Mastering Chess Strategy by Johan HellstenMastering Chess Strategy by Johan Hellsten

Mastering Chess Strategy

byJohan Hellsten

Paperback | October 19, 2010

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This book provides a basic foundation of strategy in all three phases of chess - the opening, middlegame and endgame - as well as an abundance of carefully selected exercises to monitor progress.
Johan Hellsten is a Grandmaster, a former Swedish Champion and a European Team Championship individual gold medalist. He's a renowned chess teacher and is firmly establishing himself as a writer with outstanding credentials.
Title:Mastering Chess StrategyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.68 inPublished:October 19, 2010Publisher:Everyman ChessLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1857446488

ISBN - 13:9781857446487

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Chess Book I've Ever Read I'm not in the habit of writing bad reviews, but in this case I feel compelled to make an exception. There is very little redeeming about this book. Hellsten may know a lot about chess, but he'd be well advised to leave writing to someone possessing even the most rudimentary concept of how to structure a non-fictional treatment. He launches immediately into an analysis of a chess configuration without bothering to explain the terminology he uses to indicate piece position or movement. Diagrams and analysis are routinely placed on different pages, forcing the reader to constantly flip back and forth in order to try to follow his poorly explained logic. Virtually everything he attempts to convey is assumed to be understood in the absence of even the most minimal stab at explanation. "From the diagram 28 pages back, it is clear that black will take control in 67 moves." ... WHAT??? (That's an exaggeration, but trust me, it's not much of one.) I'm returning this book tomorrow and would advise anyone with an interest in chess strategy to look elsewhere for information. I can't imagine a more poorly developed, completely inaccessible or inarticulate treatment of the subject. -Mike Collins.
Date published: 2011-01-03