By Alisa Melekhina

Reality Check is a enterprise & profession guidebook for leveraging aggressive gaming method, utilizing chess as a version, that allows you to meaningfully receive objectives inside of proven institutional and company landscapes. Drawing on her reviews as a lady in a male-dominated box, immigrant, and classes realized on her route to a company litigator, Alisa Melekhina, Esq. (internationally-ranked chess grasp) bargains an intimate perception into the concept means of a chess grasp, and converts that notion approach right into a framework for success.

Without the common dumbing down of self-help books, Reality Check introduces a cosmopolitan, philosophical dialogue of high-level existential questions, paired with concrete, strategic suggestion. The over-arching subject of Reality Check is know-how of our function in a given neighborhood or “world.” The chapters specialise in concepts for choosing a satisfying neighborhood, and thriving in it via taking away psychological impediments as they seem in numerous phases of our lives —childhood impacts, the junction at which we decide a profession, and decision-making —in order to optimize our current objectives. The ebook offers validation for substitute perspectives, whereas even as providing concrete suggestion on find out how to be triumphant inside of a selected path.

Reality Check is meant for either a chess-playing and non-chess-playing viewers. The chess diagrams are used as visible aids to help the mentioned ideas, and the underlying chess suggestions are defined purely. An appendix of opt for annotated chess video games, demonstrating key techniques in motion, is on the market for skilled avid gamers. Readers of all ability degrees will enjoy the prepared mental perception into aggressive play woven throughout.


"I didn’t understand what to anticipate while I first opened this outstanding booklet. I quickly figured out that I had entered the world of an cutting edge philosopher. whereas taking part in off the weather of chess in a fashion somebody might comprehend, Alisa Melekhina limns larger rules employing to company, technology, paintings, and existence itself. I learn it one time to discover, a moment time to appreciate, and a 3rd time to benefit and imagine a few extra. It’s that sort of book."

—Bruce Pandolfini, World-Renowned Chess instructor, writer of Every flow should have a function: thoughts from Chess for company and Life

“Drawing on her targeted standpoint as somebody who has completed an goal point of "mastery" in additional than one box, Alisa Melekhina has produced a huge ‎expose of the absurdity of the various "moves" that we make and the cultural/societal and cognitive biases that each one humans − "players" − are topic to. Chess gamers and non-chess gamers alike will make the most of her thought-provoking insights ‎and be capable to increase their taking part in point within the final online game − lifestyles itself − in the event that they relatively replicate upon her recommendations and alter their method accordingly.”

—Martin C. Glass, company associate at Jenner & Block LLP

"Alisa’s debut booklet serves as even more than a consultant on find out how to resolve successfully and successfully difficulties around the quite a few spectra of commercial, lifestyles, and, after all, chess; for me, it served as a reminder of the interconnected nature of earnest targets. I in truth cannot take into accout the final time I learn a publication so densely interspersed with nuggets of undying knowledge. A must-read for these at the trip of success-oriented life!"

—Schuster Tanger, dealing with Member of Lucus Advisors LLC

"Alisa's perception into what it takes to be triumphant at an early age can be fascinating to educators, mom and dad in addition to bold youngsters themselves. Her precocious and simultaneous luck in chess, teachers and entrepreneurship might be specially inspiring to adolescents and women."

—WGM Jennifer Shahade, 2-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion, most sensible woman poker participant, writer of Chess Bitch

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