HOW CHESS GAMES ARE WON AND LOST (Lars Bo Hansen) - $47.95
256 pages (248 mm by 172 mm).

Traditionally, chess games have been divided into three stages - opening, middlegame and endgame - and general principles presented for how to handle each stage. All chess-players will be well aware that these principles all too frequently fail to help in their selection of the best move.

In this important work, Lars Bo Hansen, grandmaster and professional educator, presents chess as a game of five phases, and explains the do's and don'ts in each: * the opening * the transition to the early middlegame * the middlegame * strategic endgames * technical endgames *

With a wealth of examples from both his own practice and that of his colleagues, Hansen discusses the typical mistakes and pitfalls, and shows how to handle the subtleties unique to each stage. He also advises on how to work on your chess in each aspect of the game. Of special value is his explanation of how to study typical middlegames, and that middlegame preparation - a neglected area for most players - is both possible and necessary.

Lars Bo Hansen is a well-known grandmaster from Denmark. He has won the Danish Championship on two occasions, and represented his country in four olympiads, winning a bronze medal for his individual performance in 1990. His many tournament victories include first prize in the strong Copenhagen Open in both 1997 and 2000. Away from the board, he teaches and lectures on business studies, with a particular focus on marketing, organization and strategy.

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"There are many excellent chess books on the market. For the serious chess student, it's not always easy to choose between them. Sometimes, it's worth picking up a book by an author you don't know yet. You may be pleasantly surprised. plenty of inspiring games and analysis, a highly structured and coherent overview of the most important themes in chess with good and often very recent examples, from a serious author who knows what he's doing. Highly recommended." - Arne Moll,

"...stands apart from the vast array of new chess books seemingly published every few minutes now. Whereas most books are strictly limited to a single phase of the game - typically openings, endgames or tactics, here Hansen takes a more holistic approach to the game as a whole. But rather than dividing a chess game into the typical three portions of opening, middlegame and endgame, the author carefully examines what he describes as the five stages of the game. This approach is reflected in his chapter divisions:
Ch. 1: The Opening
Ch. 2: Transition from Opening to Middlegame
Ch. 3: The Middlegame
Ch. 4: Transition from Middlegame to Endgame
Ch. 5: Technical Endgames
Ch. 6: Practical Tips.
... well-written, entertaining and informative book. I had not previously read anything by Lars Bo Hansen, but I'm quite impressed with the clarity of his writing. For any player trying to better grasp the intricacies of the five components of a chess game, this book is a breath of fresh air." - Steve Goldberg,

"...a delightful modern chess manual." - GM Lubomir Kavalek, Washington Post

"The time-factor in modern chess is one of many interesting topics that are discussed" - GM Paul Motwani, The Scotsman

" impressively organised and well thought-out book which flows beautifully and provides eminently sensible advice on how to work on your game. ... A great many books have crossed this reviewers desk this year but this is one of the very best. Highly recommended" - John Saunders, BCM

"All together there is more text than moves and that makes a learning book superb! ... This book truly helps you to become a chess master!" - John Elburg,

"Hansen ... while drawing very much on his own experiences, makes the autobiographical aspect subsidiary to his main purpose, which is to provide the reader with a recipe of practical suggestions by which he can improve his play. ... At the end of the day, as in all walks of life, time, effort and motivation are key factors, but these three elements, allied to the guidelines and suggestions set out in the book are a good basis for ensuring future success. It's up to you now!" - Alan Sutton, En Passant

"Readers will find an abundance of entertainment and instruction in this excellent book." - Sean Marsh, Marsh Towers

Gambit books by Lars Bo Hansen: Foundations of Chess Strategy, Secrets of Endgame Strategy, How Chess Games are Won and Lost, Improve Your Chess - by Learning from the Champions.