How Life Imitates Chess Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom

ISBN-10: 1596913886
ISBN-13: 9781596913882
Edition: N/A
Authors: Garry Kasparov
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 10/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

"One of the most formidable brains of our era....fast-talking, exuberant, indigant one moment and laughing sardonically the next Kasparov clearly relishes the fight."Washington Post Garry Kasparov was the highest-rated chess player in the world for over twenty years and is widely considered the greatest player that ever lived. InHow Life Imitates ChessKasparov distills the lessons he learned over a lifetime as a Grandmaster to offer a primer on successful decision-making: how to evaluate opportunities, anticipate the future, devise winning strategies. He relates in a lively, original way all the fundamentals, from the nuts and bolts of strategy, evaluation, and preparation to the subtler, more human arts of developing a personal style and using memory, intuition, imagination and even fantasy. Kasparov takes us through the great matches of his career, including legendary duels against both man (Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov) and machine (IBM chess supercomputer Deep Blue), enhancing the lessons of his many experiences with examples from politics, literature, sports and military history. With candor, wisdom, and humor, Kasparov recounts his victories and his blunders, both from his years as a world-class competitor as well as his new life as a political leader in Russia. An inspiring book that combines unique strategic insight with personal memoir,How Life Imitates Chessis a glimpse inside the mind of one of today's greatest and most innovative thinkers.

Preface
Opening Gambit
The secret of success
Why chess?
A map of the mind
Better decision-making cannot be taught, but it can be self-taught
The Lesson
Personal lessons from the world champion
Becoming aware of the process
Strategy
Success at any speed
"Why?" turns tacticians into strategists
An ever-expanding example
Play your own game
You cannot always determine the battlefield
A frequently changed strategy is the same as no strategy
Don't watch the competition more than you watch yourself
Once you have a strategy, employing it is a matter of desire
Strategy and Tactics at Work
Element of surprise
A genius for development
Sticking with a plan
Confidence and the time factor
Never give in-never, never, never
Calculation
Calculation must be focused and disciplined
Imagination, calculation, and my greatest game
Talent
Recognizing the patterns in our lives
The power of fantasy
Fantasy can cut through fog
Developing the habit of imagination
Be aware of your routines, then break them
Preparation
Results are what matter
Inspiration vs. perspiration
Preparation pays off in many ways
Turning a game into a science
Targeting ourselves for efficiency
MTQ: Material, Time, Quality
Evaluation trumps calculation
Material, the fundamental element
Time is money
When time matters most
The third factor: quality
What makes a bad bishop bad?
Putting the elements into action
Double-edged evaluation
Personal return on investment
MTQ on the home front
Exchanges and Imbalances
Freezing the game
The search for compensation
The laws of thermodynamics, chess, and quality of life
Strategy on the browser battlefield
All change comes at a cost
Overextending our reach
Phases of the Game
Know why we make each move we make
Art is born from creative conflict
Make sure a good peace follows a good war
Eliminating phase bias
Don't bring a knife to a gunfight
The Attacker's Advantage
Flexing your intuition leads to strong decision-making
The aggression double standard
The initiative rarely rings twice
An attacker by choice
The transition from imitator to innovator
The will to attack
Question Success
Success is the enemy of future success
The gravity of past success
Competition and anticomplacency tactics
In favor of contradiction
The difference between better and different
The Inner Game
The game can be won before you get to the board
The storm before the calm
Don't get distracted while trying to distract
Breaking the spell of pressure
Staying objective when the chips are down
Pretenders to the crown and fatal flaws
Man vs. Machine
Enter the machines
And a child shall lead us
Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
Staying out of the comfort zone
Intuition
We know more than we understand
Intuition vs. analysis
How long is long enough?
The perils of ignoring a trend
Crisis Point
One single moment
Detecting a crisis before it's a crisis
Learning from a crisis
A final chess story: the crisis in Seville
Must-win strategy
Errors on both sides
Keeping a grip on the title
Endgame
The fight in Russia today
Your life is your preparation
No more secrets
Epilogue
A strategy for democracy
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index

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