4/5 Stars “Overall, I like the book, I think it makes for an excellent training program, and it will undoubtedly become established as a valuable tool for players who are serious about improving their game.”
Carsten Hansen, American Chess Magazine
“There are of course many ways to improve the skill in chess, and that is what every chess player wants at every level. But the method of the Swedish master Hans Tikkanen is very original. His colleague Axel Smith coined the name: The Woodpecker Method, published by the Scottish publisher Quality Chess, where so many interesting books come from.”
Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad
5 Stars “The Woodpecker Method is for training your subconscious and this book is for training the stuff your subconscious will still miss. In other words, the very un-intuitive and difficult to see ideas and solutions to complex chess positions.
I definitely think that this book is accessible to players even under 2200 as long as they are looking for challenging problems. In a way, it is similar to studying endgame studies in this regard – most are going to be very difficult to get 100% correct. However, you will notice that as you train more you can be encouraged by finding more of the ideas involved in the solutions.”