Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Art of attack
The book Art of attack from Vladimir Vukovic almost entirely covers the theory of plan gamma. So in stead of thinking for myself I decided to make a study of the book. Well, some thinking for myself remains, since the book has a tendency to formulate matters a bit too abstract, while the given examples are too concrete. The translation of both to a pragmatic approach is still work the reader has to do for himself. But it's a good start.
I'm very happy how a lot of pieces of the puzzle fall together. All positional play in the middlegame is geared around piece activity, which has as its goal invasion, which has as its goal to mate the enemy king. There are two holes in the story, the opening and and the endgame.
The book Secrets of chess endgame strategy of Lars Bo Hansen covers this stage very well and gives you the clues about the do's and don'ts in the middlegame in order to get an endgame with fighting chances. I haven't studied the book thoroughly yet, since my weakness in complex middlegame positions costs me more points by far. But whenever appropriate, I will take up the study.
Now I have a clue about what to do in the middlegame, there will come a time in the future that I will have to ask myself how to open the game in accordance to my middlegame insights. That time is still far away, but one of the questions I have to answer is "what is the importance of the center?" I mean if piece activity is your main technique in the middlegame, then why should you clog up the center with pawns? Of course there is a reason to it, but I haven't thought about it seriously yet. At first sight it seems contradictionary. The question is important, since a lot of openings revolve around occupying the center. Without an insight how the center relates to improved piece activity I have no idea what I'm doing when I play such opening.