Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Amateur's Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery Paperback – October 1, 1999
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Silman's method is based on understanding the imbalances inherent in every position. He gives 7 elements to analyze: (1) material; (2) minor pieces; (3) pawn structure; (4) files and weak squares; (5) space; (6) development; and (7) initiative. I have started forcing myself to break down the elements of a position and develop a plan dictated by those elements. Silman demonstrates how even seemingly minor differences like the battle between a bishop and a knight can consume the entirety of a middlegame plan.
I have already seen the benfits of this thinking method. For instance, I recently annotated one of the test positions at the end of ITAM (an excellent feature of the book BTW) and compared it with Silman's notes and found that I was 70-80% accurate in making my assessments -- a big improvement for me. He also emphasizes an attacking mentality (seize the initiative! Make you opponent react to your threats!) which has helped my game already.
It is also very instructive to see the way Silman defeats amateurs who are given superior or winning positions.Read more ›
This book by Jeremy Silman is a wonderful antidote to this syndrome. Unlike many other chess professionals, Silman seems to be genuinely fascinated with the thought processes of typical amateur tournament players, many of whom have some mixture of talent, knowledge, and experience, but can't put these elements together forcefully.
The format of the book is well described in other reviews here. Suffice it to say that this is the most valuable didactic about the real heart of chess- planning and execution in the middle game- I have encountered over 25 years of playing and teaching.
Although Silman's frequently amusing expressions of derision about the faulty analyses of his students might seem demeaning, there is a genuine love of the game and eagerness to help others gain mastery that consistently shines through.
This is a book that won't sit on your shelf if you have any affection and ambition in your chess playing, and genuinely merits the highest recommendation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, but it studies a lot of specific positions that i can't keep track of in my head because of the notations. I guess that's what I'm supposed to be working on huhPublished 1 month ago by Cory Stout
The newest paperback edition was badly glued together. It is already falling apart after reading the first chapter. Annoying.Published 1 month ago by pa56
Fantastic analysis on looking for the imbalances of the 64 square battlefield. This is not only great for your progression into the upper 1000's but even for those under the 1000... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mustafa Koprucu
I wish I had this in high school. My chess would have been significantly betterPublished 6 months ago by R. Liebespach
My advice to new players is to stay away from that overcrowded field of chess authors with ratings below 2500. That would immediately exclude many popular and best selling authors. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. Get Real