Chess Strategy for Club Players

The Road to Positional Advantage
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This new 3rd edition has, besides various corrections and improvements, a new introduction and a brand-new chapter called ‘Total Control’. In this 35-page chapter Grooten adds the final instructive brick to his formidable, yet very accessible, building: inspired by Tigran Petrosian’s playing style he explains amateurs how to exploit small advantages. With a new set of exercises.
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
       -- 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.

    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.

    AWARDED: ChessCafe 2009 Book of the Year

    SHORTLISTED: The Guardian 2009 Chess Book of the Year

    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."

    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."

    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."

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    Publication date:
    January 01, 2017
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    842 gram

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