Valeri Beim is a grandmaster who lives in Austria. He has won numerous tournaments and plays in the Austrian and German leagues. For many years he was the head trainer at the chess school in Odessa, and he was also the trainer of the Israeli Olympiad team.
Reviews - What do customers think about Lessons in Chess Strategy?
A good buy Mar 17, 2007
So far I own two books of this writer, and I do not regret buying any of them. This book is in the normal GAMBIT publications size, while "Chess Recipes from the GM's Kitchen" was smaller (and with fewer pages).
In this book Mr Beim highlights specific topics of chess strategy, such us : The bishop pair, static and dynamic features, symmetrical pawn structures, transition to an endgame, etc. For each one there is a separate chapter which includes: 1)A few words about what the chapter to follow will be dealing with. 2)Advises - principles - guidelines, where apropriate. For example in the chapter about static and dynamic features we are presented with the general ideas - strategies of each side. In some chapters I would like to see more of this part. 3)Analysed games as examples : These are well chosen, and the analysis is usually minimized to the area of interest, which makes it easy to follow and focus on the ideas. 4)Exercises. 10-15 for each chapter, not too easy, and some of those really tough. However I solved some of those without including anything from the chapter's knowledge into my thinking process. So I guess I would solve those without reading the chapter...
To sum up: Very good book, well writen and with a structure that is not tiring to follow. However I gave it a 4, as I got the impression that this writer has a lot to say, but wants to say it in many volumes. For example, dynamic features are covered in detail in another book of his, which he already knew he would write ("How to play Dynamic Chess", I think, which I will buy, it's a great book). I am happy I read it and will read it again, I gained valueable knowledge from it, but if I had to pick only 1 out the 3 mentioned, I would pick the one on Dynamic Chess, and if I had to pick only 2, my 2nd would be the Recipes.
Superb teaching Jul 5, 2006
I got this book after buying the next on Mr Beim's series - How to play dynamic chess. This is powerful stuff... While not for beginners, Mr Beim's style is very methodical and will be useful for players of different levels, from club on up. I particularly enjoy the exercises at the end of each chapters. Looking forward to his next books!
High Quality Guide to Middlegame Training Feb 14, 2005
Having previously enjoyed Beim's first book (Chess Recipes from the Grandmasters Kitchen) I was quick to buy Lessons in Chess Strategy. It is truly excellent. Beim's enthusiasm for the subject, combined with his deep knowledge, makes this a text-book on strategy that will surely benefit any intermediate level player. The material is divided into 124 tasks, and the positions are well-chosen to illustrate the appropriate themes, such as passed pawns, space advantage, zugswang, pawn structures and so on. There is a laudable balance of nice positions from past and present. Beim is clearly an experienced trainer - as in Chess Recipes he really cares about the reader comprehending the material.