AWARDED: ChessCafe 2009 Book of the Year! These are some of the comments posted by ChessCafe voters: -- "My only vote goes to Herman Grooten's masterpiece, a class of its own" -- "It's superb and I think Nimzo might now rest in peace. It's the new standard of middlegame strategy for all club players!"
SHORTLISTED: The Guardian 2009 Chess Book of the Year
Every club player knows the problem: the opening has ended, and now what?
First find the right plan, then the good moves will follow!
With this book, International Master Herman Grooten presents to amateur players a complete and structured course on:
how to recognize key characteristics in all types of positions
how to make use of those characteristics to choose the right plan
His teachings are based on the famous "Elements" of Wilhelm Steinitz, but Grooten has significantly expanded and updated the work of the first World Champion. He supplies many modern examples, tested in his own practice as a coach of talented youngsters.
In Chess Strategy for Club Players you will learn the basic elements of positional understanding: -- pawn structure -- piece placement -- lead in development -- open files -- weaknesses -- space advantage -- king safety
You will master the art of converting a temporary plus into other, more permanent advantages.
The author also explains what to do when, in a given position, the basic principles seem to point in different directions. Each chapter of this fundamental primer ends with a set of highly instructive exercises.
Herman Grooten, is an International Master and a chess coach with over 25 years of experience. Quite a few of his pupils have gone on to become grandmasters, among them Loek van Wely and Jan Werle.
From the foreword by Jan Timman: "A highly instructive book for readers who want to improve their chess skills." Jan van de Mortel, Chess Education Partners, Chicago IL: “One of my three favorite chess teaching books. Grooten supplies nice examples and great explanation in a very structured way.”
Gary Lane, Australian Chess Magazine: "This book will certainly improve your middlegame and boost your results."
KARL Chess Magazine: "The entire presentation is extremely well done (..) A fantastic and challenging book for ambitious and advanced club players."
Pete Tamburro, ChessLife: "Chess coaches will have a quality supply of superb examples and explanations, and self-motivated students will benefit immensely if they are over, say, 1800 in strength."
Elburg Chess Reviews: "It is not easy to find a better book on chess strategy!"
Martin Rieger, Europa Rochade: "Extremely interesting and instructional lectures on the themes: positional elements, positional judgements, and finding the right plan (..) A fantastic book for chess training."
Joe Petrolito, Australasian Chess Magazine: "An excellent teaching tool with over 400 pages of clear instruction."
Marshtower Chess Reviews: "The depth is very impressive, with lucidity and thoroughness going hand in hand."
Paul Motwani, The Scotsman: "Excellent (..) Literally hundreds of instructive examples."
German Federation for Correspondence Chess: "A good basis for chess coaches to teach beginners systematically the principles of chess strategy (..) And an expert course for self study, as well."
Steve Goldberg, ChessCafe: "An outstanding positional primer."