Table of Contents

1) Avoid mistakes
2) Do not make the opening moves automatically and without reflection
3) Do not memorise variations, try to understand them
4) Do not believe all that you are told. Examine, verify, use your reason
5) In war, topography dictates operations
6) Do no abandon the centre to your adversary
7) Do not give up open lines, seize them and hold them
8) Do not create weak points in your game for your enemy to seize
9) Do not lose time
10) Unless you analyse the position, you will achieve nothing
11) Do not leave any piece where it has no range of actionor is out of touch with your other pieces
12) Do not play too quickly
13) It is not a move, even the best move, that must seek, but a realisable plan
14) Do not despise the small details; it is often in them that the idea of the position will be found
15) Do not think too soon about what you opponent can do; first get clear what you want to do
16) Do not lose confidence in your judgment
17) Never lose sight of your general idea, however thick the fight
18) Do not modify your plan
19) Do not be content with attacking an existing weakness; always seek to create others
20) Do not get careless when, after general exchanges, the end game is reached
21) Haste, the great enemy
22) Do not relax in the hour of victory
23) Do not entangle yourself in a maze of calculations
24) Never omit to blockae an enemy pass Pawn
25) Do not leave your pieces in bad positions
26) Quiz
27) Solutions to Quiz

How Not to Play Chess by Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky.  Published by Dover 1949


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