In Attacking Chess for Club Players Grooten concentrates on training the most valuable skills for this process: visualizing, structuring, anticipating, calculating, memorizing and other mental aspects.
This is not just another collection of useful thematic moves and motifs but a complete and highly structured course of attacking techniques. And with fantastic new examples, clear explanations and many instructive exercises.
In Chess Strategies for Club Players 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
-- space advantage
-- king safety
-- exploiting small 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.
International Master Herman Grooten is a chess trainer with over 30 years of experience. Several of his pupils have gone on to become grandmasters. His prizewinning Chess Strategy for Club Players was a worldwide bestseller.
GM Matthew Sadler, former British Champion:
"Judging from the title, it shouldn’t really be for me, but I’ve enjoyed it enormously (..) This book presents the material in a relaxed, easy to read way with surprising examples and little stories that keep you awake and interested throughout."
IM Gary Lane, ECF Newsletter:
"Providing thought-provoking examples (..) There is quite a lot of analysis to allow the keen player to see all the nuances of a particular theme and once you think you have mastered it there are a few more to reinforce the idea (..) A highly readable account of a bamboozling art, but vital if you want to raise your rating."
IM Dirk Schuh, Rochade Europa Magazine:
"I like the structure of the book a lot (..) After simple examples things are getting more difficult step by step (..) A very solid book. Players of any level will be interested in the fundamentals and players of up to 2100 ELO will be thrilled by the more demanding game fragments. The material is often not well-known and Grooten writes very entertainingly, so reading the book is a real joy."
Chris Wainscott, ChessIQ:
"Includes many examples which I feel reasonably sure have not been published before (..) At the end of a chapter the reader is first given a list of bullet pointed conclusions that can be drawn, along with a set of exercises to drive the material home."