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Michael de la Maza chess improvement


  • 22 months ago · Quote · #41

    waffllemaster

    But you CAN turn 60,000 into 120,000 and you CAN lose 80 lbs in 6 weeks.

    Just send me $10.99 and I'll tell you all about it... don't believe me?

     

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  • 22 months ago · Quote · #42

    kco

    cool, the check will be in the mail wafflle.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #43

    konhidras

    "In your games you have all that you need to train with" IM Johan Hellsten

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #44

    varelse1

    waffllemaster wrote:

    But you CAN turn 60,000 into 120,000 and you CAN lose 80 lbs in 6 weeks.

    Just send me $10.99 and I'll tell you all about it... don't believe me?

     

    Michael from Arizona said:

    "Waffllemaster is really a genious, his methods are both simple and effective."


    Julie from New York said:

    "After I purchased his product it turned my whole life turned around and I've never looked back since."

    What's the address???Money Mouth

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #45

    varelse1

    De la Maza took a bit of time to bash Jeremy Silman in his book.

    Silman replied thus:

    Mr. de la Maza starts out by doing something I can’t stand: he tells you, over and over and over (page after page after page), what he’s going to do for you without teaching you anything. This technique is popular in many self-help and how-to books. It serves as page filler, it revs the reader into a frenzy, and it obscures the fact that the author actually has very little of worth to say. In short, Rapid Chess Improvement is less instructive than motivational. It incites emotion, promises far more than could or should be promised, and ultimately is nothing more than pie in the sky in view of the true lesson he’s imparting: Study Tactics and Work Your --- Off.

    +1 JeremyLaughing

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #47

    Kingpatzer

    pfren wrote:

    Maza in the greek chess slang means woodpusher...

    If that's true, that's hilarious!!

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #49

    HappyUngulate

    He should have called his book "Michael's Bad-Ass Tactics Workout Regimen" or something and left it at that. People would be doing his seven circles thingy and the board vision drills, improve their tactics a little, and be happy.

    But no, he had to step into full-on snake oil salesman territory with his one-stop-one-size-fits-all-miracle-cure mentality, the cheesy testimonials, and the cheap shots at well respected chess authors. He deserves the bad rep that he gets for that alone.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #50

    Scrap-O-Matic

    +1 "Study Tactics and Work Your --- Off."

    And analyze your own games. Smile

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #51

    idimayuga

    The only thing I learned from the Maza book was that there was a chess software called CT-ART, which I eventually got.  The rest of the book I have completely forgotten.  I'm thinking it's not necessary to train exactly how he says he trained.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #52

    hicetnunc

    pfren wrote:

    Oh yes, it's true.

    Maza is greek means just "mass" (which is a Greek word, as many others), but "Maza" is an abbreviation of "mazetas" (woodpusher). The origin of "mazetas" is debated, some say that "mazette" in the French slang is the cow that does not produce milk, or, metaphorically, the person who has no brains to produce something.

    In old French, "mazette" refers to a bad horse, and it was also used in chess circles to designate a woodpusher.


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