Any man in the street knows how to increase his physical strength, but among most chess players confusion reigns when it comes to improving their playing strength. Axel Smith's training methods have guided his friends, teammates and pupils to grandmaster norms and titles. Hard work will be required, but Axel Smith knows how you can Pump Up Your Rating.

This ChessCafe.com 2013 Book of the Year presents how you can increase your rating. Every area of the game is covered, from opening preparation to middlegame play to endgame techniques. Psychological aspects of the game are also covered with more teachings on how best to practise and improve.

Who should read this book? 
This book comes highly recommended for the serious chess player with a rating of more than 1600.

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