- Paperback: 406 pages
- Publisher: Siles Press; Expanded 3rd edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890085006
- ISBN-13: 978-1890085001
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 158 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess-Mastery Course, Expanded 3rd Edition Paperback – January 1, 1997
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How to Reassess Your Chess is the popular step-by-step course that will create a marked improvement in anyone's game. In clear, direct language, Silman shows how to dissect a position, recognize its individual parts and ultimately find the move that conforms to the needs of that particular situation. By explaining the thought processes that go into a master's choice of move, the author presents a system of thought that makes advanced strategies seem clear, logical and at times even obvious. How the Reassess Your Chess offers invaluable knowledge and insight that cannot be found in any other book.
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It's so much easier to create and build on imbalances than to obsess on material gain or waste time in the middlegame constantly trying to find a checkmate that isn't there. I used to be terrified to sacrifice even a pawn. Now I know that pawn was taking a useful square from my knight or blocking a now open file for my rook. The improvements in my thinking are too numerous to cover them all.
This was the fifth chess book I have read, and it opened my eyes to ideas I wasn't exposed to nearly as well before. Books crammed full of variations don't teach me anything I would retain, and put me to sleep. This book teaches how to break down a position so you can recognize what your aim should be, how to get there, and preventing counterplay. You learn how to strengthen your own pieces AND weaken your opponent's. A dedication to preventative rather than reactive defense is a skill I was sorely lacking until I read this book. I finally understand how to gain a winning position without a material advantage. I know now whether I must strike immediately or if I can afford to take a few moves to strengthen my position first. In short, I feel like I'm in control of the whole game now, rather than only planning my moves and playing wait-and-see with my opponent's.
If you're an intermediate player, buy this book. You will never regret it.
Of greatest significance for me was the explanation of imbalances. In the past I suffered from the situation where one gets out of the opening, looks at the board, and says, "Okay, now what." By understanding the imablances that exist, I have been able to select targets for my attack that work because I understand how to expoint them, as opposed to them working by chance.
Less than a third of the way into the book, I finally understand where the power of the bishop lies, and just now finished a game where I used the crushing power of the knight on the 6th rank to ignite a devistating attack.
I would highly recommend getting the book from the library (you should be able to find it through interlibrary loan) and read the first 50 pages. If you are like me, you will see that this is a book to read again and again, and will make the purchase.