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No, I was already over 2000 FIDE.
I would agree with kikvors' overall assessment of the contents : I was also more at home in the tactical chapters (though some of them are quite challenging anyway) and found the strategy chapters more difficult.
If you're not sure, you can also start with the blue books - there's a lot of interesting material there too.
Here are samples of medium (**) exercises in the first orange book :
Thanks for the clarification hicetnunc. I will start with the orange books.
man im bad.. ratings here are really inflated
posting just to bookmark this discussion
I should check this out.
I've been working on Build up your Chess 1 for a couple of months now and I'm seeing improvement OTB already. Not much mind you, but I found the first two chapters on Mating Motifs very difficult and after I'd worked through them I learned a lot of new patterns and attacks some of which I used in my games. I have a long way to go but I think Yusupov is honest about the level of calculation and analysis required to improving one's rating - too many players want 'GM in one week' type books that are unrealistic.
the first puzzle, "puzzled" me. It was quite easy to spot the first move. A bit harder to find the second as there where 2 choises, the rest seems straight forward , but i did wrong because there is also an alternate checkmate:
@ghillan - I guess you can award yourself 2pts. as well
Of course i would do, but when it happens, i spend half hour triing to figure out "why the hell the other way doesn't work?!?". Only to realize that there is nothing wrong with the opther solution. Obviously we can consider it as another way to exercise, but rage raises when i find out that i spend a lot of time looking for an error that doesn't exist!
Good puzzles should have only one solution, or mention all the possible solutions, or stop earlier.
I really hate when puzzles tells that i did wrong, but actually there are alternate solution ( with the same number of moves)
After 4. g4+, 4... Bxg4. No mate on the next move.
a-ha!! here it is!
The number 1 books are for players under 1500
Number 2 for players rated under 1800
Number 3 for players rated over 1800.
Artur calls it how to improve. Reviews calls it how to get 2100.
I've tested the tactical positions in the blue series with players O2000 at my club, and they had a hard time... I won't even talk about the endgame part (same for me btw...)
Thanks for this contrast. I am wondering how accurate the other provided ratings (U1500, U1800, U2100) are, because I know a 1300 level player tell me to get the fundamentals. He found it extremely difficult, which I thought is odd, since he's 200 points below 1500. I was going to skip the first set of three books, but maybe I should not!
I'm in the 1500s and was still when I did the first three books in the series. I had a number of chapters I failed (4 in the first, 5 in the second and 6 in the third). I got a few excellent scores in a number of chapters but for the most part got scores of passing and good.
I managed to pass all the finals but there is still plenty of room for improvment there. I actually started the 1st book in the second grouping and am finding it harder. I still need to work over all the first series chapters that I failed and any where I at least didn't get close to excellent.
In my opinion, 1500 rated players (USCF) can get a lot of benefit out of the first books.
I managed to pass all the finals but there is still pleny of room for improvment there. I actually started the 1st book in the second grouping and am finding it harder. I still need to work over all the first series chapters that I failed and any where I at least didn't get close to excellent.
Great, I really appreciate the recount of your experience.
I am rated USCF 1845 - I am currently working through the 3rd book of the orange series (fundamentals). The exercises are challenging for sure. I think it makes sense to go through all nine books. Publisher GM Jacob Aagaard recommends the same. There may not be a better source of chess improvement for players under 2000 in my opinion.
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