In August 2008 Andres D. Hortillosa entered the New England Masters. It was a brave choice for any player to compete in such a tough event but it proved to be an inspired decision. He exceeded all expectations and was rewarded with a FIDE international rating of 2199. This however was no overnight success; it was the result of systematic work. How did he achieve such outstanding improvement? The answer lies in this book. Hortillosa believes that a chess player can improve at any age as long as he or she is inspired with the right attitude and enabled with the right thinking processes. In this original and thought-provoking book Hortillosa explains his ever-evolving system of chess improvement. He discusses in detail methods of preparation how to get the best out of all the available sources and numerous over-the-board techniques such as capitalizing on mistakes eliminating blunders sticking to plans and minimizing harmful bias. His system works and now he is divulging his secrets. If you are serious about improving your chess no matter what age you are then this is the book for you! A clear study plan to improve your chess How to sharpen over-the-board techniques Excellent guidance on how to train with books and software Andres D. Hortillosa was a member of the United States All-Army Chess Team ten times. He earned graduate degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration and is currently a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a columnist for a popular online chess magazine.