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Recognizing Your Opponent's Resources: Developing Preventive Thinking Paperback – July 28, 2015
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About the Author
Mark Dvoretsky is generally considered the premier chess instructor in the world today. His books have all been received to worldwide acclaim. He lives in Moscow.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you own the series of three German books by the same author "Aufmerksamkeit gegenuber gegnerishen moglichkeiten", "Ausschlussmethods & Fallenspiel" and "Prophylaktisches Denken" then the only additional chapter you get is :Traps" the other three chapters are identical diagram to diagram to each one of the German books. In the source material section the author mentions his chess cafe articles, bot I could not find a reference to the three German books. This is definitely a good buy, I would have rated it five if I saw the reference to the three German books.
My rating is 2154 and I find these problems very challenging. There are 476 problems in this book and you can easily spend an hour doing three or four of them, if you take the time to review the ones that you missed. So for $20 bucks you get 120 hours of pure chess enjoyment. What is great about the book is that many of the problems are filled with intermezzos. surprise moves and other ideas for your opponent that you simply must plan for or you will lose.
As far as making you a better player, I would challenge you to find a book that will give you more benefit for the effort spent. If you are rated less than 1900, you might find the problems too challenging. But if you take the time to analyze the solutions and understand what you missed you will learn a lot. If you are under 1700, get this book when you get better.
As with any Dvoretsky book, if you are under 2000, you may be more frustrated than helped. He material is always aimed very high.