Many chess-players know a large variety of openings and understand well the pattern of the endgames - but what happens in the middle? The difficulty of understanding the principles of middlegame play is perhaps best illustrated by the dearth of good chess books on the middle game. They can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
Yet the middle game is a real challenge to the player. Here in the full orchestration of the chess game the player has the chance to use all his pieces to carry out his ideas. All players will be grateful to the grandmasters, Keres and Kotov, for their masterly analysis of attack and defense in the middlegame, and to Mr Golombek for his translation and fully authoritative introduction.
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