Pump Up Your Rating


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ISBN: 978-1-907982-73-6

– 376 pages – Published 27 September 2013

ChessCafe Book of the Year 2013

The author has started a blog in which he shares some of his experiences as a chess coach and discusses the progress of his pupils – Pump Up Your Rating blog

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Pump Up Your Rating  any man in the street knows how to increase his physical strength, but among most chess players confusion reigns when it comes to improving their playing strength. Axel Smith’s training methods have guided his friends, teammates and pupils to grandmaster norms and titles. Hard work will be required, but Axel Smith knows how you can Pump Up Your Rating.


Every area of chess is covered – opening preparation, through middlegame play, to endgame technique. Smith delves into both the technical and psychological sides of chess, and shows how best to practise and improve.


International Master Axel Smith from Sweden has had great success as a coach. Using his methods on himself, in the space of two years he boosted his rating from 2093 to 2458. He is now closing in on the Grandmaster title.


Despite its, well, silly title, it’s actually an extremely interesting and thoughtful treatise by the Swedish coach and International Master.

Each of the book’s chapters features a theme (for example on exchanging, calculation, and how to analyze your own games) and a ‘model player’ (Ulf Andersson for exchanges, Hans Tikkanen for calculation). By showing concrete examples, Smith mostly offers his student ‘tools’, or ‘thinking techniques’ to improve their skills.

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