examples, almost
all were completely new to me. The only problem is that it is quite advanced in
some places - as a rough guide, anyone rated about 1500-1700 upwards will
benefit enormously from this book, and even below that it is a useful and
entertaining read.", Scott Fraser, Scottish Chess magazine.
"We are given a real glimpse of Grandmaster schematic thinking at its best",
John Pugh, Chess Post.
"This book would prove to be an excellent addition to anyones chess library -
and here is hoping that Alfonso will be writing more books in the near future.",
Michael Stevenson, New Zealand Chess.
"Books on the middle game seem to be more prolific than those on the opening
at the moment. But this latest offering, far from being just another book on the
middlegame, takes a more innovative approach. For it starts at the point where
many manuals on the middlegame end. Whereas most other books explain the
different ways in which one side or the other can gain an advantage of one kind
or another, this book is all about exploiting that advantage to the full. ...
This is the best book on the subject that I have read in a long time, and I
guarantee you will not fail to be as fascinated by it as I was.", Alan Sutton,
"The material seems to me to be very original and, unlike many chess books
these days, the fruit of personal searching and effort.", Phil Adams, 3Cs
"Romero analyses very deeply! If you like to deal with just a few games or
with game fragments on a strategical theme, but you still want to learn a lot
then this book will be very useful for you.", Dr. E. Rausch, Rochade.
"The examination of the games goes far beyond the chapter themes. Romeros
analysis is very stimulating. The material appears to be most suitable for
strong players.", KARL.