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on 4 August 2003
This book is a bargain. And will strengthen almost anyones positional play (advanced players included).
The basics of positional play are covered (good knight vs bad bishop, good bishop vs bad knight, play with opposite and same coloured bishops, realising the two bishop advantage) to the intermediate (rook vs two minor pieces, endgame transpositions, active king) to the advanced (key squares, strong points, inducing weaknesses, positional sacrifice) and many many more which I have not listed.
The way in which Israel Gelfer teaches proved very successful with me. He will dive straight into many examples, and talk you through them, he will do this again, and again, and again. The advantage to this method is that the understanding becomes second nature, you do not have to think about various concepts that you need to incorporate into your game.
One small drawback to this book (even though I do not feel that it qualifies as a drawback). You might need a chessboard in front of you. I know many readers will be put off by this, but if they are willing to invest the effort, the results will pay off.
This book not only did wonders to my positional understanding, but boosted endgame wins as well, as Gelfer uses many endgames to introduce his concepts.
When you take a look at the price, and all this book has to offer, I don't know how ANY chess enthusiast would deny this book a place in their library.