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tactics are way overrated, they only work when there are forcing lines, many a game is lost when there are NO tactics and players push pawns making irrevocable weaknesses in their position. All the tactics in the world cannot save a weak position. Furthermore i have lost countless games choosing the most forceful continuation when I would have been better off strengthening my position. Strong positions win chess games and this takes evaluation of the position. You can practice a thousand million tactics and still be unable to accurately evaluate a chess position devoid of forcing continuations.
In addition to popular books, so that they will not fall behind on the "common knowledge" should they read unpopular books in order to know the less common knowledge?
With unorthodox play, it becomes less of a battle of who's read more opening, and more of who has better strategy and/or tactics.
Like "the Killer Grob" by Michael Basman. One of my preferred books.
reading the popular books everyone outtheir is reading dosent help you improve= cause theyre digesting the same material... duh!
Think about it with this analogy:
In school, you might learn mathematics like the rest of the people in school. You might choose to skip class because "everyone is learning it, so how does it help me?" but that might mean your peers know more than you about mathematics.
Wow you just crushed that poor rebel's whole argument. The rebel must know if he wants to be different and non-conformist he must understand the conformist completely first. You must know all the rules inside and out before you learn how to break them
not exactly because you cometo impasses and difficult to breakthrough stonewalls when you play those who read the same chessbooks as you do... theirs 20000 chessbooks outtheir... im sure"mysystem" isnt the magic book thats gonna do the trick .. no book is...
i like to mix it up , and read good ones that are less publicised because oneday youll run into the lady thats read the shit you read, and shell smoke you...itll happen if you mix it up too, the only different is i read what everyone else overlooks...
i will never support silmans wallet with endgame books, because everyone else reads silmans stuff, when vanperlo has a much better route for me....
my system is good , but all that stuffs getting played out too..
with 20000 chessbooks outtheir, its not hard to pick what you want.
when everyones played out the popular nimzovitch and silman book theroys, theyll study lasker for a change...
p.s. THE ART OF CHECKMATE is a good improvement book aswell....
i like it
Hey... so.... tactics.... did anyone mention tactics.... Oh.... AND...... Tactics.... Tactics are good too. EMMANUEL LASKER SAID "blah blah you can prepare this and that, you can study this or that, but essentially when the game starts it boils down to who is better at IF HE GOES HERE, I GO THERE"
Tactics are essentially important in one skills without them the player whole game suffers. If I need to explain it you better go back basics. Calculation is a skill most players are inept, it take diligence to become good at it but what good is it if you miss tactics in your game.
"study the classics and the endgame and your youth will be rewared".--MAURICE ASHLEY quote that stuck with me. and it works
What the heck are aspiring chess improvers?
People who find game analysis and tactics problems alluring, but less alluring than cat videos.
I mean your logic has some huge holes.... If there was one book that was by far better than all others, and could not be matched on how efficient and concise it was... don't you think it would eventually rise to be the most popular? *food for thought*
"the magic chessbook"- jesus is the author. where can i buy this book?
I think if someone is serious about improving you can find plenty of advice and tips free online with buying anything! I haven't played chess on this site in quite some time so my rating here sucks but I have seen great improvement by studying mainly middle game and puzzles online at places like this site chess.com, chesstempo.com, and chessbounty.com.
I used GB chess puzzles to train on simple checkmate puzzles, helps identify a critical ending situation and therefore win games. There is 200k puzzles so you should be fine
I am reading "My system" (I am on page 90). I can say that it's a good book and you will learn a lot of useful things, but, it's not the better book to feel joy when you are reading/studying it. It's not funny like study "My best games" (Alekhine), for exemple. I mean, you will improve your chess, but will do it more by hard work than having fun while learning. But I am on page 90, so there are more than 180 pages ahead, and with "Chess praxis", more 230 pages (both in portuguese versions), therefore is not fair judge the whole book for a moment. You can try read it, it is not a waste of time... Oh, other really important thing, read some more others chess books around it, you will get tired or boring soon...