A Complete Guide to Practical Play
490 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2019
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.
The Survival Guide to Competitive chess:
007Chapter 1: In the Heat of Battle
007 Something's Changed
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
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
093 Draw by Reputation
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
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:
319 Glossary of Tactical Themes