Finding Chess Jewels
Improve your Imagination and Calculation
by Michal Krasenkow
Publisher: Everyman Chess, 2014
Edition: Paperback medium
Grandmaster and renowned chess trainer Michal Krasenkow presents a treasure chest of puzzles designed to stretch the minds of all players. Imagination and calculation are two of the most important qualities of a chess player, and they are qualities which, with purposeful practice, can be developed significantly.
As you analyse and solve more and more positions, your brain functions more efficiently, you are able to recognize and master additional tactical methods and patterns, and it becomes increasingly easier to solve similar types of positions. The exercises in this book are a 'collection of jewels' that Krasenkow has picked up during his career as a chess player, commentator and trainer.
Solutions to the puzzles are often hidden, spectacular and unexpected, and are specifically designed to improve imagination and calculation. Many of the puzzles are taken from Krasenkow's own games, and this allows him to give the reader a unique psychological insight as to how and why solutions were or were not found during battle.
• Over 220 mind-stretching chess puzzles
• Includes detailed analysis in the solutions
• Contains grandmaster advice on problem solving
Michal Krasenkow is a Grandmaster, a multiple international tournament winner, a former World top-ten player who reached the 2700 rating, and a two-time Polish Champion. He's a FIDE Senior Trainer, has worked with many top players including Vishy Anand, and has been the national coach of Poland since 2010.
He's made numerous major contributions to opening theory, and has written books on the Open Spanish and the Sveshnikov.