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Why You Lose at Chess

128 Seiten, kartoniert, Russell Enterprises, 1. Auflage 2016

17,95 €
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The Way to Better Chess!

Why You Lose at Chess is vintage Reinfeld. He pulls no punches, showing the reader why he or she loses chess games. This is quite a remarkable feat when you think about it, because he never saw any of the games the vast majority of his readers played. But Fred knew the thinking that lurks behind poor chess decisions, and he let us all know what is wrong or irrelevant or misguided about the types of moves he witnessed far too often.

Beginning with a chapter on self-appraisal, he links a lack of understanding of your own personality with erroneous choices of moves and plans in a chess game. He goes on to delve into playing blindly (with no idea what you are actually doing) or by rote (memorization vs. understanding).

A couple of technical mistakes he points out include a lack of understanding of the tremendous importance controlling the center makes as well as knowing what features in a position should be present in order for an attack to be likely to work.

Among other observations, he gets on amateur players for being easily bored, impatient, lazy, and stubborn. And all of this comes with lucid examples from master play that back up his contentions.

All in all, this is an outstanding treatment of a subject players generally do not pay enough attention to. It has the potential to open anyone’s eyes to what playing strong chess can be like. Let Fred Reinfeld show you the way to better chess ...

Weitere Informationen
Gewicht 180 g
Hersteller Russell Enterprises
Breite 15,2 cm
Höhe 22,8 cm
Medium Buch
Erscheinungsjahr 2016
Autor Fred Reinfeld
Sprache Englisch
Auflage 1
ISBN-13 978-1941270264
Seiten 128
Einband kartoniert

005 From the Editor

Chapter 1

007 You Have No Idea What Kind of Chess Player You Are

You lose because you have certain basic misconceptions about your play

Know yourself – and your opponent

Chess personality quiz

Discard your alibi

Have faith in your play

Differentiate among your opponents

The shock value of surprise

The eternal triangle

Chapter 2

031 You Play the Openings Blindly or by Rote

Playing the opening blindly

Playing the opening by rote

Unforeseen crisis

Crime and punishment

Chapter 3

041 You Don’t Know the One Basic Principle of Chess Play: Control the Center

What is the center?

How do you control the center?

Why is it important to control the center?

The powerful pawn center

The powerfully centralized piece

Striking through the Center

You’re bothered by unusual openings

Chapter 4

054 You Lose Because You Can’t See One Move Ahead

You’re obsessed by the “obvious” move

Beware the forced move

Chapter 5

064 You Don’t Know When to Attack – or When to Defend

When to attack

Defender’s queen out of play

Attacker’s local superiority

Defender’s pawn weaknesses

When not to attack

When to defend

Chapter 6

079 You Lose Because You Ignore the Odds

What is an endgame?

Mating attacks in the endgame

Brilliant sacrifices in the endgame

Queening a pawn

King and pawn endings

Zugzwang, or the squeeze play

Chapter 7

089 You Lose Because You Play the Board – and Not the Man

Playing the man and not the board

Bamboozling a world champion

How to beat your equals

Chapter 8

098 You Lose Because You’re Easily Bored

The winning technique

Missing the point

Give a man enough rope ...

Chapter 9

107 You Lose Because You’re Lazy

Winning the hard way

Meet the challenge!

You lose because you dawdle

Chapter 10

118 You Lose Because You’re Stubborn

Half a loaf is better than none

A bishop is better than a knight

Overprotecting the castled position

When pawn moves are good

128 Notes from the Editor

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