Unbeatable Choosing the subject wasn’t easy at all, since the topic of defense requires a
comprehensive analysis from different angles in order to give the chess player under pressure useful
guidelines during a game. Of course, the technical part is a matter of finding challenging, new and
interesting positions. I was struggling with describing the emotions that we have during the game,
how they influence our decision- making process and what we can do about that. Hence, I tried the
best I could to define the issues the defender encounters during a stressful game. Finally I am
confidently sharing with you the lessons that I learned from sport psychologists and literature, and
my experience as a player over 30 years.
Fortunately I was not alone in the writing process and I am very grateful for all the support I
received. In special, I would like to thank Iozefina and my friend Erwin l’Ami, who gave me the
essential moral and technical support throughout the writing process. On top of that I would like to
thank all of the photographers, and especially Erwin’s wife Alina for the beautiful portraits which I
could use for my book. Though being one of a kind, I am thankful for my ‘nemesis’ Loek van Wely for
his professional insights in his preface and in chapter 4.
Also, I am grateful for all the proofreaders and last but not least my editor and the entire team,
including Daniel Fernandez and Mark Haast, who kept their faith in me despite the endless recurring
cycle of writing. In “Acknowledgments,” I am pleased to thank all the other kind people who helped
me so much through this cumbersome process and challenging subject, and without whom I could
not finish this book.
Hopefully this first Volume of ‘Unbeatable!’ will be enjoyable for you dear reader, and
simultaneously, serves you well in practice how to stand firm in using your defensive resources as a
last resort. But at the same time this is a book with a smile and a tear.