- Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: Unknown (20 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907982736
- ISBN-13: 978-1907982736
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.8 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
PUMP UP YOUR RATING (Grandmaster Repertoire Series) Paperback – 20 Oct 2013
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About the Author
International Master Axel Smith from Sweden has had great success as a coach. Using his methods on himself, in the space of two years he boosted his rating from 2093 to 2458. He is now closing in on the Grandmaster title.
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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
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.
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
the 'Woodpecker Method 'for tactics training, which is to repeat the provided tests after a few days,
Making a 'Personal List of Mistakes ' , the author's include 'overestimating passed d -pawn '
and plenty of good ideas on how to study chess
My understanding has been pumped up ;the rating might take longer
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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