- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 15524 KB
- Print Length: 687 pages
- Publisher: Gatteria; 5 edition (25 July 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EXVCBQI
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #490,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Encyclopedia of Chess Patterns, part 1: 101 PATTERNS, 600 pages, 300 diagrams, links to 300 games Kindle Edition
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There are links to games that show how the patterns are used in actual games.You can follow the links on a laptop or tablet.
A very good book.
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The book’s author is Rodolfo Pardi, a self-described “librarian, instructor, and arbiter of the Italian Chess Federation.” He has an interesting theory about how to improve chess playing skills through the mastery of basic move patterns. He believes that a thorough understanding of these patterns on a chessboard will help chess players improve their game better than “learning through practice” or “studying the games of masters.” In his “ECP Part 1," he offers a set of diagrams showing 101 of what he considers the most fundamentally important patterns that players should learn by heart. According to Pardi, players who do this will definitely improve their game.
At first, I was a bit skeptical of Pardi’s theory, but I dove into the “ECP Part 1" anyway. I now can attest to the soundness of Pardi’s ideas and the usefulness of his books. My game has improved a great deal since I started using this book. When I started last winter, I was playing at about a 1000 Elo level; today, today, my estimated Elo rating is about 1350.
“ECP Part 1" comes in a Kindle version, and it benefits greatly from its large, clear, and colorful diagrams and a large and easy-to-read font. “FCP” is translated from Italian to English, and the English translation is nearly flawless.
I have discovered that using “ECP Part 1" along with one of my computer chess programs provides me the greatest benefit. I can set up a given “Encyclopedia” position on my computer, analyze it, find the most correct solution, and play through variations. As a result, I continually gain a greater understanding of the game I most love to play.
I like the “Encyclopedia of Chess Patterns, Part 1” FCP” so well that I recently purchased Pardi’s “Encyclopedia of Chess Patterns,” Part 2.” Most highly recommended.
1) The book itself is excellent. It shows and explains patterns that you see frequently and need to recognize immediately without calculating variations. The explanations go beyond just showing you the moves. For example, in his explanation of mating with just a rook and bishop against a safely castled king, he points out what the key move in the sequence is, which was an a-ha moment for me and permanently burned the pattern into my brain.
2) The book is a great value. It is a combination of his ebooks "FCP: a Handbook of Fundamental Chess Patterns", "The most important Chess Pattern: Opposition & Critical Squares", and "A Selection of additional Chess Patterns", along with a number of very useful appendices, one of which is made up of the games from which the various patterns and positions were taken. That's a lot of book for $1.99! You can't go wrong at that price and I can almost guarantee that if you are below expert (under 2000 USCF) you will find much that will be new to you.
Conclusion: Just buy it! It's a cliche, but true in this case, that it "would be a bargain at twice the price".
The combination improves an already excellent product.