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Chess Strategy for Club Players

The Road to Positional Advantage
by Herman Grooten

Chess Strategy for Club Players
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Publisher: New In Chess, 2009
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-90-5691-268-0
Pages: 400
Language: English

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.

    Jeremy Silman, US Chess Online:
    "If you want to be a better player, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy. It may well be the crown jewel of your chess book collection!"

    From the foreword by Jan Timman:
    "A highly instructive book for readers who want to improve their chess skills."

    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."

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