New In Chess, paperback, Englisch, ISBN: 978-90-5691-984-4, 256 Seiten,
Sense and Nonsense in Improving Your Chess
English Chess Federation Book of the Year 2012 Award
The chess instruction establishment claims that all you need to do is
concentrate on the characteristics of a position. Stick to some rules of thumb
and good moves will pop up more or less automatically.
But that is not how it works, finds International Master Willy
Hendriks. Chess players, both weak and strong, don't first make a plan
before looking at candidate moves. Trial and error is a very common and in fact
highly effective way to get to the best move.
In his journey into the chess-playing mind, Hendriks uses recent scientific
insights in the working of our brain. He raises a number of intriguing
- Can you, too (whether you are talented or not), become a grandmaster?
Why does a chess trainer's advice often sound like a horoscope?
- Can you
find strong moves by ticking off a to-do list?
- Is it possible to reach
master level without ever making a plan?
Presents a wealth of valuable, no-nonsense training material. In this
refreshing, entertaining and highly instructive book, Willy Hendriks shows how
you can travel light on the road to chess improvement!
International Master Willy Hendriks (1966) has been working
as a chess trainer for over 25 years. Inspired by recent developments in the
cognitive sciences, he challenges the conventional wisdom in chess
- "What a fantastic book! I have not enjoyed reading an
instructional book so much in years. I was laughing out loud throughout, because
it is very witty, but it is also a really important instructional
volume.", Steve Giddins, author of 50 Ways to Win at Chess.
- "One of the most original chess books the judges have seen for a number of
years (..) both serious and highly entertaining at the same time.", The Judges
of the English Chess Federation Book of the Year Award.
- "Hendriks says nobody thinks like Kotov (..) 'The forest of variations',
that sounds lovely as an explanation after the game but nobody thinks like that
during the game (..) Nobody is thinking in logical steps. We just take in large
gulps of information and we work with that.", Vishy Anand, World Champion.
- "For anyone interested in chess in a broader context, I highly recommend
reading 'Move First, Think Later' by Willy Hendriks.", Hikaru Nakamura, US