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code: K-603 price: 23,45€

Carsten Hansen

192 pages (248 mm by 172 mm). ISBN 1 904600 00 X.

Throughout a game of chess, the players must constantly make judgements and decisions that cannot be determined simply by calculation. They must then rely on their positional judgement. Good positional skills are primarily developed by experience, but they can also be learnt. In this book, Carsten Hansen provides a wealth of advice and ideas that will help give readers a helping hand up to new levels of positional understanding. Paramount in this discussion is the player's need to weigh up positional elements at the board, and decide which are most important for the situation at hand. Topics include: the quest for weaknesses, "what is the initiative?", understanding imbalances, the relative value of the pieces, decisions regarding pawn-structures, structural weaknesses, and where and how to attack.

Carsten Hansen is a FIDE Master from Denmark who currently lives in the USA. He has a reputation for writing well-researched books on major chess topics, and is known to many through his painstaking book reviews on the Internet.

"I figure to put about 20 ELO points on to my grade (2433) by the time I've finished; that's how good it is. I can't really say more than that. Oh, and I am ENJOYING reading it!" - Andrew Martin, Seagaard's Reviews

"In one word, this book is excellent." - Andy Mack, Weekend Chess

"Hansen provides advice and ideas to show you what to look out for to evaluate positions relatively quickly and to help guide you to making correct decisions, both short-term and long-term." - Mark Donlan, Chess Horizons

"Carsten Hansen is developing into a very reliable author, and this book only serves to enhance his growing reputation." - Alan Sutton, En Passant

"Readers will learn not only much about important positional aspects, like exploiting a structural weakness, from this work, but also much about the important aspect of positional sacrifices, something which is often not well understood at club level. For all those looking to improve their overall chess strength, and especially their positional understanding, this is highly recommended." - Richard Palliser,

Publisher: Gambit Publications Limited

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