The Complete Chess Swindler: How to Save Points from Lost Positions

October 31, 2020
The Complete Chess Swindler: How to Save Points from Lost Positions

Chess is a cruel game. We all know that feeling when yourposition has gone awry and everything seems hopeless. You feel likeresigning. But don’t give up! This is precisely the moment toswitch to swindle mode.Master the art of provoking errors and you will be able to turnthe tables and escape with a draw – or sometimes even steal thefull point!Swindling is a skill that can be trained. In this book, DavidSmerdon shows how you can use tricks from psychology to marshalhidden resources and exploit your opponent’s biases.In a lost position, your best practical chance often lies not inwhat the computer recommends, but in playing your opponent.With an abundance of eye-popping examples and trainingexercises, Smerdon identifies the four best friends of every chessswindler: your opponent’s impatience, their hubris, their fear, andtheir need to stay in control.You’ll also learn about such cunning swindling motifs as theTrojan Horse, the Decoy Trap, the Berserk Attack, and‘Window-Ledging’.So, come and join the Swindlers’ Club, become a great escapeartist and dramatically improve your results. In this instructiveand highly entertaining guide, Smerdon shows you how.