How to Think in Chess

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What wins chess games? More than anything else, organized and efficient thinking. But chess thinking is specialized. Even Albert Einstein was a confessed chess duffer. It's not so much how smart you are as how smart your chess-thinking techniques are. The effects of memorizing moves, one of the most widespread attempts to improve, pale beside the results of learning how to think effectively in chess.

How to Think in Chess is the rare book that explains in clear terms the ...

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Overview

What wins chess games? More than anything else, organized and efficient thinking. But chess thinking is specialized. Even Albert Einstein was a confessed chess duffer. It's not so much how smart you are as how smart your chess-thinking techniques are. The effects of memorizing moves, one of the most widespread attempts to improve, pale beside the results of learning how to think effectively in chess.

How to Think in Chess is the rare book that explains in clear terms the techniques chess masters use to find their moves. The authors, an international chess champion and a trained professional thinker, are uniquely qualified on the subject. They offer you both academic research and personal experience.

How to Think in Chess teaches you practical ways of thinking to win. You'll see how to assess your thought processes during play -- and how to reorganize them in practice. You'll get exercises to increase your thinking skills. You'll see how to use elements of sports psychology in your preparation. (And don't be surprised if this book aids you in many other facets of your life as well!)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888690101
  • Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,400,106
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword i
Preface iii
I Introduction 1
II Solo Analysis 9
1. Positions for solo analysis 9
2. Analysis of training positions--solutions 11
3. How to analyze the protocols of thinking aloud 24
4. Example of protocol analyses 28
5. Exercises 33
6. Solutions to the exercises 60
III Solving Methods 76
1. Analysis of critical positions 77
2. Grouping forcing and non-forcing possibilities 87
3. Combining moves, grouping possibilities 88
4. Forming the possibilities into three groups 89
5. Plan formation 90
6. A preference for some move or plan 94
7. The basic variation 96
8. Anticipation 97
9. Progressive deepening 100
10. Checking 107
11. Securing 108
12. Conflict analysis 108
13. Trying out 110
14. Clarification 111
15. Strengthening 111
16. Confirmation 113
17. Non-execution of moves 114
18. Calculating only one's own moves 115
19. Methodical doubt 117
20. Aiming for partial liquidation or elimination 120
21. Methodical return to more general problems 122
IV Test Your Chess Fantasy 123
1. Test construction 123
2. How to solve the problems and assess performance 126
3. Problems 131
4. Answers 191
5. Full Solutions 193
6. Problem classification and scoring 236
7. Favorable conditions for creative solving 243
8. Are you a creative thinker? 246
V Psychological Training 248
1. Setting goals 249
2. Positive thinking 253
3. Stress management 257
4. Character development 266
5. Positive self-image 269
Selected Bibliography 271
Index of Players and Composers 273
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