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Intuition is central to all chess decision-making, and an understanding of its role is vital in improving one's game. Players who try to calculate everything to a finish are doomed to lose out to those who use their logical and intuitive abilities in harmony with one another. This book, the first devoted to the role of intuition in chess, explains how to allow your intuition to reach its full potential and provides guidance on the types of positions in which one should rely heavily on intuition, and on those where one ought to be more analytical.
The two authors, both top-level authors and players, have drawn examples from modern practice and from the classics, with special emphasis on players whose intuition has been legendary, such as Mikhail Tal. The authors devote particular attention to the role of intuition in sacrifices, whether for attacking, defensive or positional purposes.

About the Authors

Alexander Beliavsky is a famous grandmaster from Ukraine who now plays for Slovenia. He was World Junior Champion in 1973 and has been among the world elite for more than twenty years. His play is marked by excellent theoretical preparation, fighting spirit and a determined approach.

Adrian Mikhalchishin is also a Ukrainian grandmaster who is based in Slovenia. He is well known as a writer and researcher, whose work has covered openings and endgames in addition to middlegame topics.

Product details
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Gambit Publications (December 1, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1901983528
ISBN-13: 978-1901983524


Quickreview: Secrets of Chess Intuition
Without a doubt Intuition is of paramount importance in chess. Therefore it is surprising that no books have dealt with this concept systematically so far. Many books touch upon the subject without going into any detailed discussion. Therefore I was curious to read Beliavsky and Mikalchishins book to which Ivanchuk and Suetin also made some interesting contributions.


In the Introduction intuition is defined as "the knowledge we have formed in our minds on a purely subconscious level.". In these days where both Kramnik and Kasparov are planning matches against computer programmes, I think it is interesting to consider what separates human beings from these machines on the chess board. Here Intuition is one of our main assets, whereas computers rely solely on calculation.

Dangerous tactical players like Tal had a very good feeling for assessing the merits of initiative as opposed to material. The book starts out with some examples from Tal's games, but treats many aspects of Intuition. I will also mention an interesting quote from Anand: "Intuition is the first move I think of". The Indian seems to have an extraordinary feeling for critical situations and just like Capablanca his intuition only rarely lets him down. One impressive recent example was the decisive rapid game from the match against Ponomariov, where Anand found a surprising double knight sacrifice. The limited time in a rapid game makes it especially important to rely on intuitive decisions. Kramnik follows this line of reasoning when he states that good intuition is the first sign of chess talent and that in blitz games intuition is the most important thing.


The following 19 chapters structure the book:

The Intuition of Mikhail Tal
Simple Intuitive Decisions
Combinative Intuitive Decisions
Intuitive Positional Decisions: Introduction
Exchange Sacrifices
Piece Sacrifices for Two Pawns
Queen Sacrifices
Pawn Sacrifices
Exchanging as an intuitive Decision
Which Rook?
Mysterious Quiet Moves
Improving the Worst-Placed Piece
Analysis, Intuition and Mistakes in Judgment
Intuition and Risk
Intuition in the Endgame
Psychological Factors
Intuition in the Opening
Suetin on Intuition
Test Your Intuition

The first 18 chapters suggest how many aspects a discussion of intuition must contain and the last chapter is 22 diagrams for the reader to solve. In the style of Dvoretsky the authors have chosen to give priority to many practical examples to illustrate the role of intuition.

Yet another highly interesting book from Gambit! It gives a great selection of examples and test positions and a lot of these positions are from relatively new games. This book is both extremely instructive and an enjoyable read. Highly recommend for chess training and for players above beginners level.


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