Rapid Chess Improvement

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Rapid Chess Improvement is the ideal book for serious adult players who want to improve. It describes a study plan which came about thanks to a re-evaluation of standard chess teaching and includes several unique components aimed at improving deficiencies in the play of adult players.
This book is the only one of its kind for the simple reason that it has been written by an author who hugely improved his own rating over a 12 month period by following his own advice. He therefore...

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Overview

Rapid Chess Improvement is the ideal book for serious adult players who want to improve. It describes a study plan which came about thanks to a re-evaluation of standard chess teaching and includes several unique components aimed at improving deficiencies in the play of adult players.
This book is the only one of its kind for the simple reason that it has been written by an author who hugely improved his own rating over a 12 month period by following his own advice. He therefore fully understands the challenges faced by enthusiastic players who are relatively new to the game. This is in sharp contrast to most books aimed at this level which are usually written by very strong players who have long forgotten what it feels like to be starting out in the game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857442694
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,439,781
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael de la Maza is a chess writer whose articles have appeared in Chess Horizons, the top local magazine in the United States and Chess Café (www.chesscafe.com), the leading on-line site for chess book reviews. By following his own advice he gained 400 USCF rating points (50 BCF points) in 12 months. He lives in the US.

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Rapid Chess Improvement is the ideal book for serious adult players who want to improve. It describes a study plan which came about thanks to a re-evaluation of standard chess teaching and includes several unique components aimed at improving deficiencies in the play of adult players.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Too much fluff...

    Tactics are important no one will argue that point...so write a book on it! Take a well known chess maxium throw in some exercises and you have a good book right? WRONG! This book is long on the unimportant(examples include how well others did after they applied the "7 circles", (i guess BEFORE the book was written?) to the author speaking down his nose to those of us who dont have alot of time on our hands to do exercises, to wit the author suggests time management books!) and short on the true topic:How can an adult player improve. I have purchased Ct-art as the book suggests and that is the only good thing about this book! Ct-art is the gold standard of tactics and i suggest that program than wasting $20 on this book. I hope i can get $15 used for my copy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2003

    Good Book But.......

    Rapid Chess Improvement is a good book for adult players (but this reviewer thinks older junior player can get a lot out of it, too). But it jumps to some conclusions that will lead the serious player astray. That's why I only give it three stars. The author bemoans the fact that a chess teacher had him spend 12 hours on the basic mate; K + B + N vs. K. He says he doesn't see the point in spending this much time on it. Yet, later in the book the author clearly states that he doesn't know how to tell you how to co-ordinate your pieces at the master level. The answer is simple. You learn that basic mate not only for it's own sake but it's a rigorous treatment of how to co-orddinate one's pieces. I also find the idea of never having to study openings to be very nieve. I'll be the first to admit that massive opening study should wait until you've mastered The Endgame and Tactics. But you do have to learn at least one forcing white opening system and either one all purpose black defense or two black defenses. One to play against 1.d4 and the other against 1.e4. If you aspire to chess mastery you'll have to learn a lot more than just those! But I do like the author's drills that you do initially. They are inovative and of value to any chess player. I also think his method of learning tactics is good but have seen and used much better systems. He bases this part in repeatedly going over the same set of tactical problems until you do them all in one day. There is a better way. He also uses a CD for his problem source. That assumes everyone has access to a computer. Some reviews have mentioned that the author's system seems to work just as well with a book full of problems. But the best way to learn tactics is to learn all the tactical motifs then solve problems using these motifs. Tactics should be an ongoing study for any serious player. Why do you think they put a Comination [tactics] section in all Chess Informants?!!! Finally, the author seems to ignore the endgame altogeather. The endgame is the other part of chess that should be an ongoing study. A quick P.S. The author tells you that you need to "smooth" out your game and gives you some instructions on how to see what he's talking about by using a popular chess playing program. Again, not everyone has computer access. But what he means is that you have to learn to quit making game losing blunders. And here I agree with him 100%. I recommend this book to be used in context with a number of other books. Look, folks. Chess isn't an easy game to master and there really aren't any shortcuts. Good book with many reservations.

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