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A Zillion Chess and Life Hacks

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291 pages, paperback, Elk and Ruby, 1. edition 2024

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How should a chess player, be they amateur or professional, achieve their full potential? What’s the best way to prepare psychologically for the game, opponents, tournaments? How can they set goals at the board and achieve them? What techniques can they employ to react when the game takes an unexpected turn? How should they plan to avoid time trouble, and then handle it (or their opponent’s) if it occurs? What about maintaining concentration and controlling emotions at the board? How to use psychology when choosing a move or trying to achieve a draw? What’s the best approach to facing much stronger opponents? What should a player do if one’s opponent breaks the rules? How to bounce back from losses?
Woman Grandmaster Maria Manakova has written a detailed psychological manual on how to navigate these and other key matters for both club players and those setting out on their professional journey. This book contains a huge number of practical and actionable tips, drawn from both Maria’s personal experience and that of her professional peers among players and coaches. It provides examples from 24 games, some taken from Maria’s career and others played by the greats of the game (among them Carlsen, Kramnik, and Anand). It also contains a generous selection of photos from Maria’s life, as well as her own magnificent drawings that illustrate her advice. This book is available in three editions paperback, hardback and full-color hardback.
Maria Manakova (born 1974) is a Serbian WGM of Russian origin with a career-high rating of 2395 who has played for Yugoslavia and Serbia in two Olympiads and three European team championships. Honors include silver medal at the European team championship (1999) representing Yugoslavia, gold medal in the European club championship (2002), Moscow women’s champion (2009) and Serbian women’s champion (2013). Maria has coached for three decades. Away from the board, she obtained a university degree in journalism and also studied theater. Maria has acted in theater plays and movies, co-hosted a talk show on Russian terrestrial TV, sung in a jazz band, and regularly performs as a singer-guitarist, including solo shows. Several documentary films have been made about Maria, the reason being, according to Boris Spassky, she is ”a woman with a uniquely interesting life story“.
Here’s what Alexei Shirov had to say about the first edition of her book, published in 2023 in Russian: ”While we ‘strong’ grandmasters narrow our perception of Earthly chess to one or two lines, Maria Manakova has embraced our entire galaxy in her work. This book will not leave any chess lover unmoved.“
This book is available in three editions paperback, hardback and full-color hardback.
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EAN 9781916839113
Weight 470 g
Manufacturer Elk and Ruby
Width 15.6 cm
Height 23.4 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2024
Author Maria Manakova
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1-916839-11-3
Pages 291
Binding paperback
008 Index of Games
009 How it All Began
011 Psychology
012 Chess
014 A Zillion Hacks
017 Vanya
019 This Book is a Nutshell
022 Acknowledgements
024 Before the Games
033 Psychological Preparation for the Game
039 The Goal
054 Demons
065 Analytical Preparation
079 On Your Marks
081 During the Game. Alertness
089 Control
090 Controlling Time
121 Control of Your Inner State. Concentration
126 Emotions
133 Energy
145 Freeing the Unconscious
150 Psychological Problems
160 Control of the Game
170 Choosing a Move
197 Draws
208 Your Opponent
225 Lifehacks During the Game
239 Acting Tricks Deployed by Chess Players
243 The Rules of Chess
251 Losing
259 The Tournament
281 Harmful Lifehacks
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