Stuck: 750-1000

IMBacon
PawnstormPossie wrote:

I don't have that one. Wish I had though, instead Nunn's CO...all the notes are mind boggling.

A good book for a reason.

kindaspongey
IMBacon wrote:
PawnstormPossie wrote:

... Nunn's CO...all the notes are mind boggling.

A good book for a reason.

Now in print? See it listed at the Everyman or Gambit sites? See it recommended for 750-1000 players?

"... For new players, I cannot recommend books that use [an encyclopedic] type of presentation [of opening theory], because the explanatory prose that elaborates typical plans and ideas is usually absent, thus leaving the student without any clear idea why certain moves are played or even preferred over other apparently equivalent moves. ..." - FM Carsten Hansen (2010)

PawnstormPossie
kindaspongey wrote:
IMBacon wrote:
PawnstormPossie wrote:

... Nunn's CO...all the notes are mind boggling.

A good book for a reason.

Now in print? See it listed at the Everyman or Gambit sites? See it recommended for 750-1000 players?

"... For new players, I cannot recommend books that use [an encyclopedic] type of presentation [of opening theory], because the explanatory prose that elaborates typical plans and ideas is usually absent, thus leaving the student without any clear idea why certain moves are played or even preferred over other apparently equivalent moves. ..." - FM Carsten Hansen (2010)

I definitely agree with that!

A reference is a reference.

kindaspongey
AlphaZeroDark30 wrote:
kindaspongey wrote:
AlphaZeroDark30 wrote:
kindaspongey wrote:
AlphaZeroDark30  wrote:

… When someone asked Fischer for a lesson, he said "Read MCO cover-to-cover, twice."  ...

"... tongue-in-cheek, I'm sure ..." - GM John Emms (2006)

Whether or not Fischer was serious, now, decades later, there does not seem to be widespread opinion in favor of MCO study. The last MCO was published more than a decade ago.

Fischer was dead serious. ...

Were you there?

I spent an hour on the bus home from Roosevelt Raceway in 1981 having an in-depth conversation about Fischer with Jackie Beers, his best childhood friend.  That ride is long, with no distractions.  Beers thought I was a master because Wagner's coach said I had a "master" title.  I didn't realize he thought I was 2200 until later.  He said "we should play sometime."  In 1987, we did.  I gave him a charitable draw because he had a long bus ride plus I feared messing up my edge from the opening.

Beers's insight into Fischer is unparalleled.  They were literally best friends.  Based on my conversation with him, and others who knew Fischer, I'd say with 99 percent certainty he wasn't joking.  I'd also guess he had Asperger's, which is why he was honest to a fault (Fischer, not Beers).

There's no accusation of dishonesty here. Has anyone reported that Fischer never joked? In any event, is Fischer regarded as having been authoritative about helping 750-1000 players? And, even if he was an authority, would his advice necessarily still be appropriate, somewhere around five decades later?

hawkmiles

So I've been improving a bit if I take it slow. I recently learned about the opening explorer being acceptable for use in Daily games. With that, I've learned that opening knowledge is a weak point for me; specifically not being prepared to defend well as black in the opening.  You can check out several live games where I lost due to mistakes in the opening.

 

I also recently switched my openings (as white) from London to Ruy Lopez.

 

Here was a fun game that taught me a few things:

  • Opening Explorer was very helpful and I should study up a bit
  • I should look deeper into equal exchanges, typically Knight for Bishop. There were several for me (and my opponent) which the computer marked as blunders. Any advice on this?

 

 

IMBacon

 

RussBell

My First Opening Repertoire for White by Vincent Moret.....

This is an excellent opening repertoire book....

Check the book reviews on Amazon, in particular the one by RLBell (me) - it lists which openings are covered....

https://www.amazon.com/First-Chess-Opening-Repertoire-White/dp/9056916335/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1552346649&sr=1-3-fkmrnull

the book is reviewed here by IM John Bartholomew, founder of Chessable.com...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f41ZbPq9OpE

https://www.chessable.com/my-first-chess-opening-repertoire-for-white/course/7543/

Also by Vincent Moret, My First Chess Opening Repertoire for Black, reviewed here....

https://www.chess.com/blog/IndreRe/book-review-vincent-moret-my-first-chess-opening-repertoire-for-black

https://www.amazon.com/First-Chess-Opening-Repertoire-Ready/dp/9056917463/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=vincent+moret&qid=1552366475&s=books&sr=1-2-catcorr

I'm luke-warm on Moret's Black repertoire, compared to his White repertoire.   Interesting perhaps, but to me the disparate defenses are maybe a little too esoteric and disjoint for the typical beginner-novice player.  But I can wholehearted recommend his White repertoire book.

kindaspongey
hawkmiles wrote:

..., I've learned that opening knowledge is a weak point for me; specifically not being prepared to defend well as black in the opening. ...

I think it is common advice that one first look at the sort of openings discussed in books like First Steps: 1 e4 e5 and First Steps: Queen's Gambit.
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7790.pdf
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7652.pdf

Might be a good idea to start with Discovering Chess Openings.
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf

hikarunaku

Keep playing games and analyzing them. If you can invest money, head over to chessable and study their. Books I recommend on chessable: woodpecker method, 100 end games you must know and The power of pawns. 

kindaspongey

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7838.pdf

kindaspongey

"... the 2000+ player for which 100 Endgames You Must Know is really intended ..."

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708105702/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review645.pdf

"... Players from 2000 up to International Master will find 100 ENDGAMES YOU MUST KNOW quite useful." - IM John Donaldson

http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/100-Endgames-You-Must-Know-78p3863.htm

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9026.pdf

kindaspongey

The Power of Pawns by GM Jörg Hickl (2016)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/the-power-of-pawns/
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9034.pdf

hikarunaku

@kindaspongey Are you a bot? 

kindaspongey

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