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Understanding the Grunfeld: An Absorbing Explanation of a Fighting Opening by a Leading Young Exponent
Understanding the Grunfeld: An Absorbing Explanation of a Fighting Opening by a Leading Young Exponent
by Jonathan Rowson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Repertoire with good explanations, 3 Jun. 2012
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I like the concept of these chess books that have a lot of text instead of thousands of lines. This makes it easier to chew up the material and have a laugh here and there. I upgraded the book by adding some color separators and variation lines in the table of contents.

The author is also very creative with the names he has for things, today I met Delroy for instance :D


Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games
Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games
by Laszlo Polgar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for teaching/learning chess, 3 Jun. 2012
This book is excellent material for three reasons:

1. Any person that can claim to be a chess player should be able to solve all problems in any page in less than a minute, so even if you are not a grandmaster you will probably find the solution before whoever you want to teach chess to, this is very important because it builds confidence both in the person teaching and in the person learning.

2. A basic tool for any good chess player is a well developed sense of pattern recognition, basically any position of chess that you see will be registered somewhere in your brain. Most of us will not be able to remember all of them at the same time without going crazy :D but the simple fact that you feed your brain thousands of positions will build a sort database that will be further used.

3. Having so many exercises will help you in building something absolutely vital in chess, that is tenacity and perseverance. If one day you will dare to play chess professionally or just as an amateur in tournaments the first thing that will help you is a natural and regular study schedule to improve. Of course this can also be applied to any field of knowledge.

Ask any elite athlete to train you to do the same things he/she does. You will spend hundreds of hours perfecting small movements, correcting insignificant angles, performing monotonous and apparently useless tasks. Chess is exactly like that, what seems too easy is made to construct not to bypass.


King's Indian: A Complete Black Repertoire
King's Indian: A Complete Black Repertoire
by Victor Bologan
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more, 7 Jan. 2011
The book is pretty good as many other books mentioning hundreds of variations but from my point of view it doesn't explain enough for non grandmasters the main ideas of several moves, It lacks also a few commented games and some lines for example the modern are nowhere to be seen. It is a good book for strong, longtime King's india players i think but not for learning the opening.


Wow Stuff Electronic Chess
Wow Stuff Electronic Chess

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all, 7 Jan. 2011
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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Don't waste your money in this product, it is extremely bad quality, I was planing to to use this to keep positions stored for studying because I was expecting the game engine to be bad, but it turned out that everything about it is bad, it is impossible to distinguish between the pieces in any type of light, piece images look all like each other you don't know if its a king a queen, a bishop a rook or a pawn... the only different one is the knight that looks like a mix of all the other... it looks like one of those old pocket games where the things move in grey frames but they made one phrame that represents everything and ended up with all pieces looking the same, they could have done a much better work on that, sound is horrible and the chess engine keeps playing after you take the king.


New Classical King's Indian (A Batsford chess book)
New Classical King's Indian (A Batsford chess book)
by John Nunn
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected but good, 7 Jan. 2011
I was expecting this book to be about the king indian defense, and it is but not about the classical main lines, it is a continuation of the other book from the same authors and it contains modern variations.


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