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Could I ask some opinions of a few of specific chess books?

  • #41

    The reason why Seirawan’s Winning Strategy never found enough audience is because it is very basic and suitable only for players upto 1400 ELO and second it lacks exercises and the examples are too specific and not broad and comprehensive enough. That is the main reason why chess tutors and chess master rarely or never recommeded it to their students or public. There is another book which is very good and recommended by all chess tutors and masters: Best Lessons of a Chess Coach but unlike Seirawan’s booksit is very hard to find it nowadays. 

  • #42
    Stauntonmaster wrote:

    The reason why Seirawan’s Winning Strategy never found enough audience is because it is very basic and suitable only for players upto 1400 ELO and second it lacks exercises and the examples are too specific and not broad and comprehensive enough. That is the main reason why chess tutors and chess master rarely or never recommeded it to their students or public. There is another book which is very good and recommended by all chess tutors and masters: Best Lessons of a Chess Coach but unlike Seirawan’s booksit is very hard to find it nowadays. 

     A player who is above 1400 elo is no longer a beginner. I am talking about a beginner. Many beginners like Winning Chess Strategy. And as i told that an IM claimed that Winning Chess Strategy alone together with tactical study took him to IM level. For me Winning Chess Strategy is a better beginner's book than Logical Chess Move by Move and Best Lesson of a Chess Coach as these books lacks diversity and most short games about attacking. Winning Chess Strategy has a good depth and diversity for a beginner's book. For a beginner's book, the book is comprehensive. I believe you have never read this book as you are wrong with what you are telling. Logical book does not even have exercises.

  • #43

    'Logical Chess Move by Move" by Irving Chernev is a collection of grandmaster games from the first half of the 20th century.  Every move of every game is commented on.  The book is targeted to the beginner-novice chess reader who is interested in understanding how chess is played at a high level (i.e., good chess).  In this sense it is a useful, instructive book for the intended audience. 

    "Winning Chess Strategies" by Yasser Seirawan is a different kind of book, the focus of which is explaining basic strategic-planning and positional chess concepts, and is also targeted to the beginner-novice audience.  For its purpose it is also useful and very instructive. 

    Each of these books would serve the intended audience well.  In fact it would be beneficial to read both books together, as they will complement one another. 

    Finally, "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" by Weeramantry (a well-known and respected chess coach) is concerned with analyzing the games of beginner-novice chess players where the author points out typical amateur mistakes and provides instructive commentary for improved play.  Again, it should also prove instructive and helpful to the beginner-novice player.

  • #44
    jambyvedar wrote:

    .... Actually many like Winning Chess Strategy. And many masters also recommend the book for a beginner. An IM even claimed that solving puzzles and studying Winning Chess Strategy alone took him to IM level. At least the Seirawan book has exercises.

    I might try this approach, along with reading My System and Weapons of Chess for enjoyment (I really like the tone of the prose), and watching opening and endgame videos (for some passive learning).

  • #45

    My System and Weapons of Chess are very good.

  • #46

    One can get some idea of the lasting scope of the respect for My System by looking at:
    https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-chess-books-ever
    Still, it might be noted that My System apparently did not occur to GM Yasser Seirawan as something to include in his list of personal favorites, and Aaron Nimzowitsch was not identified by the GM as a very worthy author.
    Also, My System has accumulated some direct negative commentary over the years.
    "... I found [the books of Aaron Nimzowitsch to be] very difficult to read or understand. ... [Nimzowitsch: A Reappraisal by Raymond Keene explains his] thinking and influence on the modern game in a far more lucid and accessible way. ... The books that are most highly thought of are not necessarily the most useful. Go with those that you find to be readable; ..." - GM Nigel Davies (2010)
    In 2016, IM pfren wrote:
    "My System is an iconoclastic book. A lot of things in there is sheer provocation, and it does need an expereienced player to know what exactly must be taken at its face value.
    I love 'My System', and I have read it cover to cover one dozen times, but suggesting it to a class player is an entirely different matter."
    "[Some things] ARE wrong, and it's not easy for a non-advanced player to discover those wrong claims.
    Nigel Short has claimed that 'My System' should be banned. Stratos Grivas says that the book is very bad. I don't share their opinion, but I am pretty sure that there are more useful reads for class players out there."
    Although he is a fan of My System, IM John Watson similarly acknowledged (2013) that:
    "... Not everything in it has stood the test of time, ..."
    http://theweekinchess.com/john-watson-reviews/john-watson-book-review-108-of-eplus-books-part-2-nimzowitsch-classics
    One last point to keep in mind is that, even if My System would eventually help a player, it might not necessarily be helpful to a player now.
    "... Just because a book contains lots of information that you don’t know, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be extremely helpful in making you better at this point in your chess development. ..." - Dan Heisman (2001)
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140626180930/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman06.pdf
    A My System sample can be seen at:
    https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/MySystem-excerpt.pdf

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