As we progress as chess players we quickly learn a set of guidelines which help us to formulate plans, develop typical strategies and recognize key tactics. However, chess is not an easy game, with fixed 'rules' that can be applied to every single position. In fact, blindly following such rules proves to be counterproductive and prevents a player from moving on to the next level, whereas knowing when to 'break' these rules is precisely the skill which separates the best from the rest.
In this instructive book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald studies in depth the key components of successful rule-breaking in chess. Drawing upon his own experience and using illuminating examples from modern grandmaster chess, McDonald examines how to avoid stereotypical thinking, how to exploit typical thinking patterns, and how to confuse and beat opponents with surprising ideas.
- Enhance your chess strategy and creativity
- Recognize and exploit typical thinking processes
- Covers opening, middlegame and endgame play
Neil McDonald is a Grandmaster who has firmly established himself as one of the world's leading chess writers, with many outstanding works to his name.
007 1. The Anarchist of the Chessboard
023 2. The Power of Ugly Pawn Moves
040 3. Breaking the Rhythm of the Struggle
056 4. The King as All Action Star
069 5. Wait with White, Provoke with Black!
092 6. Living on the Edge
111 7. Time is Not of the Essence
128 8. Are You a Rule-Breaker? Take the Test!
135 9. Solutions
158 Index of Openings 159 Index of Complete Games