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Slow Paced Online Reading Group for Wood Pushers?

Does this sound familiar: "I really would like to read a few chess books but...."

May I suggest a gentle kick in the butt? Here is my humble suggestion:

 

Let's create a slow shcedule for reading a book (I mean really slow!) and then arrange some discussion on the topics in the book.

I suggest using Pandolfini's "Weapons of Chess". That book consists of 30+ paragraphs/essays on different strategic themes. The nice thing about those paragraphs is that they are very readable without a chessboard and they are fairly short.

 

We could aim for, say five sections per month from the book and the following Home Work assignment: Look at your some of your recent games and try to find positions where better knowledge/understanding of the sections in the book would have helped your position (exchanging PGN-files discussion those positions might be very rewarding).

Another advantage of the book is that the sections are fairly independent of the other sections. So, if someone would like to join the fun later on then that person does not have a lot of catching up to do.

 

 

Did that make sense? Does it sound interesting? Comments, Please!

Comments


  • 6 years ago

    likesforests

    "My System" is more my style.  :)
  • 6 years ago

    farbror

     

     

    We will try this out reading "My System"! Check out out Study Buddy Group


  • 7 years ago

    farbror

    There are a on-board examples in the book but perhaps not as many as you would like or perhaps not as advanced examples as you would like. I think the format in the book is great. then main critizism from me would be that some of them are too clear-cut or simple if you like.
  • 7 years ago

    silentfilmstar13

    I'm not sure I would like a book that doesn't give many on-board examples.
  • 7 years ago

    JuliusH

    I've got that book! Hooray!
  • 7 years ago

    likesforests

    I'm sure it's a fine book, I'm just focusing elsewhere for now:

     

    Good Ideas & Calculcation: Annotated games from "Mastering the Closed Game", "Psychology of Competition", and "The Very Unusual Book About Chess".

     

    Mating Patterns: "Back to Basics: Tactics" by Heisman, Personal Chess Trainer, and Chess Tactics for Beginners... the checkmate sections only.


  • 7 years ago

    farbror

     

     

    Thank you for your kind words! I think the format i "Weapons of Chess" is excellent for semi selfstudies. However, the depth might be too limited. I was playing around with the idea of a two layer course. More demanding students could perhaps read about the same stuff in some of Silman's books.

    I think the kicker in the suggested format is to try to discover the concepts discusse in your own games. Advanced students could perhaps look in advanced books and do the same type of "work-outs".

     

    Also, the course book is not set in stone. I am all ears for suggestions.

  • 7 years ago

    SonofPearl

    Interesting idea, but I don't think it would work for me.  I hope you find some study partners.
  • 7 years ago

    likesforests

    Neat idea! If I thought Weapons of Chess were the right book for me I would be all over it. Good luck finding studying partners. Smile


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