"The idea behind this book is for you to ‘play’ as in a real game, and it is my
job to ensure you have a pleasant time while training. I suggest you take at
least an hour and a half for each game and as your coach I will indicate when
to guess the moves. Sometimes there will be suggestions — including tricky
ones — to measure your concentration level. Th e ideas behind the moves are
Points are awarded for the ‘right answers’ as well as for some other moves, and
at the end there is a general assessment plus a review of some of the things to
be learned from the game. During my coaching period I was able to witness
how motivating it is for kids to receive points for the right answers, their ‘lives
are at stake’ when they try to fi nd the answers, and it is a challenge much appreciated by them. Later I also noticed a similar effect with adults although,
unlike the kids, the older students try to hide it.
The final score is not that important; it is not scientifi cally based. But of course
the more points you get the better you ‘would have played’. Th e eff ort you put
into trying to find the best move every time is what matters most. I firmly believe it really helps to learn a little more about playing chess with every game.
The methodology recommended for solving the exercises is the ‘old-school’
one of using a piece of paper to cover the text and scrolling down the page as