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The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims
The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims
by Arthur Schopenhauer
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reprint edition of an out of copyright title., June 25, 2010
This review is for the 'Createspace' edition of Schopenhauer's essay called 'On the Wisdom of Life', translated by Saunders.

This essay is a fine piece of work; I apply its principles to my everyday life. The insights contained within it are profound, enlightening, and a source of consolation to any thinking person.

And I'm all for promoting Schopenhauer. I think his work was a product of genius, and I own many other works authored by him.

But I feel compelled to point out that this editon of the Wisdom of Life, published by Createspace, is a self published reprint of an out of copyright text. For those who don't know, Createspace is owned by Amazon. Their business model is to print on demand when someone buys a book; the costs of publishing are taken out; then whoever authored the book (or, in this case, submitted Saunder's translation verbatim and designed a new cover) gets the remainder.

So if you buy this book, you're buying exactly the same edition that's been in print for many a year through Prometheus Press (and is widely available second hand) and also freely available online.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. I do like the cover design. But I'm informing those who may not know this.

Incidently, if you decide to delve into Schopenhauer, there is another English translation - a better one - by E.F.J. Payne. However it's only found within the (reasonably expensive) Oxford press editon of volume 1 of Schopenhauer's 'Parerga and Paralipomena'.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, terrible editon., June 23, 2010
I refer to the 'General Books' editon of Kant's Prolegomena.

Do not buy this edition. It is utterly riddled with typos, bizarre text placement, instances of the number '1' appearing in and between words, etc.

For example, the very first letter of the text - which is meant to be 'K' as in 'Kant' - looks like this: 'Tr\*'

Yes, I kid you not.

But the errors go on, and on. By the end of page 2 the errors were so numerous as to render the text unusable, for me at least.

My guess is that General Books have used some sort of software to scan a free digital copy of the text, then they've printed and bound it. This idea, if done properly, wouldn't be so bad. I would consider buying a well scanned book, nicely bound and presented, rather than relying on a digital copy. But this edition is trash.

How this company can sell a book this poor at the price of over U.S.$20 is a question that vexes me. They obviously care nothing for the product. No proof reading has been done at all. The back cover is an advertisment for the General Books website touting scanned copies of books which are in fact freely available online anyway.

I would recommend one of the many other editions of this important work. I've already ordered the Oxford edition to replace my copy of the General Books junk editon.

The Dynamic English : The aggressive player's guide to a traditional chess opening
The Dynamic English : The aggressive player's guide to a traditional chess opening
by Tony Kosten
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dynamic English, August 5, 2005
I am not a master (and probably never will be), nor do I teach students. I am merely an improving amateur player, who plays mostly Internet chess, and my goal is the giddy heights of expert level. I am also a hopelessly addicted purchaser of chess books. I own and have read the books I review and hope that my 'amateur's perspective' of a given title will prove useful to others. On with the review!

This is an opening repertoire book for the player of the white pieces, based around the English Opening (1.c4!). The author is Tony Kosten, a grandmaster with an Elo rating of 2522 at time of writing this review. According to the back-cover blurb, he comes from England but is now based in France where he is a trainer for the national chess team. My copy was published in 2001 and is 144 pages long.

The opening is presented through a 'variation tree' method, which I prefer to a 'game based' method, as I find this makes a repertoire clearer and easier to absorb. Nevertheless many games and game fragments are interspersed throughout the text. There is an index of variations at the back of the book.

In the introduction, Kosten states that the English is good for lazy players, as it is possible to adopt a piece set-up and subsequent plan sometimes regardless of black's moves. (Actually, upon seeing those words I felt uneasy - not another lame 'no-think' opening system! Fortunately, as I read further I realised that my fears were unfounded). The author goes on to say that certain key positions in the opening can occur through many dissimilar move orders, which renders rote learning of variations futile anyway. For Kosten, white's basic idea in the English is control of the d5 square and that to this end "... I recommend the following approach: that White play 1.c4, 2.g3, 3.Bg2 and 4.Nc3, in this order, and then decide on his subsequent moves depending on Black's reply, and on the best piece formation he needs to adopt to counter Black's chosen set-up".

