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Chess: The Mechanics of the Mind Paperback – March, 1989

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood Pr (March 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852231270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852231279
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,459,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not too sure why this book was written, there is really no specific "how to" on improving your ability to asses chess positions. It mainly offers the same generalized "do's and don'ts" that most other instructional books discuss. There is some critique of DeGroot's findings on how grandmasters think which concludes with the advice that you should understand the reason behind each move and not play by relying on the memorization of opening lines. Gee, thanks Doc, what a novel concept! However, I will say that there is some very well annotated instructive games, mostly from modern play, which are useful. Since I bought this book used for $6.25 (including shipping) I am not complaining since the games are worth that.
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