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How to Reassess Your Chess: Chess Mastery Through Chess Imbalances [Paperback]

Jeremy Silman
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  • Paperback: 658 pages
  • Publisher: Siles Press; 4 edition (15 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890085138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890085131
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 18 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 9 Feb 2013
By Paal
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Silman is without a doubt my favorite chess writer and he does not dissapoint. Read from cover to cover this book will strengthen your game and give you great tools (and a new way of thinking?)the next time you sit down at the chessboard. Alone or together with the reasses your chess workbook I feel it is impossible not to substansially improve if you work on this material. Probably suitable for 1300 and way way up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. 28 April 2013

The chess book I've been waiting for all my playing life. Suddenly I understand what to do and why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A personal review 16 Jan 2011
What my review is about:

This will not be a match review, where I will attempt to scientifically compare the different editions. I don't really find it relevant if I'll be honest.
I will not make claims like: "This is the best book ever", because what does that really entail?

This review is a personal feedback from someone who is not a proper amateur, someone who read numerous chess books and someone who enjoys chess reading too.

I have a few favorite chess books and none of them is considered to be on the top classical list. The reason for that is that I believe that the books that influenced you the most and affected your play did so, partly, because the timing was ripe! Sometimes it's not about the absolute soundness of the variation, sometimes it's about whether or not you appreciate the idea and understand the examples.

For instance, one of my favorites is "Winning with chess psychology" by Benko. Not a book most players even appreciate! However, Benko's explanations made me understand chess better and in return, I grew as a player. This is where Silman truly shines in style.

His language has been both criticized and praised, and I understand both claims. I found his "bad language" to be overly present at his Complete Endgame course but on the other hand, it does keep you fixed and soaks you into his examples. In this new Reassess, he seemed to evolve even in that area. His minor case of "Tourette" seemed to gain wisdom and intelligence. His humor is fantastic, I find myself giggling aloud and that makes the experience even more enjoyable and certainly more educating.

He is extremely creative, his "story" about Mr. Metallic and Mr.Pink VS. Mr. Orange was a blast to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book to keep 23 April 2014
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When I read Silman's book: "The armatures mind" I was disappointed, in fact I did not think much of this book; this naturally put me off ordering the book: "How to reassess your chess."
I took the gamble, and it paid off. This is a first class book and good value for your money, for the amount of information contained in this book.
Jeremy Silman has a good sense of humour through out his writing.
I do agree with one of the pervious comments that some sample games did leave me a bit cold, also I found a lot of deviations in the book, you are working your way through a game and there is the same game which can have a different out-come.
Having said that; the information is there should you require it.
There are plenty of test; too many in my opinion. As I worked my way through the book, I ended up only doing some of the test; they are too time consuming, but they do ram the point home; if that is what you want, that's a bonus?
One warning I must give: this book takes a long time to work your way through, so don't expect just a few weeks read, it has taken me months, it's hard work, but the results are worth it; definitely a chess book to keep on the shelf for future reference.
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