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Chess Exam: Matches against Chess Legends You vs. Bobby Fischer, play the match, rate yourself, improve your game! Details

 

 

 

 

From review by Al Lawrence in November 2010 issue of Chess Life magazine - "...Khmelnitsky's third book in his popular chess exam series is entertaining and involving, and the skill with which he chooses positions and explains them should net you wins and deeper appreciation of the game" Read the full review here:

From IM Greg Shahade: In all, reading this book and following the scoring system will make your chess studying experience much more fun than usual! More

From IM John Donaldson: According to the noted chess historian Edward Winter there are over 90 books written on Bobby Fischer. They cover his career from all angles - some emphasizing the biographical others sticking to the games he played - so the prospects of writing something new original might seem slim, but International Master Igor Khmelnitsky has succeeded with his new book You vs. Bobby Fischer. ... Highly Recommended More

Review on ChessCafe.com by Steve Goldberg: Chess Exam: Matches Against Chess Legends, You vs. Bobby Fischer is quite an informative and entertaining book. Khmelnitsky has gone to great lengths to identify challenging positions from Fischer's games and readers are likely to enjoy the opportunity to review the relevant portions of these games. The various statistical analyses are icing on the cake to rating-crazed chess fans. Full Review

Review by Matt Helfst at Chess.com: Overall a great piece of work by IM Igor Khmelnitsky here, which I highly recommend for anyone whose aim is to get a detailed assessment of their chess game to know where they stand and find out their strengths and weaknesses.  Full Review Review by IM Jean Hebert (in French) Full Review
From GM Alex Fishbein: ...Khmelnitsky's explanations are as lucid as the positional player's thinking process should be. If you would like to improve your decision-making skills in chess, read this book. More

 

   

 

 

 

Meet the Author:

Igor Khmelnitsky, International chess master, award-winning and best-selling author, experienced chess coach.

 

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Chess Exam: Matches against Chess Legends You vs. Bobby Fischer, play the match, rate yourself, improve your game! December 2009, 192pp, softcover, $21.95, 1st edition

HOT of the PRESSES!

Chess Exam #1

Publisher: IamCoach Press

ISBN# 0975476122

320 Pages, Softcover, $24.95

Release Date: September, 2004

1st Edition © 2004

Chess Exam #2 Tactics

Publisher: IamCoach Press

ISBN 10: 0-9754761-1-4

ISBN 13: 978-0-9754761-1-6

208 Pages, Softcover, $19.95

Release Date: January, 2007

1st Edition © 2007

 

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2/08: another great review of my Chess Exam and Training Guide Tactics. This one is by Michael Jeffreys for Chessville.com. "... The thing that makes his books so good, as I mentioned above, is his eye for great material.  All of the positions he selects are interesting and usually the obvious try is not the best.  Also, he mixes up his problems so that each turn of the page brings a new adventure, i.e. they are not in any type of “thematic order” like most puzzle books." Read the entire review here. View a YouTube video clip here.

 

 

Review by former US Champion GM Joel Benjamin in December '07 Chess Life and US Chess Online - "...With innovative methodology Chess Exam and Training Guide: Tactics, aspires to rise a cut above other books in this genre...I love the creative and novel approach to quizzing, but the greatest strength of the book is the selection of positions. The variations of themes is impressive... The selections of positions and posing of questions is skillfully done that every page is a learning experience..." Read the entire review here.

 

  

"...will quickly and accurately test your combinational ability, positional judgment and endgame expertise... Instructive and Entertaining!" - Alex Yermolinsky, grandmaster, former US Champion and Olympic team member

 

CJA (Chess Journalists of America) awards Chess Exam and Training Guide - Cramer Award - 2005 Best Chess Book! (8/11/05)

 

Would you like to know how good is your chess? Whether you are a beginner player or a weathered master, these books will help you evaluate your current level, identify your weaknesses and offer training advice.

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Chess Exam #1

Chess Exam #2: Tactics

1. You will discover:

  • 100 diagrams & 200 total questions of various difficulty.

  • Comprehensive answers includes diagrams for easy reading away from the chessboard.

  • Distributions of answers, percentiles and other statistical reports by rating group from unrated to 2400+. Match yourself against players of all levels, up to grandmaster and see how you stock up.

  • Results evaluated and Rating assigned overall & by 12 distinct categories: Opening, Middlegame, Endgame, Attack, Defense, Counterattack, Tactics, Strategy, Calculations, Standard Positions (Endgame), Sacrifices, Recognizing Threats.

  • Comprehensive reports on each of the categories with examples, training recommendations and book/materials suggestions.

 

  • 60 diagrams & 120 total questions of various difficulty.

  • Comprehensive answers includes diagrams for easy reading away from the chessboard.

  • Distributions of answers, percentiles and other statistical reports by rating group from unrated to 2400+. Match yourself against players of all levels, up to grandmaster and see how you stock up.

  • Results evaluated and Rating assigned overall & by 29 distinct categories: Motive: Misplaced Piece, Advanced Pawn, Lack of Protection, Back Rank Mate, Mating Net, Simplification. Theme: In-Between Move, Decoy, Interference, Clearance, Deflection, Discovered Attack, Double Attack, Removal of the Guard, Pin, Skewer, Trap. Objective: Checkmate, Force a Draw, Win Material, Pawn Promotion, Reaching Standard Endgame. Stage: Opening vs. Middlegame vs. Endgame Situation: Attack vs. Defense Result: Win vs. Draw

  • Comprehensive reports on each of the categories with examples, training recommendations and book/materials suggestions.

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"I would like to nominate Igor Khmelnitsky’s book, “Chess Exam and Training Guide” to be 2004 Chess Book of the Year on three counts: (1) As a reader of chess literature I found the book thoroughly entertaining and instructive. (2) As a chess trainer I found the material in it and the methods used extremely useful for a wide range of students. (3) As a retailer it was the biggest selling book we had in 2004 by a large margin, even outselling the entire “Predecessors” series by Kasparov." - Chris Depasquale, www.chessworld.com.au

"My main approach when I start working with my students - improving their tactical skills. You may play 30 good moves , then one slip and the game is over. Indeed the standard puzzle books are all combines well known examples copy from one source to another. What I found in your book - many new and quite good examples for reaching the main target - showing readers the way of improving the tactical vision and calculation." GM Boris Alterman (Israel)

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The Book is fantastic. I own 100s of chess books and this def. makes the top 10. Maybe top for problem books. … I finished the book. It predicted my rating to within about 30 points and I learned that I am much better at strategy than I had realized but much worse at calculation and tactics than I thought. So now I’m working my weaknesses and researching strategic openings.- Brian Karen (1800-2200), Admin @ Internet Chess Club (ICC)

What impressed me the most and is different from other quiz type books is that each problem is looked at twice--once with White and the other with Black to move or with a minor piece adjustment. This technique really helps understand the full use of all pieces on the board and I found very helpful for increasing my chess vision - Andy Ansel (USA)

 

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(05/23/2008) Italian edition of the original Chess Exam (2004) was just released by Le due Torri, the leading publishing house (Italy).

 

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(03/01/2007) Russian edition of the original Chess Exam (2004) was just released by Ripol, the leading  publishing house (Russia). The same company that publishes Kasparov's books in Russian.

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(9/18/06) The first Non-English translation of the Chess Exam was just released by Olibiris publishing house (France). It looks very sharp! If you read French and own the copy, please let me know what you think. The Russian edition is in the works! 

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