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

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

by Peter Kurzdorfer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593370688
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 08/02/2004
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 307,254
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsviii
Introductionix
Part ITechnical Matters
Chapter 1The Board3
Chapter 2The Pieces8
Chapter 3Development14
Chapter 4The Center19
Chapter 5King Safety26
Chapter 6Material34
Chapter 7Pawn Structure42
Chapter 8Space49
Chapter 9Tempo56
Chapter 10Mobility64
Chapter 11Tactics72
Chapter 12Forcing Moves79
Chapter 13Sacrifice84
Chapter 14Strategy91
Chapter 15Defense101
Chapter 16Calculation105
Chapter 17Piece and Pawn Cooperation112
Chapter 18Exchanges119
Chapter 19Planning126
Chapter 20Openings133
Chapter 21Middlegames139
Chapter 22Endings145
Part IIHuman Matters
Chapter 23Know Yourself152
Chapter 24Know Your Opponent156
Chapter 25Seeing Ahead161
Chapter 26Courage167
Chapter 27Opportunity172
Chapter 28Trust178
Chapter 29Mistakes184
Chapter 30Reaction189
Chapter 31Fighting Spirit192
Chapter 32The Moment of Decision198
Chapter 33Using Time201
Chapter 34Thinking205
Chapter 35Concentration210
Chapter 36Patience214
Chapter 37Luck218
Chapter 38Practice221
Chapter 39Study226
Chapter 40Passion230
Chapter 41Knowledge233
Chapter 42Excuses238

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Tao Of Chess: 200 Principles to Transform Your Game and Your Life 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.
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FRANK BABCOCK More than 1 year ago
Anyone who gets this, you just wasted your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!