Break the Rules!: A Modern Look at Chess Strategy

Break the Rules!: A Modern Look at Chess Strategy

by Neil McDonald

Paperback(First Edition)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


As we progress as chess players we quickly learn a set of guidelines which help us to formulate plans, develop typical strategies and recognize key tactics. However, chess is not an easy game, with fixed 'rules' that can be applied to every single position. In fact, blindly following such rules proves to be counterproductive and prevents 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 in depth the key components of successful rule-breaking in chess. Drawing upon his own experience and using illuminating examples from modern grandmaster chess, McDonald examines how to avoid stereotypical thinking, how to exploit typical thinking patterns, and how to confuse and beat opponents with surprising ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781857446739
Publisher: Everyman Chess
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Everyman Chess
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Neil McDonald is a Grandmaster who has firmly established himself as one of the world's leading chess writers, with many outstanding works to his name.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

1 The Anarchist of the Chessboard 7

2 The Power of Ugly Pawn Moves 23

3 Breaking the Rhythm of the Struggle 40

4 The King as All Action Star 56

5 Wait with White, Provoke with Black! 69

6 Living on the Edge 92

7 Time is Not of the Essence 111

8 Are You a Rule-Breaker? Take the Test! 128

9 Solutions 135

Index of Openings 158

Index of Complete Games 159

Customer Reviews