«A great book.»
GM Vladimir Kramnik
«Boris Gelfand gave me two wonderful books yesterday. This will not be a detailed review – I shall put it concisely: both ‘Technical Decision Making in Chess’ and ‘Decision Making in Major Piece Endings’ are not aimed at the general public. They are quite unsuitable for casual reading, for leafing through. There are no spoon-fed recipes, and wisdom is not scattered in handfuls to pick up at will.
Instead Gelfand invites the reader to plunge into the intricacies of the game. He tells of his perceptions and shares his approach. He thoroughly examines defensive methods and demonstrates what resources are inherent in seemingly simple positions, which solutions are practical and which difficulties should be avoided. The analysis is extremely honest, and given from the standpoint of a great master, though without any narcissism.
These books are meant for work. These are books that must be worked through slowly, a few pages a day, setting up the pieces and always thinking deeply. I don’t promise that reading these books will give you pleasure, but I guarantee that you will benefit greatly from studying them.»
GM Emil Sutovsky
«Technical Decision Making in Chess and Decision Making in Major Piece Endings both have the endgame as their primary focus and will provide months of serious study material. These books are the antithesis of popular tactics training, where the student tries to solve dozens of positions in one sitting. Here a few pages a day is the correct pace to carefully absorb the wisdom being offered.
One thing all four books in this series have in common is Gelfand’s belief that chess players should use their own brain and not surrender their critical judgement when working with silicon oracles. Gelfand is hardly a Luddite – nobody could be a world class player in the 21st century without using computers- but he makes valid points why an over reliance on them can develop into a crutch that prevents the student from developing the abilities they need to succeed in the world of competitive chess.
Both of these books, which belong in every serious chess player’s library, are available in beautifully produced hardcover editions… Highly Recommended.»
IM John Donaldson
«Once again, Gelfand’s immense knowledge of chess shines through for Quality Chess and at CHESS we wouldn’t be surprised if the Gelfand series of books becomes as well known as the Dvoretsky and Yusupov series.»
Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine