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Underhanded Chess [Kindle Edition]

Jerry Sohl
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A HILARIOUS HANDBOOK OF DEVIOUS DIVERSIONS AND STRATAGEMS FOR WINNING AT CHESS

With tongue in cheek and laughter aforethought, Jerry Sohl takes his readers on a merry romp through all the deceits and tricks of one-upmanship as it is practiced in the game of chess. Drawing from his own experiences, he sets out in amusing detail a host of put-offs, come-ons, psychological maneuverings, lures, and frauds to accomplish checkmate.

The author's inventiveness is limitless. All kinds of ploys are carefully described: the amazing effectiveness of reverse polarity; adopting some of Bobby Fischer's tactics; the Freudian gambit; the Blencher; the Hassled Castle; befuddling rule fanatics; talking your way to victory; coffeehouse counter-gambits; when and how to lose; advanced duplicity; and chess of the last resort.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1: THE FIRST MOVE
2: PRELIMINARIES AND PREPARATIONS
3: THE PROPER SPIRIT
4: HOW TO TALK A GOOD GAMBIT
5: HOW TO BEFUDDLE RULE FANATICS
6: HOW TO PLAY AGAINST WEIRDOS
7: COFFEEHOUSE CHESS COUNTERGAMBITS
8: WHEN TO LOSE
9: ADVANCED DUPLICITY
10: DESPERATE MOVES CHESS OF THE LAST RESORT
APPENDIX: USEFUL TRIVIA
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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About the Author

Jerry Sohl is an acclaimed writer for Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and scores more scripts and novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3465 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ReAnimus Press (September 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098DZHLM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for all OTB players! October 23, 2009
Format:Hardcover
In this day and age, most casual chess players compete against computer programs, or against other people via the Internet. This book harks back to the days when two players met at someone's home or in a club as the only way to find friendly competition. The psychological maneuvering in these over-the-board (OTB) encounters can be almost as important as the moves on the board in determining victory and defeat.

As the book progresses, we learn more elaborate and hilarious measures for gaining an advantage in the game, without actually resorting to practice or analysis of positions. We start with some simple suggestions on how to gain a pawn, or maybe a slight positional advantage. Then, tougher measures are required to pick up a minor piece or a rook. Finally, for those in a desperate situation and willing to make preparations ahead of time, the ultimate ploy can extract a sudden resignation from your opponent as he races from your house.

I don't want to give away any of these nuggets, so get the book for yourself, and enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Book February 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a very enjoyable and comical look at chess tactics and I enjoyed it very much. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes chess.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for the chess player. December 16, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I owned this book as a teenager when I was starting to get hooked on chess. I loved it and read it a number of times. I have applied some of the ideas presented in it and I believe that it has improved my game in some ways.
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Jerry Sohl is best known for the numerous scripts he wrote for Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, etc. He wrote over two dozen books, mostly, science fiction and horror but spanning all genres, including several acclaimed mainstream novels (e.g. THE LEMON EATERS), romance, and humor books, such as UNDERHANDED CHESS.

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