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"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man".
George Bernard Shaw

Amazon have some great books on chess strategy and planning!

BCC's Planning Technical Papers suite!
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Build great plans that take you to the position you want!


This set of papers looks at planning. It discusses what a plan is, and gives indicators as to what elements to assess. A lively discussion example focuses on a particular example and attempts to bring out the practical issues related to planning. Planning linked to specific positional elements are looked at, in particular pawn structure and space. Finally it presents a challenge to the traditional assess-> plan-> execute model found in many middlegame books.

1st evolution of suite: 31st August 1998
Your feedback is welcome to be incorporated in future evolutions of this suite!

Examples are taken from the following 3 great positional players :-

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Anatoly Karpov

Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian



Plans based on particular elements

Further Reading

Judgment and Planning in Chess (McKay Chess Library)
Max Euwe / Paperback / Published 1980
Chess middlegame planning
P. A. RomanovskiŠi
How to Think Ahead in Chess : The Methods and Techniques of Planning Your Entire Game (Fireside Chess Library)
I. A. Horowitz
Planning in Chess
Janos Flesch


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