How to Reassess your Chess

How to Reassess your Chess

Chess Mastery Through Chess Imbalances

Book - 2010
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How to Reassess Your Chess has long been considered a modern classic. Now, this fourth and final edition completely rewritten and featuring all new examples takes Silmans groundbreaking concept of imbalances to a whole new level. Designed for players in the 1400 to 2100 rating range and for teachers looking for a ready-made chess curriculum, the author shares a mind-expanding journey that takes the reader through imbalance-basics, ensures that every detail of all the imbalances are mastered, and leaves the player/lover of chess with something he always wanted but never believed he could achieve: a master-level positional foundation. A section on practical chess psychology (titled Psychological Meanderings) presents never-before-published ideas on psychological processes that hinder players of all levels, and gives easy-to-follow advice and techniques that will help anyone overcome these ubiquitous mental/emotional failings. Hundreds of games brought to life by instruction-rich prose, and stories that offer humor while highlighting various lessons, vividly illustrate all the books topics in a manner thats both personal and fun. If the positional masterpieces of the chess legends have always been a mystery to you, if chess strategy has always been an unsolvable enigma, if you find yourself a positional pawn rather than a positional master, then How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th edition will prove to be a life-changing experience.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Siles Press, c2010.
Edition: Fourth edition
ISBN: 9781890085131
1890085138
Branch Call Number: 794.12 SILMAN J
Characteristics: xiv, 658 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.

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Jul 29, 2012

This is the one to get if you're too good to play with friends, but not good enough to challenge seasoned players. I've read a lot of chess books. This is probably the only one I can give absolute credit to immediately improving my game. Silman has written quite a few books, and still writes articles, but this one is his classic. It's a challenge, but it's the course and the teacher that intermediate players are searching for. He has a writing style that succeeds where most chess books fail, actually engaging the reader at the intermediate level with an energetic tone that rarely leaves a move unexplained. The strategic ideas he chooses to illustrate pick up right at the point where the casual player is separated from the club player. If you like this book, look up his endgame book, and the 'workbook' that is a sort of extension to this one.

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