Book Review – Mastering Chess Middlegames

Author Of Book – Alexander Panchenko

Publishing Date – 1 January 2015

Published By – New In chess


In this book published by New In Chess, Alexander Panchenko has given his systematic knowledge. He used his 11years of experience to write this book. In this book, Alexander explains about improving middlegame technique. He shares some of his real-life experiences with readers. The uniqueness of this book is that you will find positions for playing out after each chapter ends.

Content in the book

The book is divided into a total of 12 chapters. After each chapter explanation, some position for solving and positions for playing out given. Here is a list of chapters covered in the book.

  • The attack on the king
  • Defence
  • Counterplay
  • Prophylaxis
  • Realising an advantage
  • Equal positions
  • The battle of the major pieces
  • Two minor pieces against a rook
  • Opposite coloured bishop with many pieces on the board
  • Same coloured bishop
  • Bishop vs Knight
  • Sample games and endings

What to expect?

Alexander Panchenko was a very famous coach. You can expect some high-level explanation and good positions. Positions for playing out are really difficult to understand. You can understand how players used to play 40 years ago and  after studying this book one can develop his execution skills.

Glimpse from the book

Following is one of my favorite problem from the book

The uniqueness about this book

This book focuses not only on middlegame positions but also on improving overall game quality. After every chapter, some positions for playing out given. You can play those positions with your friends or even on by setting up the board. Each chapter started with some positions with an explanation. Although this book was released in 2015, many positions that contain in this book are before the 20th century.

Who can read this book?

Book level is quite high. Although positions for solving from this book are very interesting and anyone can play with those positions and analyse. It will improve understanding of player about the practical play. I will suggest players above 1600 do the whole book and to others, they can try and play the positions as many times as they can before checking the answers.

What did I like?

I like the way of explanation given by the author. The author selected some amazing positions for playing out and solving. There are very rare books In which you will find positions for playing out. There is no long analysis and positions are also not too difficult, That’s why the reader will not get bored at least for a couple of hours

From where can you purchase this book?

The original price of this book is 24.95USD or 22.95 EURO. If you are an Indian reader then you will get this book in only 1299 rs from Amazon India. If you are from outside India then you can buy from amazon or new in chess official website. We have attached both links.

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PDF excerpt of this book

About the author

Alexander Panchenko is Russian grandmaster and famous coach. He is the owner of website He has taught many students. Some of the famous students include – Sergei RublevskyEkaterina KovalevskayaAlisa Galliamova, and Sergey Volkov





About the publisher

This book was published by new in chess. New In Chess is based in Netherland. This company is famous for a monthly magazine and bi-monthly yearbook. In magazines and yearbook, all top-level players write a various article. New in chess magazine is currently the most popular and bestselling magazine in chess. New in chess publishes the various book every year.