In this entertaining and instructive book, an experienced player and trainer provides a wealth of common-sense guidance on all aspects of chess.
The first step towards self-improvement is self-assessment, and so Baker starts off with advice on assesing your own strengths and weakness. He then discusses how to form and improve your opening repertoire, and how to prepare for competetive play.
Next comes advice on how to think at the board, how to cope with time-pressure, and chessboard psychology. A welcome feature is a summary of the most important rule of chess that competetive players must know. Baker also discusses how to learn from your games and how to study chess using books and computers, or with the help of a trainer.
- A complete self-improvement course
- Tips and guidance on preparation and study, and all phases of practical play