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A Complete Guide to Practical Play

490 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2019

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Experts agree that regularly solving tactical exercises is a vital component of chess training. However, it's also widely acknowledged that there is one major drawback to traditional chess puzzles - students know for sure that there is a genuine tactic in the position waiting to be found, whereas during a real game there is no such guarantee! In this workbook, Volker Schlepütz and Grandmaster John Emms offer a unique framework to practise chess tactics independent of themes, difficulty and - most crucially - even the definite existence of an actual tactic in a given position. Analysing carefully selected games, from beginner through to club and tournament level, the reader assumes the role of a tactics detective, searching for mistakes and missed opportunities by both sides without the help of a chess engine.

Are you making the most of your chess talent? Do you always perform to the best of your ability? Do your results match up with your understanding of the game? If the answer to any of these questions is 'no' then read on!In The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess, Grandmaster and experienced tournament player John Emms reveals the secrets of how to maximize your potential and improve your results. Drawing upon his own over-the-board experiences, Emms tackles the all-important aspects of practical play: concentration and behaviour at the chessboard; playing for a win or a draw; winning good positions and saving difficult ones; handling time trouble; avoiding silly mistakes; understanding your strengths and weaknesses; building an opening repertoire; using chess computers and software; preparing for opponents; understanding and utilizing the finer points of the rules; and much more besides. Read this book and play every game with the confidence that you really can give it your best shot.

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Weight 610 g
Manufacturer Everyman
Width 15.2 cm
Height 22.8 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2019
Author John EmmsVolker Schlepütz
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1-78194-496-7
Pages 490
Binding paperback

The Survival Guide to Competitive chess:

005 Introduction

007Chapter 1: In the Heat of Battle

007 Something's Changed

014 Calculation

015 Check Every Move!

015 High Reward and High Risk

018 An Example of CEM

030 Blumenfeld's Rule

031 Avoiding High Risk/Low Reward Tactics

033 The Lucky Oversight

037 Bluffing

044 The Poker Face

048 Know the Rules!

053Chapter 2: Winning, Drawing and Losing

053 Getting a Result

062 Last Round Nerves

072 Converting Winning Positions

079 Grinding out Endgame Wins

085 Draw?

093 Draw by Reputation

094 Etiquette

094 Draw by Repetition

099 Dealing with Bad Positions

115 Never Resign!

117Chapter 3: Clock Control

117 The Perils of Time Trouble

120 Trying to Avoid Time Trouble

120 Keep It Simple, Stupid!

126 Exploiting Your Opponent's Time Trouble

129 Blitzing

130 Reaching Time Control

133Chapter 4: Opening Play

133 Building a Repertoire

134 Winning the Same Game Twice

136 Guarding against Complacency

140 Beware of a Little Knowledge!

143 Facing a Surprise in the Opening

145 Openings According to Your Opponent

152 Using Computers

154 Specific Preparation

The Chess Tactics Detection Workbook:

003 About the Authors

005 Introduction

008 Instructions for the Exercises

012 1. Games of players rated 1100-1300 Elo

023 2. Solutions: Games 1-40

116 3. Games of players rated 1301-1500 Elo

127 4. Solutions: Games 41-80

224 5. Games of players rated 1501-1700 Elo

235 6. Solutions: Games 81-120

319 Glossary of Tactical Themes

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