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“I realize that this book will not cover all open wounds, nevertheless my aim to write a manual

about defense which can help us defenders enduring the hardest difficulties in practice, seems to

be achieved. Personally speaking this book helped me as a defender to approach a worse position

in a much more objective way, optimally use all of my defensive resources available, both

psychologically and technically, to set – even under the most dire circumstances – pitfalls, while

keeping my nerves under control.” ~ Jan Werle

 – Unbeatable

– ISBN 9789464201413

– 340 pages.


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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.


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.




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