Unlike sports like football or basketball, chess is one of those rare games where amateurs can hope to beat professional players. Since each player only has his brain to guide him and there is plenty of room in chess for creative guessing, it is possible that an amateur can occasionally beat a grandmaster in chess.
The typical grandmaster plays chess for a living and can thus afford to practice for dozens of hours each week. In contrast, the typical amateur usually plays chess recreationally for only a few hours each week. This book shares some practical tips that allow chess players—with some effort and investment on their part—to maximize their chances against grandmasters. The rationale behind this book is that although not every amateur may become a grandmaster, every amateur can hope to occasionally play a good game against a grandmaster.