Smith: Pump Up Your Rating (hardcover)

Smith: Pump Up Your Rating (hardcover)

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Autor: Smith, Axel
Verlag: Quality Chess
Erscheinungsjahr: 2013
Sprache: English

ChessCafe Book of the Year 2013

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 practice and improve.

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.


Foreword by Aryan Tari

Preface & Contents


Part 1 Positional Chess
No Pawn Leverage - No Plan

Fair Exchange is No Robbery
Auxiliary Question

Part 2 A Training Program
The List of Mistakes
The Woodpecker Method
Theoretical Endgames

Appendix - Databases
Apendix - Endgames

375 pages, 2013, hardcover, English