Under the Surface
288 Seiten, gebunden, Quality, 1. Auflage 2018
The most significant difference between a grandmaster and a club player is not simply that the grandmaster calculates more accurately, but rather that he sees more deeply. This book invites you beneath the surface, where you can learn to navigate the depths of chess. Jan Markos shows how a strong player perceives chess, which features of a position he focuses on, and how he thinks at the board.
The author’s philosophy is that understanding chess brings pure happiness, and he would like to share this happiness with you.
Jan Markos is a grandmaster and former European Under-16 Champion. He has won the Slovakian Championship twice and played for Slovakia at six Olympiads. He lives in Bratislava with his wife and two children.
“In his new book, GM Jan Markos focuses on important, yet often neglected, aspects of chess. He deals with this interesting and difficult topic excellently, making fine use of his chess and teaching abilities. The book is highly readable and belongs among the best chess books I have read in recent years. Although the book is intended to be read by amateurs, even grandmasters will find it interesting and useful. If you want to learn more about chess and don’t mind thinking independently, this is the book for you."
GM David Navara
003 Foreword by GM Vlastimil Babula
005 Key to symbols used and Bibliography
011 PART I: About the Laws of the Chess World
012 1 Three Faces of a Piece
023 2 Hierarchy on the Board
032 3 Infection
036 4 Policemen of the Chess Board
041 PART II: About the Inhabitants of the Chess Board
042 5 Magnetic Skin
057 6 Inconspicuous Mate
064 7 Fractures
069 8 Understanding the Beast
075 9 Without Knights
083 10 Anatoly Karpov’s Billiard Balls
092 11 The Secret Life of Rooks
107 12 Princesses of the Chess Board
117 PART III: About Time in Chess
118 13 Does Time Play against You?
123 14 Brake
130 15 Walking without Moving, Progress without Change
135 PART IV: About Openings
136 16 Find Five Differences
140 17 Equal and More Equal
144 18 The Tragedy of the Knight
148 19 The Scheme
157 PART V: About Decision-Making
158 20 Seeing a Move
163 21 The Freezer
169 22 Smart Retreats
175 23 On the Breaking Ice
179 24 Following the Beaten Track
184 25 Looking for a Move, No Commitments
188 26 On the Edge
194 27 Exchanges as a Weapon
201 PART VI: About Computers
202 28 What Rybka Couldn’t Tell You and Fritz Didn’t Know
209 29 New Silicon Horizons
231 30 The Magician from Brno
244 31 The Biggest Lie
251 PART VII: About Beauty in Chess
252 32 Quality and Style
255 33 Searching for Beauty
265 Conclusion: How to Train Properly
277 Game Index
282 Name Index
This excellent book is the 2018 English Chess Federation Book of the Year!
English Chess Federation Book of the Year!