How a Grandmaster Finds his MovesSample pages (pdf)
Finding strong moves does not simply depend on how much you know about chess. In fact, greater knowledge often makes choosing a move more complex, because it increases the number of directions your mind can take. It's about the way you think.
His many years as a chess trainer have taught Grandmaster Joel Benjamin how fundamental failings in their thought process cause his students to make mistakes. Pointing out the moves his students missed was just half the job. He needed to explain why they didn't arrive at the right move. Analysing your game with a chess engine will not tell you where and why you went wrong. Chess engines represent a different reality: the top computer move isn't always the right move to play.
This book teaches how you can improve the structure and effectiveness of your thinking when sitting at the board. How to look for the right things. If you take the wrong direction at the start of your deliberations, as club players often do, you may be losing before you know it.
Joel Benjamin concentrates on a wide array of practical issues that players frequently have to deal with. By applying a grandmaster's train of thought, club players will more often arrive at strong moves and substantially improve their game.
At thirteen years of age Joel Benjamin broke Bobby Fischer's record as the youngest ever US master. He won the US Championship three times and was the chess consultant for IBM's Deep Blue computer, which made history by beating World Champion Garry Kasparov in an epic encounter. He has been teaching chess for many years. His previous book Liquidation on the Chess Board won the 2015 Best Book Award of the Chess Journalists of America (CJA).
Published 2018, softback, 223 pages.