by. Jeremy Silman. · Rating details · ratings · 42 reviews. How to Reassess Your Chess is the popular step-by-step course that will create a marked. The snarky side of my mind says the reason there are x editions of the book is Silman wants to make money. This is not evil, but really you only need one of the . The Reassess Your Chess Workbook; Jeremy Silman; pages; Siles Press, The definitive answer to my title line would be welcomed.
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How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess Mastery Course by Jeremy Silman
Use the message the moderators link if your silmn or comments don’t appear, or for help with any administrative matters. Has anyone recently read “How to Reassess Your Chess”? If so what do you think? My high school chess coach recommended I read this book and I was curious what most peoples opinions on it were before I bought it. I’m referring to the 4th edition not the third or any others unless they are better.
When I was a weaker player, I loved it. Reading through it and going through the workbook increased by rating by a few hundred points. It is seriously one of the best books out there for – players. I’ve gone through the workbook for the second edition. My limited impression is that it should be useful for anyone between andand that it most certainly won’t hurt anything you do.
Personally I’ve only read the first and third, but I can’t imagine the fourth is much different. It’s a relatively good series if you’re between and You learn about the thought process behind Silman’s moves, and how to better select moves in your own games. For examples, he mainly uses instructional games between him and his students, and as such he spends a great deal of the book insulting his students.
Last time I checked I was ratedI keep hearing that this book is for people higher ranked than me and I was wondering why this is. Is this because it goes over slman chess theory, or because lower ranked players may be expected to be generally bad at chess and the book would be of no help. My coach said rrassess for people around and above. If I remember correctly, his reasoning was that people below are still playing “hope chess”, as in they still make moves without looking at the consequences of their move looking at all possible checks, captures, and threats that can occur from your move and can you meet them and still hang pieces.
He said until you resolve that part of your game, focusing on imbalances and strategy aren’t going to do you any good.
His idea is focus on improving tactics first and when you stop dropping pieces it’s a good time to start up Silman. He does say it’s one of the best books out there, just that like My System it often gets recommended before it can do a lot of good.
You can jour his opinion of it here. To quote the end of his review:. Silman recommends HTRYC for those and above, and indeed those in the range can get something out of it, but there is the danger that players in this range will place too high a priority on Jeremy’s strong message and put strategical concerns above safety issues.
As I try to tell my students “Never use tiebreak positional criteria to make tactical decisions. I’d check your local library first, ailman, because it’s so popular that they’re bound to have a copy of it. It’s a good book for learning basic strategy, but I recommend you pair it up with this book so you can look for the themes without the crutch of context.
How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess Mastery Course
Silman’s books tend to get better as you advance up the ranks. I made the mistake of reading some of his books a little too early as a USCF playerand my middlegame suffers slightly from it now. For example, one of the biggest points he makes is “don’t make useless threats. Well, that’s all fine and dandy, except I can’t tell you how many times I’ve avoided moves like that that were indeed the computer’s first choice.
If you follow his advice to a T, you may reassess yourself playing too conservatively, which can really get you blown off the board by higher rated players. I look at chess middlegame literature as something of a spectrum, with Jeremy Silman on the entirely positional side and Michael de la Maza on the entirely tactical side.
From Silman, you’ll learn about things like when a “weakness” isn’t a weakness for example, how having your pawns doubled isn’t necessarily a weakness if the file that is opened jjeremy can be exploited and if your pawns control the centerand from de la Maza you’ll learn about how to improve your board vision and how to create realistic jeremj one example of such a plan would be Nb1-d2-f1-g3 in the Ruy Lopez.
Although they are packed full of good advice, the thinking technique he proposes is unrealistic, in my opinion.
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He basically teaches the reader to just not look at the available moves in a position until they’ve come up with a plan. This is bad advice, especially for beginners, whose biggest weakness is often that they don’t check what moves are available.
He doesn’t do this so much in the fourth edition, but it still comes up now and then. Also, he talks about imbalances and individual moves as if they are entirely different, but I don’t believe they are. In some positions, the only way to tell that your knight is better than the opponent’s bishop is to look at the upcoming moves. The idea that you can figure out the imbalances of a position by merely glancing at the board without looking at any moves seems to be clearly wrong.
Another problem is that it’s very hard to understand what he is saying sometimes. An example is the word ‘calculation’. Sometimes, he’ll say something like, “In this position, you don’t need to calculate at all”, when he really means “In this position, you don’t need to calculate very deeply; just check one or two moves”. This imprecision of language makes the learning process difficult and frustrating.
It’s the type of book you have to go through a few times for everything to really stick, but after you do you’ll have gained an awareness of a lot of things that you hadn’t before. I can’t comment on the latest edition, but it’s probably my favorite chess book.
For what it’s worth I studied it about 7 years ago, and soon after my Norwegian rating jumped from about to more like to on the American scale. But it definitely took my overall understanding to the next level.
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