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Street Smart Chess is an expert guide to scoring more points at the chessboard. When does it pay off to play hard for a win? Or safe for a draw? And how do you adapt your playing style accordingly?

GM Axel Smith answers these questions, and more, by using a world-class player as a model for each chapter. Learn how Magnus Carlsen grinds out wins from level positions; how David Navara beats lower-rated opponents, and how Baskaran Adhiban beats higher-rated ones! Or serve-and-volley in the opening like Peter Heine Nielsen.

Playing well is a good start in chess, but you also need to be Street Smart.

Axel Smith is the award-winning author of The Woodpecker Method, Pump Up Your Rating and e3 Poison, which were all enthusiastically received by readers and reviewers. Using the Woodpecker as part of his training, as an adult he improved from a rating of 2100 to becoming a Grandmaster.

248 pages - Published (hardcover) 17 March 2021

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-122-6

Reviews

"Axel Smith has already written several books, such as 'Pump up your rating' and 'The Woodpecker Method'. The common thread in his work is how to quickly learn to score better results. Also in his latest book 'Street Smart Chess' he makes a very successful attempt to show the reader how to score more points.

The book contains more than enough educational material to spend a good amount of time with and certainly to get something from it. For me, the title reflects the core of competitive chess: using the skills you possess to the maximum and with some cunning."

Michel Hoetmer, Schaaksite.nl (full review in Dutch)

Street Smart Chess is an expert guide to scoring more points at the chessboard. When does it pay off to play hard for a win? Or safe for a draw? And how do you adapt your playing style accordingly?

GM Axel Smith answers these questions, and more, by using a world-class player as a model for each chapter. Learn how Magnus Carlsen grinds out wins from level positions; how David Navara beats lower-rated opponents, and how Baskaran Adhiban beats higher-rated ones! Or serve-and-volley in the opening like Peter Heine Nielsen.

Playing well is a good start in chess, but you also need to be Street Smart.

Axel Smith is the award-winning author of The Woodpecker Method, Pump Up Your Rating and e3 Poison, which were all enthusiastically received by readers and reviewers. Using the Woodpecker as part of his training, as an adult he improved from a rating of 2100 to becoming a Grandmaster.

248 pages - Published (hardcover) 17 March 2021

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-122-6

Reviews

"Axel Smith has already written several books, such as 'Pump up your rating' and 'The Woodpecker Method'. The common thread in his work is how to quickly learn to score better results. Also in his latest book 'Street Smart Chess' he makes a very successful attempt to show the reader how to score more points.

The book contains more than enough educational material to spend a good amount of time with and certainly to get something from it. For me, the title reflects the core of competitive chess: using the skills you possess to the maximum and with some cunning."

Michel Hoetmer, Schaaksite.nl (full review in Dutch)



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