Acclaimed author and grandmaster Paul Motwani discusses four elements of successful chess (strategy, tactics, attack, reaction) with the same wit and clarity that has characterised his previous writings on the game. Here he applies his original, mnemonic-based approach to the strategy and tactics of attack, defence and counterattack. This book is packed with instructive model examples starting from a wide spectrum of opening systems, presenting a treasure-trove of ideas to surprise even the most experienced of opponents. Interspersed with the instruction are test positions and puzzles to improve your skills in reasoning.

"Chock full of good advice on all aspects of the game ... innumerable diversionary puzzles, anecdotes and jokes" – Craig Pritchett, GLASGOW HERALD

"Another inspirational guide to self-improvement. Galaxies of ideas in words and moves - come bouncing off the pages ... a most original work - CHESS

"Ideas pour from him" - Peter Gibbs, BIRMINGHAM POST

"A witty chess diary with a lot of original thinking. Some of the games are not readily available elsewhere." - Lubosh Kavalek, WASHINGTON POST

"Filled with instructive examples from all types of openings...will definitely help you to improve your game" - Patrick Foley, BUSINESS DAY (South Africa).

"Useful, instructive and eminently readable...a Good Read, Energetic and Thorough" - CHESS CAFE

"The most refreshingly different book for a very long time" - Ken Bloodworth, WESTERN MORNING NEWS

"Unusual and entertaining...packed with anecdotes. An ideal work to relax and dip into" - J.J. Walsh, IRISH TIMES

"It's a joy to read Motwani's books. His folksy style, which can go off on a tangent to explore an unrelated puzzle or game position, packs interest and humour..." - John Glendinning, THE SCOTSMAN