The Silicon Road to Chess Improvement
This book refers to supplementary material (zip-file available here for download), describing how to install and configure engines for the training approaches.
Your chess engine can do so much more than just calculate variations!
Every chess player, from club level up, can improve their game by using engines. That is the message of Matthew Sadler’s thought-provoking new book, based on many years of experience with the world’s best chess software. You may not be able to replicate their dazzling-deep calculations, but there is so much more your engine can do for you than just checking variations!
Matthew Sadler, co-author of the groundbreaking bestseller Game Changer, presents some unique methods to improve by using your engine. He explains how in your opening preparation, instead of sifting through masses of computer analysis you should play training games against your engine. He also shows how to train your early middlegame play, the conversion of advantages, your positional play, and your defensive skills. And, of course: how to analyse your own games.
These generic training methods Sadler supplements with concrete techniques. He explains how the top engines tackle crucial middlegame themes such as entrenched pieces, whole board play, ‘attacking rhythm’, exchanging pieces, the march of the Rook’s pawn, queen versus pieces, and many others. He also opens your eyes to typical strategies that the engines found and fine-tuned in popular openings such as the King’s Indian, the Grünfeld, the Slav, the French and the Sicilian.
Sadler illustrates his lessons with a collection of fantastic games, explained with his trademark enthusiasm. For the first time, the superhuman powers of the chess engine have been decoded to the benefit of all players, in a rich and highly instructive book.
Matthew Sadler is a Grandmaster and a former British Champion. With co-author Natasha Regan, Sadler won the prestigious English Chess Federation Book of the Year Award for their worldwide bestseller Game Changer: AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI.
Praise for Game Changer:
“Quite inspirational.” – Magnus Carlsen
“This is a phenomenal book.” – International Master John Bartholomew
“Once you experience the power of these ideas in your own game, you realize how much we can learn from the playing style of AlphaZero.” – International Master Stefan Kuipers