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Chess for Tigers (Batsford Chess Book) [Paperback]

Simon Webb
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27 Aug 2005 Batsford Chess Book
One of the most influential books on chess ever published - now in its third edition. The Tiger is a vicious beast. He doesn't care about the aesthetic side of chess. He doesn't even care about making the 'best' moves. All he cares about is winning. Do you want to win more games? Then become a Tiger. Chess for Tigers tells you how to make the most of your playing strength, how to play upon your opponent's weaknesses, how to steer the game into a position which suits you and not your opponent, how to get results against strong opposition and how to avoid silly mistakes. This is a cult classic that is as relevant now to a new generation of chess players as the first edition was. Regularly voted in the top 10 of best chess books of all time, this book should be read by all chess players, especially beginners who want to win at all costs.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (27 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071348988X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713489880
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 633,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burning bright! 23 July 2002
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There are few chess books which deserve a place in the library of every player, but I believe Chess for Tigers, which should be far better known, is one of them. Its 120 pages contain no opening or endgame theory, little about tactics and combinations, and not much advice on positional play. So what DOES it contain? More common sense than all other chess books combined, that's what! If I had to describe this minor masterpiece with one adjective, it would be "practical." In the introduction, International Master Simon Webb asks the reader what he is trying to do when playing chess: is he attempting to play the "best" moves, or to win the game? There IS a difference! Realising the truth of this remark is the first step towards becoming a tiger. More superbly pragmatic advice follows, in chapters on analysing and exploiting your own and your opponent's style, how to adapt your play to deal with weaker or stronger opposition, converting winning positions, swindling your way out of lost positions, avoiding blunders, clock control and much more. In many ways, Chess for Tigers is the antithesis of those "Play like a Grandmaster" type books which try to boost the egos of mediocre players by suggesting that they might be capable of emulating world class masters. Webb doesn't believe in such ludicrous self-deception; his message for club players is: DON'T try to play like a grandmaster - play like yourself! For example, when noting that his own method of playing a certain ending would probably have differed from that of the (then) world champion, he writes "I'm not Karpov, and it would be pointless trying to play like him." This is an important detail - to get the most benefit from the book, you must assess your own ability honestly. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A killer with sharp teeth ! 11 Dec 2006
The tiger is a cunning beast. He stalks his prey , be it a small and puny Rabbit or a giant Heffalump , through the forests of the night and although sometimes his strategies are not successful , they usually are because as Simon Webb says ' Fortune Favours the Lucky '. That should really read ' Fortune Favours the Sneaky ' because this book will teach you to play like a sneaky tiger.

This book is essentially a practical guide to playing chess in a crafty way , because the tiger always plays to win no matter how ugly or brutal the way in which he achieves his success. You'll learn tips on how to ' Play the man not the board ' , on how to take on Rabbits ( weaker players who can still bite back ) and even how to deal with the mighty Heffalumps ( much stronger players ) of the game. Learn how to swindle your way to potential victories in grim positions , how not to lose in won positions and how to deal with draws and situations in which your opponent will not resign. Finally , get practical tips on clock control , team play , quick play and correspondence chess.

This is a great book because its so different from the other chess books you'll read , its clearly and concisely written in a witty style and it has ideas for actually playing the game of chess that you can implement whether you are a beginner or a player of great experience : its illustrated too - Ed McLachlan's comical drawings of tigers are a scream ! Even if you don't want to play like a tiger then its still worth getting , its a book you'll love and read again and again plus its always worth knowing what tricks your opponents might be using against you. ' Chess for Tigers ' is one book you should definitely have on your bookshelf and in your chessbook collection !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I've bought Simon Webb's book about 20 years ago, when my game was a bit in a drag. I had studied openings, middle and end games at length, but seemed to have reached a "ceiling".

Thanks to his easy-going writing style and the valuable collection of - with hindsight - just common sense tips, I managed to add 200 points to my elo score.

The most important one is possibly to play those moves that put a game on the board that you like to play, i.e. that fits your style. Before that, I was trying to imitate grand-masters that simply "weren't me" stylewise.

A second spectacular tip that paid off big time was on how to play the
clock. Admittedly, the game of Augustin vs Bednarski features two players
well above my level, but it is a truly spectacular way of showing how
one can win a drawn position when the opponent is fighting against the
raised flag.

I also liked (and applied succesfully) the technique on how to teach
your opponent a lesson for playing on after the refusal of a valid offer to draw.

It is a truly magnificent contribution to amateur chess, and the player
who has read it, has a definitive advantage over the player who has not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all chess players! 16 Mar 2007
Whatever your strength, whatever your style, as a chess player this is a book you should definitely read.

It does not discuss any particular tactics in depth, which will not apply to all players, but instead it takes a look at the psychological side.

It teaches you that results are everything - every chess player is judged by their results, and offers some excellent tips on how to adjust your strategy to obtain the best results. It also gives some great advice on the frame of mind to either give yourself the best chances in a level game (or even one that you are losing), or how to polish off a game you are winning.

Furthermore, it tells you how to give stronger opponents a hard time.

If you are a club player (at any level), and I had to recommend one book that all should read, this would be it!
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