|keypusher: Entertainingly written up in Aagard's <Positional Chess> -- he presents a series of positions from the game as quizzes. Each time, you're supposed to ask yourself three questions:|
1) Where are the weaknesses?
2) Which is the worst-placed piece?
3) What is my opponent's idea?
Here's the first quiz, Black to play at move 14.
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He writes, <Here I was thinking: Just don't allow Bg5, just don't allow Bg5...The bishop is decreasing in value [....a4-a3 and Bb2-c1 had recently been played] and White has a serious problem with the c3-square; especially once I play ...b5-b4. It would be moronic to let him prevent me from bringing a knight to e4.
Ok, so I am a moron. It will now take forever to fight for the c3-square. This is how it goes; understanding what you need to do is not enough, you actually have to do it. Practice beats theory once again...
14....Ne4 15.Bf4 b4 and either ...Bb7 or ...Ba6 leads to at least even chances for Black.>
Lots of mistakes by both sides after that, all of which Aagaard recounts. The Q+opposite color bishops position reached at the end is a little better for White, but holdable, until 35....Qg7??.
Aagaard's final word: <Not pretty, but very instructive. Chess is far easier to understand than to play, so please do go through the exercises and get these simple things under control!>
The book is probably at too high a level for me, but I think it is very good.