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Tristala

Hey @IMBacon, if I were to ask for any kind of guidance with chess, what would you say?

Tristala

While we're at it, @kindaspongey, can you share your usual book recommendations here too?

Clenzen

this is great  thanks!

kindaspongey

Tristala wrote: "... @kindaspongey, can you share your usual book recommendations here too?"

"... for those that want to be as good as they can be, they'll have to work hard.

Play opponents who are better than you … . Learn basic endgames. Create a simple opening repertoire (understanding the moves are far more important than memorizing them). Study tactics. And pick up tons of patterns. That’s the drumbeat of success. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (December 27, 2018)

https://www.chess.com/article/view/little-things-that-help-your-game

https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-start-out-in-chess

https://www.chess.com/news/view/a-new-years-resolution-improve-your-chess-with-new-lessons
"... In order to maximize the benefits of [theory and practice], these two should be approached in a balanced manner. ... Play as many slow games (60 5 or preferably slower) as possible, ... The other side of improvement is theory. ... This can be reading books, taking lessons, watching videos, doing problems on software, etc. ..." - NM Dan Heisman (2002)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627084053/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman19.pdf
"... If it’s instruction, you look for an author that addresses players at your level (buying something that’s too advanced won’t help you at all). This means that a classic book that is revered by many people might not be useful for you. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (2015)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-chess-books-ever
Here are some reading possibilities that I often mention:
Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090402/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review874.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Simple-Attacking-Plans-77p3731.htm
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708104437/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/logichess.pdf
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/most-instructive-games-of-chess-ever-played/
Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (1948)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093415/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review919.pdf
Back to Basics: Tactics by Dan Heisman (2007)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708233537/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review585.pdf
https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-back-to-basics-tactics

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5856bd64ff7c50433c3803db/t/5895fc0ca5790af7895297e4/1486224396755/btbtactics2excerpt.pdf
Discovering Chess Openings by GM John Emms (2006)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf
Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014)
http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-of-pete-tamburros-openings-for.html
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/openings-for-amateurs/
https://www.mongoosepress.com/catalog/excerpts/openings_amateurs.pdf
Chess Endgames for Kids by Karsten Müller (2015)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/chess-endgames-for-kids/
http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Chess_Endgames_for_Kids.pdf
A Guide to Chess Improvement by Dan Heisman (2010)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708105628/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review781.pdf
Studying Chess Made Easy by Andrew Soltis (2009)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090448/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review750.pdf
Seirawan stuff:
http://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_beginner/ev_winning_chess.asp?KATID=BO&ID=BO-Beginner
http://www.nystar.com/tamarkin/review1.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627132508/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen173.pdf
https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-winning-chess-endings
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708092617/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review560.pdf

kindaspongey

IMBacon wrote: "... Tip: When you’re looking for an opening to learn – go for main-line openings. There is a good reason why they are called 'main-line'. They are time-tested and over the course of your chess development, you will be glad you studied them. 'Sideline-openings' have their place and require much less study but if you are serious about improving your chess–sideline openings will not give you a solid enough foundation."

Were you the one who used the Torre Attack?

autobunny
Tristala wrote:

While we're at it, @kindaspongey, can you share your usual book recommendations here too?

No fair.  Spongey should get his own thread. 

autobunny
IMBacon wrote:

Tristala...If you want to do something for beginners that does not involve spongey i would be glad to help.  But i will not put up with his psychotic babbling.

This could be the start of a beautiful partnership 

Tristala

@IMbacon Oh. I didn't realize there was bad blood between you two. I'm sorry for exasperating it.

And thanks @autobunny for quoting that. All of his posts were deleted by the time I came back here. I would've had no idea what had happened. 😅

autobunny
IMBacon wrote:
Tristala wrote:

@IMbacon Oh. I didn't realize there was bad blood between you two. I'm sorry for exasperating it.

And thanks @autobunny for quoting that. All of his posts were deleted by the time I came back here. I would've had no idea what had happened. 😅

There is no bad blood.  I just get tired of his answering a question with a question crap.  No need to feel sorry.  You didn't do anything wrong.  And honestly, if i saw spongey on the side of the road with a flat tire.  I would stop to help him.

Changing tires/wheels has put one in a vulnerable position since ancient times - a scene from the Mahabharata 

Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
I’ve read that book far too many times(as a Hindu)...Still loved it! Most inspirational tale to ever exist.