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Ja_Chess_UK
magictwanger wrote:

Actually I have My System lined up after The Amateur's Mind....I've spent the money already.

That's totally fine magic, you can always study a few other books after Amateurs mind then maybe study Reasses your chess after those at a later date if you want or it isn't essential that you study it (the two books are quite simliar and contain alot of the same material except Reasses your chess goes further and deeper into it).

magictwanger

Just dropped $3200 on astro binoculars this past few months....I'm tapped.Gonna' have to be happy with the 7 books I've not gotten to as of yet and all of the resources available here and elsewhere for free.

Ja_Chess_UK
magictwanger wrote:

Just dropped $3200 on astro binoculars this past few months....I'm tapped.Gonna' have to be happy with the 7 books I've not gotten to as of yet and all of the resources available here and elsewhere for free.

Well I can't buy the astro binoculars now as Iv'e invested in 33,000 chess books!! Theres always the public library mate (not that mine are all that good).

magictwanger

Funny you mention the public library....Have not been there since Covid.My son's and infectious disease specialist and has kept me away,but I now have had all 3 boosters,so I'm ready to go back......I remember counting how many books on chess they had(not counting how many were taken out) and the number was 63-ish.happy

magictwanger

Btw,after reconsidering this thread....I may splurge for Reassess Your Chess.....I like to own my books,so as to take my time to digest the material.....Just me.

Waterstone33
magictwanger wrote:

Funny you mention the public library....Have not been there since Covid.My son's and infectious disease specialist and has kept me away,but I now have had all 3 boosters,so I'm ready to go back......I remember counting how many books on chess they had(not counting how many were taken out) and the number was 63-ish.

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Ja_Chess_UK
magictwanger wrote:

Funny you mention the public library....Have not been there since Covid.My son's and infectious disease specialist and has kept me away,but I now have had all 3 boosters,so I'm ready to go back......I remember counting how many books on chess they had(not counting how many were taken out) and the number was 63-ish.

The last time I went to the public library was 2003. We have several library's fairly local to us and I must have tried them all, some better than others. Although this wasn't for chess books at the time, My nan got me into going to the library and reading when I was younger, anyway I bought books from about 1990 and even worked for a book sellers for a year in 1990 for my first proper job which really got me into books even more. So for me getting back into chess and buying a good collection of books was a natural thing I guess as I have always been into books and around books from a young age. When we were younger going to the library was a very common thing to do not sure if it still is nowday's?

As for Reasses your chess 4th edition, I think every student of the game, every chess player no matter their strength should own a copy and give it a read, for me it's one of the best chess books available.

Drawgood

Looks great! I actually have a question about the bookcase itself. Do you know what brand or specific item that is?

I only wish the apartment where I live had additional space. I already have five book cases of books full of books at double capacity. Chess books probably about one shelf only.

Ja_Chess_UK
Drawgood wrote:

Looks great! I actually have a question about the bookcase itself. Do you know what brand or specific item that is?

I only wish the apartment where I live had additional space. I already have five book cases of books full of books at double capacity. Chess books probably about one shelf only.

Thanks, I ordered the bookcase from a well known high street seller here in the UK called Argos back in 2001. It's pine and very sturdy (the shelves are strong enough for the heaviest of chess books). 

BpK0

Hmm, no Modern Chess Strategy by Pachman. I'm reading through it now. It's quite heavy on the explanations of the middlegame. Maybe a good precursor to Silmans book.

magictwanger

So,which first....Reassess Your Chess,or Logical Chess.Move By Move?

Also,is there much overlap between the two,repetition wise?

Ja_Chess_UK
magictwanger wrote:

So,which first....Reassess Your Chess,or Logical Chess.Move By Move?

Also,is there much overlap between the two,repetition wise?

Most definately logical chess move by move then reasses your chess 4th edition and no overlap between those two. Logical chess is a 33 classic chess games explained each move in a very basic and simple way but extremely instructive to anyone rated around 1000-1600, I found this book best to study with a chessboard, study one game per session, slowly playing through each move so you can really absorb everything that Chernev is saying (otherwise you'll find that you could speed through this book in a couple of days and let most of it go in one ear and then out the other) so about a month for this book. Reasses your chess 4th edition should take longer than a month imo and again sat at a chessboard going through each diagram, playing through each variation, Silman tends to go over the same material several times as does Chernev which is on purpose so you learn through repetition (helps me at my age lol). Don't forget My system though, very important chess book.

magictwanger

OK,so I decided to splurge.....I felt(with the other books I already have and have yet to read) that ......How To Reassess Your Chess was the one for me....Twenty three bucks shipped....Not too bad.

I'll hit it as soon as I finish The Amateur's Mind,where I'm only on page 180 so far.

My chess has stunk,so any help I can gain will be great.....Thanks for the tip "JA".-happy.png

Ja_Chess_UK
magictwanger wrote:

OK,so I decided to splurge.....I felt(with the other books I already have and have yet to read) that ......How To Reassess Your Chess was the one for me....Twenty three bucks shipped....Not too bad.

I'll hit it as soon as I finish The Amateur's Mind,where I'm only on page 180 so far.

My chess has stunk,so any help I can gain will be great.....Thanks for the tip "JA".-

Brilliant!! it's a great investment. thumbup

Chesserroo2
magictwanger wrote:

So,which first....Reassess Your Chess,or Logical Chess.Move By Move?

Also,is there much overlap between the two,repetition wise?

Probably zero overlap. Logical chess is about attacking and opening principles and is much more basic. Still, I'm learning from it.

Chesserroo2

I just ordered The Art of Attack in Chess. Why? Because The King In Jepardy does not cover sacrifices to castle pawns. Or if it does, it is not clearly stated in the table of contents.

magictwanger

I have The Art Of Attack in my desk drawer .....I figure I'll get to it when I'm a bit more experienced.One thing I find that can be problematic is,having a few too many unread books can really back you up,as they can be hard to get to. Especially if you have a few hobbies,as I do.

I've got 8 still unread...Counting my incoming Reassess Your Chess.

Needing all the help I can get,I expect to dig in this winter.

Ja_Chess_UK
Chesserroo2 wrote:

I just ordered The Art of Attack in Chess. Why? Because The King In Jepardy does not cover sacrifices to castle pawns. Or if it does, it is not clearly stated in the table of contents.

I have the art of attack to study (later on, got a few books to study before that one) as well as the following 6 chess books that focus on attack :

1. Art of attack in chess

2. Attacking chess for club players

3. Attack! subtle art of winning brilliantly

4. Essential chess sacrifices

5. Attacking strategies for the club player

6. Mating the castle king

After these books I intended to follow up studying a couple of chess books that focus on defence (an area of chess that seems to get left out)

1. The new art of defence in chess

2. Dynamic defence

Ja_Chess_UK
magictwanger wrote:

I have The Art Of Attack in my desk drawer .....I figure I'll get to it when I'm a bit more experienced.One thing I find that can be problematic is,having a few too many unread books can really back you up,as they can be hard to get to. Especially if you have a few hobbies,as I do.

I've got 8 still unread...Counting my incoming Reassess Your Chess.

Needing all the help I can get,I expect to dig in this winter.

This is a book I am looking forward to studying magic, I know I have been on the receiving end many times of the types of attack against my own king by opponents, but like you I have a list of books to get through first and they are all equally important to me.

magictwanger

Oops! I left out Modern Chess Openings,so I have nine unread and about five that I've gone through.....I do realize M.C.O. is more of a reference for opening lines,so I would only use it to check out certain ones.....Guess I should know what I'm doing in about two or three years....Ha!

Looks like I'm going to have to keep hitting the gym.wink