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Studying Chess Made Easy

240 pages, paperback, Batsford Chess, 1. edition 2010.

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It's a fact of chess life that if you want to win, you have to put a bit of study in. Every chess player, from near-beginner to experienced tournament player, needs to learn the openings and keep on top of current theory. But studying doesn't have to be dull. This indispensable book contains foolproof ways to help the information go in... and stay in. Acclaimed chess author Andrew Soltis reveals the key techniques in his trademark witty, accessible style:

  • Why you can't study chess the same way you study school subjects
  • How to acquire the most important knowledge: intuition
  • The role of memorizing (not a bad thing, despite what people say)
  • How to get the most out of playing over a master's game
  • Adopting a chess hero as a means of learning
  • How great players study
  • Computers as a study tool
  • How to train someone else

International Grandmaster ANDREW SOLTIS is a popular chess writer and journalist who writes for the New York Post. He is the author of How To Choose a Chess Move , Transpo Tricks in Chess and The Wisest Things Ever Said About Chess .


Instructional chess books promise a lot. Most promise to make you a better player. Some promise to make you a master - if you study the proper techniques.

But very few books say anything about the technique of studying. This leaves the poor student floundering about as he tries to cope with the masses of chess literature and software that confront him. He is deluged with Too Much Information.

The student begins to think that the reason he has difficulty improving is that he doesn't have natural talent or the right computer or books. Or he believes that he can't get much better because he isn't willing to study five, seven or ten hours a day.

But these are not the problems. Every student can improve - and improve significantly. What he needs to learn is how to learn.

He needs to find the right methods that will enable him to study more efficiently and productively. These are not sophisticated methods and they do not require you to devote your life to chess. A student needs to make better use of the tools he already has, such as computers and books. He needs to set the right goals, such as how far ahead in a position he should try to visualize. He needs to know how to budget available study time appropriately. Most of all, he needs to make studying chess enjoyable.

Language English
Author Soltis, Andrew
Publisher Batsford Chess
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 340 g
Width 15.6 cm
Height 23.4 cm
Pages 240
ISBN-13 9781906388676
Year of Publication 2010
Binding paperback

005 Foreword

007 Chapter One: Chess isn't school

031 Chapter Two: Cultivating your chess sense

071 Chapter Three: The biggest study myth

095 Chapter Four: The right way to study an opening

124 Chapter Five: Two-and-a-half move chess

156 Chapter Six: Overcoming endgame phobia

189 Chapter Seven: Learning to live with TMI

220 Chapter Eight: How to learn more from a master game

256 Solutions

Studying Chess Made Easy