- Chapter 1: Chess Isn't School
- Chapter 2: Cultivating Your Chess Sense
- Chapter 3: The biggest Study myth
- Chapter 4: The Right Way to Study Openings
- Chapter 5: Two-an-a-half-move Chess
- Chapter 6: Overcoming Endgame Phobia
- Chapter 7: Learning to Live with TMI
- Chapter 8: How to Learn More from a Master Game
Soltis is also a believer of the every diagram is a lesson program. He talks about good authors of chess material choosing to use diagrams at critical/interesting/learning opportunity moments of the games they annotate. He expresses that improving players should have fun while studying. Although he knows that some areas of study will be hard and brutal work for the player that really wishes to achieve a high level he notes that choosing exciting games, practicing and analyzing with friends, and learning openings/endgames in increments can be done without draining all the fun out of chess.
I really like several of the reviews on Amazon regarding this book and feel those reviewers are spot on with their key points. This is a strong candidate for "Book of the Year."
In addition, the working through the book, since my last post I have finished the May and June issues of Chess Life leaving me July, August and September to work through. I have been playing on-line with some success and reviewing tactics diagrams daily. I just seem to lack the time for slow chess tournaments and weekend events. I will try to focus more on that over the next six months.