The Art of Taking Calculated Risks
You cannot win in chess without taking risks. Winning requires courage and psychology. No matter how deep you calculate, there always comes a point where you have to deal with uncertainties and take a decision.
When your main aim is to derail your opponent's calculation by weaving a web of deception, you engage in the highest form of risk: bluff.
Renowned chess coach Vladimir Tukmakov has played against, and worked with, quite a few chess greats. Many of them told him frankly about their thoughts and feelings during crucial games. In this book he presents 106 of these games, in which masters and grandmasters have used bluff to push beyond the limits of calculation and take a deliberate risk in order to win.
In a book littered with anecdotes and observations Tukmakov shows how the world's leading players have used calculated and not-so-calculated risks in order to force their opponents into uncertain territory.
What is carefully calculated risk, and what is bluff? And why were famous players like Lasker and Tal so successful with both? They realized that chess is not a science. Emotions also play a role behind the board. If you can guess what your opponent is feeling and thinking, you are ahead of him.
After studying this book you will think twice before wasting an opportunity to do what even the greatest players have done: bluff your way to victory!
Published 2015, softback, 224 pages.Sample pages (pdf)