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 second book in the series continues beyond the basics with quality material presented in a systematic fashion.

The covered subjects include:
  1. Attacking the king 
  2. The open file 
  3. Minor tactics  
  4. Opening repertoire for White the French Defense  
  5. Simple rook endings  
  6. Fighting against the pawn centre
  7. Trapping pieces 
  8. Calculating short variations 
  9. Weak points  
  10. Line blocking 
  11. Opening repertoire for Black against 1.d4 
  12. Simple rook endings 2 
  13. Blocking combinations 
  14. The bishop pair 
  15. Typical mistakes in calculating variations 
  16. Removing the defense  
  17. Good and bad bishops  
  18. Closed openings 
  19. Line clearing  
  20. Endgame technique 
  21. Blockade 
  22. Dragging the king out 
  23. Reti/English Opening 
  24. Typical mistakes in the endgame
Who should read this book? 

This book comes highly recommended for players with ratings between 1300 and 1700.

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 between 1300 and 1700 the series offers:

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

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