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Break the Rules is about looking beyond the simple guidelines of chess strategy which we all learn as beginners, such as "don't make more than two pawn moves in the opening", "always capture towards the centre" and "develop your pieces as quickly as possible".
Blindly following such rules can be counterproductive and prevent a player from moving on to the next level, whereas knowing when to break these rules is precisely the skill which separates the best from the rest.
In this instructive book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald studies rule breaking by some of the greatest players, both past and present, to demonstrate how a willingness to think flexibly and a refusal to conform to stereotypical thinking has often benefited these leading Grandmasters, and resulted in surprising moves and ideas.
With 50 complete games and 24 exercises for the reader to solve the book is packed with iconoclastic ideas on chess strategy.
* Enhance your chess strategy and creativity
* Recognize and exploit typical thinking processes
* Aimed at club and improving players
Published 2012, softback, 160 pages.