He won the World Junior Championship in , which then automatically qualified for the International Master title, qualification as a grandmaster following in International tournament results in the next decade included first place at Esbjerg , first at Yerevan , equal fourth at Linares , first at the Tunis Interzonal , equal first at Montpellier Candidates , and third at Linares He also won the Canadian Open Chess Championship. By this time Yusupov was also chasing World Championship qualification, reaching the semi-final of the Candidates Tournament on three occasions: in defeated by Andrei Sokolov , defeated by Anatoly Karpov and defeated by Jan Timman. In the early s, he returned to his Moscow apartment one day and came upon burglars. During the struggle that broke out, he was shot and considers himself lucky to have survived.

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Pages: Price: I have chosen to portrait the first book on the series but it would generally be applicable to every book, not just this one. Another important caveat I want to make is that I have read the first two books and the last exercises from the last book. This series of books is an acclaimed collection of exercise books. You are supposed to read each color in this order. Each of the books is divided into 24 chapters and a final test.

Each chapter has an introduction of the chapter, which spans around four pages, and twelve exercises. The exercises have points of difficulty which are rewarded if you have seen some key moves of the solution. You can add up all the points to score your final evaluation of the unit. It may be that you have done excellently down to you have to repeat the unit. The final test has only exercises which encompass everything studied in the book, and there are 24 of them.

The books aim to give you a solid base in every aspect of the game, so you are going to study some openings really it is almost only exercises, so not heavy theory there , tactics, strategy and endings. As each chapter delves in a particular subject, you are not going to get bored easily, which is great for someone like me that likes to read various books at once just to change the pace.

All in all you are getting exercises in every aspect of the game. At a standard lenght of pages, you can hardly ask for more, but GM Preparation series are thicker, hence pack more exercises. Maybe compared to them or some other books does not seem much, but I never felt that there were few problems, it just felt right, so no complains there. The level of the exercises is high enough so that me at went through the first two books fast and steady, but always felt I was challenged.

As I see it, anyone starting from can enjoy the books. Players lower than that should however download the excerpt of the first one and see for themselves, because it includes a complete chapter. I like exercise books a lot, so I do not care much that the prose is sparse. What do you expect after all?

For me the prelude of every chapter before the exercise was something to go through as fast as possible, but the official stand is to study it carefully and spend at least an hour on it. I cannot say it worked much for me as I already knew the subjects discussed, but it is there, so maybe it is profitable for you. The quality of the solutions for me it is the worst part of the series. It happened to me a lot a lot maybe is twice per chapter maximum that exercises that I failed to solve had a flawed solution.

Those normally maybe exclusively would come from positional exercises. In those exercises a solution was put forward, but the machine would regard other moves as equal or better than the one recommended. Positional exercises are the most difficult ones, I know, and the machine likes some lines which may be ok but Yusupov tries to show you the easiest path.

But in this kind of case, I need from the author the statement that other moves are possible and list them but the one in the solution is the one he likes and reason it, otherwise, I would rather believe the machine at elo than Yusupov at All in all, however, I think this series of books is pretty good.

Maybe some solutions are not on the spot, but I have not seen anything so comprehensive in the market in any other place. Hence I recommend the series to anyone from to Those below , I would recommend to try their hand at the excerpt. If they feel that hitting a brick wall while doing it, then go for something more elementary,.

Those with more than will certainly pick some things here and there. There are challenging exercises and you will have to put a lot of work.

But 9 books is a lot of money invested, so maybe you can go directly to the blue series. As a testament of the difficulty of the books, I have some anecdotal evidence. A friend of mine and me, both at , got a hold on the last book, and made the final test.

We allowed us 2h for the whole thing so 5 minutes per exercise. We both failed to pass the test narrowly. Publicado por.


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