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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown (20 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907982736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907982736
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any man in the street knows how to increase his physical strength, but among most chess players confusion reigns when it comes to improving their playing strength. Axel Smith's training methods have guided his friends, teammates and pupils to grandmaster norms and titles. Hard work will be required, but Axel Smith knows how you can Pump Up Your Rating.Every area of chess is covered - opening preparation, through middlegame play, to endgame technique. Smith delves into both the technical and psychological sides of chess, and shows how best to practise and improve.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By I. Salem on 9 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
Ok, I am usually too busy to write reviews but I feel compelled to write a review about this book.

I've had an ELO chess rating of between 2050-2219 for the last 20 years - never was able to reach 2300 and although I dedicated very little time to chess due to family and work obligations I felt there was no clear time-effective way of reaching that level without complete dedication to chess, I think I was a bit lost on how to take my rating to that new level.

Then I got this copy of the book - it certainly no magic and does not prmise you anythig but it shows you the path and how to do it even if you do not have much time - I wish I had this book 25 years ago. I had a trainer when I was young but....

The book is split into two parts
1) How to think - covers pawn levers, piece exchanges and calculation...amazing stuff, he explains so clearly these concepts, I cannot believe after all these years playing chess I am discovering new things, things I did not even know they existed

2)Training program - this is THE way to improve - tells you everything you need to take your chess to the next level (including all the small details like getting good sleep and waking up at least two hours before the game)
It explains how to analyse your games, how to resolve problems to improve tactics , prepare openings, what endgames you need to study and your attitude.

Time will tell whether this book will succeed in taking my chess to a new level but at least I know what I need to do to get there and I already feel I am a better player after reading it

I think this book will benefit mainly players with an Elo > 1800, I highly recommend this book for young aspiring players
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chess Book Addict on 6 Dec. 2013
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I like this book a lot. I often cannot resist training or chess improvement books, but this one is very convinvcing as to ways to improve in all spheres of chess skill. Opening Preparation, analysing your own games,endings,attitude, tactics training. I almost want to not write a good review for this so I can keep the good ideas in the book to myself .

It has ideas based on Axel Smith's experience as a trainer and improving player. Includes a lot of prose and apposite example games and positions. This is far better than The book by Hawkins.

this is for more advanced players than those other classic improvement books Chess for Tigers or Tiisdall's Improve your Chess Now
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JF on 8 Feb. 2015
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This is an excellent book if you're already a strong player struggling to beat the best players you know. It shows you the kind of work you need to do to break out of bad habits. It presents you with some very detailed training material and a study plan. You will need to do a lot of work to get the most out of this book. You will need other books. You will need dedication and a lot of time.

You can't start on page 1 and work through to page 366. The "Training Program" begins after four very dense chapters chock-full of analysis and commentary on the themes of pawn levers, exchanges, positional considerations and calculation. This will take you a few months to work through. Then there is a lot of advice on how to study throughout the rest of the book. There is also advice on the material to use. You could spend many hours studying only the material here, but ideally it should build on books you've already digested about tactical motifs, positional play, end games and your opening repertoire. There is advice on how to use databases, how to prepare your openings, how to toughen up physically and mentally, how to avoid distractions and what endgames you should learn. It even gives advice on your love life -- don't have one!

Yes, this book is for the hard core chess player who wants to improve so much that he will make it his number 1 goal in life. However, if you're a casual chess player who likes to read chess books in bed before going to sleep (a practice that is frowned on in these pages), there is still much to enjoy here because Axel Smith loves writing and he explains everything with a lot of heartfelt words. He writes with honesty, insight and the depth of knowledge that comes only from intense personal experience.

This book won't pump up your rating -- only hard work can do that -- but it is an excellent primer on how to improve at chess for those who are already very good at it indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Hayler on 31 Dec. 2014
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I have read a lot of chess books, but I have encountered very few indeed with the depth of content of this one. The author is unusually honest about the way he thinks about his games, and about the mistakes he has made in key positions, and uses these as a way to articulate a chess improvement program. As ever with such things, there is no magic bullet, but here is a documented set of recommendations for improvement, with extensive practical exercises. There are excellent tactical exercises, commonly encountered endgames to learn, and a very good section on positional chess. The author, a strong IM and also a coach/trainer, has clearly put a huge amount of work into this book.

I am currently rated 172 in the UK (FIDE equivalent is 1990) and my only caveat is that the book is aimed mostly at players a bit higher than this, so if you are much less experienced then many of the exercises may be a bit too advanced. Having said that, there is so much to learn from the material here at most grading levels. A superb teaching book.
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