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Winning Ugly in Chess

336 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 1. edition 2019.

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When was the last time you won a perfect game? A game that wasn’t tainted by inferior moves?

Every chess player knows that smooth wins are the exception, that play is often chaotic and positions are frequently irrational. The road to victory is generally full of bumps and misadventures. Welcome to the world of imperfection!

Chess books usually feature superbly played games. In Winning Ugly in Chess you will see games where weird moves are rewarded. Cyrus Lakdawala knows that playing good chess is all very well, but that beating your opponent is better. He demonstrates the fine art of winning undeserved victories by:

  • miraculously surviving chaos

  • throwing vile cheapos

  • refusing to resign in lost positions

  • getting lucky breaks

  • provoking unforced errors

and other ways to land on your feet after a roller-coaster ride.

Lakdawala shows how you can make sure that it is your opponent, not you, who makes the last blunder. If you’d rather win a bad game than lose a good one, then this your ideal guide. The next time ‘the wrong player’ wins, you will be that player!

Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master and a former American Open Champion. He has been teaching chess for four decades and is a prolific and widely read author. His Chess for Hawks won the Best Instructional Book Award of the Chess Journalists of America (CJA). Other much acclaimed books are How Ulf Beats Black and Clinch It! How to Convert an Advantage into a Win .

Language English
Author Lakdawala, Cyrus
Publisher New in Chess
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 630 g
Pages 336
ISBN-13 978-9056918286
Year of Publication 2019
Binding paperback

006 Explanation of symbols

007 Introduction

013 Chapter 1 Missed appointments: how can we escape the Law’s reach?

083 Chapter 2 I’m not a therapist, so I can’t comment: how to fluster your opponent with an opening surprise

124 Chapter 3 Vertigo: how do we grasp the ungraspable?

187 Chapter 4 How to squeeze something from nothing

227 Chapter 5 Rise of the Machines

250 Chapter 6 When bunnies attack

260 Chapter 7 Combustion: why do we play so inspirationally against certain opponents?

286 Chapter 8 Epics

309 Chapter 9 The lunge: when should we go for it and when should we hold back?

323 Chapter 10 The King

334 Index of players

336 Index of openings


Winning Ugly in Chess