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 Reassess Your Chess Workbook; Jeremy Silman; pages; Siles Press, The definitive answer to my title line would be welcomed. My high school chess coach recommended I read this book and I was with Jeremy Silman on the entirely positional side and Michael de la.

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First issue 17th September The definitive answer to my title line would be welcomed by players the world around. It is a unique and thought-provoking work which deserves close examination; thus the temporary return to my preferred single-review format.

When teaching I use my own lessons, notes, and methods, supplemented by specialized references, annotated games and the like. Like most chess instructors that I know, I find many of the leading instructional books superficial, poorly written, and thoughtlessly imitative.

Of course, there are certainly worthwhile exceptions out there many published by small presses. First, because the book occupies a strangely underpopulated slot among chess book types: For working purposes, I would define this audience as encompassing players from about to As one would imagine, the Workbook also contains material appropriate for lower players and even for experienced masters.

Nevertheless, its main function is to address those who have achieved a certain level of play in the aforementioned range and are having difficulty improving. In many cases, they have been stuck at roughly the same rating level for many years.

There are some very active tournament and club players in this group who work on their game regularly.


Interestingly, a substantial percentage of my TWIC-generated email after you exclude the reaesess ones! Silman has been the most prolific author of quality chess books in this country. His output ranges from technical theoretical works to books for the beginner and average player. For example, those two books remain near the very top of the current sales rankings for all chessbooks at Amazon.

But the book stands very well on its own and has a broader and more instructive set of positions than its predecessor. The recommended thinking techniques involve showing the reader how to: The core of erassess Workbook consists of problems, of them set in the opening, Middlegame, or ending.

They are worth listing, with the deflating view in parentheses: After absorbing this bit of swill from your chess guru, bide your time and watch closely when he actually loses For many students, going over games is more helpful and enjoyable less energy-demanding than technical study. What makes this jremy valuable for me as a teacher is its main section of problems mostly positions and their solutions.

As TWIC readers may have gleaned, I believe in learning from realistic positions requiring concrete solutions. One covers just a vast amount of conceptual territory in our trek through these well-chosen examples, some of which are virtually impossible to solve completely, but all of which lead to fruitful discussion. One time, for example, he discusses opposite-coloured bishop positions for 6 full pages before returning to reassesss solution of the problem at hand.

Indeed, there are pages of solutions for 63 pages of jersmy I think it is in the solutions section that we see why Silman is such a popular author.


Because his advice remains solidly in the context of an on-the-board situation, he avoids the common pedagogic error of speaking in the abstract while providing no handle for the student to hold on to. Finally, I should note that this book shows every sign of having required a gargantuan effort from the author. The positions are worked out in great detail and with evident thoughtfulness. Particularly with respect to his theory of imbalances, Silman lists a great number of rules regarding, e.

But that is more of a theoretical problem than a practical one. Silman himself has told me that for instruction of his target audience, he thinks a very clear and easily assimilable message is needed–this comes from his extensive teaching experience.

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Thus he is aware of the fact that his statements and assessments may not all be literally true; but has seen the effectiveness of his approach and it is clear to me that his readers gain great confidence by following it. What I would recommend is to say, for example: I am already using positions from this book reawsess teach—I think that those of you looking for an improvement book can hardly go wrong with this one.

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