Chess-players understand that it is vital to play logically, but often lack the methods needed to do so. In this book, renowned trainer Erik Kislik presents a wide range of specific concepts that will help them succeed. These include positional techniques, thinking methods, and modes of play to adopt when either better or worse.

Just the list of chapter titles shows how original Kislik’s presentation is. They include:

Throughout, the discussion is illustrated by a mass of examples from both recent elite chess and the play of Kislik and his students, showing how his themes cut across all levels of chess. After the book’s two main sections – Thinking Concepts and Positional Concepts – comes a section of exercises, again with a strikingly original theme: our task is simply to assess each position.

Erik Kislik is an International Master originally from California who lives in Budapest. He is an expert in computer chess and one of the most in-demand chess trainers on ICC. He has coached many grandmasters and assisted a number of elite players with their opening preparation. His previous book for Gambit, Applying Logic in Chess, has been widely praised.

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“International Master Erik Kislik is an inspiration to late comers and late developers to chess who dream of one day earning a FIDE title. According to the U.S. Chess Federation website Kislik didn’t start playing in tournaments until he was 15. When he left North America for Europe in 2008, he was not yet a Master but by much hard work he became an International Master in 2012, achieving his peak rating of 2415 FIDE the same year. This late development is far from a common occurrence and Kislik discussed some of the original methods he used to improve in his first book Applying Logic in Chess (Gambit 2018). Here he continues where he left off” – IM John Donaldson