In this thoroughly practical chess handbook, Edmar Mednis shares his knowledge and experience of forty years of competitive play to help tournament players become more effective and score more points. After detailing an improvemezat training programme the author reveals how Grandmaster methods can be incorporated into one’s own play. He also stresses the importance and subtleties of move orders from the very first move and advises how to select a suitable opening repertoire or to expand an existing one with the minimum of effort. The tournament player is shown how to prepare for every game and how to set realistic objectives. Advice is also given on how to cope with surprises when things do not go as planned, how to handle the pressure of time control, and the sealed move. A chapter on the best ways to tackle adjourned games concludes this book, which is packed with sound advice that will enable the reader to become a wiser, more successful, and complete tournament player.