Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Friday, March 25, 2005

Day 32: My Name is Jim and I am a Chessbookaholic

Bought a bunch of chess books from www.strandbookstore.com . Quite happy with price and quick delivery.

Some Purdy Analysis books, Tisdall How to improve your chess, Purdy action chess
(quick to learn opening systems to get you to reasonable middlegame), also GM RAM
which is a book of 300 positions to study as well as games.

The first game to study is this Anderssen game. check out the tactics here!

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1018939

Reading and solving the tactics in Robertie Winning chess Tactics and just got Seriwans tactic book out fot the Library.

8 Comments:

  • At 5:45 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    I kicked off from chesbookaholism. Now I'm a CDaholic. At least I keep some grandmasters alive. . .

     
  • At 11:26 AM, Blogger Jim said…

    Hi Jim. . .

     
  • At 9:15 PM, Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said…

    There is nothing as enticing as a book with lots of chess diagrams in it. You think to yourself, "Is this the book? Is this the one? The one that will solve all my problems?" Well the only way to know is buy it and then put it on your shelf. There it sits. And you learn as one fellow on the ICC learned, "Chess knowledge is not obtained by osmosis."

     
  • At 4:38 AM, Blogger Don Q. said…

    There is a guy at Chessninja whose signature line is --

    What if you just like buying the chess books?

    Don't worry, Jim. Even if you don't read 'em, chess books are a babe magnet.

     
  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger Pawn Sensei said…

    Question. Is this phenomenon unique to chess? I don't recall hearing of another hobby where collecting more books than humanly capable of absorbing was a common thread among the hobbyists. Has anyone done a doctoral study on it? Maybe a scientific paper?

    PS

     
  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger Pawn Sensei said…

    Oh, and I want to move to where Don is...

    PS

     
  • At 2:03 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said…

    Pawn Sensei, I think exercise equipment has to be an equivalent...oh, and diets, too. Just like chess players with chess books/CDs, many people buy the latest abdominal exerciser gimmick or go on the latest fad diet in an attempt to improve themselves quickly. However, at least with chess books, diligent application of them will yield better results than those other things will. Nonetheless, how many books have we bought and dove into only to either go through them quickly and not fully digest the knowledge they hold or, worse yet, get frustrated and put them back on the shelf?

     
  • At 10:44 AM, Blogger funkyfantom said…

    Reading chess books can be as enjoyable as playing. Especially anything by Irving Chernev.

    I was on a tournament-winning junior high school team in 1973, and I received a hardcover copy of the 1939 English translation of Richard Reti's Masters of the Chessboard.

    Of course I still have and cherish it!

     

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