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Perfect Your Chess [Paperback]

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Item description for Perfect Your Chess by Andrei Volokitin, Vladimir Grabinsky & Steve Giddins...

Andrei Volokitin is one of a rare breed of players: he achieved a ranking in the world's top 20 while still a teenager, playing dynamic and often brilliant chess. Although we cannot all aspire to emulate his achievements, there is much that we can learn from his training methods, his games and his general approach to chess. These topics are the subject of this book, written in collaboration with his trainer.

The core material of the book is 369 positions where the reader is given a task or asked a question. These tasks resemble those that players regularly face over the board, and are especially useful from a training viewpoint. Sometimes we are told we need to find a combination, but often the task is simply to decide on a move. It is for us to determine whether to play quietly or stake everything on a sacrificial attack!

The examples are all from recent years, and so even the most zealous reader of chess literature will have seen few of them previously. Many of the positions are from Volokitin's own games, so we get the 'inside story' on some truly spectacular chess. We are also presented with fine examples from Grabinsky's training files, carefully collected and graded over the years for their instructive merit. The commentaries and detailed solutions explain the key issues in each position, and also convey the authors' philosophy of chess and their love for the game.

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Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2007
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1904600824  
ISBN13  9781904600824  

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Don't stay out of the Kitchen  Apr 2, 2008
When you choose to buy this book, you are choosing to improve your game. That is really all there is to it. This book teaches you to make the best move and choose the best line possible. You can read middle game books all day long, 7 days a week, and not get this kind of improvement in your chess thinking. The problem with middle game books is you very rarely in tournament play encounter the types of positions that are covered. What actually happens is, you get unique positions from your own games that you need to be able to find the best move in. That is exactly what this book teaches you. So, take your board out, set the given position up, and start moving the pieces.. Write what you see down, and if you have to, spend a whole week on that position until you have exhausted all possibilites. No, these are not easy AT ALL. But you will find, after many weeks of working these problems that your chess thinking improves. You will find that you start seeing that ONE piece on the board that makes your position "perfect".

My suggestion is stop playing chess with players rated lower than you (in tournaments), and buy this book, of course!!
GREAT BOOK.....  Mar 31, 2008
OK, the autor Andrei Volokitin, is a great player, and a VIRTUOSO, so do not expect that this book is easy to read.

Definitively it is a book for a professional player, is not for fans, unless you dedicate yourself to the chess and you take it in serious, this is a book for you.

So that you understand the book, you must have such preparation in the middle game and strategy and endgame.
If you are nascent and wishes to play to advance in the chess, buy this book but, you will have to read several times so that you understand it.

It has recent puzzles of great players of world-wide stature, so not frustrated yout self if you couldn't find some answer of the diagrams.
I recommend for experts and above player dedicate 10 to 15 minutes to understand the position and to make some notes own with many variant you find then watches the answers and compares with your notes.

For beginner player, they will suffer with this book, if do not have a good preparation in the middle game, will never give with the answers, for these players, I recommend to see the diagrams and then the answers treat dedicate five daily exercises see the position, and try to analyze it for ten minutes that the this best one, and many variants do not write. And soon to see the answers.

When you finish finish the book leave it for while, and read it again and it tries to finish the exercises without seeing the answers.

I only gave four star because, the puzzle anwers, are hard to find in the book... i spend too much time finding the page where the answer are
This book is good for us lesser players too  Nov 25, 2007
As other reviewers mention, there is no doubt that the problems in this book are quite difficult (after all the book itself states that they are aimed at the FIDE Master level and up). So why should you bother with it if you are a low ranker?

I oscillate between the lower and upper 1300 range, a low ranker indeed; yet I am finding the book very helpful by using it carefully. What I do is make each problem the basis of a modified Stoyko exercise --- more like the exercises recommended in "Chess for Zebras." I put out a chess clock, set it for 20 minutes and start it. In that 20 minute time period I focus as intently as possible and try to understand everything I can about the problem position. At the end of the 20 minutes I require myself to come up with the move I would have made.

Then I look at the solution. Thus far I'm doing well enough about finding decent candidate moves but not the full correct line of play. That surprises no one, least of all myself. But I follow up with a look on Fritz to see just how good or bad my chosen line was. In some cases it fails entirely; in others it simply wasn't optimal.

How much am I learning from this process? A lot! I am learning how to think better about chess positions. I am learning why or why not my ideas were good, bad, or indifferent. I get to see the refutations. I get to try alternatives. But above all, the 20 minutes spent on primary analysis teaches me concentration and good thinking habits.

Using rich and challenging positions is the only choice for such exercises. I think this book is useful at the 1200 level on up, if used as I describe. To repeat, the point is *not* how many you get right or wrong, the point is how you learn to improve your thought processes.

One star off because a few of the solutions don't stand up to computer analysis (rather surprisingly). Otherwise, the fact that these are all fresh, recent, real-life, downright hard positions makes the book very useful.
the best new tactic book in many years  Aug 24, 2007
it's true (previous reviewer) that this book is hard, but if you are over 1800, it's also AWESOME. the section called make a move-- its premise is that strategy, calculation, opening prep, etc. is all fine and well, but the real characteristic of a strong player is the ability to make really good moves a lot of the time. i read this and wasn't impressed, but when i looked at each problem, the same thing would happen: 1. i wouldnt see the solution. 2. i'd start thinking about some interesting tension or possibility. 3. i'd think "wait, can move x possibly work?" 4. i'd start looking at move x, and realize it's UNBELIEVEABLY STRONG. and after making move x, the opponent basically has to resign. There are 125 examples of this, all excellent and previously unpublished. (I'm so completely sick of seeing the same Capablanca problem in every stupid book)
other sections are almost as great. find the win has examples where you are better but have to find some way to clarify the position. very useful for me-- im always self-destructing in good positions.
answer a question has nice, unusual questions (ex: what's the best square to move the attacked bishop to?).
answers are peppered with amusing, slightly strange stories-- all very enjoyable.
this book is a real labor of love, truly beautiful problems, definitely definitely worth it for anyone over 1800.
Much too difficult for the average player  Aug 14, 2007
This a Gambit book, and as usual, the production qualities are excellent. The problem with the book is it difficulty, which, interestingly, isn't mentioned in any of the advertising literature. The book is targeted to the 98th percentile chess player (Master and Grandmaster). The book is divided into three sections: (1) Make a move; (2) Find the Win; & (3) Answer a question. Each section opens with 23 of the author's games. These are followed by 100 games rated in difficulty (as explained in the preface) toward the FIDE Master (40); IM (40) & GM (20). The author states that anyone can enjoy the games. If you are just going to play over the games, there are much better options. The premise of the book is great. It's too bad it's targeted toward such a select population of chess players.

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