International Master Herman Grooten is a chess trainer with over 30 years of experience. Several of his pupils have gone on to become grandmasters. His prizewinning Chess Strategy for Club Players was a worldwide bestseller.
"Judging from the title, it shouldn't really be for me, but I've enjoyed it enormously (...) This book presents the material in a relaxed, easy to read way with surprising examples and little stories that keep you awake and interested throughout." -- Matthew Sadler, Grandmaster, former British Champion "Providing thought-provoking examples (..) There is quite a lot of analysis to allow the keen player to see all the nuances of a particular theme and once you think you have mastered it there are a few more to reinforce the idea (..) A highly readable account of a bamboozling art, but vital if you want to raise your rating." -- Gary Lane, International Master English Chess Federation Newletter "I like the structure of the book a lot (..) After simple examples things are getting more difficult step by step (..) Players of any level will be interested in the fundamentals and players of up to 2100 ELO will be thrilled by the more demanding game fragments. The material is often not well-known and Grooten writes very entertainingly, so reading the book is a real joy." -- Dirk Schuh, International Master Rochade Europa Magazine "Includes many examples which I feel reasonably sure have not been published before (..) At the end of a chapter the reader is first given a list of bullet pointed conclusions that can be drawn, along with a set of exercises to drive the material home." -- Chris Wainscott ChessIQ "The reader is shown how to spot opportunities, gradually build up their forces and crash through the defensive lines. The book is certainly well-structured and contains a number of useful test positions." CHESS Magazine (UK) "Well-chosen examples and clear explanations are present throughout the book (..) Grooten sprinkles anecdotes about the featured examples (..) The most important thing Grooten has going for him as an author is: knowing who he is writing for. Many stronger players have authored books aimed at the club player, but usually they do not understand the capabilities of their audiences." -- John Donaldson, International master, International Master "How do you recognize attacking motifs? How do you optimize the cooperation of your pieces? How do you put open lines to use? How do you exploit weaknesses in your opponent's position? Those kind of matters (..) An excellent book for ambitious club players!" -- Richard Vedder, Fide Master Schakers.info