Kosten almost invariably gives 2.g3 as the second move for white, instead of the more usual 2.Nc3. His idea in doing so is to avoid certain heavily theoretical lines of the English, such as the Hedgehog. There is nothing 'gimmicky' about this repertoire - 2.g3 is a solid choice that is used by many English specialists. The author notes that although 2.g3 is a committal move, in the sense that white is now obligated to fianchetto the king's bishop, the benefits (avoidance of some strong lines for black) outweigh any drawbacks incurred.

One feature of this book I really like is the clear and logical organization of the material, which is split into 3 broad sections. Part 1 deals with 1 ... e5; Part 2 with 1 ... c5; Part 3 with all other replies to 1.c4. Each section has a short introductory chapter discussing move orders, followed by individual chapters dedicated to each black set-up and how to respond to it. The great thing here is that at the start of each chapter Kosten takes some time to explain, with the aid of diagrams, some key features of the set-up. As an amateur player I jump for joy at this sort of thing - an explanation of typical middlegame structures arising from the opening, and guidance on how to play them! It is amazing that so few repertoire books do this. However, as helpful as this is, it is a little uneven in the Dynamic English. Some chapters have more of this strategic explanation than others, but even then it doesn't extend beyond a few pages and I'm always left wanting more. I would love to see a revised second edition containing much more of Kosten's advice about pawn structures etc.

To give you a feel for the book, lets look briefly at Section 1. Firstly, 2 pages deal with general move order issues arising from 1.c4 e5, and then it's onto chapter 1 'The Botvinnik System'. This is a set-up for white when black plays the moves 2...Nc6 and 3...g6. Here Kosten spends around 6 pages discussing strategic ideas using diagrams and game fragments. As I noted earlier, this is great stuff. This is followed by around 14 pages of opening theory, mixed with a little bit of extra strategical advice. This is one of the longer chapters in the book, justified I think by the fact a Botvinnik System setup is used in other areas of the repertoire as well, such as when playing against the Dutch Defense.
The remaining chapters in the first section are;
2.Grand Prix Attack Reversed (white tries to reach a Botvinnik system, 5 pages of theory);
3.Three Knights System with ...Bc5 (2 pages of strategy, 4 pages of theory);
4.Three Knights System with 4...Bb4 (similar to previous system, 3 pages of theory);
5.Dragon Reversed (1 page of strategy, 6 pages of theory with a lot of strategy mixed in);
6.Keres System (1 page of strategy, 6 pages of theory);
7.Other Second Moves For Black (9 pages of theory).

Incidentally don't let the slimness of this volume fool you - having spent many hours entering these moves into Bookup, I can assure you that there is ample coverage here. Section 2, dealing with 1.c4 c5, is particularly dense with variations.

I have found the Botvinnik System to be a great weapon, especially against Kings Indian Defense players, who often stubbornly stick to standard KID moves and tactics, failing to take into account the subtleties of White's setup. However as Black I have come across some White players who attempt to play the Botvinnik against everything - not a good idea! It seems to work best for me when black has fianchettoed the king's bishop and adopted a d6, e5 pawn structure.

An interesting part of the repertoire is that dealing with 1...e6 and 1...c6, where black is attempting to play a non-English opening such as the Queens Gambit Declined or the Slav. Although technically the opening will not be an English Opening after either of these moves Kosten mentions in the introduction to the book that he is loath to simply state that these moves are outside the scope of the work, so he provides some lines to deal with this eventuality - some of which involve gambiting a pawn. I'm not sure I'm entirely comfortable with this treatment, but I like the way that it keeps the game on white's 'terms' rather than permitting transposition to a totally different opening, such as the Slav.

Overall I found this book to be extremely well written and instructive. The English Opening is a major opening, and that means that as your chess develops it can grow with you. Where Kosten really succeeds with his book is in providing a 'theory-lite' key to the English by use of the early bishop fianchetto, enabling avoidance of several heavily analyzed lines.

Earlier I favorably reviewed another white repertoire book, Summerscale's 'Killer Chess Repertoire For White'. I think in comparison with that book the Dynamic English is better organized and more complete in its coverage, but the variations themselves are more complex and place greater demands on one's positional skills.

Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking: From the First Move to the Last
Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking: From the First Move to the Last
by Neil McDonald
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking, March 17, 2005
Here is an interesting new book from McDonald, who has written quite a number of chess titles, chiefly for Batsford and Everyman. Those who have read Chernev's `Logical Chess : Move by Move" will know what to expect here, as "Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking" appears to be modelled directly on Chernev's classic, though with much more recent games of course, and accordingly an emphasis on current openings.

The book comprises 30 master games ranging in time from 1978 (Karpov - Korchnoi) to 2003 (Shirov - Bareev) divided into 6 chapters. Chapter 1 deals with 1 e4 e5; chapter 2 is the Sicilian defence; chapter 3 looks at other openings arising from 1.e4; chapters 4 & 5 deal with 1.d4 d5 and 1.d4 Nf6; while chapter 6 examines the flank openings. Each game has McDonald commenting, as promised on the back cover blurb, on every move made by the players.

Amusingly McDonald faces the same problem as Chernev - exactly how many ways are there to say why 1.e4 or 1.d4 is a good move? I think my favourite phrasing is from game 2 where, regarding 1.e4, McDonald writes, verging on the poetic: "Just as Dracula would be helpless if he were unable to escape from his coffin, or a butterfly could never emerge unless it discarded its caterpillar husk, so too the pieces cannot at all perform unless the pawns are first moved out of the way".

The annotations themselves are mostly analysis free and concentrate on explaining the positional basis behind each move - a feature that will probably sit well with the advanced beginner/early intermediate audience the book seems tailored for. Medium to strong club players will probably find this book a bit below them, although there is still value to be had, particularly in McDonald's explanations of the ideas behind the various openings.

Furthermore there is something relaxing and enjoyable about reading this style of chess book - chess as literature, if you will. Numerous diagrams and minimal analysis make the book pleasant bedtime reading.

As someone who has a bad habit of chopping and changing openings, I enjoy what McDonald writes about Kasparov's equal facility with 1.e4, 1.d4 or 1.c4: " ... it is impossible to claim that one is superior to the others. Lesser mortals, who have neither the time, inclination or strength of memory to learn all the openings should settle on just one first move and study it in depth. Whatever first move you choose it can be handled according to your preferred method of play and temperament. The move 1.e4 has no monopoly on aggressive chess, whilst 1.d4 doesn't have to lead to positional battles. Style will out, no matter how you begin a game of chess." Sound advice!

As noted, this is really a book for an audience Elo rated 1200 - 1500; stronger players looking for a similar style of book would probably be better off with Nunn's `Understanding Chess Move by Move' (which certainly cannot be accused of containing a minimal amount of analysis, for good or ill) and the Euwe books ( especially `The Road to Chess Mastery'). This is not to say, however, that strong players won't find this book an enjoyable read. For me, in terms of instruction, this was really a 3 star book, but for the target audience this would probably be a 5 star read, hence I compromise with a 4 star rating.

A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire (Cadogan Chess Books)
A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire (Cadogan Chess Books)
by Aaron Summerscale
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Killer Chess Opening Repertoire, February 17, 2005
Opening repertoire books for white are a tricky proposition for a chess author. It is more common to find repertoire books for the black pieces - often based around a particular first move which thereby ensures that whatever white's continuation, the game will be channelled for at least a few more moves in the system of black's choosing. I am thinking, for example, of Yrjola & Tella's excellent 'Explosive Opening Repertoire for Black' in which 1 ... d6 is played against any white opening move. The difficultly is that a white repertoire must be able to cope with a vast variety of black responses - from the Nimzovitch (1 ... Nc6) to the Modern (1 ... g6) and everything in between - yet must not overwhelm the reader by presenting endless variations. Yet there are some successes in presenting a repertoire for the white player - Kosten's 'Dynamic English', Palliser's 'Play 1.d4!' and this book by Summerscale.

In many ways, for the average player, I would opine that this book is the better choice. Summerscale presents a queen pawn repertoire with an emphasis on quick development and an attacking set up. Kosten's book, while very well written, advocates quite a sophisticated set up requiring reasonable positional knowledge. Palliser's book is very good, and he presents a solid repertoire using the theoretical best move for white 2.c4, but it is also very comprehensive and thus requires a lot of time to study.

