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The Tao Of Chess: 200 Principles to Transform Your Game and Your Life
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The Tao Of Chess: 200 Principles to Transform Your Game and Your Life [Format Kindle]

Peter Kurzdorfer

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The real secrets to winning the game of chess - and the game of life

Chess mastery has been recognized since ancient times as an unparalleled way to learn political strategy, but until now no book has explored the life lessons chess teaches and how they can transform lives. In The Tao of Chess, the author seamlessly blends the wisdom of a time-honoured spiritual quest for truth with 200 principles that will improve anyone's chess game. By following the author's principles, readers not only come to enjoy the game more, they develop a habit of seeking underlying truth - whether in a chess game or a real-life situation.

The Tao of Chess is full of conscise advice, such as:
  • Understanding is more important than memory
  • Fortune favors the brave
  • When you see a good move, wait and look for a better move
  • Mistakes tend to come in bunches
  • Trust your intuition; it's usually right

Authoritative and easy to follow, this book will turn every reader into a master strategist.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 258 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1593370687
  • Editeur : Adams Media (12 juillet 2004)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0047T73PU
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Chess and Life Philosophy 23 juillet 2004
Par K. D Kirk - Publié sur
A pithy and poignant look at the greatest game ever invented and how and what it can say about life lessons. Anyone who has played chess (regardless of skill level), who has at least half an introspective brain (which nearly all chess lovers do) has long recognized the parallels between the principles of chess strategy and the applicability to life strategy. What author and Chess Master Peter Kurzdorfer has done is actually do what many others I suspect have wanted to do for many score years....actually capture some of those principles in writing.

Its not an overly deep read, on either the chess or philosophy, but it is a very satisfying read on both topics. Don't look for in depth middlegame strategies or 1400 opening strategems, but expect a solid treatment of fundamentally sound chess as well as fundamentally sound 'know thyself' type tips.

Warning: While this book is very applicable to novice and amateur chessplayers, reasonable knowledge of elementary chess and of notation is required to enjoy it. Never fear, learning chess notation takes minimal effort. One drawback, however, is that I do not recall seeing an explanation of algebraic chess notation in the Tao of Chess, and it could benefit from that.

Overall, if you like to play chess, even just periodically, this is a good 'take on vacation' type book or one to spend time with across 4-5 weeks in evenings at home after work.
15 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 The author is a master, SO you'll learn something from him. 19 août 2005
Par Wendell A. Betton - Publié sur
I honestly consider myself to be a good chess amateur and through my experience with chess study & tournaments, I honestly think this book is worth buying in order to inch yourself off the plateau you may be experiencing. It's cheap and you'll learn from this master something new that you didn't already know.

I have to say it does lean toward being pretentious in trying to address life issues in it's overly cursory manner (200 times), but the book's second part is very ground-breaking in that it makes you look at yourself as a chess player and gets you to consider things about yourself that may be getting in your own way as you wonder, "Why haven't I been getting any better at chess"? I've been studying chessbooks for 9 years now, and I've never come across one that made me look at myself as a chess player the way this one does. It really helped me get over the blitz clock hump (see the chapter on Using Time) and here's a bonus from me; to improve your blitz game, constantly look at the clock while you play and make good time management of your clock compared to your opponent's clock (so many players don't look at the clock until it gets down to one and a half to one minute. They're simply waiting for their opponent's clock to run out of time. You have to use the clock along the way constantly).

You have to pay attention to the chapter headings as you make your way through this book. It's evident that Kurzdorfer wanted to make this a short book with very effective short chapters.

As for the writers of the earlier reviews (those who hated this book)... I've noticed that people who consider themselves experts at certain things (and every man will claim himself to be a great expert at chess [a claim that only ranks second to sexual prowess]) tend to act as if they think that basic or intermediate teachings are not worth being taught. Such "experts" just flip through the first half of this book and deem it completely worthless because they already know the basics, but this book's part one does have some upper-level fundamentals. Go ahead. Add this book to your personal chess library. Kurzdorfer is a master. You'll learn some things.

If you're like me, you'll learn a lot. Here's a tip: go through it a second time as a read-through and you'll learn even more!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Tao of Chess 2 février 2011
Par Spider Monkey - Publié sur
'The Tao of Chess' is a pretty good book that provides 200 principle to improve your game and briefly relates them to life lessons that can be learnt from them. The chess lessons are quite good, but the life lessons are a touch gimmicky and tenuous at times. Never the less, this book covers good ground from knowing the board and pieces, developing the centre, piece values, pawn structure, space, tempo, mobility, tactics, sacrifice, defence, exchanges, planning, openings, middle and end games, how to react to mistakes and your opponent, to concentration and a whole host of other topics besides. Each principle is introduced and then explained and annotated using examples and illustrations. At the end of each principle is a 'Taoist' type phrase to link the principle to a way of applying it in everyday life. This book is useful to dip into and pick up hints and tips and as each principle is self contained it is easy to then apply it to your next game without having to read the whole book first. A clear, easy to read book with some great tips and ideas. In some ways the 'life lessons' detract from the chess but it is a good book regardless. Worth a look if you want to improve your game without slogging through deep text.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good index of basic best practices 26 février 2006
Par R. Brian Potter - Publié sur
This little book contains a lot of chess nuggets, some of which may come across as very obvious, some as reminders of forgotten truths, and others will certainly increase your arsenal of chess skills. Even when stating the obvious, the key is to apply all 200 truths consistently and at the right time!

My only complaint with this book is that the author always uses examples of his own games in which he did the right thing. It would have made him seem a bit less pretentious had he also included a smattering of examples where he was on the receiving end of one of these chess/life lessons.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A lame book in every way. 27 juin 2005
Par D. Knouse - Publié sur
This is a quick read, being a little over 200 pages, but it is both too short and too long. It is too short on explanations for various principles that are listed inside, and it is too long because of the obvious attempt at reaching the magic number 200 for a nice sub-title to the book. Each principle is given a number and a title, then a brief example of a single Chess position is shown (more often than not a middle-game position); a short synopsis of possible continuations is given, and after all the Chess talk is done for that principle there is a set of symbols in the form of Chess pieces followed by a 'Tao' section usually comprised of one or two sentences describing how the particular Chess principle is analogous to situations we find ourselves in in everyday life. The problem with this 'Tao' part is that it is mostly comprised of philosophical, sanctimonious rubbish in many instances having only a thin connection between the ideas. I actually took to skipping the 'Tao' parts about midway through the book because I got tired of rolling my eyes at all the 'depth' behind the analogies. The principles themselves are frequently threadbare and not very interesting as a result; and the 'Tao' sections are eventually nothing more than annoying filler in an otherwise uninspired text. I am reading a much more detailed Chess book at the moment by Irving Chernev entitled "The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played--62 Masterpieces of Chess Strategy." I've only gone through game 5 so far and I have already gained more instruction than in all of "The Tao of Chess," 200 principles combined! "Unbeatable Chess Lessons for Juniors" by Robert M. Snyder is also worth checking out. Do yourself a big financial favor and avoid buying "The Tao of Chess." Thank you.
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