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BEST general manual for mid-level player
By Keith Halonen
from Hidden Valley Lake, CA
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Comments about How to Reassess Your Chess: Chess Mastery Through Chess Imbalances:
For me, this book is a highly valued EXCEPTION! Chess books tend to suffer from two issues. Firstly, it takes magnitudes more time to read one than it takes to read a novel. This is because chess notation is much abbreviated. Wading through a paragraph of notation that represents a 40-move game is like reading five pages in an ordinary novel or biography. Hence the origin of the phrase, "PAY attention!" Silman's ultra-thorough 650-page book is filled with illustrative games examined in great detail and a hefty number of tests at the end of each chapter.Secondly, chess masters aren't necessarily masterful teachers. Either attribute by itself doth not guarantee the other. Some people are capable of mastering more than one skill. International Master Jeremy Silman is one of them. Silman is a bona fide TRANSLATOR. He expresses lofty chess ideas in words that are intelligible to mere mortals. I have his previous 3rd edition as well. The current 4th edition is definitely an improvement and I intend to reread it soon. It's that useful!Also worthy of note is that Silman eschews the conventional expectation that players must immerse themselves in the nuances of multiple variations of the dozens of deeply analyzed arbitrarily-named opening systems. His focus is on developing the player's ability to recognize short- and long-term "imbalances" in the position, and then to understand how to exploit those factors to advantage. Silman's approach is more about perception than about rote memorization of scads of known variations. In a nutshell, this book hones an attribute commonly known as "sight of board," the ability to accurately comprehend the inherent aspects of the current position and to translate that into appropriate action.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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