The Queen's Gambit - Accepted!
224 Seiten, kartoniert, Steel City Press, 1. Auflage 2021
This is not a book about the opening "Queen's Gambit", but a general chess textbook for adult beginners; the authors regularly use allusions and references to the Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit".
The game has hundreds of child-friendly books, but what about the adult beginner inspired by The Queen’s Gambit? Rosie Irwin is the perfect example: just like the title character, she’s had her own struggles with mental health and trauma. She accepted the challenge, and chess has developed the confidence. Coached by Jonathan Arnott - a former teacher, politician and chess Candidate Master - it’s been a steep learning curve. In January 2021, Rosie knew nothing about chess but the rules of the game. She’s now playing matches against opponents with 40+ years of experience.
This book is a must for any aspiring player. To go from reading Dostoyevsky to Dvoretsky would be a total culture shock. Whilst claiming to be neither, the authors’ conversational style offers a rare insight into the thought processes needed to move from beginner to tournament player. It is a ‘gateway’ book with stories and anecdotes mixed with chess learning, helping the reader to get to know Rosie whilst joining her on her chess journey. The title of this book (The Queen’s Gambit - Accepted!) illustrates Rosie’s acceptance of the challenge and the chess terminology that any gambit can be ‘accepted’. Don’t expect a dry chess book full of diagrams and notation without any story.
Rosie Irwin never considered playing chess until she saw The Queen’s Gambit and was inspired to take up the game, identifying with the lead character’s emotional struggles. Within a couple of months, she had learned enough from Jonathan to compete in league matches against experienced opponents.
Jonathan Arnott has decades of teaching and chess coaching experience. He has captained the Yorkshire county side, represented White Rose in the European Club Cup (the ‘Champions League’ of chess) and captained Chessable White Rose to victory in the inaugural online Four Nations Chess League.
Es handelt sich nicht um ein Buch über die Eröffnung "Damengambit", sondern um ein allgemeines Schach-Lehrbuch für erwachsene Anfänger; die Autoren verwenden regelmäßig Anspielungen und Verweise auf die Netflix-Serie "Das Damengambit / The Queen's Gambit".
014 Ten things you should know before reading this book
021 Chapter 1: Starting at the end
036 Chapter 2: Impostor syndrome
048 Chapter 3: The real deal
064 Chapter 4: Bare bones
075 Chapter 5: Putting it into practice
081 Chapter 6: Creativity
090 Chapter 7: Weakness
102 Chapter 8: !e humble pawn
109 Chapter 9: Short-term thinking
120 Chapter 10: Mind games
133 Chapter 11: One in a million?
144 Chapter 12: Groundhog Day
156 Chapter 13: Ex appeal
168 Chapter 14: Stuck in the middle
182 Chapter 15: The end of the line
196 Appendix 1: Talk like a chessplayer (Glossary)
207 Appendix 2: What’s next? (And other questions)