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WINNING FAST IS FUN!
This book is a collection of games played by the best players in the world in which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result of brilliant chess tactics, an accumulation of mistakes or blunders.
Through the study of the games in this volume, you will improve your:
The chess opening variations in this volume are all the variations of the Indian Defenses such as:
1) The King's Indian Defense
2) The Grünfeld Indian Defense
3) The Queen's Indian Defense
4) The Nimzo-Indian Defense
5) The Catalan Opening
6) The Blumenfeld Gambit
7) The Bogo-Indian Defense
Short games in chess have always fascinated me; what is it that is causing a player to go so wrong that he or she loses within 15 moves (or 25 moves as in my Chess Miniatures Series)? The games in this book illustrate the making of and punishment of a lot of typical mistakes:
Loose pawns & pieces
Not calculating far enough
Overlooked intermediary moves
Not sensing danger
And much more of that kind
But the names also include a surprising amount of tactics (see the front cover - White to move), sometimes even missed tactical opportunities.
I have chosen only from games of players that were rated 2350 and above (or would have rated as such, but it was before the rating system was put in place), because I felt that if mistakes like these can be played by such strong players, then there are lessons to be learned for the majority of the rest us. Further, I sorted away the worst games, such as when one side a piece is threatened and the other side forgets to move a threatened piece, even that happens among strong players.
Through the study of the games in this book should help you avoid a lot of mistakes in your own games, help you to take advantage of the mistakes of your opponents and ultimately sharpen your tactics and tactical awareness by answering the prompts to the diagrammed positions.
Carsten Hansen is an Amazon #1 bestselling author, an experienced chess coach as well as both a FIDE Master and a certified FIDE Trainer. He has authored 27 books all phases of the game, but is recognized as a particular expert on the opening phase of the game.