The Chess Assassin's Business Manual
The Chess-Business Autobiography of Bob Long
by Bob Long
Publisher: Thinkers' Press, 2008
Edition: Paperback large
A very personal story in the inimitable style of Bob Long, enriched with many a personal picture.
Not all good chess players are good at business. It's just as true that there are people good at business who are poor at chess. Can improvement be brought to both?
After 35 years running four of his own business startups, and 40 years of playing chess, Bob Long explains how these two seemingly disparate acitivities can complement each other.
To be successful at both requires disciplines such as patience, awareness, and perseverance; the "assassin" knows when to zoom and finish "it" off. That's where the five T's come in handy:
Tips, Tools, Themes, and Tales - CABM has some helpful moves.
- Know that 95% of your " opponents" are good guys!
- being self-aware will "win" more than half of your basic battles.
- Create a Gold List of your "best customers" without fudging.
- Get what you want on the day of the buy - "Benny F" can help a lot.
From the Foreword by GM Karsten Müller:
Furhermore he (Long) underlines the value of pattern recognition and puts it into perspective, gives many useful guidelines, and shows ways to improve your strenght...Following a path that a strong grandmaster has played only once may be a dangerous business."