True chess mastery demands a thorough udnerstanding of the game's opening chess nuances and this guide by an International Grandmaster offers detailed seldom-discussed insights into the real significance of the opening. As Mr. Mednis notes in the Preface "...if you know the strategic theme of your opening well understand how to apply it in middlegame play and if necessary can also make use of your knowledge in the thematic endgame to follow then you will be a very successful tournament player." Highly instructive fun to read and full of revealing insights into the intricacies of the game Strategic Chess is an invaluable guide to playing strategically clear openings more successfully and achieving a higher level of play. Masters and amateurs alike will find a wealth of instructive tactics techniques in this informative work. Insightful manual by noted grandmaster offers detailed insights into the real significance of the opening. 30 games are analyzed between such masters as Petrosian and Korchnoi Karpov and Kasparov Gligoric and Kaplan and more showing how strategic themes of the opening are carried through all applicable phases of the game. Intermediate-level.