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A CHESS BOOK or a chess video ?
Agree with snakesbelly.
But actually you can use a pile of CDs to do those things.
ok ....... any sensible answers?????
let me clarify..
I meant which is better for learning and improving chess
Depends on the person. I like videos because you don't have to set up the position and I think it's useful to hear someone talking while playing out a position.
It makes more of an impression when you can retire to your drawing room with your friend and stand casually by your wall of chess books while snifting your brandy so your friend can turn green with envy and wish he (or she) were you. It makes for a much more civilized atmosphere.
Nice picture! :P
I like book better. Save electricity.
msjenned hates trees
I only came back to the thread to look at Gemma Atkinson.
Bigbossml ask about book or video only. Then one say I hate tree, one say I say love eletricity. Two of you internet couple is it?
No but we can be
Books are fine if you have a set in front of you that you can set up and move the peices along with what it in the book. Or, while using the analysis board here. If you dont want to do that, then do the video where you can just hear the explanation and watch the board as the guide/instructor leads you.
i think chess videos is great for me i hate chess notation i'm having a hard time reading chess notation. I can't focus on moves and strategies in chess books because of the notation.
To me, books. I have tons of chess books from my grandpa and their not as damaged as my chess videos.
And if the book reviews games like a few of mine do and has notation, I just bring out my chess board and review it on thier. Just saying.
I like something I can hold in my hands, the Book.
A lot of chess videos can be accessed for free, whilst a lot of books can be borrowed at a library. Both are good at teaching chess in their own way.
Books are cheaper than you think. They're much cheaper than a computer and internet, if you think about it.
I personally think that videos are better for beginners, and books better for intermediate and advanced chess players because the advanced and difficult concepts taught can be reviewed again and again without having to turn on a computer every time. Not only that, but you also sometimes get an insight into the history of certain openings and chess as a whole via books.
By the way, I think you forgot to add "interactive coaches" and "human coaches" into the list of choices.
Like what others have said, videos are much more user friendly because you don't have to manage a board in order to follow its contents. A book can be overwhelming for someone that's not used to it because he/she must mess with the board and navigate using algebraic/discriptive notation while trying to comprehend whatever the text is discussing. Of course this is no reason to dismiss books altogether, but it doesn't hurt to start with videos.
In the long run, books are probably better because they cover a much wider range of topics, often with greater depth.
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