Football and Chess

Tactics Strategy Beauty

Adam Wells, 2007, Hardinge Simpole Limited

Here and there in soccer coverage one hears a comparison of soccer and chess but most times the knowledge about chess is pretty limited and therefore only stereotypes are repeated. Adam Wells’ book tries to avoid that with a more detailed look what concepts are similar on both games. On one hand that is interesting to learn more about soccer tactics, but for me it also made me better understand chess when using the soccer view on the game.
Step by step concepts like dominating the midfield, creating space and pressing are explained in examples of both games and the similarities are indeed striking. In the first part of the book tactical details are discussed to get started. In the middle the champions league win of Liverpool against Milan in Istanbul is used as an example to show a full game example of the described principles before in the second part more general strategic concepts and psychological aspects are discussed.
Therefore the book covers all aspects of chess vs. soccer comparison and could be used as a reference, if one wants to use chess metaphors in soccer tactical analysis. All that is written in a language, which is easy to understand, even with no background in both games, and therefore worth reading for all soccer fans.

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Must read for: No One >> Fans of chess & soccer tactics >> Soccer fans >> All readers