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Perfect Your Chess Paperback – June 30, 2007
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other sections are almost as great. find the win has examples where you are better but have to find some way to clarify the position. very useful for me-- im always self-destructing in good positions.
answer a question has nice, unusual questions (ex: what's the best square to move the attacked bishop to?).
answers are peppered with amusing, slightly strange stories-- all very enjoyable.
this book is a real labor of love, truly beautiful problems, definitely definitely worth it for anyone over 1800.
I oscillate between the lower and upper 1300 range, a low ranker indeed; yet I am finding the book very helpful by using it carefully. What I do is make each problem the basis of a modified Stoyko exercise --- more like the exercises recommended in "Chess for Zebras." I put out a chess clock, set it for 20 minutes and start it. In that 20 minute time period I focus as intently as possible and try to understand everything I can about the problem position. At the end of the 20 minutes I require myself to come up with the move I would have made.
Then I look at the solution. Thus far I'm doing well enough about finding decent candidate moves but not the full correct line of play. That surprises no one, least of all myself. But I follow up with a look on Fritz to see just how good or bad my chosen line was. In some cases it fails entirely; in others it simply wasn't optimal.
How much am I learning from this process? A lot! I am learning how to think better about chess positions. I am learning why or why not my ideas were good, bad, or indifferent. I get to see the refutations. I get to try alternatives. But above all, the 20 minutes spent on primary analysis teaches me concentration and good thinking habits.
Using rich and challenging positions is the only choice for such exercises. I think this book is useful at the 1200 level on up, if used as I describe. To repeat, the point is *not* how many you get right or wrong, the point is how you learn to improve your thought processes.Read more ›
Definitively is not for a fan or beginer, unless you dedicate yourself to the chess and you take it in serious, this is a book for you.
For understand the book, you must have such preparation in the middle game and strategy and endgame.
If you are nascent and wish to play advance chess, buy this book but, you will have to read several times so that you understand it.
It has recent puzzles of granmaster, so not frustrated yout self if you couldn't find some answer of the diagrams, try to enjoy the puzzles. Read this book no to get tired, maybe no more than three times per week, and you be glad with this item.
I recommend for experts and above player dedicate 10 to 15 minutes to understand the position and to make some notes own with many variant you find then watch the answers and compares with your notes.
For beginner player, they will suffer with this book, if don't have a such preparation in the middle game, will never give with the answers, for these players, try to find candidates moves and see the answers, dedicate five daily exercises see the position, and try to analyze it for ten minutes.
When you finish the book leave it for while, and read it again and it tries to finish the exercises without seeing the answers.
The puzzle's anwers, are hard to find, i spend time finding the page where the answer are, but this is not a issue, for chess player who really try to improve chess skill.
PD I am a strong chess player, I'd defeated FIDE MASTER, and my score leads for 3 pts, my Rating could be over 2100. This puzzles are a piece of work. I don't see any problem that a beginner player buy this book, but a lot of study is required.
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A gem of a book. In some ways similar to "Imagination in Chess" by Paata Gaprindashvili. Provided you put in the time to decode the position and try to find the solution,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by BK
Self discipline in your study and your play. Seeking a study guide for self improvement then this is a great book.Published on February 26, 2013 by Ellis E. Jones
I ended up with 102 of 369 answers correct. I don't have an official rating but consider myself a little above average. Now I'm going to study the answers! Read morePublished on October 5, 2010 by ketchuplover