WINNER: ChessCafe.com 2011 Book of the Year!
Every chess player knows that some moves are harder to see than others. Why is it that, frequently, uncomplicated wins simply do not enter your mind?
Even strong grandmasters suffer from blind spots that obscure some of the best ideas during a game. What is more: often both players fail to see the opportunity that is right in front of their eyes.
Neiman and Afek have researched this problem and discovered that there are actually identifiable reasons why your brain discards certain ideas.
In this book they demonstrate different categories of hard-to-see chess moves and clearly explain the psychological, positional and geometric factors which cloud the chess player’s brain.
Invisible Chess Moves, with its many unique examples, instructive explanations and illuminative tests, will teach you how to discover your blind spots and see the moves which remain invisible for others.
Your results at the board will improve dramatically because your brain will stop blocking winning ideas.
Emmanuel Neiman is a FIDE master. He teaches chess in his home country France and he has written books on chess tactics and chess training.
Yochanan Afek is an Israeli International Master who lives in Holland. He is an organizer, a journalist and a trainer, but probably best known as an endgame study composer. This is his third book on chess.
Steve Goldberg, ChessCafe:
"A thoroughly delightful book, full of incredible examples that remind us how challenging chess can be."
"The many training exercises make 'Invisible Chess Moves' a tactics training book and, what's more, numerous games convey the beauty of chess."
Richard Vedder, Schakers.info:
"Why is a certain move an 'invisible chess move'? It can be for all sorts of reasons. I don't know that it is all founded on scientific research, but based on my experience I can understand very well what they mean."
GM Karsten Müller, author of 'Bobby Fischer: The Career and Complete Games':
"Highlights the limitations of the human mind and categorises the typical sources of mistakes like missing diagonal backward queen moves. It has many beautiful examples with really amazing points, which I had not seen before. A real gem!"
Joe Petrolito, Australasian Chess Magazine:
"An entertaining and instructive book on an aspect of tactics that is not usually covered."
GM Boris Gelfand:
"I highly enjoyed going through the book and solving the positions. Many original ideas!"
Lubomir Kavalek, The Huffington Post:
"An outstanding book."
Hans Böhm, De Telegraaf:
"In fact, this book is about the price you pay for thinking like a machine, for thoughtlessly following some general rules. Time and again it turns out that sticking to rules of thumb leads to chances missed."
Yasser Seirawan, four time US Champion:
“An enjoyable and challenging book that will make you redress your competitive play.”
Michael Adams, The Saturday Telegraph:
"The book entertains and improves the tactical vision in equal measures."
Uwe Bekemann, German Correspondence Chess Association:
"Exercises in the course of each chapter and an extensive test at the end of the book give the reader the opportunity to engage in an organised way with difficult-to-find moves, so one can get familiar with the instruction material."
Ian Marks, ChessSchotland:
"There are lots and lots of games, extracts and exercises all devoted to why we miss moves."
Luc Winants, former Belgian Chess Champion:
“The authors deserve the highest praise for the idea behind this book. Something quite original, and I enjoyed it enormously.”
B.H.Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad:
"It turns out there are interesting cerebral reasons for overlooking winning moves, like certain geometrical patterns and the aversion to backward moves (..) A unique book."
British Chess Magazine:
"An interesting attempt to cover new ground (..) All competitors should call here."
Cecil Rosner, Winnipeg Free Press:
"A thoroughly original and entertaining argument about why chess players overlook simple wins (..) Through a series of tests Neiman and Afek ensure the reader gets the message even more forcefully."
Europa Rochade Magazine:
"An excellent book that offers rare insights into unknown chess territory."