This book represents the sum of Dr. Kopec’s overall efforts to help chessplayers understand and acquire the knowledge necessary to achieve chess mastery. Dr. Kopec and Hal Terrie have produced a book which will surely advance the science of chess.
This book is the third in a series that represents testing and evaluation of human and computer chessplayers for over 30 years. The original work started with the Bratko-Kopec Test in 1982 whereby 24 positions proved very effective in evaluating the leave of both human and computer chess players.
This led to the development of five tests which comprised the 1997 first edition of this book. For the 2003 edition, Kopec and Terrie added two tests bringing them to a total of 182 positions comprising seven tests.
These tests are particularly knowledge-based covering all phases and all levels of chess play. The present edition, our third, adds five new tests, covering the openings including Novice (1000-1499) Intermediate (1500-1999), Advanced (2000-2199) and Super-Advance (2200 – 2700).
A test covering the subtleties of King and Pawn Endings has also been added. The new 2013 edition also has all the tests re-ordered by a level of difficulty.
All in all, there are 304 positions in this new comprehensive edition. The book promises to be an excellent tool for self-study and for the study of chess in classes. It is an invaluable tool for instructors.
Kopec and Terrie
Gives players of all ability levels the tools they need to determine their approximate rating and ability level. — Chess Journalist, Ed Scimia, October 27, 2003
Includes 182 positions designed to identify weaknesses in your game; analysis of same is the key to improvement. — National Chess Master Vincent Klemm, October 27, 2003
Kopec gives several tests and rates the reader in self-evaluation. Positions from actual chess games are used. — National Chess Master, chess coach and teacher Alan Kantor, October 27, 2003
Paperback, August 2003