13102 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Which do you prefer? Why?
For beginners: How to Reassess Your Chess
I am a big fan of How to Reassess Your Chess (RYC). However, My System is a classic. I agree with hakim2005 -- inexperienced players should start with RYC. The first section of My System is also useful for beginners, but Part 2 is much more advanced and perhaps a little esoteric. I have found RYC to contain much more practical advice. For reference, I'm about 1500 USCF OTB and about 1900 in Online Chess on this site.
"It's not out of the realm of possibility that if we transported Morphy in his prime to our time, gave him a database and books spanning the last 50 years (don't give him My System or Morphy may plateau at a 1599 rating!), and gave him access to a good psychologist, he could be collecting Topalov's, Anand's, Carlsen's, and yes, Kasparov's collective butts in a few years."
"The Slav - Move by Move".
Yes, my vote: RYC, hands down. 3rd or 4th edition. Plus "The Amateur's Mind".
1700? My System, for sure. It'll do you much better. :)
Silman says HTRYC is for 1400-2100. Would you call that accurate?
HTRYC is for 1200-1600, from what I've read in it. I'd strongly recommend My System over anything by Silman - Silman's books will be forgotten in another 5 or 10 years while My System has gone down as one of the greatest books ever written (and for good reason). Two more books I'd recommend are Chess Fundamentals and A Primer of Chess by Jose Capablanca - they're both very interesting and excellent books. It's funny how you almost never see titled players recommending Silman, but class players sing his praise and are convinced that he's teaching them to become masters.
sure, it definitely has good stuff in it, but i think you might get more out of my system. of course, best scenario is to get them both. :D
I haven't read Silman but I have read My System, Chess Praxis and Blockade, all by my favorite namesake, Aron Nimzovitch. I think MS should be on every chessplayers "must read" list and his other 2 books are also worthwhile, CP more so than Blockade, although the latter is fairly short about the same length as Lasker's Common Sense in Chess and Capa's My Chess Career and Chess Fundamentals, also all worth reading.
I much prefer the classic chess books like "My System". Also Reti's "Masters of the Chessboard".
I have both of them. They are both GREAT books but for your level, I'd suggest My System.
"Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess".... Actually his "50 Memorable Games" was quite educational.
Mr.Silman himself would be upset if he learned that one of his books had been compared to "My System".
Some say his book is good, some say bad, but comparing it to an all-time classic is plain stupid (although they are a few people who don't regard Nimzowitz's book very highly).
I mean, those heretics who don't like Nimzo should probably play Checkers...
Some of them (e.g. Nigel Short) play pretty good chess. Of course Nigel most of the times speaks tongue in cheek, so I don't know if I had to take him seriously. He certainly knows much more than me, both about chess and sumo, that's for sure.
All the English GMs are much better than ours IMO. Nunn, Short, etc.. I like Basman's provocative books and cassettes. I don't know what it is about the US chess system, but the Brits seem to be more intellectually rigorous and creative.
Sillman and Pandolfini are big boys now we shouldn't worry what they read in the blogs.
"stupid" seems a bit of a harsh generalization.
It probably depends what one wants out of a chess book. "Macbeth" is a classic, but reading that does not do much for me.
Certainly one size does not fit all in terms of rating, chess strengths/weaknesses, writing style, et al.
I am often puzzled at the emotionally charged attacks on Silman. How can an author for a mere game polarize so many readers?
Nimzovich was a chess genius. And My System is an all time classic, and highly revered as a chess gospel.
However, Silman is also one of the greatest chess teachers I have come across. So his book is nothing to scoff at!
But comparing these two books is like comparing apples and oranges.
I think I will rush out and buy Nimzo's My System.
Emmanual Lasker commented that "My System" was not much of a system at all and more a series of random pointers. Of course he could have been saying that to get Nimzo's goat. He didn't have anything to say about Silman though.
And Silman is not a great player, so he cannot know more than Nimzo did...
It always amazes me how some players here tag Silman as being "weak". If I am not mistaken, he won the American, U.S. and National Open tournaments. His peak rating was around 2400. That is an OTB rating, not turn-based chess or any other form of online chess where you have days to think about your moves. He holds an International Master title. To me, that is very, very, very far from being weak.
I wonder how many times IM pfren grinds his teeth and bangs his fist on the table when the posters start arguing with him about opening lines. I think the only reason he puts little "tongue outs" and "smiley faces" on his posts is because he is not allowed to speak his mind freely.
Titled players have a TON LOAD more OTB experience than anyone here. And they are most certainly not weak players.
I will get off my soap box now.
5/29/2015 - Kramnik-Anand WC match 2008
by zectron a few minutes ago
why didn't chigorin become world champ
by batgirl a few minutes ago
Judit Polgar would of been able to beat all male champions
by Americu 3 minutes ago
Trouble converting against higher rated players
by Hekomanspace 4 minutes ago
BLACK to move: how to Queen & avoid stalemate?
by chessman1504 5 minutes ago
can you identify this opening please
by JMB2010 6 minutes ago
Rook and King
by chessmicky 16 minutes ago
Need help analyzing a crazy 3|0 game
by X_PLAYER_J_X 16 minutes ago
Stuff Non-Chess Players Say
by Robert0905 17 minutes ago
Live chess will not load.
by Robert0905 24 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!