This book offers a unique approach to chess self-evaluation and training. It will answer the two most common questions that players ask an experienced coach - what is my true rating (or strengths and weaknesses)? How do I improve? The readers will find: 100 diagrams & 200 total questions of various difficulty. Comprehensive answers include diagrams for easy reading away from the chessboard. Distributions of answers, percentiles and other statistical reports by rating group from unrated to 2400+.
Match yourself against players of all levels, up to grandmaster and see how you stock up. Results evaluated and Rating assigned overall & by 12 distinct categories: Opening, Middlegame, Endgame, Attack, Defense, Counterattack, Tactics, Strategy, Calculations, Standard Positions (Endgame), Sacrifices, Recognizing Threats. Comprehensive reports on each of the categories with examples, training recommendations and book/materials suggestions.
The book will be essential reading for everyone who plays chess because it will: a. help them to understand their current situation by identifying their strengths and weaknesses; b. give them clear explanations on how to improve, both in suggesting the appropriate training materials and in outlining the training methods; c. encourage players to establish and then follow a structured training plan; d. relieve player's anxiety by assuring that there is plenty of help available to those who are interested in understanding the game better and improve their skills; e. provide players with means of getting all their questions answered via timely advice from experienced coaches and also their peers.
- 320 Pages
- Publisher: Iamcoach
- Published: April, 2007
- Notation: Figurine Notation
- "Thanks for writing a great book again."
- "Congratulations on this fine book. Don't let it be your last!"
- "Your books may be the next step in test or quiz books. Up to now most are just collections of positions grouped by type of maneuver or some notion of difficulty. Yours is the first to try to analyze the wrong moves and why people pick them."
- "I have completed the book and I think it is excellent. I thought it was well written and I find how you work out the statistics very good and I believe that most of them are pretty much correct to my playing skill. It will never be 100% correct of my playing skill unless it's a book of thoundsands of pages with millions of questions. But it is very helpful and I really enjoy the Chess Exam books."
- "Based on what I have read so far, you clearly have another winner here. The book follows closely the model of your first book with a focus on tactics. In each case the problems are well chosen with an ability to instruct as well as entertain. I spend a lot of time doing tactics problems in books and online because I know this is an area that I need to improve in and I am pleased to say that all your chosen problems were unfamiliar to me ( no small accomplishment!). Many of them contained tactical elements that I had seen before but used in new and instructive ways which taught me things about those tactical elements that had heretofore eluded me. This is not a book for beginners, but it does fill a real need to bridge the gap between tactics problems and the problems faced when playing a chess game."
- "IM Igor Khmelnitsky strikes once more with a fantastic book. The natural follow-up to his award winning Chess Exam, volume II is an impressive assortment of highly instructive, (and entertaining!) well thought out and selected positions. It isn't common for me to see an instruction manual that carries so many exciting and full-of-life positions I have not seen before, but C E II does just that. The material may vary from easy to very tough, but interestingly, it is presented in such a way, that the challenging stuff is still valuable for low rated, and the 'easy pickings' are still fun for the masters. A very welcome repeating motive I have found in the book, was the high number of 'surprises' one finds. The obvious is often illusionary, and just when one may stop and think 'got it!', there could still be something 'behind the scenes' -- much like in so many of our own chess games. Seeing these, learning and rehearsing them, is sure to develop and sharpen one's calculations and sense of danger, and could well help in making the next step up the ranking ladder. I have not only enjoyed reading it, but am sure to 'adopt' quite a few of the positions for my own teaching repertoire."
Chess Exam and Training Guide: Tactics - Khmelnitsky