- Paperback: 127 pages
- Publisher: Thinkers' Press (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0938650556
- ISBN-13: 978-0938650553
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyone's Second Chess Book
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About the Author
The author, Dan Heisman is an engineer from Philadelphia. He spends his free time teaching and coaching chess teams. He holds a national master's title. He understands that many newcomers to chess can't play good moves because they do not see them! In this book he explains the virtures of time management, patience, and perserverance.
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Top Customer Reviews
He writes a column for chesscafe.com. Taken togther, all his columns cover 90% of what's in this book. Since I've read all the columns (and previously purchased his "A Parent's Guide To Chess") I felt as if I got little extra for the price. Nonetheless, I don't mind supporting the guy since I think he is doing chess a great service.
The book assumes you have basic knowledge of how to play, and that you wish to improve. It provides the basic principles you need to master in your play before you truly improve. I particularly liked that each principle was clearly explained. The ideas for developing a sound thinking process for choosing a move and "board vision" have helped me immensely. Heisman also explains well the transitions from lower level play (Hope Chess) to higher level play (Real chess). After reading this book, any beginner is ready to start playing Real Chess.
My play has already improved and I'm keeping up with players who used to eat me alive. In short, this book will fill in any cracks in your foundational knowledge AND help you to make full use of what you already know. It is accessible to younger readers, too (ages 8 and up), and written in a very caring tone. Heisman wants you to win, but also to have fun. I'll be buying this book for my niece (as soon as she remembers how to move her knights). A worthwhile purchase if you are ready to improve but don't know exactly how to begin.
The concepts presented include chess vision, thoroughly knowing the rules, playing according to principles that suit the situation, and the etiquette of chess play. The author shows how to build chess vision by using "chess mazes", but I would really have liked to see more of these. The other concepts are illustrated with concrete examples from the author's experience as a chess teacher.
I would highly recommend this book to an improving adult or the parent of a young chess player.
One of the most practical (and immediately effective) skills the author teaches is developing board vision - the ability to see tactical opportunities quickly. If you�re having trouble, for example, �instantly� seeing squares a knight can reach, you�re going to wander into knight forks and lose games. Practice with a lone knight and empty board, visualize moves, add some pieces and then practice knight forks, the same way a basketball player practices freethrows. I�ve done it with every piece: drilling myself on pins, skewers, and double attacks. It really works, and it�s not just for beginners either!
Another skill the author teaches is the art of making material superiority payoff. Since most beginners frequently lose pieces without compensation and yet don�t resign as they know their opponent will probably return the favor, you�ll need to know how to finish that SOB off once you�re a bishop ahead!
You�ll enjoy chess more fully (and win more games) once you�ve studied these basic fundamentals. You�ll also be able to benefit from the really hard �stuff� in more advanced books because you�re proficient in the easy stuff.
I'd also recommend his articles at Chess Cafe titled Novice Nook and doing everything he says. That's what I'll ne doing. See you at the tournaments.
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