How and what can patzers learn from GM vids and books?


Thanks, got it on order wink.png

ed1975 wrote:

… I now have a reading list and a software plan. Reading list:

In reading order:

  1. Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess (Pandolfini)
  2. Winning Chess Strategy For Kids (Coakley)
  3. Play Winning Chess (Seirawan)
  4. Weapons of Chess (Pandolfini) [introduces positional chess]
  5. The Amateur's Mind (Silman)

To read as and when:

  1. Discovering Chess Openings (Emms)
  2. Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master (Silman) ...

Looks like a good start. Once one has Silman's Complete Endgame Course, it would make sense to do some reading from it. On the other hand, Silman himself indicated that one need not undertake to read the whole thing right away.

"... if you have just learned to play, all you need to study is the section designed for beginners (Part One). After mastering the material there, put [Silman's Complete Endgame Course] away and spend your time studying tactics and a few strategic concepts, …" - IM Jeremy Silmam (2007)

Indeed, I would say that it is generally not true that one need completely finish one book before doing some reading from another. It might be a problem to intermittently work on lots of books, but two or three need not be a problem. Here are some additional reading possibilities that I often mention:
Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012)
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957)
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)
Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (1948)
Back to Basics: Tactics by Dan Heisman (2007)
Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014)
A Guide to Chess Improvement by Dan Heisman (2010)
Studying Chess Made Easy by Andrew Soltis (2009)
Seirawan stuff:


To reinforce KindaSpongey's comment above, IMO it is not necessary to read books linearly. That is, restricting oneself to, and finishing one book before reading another book, or reading books in a particular order. In fact, I recommend a process of reading portions of several books on different topics at the same time, depending at any given instant on what you are motivated by and interested in. I believe that this approach would provide a more well-rounded exposure, over time, to the various topics. 

It is also important to read books that are appropriate for one's current skill and knowledge level, which is usually reflected in your rating.  For example, while one's ultimate goal may be to become good at mathematics, it is an exercise in futility to begin your study with a book on calculus if you have not yet mastered arithmetic and algebra.  Many of the books recommended in the "best chess books" lists bandied about are of the calculus variety, and over the head of the typical chess amateur.  Particularly for lower rated players.  In that case the best books may be those written specifically for the beginner-intermediate level player audience.  One must learn to walk before trying to run.


Telestu wrote:

... In Reinfeld's Logical Chess book ...