The Art of Defence in Chess (Pergamon Russian Chess)

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All the Everyman Chess books are organized in a structured style and are also presented in a series of levels. The styles encompass Openings (O); Games Collections ((G); and Training (T). The levels are arranged as follows: Children [C]; Novice (N); Club (C); and Advanced (A). This book is in style Training, and is set at level Novice/Club

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Most players would rather attack than defend, with the result that defensive technique is often the weakest part of their game. This book, translated by Ken Neat, explains the basics of defensive play and contains many tests for readers to practice on. Topics covered include building a blockade, simplification, active defense and counter-attack and much more. Before his untimely death in 1995, Lyev Polugayevsky had been one of the world's leading grandmasters for more than 30 years and was a candidate for the world championship on several occasions. His books Grandmaster Achievement and Grandmaster Performance are widely regarded as modern classics. Iakov Damsky is a Russian television and radio commentator and journalist.

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Lev Polugaevsky was one of the world's leading grandmasters for nearly three decades. Iakov Damsky was a chess writer and chess commentator for Soviet TV and radio. Lev Polugaevsky was born on 20 November 1934 in Mogilev in what is now Belarus (White Russia). Polugaevsky defeated Tal and Mecking in matches. He qualified to the candidates matches for the World Championship five times, a record few had equaled, but he lost twice in matches against Korchnoi in the semi-finals for the World Championship. He won two major international grandmaster tournaments. He also won two USSR Championships, in 1967 and 1968. Iakov Damsky was a talented writer on chess, as you will see from reading this book. He was born on Born on April 24 1934 in the city of Vitebsk in Belarus. He studied at the Kazan State University. After graduation, he worked for almost ten years as a correspondent and head of department at the newspaper "Komsomolets Tartary." In 1965 he moved to Moscow and became a correspondent for the newspaper "Moskovsky Komsomolets". From 1967 he worked as a sports commentator Central Television and National Radio. For many years, he was on the radio station "Mayak" and television programs. He wrote more than a dozen chess books in Russian. Only a few have been translated into English. His books have been translated into German, Spanish, Serbian, Dutch and Armenian as well. He was also an international arbiter who officiated at important matches. He wrote a book about Polugaevsky entitled simply “Grandmaster Polugaevsky”. Among his books in Russian with the titles translated into English are "in the fire attack" (co-authored with Mikhail Tal), "Last Chance", "Last century intrigue: Kasparov - Kramnik, London, 2000" (co-authored with Sergei Shipov), "Breakthrough "(co-authored with Vladimir Kramnik)," According to the laws of beauty "," King Boris tenth "," On the altar of Caissa. " He died in Moscow on July 29, 2009 at age 75.

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