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Turning Advantage into Victory in Chess (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. Oktober 2004


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Andew Soltis, an international grandmaster and award-winning chess journalist, writes a column for the New York Post and Chess Life magazine. He is the author of more than 30 books on chess.

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Working at turning a small advantage into a very big one 19. September 2006
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Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. In the real world a small advantage with proper play by your opponent only results in a draw. But, then sometimes you may have one or more small advantages that can be "nurtured" with correct play on both sides into a win. Buth then is that small advantage really small? Philosphy I guess!

But what this book is about is really taking a "real" advantage and milking it for what it is worth. True, that for me and if you are not a chess master you to, often it is not making it out of the opening perfectly by not knowing it or falling for any opening trap, or using a small trap in the opening (say just winning one pawn), then having to win with it! I have gotten a pawn with an opening trap and then used it to win! There are many segments to winning (or losing, ha,ha,ha).

The bottom line is knowing it all. And, this book has some very neat ideas for you instore!
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Gimme a little "T" ... if you please? 23. Februar 2005
Von A.J. Goldsby I - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
A friend recently purchased this book for me as a birthday present. (Thanks Steve!) The only requirement was that I review it at the earliest possible opportunity.

At first, I thought, << Oh no, if I have to read one more book aimed at the "average player," I think that I will probably throw up!! >>

(Of course, I am exaggerating here a little bit, but you should get the general idea.)

But I was pleasantly surprised. I have had this book almost a month now. I have studied many of the examples myself. There were many enjoyable hours spent in analysis, both without and with the computer. I also have gone over the examples with both local friends and students, and also a few contacts on the Internet. The feedback here has been overwhelmingly positive. (Several students felt that the most important aspect of the book was the simple and plain English that the author uses to convey his ideas.)

What is this book all about? Well, obviously it is one that is designed to help the average player improve. But EXACTLY how is the author going to try and reach this goal? Every book -- of this genre -- has a premise, or a core idea. I always try to discover what this is as soon as possible. Then I try to see if the author has done his homework. I think that I can confidently say that this is a great little book by Soltis, and he has indeed done some real work here. I can also say that it is one that I think almost everyone could learn a little something from. The goal here is to learn some CHESS TECHNIQUE.

I will try to summarize what the author says about this subject. "Technique," with a capital "T" is what most GM's have. And it is something that the average player desperately wants ... but has no idea how to gain this crucial knowledge. On page 10, he goes on to say that there are many myths about technique ... like the one that if you play chess long enough, you will simply learn it by osmosis. Or that it is some special skill that you are born with, either you have it or you don't. Or how that some people feel technique ONLY comes from sitting at a Master's elbow for many, many years, all the while paying for lessons. And all of these ideas are completely wrong!

Now I will simply quote the author: << Actually, what we call Technique, with a big "T" is just a collection of "little-t" things -- such as knowing when and how to trade, how to restrict the enemy pieces, how to anticipate or defuse an opponent's counterplay, how to visualize a winning plan, how to break into a fortress, and so on. The "little t" techniques can be learned just as readily as the first dozen moves of the Caro-Kann Defense. >> (Page 11.)

He goes on to say that computers are very poor technicians, (which is still mostly true); but he seems to dismiss the giant strides that the boxes have made in the last few years.

Well, here is a book that gets my whole-hearted endorsement. It is a tremendous process, you will learn a lot of general chess knowledge, you will practice both you analytical and evaluation skills, I could go on and on, but by now you should get the idea.

I found a few mistakes, but nothing that really changes any of my earlier statements. Everything in this book is still stuff that the average player must learn ... especially if he (or she) aspires to complete mastery of the field. (In the very first example, Soltis misses 2.f3+! This move appears meaningless until you get about 7 moves down the road. Black will be forced into a very unusual type of position where just about any move loses. This condition is known as "Zugzwang" in chess terminology. Basically it means that - while you might have a reasonable position - any move that you make will allow your opponent to break down your position.) This also confirms what Soltis personally told me a few years back, that he does NOT use a computer, {chess program} to study chess. Today, this is almost impossible; the computer will always find a move that the human might miss.

The organization of the book was something I did not necessarily agree with. In a few of the chapters, an ending is followed by an extremely complicated middle-game position. (See Chapter Eight.) This often leaves my head spinning; however some students seem to enjoy the change of pace. In fact, few students enjoy a whole afternoon devoted to the (seemingly esoteric) study of R+P endings, very often you have to mix the material up ... or the average player gets bored.

All in all, an outstanding book, that gets my highest rating and fullest endorsement. If you study this book carefully, you are bound to improve. And if you are not careful, you might even have some fun in the process!
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Great book on exploiting advantages 4. September 2005
Von Calvin Olson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I first read this book while I was proofreading it for Random House publishers. Although I am a strong player, I found this book to be one of the most interesting I had ever seen on the difficult subject of converting an advantage. Mr. Soltis explains many of the psychological and practical pitfalls that prevent a player from successfully exploiting advantages. The book has just the right amount of practical examples (without overburdening the reader) and has problems to test the reader's comprehension of the materisl. This is an excellent study for anyone from USCF Class C to Master.
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Great book about Chess Technique 19. Januar 2006
Von Only_In_Manhattan__ - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book is excellent because it covers:

- how to bring a position from advantage to 1-0

- gives lots of recent examples played by Grandmasters and super GMs.

- tries to organize the material by theme,gives hints and ideas behind the moves.

- is very clear in lines and varations, explaining why this plan is better than an another.

Technique is a key ingredient if you want to improve your rating.

My rating is around 2200 USCF and I benefit from reading and solving positions from this book. Sometimes the theme is familiar , sometimes the author introduces ideas & recipes I should include in my thought process.

I recommend this book to anyone who thinks or says often: " I was clearly winning .../... Then it was unclear and I lost ".

Finally, this is NOT an endgame manual, but a collection of principles, practicle examples and plans&ideas ( such as when to exchange queens, pieces, what to do first , improve king position, create a passed pawn ). Most positions are extracted from real game endings.

It's rare to see a book handling these concepts. and Soltis style is very concise and clear, with well-chosen examples.

Definitely 5 stars in my opinion.

For USCF rating between 1500 and 2500.
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Must read 2. November 2006
Von Jacek Wojcieszynski - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read this book very carefully. Even if you are familiar with the end game technique (the book is full of end games but modern practice) you can learn from it. Just one example. The general concept of "Simplification" is very powerful idea when you turn advantage into win. A simplify means unarm your opponent before he can establish counterblow. I dont recall any other book having a chapter for this topic.

When you study this book you can have a feeling that chess is more and more philosophy then game. When you have advantage you just have to pick up the right idea and go along it. I advise play some positions from this book with chess software to proof that you've got good understanding of the topic.

Finally I highly recommend all books of A Soltis.
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