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hooloovoo


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Posted: 2005-08-17 20:08
Does anyone know a good website/book that they recommend to improve in chess? I am a 1600 type player.

AndyM


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Posted: 2005-08-17 22:42

If you look at the advice grandmasters give on how to improve, two common elements tend to be:

(i) read Nimzowitch's 'My System'
(ii) study your own games

I think 'My System' would be at the right level for you. The writing is a bit pompous, as you'd expect from the title, but it's definitely worth it.

EDIT: a fun little book is 'Chess for Tigers' by Simon Webb (another book where you have to look through the stupid title)...I think it's being reprinted...very easy to read; pragmatic advice, rather than profound truths.

 


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sfca


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Posted: 2005-08-17 22:55
If you do a search on the word 'chess' you will find there was an extensive discussion of the various chess software programs a while ago here. 

hooloovoo


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Posted: 2005-08-17 22:59

Thanks AndyM. Just bought My system.

 


adas


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Posted: 2005-08-18 05:18

Goto the books section in amazon.com and type in "chess".  Not only will you find book reviews but also lists of books that are suited to different strengths of players. I am a 1300 type. I have found some of these books to be quite useful.

You may also try searching for 'advanced chess' in amazon.


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chiral3
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Posted: 2005-08-18 05:33
A nice free program that allows you to set-up, save, and play games is pawn.  There are some tricks to beating it, but it is fun.  You can get it at downloads.com.

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ComteZero


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Posted: 2005-08-18 09:09
check crafty, an open-source chess player with graphic interface available under X and Windows.

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hooloovoo


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Posted: 2005-08-18 14:18
Thanks for the suggestions guys.

doobs


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Posted: 2012-02-13 16:37
Thank you for the recommendations. I've enjoyed reading Nimzowitch's 'My System', and found the writing style entertaining. .

Any opinions about his other book "Chess Praxis"?

AndyM


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Posted: 2012-02-15 15:07
Chess Praxis is OK, but there are probably better uses for your time if you've digested My System.

I highly recommend Herman Grooten's 'Chess Strategy for Club Players'; well written, very instructive.

From one review: "I couldn’t help but feel like I was reading a twenty-first century
version of the Nimzowitsch classic My System, without the flowery prose."

See some excerpts here to decide if it's for you.

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doobs


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Posted: 2012-02-16 23:30
Honestly, I'm studying My System and I can't say that I've digested it. Certainly not from a theoretical perspective :) My first chess book was The Game of Chess by Siegbert Tarrasch and that was a lot more difficult to read and digest (Descriptive notation).

I read the excerpts for Grooten's book and really liked what I read, I'm adding it to the list.


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Posted: 2012-02-17 16:20
Another good positional book is Stean's Simple Chess. Other than that, tactics, tactics, tactics...

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tripitaka


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Posted: 2012-02-19 16:03
I really enjoyed/found useful the Steve Davis book on chess, although I have no idea what sort of level it would be (not very high, i fear)

(the other answer is, of course, the Janice kim 'Learn to play Go' series)

doobs


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Posted: 2012-03-21 21:55
What is the best way to find a good chess coach for a low price? Is it possible to find value in Emerging markets (via Skype)? Based on my search the rates are $40-100 for Master/GM level coaching.

PanzerMeyer


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Posted: 2012-03-22 13:19
Who has the highest ranking here on NP ? I m sure there are >2300 pts players here

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AndyM


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Posted: 2012-03-22 14:25
I'm 2300+ on ICC (standard, not blitz); does that count? Tongue out
In real life, not so much...

To doobs' question: I dunno; challenge would be to find someone decent vs someone going through the motions; I'm guessing that the latter far outweigh the former....well that's maybe the same in most endeavours, but at least in, say, tennis, if you have a 'Watch the ball, bend your knees, that will be 60 dollars please' type of coach, at least you get to run around in the sun and reinforce muscle memory.

I think a lot of coaches advertise their services on ICC; start here. Caveat: I have no idea if that's current or not. Look for an experienced coach or author rather than a good player. I highly doubt that taking lessons from Hikaru Nakamura ('smallville') would represent value for money, but guys like Baburin, Grivas, John Watson, Sam Collins etc would probably be good choices. With the EM guys, it's hard to distinguish who's who, plus you have the language barrier etc.

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doobs


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Posted: 2012-03-22 15:33
Andy, Thank you.

1) According to this survey your 2300 on ICC should make you at the very least 2200+ FIDE.

I agree with your comments. I'm familiar with the ICC list and I don't think it has changed much in the last 3 years (the list even includes Larry C). When I went through the list a few year ago most of them didn't bother to reply. Chess.com also has a decent listing.

This is actually for my son, who is all over John Watson's videos on ICC. He started attending this local chess class about 4 months ago, and the coach claims that he needs to change his game from closed to an open game to be able to learn "proper" chess. I personally don't think class setting is all that efficient for kids.

In your opinion, are open games superior to closed games for kids learning chess?



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Posted: 2012-03-22 15:47
Definitely; open games are more about thrust and parry, whereas closed games are more about abstruse manoeuvering. Young developing players will learn far more playing, say, the Two Knights Defence rather than the French. This is standard coaching dogma, and I believe it to be very good advice.

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doobs


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Posted: 2012-03-23 17:18
Thanks.

Would you make a similar argument for theoretical vs practical approach to chess for kids? Hard for me to imagine a future for practical players, but I heard his chess coach preaching practical play ("this is chess, not math")

Also, how much time do you think should be spent on playing vs studying at different levels of development?

AndyM


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Posted: 2012-04-02 23:23
Sorry, late reply....

I think pragmatism is a virtue, and it's relatively easy to train. While chess may be by part science, art and sport, competitive chess is mainly sport, right? Hence the need to emphasise pragmatism.

There are all kinds of unpragmatic habits that hinder people such as bad time management, analysing rubbish because it looks interesting, overanalysing nuances etc. A typical case would be in spending a long time deciding which Rook to move to the only open file, when the best decision may be just to choose one, play the damn move, and bank the time.

Playing vs studying, hard to say. Younger players probably benefit more from playing, but their games should be recorded for review by you or their coach, otherwise it may not be that beneficial (eg lots of blitz on ICC won't do much for anyone). Lots of good players / coaches emphasise that the best training tool is deliberative review of one's own games, and I would think that's sound advice.

Anyway, that's just my 2c, but I've tried to stick to where there's general agreement.

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doobs


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Posted: 2012-12-19 16:39
This is what makes chess more than a game THE DEPARTED QUEEN

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Posted: 2012-12-28 21:59
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doobs-Shoot me an email if you are still looking for a coach- can send you over to a GM.

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Posted: 2012-12-28 22:17
Andy, what do you call the chess fallacy, which I've got, of being obsessed with geometric patterns on the chess board?

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AndyM


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Posted: 2013-01-01 12:33
Herbal chess?

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AndyM


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Posted: 2013-01-02 17:29
Heavy geometry

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