I graduated in Computer Science and went on to qualify as a teacher after a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. I had my corners knocked off in state schools and was sculpted by criticism in private ones! The aspect of teaching I most enjoyed was creating new and exciting resources.
A window of opportunity opened for writing books and the rest is history. I really enjoy creating diagrams. Trying to encapsulate an idea in one diagram proved to be an exciting challenge. I have used colour where possible to help the reader learn quickly and simply for the fun of it. Enjoying reading is my target for the reader. When the reader expressed a desire for a lower price for the first book I cooked up a new recipe. In to the mix I added specially adjusted images for the kindle e-book together with as many improvements and corrections as possible and to season I added a two thirds price reduction! They said it could not be done but chess on kindle is possible for those who believe.
Most club level chess players will have a selection of unread chess books on their shelves. To understand the games of Kramnik or Anand is beyond most of us and besides, where's the necessary time to come from? What is interesting about 'The major transition' is that it is written by a club level player with his peers in mind. The games are between players graded 100-150 ECF and so are within the scope of most frequent players. The author uses his own games and charts his progress in a way which is designed to help others follow. There is a clear list of 'principles for improvement' and colour is used to enhance the presentation of the text and diagrams. Computer programs are used to help with elements such as the opening vaiations, position evaluation and in some cases, alternatives to the moves actually played. In this respect I would have liked to have heard a bit more from the author about his thinking during the games - what was his plan, in which positions did he try to calculate and how accurate was he, how did he manage his time? Perhaps these points can be incorporated into a future edition. Overall, this is a worthy attempt by an ordinary club player to explain and share his own chess experiences for the benefit of other players.