Mark Dvoretsky, Maneuvering: The Art of Piece Play. Russell Enterprises 2016. 215 pp., $24.95.
Unfortunately, Mark Dvoretsky is with us no more, but he has left the chess world a rich literary legacy. When it came to finding top quality training material for strong, ambitious players, his work was unsurpassed (at least among those who published their findings), with probably only Jacob Aagaard nowadays giving him a run for his money.
This book, his latest and probably last effort, is also one of his more accessible works. His most challenging material could leave even titled players screaming in agony, but the topic of this work, maneuvering, is one where the ability to think in pictures is more important than the ability to find incredible tactical resources in the middle of long variations in a thicket of analysis. The key idea in maneuvering is simply this: to find better squares for one's pieces, both individually and as a whole, in harmony with each other. This can be build on in various ways (e.g. by thinking about ways to transform the structure to make this harmony possible, and of course considering how to ruin the opponent's harmony), but that's the heart of the matter.
There are 10 chapters of exercises, with 10 accompanying solution chapters, plus a Foreword and an Introduction. It's a slim volume, but not too expensive and well worth it: the material is excellent, and what's just as important, there aren't many (any?) other books on the topic - certainly not puzzle books.