After a 14 year break from chess to pursue his career, IM James Rizzitano wanted to make a comeback. He realized that he didn't have the time to study chess full time and so resolved to make a thorough review of his games from earlier years in order to re-acquaint himself with his own strengths and weaknesses. He recommends this approach for any amateur player and here he shares the results of his self analysis with the reader and draws his own conclusions about opening selection, dealing with novelties, risk management, keeping the initiative and facing stronger players amongst other topics. He includes 64 of his own games (plus eleven by other players), each illustrating a key lesson, which he has annotated in depth. He also analyzes 20 instructive endgames, pointing out that most players will have more games involving a rook ending than a particular opening system.
James Rizzitano is an International Master from New England, USA whose opponents in this book include many IMs and GMs from the USA and Europe.
Published 2004, softback, 192 pages.View sample pages (pdf)