Item description for How to Be Lucky in Chess by David Lemoir...
Some players seem to have an inexhaustible supply of chessboard luck. No matter what trouble they find themselves in, they somehow manage to escape. Among world champions, Lasker, Tal and Kasparov are famed for peering into the abyss but somehow making sure it is their opponents who fall. This book aims to help ordinary players, who may have little time for studying chess, to make the most of their abilities. Unlike most previous literature on chess psychology, this is no heavyweight theoretical treatise, but rather a practical guide in how to lure opponents into error - and thus create what is often called "luck."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.78" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2001
Publisher Gambit Publications
ISBN 190198348X ISBN13 9781901983487
Availability 0 units.
More About David Lemoir
LeMoir is an experienced chess player and writer. He is in a successful career as a business strategy consultant.
Reviews - What do customers think about How to Be Lucky in Chess?
Guide to optimism Aug 25, 2003
David LeMoir is an approx. 2200 rated player who writes for players at that level and below. I consider this book very useful for the practical player, because in this book the author presents the kind of problems a club player often encounters, and gives solutions that are easy to incorporate into one's own chess thinking.
LeMoir mainly uses his own games as models on how to "get out of jail" and similar issues. Many of the game examples show rather poor play (the kind <2200 players often exhibit), but the point is to know how to take advantage of it when your opponent does it, and how to avoid it yourself.
There are chapters on persistent defence and on speculative sacrificing. The author contemplates on the reasons for the success of sacrifices and presents nice statistics from his own games. The book is full of psychological insights that give the reader the feeling that his practical chess skill increases with every chapter. One of the most useful concepts that LeMoir addresses in detail is "the drawing margin", which is surprisingly wide in practical games betw. amateurs. And all this time we were led to believe that one pawn is enough for the win...
This is a very useful book for most players rated betw. 1500-2200. For the master level player, this book deserves 4 stars, but for the club player, it deserves five.
The graphical illustrations are nice also, and overall the book is of very good Gambit production quality.
Fun and eye-opening statistics. May 29, 2002
I used to get upset while playing chess if I was up a piece and my opponent did not quit. What is he expecting? I would ask, that I get a hart attack? Why doesn't he quit? David Lemoir has some eye-opening statistics to offer: players under 1600 cannot win a game even when up a piece if they face strong opposition.
Lemoir provides all sorts of practical advise on how to improve your luck in chess. If you don't think there is such thing as luck in chess just ask any looser.
Not always do we have the resources needed to improve our luck such as access to a scantly clothed beautiful female to stand behind us while we play. But there are some tactics, which while a little on the gray areas of sportsmanship are legal and you can read about them on the book.
David's father, Ken LeMoir s a retired illustrator and the book has plenty of funny illustrations which make it worth it.
One caveat, most of the examples are Lemoir's games and therefore you are not getting top chess analysis in this book. What you get is practical street smarts for players under 1600.