Efstratios Grivas comments on his book
A responsible chess coach is ‘inescapable’ to analyse, prepare and teach his/her trainees the plain truth and the difficult paths to chess excellence. Well, this is easier said than done, but of course nothing is really as hard as it sometimes seems. When the responsible coach knows what to do and how to do it, things get simpler and can be more easily absorbed by the trainee! And occasionally the responsible coach should reveal his work and his ways of teaching.
The book that you are holding in your hands is a kind of continuation of my previous work named ‘Chess Analytics’. The basic idea is simple but quite effective: various surveys on all aspects of the game, covering and explaining unrevealed or poorly explained ideas and paths. In the present book a total of 40 concepts are deeply analysed. Well, nothing really too difficult, as the modern author has at his disposal powerful databases, tablebases, analysed material, books and — by attaching his knowledge — you will get what you are looking for!
Today we have shorter time-controls and there isn’t really enough time to dig into the subtleties of each ending. You have to know and to repeat knowledge; don’t be carried away by the myth of the ‘chess talent’. As I have repeatedly written and proved, ‘talent is the excuse of the failed’. ‘Regrettably’, the modern chess player is entitled and forced to work more than his predecessors.
The modern chess coach also needs to prepare more delicate themes, understand them and then teach them to his students. So, there is lot of room for everything and for everybody who is thirsty for knowledge. Knowledge is the key word. And knowledge is absorbed subconsciously; it is not possible to remember everything you study. So, it is very important to work with good material and good trainers in order to improve towards the top class chess.
Nowadays the help of the Silicon Monster (chess analysis engines) is quite precious, as it can save an author countless hours of analysis and checking. But still the role of the qualified coach remains important; he knows where the truth is — he knows what to keep and what to throw away… I do not want to hold a ‘high nose’ and claim that everything I have written is perfect and completely sound; I always think of the surprise factor and I just try to write honestly and with responsibility.
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