Chess Book Review: How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by Jeremy Silman

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Chess Book Review: How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition

I often receive emails asking for chess book recommendations. I have decided to review books I have found useful over the last few years in order to help chess players.

Last time I reviewed Silman’s Amateur’s Mind. I will continue my book-reviewing spree by reviewing another book by Silman.

This time I will review one of my most favorite chess books, How to Reassess Your Chess – 4th Edition.


The Chapters:

1. The Concept of Imbalances

2. Minor Pieces

3. Rooks

4. Psychological Meanderings

5. Target Consciousness

6. Statics vs. Dynamics

7. Space

8. Passed Pawns

9. Other Imbalances

10. Answers to Tests


Who should read this book?

How to Reassess Your Chess is a wonderful book that is aimed at club players. It is vital to be a decent chess player before going through this book as the target audience is relatively advanced. If you are proficient tactically and know more than just the basics about all the phases of the game, reading How to Reassess Your Chess is a great idea.

This book is great for players rated between 1400 and 1900 USCF/FIDE.  Those who have read Amateur’s Mind will love Reassess as the concepts covered in both books are similar, but How to Reassess Your Chess is aimed at a stronger level.

This book thoroughly covers chess imbalances and provides more than enough test problems to practice and learn the material.


Of all the chess books I have read, How to Reassess Your Chess has helped me the most.

How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition retails for $29.95. This item is on sale for only $24.66 at my bookstore.

Click here to order this book today!


  • 3 years ago


    I have used Silman's book, Second Edition before for implementing a Chess Research for comparing the learning methods of Blind and Sighted.

    The ideas are profound and it is a well researched work. When I spoke to Silman, I had recieved a copy for 4th edition from him. I could not be a happier person. It is a Life's work and I was speechless.

    It took me almost one year to fully cover it from one page to another.

    Take this book seriously, It will transform your thinking about life in general.

    Malola Prasath,

    Member of FIDE,

    Chess in Schools

    Higher Education Research

  • 3 years ago


    you can hardly call this a review

  • 3 years ago


    I don't have the fourth edition, but I have the third and it is excellent.  I think it has benefited me more than any other chess book and it's my favorite chess book.

  • 3 years ago


    The 4th edition is much better than the 3rd.

    There are about 200 more pages of content in the 4th edition, chapters are reworked, some of Silman's articles from are included, etc.

    Almost all of the examples are different.

    I bought a cheap used 3rd edition few years ago and it was fine but the 4th edition is definitely better. I love it.

  • 3 years ago


    How does the third edition compare to the fourth?

  • 3 years ago


    I used to have this book,and it's an excellent book!

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