By not playing 2.c4 white, in theory, is not pressuring black quite as much - but there are compensating advantages. The most obvious is that the amount of study required is drastically reduced. Another is that white tends to remain in the system of their choosing. Less obviously, these systems lend themselves well to a style of play based on attacking, straightforward chess which is simply quite fun to play. I would recommend - in fact I would say it is essential - reading Vukovic's classic 'Art of Attack in Chess' if you wish to adopt this repertoire in order to get the most out of the aggressive setups you will (hopefully) obtain.

But let's not get carried away here. These systems, while easy to learn, can certainly be countered by black. Black can equalise without too much difficultly if they know what they are doing. On the other hand, even the theoretically best openings played in master games usually end up with only a small advantage to white.

In my opinion, a more serious defect is in the presentation of the repertoire. The 'complete game' format - while often touted as enabling better comprehension of an opening - also makes it far more difficult to spot holes in the system. For example, I compared the system that Summerscale advocates against the Pirc (150 Attack) with the lines given in the Yrjola & Tella book, which uses the Pirc (in Summerscale's book, you reach the 150 attack by 1.d4 d6 2.e4). In the main line, around move 5, the move given by Yrjola & Tella is simply not considered. Nothing, no mention and its a good move (which I won't disclose - in case you ever use the 150 attack against me in internet chess!). As black, I certainly would not fear the 150 attack based on what I have seen in the Summerscale book. However, this only confirms the point I made above - black can equalise if they know what to do. I guess using this book is about trade offs - you study less, and your games are probably more fun if you find attacking fun, but you have less chance of a lasting advantage against a good player.

Physically, this an attractive book. High quality paper, nice typesetting and I like the graphic design on the cover.

Overall then Summerscale presents a repertoire that is easy to learn and fun to use, with a few holes which you may be able to plug using other sources. A parting thought - as other reviewers have noted, some of Summerscales lines are less effective against black's indian systems. Have you considered the Trompowsky (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5)? It is also an attacking line that is fun to play, and in conjunction with Summerscale's book will broaden your repertoire.

Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
by M. I. Dvoret︠s︡kiĭ
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dvoretsky's endgame manual, September 12, 2004
Before we go further, lets note that this book is not an endgame encyclopedia; it is in fact a `teach yourself the endgame' manual, albeit quite a comprehensive one. This rather basic fact does not seem to be mentioned in most of the reviews I have seen, and the appellation `endgame manual' is rather ambiguous, so some people may be under the mistaken impression that this is a reference work rather than a self tutor. Lets note also that this is not for beginners - I would guess that players rated above Elo 1600 are the target audience. That's about my level, and I find the book quite easy to use.

For your money you get a large, attractive book which clocks in at 384 pages. It opens flat easily. The pages are well laid out. Grandmaster Yusopov writes the foreword, stating that his greatest victories are owed to Dvoretsky's training. Aagaard follows with a gushing preface, commenting that he feels as if Shakespeare has asked him to write a foreword to Hamlet (!). Skipping to the back of the book, there is an index of strategic and tactical techniques (e.g. "driving the king away by vertical checks") - a nice feature, but I'm not sure how useful it is. There is also an interesting bibliography, although Dvoresky notes that most of the material is sourced from his own training files.

The bulk of the book is, of course, dedicated to the various types of endgame the reader should learn. The length of each chapter varies considerably, based on the number of ideas and applicable techniques found in the type of endgame. Unsurprisingly the rook section is the longest, comprising almost a third of the book's length over four chapters.

The idea, writes Dvoretsky, is to present an endgame knowledge system. He states that in order to be a good endgame player the student should study relatively few endgame positions but understand them totally. These positions will then act as mental landmarks when playing. This is coupled with the memorization of important principles relevant to the general type of endgame. The positions and principles which form this core endgame knowledge system are printed in blue print; other material, which expands on the basics, in black print. Supposedly, the irrelevant positions found in other texts have been weeded out, leaving only those of maximum utility for the practical player, chosen on the basis of the authors extensive teaching experience.

However he emphasizes that there is no magic shortcut - memorization of principles cannot replace precise calculation, but can make it a lot easier by showing the right path.

Well, that makes sense I guess, but a couple of points. First, every endgame book I have seen claims to contain only those positions the practical player needs rather than the countless irrelevant positions found in `other books'. Second, I counted (rather quickly, so I might have missed a couple) the number of diagrammed positions in blue print. Two hundred and eight! Now, if I understand Dvoretsky correctly, I need to memorize ALL these `relatively few' positions - memorize them to the extent of being able to play them perfectly should they arise over the board. Yikes. And this is only the minimum, core system - not including all the material in black print.

