The Seven Deadly Chess Sins
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Everyone loses chess games occasionally, but all too often we lose a game due to moves that, deep down, we knew were flawed. Why do we commit these chess-board sins? Are they the result of general misconceptions about chess and how it should be played better?
In this thought-provoking and entertaining book, Jonathan Rowson investigates, in his inimitable style, the main reasons why chess-players sometimes go horribly astray.
He focuses on several underlying psychological pitfalls:
- Thinking (unneceessary or erroneous);
- Blinking (missing opportunities; lack of resolution);
- Wanting (too much concern with the result of the game);
- Materialism (lack of attention to non-material factors);
- Egoism (insufficient awareness of the opponent and his ideas);
- Perfectionism (running short of time; trying too hard); and
- Looseness ("losing the plot"; drifting; poor concentration).
A great book for readers interested in understanding why they sometimes make the mistakes that frustrate their efforts