Publisher: Wildside Press, 2017, Pages: 208, Paperback

The first chess world champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, became the forefather of positional play more then 100 years ago. He dissolved the romantic notion that one can only taste sweet victory, by engaging in an attack, and searching for a combination with sacrifices. Steinitz stated that in order to win, the player must concentrate on accumulating small advantages enough of a large and significant one. Steinitz theory has been accepted widely since its popularization and is still applicable in the modern world. This first book in the “Chess GPS” series aims to introduce a new concept in the search for positional advantage and is aimed towards modernizing Steinitz’s theory. In addition to continuous accumulation of small advantages, one should focus his knowledge, talents, life experience, inspiration and fantasy on continuous improvement of his position.

Improvement is a universal concept and can be applied towards every position and not just to the ones where there is a clear path to obtaining advantage. You can unblock any obstacles towards realizing your chess personality by taking full personal responsibility for every move. This strategy will move you towards achieving your chess goals. The books in the “Chess GPS” series are designed for more effective focusing the player’s energy and creative skills in the right direction. “Chess GPS: “Improvement” is composed of learning examples of how such a concept was realized by grandmasters in modern chess practice. This book should help you find your chess individuality, as well as present you with other tools to help improve your game.

The concepts outlined in this book are rather convincing and should find wide use in chess practice. One of the main tasks of this book is to increase efficiency with which players can utilize their knowledge, experience, imagination and creativity. The associative array of well-chosen examples, allows the reader to better understand numerous chess strategic problems, fully develop their chess identity. It will also give the reader the ability to better comprehend the responsibility that comes with choosing a chess move.

The concepts disclosed in this book are a testament to the authors’ extensive coaching and life experience. The light touch of Odessa humor adds flavor to this book.

Garry Kasparov, 13th World Chess Champion

The Chess GPS - Improvement