The Grandmaster Battle Manual explains how to be a more competitive chess player. Chess grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias has been a professional player for two decades and now he explains the secrets of his success. As a writer, Kotronias has the skill to explain in words what other top players can only express in long lists of chess moves. Improve your chess with a grandmaster guide.
The Grandmaster Battle Manual
Vassilios Kotronias is a chess grandmaster and 9-time Greek Champion. He is a key member of the Greek team as both a player and coach. On the international tournament circuit he is a feared competitor who is particularly noted for his profound opening preparation.
Engaging explanations… superb examples… a tremendous read… Another aspect I liked a lot was Kotronias’ very personal and often humorous commentary.
He’s able to give his analysis a personal yet always relevant touch… Reading The Grandmaster Battle Manual is not only inspiring and highly enjoyable – it also emphasizes hard work (but not too hard, and not during tournaments), and the need to be practical.
‘If you are a perfectionist, you will never approach really high levels’, is one of Kotronias’ surprising statements; in another chapter he stresses the crucial role of ‘annoyance’ during games. This book will provide you with food for thought until you can’t stop yourself from signing up for the next Open in town.
The structure of the book is user friendly (for a weaky like me around 1900 USCF).Every chapter has a well elaborated introduction followed by models games and a summary. The summary has advise on how to improve on the shorthcoming of the player(s) in the model game.
Each chapter stands alone and cites other sources when relevant If you want to tackle a particular area of your chess like defensive play (Chapter 7) just go to the chapter and enjoy the ride!.
It was pleaseant surprised to see a GM like Kotronias facing the same problems I encounter against the French (Kotronias – Gurevich Kusadasi). This feeling of emphaty with the author was present as I read this book. In my opinio The GM Battle Manual is relevant to the weekend tournament player.