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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications (June 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904600824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904600824
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grandmaster Andrei Volokitin was born in 1986 in Lvov. In 2004, he won the Ukrainian Championship and was a member of the team that won the Chess Olympiad in Calvia. In the January 2005 rating list he was, at age 18, placed in the world's top 20 for the first time. He has won many prizes in junior championships and major international events.

International Master Vladimir Grabinsky is the coach of the Ukrainian youth team. In addition to Volokitin, his pupils include several other players who have achieved international titles at an early age.


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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Zoe Vicary on August 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
it's true (previous reviewer) that this book is hard, but if you are over 1800, it's also AWESOME. the section called make a move-- its premise is that strategy, calculation, opening prep, etc. is all fine and well, but the real characteristic of a strong player is the ability to make really good moves a lot of the time. i read this and wasn't impressed, but when i looked at each problem, the same thing would happen: 1. i wouldnt see the solution. 2. i'd start thinking about some interesting tension or possibility. 3. i'd think "wait, can move x possibly work?" 4. i'd start looking at move x, and realize it's UNBELIEVEABLY STRONG. and after making move x, the opponent basically has to resign. There are 125 examples of this, all excellent and previously unpublished. (I'm so completely sick of seeing the same Capablanca problem in every stupid book)
other sections are almost as great. find the win has examples where you are better but have to find some way to clarify the position. very useful for me-- im always self-destructing in good positions.
answer a question has nice, unusual questions (ex: what's the best square to move the attacked bishop to?).
answers are peppered with amusing, slightly strange stories-- all very enjoyable.
this book is a real labor of love, truly beautiful problems, definitely definitely worth it for anyone over 1800.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Newell VINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
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As other reviewers mention, there is no doubt that the problems in this book are quite difficult (after all the book itself states that they are aimed at the FIDE Master level and up). So why should you bother with it if you are a low ranker?

I oscillate between the lower and upper 1300 range, a low ranker indeed; yet I am finding the book very helpful by using it carefully. What I do is make each problem the basis of a modified Stoyko exercise --- more like the exercises recommended in "Chess for Zebras." I put out a chess clock, set it for 20 minutes and start it. In that 20 minute time period I focus as intently as possible and try to understand everything I can about the problem position. At the end of the 20 minutes I require myself to come up with the move I would have made.

Then I look at the solution. Thus far I'm doing well enough about finding decent candidate moves but not the full correct line of play. That surprises no one, least of all myself. But I follow up with a look on Fritz to see just how good or bad my chosen line was. In some cases it fails entirely; in others it simply wasn't optimal.

How much am I learning from this process? A lot! I am learning how to think better about chess positions. I am learning why or why not my ideas were good, bad, or indifferent. I get to see the refutations. I get to try alternatives. But above all, the 20 minutes spent on primary analysis teaches me concentration and good thinking habits.

Using rich and challenging positions is the only choice for such exercises. I think this book is useful at the 1200 level on up, if used as I describe. To repeat, the point is *not* how many you get right or wrong, the point is how you learn to improve your thought processes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek Grimmell on August 2, 2013
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Admittedly, these puzzles are for advanced players and solvers of realistic game positions. As long as you plan to give yourself 10 to 30 minutes per diagram, and really invest your time and energy into carefully dissecting and decoding the position, these are not THAT hard. Not like some have implied. Even so, you should not expect to get all of them right, or even most, but when you discover the solution, your intensive effort on the position will make the revelations in the solution into lessons that teach you a lot about chess.
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A high concept book. It helps you to improve the calculations skills, besides containing very interesting positions. I recomend it for all the players i meet, it's a fast way to get a better level of play.
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