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White resigned in view of 55 Sbl Af2+ 56 *fl Sh8. White resigned in view of 55 Sbl Af2+ 56 *fl Sh8. Playing with pawns forming useful pawn structures Many years ago, when Yusupov was still a candidate master, I noted in his exercise book that 'Artur finds it difficult to decide upon a sudden change in the character of a struggle, in particular when it involves sharp pawn moves and a change in the pawn structure'. To concentrate on correcting this fault, we carefully examined these instances in...

Sensing the tempo

The assessment of a position is determined by three basic factors material, the placing of pieces and pawns (the safety of the king, the presence of weaknesses, etc.), and time. The role of time in chess is a complex one. In tactical positions every tempo can have a decisive significance. In situations of strategic manoeuvring the time factor is often less important. In many kinds of sport there is a concept known as the 'sense of rhythm'. In their best years the football team Dynamo Kiev...

Modern treatments of the Dutch Defence

We are going to familiarise you with the basic ideas of the Stonewall structure of the Dutch Defence, and also touch on the Leningrad System. v To be honest, the move l f5has never struck me as being position-ally correct. When faced with it I usually avoid the main lines in the opening, and instead prepare some kind of rarely seen distribution of forces which still has a definite strategic foundation. In both systems mentioned above I aim to develop my king's knight to h3. The f3-square...

Mark Dvoretsky

It gives me great pleasure to present you with the fourth book in the series based upon material from the Dvoretsky-Yusupov school for gifted young chess players. For those who are not familiar with our previous publications Training for the Tournament Player, Opening Preparation and Technique for the Tournament Player , would like to make it clear that we have carried out various thematic sessions at the school, devoted to important areas of chess development. We have not had enough time to...

Ldk

There is no time for 25, bxc2 because of the threat of 26 xh6. 25 f4 26 Bxh6 fxg3 27 h8 amp f7 28 Bf4 is also bad. The prophylactic 25 amp h8 would have won 26 cxb3 f4, breaking the communication between the h4-rook and the pawn on d4, and preparing the blow 27 Bxc3 alternatively, 26lg6Bxc3 26 Bf7 27Bxh6 gxh6 28 xh6 lt g8 29 h8 tetl and White soon runs out of checks. Typesetter's note This note contains a flaw. After 26 cxb3 f4 White can play 27 Bg6. In order to prevent a deadly sacrifice on h6...