It is very important for the practical player to train his or her ability, understand when to rely on intuition, rules of thumb and more general positional considerations, when to try to solve the problems by calculating variations to the end, and how to manage time to avoid time pressure.
With these goals in mind, Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual delivers a lot of excellent, high quality training material and many exercises. The author discusses every problem from the perspective of the practical player, gives many general guidelines and investigates psychological aspects in depth.
What is the point of an Analytical Manual in modern times, where computers using tablebases and the latest analysis engines seem to be capable of solving almost any question? The answer is easy to provide: There is a huge difference between the search for the objective truth, and a practical game with limited time as the great Mikhail Tal put it: "The hours of analysis and the few minutes of a practical game, they are absolutely not one and the same."
So it is very important for the practical player to train his or her ability, knowing when to rely on intuition, rules of thumb and more general positional considerations, and knowing when to try to solve problems by calculating variations to the end, all the while managing time to avoid time pressure.
In this new book respected trainer and author Mark Dvoretsky delivers plenty of excellent, high quality training material and many exercises. All the problems and issues are discussed from the view of the practical player, giving many general guidelines and investigating the psychological aspects in depth.
As perhaps the world's most famous chess trainer, Dvoretsky has profited from the suggestions of his high caliber students, who have discovered many mistakes and fresh ideas even in such well-analyzed games involving Tal and Botvinnik, Karpov and Kasparov and Kasparov and Korchnoi. Dvoretsky also makes full use of the comments of the combatants themselves, which results in very interesting psychological insights into the fight.
What grandmaster Artur Yusupov stated in his Foreword to Dvoretsky's excellent Endgame Manual is still true: "One of the secrets of the Russian chess school is now before you, dear reader!"
International Grandmaster Karsten MŁller
010 Signs, Symbols, and Abbreviations
011 Part 1 Immersion in the Position
012 Chapter 1 Combinative Fireworks
025 Chapter 2 Chess Botany - The Trunk
032 Chapter 3 Chess Botany - The Shrub
038 Chapter 4 Chess Botany - Variational Debris
049 Chapter 5 Irrational Complications
061 Chapter 6 Surprises in Calculating Variations
069 Chapter 7 More Surprises in Calculating Variations
085 Part 2 Analyzing the Endgame
086 Chapter 8 Two Computer Analyses
093 Chapter 9 Zwischenzugs in the Endgame
098 Chapter 10 Play like a Computer
105 Chapter 11 Challenging Studies
112 Chapter 12 Studies for Practical Players
118 Chapter 13 Playing Out Endgame Studies
127 Chapter 14 Two Endgames of Anatoly Karpov
147 Part 3 Games for Training Purposes
148 Chapter 15 First Steps as a Trainer
153 Chapter 16 Questions about a Game
162 Chapter 17 Castling on Opposite Sides
170 Chapter 18 A Training Polygon
182 Chapter 19 Open Warfare
206 Part 4 Practical Psychology
208 Chapter 20 Should He Have Sacrificed?
218 Chapter 21 An Invitation to Analysis
227 Chapter 22 Chaos on Board
242 Chapter 23 Snatch a Pawn or Attack?
259 Chapter 24 A Battle of Opposites
273 Chapter 25 At the Grandmaster Level
304 Chapter 26 Experience versus Youth
320 Part 5 Lasker the Great
322 Chapter 27 How to Play a Pawn Down
328 Chapter 28 Immersion in a Classic
347 Chapter 29 Justified Greed
355 Chapter 30 Unjustified Greed
365 Chapter 31 Winning by Losing
376 Chapter 32 The Battle of Heavy Pieces
390 Chapter 33 A Historical Serial
418 Index of Games and Fragments
419 Index of Studies