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Magnus Carlsen's Middlegame Evolution (hardcover) by Ivan Sokolov

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Magnus Carlsen’s mastery of the middlegame is astonishing, even by the standards of World Champions. But how did this power develop, and what can the rest of us learn from it? To explain the mysteries requires another elite grandmaster, and Ivan Sokolov is perfectly qualified for this role.

Magnus Carlsen’s Middlegame Evolution allows the reader to celebrate the brilliance of the highest-rated chess player in history while learning from his example. With insightfully annotated games, Sokolov takes us inside the mind of a chess genius.

GM Ivan Sokolov is a Yugoslav and twice Dutch Champion with decades of experience of elite chess. His peak rating was over 2700, and his extensive list of scalps includes Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand.

280 pages - Published 8 December 2021

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-170-7

Reviews

"I found this book compulsive reading and I learned a great deal from it. Sokolov is an excellent annotator of middlegames, choosing variations wisely and homing in on the dynamic features of a position...

A very rich book, which is presented attractively with photographs and ample diagrams. Sokolov’s introduction promises a sequel, probably featuring more 1 e4 games. I eagerly await it."

James Vigus, CHESS magazine

Magnus Carlsen’s mastery of the middlegame is astonishing, even by the standards of World Champions. But how did this power develop, and what can the rest of us learn from it? To explain the mysteries requires another elite grandmaster, and Ivan Sokolov is perfectly qualified for this role.

Magnus Carlsen’s Middlegame Evolution allows the reader to celebrate the brilliance of the highest-rated chess player in history while learning from his example. With insightfully annotated games, Sokolov takes us inside the mind of a chess genius.

GM Ivan Sokolov is a Yugoslav and twice Dutch Champion with decades of experience of elite chess. His peak rating was over 2700, and his extensive list of scalps includes Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand.

280 pages - Published 8 December 2021

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-170-7

Reviews

"I found this book compulsive reading and I learned a great deal from it. Sokolov is an excellent annotator of middlegames, choosing variations wisely and homing in on the dynamic features of a position...

A very rich book, which is presented attractively with photographs and ample diagrams. Sokolov’s introduction promises a sequel, probably featuring more 1 e4 games. I eagerly await it."

James Vigus, CHESS magazine



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