Shortlisted for the Guardian 2010 Chess Book of the Year Award!
With refreshing simplicity, Coffeehouse Chess Tactics shows how to turn bad, even seemingly hopeless positions to our advantage. How to distinguish the essential from the trivial. How to adapt according to the situation on the board.
Each game sparkles with some unusual tactical or defensive motif. Along with the games the author describes in eloquent but brutal language the beautiful, sometimes terrible, world of chess “where sport, art and science merge.
Where adrenalin gives such a high. Where hours pass, many, many of them so that we do not know what time it is any more!” Fascinating and compelling, 'Coffeehouse Chess Tactics' takes the reader on an astonishing trip into the world of competitive chess.
'The Grass Arena' catapulted John Healy to worldwide literary fame. That classic memoir described how Healy, by discovering chess, escaped a life of alcoholism, violence, vagrancy and crime. But what of his chess?
As an outsider he exerted a powerful allure, especially when his bad reputation was accompanied by skill and glory. He won many tournaments.
Robert Mulhern, Irish Post:
"Fans have been waiting a long time for a second offering (..) It's the world of chess through eyes that offer a unique persective."
Michael McGuerty, ChessCafe:
"The literary content is engaging, and the chess content is fun and instructive."
Rick Kennedy, ChessVille:
"Expect hours of enjoyment."
David Lettington, British Chess Magazine:
"Extremely readable, due to the confident swagger of Healy's prose. If nothing else, the book teaches a key lesson that you shouldn't give up on a game too early; there might be a coffeehouse tactic somewhere."Joe Petrolito, Australasian Chess Magazine:
"A breezy and enjoyable read."Richard Vedder, Schakers.info:
"The book is brimming with joy."B.H.Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad:
"The author's writing talent shows in the great comments that go with the fragments."Gary Lane, Chess Moves:
"Entertaining (..) there is lots of inspiration for attacking players."
Acclaim for 'The Grass Arena
' by John Healy: Daniel Day-Lewis:
“I don’t know how to be moderate or concise in praise of his [Healy’s] startling autobiography The Grass Arena . . .” Harold Pinter: