Soltis: The Inner Game of Chess

Soltis: The Inner Game of Chess

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Do masters methodically cut their way through the branches of a tree of analysis? Is it true that attacking players calculate a dozen moves ahead, while positional specialists rely on abstract principles? What exactly does it mean to “calculate,” anyway?

In The Inner Game of Chess, GM Andy Soltis shows that the key to good calculation is good visualization of the position in front of us and then after the moves we’re considering. Being aware of tactical motifs, knowing when to stop looking, and verifying your chosen move are essential, but they all depend on the basic requirement to see clearly what’s going on. The author discusses common obstacles to clear visualization and offers techniques to overcome them in your own play.

This 21st-century edition of Soltis’s celebrated work features new material and revised diagrams and analysis, while retaining all the insights that made The Inner Game of Chess an instant classic.

About the Author
Popular Chess Life columnist Andy Soltis is the author of numerous other classics of chess literature, including Pawn Structure Chess, The Art of Defense in Chess, and Rethinking the Chess Pieces. A 2011 inductee into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame, he received the International Grandmaster title in 1980.


CHAPTER 1. What Calculation Is - and Isn\''t
The Myth ofthe Long Variations
\''Positional Players Don\''t Calculate\''
\''Calculation Means Finding Mates and Sacrifices\''
The Joys of Calculating
Learning to Visualize

Master vs. Novice
Looking for the Weakness

CHAPTER 3.Trees and How to Build Thern
A Family of Ideas
Candidate Moves
The Tree of Analysis
How Chessplayers Really Think

CHAPTER 4. Force
Let the Force
Force vs. Speed, Force vs. Force
Opening a Pandora\''s Box
The Limits ofForce
Force in Action

CHAPTER 5. Countlug Out..
The Bottom Line
First Step: Count the Pieces
What Is Compensation?
Is it Over?
Move Order
Serendipity and Sequence
Orders and Options
Calculating in Stages

CHAPTER 6. Choice
Tactical vs. Technical vs. Positional...
Defensive Choice

CHAPTER 7. MonkeyWrenches
Advanced Assumption
Quiet Move
Destruction of the Guard

CHAPTER 8. Oversights
Simple Visual Oversights
Line Blocks
Unveiled Attacks
The Retained Image
Optical Illusions
It\''s a Big Board

CHAPTER 9.Rechecking
Where Are the Pieces?
Remember to Remember
Lasker \''s Law
Improving the Breed
Achilles\'' Heel

CHAPTER 10. The Practical Calculator
When You Must Calculate
Getting Fancy
Beware Understandable Moves
Believing Hirn
Summing Up

324 Seiten, 2014, Figurine Notation, englisch.