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  1. 16 Mar '09 15:39
    What are the best books for getting back to serious OTB chess? Strategy/Tactics/Middlegame etc Any tourneys in England that have some do$sh as prize money?
  2. 16 Mar '09 15:45
    This one is supposed to be pretty good:
    http://tinyurl.com/dyn69m
    Don't know if they sell it in China though.
  3. 16 Mar '09 16:05
    There are no serious suggestions for 200 BCF+ or Elo (2200-2400) chess? Where are the likes of Dragonfly?
  4. 16 Mar '09 16:17
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    This one is supposed to be pretty good:
    http://tinyurl.com/dyn69m
    Don't know if they sell it in China though.
    lol
  5. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    16 Mar '09 18:47 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    This one is supposed to be pretty good:
    http://tinyurl.com/dyn69m
    Don't know if they sell it in China though.
    How much ya bench?
  6. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    16 Mar '09 18:56 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by z00t
    What are the best books for getting back to serious OTB chess? Strategy/Tactics/Middlegame etc Any tourneys in England that have some do$sh as prize money?
    What`s your OTB rating?
  7. 19 Mar '09 15:46
    Am i correct in assuming that none of you is 2200+ OTB? Not even that chap who sees tactics faster than his Fritz ? I thought the minimum age for the forum was 13+, or some of these guys making funny comments are allowing their kids to post from their accounts?
  8. 19 Mar '09 16:17
    You might like this:
    The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess
    Maximize Your Potential and Improve Your Results

    by John Emms
    Everyman Chess, 2007, Paperback medium
    Language: English

    Has stuff on the pyscology of playing otb etc...but I haven't read it in detail so be best to look over it first.
  9. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    19 Mar '09 19:48
    Originally posted by z00t
    Am i correct in assuming that none of you is 2200+ OTB? Not even that chap who sees tactics faster than his Fritz ? I thought the minimum age for the forum was 13+, or some of these guys making funny comments are allowing their kids to post from their accounts?
    My national rating is 2251. And when will you answer my question about your OTB rating?
  10. 19 Mar '09 20:56
    Originally posted by Mahout
    You might like this:
    The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess
    Maximize Your Potential and Improve Your Results

    by John Emms
    Everyman Chess, 2007, Paperback medium
    Language: English

    Has stuff on the pyscology of playing otb etc...but I haven't read it in detail so be best to look over it first.
    I've read this one recently. I quite like it.
  11. 19 Mar '09 21:32
    Originally posted by Mahout
    You might like this:
    The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess
    Maximize Your Potential and Improve Your Results

    by John Emms
    Everyman Chess, 2007, Paperback medium
    Language: English

    Has stuff on the pyscology of playing otb etc...but I haven't read it in detail so be best to look over it first.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I might get one of the Mark Dvoretsky/Artur Jusupov books, Emms book doesn't look very good according to this review http://www.chessville.com/reviews/TheSurvivalGuidetoCompetitiveChess.htm

    There is a list of books at http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/Books/books.html but it looks dated.
  12. 19 Mar '09 21:58
    Originally posted by z00t
    Thanks for the suggestion. I might get one of the Mark Dvoretsky/Artur Jusupov books, Emms book doesn't look very good according to this review http://www.chessville.com/reviews/TheSurvivalGuidetoCompetitiveChess.htm

    There is a list of books at http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/Books/books.html but it looks dated.
    If you're rating on here is 1900 give or take, chances are the Dvoretsky series isn't what you need.

    What (as Korch asked) is your OTB rating?! This would help us to give you a more informed opinion/selection!

    In my (humble) opinion, the majority of 'average' club-players should be trying to improve the more practical aspects of their chess. Emms book will help with that, as would one or 2 others, but not Dvoretsky/Yusupov.
  13. 20 Mar '09 21:00
    You might also like "Street Fighting Chess - An attacking guide for club players" by Andrew Burnett. (www.streetfightingchess.com) Think of it as dispatches from the front line of competitive chess with sections on "mind games" and the like. It's not about or for GM's but is aimed at club players. It's also a first book by the author, something of a labour of love with a lot poured into it. Don't be put off by the fact it's self published as the quality is good.

    And if for any reason you don't like it you can send a PM to "Streetfighter" here on RHP....who is one and the same...
  14. 20 Mar '09 22:22
    I've just got Think like a grandmaster - Kotov. Looking at it I would imagine it would be good for over the board chess, if you can follow his suggestions. Although I'm not entirely convinced by his tree of analysis stuff it does bring home the point of deeply analysing positions if they call for it, after assessing/evaluating them first.
  15. 22 Mar '09 22:17
    Opening Book: Modern Chess Openings (15th ed.), N. Defirmian

    Middlegame Book: Point Count Chess, I. A. Horowitz and G. Mott-Smith, OR How to Reassess your Chess, Silman.

    Endgame Books: Essential Chess Endings Explained Move by Move, vol. 1, Silman AND Essential Chess Endings Explained Move by Move, vol. 2, K. Smith.