New PDF release: Calculate Like a Grandmaster: Learn from the World-Class

By Daniel Gormally

ISBN-10: 1906388695

ISBN-13: 9781906388690

It is a penetrating examine of the attacking equipment of the main competitive chess avid gamers of the trendy era-from Nineteen Sixties global champion Mikhail Tal to Magnus Carlsen, teenage chief of trendy new wave of lethal attackers. The attacking type is an efficient selection for any chess competitor, yet specially for much less complicated gamers, who will take pleasure in the fireworks it produces. the 1st e-book from one of many UK's best Grandmasters, this certain advisor is illustrated with a wealth of examples from top-level video games.

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From 2010 to 2011 I wavered on the edge between a 2- and a 3-ji rank on the Internet Weiqi server KGS. Th is placed me in a strong intermediate status in the United States, though in China the same rating merely signified a strong beginner. For those in China who took the game seriously, having a ji rank was a childhood memory. My level was approximately equal to that of a ten-year-old who had received formal training in the game. I was better than most adults in China who had not taken classes as children but far weaker than adults who took the game seriously.

It was lauded as a disciplinary mechanism that taught logic and proper behavior to children. For university students it was used to critique China’s highly competitive political economy and to construct an idealized form of manhood that was based on images of cultured gentlemen from days of old. For the elderly it was an emblem of how much life in China had improved, and for the pleasures of leisure in one’s old age. Economic class was also a point of contrast. The children who could afford Weiqi instruction ranged from decidedly middle class to elite, as did the vast majority of Peking University students.

Guan Yang, a 4-duan amateur and Peking University graduate student, said, “In my twenty years of playing Weiqi I think I have found something of the Chinese character. . We love to compete by mind, by intelligence, not by force. ”40 As in other areas of the world, China’s historical and literary accounts of warfare include tales of daring physical prowess. Yet Odysseus-like figures who win battles through cunning are remarkably prevalent in these accounts. Instead of being something to be ashamed of, intellect, combined with a healthy dose of craftiness, is usually framed as being heroic in these tales.

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