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Unconventional Approaches in Modern Chess

This work presents the philosophy that allowed GM Ipatov to become a world top-100 player. The majority of the book is made up of original analyzes on secondary lines of main openings and universal systems from Black's point of view

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This book is about the practical approach to the game of chess. It shaped me like a player and now I would like to share my philosophy with you. My objective is to combat several generally accepted misconceptions, such as a) only studying opening theory will make you a better player, b) one should always follow the first or second line shown by Komodo or Stockfish, and finally, c) that “in theory” is equivalent to “over the board”. The last fallacy is especially dangerous because it implies that players will keep on making the best moves over the board, and therefore sidelines should never be played as the opponent will always find a way to retain and convert the advantage. That's in theory. In practice, however, many players will feel like fish out of water once they end up in a position that is objectively better for them but one that they have never analyzed. Overall, based on my experience as a chess professional, I strongly believe that the above-mentioned fallacies do not hold true empirically,

The book is divided into four pieces. Part I covers sidelines in the mainstream openings where I take a major opening and analyze one or several sidelines. This is the most theoretical part of the book, where I share a significant amount of original thoughts and analyzes that constitute my opening repertoire. Part II discusses the concept that I refer to as systems. It still involves theory, but less so in comparison to Part I. What I am trying to convey in this part is the “schematic thinking” – where you think in terms of plans and typical ideas. Part III takes one step further in abstraction – it analyzes notable modern games where one player showed ambition early on in the game and it worked out well for him. Part IV covers the so-called “early surprises” where early on in the game a player implemented a move that shocked his opponent.

Product Details
TP-4520

Data sheet

Product Type
Paper
Language
English
Theme
Openings
Level
Club
Author
Alexander Ipatov
No Pages
360
Year published
2019
Measurements
17 x 23.5 cm
ISBN
978-9492510488
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