What Does It Take to Play Master-Level Chess?
Becoming a master is a goal many chessplayers seek. And for most, it is an unfulfilled dream.
for the first time, the topic is squarely addressed. Not by a super
grandmaster or high-powered international master, but by a "regular"
national master, a master who earned his stripes in the trenches,
battling his way to the title.
In Reaching the Top?!, author Peter Kurzdorfer shares his journey to the coveted 2200 Elo mark.
his own games, major topics covered by the author include: Learning
From Past Mistakes; Choose Openings to Suit Your Style; Handling
Material Inequality; Practical Endgames; How Sound Do Your Openings Need
to Be?; When Things Go Terribly Wrong; Overcoming Difficulties; and
How to Win.
This guide shows what it
takes to play at the master level. What you need to know. What you do
not need to know. It is a practical presentation that will not only help
aspiring masters, but in fact any player seeking to improve his game.
come on in and sit by the side of a chess master as he plies his craft,
marveling at the wonderful, intricate combinations and positional ideas
and shuddering at the opportunities that supposedly strong chess
players missed time and time again.
these every-day, blue-collar battles that do not involve the cutting
edge of theory or top professional combatants, but do come out of
ordinary amateur chess players who have made it work for them.
there is one requirement: you do have to love the game and give it your
best shot, every game, every move. Mix in some discipline and
concentration, and you too may be able to play master-level chess.
About the Author
After a 30-year adventure spent immersed in chess beginning in the early 1970s, Peter Kurzdorfer is back. He is a long-time national master, chess teacher, certified
coach and tournament director. He is also a former contributor and later
editor of Chess Life and School Mates magazines, a former judge for the
Chess Journalists of America, and author of The Everything Chess Basics
Book and the Tao of Chess. Though no longer active on the tournament
circuit, he is involved in chess editing once again, notably with
Russell Enterprises, Inc.