Three Moves Ahead. What Chess Can Teach You About Business

  • ID: 2209153
  • Book
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Three moves ahead? I′d say four, at least. An utterly fresh guide to winning in today′s business environment."
—Jim Spanfeller, CEO,

"Every executive struggles with the pressure to think fast and think ahead. Bob′s fascinating book shows how to apply chess principles to do just that. It′s impossible to make the right move every time, but these strategies will help you succeed in the face of the unpredictable."
—Bruce Chizen, former CEO, Adobe Systems Incorporated

"This amazing book is the first time anyone has clearly translated Grandmaster ideas to real–world situations. The business examples are so good that I′m using them to teach chess!"
—Maurice Ashley, International Chess Grandmaster

"Rarely does one find a book where every page is filled with both brilliant insight and witty writing. Mandatory reading for every startup."
—David S. Rose, founder, New York Angels

"I don′t play chess but it sure improved my ′game′ at the office! The clever, clear examples show how to use dozens of classic strategies in everyday situations. This book can put any executive ′three moves ahead′!"
—Sarah Fay, CEO, Carat USA

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1 The Wall Street Chess Club.

2 Three Moves Ahead?

3 First Mover.

4 On the Clock.

5 Bad Bishops.

6 Lucky or Good?

7 Strong Squares.

8 Sac the Exchange!

9 Classic Tactics.

10 Decisions, Decisions.

A Postgame Recap.


About the Author.


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"In his thought–provoking, chess–themed book on business strategizing, Rice asserts that beginning and intermediate players tend to focus on which pieces are positioned to take or be taken, but when grandmasters examine the board they look at the squares. Rice makes fitting comparisons between chess pieces and actors in the corporate world. Lowest–level workers are compared to pawns, middle managers to knights, director–level executives to bishops and vice presidents to rooks. The central them of this book is that you have to have a plan, event if it′s a bad one, to succeed in both chess and business. The idea is to adjust your plan as the game proceeds in response to the moves of the opposition."––McClatchy–Tribune News Service, April 26, 2008
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