Artur Yupusov's "Build up your Chess: The Fundamentals"

In a thread about Jeremy Silman's "The Amateur's Mind", a few members of sang the praises of Artur Yupusov's "Build, Boost, Evolve" series of chess books.  Intrigued, I found a copy of the first book of the series "Build up your Chess: The Fundamentals" and started reading.  I'm only on chapter 3, but this looks like it's going to be an excellent book and an excellent step forward for me.

The book is divided into themes (checkmates, the opening, etc.) with some game examples to give an insight into the theme, followed by 12 exercises.  I'm really applying myself with the exercises.  They're hard.  The mates in the first chapter were not too hard to find, but in the second chapter, they got a lot harder.  I'm now doing the opening exercises, and they are very complex.  I've decided to add to this difficulty by setting the position on my board, but I don't move the pieces until I have found a line.  (I move the pieces when I write down my solutions.)

I don't think I'll have finished this book any time soon, and it's only the first of nine!  I'll continue doing the exercises, and I'll update you on my status.  


  • 4 years ago


    Hi gnuvince,

    How is it going? I'm searching for a good chess book that will help me improve so I hit this mini forum of yours. Just a few questions, do you have all the Artur's series? What's the differences bet each (build, boost, evolve) when each title has its own 3 series (fundamentals to master, I guess)

    Thanks and good luck to your chess!

  • 4 years ago


    Merci :)

    Si tu veux suivre mes progrès avec le livre, mon blog c'est :

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks Super_Patate!  I'll definitely keep going, and the way I see it, if I fail, then I have more to gain from the book :)

    En passant, vraiment trop cool ton pseudo :)

  • 4 years ago


    This is a great book. I'm working on chapter 9 and still enjoying it. It's a great learning tool.

    I found chapter 6 and 8 really tough. The tests are really hard but the pass mark is reachable 9 out of 19 for chapter 6 and 12 out of 27 for chapter 8. Don't get discouraged during the test Laughing

    Good luck with your studies !

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