Improve Your Chess will help you to improve your technique and master your game. This lively new edition is written by William Hartston, an experienced chess player and daily columnist for the Independent.
It is structured in 75 easy-to-follow lessons, clearly demarcated by level, so that you are challenged throughout. You will get to grips with complex strategy and the meta-principles which rule the relationship between pieces and their co-operation throughout play. All new concepts are demonstrated by illustrated worked examples, and you will get a chance to see these principles borne out in grandmaster play.
NOT GOT MUCH TIME?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience.
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of chess
FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
William Hartston is a leading chess player who writes the daily chess column in the Independent.
introduction basic 1 thinking 2 calculation 3 the centre 4 exchanging pieces 5 good bishops and bad bishops 6 bishops and knights 7 pawn to rook three 8 bishop to knight's five 9 castling (1) 10 knights before bishops 11 developing your pieces 12 the fianchetto(1): bishops 13 planning 14 gentlemen, the queen! 15 pawn takes pawn 16 pushing pawns 17 when you find a good move ... 18 isolated pawns 19 backward pawns 20 doubled pawns 21 weak squares 22 rook on the seventh 23 sacrifices 24 hierarchies of thought 25 i go here, he goes there ... advanced 26 the good 'bad bishop' 27 opposite coloured bishops 28 the fianchetto (2): the pawn move 29 the wrong rook 30 the centre of gravity 31 critical movements 32 improving your position 33 defending 34 playing in blinkers 35 one move at a time 36 ... with a small advantage to white 37 timing 38 patience 39 castling (2) 40 how to study openings 41 endgame strategy 42 gambits 43 positional sacrifices 44 time to relax 45 playing for a win 45 playing for a win 46 pawn moves 47 learning from losses 48 the art of distraction 49 if in doubt, change sides 50 winning and losing mastery 51 the grand plan 52 subgoals 53 judgement or calculation? 54 flexibilty 55 minority attack 56 dialetical materialism 57 material and time 58 planning for the endgame 59 bishops and knights (2) 60 positional dynamics 61 preserving the balance 62 crime and punishment 63 writing and editing 64 throwing salt 65 creativity 66 chaos 67 the bad 'good' bishop 68 luck 69 practicality (1) 70 practicality (2) 71 hedgehogs playing tennis 72 the grammar of chess 73 analysing and playing 74 the meta-rules of strategy 75 offering a draw