Full time chess coach Dan Heisman believes that, often, the true secret to chess improvement lies not in studying additional chess material but in learning more powerful thinking processes.
The Improving Chess Thinker provides representative thought processes from all classes of chess players, highlighting the differences between these levels, and providing insights to help players raise their thinking process to the next level.
Full of helpful tips and principles, the Improving Chess Thinker is the result of over 40 years of "Think out loud" chess exercises given by one of the country's top chess instructors, Dan Heisman. The range of subjects addressed includes everything from analysis and evaluation theory to time management skills.What's new in the second edition?
Plenty. Here are just some of the changes and additions:Added
* Protocols to all the class (rating under 2000) chapters but significantly boosted the "Expert and Above" chapter with numerous additional protocols by players in the 2000-2500 range, for a total of almost one hundred protocols.
* The chapter "The Most Common Thought Process Mistakes," which provides discussion and examples of these errors;
* A short chapter providing additional humorous and interesting stories about giving lessons and using the de Groot exercise.
* Made corrections and numerous additions to the material from the first edition.Expanded
* The Glossary to include more terms used within the book
* Chapter 13, and included a section about finding positions suitable for giving de Groot exercises, with an additional half-dozen sample positions.
Dan Heisman has been a full-time chess instructor and author since 1996. His Novice Nook column at ChessCafe has been published continuously since 2001, and it has won multiple awards for its quality of instruction.
Published 2014, softback, 310 pages.View sample pages (pdf)