Sadler: Chess for Life

Sadler: Chess for Life


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Autor: Sadler, Matthew
Verlag: Gambit
Erscheinungsjahr: 2016
Sprache: Englisch
Buchumschlag: paperback
Seiten: 240

In this thought-provoking, wide-ranging and often inspiring book, the authors examine how chess style and abilities vary with age. The conventional wisdom is that greater experience should compensate for a loss of youthful energy, but with so many of the world elite currently in their twenties, chess is increasingly looking like a young man’s game. By making a number of case studies and interviewing players who have stayed strong into their forties, fifties and beyond, the authors show in detail how players can steer their games towards positions where their experience can shine through. Interviewees include:

  • GM John Nunn
  • GM Yasser Seirawan
  • GM Nigel Short
  • GM Judit Polgar
  • GM Keith Arkell
  • GM Pia Cramling
  • FM Terry Chapman
  • GM Jon Speelman
  • GM Sergei Tiviakov
  • WIM Ingrid Lauterbach

By examining so many aspects of chess, the authors have written a work that ends up transcending its subject-matter, and becomes a text on how and why we love chess, the means by which we can play successfully whatever our age and level of play, and how chess is truly a game for life.

Matthew Sadler is one of the strongest British players of recent decades. Having become a GM in his teens, he twice won the British Championship and was awarded an individual gold medal at the 1996 Olympiad. After concentrating on an IT career for more than a decade, he returned to high-level chess in 2010 and quickly regained a spot in the world top 100. Matthew’s struggles to bring his game back up to speed after his long break were part of the inspiration for this book. Natasha Regan is a Women’s International Master from England who achieved a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University. While pursuing a successful career as an actuary in the insurance industry, she has raised a family and maintained a strong interest in chess and other board games, including Go.

“Through Sadler’s and Regan’s analysis of their role models’ openings over time, readers learn what makes an opening repertoire ideal for longevity. Sadler and Regan also present tips for training and give practical approaches for succeeding at the board. Chess for Life is also enjoyable for readers, like me, who don’t want to work hard. My favourite parts were the interviews with the role models, some of whom I met or played against as long ago as the 1970s” – WIM Alexey Root, CHESS LIFE MAGAZINE

Chess for Life, by a well-known Grandmaster and a Women’s International Master with a strong background in statistics and gaming, has plenty to say about how veteran players can use their experience to compensate for a loss in youthful energy. A book that can be read with interest by many players (not only those over 40!) for those rated 2000 on up” – IM John Donaldson

224 Seiten, kartoniert, 1. Auflage 2016