Chess Strategy for Club Players

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Chess Strategy for Club Players: The Road to Positional Advantage

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Overview

AWARDED: ChessCafe 2009 Book of the Year!

These are some of the comments posted by ChessCafe voters:

• "My only vote goes to Herman Grooten's masterpiece, a class of its own"
• "It's superb and I think Nimzo might now rest in peace. It's the new standard of middlegame strategy for all club players!"

SHORTLISTED: The Guardian 2009 Chess Book of the Year

Every club player knows the problem: the opening has ended, and now what?

First find the right plan, then the good moves will follow!

With this book, International Master Herman Grooten presents to amateur players a complete and structured course on:

how to recognize key characteristics in all types of positions
how to make use of those characteristics to choose the right plan

His teachings are based on the famous "Elements" of Wilhelm Steinitz, but Grooten has significantly expanded and updated the work of the first World Champion. He supplies many modern examples, tested in his own practice as a coach of talented youngsters.

In Chess Strategy for Club Players you will learn the basic elements of positional understanding:
• Pawn structure
• Piece placement
• Lead in development
• Open files
• Weaknesses
• Space advantage
• King safety

You will master the art of converting a temporary plus into other, more permanent advantages.

The author also explains what to do when, in a given position, the basic principles seem to point in different directions. Each chapter of this fundamental primer ends with a set of highly instructive exercises.

Herman Grooten, is an International Master and a chess coach with over 25 years of experience. Quite a few of his pupils have gone on to become grandmasters, among them Loek van Wely and Jan Werle.

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Editorial Reviews

Jan van de Mortel
One of my three favorite chess teaching books.
Chess Education Partners, Chicago IL
Elburg Chess Reviews
It is not easy to find a better book on chess strategy!
Martin Rieger
Extremely interesting and instructional lectures on the themes: positional elements, positional judgements, and finding the right plan .. A fantastic book for chess training.
Europa Rochade
German Federation for Correspondence Chess
A good basis for chess coaches to teach beginners systematically the principles of chess strategy .. And an expert course for self study, as well.
Steve Goldberg
An outstanding positional primer.
ChessCafe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789056912680
  • Publisher: New in Chess
  • Publication date: 7/25/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,389,557
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    if you play tournament chess read this

    Lead development and characteristics to choose the right plan

    " if you ever played in a chess tournament and reached 72nd move and lost"

    this book will prevent that

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