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The Power of Middlegame Knowledge
Von Georg Mohr
496 Seiten, gebunden, 1. Auflage 2023
• Compensation is a chess concept that we only fully understand when we enter the world of serious chess.
• The relative value of pieces is perhaps the most difficult chess concept of all to explain.
• It is one that every player must feel and believe in and can only be accepted with the help of our own practice, and when we feel it come together as though a part of us.
• Why so much talk about such or similar sacrifices? Quite simply because we are afraid! We have been taught, and practice shows and proves the clear fact, that the closer we get to the last part of the game, the ending, the more pronounced a material advantage becomes.
• If in the middlegame we can still hope for sudden turns, for the influence of other pieces, this is negligible in the endgame.
• Maybe less so with tactical sacrifices, where we immediately see what the sacrificer gets in return.
• How can we not accept the rook that the opponent offers us, when there is nothing concrete to see? One or two weaknesses perhaps, but they can be eliminated, and the material advantage and a secure victory in the endgame remains.
The book you have started reading explains the concept of the exchange sacrifice in chess. It is a complex concept where the value of pieces is not determined solely by their numerical value but also by the potential strategic advantage they provide. Beginners are taught the value of pieces using pawns as a unit of measurement, but as players progress, they begin to understand that a material advantage is not always a guarantee of winning. The sacrifice of an exchange, where a player gives up a rook for a bishop and a knight or a pawn, can lead to a strategic advantage. However, many players are hesitant to make this sacrifice due to the fear of losing a material advantage and ending up in a fatal endgame situation. The book explores the psychology behind this fear and offers guidance on how to overcome it. The book also covers the increasing use of exchange sacrifice as a tactical and strategic element in modern games. The author delves into the reasons behind this trend and discusses several open questions related to the exchange sacrifice. By shedding light on this complex concept across many chapters, the book offers a comprehensive understanding of the exchange sacrifice and its importance in chess strategy.