Thinking methods are at the heart of the chess struggle, yet most players devote little conscious effort to improving their calculating ability. Much of the previous literature on the subject has presented idealized models that have limited relevance to the hurly-burly of practical chess.
Here, experienced trainer Valeri Beim strikes a balance by explaining how to use intuition and logic together to solve tactical problems in a methodical way. He also offers advice on when it is best to calculate 'like a machine', and when it is better to rely on intuitive assessment.
Part one of the book explains how to analyse positions logically and how to develop tactical skills. Part two examines some techniques which can be used to help calculate variations. Both sections end with a series of test positions (100 in all) for the reader to solve.
Valeri Beim is a grandmaster who lives in Austria. This is his fifth chess book.
Published 2006, softback, 175 pages.Sample pages (pdf)