Chess for amateurs - How to improve your game by Fred Reinfeld

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F4 a b c d e f g h Chapter 1 - Squares Black is about to lose material without any compensation at all. 63 This pawn push does not make much sense. 20 . . ie6t was better. 16 . . Wg5 17 . lg5! a b c d e f g h Black's position is falling apart. a 16 .. le7 . b c d e f g h White still held some advantage, and won an eventful game on move 65. 14. f3?! There are pluses and minuses to this move. White should prepare for the clash in the centre, rather than make permanent decisions about his pawn structure now.

G. 26 . . E:ab8 27 . ic2, when White is focusing on his chances on the kingside. White was most likely intending to meet 28 . . Wfc3, when the queen has the queenside under control and the chances are about equal. h5!? 3 I . a:ds •• 8 a b c d e f g 7 6 h Black should play 27 . . dxc4! with approx­ imate equality, as after 27 . . E:ac l White would have the initiative. Black should already be thinking about giving up the exchange to get rid of the dangerous bishop on c2. Wfe3 5 4 3 2 a ••. b c d e f g h Black clearly has the easier task, but White is still in the game.

1 8 ... \t>fS!! was the only move. The black king tries to escape the killing zone. White now has several options, but none of them are devastating. �h6! The point of the sacrifice. The black kin: no longer escape the killing zone. Mate fo effortlessly. 1 9 ... ie5 h6 leads to an unclear game. ig6 Wfc7! Wfh4t 'it>f8 . Chapter 1 Squares Alexei Shirov - Dragan Solak Novi Sad 2009 Black played a very original move that his opponent could hardly have expected. 34 Grandmaster Preparation - Strategic Play The 28 exercises in this chapter all have something to do with squares, be it as weaknesses, as strongpoints, or in some other way.

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