Zenonchess Ediciones Libros de Ajedrez de GM Zenón Franco Ocampos

Books in Forward Chess

Libros en Forward Chess

¡Mis primeros libros en castellano en Forward Chess!

Mis primeros libros en castellano en Forward Chess acaban de publicarse.
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Son dos, uno es “Ajedrez Posicional explicado”:

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«Ajedrez posicional explicado. Como se ganan las partidas en la práctica», escrito por el GM paraguayo Zenón Franco Ocampos es el noveno libro de Zenonchess Ediciones, el sexto en castellano.

El libro contiene 54 partidas comentadas, poniendo énfasis en la parte posicional y en la parte práctica, y 50 ejercicios.

Ajedrez Posicional Explicado

Este volumen tiene una versión previa en inglés, llamada Winning Chess Explained. How games are won and lost in practice.

Ese libro fue publicado por la editorial británica Gambit en 2005, actualmente está fuera de catálogo.

Esta versión del libro es al menos 50 % diferente al anterior, contiene correcciones y actualizaciones.

Se suprimieron algunos ejemplos y se agregaron partidas más recientes.

Tiene 11 partidas “nuevas” en formato “Jugada a jugada” y ocho ejercicios “nuevos”.

Este es el segundo, “Planificación jugada a jugada”:

Mis primeros libros en castellano en Forward Chess


Planificación jugada a jugada ¡Primero la idea y después la jugada!

“¡Primero la idea y después la jugada!” solía comentar Miguel Najdorf con su habitual entusiasmo.

Esa frase es la perfecta síntesis de la planificación en el ajedrez.

Emanuel Lasker comentó: “Un plan inteligente nos convierte en héroes, y la ausencia de un plan en cobardes y tontos”.

Otra frase conocida es “Mejor un plan malo que ningún plan”.

Hay varias otras que coinciden en la importancia de jugar con un plan definido.

El campeón del mundo, Magnus Carlsen, hablando sobre descubrir los mejores planes y las jugadas, comentó:

“Los mejores jugadores encuentran los planes correctos porque han estudiado esos patrones durante miles y miles de horas”, y enfatizó la importancia de la parte táctica para implementar esos planes.

El libro trata sobre planificación y algunos de esos patrones.

GM Zenón Franco Ocampos
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These are the books in Forward Chess from Zenonchess Ediciones:

Learn from Sammy Reshevsky


In his heyday, Samuel Reshevsky was one of the great contenders for the world title and, according to Bobby Fischer,for a period of about ten years, from 1946 to 1956, he was the best player in the world.


Attacking Chess in the 21st Century



The book consists of 36 attacking games from the 21st Century divided into four chapters.

Mastering attacking play in chess is a dream that we all long to achieve, but of course the art of attack does not arise by itself.

Constructing positions which favour the attack is the most difficult task.

In this book we shall see games with brilliant finishes, but we shall also draw attention to the different phases through which the struggle passes, in order make such finishes possible.

Attention has been paid not only to what happens on the board but also, wherever possible, to the influence of the analysis engines not only on a player’s preparation for the game, something that has become more important in these early years of the new century, but also on the practical context of the game.

The games are prefaced by brief biographical information and a short description of the events of the game.

After each game some lessons are highlighted.


Bobby Fischer Explained: And some stories

This book by Zenón Franco about the games of Robert (“Bobby”) James Fischer uses the “Move-by-Move” system, which is ideal for both learning and teaching chess. The book is based on a question-and-answer format to involve the reader and is therefore ideal training material.

Bobby Fischer revolutionised chess in the twentieth century.

Thanks to his dazzling career and his demands for better conditions for players, chess was popularised and was converted into a professional activity with many offshoots.

Fischer’s practically single-handed struggle to overthrow Soviet domination of the world of chess is an achievement difficult to match.

To fairly experienced chessplayers, some of Fischer’s games will already be well-known, or at least familiar, but memories of many of these games are likely to be hazy, so that taking a fresh look at them, using the Move-by-Move method, is likely to be very beneficial

As usual, Franco is keen to highlight the practical aspects of competitive chess, since we are playing, not against computers, but against human beings like ourselves, who make mistakes, like or dislike the position, get tired etc.

This is a chess book, not a biography, but it includes interesting anecdotes from Fischer’s tournaments in Argentina which will probably be new to readers.


Ljubojević’s Best Chess Games

Ljubomir Ljubojević belongs to a generation of extraordinary chessplayers, whose most outstanding representative is Anatoly Karpov.

Ljubojević reached number 3 in the world rankings and a potential candidate for the world title.

The book consists of forty of his best games, played between 1970 and 2008, annotated in the “Move by Move” format, with questions and exercises, a method which is effective both for training and teaching.

At the start of his career Ljubojević was notable for his dynamic and original style but his play gradually became more rounded and positionally refined.

As usual, Franco is keen to highlight the practical aspects of competitive chess, since we are playing, not against computers, but against human beings like ourselves, who make mistakes, like or dislike the position, get tired, etc.


Your second chess book

Solving puzzles is one of the most pleasant training exercises there are. This book of chess puzzles is intended for novice players who can already see simple mates and direct captures, but now wish to move up a level.

The book, containing 275 puzzles, begins with fairly simple tasks and ends with a set of puzzles that are somewhat more challenging.

All of the puzzles are provided with explanations to facilitate the understanding of what happened and the assimilation of tactical patterns.


GM Zenón Franco Ocampos

Zenón Franco Ocampos was born in Asunción, Paraguay, on the 12th of May 1956. After living for many years in Buenos Aires, from the 1990s he has been based in Spain.

He was awarded the 2016 Isaac Boleslavsky Prize by the FIDE Trainers Commission in the ‘author’ section.

In 2016 the Honourable Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay awarded him the National Order of Community Merit, «in recognition of his invaluable and meritorious contribution to Paraguayan sport, with a long and successful sports career in this discipline…»

In 2001 he was named a “Beloved Son of the City of Asunción», by the Municipality of his home town and in 2001 he received the decoration «Honour to Sporting Merit» in 2001, granted by the National Sports Council of Paraguay.