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Tips for Young Players Paperback – December 1, 1999
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- Publisher : Everyman Chess; 1st edition (December 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1857442318
- ISBN-13 : 978-1857442311
- Item Weight : 0.705 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.44 x 0.35 x 9.69 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the middle of the book (pp. 71-103) the author treats the topic of the chess opening by presenting an excellent tutorial introduction of the London System opening. Depending on your point of view and expectations, this may be either a boon or a distraction. However, I found his treatment of the London System to be highly instructive, not only for the opening itself, but as an object lesson in playing good chess.
There is a lot of good chess instruction here, well explained, for players who are MATURE enough to digest it.
I believe htere are better books out there for this purpose.
I don't know if this is really the best book for "young players". Not bad, especially for high school age, but the lay-out and language are not suited to young beginners.
This book is ideal for improving players who have played a few dozen games and want to know a bit of strategy. Use this along with a book of fairly simple tactical puzzles, like "Simple Checkmates" and "Chess Tactics for Juniors". (Drilling tactics is more important than studying strategy or memorizing openings.)
For USCF 1200-1400 rating range, I think.
If you're at the high end of that range, the early part of the book will be a useful summary of what you already know.
The meat of the book is the incredibly lengthy annotation of (mostly) just a single game played by the author.
In one chapter he uses the game to show opening principles and goals, particularly in the author's chosen opening scheme, the "London System". This is more useful than the "opening ideas" books, which just tell a sentence or two about each opening, and much more useful than the repertoire books, which go far too deep into variations.
Later, he walks into the middle-game, showing the sort of attack on the castled king that he looks for in this system, some sound positional strategies in reasonable depth, and a particular position that harbors a clever tactic which would ordinarily be much too deep for a beginner, but which (on page 116) he breaks into digestible pieces so that by the end of the page you feel as if you understand something brilliant.
Then, he demonstrates important rook-and-pawn end-game themes by following this very game to its conclusion.
This single game justifies the price of the book. I have no idea where else you might look to find so much beginner-level exposition concentrated on just one game. An excellent precursor to Silman!
Combined with all the tips throughout, it's a very nice package.
The title of this book is a misnomer. There is a great deal of wisdom in the 160 pages of this book. Though most club players will know the tenets given here in one form or another, it is still helpful to see them in one place, given clearly and illustrated with appropriate examples. I remember that Tal used to watch chess instruction programs on television designed for beginners. His argument was that one can't sufficiently overlearn the basics. This is the way I feel about this book. It is a manual of chess wisdom, as easy to read as a book of zen aphorisms and with as much depth.
Sadler improves with age. I have his earlier books on the Slav and the Semi-Slav. I recently bought his book on the Queen's Gambit and this book of Tips. These last two are filled with insights useful to a club player such as myself.
This book (Tips) has material covering building an opening repertoire, principles of endgame play, the definition and role of the initiative, dynamic versus static advantages, weak squares,building up the strength of a position, simplifying positions to capitalise on advantages and so on. The cognoscenti will immediately recognise these topics as non-trivial and not elementary at all.
You can't go far wrong with that.
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The book received is called "How to win at chess & backgammon" and it says it has an abridged version of the book "Tips for young players".
The book is in quite a good condition although the front cover is damaged.
However, I did not want this book as I ordered "Tips for young players".
I did not want an abridged version and I am noy interested in backgammon.
I am very disappointed.