Originally posted by basso
"Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess." Warning: for the beginner.
Question about Andrew Soltis' "How to Choose a Chess Move": Is this a good book? This is what I am always up against in games: Just how do I best go about thinking about this position and choosing my next move? Any book recommendations that answer this question would also be helpful. Thanks.
I'd recommend kotov's "think like a grandmaster", which emphasizes on the thinking process as in the title, but it's more about how to handle variations.
again, silmans "how to reassess your chess" has a page or two where it lists the recommended steps when it's your turn to move.
edit: actually since it's not even a whole page, I thought it might be misleading to recommend that book for only that purpose. here's the whole part:
1)figure out the positive and negative imbalances for both sides.
2)figure out the side of the board you wish to play on. you can only play where a favorable imbalance or the possibility of creating a favorable imbalance exists.
3)don't calculate! instead, dream up various fantasy positions, i.e, the positions you would most like to achieve.
4)once you find a fantasy position that makes you happy, you must figure out if you can reach it. if you find that your choice was not possible to implement, you must create another dream position that is easier to achieve.
5)only now do you look at the moves you wish to calculate (called candidate moves). The candidate moves are all the moves that lead to our dream position.