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How to Swindle in Chess

snatch victory from a losing position

Andrew Soltis



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08 May 2020
A book by stalwart chess writer on an aspect of chess that is quite common, but little is written about, swindling in chess. In chess, a swindle is a ruse by which a player in a losing position tricks his opponent, and thereby achieves a win or draw instead of the expected loss. Renown chess writers Horowitz and Reinfeld observe that swindles, though ignored in virtually all chess books , play an enormously important role in over-the-board chess, and decide the fate of countless games .

Andrew Soltis, American chess journalist, says swindles are not accidental or a matter of luck. Swindling is a skill. But there has been almost nothing written about how to do it, how to make yourself lucky in chess. Swindling means setting traps that exploit an opponent's over-confidence. It means choosing the move that has the greatest chance of winning, rather than the move that has the least chance of losing.

Soltis' new proposal will explain to players of all levels how to do just that with plenty of examples to explain along the way.
Imprint:   Batsford
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   310g
ISBN:   9781849945639
ISBN 10:   1849945632
Pages:   260
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Soltis is an American chess grandmaster, author and columnist. He has written several books for Batsford, including What it Takes to Become a Chess Master. He was inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame in September 2011. He still contributes regularly to the New York Post.

Reviews for How to Swindle in Chess: snatch victory from a losing position

'Full of interesting positions, [How to Swindle in Chess] can be read for pure enjoyment, and there are enough diagrams provided that it can mostly be read without a board.' * *

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