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How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess Mastery Course [Paperback]

Jeremy Silman
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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press,U.S.; 3rd edition (Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890085006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890085001
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By P. Cox
Format:Paperback
A lot of positive reviews are written for this book and having read it (and re-read it) myself, I can see why.

This book is nothing short of fantastic.

If you've ever wanted to understand chess in a positional context while learning a wholly useable method for formulating a plan of action and selecting the candidate moves that bring that plan to fruition then this is the book for you.

Mr.Silman manages to teach you these things with effortless skill using flowing examples and analysis all delivered with sparkling wit and good humour that make the learning a pleasure not a chore.

Useful nuggets of advice are littered through the text and he even gives you a full glossary of chess terms and an extensive recommended reading list covering every phase of the game.

Get a copy of the companion book - The Reassess Your Chess Workbook - too!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imbalances. Visualization. Thinking Methods. 12 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Silman's idea and explanation of examining and using a position's imbalances, finding a realistic position, visualizing a desired position and then attempting to see if it can be obtained was worth the book's price.
Did Silman invent this "method?" No, you can find it assumed in other books, but Silman explicitly creates the framework.
Does he explain his method clearly? Yes, I've used his method successfully in my games and in studying other chess books.
Is Silman the last word? No, the many typos, redundancies, omissions, etc., make this a less-than complete book.
Will this book help improve your game? I think it should not only increase your skill level but will also help you to get more out of other "better" books on tactics, strategy, endgames, and so on.
Silman is a must read for all non-Master rated players who want to be Masters.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It will HELP you to improve your chess 19 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Working through this book will help all but the strongest players improve their chess - but you will have to work at it. In particular (as with all books like this) you will have to work through the games, analyses, problems, and think. My positional understanding has improved greatly since reading this book - and I'm too lazy to do what I've just told you that you have to do! I would have liked more diagrams, however. You really need a chess board in front of you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic every chess player should own!! 4 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The word "classic" should be reserved for those few book which fit the criteria, and one criterion is that everyone should own a copy. Silman's book fits that description. His style and detailed explanations hit his targeted audience exactly--the average chess player. The book describes his method for improving: a thinking process using "imbalances"--any difference between the white and black position (Silman's definition). Silman then devotes about eight chapters explaining in detail the elements of strategy which will likely lead to imbalances: minor pieces, space, the center, weak and strong pawns, weak squares, material, temporary imbalances (lead in development or the initiative), and open lines. He closes the book with "Three Keys to Success" and a discussion of how imbalances look in the opening, middlegame, and endgame. Any chess player who repeatedly studies the material in this book, and plays regularly against strong players, will certainly rise to Expert level of play. Silman is to be congradulated for both writing a modern treatise on chess strategy and for explaining to amateur chess players how to employ such strategies in their games.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One Chess Book to Buy 28 April 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have read many good (and not so good) chess books in an effort to improve my game. The list includes great books like "My System" by Nimzovich and Kotov's "Think Like a Grandmaster". No single book I have read is nearly as approachable for the lower rated player without sacrificing substance as "How to Reassess Your Chess". And no other book I have read explains and illustrates as many useful and important concepts as this book does. Here are a few: - How to play simple pawn/rook endgames - How to spot combinations - How to judge and use the imbalances in a position. - Minor piece relationships - Weak and strong squares Once you read Silman's work, you will know how to formulate a plan, and with some discipline, you should see your game improve. After hard work and forcing myself to look at games as Silman sugests, I did! If like many of us you have limited time to study and limited financial resources to spend in chess books, this is the one book you should get and read and read and read...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete chess training 1 July 2006
Format:Paperback
This is probably the best book on middlegame and endgame strategy available.

It explains the way to judge positions in a systematic way. It summarizes methods in clear and easy to memorize rules.

There are two minor points of critique:

Some of the positions are too complicated and should be replaced with clearer illustrations. For instance: the endgame Botwinnik-Bronstein is chosen as a clear example of the bishop pair, while some variations that are not quit clear are not mentioned.

In the literature list, there is one glaring ommission:

Bonstein, Zürich 1953 is missing, while it is perhaps

the best tournament book ever, and Bronstein's commentary

retains it's significance even today.

That being said, you won't regret buying this book. Indeed

it will be a source of inspiration, during periods when, like

any other chessplayer, experiences a period of bad form.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential chess resource
Great book, well written and providing insights into making an actual plan to win a game. Improved my chess enormously.
Published on 14 Jun 2011 by Allard
5.0 out of 5 stars Club Player Buy it
Brilliant Book, Excellent Clear and concise language...Silman gives you a clear and structured way of thinking and forming 'plans' in a game and then helps you build on it. Read more
Published on 12 May 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good though not easy
This is a great book. It will largely increase your positional understanding. I recommend to first read this book, then read The Amateur's Mind and then re-read this book. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Planning .A MUST for A - D Players
I felt that this book helped me most in my planning. It helped me to decide on whether I wanted to give up that precious Bishop (or Knight, depending on the position). Read more
Published on 17 July 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Some things taught great, some can improve much
This book i would reccommend to any beginner who: 1) Doesnt understand minor pieces play 2) Needs to improve middle game thought process 3) Plays without any type of plan, just... Read more
Published on 25 April 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it's cracked up to be
This book has been garnering rave reviews from chess players all over the internet. I have just finished a thorough study of the book, playing through all the games, and doing... Read more
Published on 9 Nov 1998
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic documentary but not a feature length movie !
Clearly not living upto it's title [chess mastery course] this book enhances the positional, tactical and other subtleties in a chess player upto 1500 rating. Read more
Published on 24 July 1998
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for an average player but certainly not a classic
A good book for players upto 1400-1500 ELO but certainly not of upper class. Effective approach but not deep enough for serious tournament players. Read more
Published on 24 July 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on chess imbalances and thinking
This is an excellent book on strategy and planning, concentrating on the imbalances in a chess position. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 1998
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