Title: Play Winning Chess
Author: Yasser Seirawan
One can learn a lot from chess books, obviously, but most are dry and/or unforgiving of mistakes. I make loads of mistakes when I play. Seirawan's message to the reader is "Yes, of course you make mistakes. So do I. Here's what I have learned from mine." He presents simple principles in an engaging, accessible style with lots of concrete demonstrations. In particular, he emphasizes force, time, space and pawn structures. Interwoven in this first book are historical tidbits including the game's earliest known origins and profiles of great champions.
I learn a lot about myself through chess. In order to improve my game, I've had to push myself our of my own comfort zones. A naturally cautious person, I tend to play defensively. While that is a strength to a point, I need to be more aggressive to convert not losing into winning. I also have a compulsive need for dependable systems in my world. In game play, I often get so caught up in what I'm doing that I miss small details in my opponent's position and suffer the consequences.
I'm trying to play more now, too. All of my games are online right now, though I may seek out some real world competition soon, too. Up for a game? Come find me at Chess.com. I am ikaspiel.
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