Build Up Your Chess 1: The Fundamentals

Chess training just got a major upgrade! The highly acclaimed Yusupov series, winner of the FIDE Boleslavsky Medal, lands on Forward Chess, starting with the foundational “Build Up Your Chess.” What’s the buzz about this series, and what makes “Build Up Your Chess” a must-read for aspiring players? Let’s discuss!

Artur Yusupov’s “Build Up Your Chess 1: The Fundamentals” is not just another chess book. It is the start of a comprehensive training program designed by one of the world’s leading chess trainers. Yusupov, a former top-level chess player, has poured his extensive knowledge and experience into this series, aiming to guide beginner/intermediate players through the intricacies of chess and improve their understanding of chess.

At the heart of the book (and the series) lies Yusupov’s holistic approach to chess education. The book is structured to provide a balanced mix of theory and practice, covering key aspects such as tactics, strategy, positional play, and endgames. Each chapter begins with a concise theoretical discussion, followed by meticulously selected exercises that challenge readers to apply what they’ve learned in practical situations.

Chapters span from basic mating topics to the more nuanced topics such as “weak points” which you won’t necessarily find in a book about fundamentals. One of the strengths of this book is its use of illustrative examples. Yusupov carefully selects games and positions that highlight the core principles he wishes to teach.

Let’s take a quick look at the “Pawn Combinations” chapter:

White to play

B. Gulko – K. Grigorian

USSR 1971

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“Build Up Your Chess 1” is just the beginning. Yusupov has designed a trilogy that players are meant to progress through sequentially. Following “The Fundamentals”, the journey continues with “Boost Your Chess 1: The Fundamentals” and concludes with “Chess Evolution 1: The Fundamentals”. Each book builds on the previous one, gradually increasing in complexity and depth. By the end of the series, readers are not just better players; they have a deeper appreciation for the art and science of chess.

Now, what are you waiting for? Check the book out on the Forward Chess Webstore – and don’t miss out on the new release special offer.

*note that this book is web-exclusive only

This is only the beginning, as Forward Chess will be releasing all books in this Yusupov series, from the Fundamentals to Mastery. Stay tuned for more releases!

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