The Power of Tactics -
A World Champion's Guide
for a Club Player
by Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Publisher: ChessBase, 2010
Video running time: 4 hours 20 mins.
Rustam Kasimdzhanov explains tactics in the most amazingly
simple way. In his opinion there are only three elements which
are really important and which therefore decide most games: “pins”, “double attacks” and “back rank weaknesses”.
The 2004 FIDE World Champion explains these three elements by starting from simple model positions and going on to
examine progressively more complicated examples.
One important factor in his explanations is always how to spot
the underlying patterns in practical play and then bring them
This is because it is rare to be able to execute tactical blows
immediately - the correct preparatory moves have to be played first. The motifs he is dealing with occur so often in practice that Kasimdzhanov had absolutely no problem in finding sufficient
Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Born in 1979, the grandmaster from
Uzbekistan has for many years been known as a very strong
and imaginative player.
However in 2004 Rustam Kasimdzhanov (pronounced “Kah-zeem-jha-nov”) shocked the chess world by winning the FIDE world chess championship title, beating a string of world-class players like Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov and Adams in the
Kasimdzhanov is a very deep player, who is able to explain chess ideas in an eloquent, lucid style, with a fine touch of
humour. His lessons are both entertaining and instructive –
perfect for students who seek to avoid “dry” theory.
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