Kill Those Chess Blunders!!
Although this book is sprinkled with the same sort of humour which chess players need to possess (in order not to go crazy when they play a disastrous move) it nevertheless provides a serious and vital technique; a checklist which is designed to ensure blunder-free chess. More
Because they're human and fallible all chess players occasionally play disastrous moves. Even chess grandmasters occasionally blunder and when they do they take no comfort from the fact that it makes the rest of us feel better!
The author of 'Kill Those Chess Blunders!!' has been playing chess for almost seventy years and has made his share of bad moves along the way. Like every other chess player he knows how it feels when a winning position is ruined by a really crummy move. His book is written in an entertaining style as it analyses the reasons blunders are made. He examines the causes and the symptoms, continuing the medical analogy by likening the different types of blunders to varying levels of anaesthesia.
He also discusses psychological influences such as 'negative self-talk' and how it can make another blunder a self-fulfilling prophesy. The main feature of the book, however, is the ten question anti-blunder checklist.
Although we keep coming back for more punishment, chess players are not masochists. We all want to win our games. Each time we sit down to play we yearn that this time our play will be brilliant throughout. The author shows that if we simply adopted the new habit of silently running through the ten questions provided in this book before playing every move then the only blunders in our games would be those made by our opponents!