Yusupov's 9-part series, Boost your chess, Build up your chess and Evolution series is the 2009 winner of the Boleslavsky Medal from FIDE (the World Chess Federation) as the best instructional chess books in the world (ahead of Garry Kasparov and Mark Dvoretsky in 2nd and 3rd place).

This first book in the series helps players build their skills on a solid foundation. The author guides the reader towards a higher level of chess understanding using carefully selected positions and offering practical advice. This new understanding is then tested by a series of puzzles.

This book is not a random collection of positions tossed together but carefully chosen ones that methodically build the student's knowledge from exercise to exercise.

The covered subjects include:  
  1. The windmill  
  2. Pawn weaknesses  
  3. Back rank combinations  
  4. Exploiting weaknesses  
  5. The 7th rank  
  6. Fortresses  
  7. The pawn wedge  
  8. Opening traps  
  9. The use of traps  
  10. Stalemate combinations  
  11. The semi-open file  
  12. Mate with bishop and knight  
  13. Combinations involving files  
  14. Outposts  
  15. Combinations involving diagonals  
  16. Elementary endgames  
  17. Combinations with knights  
  18. The principles behind mobilization  
  19. Perpetual check 
  20. Mate in two moves  
  21. Combinations with the major pieces  
  22. Coordination of the pieces  
  23. Combinations with knights 2  
  24. Zugzwang
Who should read this book? 
This book comes highly recommended for players with ratings of less than 1100.

The book forms part of a 9-part series that covers (1) the fundamentals, (2) beyond the basics and (3) mastery. For players with ratings of less than 1100, the series offers:

  1. Build up your chess 1
  2. Boost your chess 1
  3. Evolution 1

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