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Is the book "My System" worth getting?

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #161


  • 14 months ago · Quote · #162


    Marcokim wrote:

    Roman Dzindzichasvili, a great teacher and author in his own right, says that Nimzo's book is slightly over the head of the average player. Since I have never studied the book, i can't have an opinion on this matter but I am guessing the book may be more useful to 2000 players and above.

    Any opinion on this? Or is Roman just trying to market his own books and videos?

    It was written for Masters.  Dzindi  is being kind coy and diplomatic.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #163


     Paul Gottlieb: I agree with him as far as the information in it has been accepted by Chess writer and master and are in their books.

    About "MY SYSTEM" it was written in 1930. Eighty three years ago and of course it's a translation into English in didactic style of dry humor.

    I said two days ago that I would give it a shot, and I have. Well I tried to read it and play it but It just didn't apeal to me. I then scanned the book to cover other sections and I see that I have read them in other books, because they have been accepted by chess writers and masters.

    I think My System is not worth the trouble of reading it in descriptive notation.

    I decided that I would use "Silman's Complete End Game Course." 

    The Silman's Complete Chess Strategy book is great to carry because it has many opennings in alphabetic listing and when you are in a tournament you can look openings up and gives you strategy to use.

           Lev Albert's chess Course of four books and a new one I got.

    So I have a "My System" That I don't need! 

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #164


    royalbishop wrote:
    Steve212000 wrote:
    Is the book "My System" worth getting?

    Yes, it's a classic.


    anytime somebody tells you a book (or movie) is a "Classic," that means it's something you probably would never be interested in otherwise.

    Same goes with if a certain dish is a "Delicacy." Usually means it's something they know you wouldn't eat, if you knew exactly what it was.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #165


    cual es la gracia

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #166


    El libro............muy bien.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #167


    Amazing book. A+++ Cool

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #168


    Victor-Servranckx wrote:

    On the subject : i would go for Watson. Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy: Advances since Nimzowitsch, Gambit Publications, 1999, ISBN 1-901983-07-2

    I agree, Watson's book is also first class. I'm reading it at the moment.

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #169


    Never read it, and don't care to read it anytime soon (also if they send me a free copy). Chess Books are totally useless.

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #170


    It was one of the fist books I ever purchased.  It is very good and a fun read.

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #171


    Tal's forward to My System is in and of itself priceless! I read part of it in a biography of Petrosian by Shekhtman. Tal wasn't only a great world champion (he didn't hold the title long enough to be a great world champion), he was also one of the best chess commentators of all time!

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #172


    cantoni2013 wrote:

    Never read it, and don't care to read it anytime soon (also if they send me a free copy). Chess Books are totally useless.

    For once I'm speechless...

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #173


    I have more touble with chess books too. I learn SO much more in an hour of personalized live instuction or even from a video than I do from a book. Perhaps it my Messed-Up-A.D.D.-Instant-Gratification-Generation issues at play, but I improve more from alternative methods of instruction. I think it has something to do with the fact that I am an extremely visually-focused learner. Show me and I won't forget it (and will understand it faster).

    I fully admit that I am a lower-level player too, so perhaps to a much higher-rated player a book, crammed with info is still the most "bang for your buck"?

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #174


    I do understand that people learn differently from different sources, but the great advantage of a book over a video is that far more information can be crammed into a chess book than a video. Seeing a chessboard on a video does not impart extra information.

    I have read that people feel they learn more from videos, but usually retain more in tests and quizzes if they read the material. 

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #175


    I watch videos for the sole purpose of entertainment. For education I prefer books (paper or electronic). I'm not a fan of chess videos. Learning is I find too slow. I can learn more reading in 30 minutes than watching a 1 hour video. 

  • 12 months ago · Quote · #176


    cantoni2013 wrote:

    Never read it, and don't care to read it anytime soon (also if they send me a free copy). Chess Books are totally useless.

    Only if you don't know how to read.

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #177


    Cantoni2013 wrote:

    "Never read it, and don't care to read it anytime soon (also if they send me a free copy). Chess Books are totally useless."

    Maybe that's why you are stuck at sub-1600. How long have u been playing. Looks like a long time, and u r still stuck @ sub-1600... LOL. I am 13yrs now, 1470 OTB, granted I am no Bobby Fischer, but I bet u in 5yrs time i will not be sub-1600 like you! Books are not "completely useless".

    Thank u very much.

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #178



    Took a verbal whuppin from a kid.....better yet a soon to be player that will be superior to you on the board in every way.  lol.

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