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  1. Standard member Talisman
    Time traveller.
    21 Jun '07 12:37
    Im need some serious help. I've become completely addicted to buying chess books. The trouble is i never get to finish them and some are barely even started.
    when i'm not on here, i'm browsing Amazon for hours at a time looking for some miracle working book that's probably never even been written. I read a couple of good reviews on a title then get a real buzz out of clicking the place order button. Many days are spent waiting in anticipation for the work of art to drop through my letter box.

    Then.... I read 1 or 2 chapters and generally unsatisfied, put it away and get back on to Amazon where the cycle is repeated.
    somebody please tell me to stop or i'm going to die in a sea of unread chess literature.
    Somebody please tell me there isn't any book that will add hundreds of points to my rating.

    HELP!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!

    anybody have a similar problem?

    Oh and erm.... Can anybody recommend a really good chess book!

    What about My System? This one's definitely on my list. Amazon here we come.
  2. Standard member bannedplayer306509
    Best Loser
    21 Jun '07 12:39
    Originally posted by Talisman
    Im need some serious help. I've become completely addicted to buying chess books. The trouble is i never get to finish them and some are barely even started.
    when i'm not on here, i'm browsing Amazon for hours at a time looking for some miracle working book that's probably never even been written. I read a couple of good reviews on a title then get a real ...[text shortened]... ess book!

    What about My System? This one's definitely on my list. Amazon here we come.
    your nuts...

    And in other news, try playing chess instead of reading about it .
  3. Standard member adam warlock
    Baby Gauss
    21 Jun '07 12:57
    Originally posted by Talisman
    Im need some serious help. I've become completely addicted to buying chess books. The trouble is i never get to finish them and some are barely even started.
    when i'm not on here, i'm browsing Amazon for hours at a time looking for some miracle working book that's probably never even been written. I read a couple of good reviews on a title then get a real ...[text shortened]... ess book!

    What about My System? This one's definitely on my list. Amazon here we come.
    Ever heard of peer to peer file sharing. A great way to still get your chess books and not to spend so much money. And if you don't read them they won't waste space around your place.
  4. Standard member Talisman
    Time traveller.
    21 Jun '07 13:11
    Well i think it's definitely time to think about a donation to my club!
    I intend to purchase a copy of MY System and call it a day for at least a year.

    I was serious about opinions on The Nimzo classic.
  5. Standard member adam warlock
    Baby Gauss
    21 Jun '07 13:15
    Originally posted by Talisman
    Well i think it's definitely time to think about a donation to my club!
    I intend to purchase a copy of MY System and call it a day for at least a year.

    I was serious about opinions on The Nimzo classic.
    That's a great book.
  6. Standard member Talisman
    Time traveller.
    21 Jun '07 14:16
    Originally posted by adam warlock
    That's a great book.
    What makes it such a great book?
    Really sell it to me! I've read mixed reviews. Some say it's really only a standard introduction to strategy aimed at weaker players and i've heard others say that it's a complete works on strategy that you need to be a near master to undersatnd!

    I intend purchasing acopy simply because of the hype surrounding it and the fact it's still being talked about after 70 years but would like to hear an opinion from anybody whose read it.
  7. Standard member adam warlock
    Baby Gauss
    21 Jun '07 14:20 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by Talisman
    What makes it such a great book?
    Really sell it to me! I've read mixed reviews. Some say it's really only a standard introduction to strategy aimed at weaker players and i've heard others say that it's a complete works on strategy that you need to be a near master to undersatnd!

    I intend purchasing acopy simply because of the hype surrounding it and th g talked about after 70 years but would like to hear an opinion from anybody whose read it.
    If you wnat to know what chess strategy is about and really understand some postional aspects of chess that's the book you should run and buy. (I don't know that many books but hey I'm selling it)
    They say that something like 99% of chess GM has read that book and I believe it. If you can just read the preface by Seirawan on the latest edition. It does more justice and is much more informed on the subject than I am. But I'll post a game where I applied one of the concepts on that book. Just let me find it and on my edit you'll see it.

    Game 3457935 - Liquidation: A lotta ammo pointing at my king so I had to exchange them off.
  8. Standard member Talisman
    Time traveller.
    21 Jun '07 14:38
    Originally posted by adam warlock
    If you wnat to know what chess strategy is about and really understand some postional aspects of chess that's the book you should run and buy. (I don't know that many books but hey I'm selling it)
    They say that something like 99% of chess GM has read that book and I believe it. If you can just read the preface by Seirawan on the latest edition. It does ...[text shortened]... 457935[/gid] - Liquidation: A lotta ammo pointing at my king so I had to exchange them off.
  9. Standard member Talisman
    Time traveller.
    21 Jun '07 14:40
    I meant to say, well played sir! and thanks for the opinion. I look forward to getting through the whole volume.
  10. Standard member adam warlock
    Baby Gauss
    21 Jun '07 14:53
    Originally posted by Talisman
    I meant to say, well played sir! and thanks for the opinion. I look forward to getting through the whole volume.
    Yes. But my opponent blundered away his queen when all I wanted was his knight and the lost a good move. He was already doomed but the fight coulda been longer.
  11. 21 Jun '07 14:59
    Been there. Had about 300 and actually read game collections of Botvinnik & Reshevsky, a middle game book by Pachman, one endgame book and 3-4 Informants were well-used. Also had a few hundred issues of British Chess Magazine, Chess Review & Chess Life. Eventually donated them to a chess club. Today I own about 6 or 8 (unread, of course) and Chess Life gets a quick glance before it goes in the trash. I think it’s a combination of good intentions and an addiction to the smell of new books.
  12. 21 Jun '07 15:00
    Originally posted by ih8sens
    And in other news, try playing chess instead of reading about it .
    Chess books is some kind of pornography for chessplayers who doesn't do it in real. They only wish...
  13. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    21 Jun '07 15:15
    Originally posted by Talisman
    Im need some serious help. I've become completely addicted to buying chess books. The trouble is i never get to finish them and some are barely even started.
    when i'm not on here, i'm browsing Amazon for hours at a time looking for some miracle working book that's probably never even been written. I read a couple of good reviews on a title then get a real ...[text shortened]... ess book!

    What about My System? This one's definitely on my list. Amazon here we come.
    I do the same, only the books have naked girls in them!

  14. 21 Jun '07 16:53
    If you enjoy chess books, buy 'em. You could do a lot worse with your money. If you're married, your wife will tell you you're wasting your money (actually she thinks you're wasting her money). Point out the hundred pairs of shoes in her closet, or pocketbooks or makeup. I've got about 200 i've collected over the years, most of which i haven't read through. Of course they are no substitute for playing, if you want to increase your strength, just as a body builder actually has to lift the weights. But every bodybuilder i've met reads bodybuilding magazines for ideas and fun. Think of it this way: you're supporting chessplayers who are no longer active and have no other skills other than chess.
  15. 21 Jun '07 17:44
    bobby fischer was a book nut too. i have the same problem but i usually have 4 or 5 books brand new until i start to read them. once i get reading i'll finish 2 books within a month. first of all what books do you have at the moment and which ones have you read through?