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Coach Yourself

304 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2019.

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Many players are serious about their chess but become stuck at a certain playing strength. It’s rarely a lack of talent or practice or opening knowledge that holds them back. Usually they get left behind because they don’t know how to make best use of the time they have available to study chess.

This book addresses this problem and is your self-improvement plan. It shows you how to work on your own games to root out mistakes. It will sharpen your calculation of variations. You will be challenged to find the best middlegame strategy. Endgame technique is also covered in detail. All topics are discussed with numerous examples and puzzles from the games of modern players such as Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Viswanathan Anand. If you want your chess to leap forward it’s time to Coach Yourself!

  • A complete self-improvement programme.

  • All aspects of the game included.

  • Utilizes a structured approach, making the most of your study time.

Neil McDonald became a grandmaster in 1996 and a FIDE trainer in 2017. He is a regular coach of the England Junior team at international events. Neil has written numerous books on openings, endgames, tactics and strategy as well as biographies of famous players. He lives in Gravesend in Kent, England.

Language English
Author McDonald, Neil
Publisher Everyman
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 530 g
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Pages 304
ISBN-13 978-1781945124
Year of Publication 2019
Binding paperback

003 About the Author

005 Introduction

006 Immunizing Yourself Against Blunders

020 Training Your Tactical Imagination

040 Teaching Yourself to Calculate

061 Judging the Right Moment to Use a Combination

089 Supercharging Your Feel for the Initiative

130 Know Yourself: Diagnosing Positional Mistakes

159 Learn How to Shut a Piece out of the Game

173 Getting Full Value from Your King

184 Wearing Down the Opponent’s Pawn Structure

215 Practice Planning on a Grand Scale

246 Mastering Pawn Breakthroughs in Endgames

262 Understanding the Essentials of the Endgame

287 Making Good Opening Choices


Coach Yourself