The MYMP offers training on a vital subject, the choice of the ‘best’ avail- able plan. As is commonly accepted in the chess world, a correct Evalua- tion of the position, a strong Plan and an accurate Execution are the three important factors that separate ‘the expert from the amateur’. In a way, efficient training on the three above mentioned concepts can help a chess player mature and lead him to new successful paths.
Back in 2007 I published my first English language book on planning (Modern Chess Planning — Gambit), which was later translated and pub- lished in the Greek, Spanish and Ira- nian languages, making it a best-seller. I took seriously the various recommendations and notes of the readers and so in that respect I improved the writing and the presentation of the tests aiming to fulfil your expectations.
Now, as said, the format changed, with 13 thematic chapters, where in each of them 6 tests are included. Each theme is analysed by modern concepts and tips, which will drive the reader to the right path. For me solving the tests is not the most important feature. Understanding them and learning how to do the job in an over-the-board game is far more important and what counts in the end of the day!
With this book I have sought to provide a training guide that will be helpful mostly to players in the 1500–2200 range — corresponding to a lower club level up to those with spirations for a FIDE title.
Of course, the book may well also be useful for players weaker than 1500, or for those stronger than 2200, but this is a decision these players should make for themselves!
In this book there are 78 tests, each based around a game. In each of these tests, the starting point is the fi rst diagram. There is an evaluation of the diagrammed position, which helps the reader to understand some important facts about the position itself.