Your Opponent is overrated
224 Seiten, kartoniert, Everyman, 1. Auflage 2016
Which opening does better in practice: the wild, “unsound” and “refuted” Latvian Gambit (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 f5) or the solid Philidor Defence (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6)?
As James Schuyler points out, referring to the definitive Megabase, the Latvian Gambit scores higher.
How can such a discredited opening (and the same story is repeated with other “unsound” openings) do so well? The point is that playing like this throws the opponent off balance, makes them anxious and induces mistakes.
Even the very best players recognise the value of discomforting the opponent. Historically, Emanuel Lasker was the master of this approach and his modern day equivalent is world champion Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen frequently employs offbeat openings and his opponents invariably fail to counter them correctly.
This is the key theme of this book. Schuyler covers all phases of the game and discusses other vital subjects such as harassment, material imbalance, time management, surprise moves, unusual ideas, provocative play, manoeuvres and recovering from bad positions.
- Includes methods to improve practical play
- Develops a win-oriented attitude
- Examines ways to induce mistakes
James Schuyler is a FIDE Master. He was Nevada State Champion in 2007 and won the Virginia State Championship in both 2011 and 2012. He has been teaching chess for over 25 years.
003 About the Author
009 The Opening
033 The Middlegame
047 Material Imbalances
067 The Unexpected
087 Unusual Ideas
103 Hating Your Opponent
130 Lost Positions
146 The Clock
156 The Endgame
202 Why Isn’t This Working?
216 Final Thoughts
218 Index of Complete Games
220 Index of Openings