Canada's eccentric International Master Bryon Nickoloff was a genius at opening preparation and endgame strategy. The main reason he never became a Grandmaster was habitual time trouble with the clock.
He was simply addicted to the adrenaline of time scrambles.
So this book will be very educational for students of openings and endgames, but a dramatic 'cautionary tale' regarding the time-consuming search for perfection in the middlegame.
"Nickoloff, with an IQ of 180, whizzed through school with no mark below 95. He was one of a select group of students picked for the city's short-lived experiment in advanced independent learning. At 15, he joined a chess club at a local YMCA. 'There were 500 people there and everyone was beating me, ' says Nickoloff. 'But six months later, 1 could beat them all. ' He became 'obsessed' with the game and would play six hours a day, study chess books and famous games for another 10 hours. ..."
Dave Stonehouse, Toronto Star, November 13, 1988