Do you feel that you are often unable to accurately assess a position? Well, if you face from issues like this, we recommend that you go for one of the most popular books on chess ever written - "How to Reassess your Chess" by IM Jeremy Silman. In this article IM Sagar Shah tells you about his experience of reading this book and how it helped him to become a much stronger player. Understand the contents of the book better.
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Hundreds of games brought to life by instruction-rich prose, and stories that offer humor while highlighting various lessons, vividly illustrate all the book's topics in a manner that's both personal and fun.
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How to Reassess Your Chess has long been considered a modern classic. This 4th edition takes Silman's groundbreaking concept of imbalances to a whole new level.
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If the positional masterpieces of the chess legends have always been a mystery to you, if chess strategy has always been an unsolvable enigma, if you find yourself a positional pawn rather than a positional master, then How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th edition will prove to be a life-changing experience. His website www. Customers who bought this item also bought. My 60 Memorable Games: chess tactics, chess strategies with Bobby Fischer. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings?
The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I am about a quarter through this book and I would give it no more than 3. Jeremy Silman is a fine writer and always tries to make his prose and instructions fun and peppered with jokes some work, others don't.
As an intermediate level player probably around B or C category I got this book in the hope that it would help me obtain some strategic concepts and help me navigate middle-game situations better. The problem with this book, as with many chess instructional books generally, is that strategic ideas in chess by themselves are largely useless, unless accompanied by solid tactics and analysis.
For example, after studying a chapter on rooks on the 7th and 8th ranks, I came out with almost no more knowledge or understanding than before. Because while he provides interesting examples of when that concept works and when it doesn't, the only real lesson of those examples is: you need to calculate!
Could he have supplied better examples where a visualization of the position would provide a better understanding, rather than detailed analysis? I am not sure. Were there lessons to be drawn from those examples that Silman could have explained more cogently? Also not sure. By contrast, I would give Silman's endgame book a rating of 4.
Maybe it's because endgames lend themselves better to more lucid analysis and technique and therefore easier to understand for an intermediate player.
Here's the bottom line: if you are an intermediate level player who is not familiar with many concepts in this book, perhaps it could be instructional. But without concrete analysis, these concepts are largely meaningless. Therefore, as a book of ideas, accompanied by seemingly random examples of application, this book could be useful. But I personally find going over master games, with move by move annotations, which includes both verbal prose and concrete analysis, a more useful use of chess study time.
Silman gives excellent instruction and is an enjoyable chess coach. So, five stars. Drop one star because there are way too many side highlights to arbitrary advice, like "do this, don't do that.
It makes this all sound easy and simple when, in fact, he is giving detailed analysis. Example: On page , "Rule Trade minor pieces when your opponent has an isolated pawn. So, Reassess is, in fact, a midgame puzzle book. There is never any connection made to the openings, closed, open, semi-closed, or semi-open.
Note -- I didn't knock off a star for this next one The test answer diagrams are too small except in bright light. The printing is fine, but a white bishop on a dark square is near invisible.
I flipped back pages to check the question diagram. Even in bright light the answer diagram is too hard to focus, it's an 8x8 chess board that's 1. True, when the test answer is long, Silman does show a bigger updated diagram, 1. Drop another star because Silman says to read his book cover to cover.
See you in five years, no joke. A more concise book is Michael Stean's expert Simple Chess. For closed games 1. Mednis' awesome book builds independent thinking, strong positions, not rules. For 1. Against 1. Three openings! Those are all twenty move decisive games. Reassess Your Chess doesn't give any advice on how to reach a reliable twenty-move midgame. There is a connection from the opening to the middle game, but, Reassess doesn't even attempt to mention it.
Silman does make a student work to apply positional technique very good. Thus, I have owned, read, and taught from a LOT of chess books. So it's not a small thing for me to say that Reassess Your Chess is the best chess book I've ever read.
Silman's discussion of imbalances is clear, well-thought-out, and illustrated with excellent examples. The writing is fluid, conversational, and, occasionally, quite humorous.
And, specific to the 4th edition, I appreciate that Silman used entirely new examples. This isn't just changing three words and slapping on a new edition number as a quick money grab -- it's well worth buying the new edition even if you already have the 3rd Edition of Reassess. A minor caution: It's not easy or low-level material, and if you're trying to go, say, from under to you're probably better off with The Amateur's Mind or something even more basic. But if you're looking to get up to A or B class, to say nothing of Expert and beyond, you really can't do better than this.
I played tournament chess from and just recently started to play again and this is one of the books that I purchased to help me become competitive again.
I am currently about pages into the book and i realize that Mr Silman is a true Master at teaching. He has taken the complicated topics and given them to the reader in easily digestible bites, while in no way watering down the topics. This is easily a book that you can learn from or even use to teach chess from. However this is NOT a beginner book but rather for those who have some understanding of the game and rudimentary knowledge of how to play.
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What USCF rating level do you think it would be most helpful for? Is there another book you would recommend reading instead? Silman's book also highly recommended. I am about and I just started reading the book. So far I find it very useful In my blog the story about why I picked this book I haven't read it, so I can't say whether it is appropriate.
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How to Reassess Your Chess – 4th Edition
Imagine, if you will, a man named 'Silman' enters your home, duct tapes you to a chair and precedes to give you a thorough trepanning. He then pours hot lightening through the aforementioned hole in your head and into your skull. Producing a cork from a pocket in his jeans, he rams it home to stop your noggin from leaking, and then gives your head a thorough shaking for good measure. Sauntering towards the door, and just before he disappears into the night, he gives you a quick wave that says, "Have fun!.
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