Subtitled: Discover Your Blind Spots and Stop Overlooking Simple Wins
We’ve all done it…missed simple wins; sometimes our own and it seems like
more often, for the opponent. Why
is that? Even GM’s suffer from blind
spots but that’s little consolation when you’ve just blown the game by missing
a simple win.
Invisible Chess Moves tries to address this
problem by categorizing hard-to-see moves and explaining the psychological,
positional and geometric factors that are involved.
In the introduction they write: How can it be that players who are capable of
calculating ten moves ahead for hours on end, fail to see a one-move win? More
remarkably, in many cases both players make these oversights…Our hypothesis is as
follows: in chess, certain moves are harder to spot for human beings than other
moves. For a beginning human player, clearly knight moves are more difficult to
envisage than rook moves…A lot of elements in the games of experienced players
This book won the 2011
ChessCafe Book of the Year award and is loaded with exercises and positions to solve and is recommended for the over 1800 crowd.
Blind spots occur from
time to time and psychological evidence is that they are unpredictable and, therefore,
it may not be possible to avoid them even if you are aware they exist. For example, see the invisible gorilla test
In the test you watch a
short video and count the number of times the players wearing white pass a
basketball. In the middle of the video a
gorilla walks through the group, plain as day but half of the people who watched the video and counted the passes missed the
gorilla. They also wrote a book on the subject. So, will this book
really help avoid making stupid blunders?
The psychologist would probably say, “No.” My guess is they are probably right because
even world champions and Super-GM’s have fallen victim so where does that leave
the rest of us?!