The Tao Of Chess: 200 Principles to Transform Your Game and Your Life [NOOK Book]

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The real secrets to winning the game of chess - and the game of life

Chess mastery has been recognized since ancient times as an unparalleled way to learn political strategy, but until now no book has explored the life lessons chess teaches and how they can transform lives. In The Tao of Chess, the author seamlessly blends the wisdom of a time-honoured spiritual quest for truth with 200 principles that will improve anyone's chess game. By following the author's principles, ...

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The Tao Of Chess: 200 Principles to Transform Your Game and Your Life

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Overview

The real secrets to winning the game of chess - and the game of life

Chess mastery has been recognized since ancient times as an unparalleled way to learn political strategy, but until now no book has explored the life lessons chess teaches and how they can transform lives. In The Tao of Chess, the author seamlessly blends the wisdom of a time-honoured spiritual quest for truth with 200 principles that will improve anyone's chess game. By following the author's principles, readers not only come to enjoy the game more, they develop a habit of seeking underlying truth - whether in a chess game or a real-life situation.

The Tao of Chess is full of conscise advice, such as:

  • Understanding is more important than memory
  • Fortune favors the brave
  • When you see a good move, wait and look for a better move
  • Mistakes tend to come in bunches
  • Trust your intuition; it's usually right

Authoritative and easy to follow, this book will turn every reader into a master strategist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440519000
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 7/12/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 670,772
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Kurdorfer is the former editor of Chess Life magazine and has been a chess master since the early 1980s.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction ix
Part I Technical Matters
Chapter 1 The Board 3
Chapter 2 The Pieces 8
Chapter 3 Development 14
Chapter 4 The Center 19
Chapter 5 King Safety 26
Chapter 6 Material 34
Chapter 7 Pawn Structure 42
Chapter 8 Space 49
Chapter 9 Tempo 56
Chapter 10 Mobility 64
Chapter 11 Tactics 72
Chapter 12 Forcing Moves 79
Chapter 13 Sacrifice 84
Chapter 14 Strategy 91
Chapter 15 Defense 101
Chapter 16 Calculation 105
Chapter 17 Piece and Pawn Cooperation 112
Chapter 18 Exchanges 119
Chapter 19 Planning 126
Chapter 20 Openings 133
Chapter 21 Middlegames 139
Chapter 22 Endings 145
Part II Human Matters
Chapter 23 Know Yourself 152
Chapter 24 Know Your Opponent 156
Chapter 25 Seeing Ahead 161
Chapter 26 Courage 167
Chapter 27 Opportunity 172
Chapter 28 Trust 178
Chapter 29 Mistakes 184
Chapter 30 Reaction 189
Chapter 31 Fighting Spirit 192
Chapter 32 The Moment of Decision 198
Chapter 33 Using Time 201
Chapter 34 Thinking 205
Chapter 35 Concentration 210
Chapter 36 Patience 214
Chapter 37 Luck 218
Chapter 38 Practice 221
Chapter 39 Study 226
Chapter 40 Passion 230
Chapter 41 Knowledge 233
Chapter 42 Excuses 238
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Chess, yes, but Tao, no way

    'The Tao of Chess' is a nice little book with a terrible title. The book has nothing whatsoever to do with Taoism, and very little to do with life lessons that are learned over the chess board. What the book does have is a clear discussion of 200 ideas and rules to improve chess play. Each idea is clearly discussed and illustrated with one or two diagrams. So, despite the title, the book is quite good, especially for younger players. Experienced players will have heard all of these 200 rules before. My favorite part of the book is the fact that I can sit down and read it without a chess board at my side to work out all the variations. Each of the positions is described and a few (very few) moves are given to show how the game progressed from that point. Even an average chess player, like me, can follow this discussion without an analysis board.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    HORRIBLE

    Anyone who gets this, you just wasted your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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