Chess Exam and Training Guide: Rate Yourself and Learn how to Improve!

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IamCoach Press, 2004 - Games - 318 pages
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This book offers a unique approach to chess self-evaluation and training. It will answer the two most common questions that players ask an experienced coach - what is my true rating (or strengths and weaknesses)? How do I improve? The readers will find: 100 diagrams & 200 total questions of various difficulty. Comprehensive answers include diagrams for easy reading away from the chessboard. Distributions of answers, percentiles and other statistical reports by rating group from unrated to 2400+. Match yourself against players of all levels, up to grandmaster and see how you stock up. Results evaluated and Rating assigned overall & by 12 distinct categories: Opening, Middlegame, Endgame, Attack, Defense, Counterattack, Tactics, Strategy, Calculations, Standard Positions (Endgame), Sacrifices, Recognizing Threats. Comprehensive reports on each of the categories with examples, training recommendations and book/materials suggestions The book will be essential reading for everyone who plays chess because it will: a. help them to understand their current situation by identifying their strengths and weaknesses; b. give them clear explanations on how to improve, both in suggesting the appropriate training materials and in outlining the training methods; c. encourage players to establish and then follow a structured training plan; d. relieve player's anxiety by assuring that there is plenty of help available to those who are interested in understanding the game better and improve their skills; e. provide players with means of getting all their questions answered via timely advice from experienced coaches and also their peers.

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A Must Have for Chess Players

User Review  - bumpaguv -

Chess Exam and Training Guide is a unique piece of chess literature. This is saying something since more books have been written about chess than about all other games combined. The author ... Read full review

Too many GM endgame problems

User Review  - morggejoc -

Too many complex and esoteric endgame problems. Also choice selections are too subjective sometimes with white is winning white is better about even and even Fritz sometimes disagrees with your first moves. Still...this is the best exam book I have ever seen. Read full review


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Igor Khmelnitsky is an International Chess Master, experienced coach and best-selling and award-winning author.Chess Exam and Training Guide (2004) best-seller, winner of prestigious Cramer award for Best Chess Book (Chess Journalists of America). Translated into French, Italian and Russian.Chess Exam and Training Guide: Tactics (2007) another best-seller. Chess Exam: You vs. Bobby Fischer (2009) - just out!Contributing author to the WSJ & BN best-seller Masters of Success (2004, EP). Coauthor Teaching Chess Step by Step, the chess school curriculum (2006, Garry Kasparov's Foundation).

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