Am I complaining? Not really. The reality is, I suppose, that there is a lot to the endgame, and thus a lot to study. No doubt this is the reason so many amateur players have excruciatingly bad endgame technique. However it is also encouraging to know that the general standard of endgame play is low, meaning that time spent studying will bring disproportionately large rewards!

I suppose the amateur player should take it on faith that the positions they are required to memorize will be of use to them in practical play and treat the book as an ongoing course of study. I have certainly noticed an improvement in my endgame play, and I have only just started working with the book. Dvoretsky writes in a vivid, engaging style that makes the precepts easy to remember. The memorization of positions is quite hard work but I can see how powerful this technique will become over time, increasing not only one's endgame skill but also general calculation and visualization ability. Imagine settling down to an endgame over the board, flicking through your mental library of memorized winning/drawing positions until you locate the one required, then aiming for that, aided by the general principles that apply to that type of endgame. That is a heck of an improvement over the typical amateur style of confused muddling toward a half remembered Lucena position.

There is enough in this book to keep any dedicated student going for a long time. This is the best general endgame book I have ever seen, and probably the most instructive chess book I have seen as well. Great stuff.
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Survival Guide to Rook Endings
Survival Guide to Rook Endings
by John Emms
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good., April 9, 2004
Funny thing happened while playing internet chess the other night. After an evenly balanced struggle I entered a simple rook and pawn ending. I was a pawn up, but because I had read Survival Guide to Rook Endings by John Emms I knew straight away that the position was dead drawn. But after a confused series of (totally uneccessary) checks from my opponent, which actually drove my king to a much better location, a drawn position became a won one. Now the point is this: many players are strong in the opening and middle phase of a chess game but much weaker in endgame play. So as average players seeking to improve we should study the endgame. This will add greatly to our playing strength and enable us to win many more games.
All very well to hand out this trite advice, but look at most endgame books! No wonder the amateur player neglects to study them. Well, here is an exception. I'm pleased to say that Emms has authored a very readable guide to rook endings. His explanations of procedure are engaging and very understandable. Rather than presenting diagram after diagram to rote learn Emms gives us the conceptual tools for correct play. Further, Survival Guide to Rook Endings covers much more material than that required for mere 'survival'. Coverage extends well beyond an introductory level - I doubt I will need another rook book (though to be fair I am only a club player). Perhaps very strong players would find this book too basic but I have seen a big practical benefits from studying the material. Each chapter is logical, interesting and rounded off with excercises to help the reader practice. Previous to reading this book I had tried to teach myself rook endings from Kere's endgame book and Euwe's one as well. Both left me cold although both are actually very good chess authors - such is the difficult nature of the subject. Emms seems to have the magic touch however. I only wish I had a copy of Dvoretsky's acclaimed endgame manual so I could compare his handling of rook material with Emm's. All in all a fine effort.

