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Andrew Soltis: What it takes to become a Chess M
Compiled by sudheerd
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Games from the book "What it takes to become a Chess Master"

Recognize that control of a8 h1 diagonal is key to winning easy
Kramnik vs Adams, 2000 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Lead in development matters most
Timman vs Winants, 1988 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 24 moves, 1-0

Neutralizing d3 bishop
Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

King safety
Adams vs Radjabov, 2003 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 29 moves, 1-0

Better piece mobility - restricting opponent pieces
Yakovich vs McShane, 1998 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Restricting knights even if it makes one bishop bad
Lanka vs I Sokolov, 1999
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 37 moves, 0-1

Using kingside majority
Kasimdzhanov vs Anand, 2005 
(B50) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

Bishops and kingside are more important than anything else
Short vs Topalov, 1997 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 45 moves, 0-1

Hole on b6 and c file are more important than other factors
Huebner vs Soltis, 1968 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

Homework
Carlsen vs Anand, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 77 moves, 1-0

Homework
Beliavsky vs Mitkov, 2001 
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

Chapter 2: Habits. Looking for targets
Kamsky vs Grischuk, 2010 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 35 moves, 0-1

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