PRESS RELEASE Book ‘Developing Chess Talent’

This book is strongly recommended for chess trainers, chess parents and chess organizers. And of course for the chess talents themselves!

GM Artur Yusupov

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, March 2010

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Ø      A great number of subjects pass the review: the educational value of chess, talent, motivation, the role of coaches and parents, goal-setting, self-management, making training programmes, physical factors and nurture, experimentation, mental training, creativity, concentration, psychological tips, chess thinking, workshop day in Apeldoorn called ‘Youth Meets Masters’, the study of strategy, endgame studies, youth chess players as trainers, didactics, self-study, the analysis of games (the Apeldoorn Analysis Questionnaire), the use of databases, training forms, training decathlons, talent days, the use of computers, theme tournaments, opening study, tactical exercises, variation calculation, visualization, working with volunteers, top-class sport versus recreational sport, making press releases, attracting sponsors, a study guide of the SBSA Youth Academy, email newsletters, making a chess newspaper, organizing tournaments (with a scenario), a list of team captain’s tasks, and school chess.

Ø      Developing Chess Talent also contains information about research done by Karel van Delft: on chess as a subject on primary schools, and on the question whether the study of positions is more effective with two-dimensional positions or three-dimensional ones.

Ø      Jan Timman, David Bronstein, Artur Yusupov, Loek van Wely and Rob Hartoch give their vision on talent development in interviews.

Ø The book contains an extensive glossary of chess terms.

'Developing Chess Talent' is a translation of the Dutch book ‘Schaaktalent ontwikkelen’ (KVDC, 2008).

Merijn van Delft and Karel van Delft are both psychologists.

They are co-founders of the Apeldoorn chess foundation SBSA, which has trained several Dutch youth champions.

Merijn van Delft is an International Master and professional chess trainer, living in Hamburg, Germany.

Karel van Delft is a freelance journalist, chess organizer and youth trainer, living in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

The book can be ordered via

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- Bank transfer.

BIC RABONL2U, IBAN  NL58 RABO 0124 8474 20 in favour of KVDC, Mergelland 79, 7325 ZW Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, payment by bank transfer, payment condition: SHA (shared costs).

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After the payment is received, the book will be sent immediately.

The price is 24,50 euro plus handling and postage.

Handling and postage in Europe (priority mail): plus 6,16 euro. So in total 30,66 euro.

Handling and postage outside Europe (priority mail): plus 10,45 euro. So in total 34,95 euro.


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