An Explosive Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
An Explosive Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
by Jouni Yrjola
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., February 18, 2004
It has been a year since I wrote my initial review for this book and during this time I have continued to be impressed by the repertoire. Having grown accustomed to the lines stemming from 1.d4 d6 I find them now to be very effective - players of the white pieces seem to be totally unprepared for this system. However the major revelation for me has been the 'endgame system' against 1.e4, found in chapter 33 of the book. This system is presented as an alternative to the pirc for those seeking to avoid having to learn lots of pirc theory. I have found it very useful to use this system while learning the main lines against 1.d4, 1.c4 etc, as it is very easy to learn and solid. What this means is that you can quickly adopt this defence to 1.e4, then work through the rest of the book, then decide whether you wish to adopt the pirc or something else. Another really practical benefit of this repertoire is that it seems to cross so many typical white repertoires, and white players quickly lose their way. Take a look at an average white repertoire book and see how scanty the coverage of 1 ...d6 is. All the more reason to play d6 as black!
For the average chessplayer choosing a dependable opening repertoire presents a difficult task. We know that in order to play the opening well we need a sensible set of variations - but which to choose? The main openings entail so much theory that it seems impossible to absorb them without devoting huge amounts of time to the task. Well in this book two masters propose an interesting and dynamic set of interlocked variations against any white opening that won't take years to learn. Of course this is nothing new - many repertoire books for the black pieces exist. However this one is different from most in that the systems given are very solid, sound and logical.
This is not to say that they are to everyones taste. In fact, while I admire the way this book succeeds so well in its aims I don't feel entirely comfortable with the Pirc (the mainline against 1e4) and find the lines against 1d4 interesting but a little awkward somehow. However this is entirely subjective; given the thoroughness with which the authors treat their material I have no doubt that the lines are solid.
So lets look at the book. Thick, attractively presented, nice layout. The material is VERY complete - these guys take writing a repertoire seriously. Tons of variations but also enough explanation to guide the reader. Besides no book can make a claim to completeness without being laden with variations. In a repertoire book the whole idea is that you never need purchase another opening book and this seems true here. There is a nice move index at the back.
Other reviewers have commented on the actual moves against the various white openings so I won't bother listing those. Suffice to say that because 1.e4 is so popular (at least at amateur level) you had better like the Pirc.
One noteworthy feature of the book is the inclusion of a couple of 'second string' systems along with the main repertoire. While the reader would probably be better off sticking to the main lines its nice to have the option and they make useful surprise weapons.
I really can't fault this book. It is a shining example of how a repertoire book should be written. Its all here: a totally self contained and solid system against any white opening. You won't be able to learn it all in a short time. Work is required but that is true of any improvement in ones chess play. I think five stars for a quality book which delivers exactly what it promises and shows what an opening repertoire book should be like.

Judgment and Planning in Chess
Judgment and Planning in Chess
by Max Euwe
Edition: Paperback
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, January 4, 2004
Max Euwe is justly famed for his series of superb instructional books on the middle game and end game. This book, despite what the blurb says, is firmly a middle game book. What Euwe does is show typical middle game situations, explain the positional dynamics behind them, and advise the reader on how to handle these positions in their own games. This is really useful, practical stuff, clearly explained.
The book does not advocate any sort of 'thinking method' aside from the old fashioned one of examining the position for salient strategic features (such as those shown in the book) and playing accordingly.
For example, the second chapter deals with a strategic feature termed 'pawn majority on the queen side'. Euwe shows how the possessor of the majority should station their pieces so as to support an eventual passed pawn and then, when the time is right, create one. Further Euwe points out the real value of a such a pawn is that the opponent must commit his forces to blockade it, creating weaknesses elsewhere. He comments that many average players will rush a passed pawn through but then find it becomes isolated and is quickly lost. (I find this sort of advice very valuable when playing chess as this is exactly the sort of error one is likely to come across. After all, the vast majority of us only ever play other average players!) Further, we see the sort of openings that lead to this situation - enabling a player to aim for this in their own games.
Euwe cautions that while following this policy the player must remember to keep an eye out for tactical threats and opportunites - he takes pains to reinforce this throughout the book.
Each chapter covers a different theme. Note that chapter one - which you can read in Amazon's 'Look Inside This Book' feature - is actually the least useful chapter, and very different from the rest of the book. I think Euwe's intention in that chapter is simply to reinforce his dictum regarding tactical awareness.
Of course this book does not set out to cover all possible middlegame situations but rather a careful selection of situations which occur with reasonable frequency. Thus it serves as a useful introduction to more advanced middlegame works.
I would say the sort of player who would gain most from study of the book someone who doesn't make silly tactical errors, knows enough opening theory to reach an ok middlegame position, but then finds themselves unsure as to how to proceed.
A well written quality product.

Harp Factory on Lake Street
Harp Factory on Lake Street
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb., September 24, 2003
Imagine one beautiful discordant chord, played by massed brass & woodwind. Then stretch this chord out, further and further, slow it down as well, 'till it becomes not one unified sound but many howling instruments, slowly growing in intensity over time, an ominous bass clarinet growling under layers of shiny wailing brass, all the time growing in intensity and volume like the sun creeping over the mountains on a glorious day - a jazz infused epic avant garde composition like nothing I have come across in Gastr Del Sol's work before.
This is followed by a beautiful piano piece and O'Rourkes usual clever lyrical stylings.
While short, this ep is pure quality and worth every penny. Buy it.

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