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  1. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    13 Nov '07 20:36 / 1 edit
    so i did the unthinkable, bought a chess book by cardoza publishing!

    it wasnt by bruce pandolfini though, wow does he suck...
    ....
    on second thought, he gives me hope, as i already have enough skills to beat out zaps and traps 2 with a book of my own...
    here is a page in it...

    traps on the alekhines defense...

    1.e4 Nf6
    2.Nc3 Rg8

    now for the trap... E5!!!!!
  2. 13 Nov '07 20:55
    Originally posted by jvanhine
    so i did the unthinkable, bought a chess book by cardoza publishing!

    it wasnt by bruce pandolfini though, wow does he suck...
    ....
    on second thought, he gives me hope, as i already have enough skills to beat out zaps and traps 2 with a book of my own...
    here is a page in it...

    traps on the alekhines defense...

    1.e4 Nf6
    2.Nc3 Rg8

    now for the trap... E5!!!!!
    By Cardoza? Man, you are crazy!

    I only have one Pandolfini book (his endgame course book), but it seems OK. I haven't read any of his other books, but I have read a lot of his Chess Cafe columns, where he exhibits a sarcastic humor which kind of rubs me the wrong way.

    I don't think I have any Cardoza books, but I did see a new one in the store the other day that I almost went for. It was Larry Evans' new one, "This Crazy World of Chess". Negatives are that it seemed to be a little smallish with not a lot of content (too much white space on the page for my taste). Positives are that I like Evans, the "scandals and shady deals" topics could be fun to read, and the $10 price tag didn't seem too bad. I decided to wait for a review to come out on it.
  3. 13 Nov '07 21:06
    2...Rg8? Who does that?
  4. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    13 Nov '07 21:15 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Mad Rook
    2...Rg8? Who does that?
    yeah, lol... that is my point.. he just shows how to beat complete morons, i bet he has 10 chapters on the scholars mate...

    edit: i was laughing hard at some of the shallow crap he puts in there, be sure to check it out for fun...

    his excuse on the last one is what to do when an alekhine player "accidently" touches the rook on move 2
  5. 13 Nov '07 21:25
    Pandolfini's end game book isn't that bad. It was the first ending book I'd ever read, and so far the only one. He wastes a lot of pages on piece only endings, but that is true of most ending books (I consider any pages on that topic a waste), and his treatment of rook endings could be better, but the pawn endings with and without minor pieces aren't bad.

    Traps and Zaps is terrible. One of the first chess books I ever bought and by far the worst. And as to Cardoza books, the ones I have seen are also terrible. I also bought one of those early on too, I think the same time I bought Traps and Zaps. I can't remember the name but it was some lame book on the opening that had almost no theory. I wound up giving it away.

    I think with Pandolfini you just have to keep in mind that he is writing for a different audience, mainly beginners and young scholastic players. Though he's still put out quite a few pot boilers in any case, maybe in the same league as Schiller. But Cardoza's books... just stay away from them, you'd be better off just lighting your money on fire.
  6. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    13 Nov '07 21:42
    Originally posted by scandium
    Pandolfini's end game book isn't that bad. It was the first ending book I'd ever read, and so far the only one. He wastes a lot of pages on piece only endings, but that is true of most ending books (I consider any pages on that topic a waste), and his treatment of rook endings could be better, but the pawn endings with and without minor pieces aren't bad.
    ...[text shortened]... books... just stay away from them, you'd be better off just lighting your money on fire.
    i agree

    i forgot to say that one of his tactics books is a complete mess, some little kid with bad handwriting endied up having to correct his mistakes...
  7. 13 Nov '07 21:45
    There are a lot of mistakes in his ending book too, although its generally obvious what he meant, it was still annoying... but I got through it and learned a few things, so it was worth the few bucks I paid for it... unlike the other two I mentioned.
  8. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    13 Nov '07 21:52
    Originally posted by scandium
    There are a lot of mistakes in his ending book too, although its generally obvious what he meant, it was still annoying... but I got through it and learned a few things, so it was worth the few bucks I paid for it... unlike the other two I mentioned.
    i really like silmans endgame course, its well put together
  9. 13 Nov '07 21:56 / 1 edit
    There's an errata list for Pandolfini's endgame book floating around somewhere on the internet. I'm sure it could be found by Googling for it.

    Yeah, any publisher that publishes a lot of Keene and Schiller material is automatically suspect in my book. Maybe that's why I didn't automatically buy Larry Evans' new book. I was also wondering what kind of editing job Cardoza had given the book.

    P.S. I heard the story that Pandolfini wanted to put out a new edition of his endgame book that would correct the mistakes, but the book still sells so well that his publisher won't let him put out a new edition.
  10. Standard member HurricaneConway125
    SUPREMO OF SOMERSET
    13 Nov '07 22:09
    Originally posted by jvanhine
    so i did the unthinkable, bought a chess book by cardoza publishing!

    it wasnt by bruce pandolfini though, wow does he suck...
    ....
    on second thought, he gives me hope, as i already have enough skills to beat out zaps and traps 2 with a book of my own...
    here is a page in it...

    traps on the alekhines defense...

    1.e4 Nf6
    2.Nc3 Rg8

    now for the trap... E5!!!!!
    I've got pandolfini ultimate guide to chess it's alright, but I think the title slighlty embellishes it otherwise dull innards
  11. 13 Nov '07 22:14
    Originally posted by HurricaneConway125
    I've got pandolfini ultimate guide to chess it's alright, but I think the title slighlty embellishes it otherwise dull innards
    One thing I've noticed about Pandolfini's books is that he's a master at catchy titles and flashy cover graphics.
  12. 13 Nov '07 22:17
    Originally posted by jvanhine
    i really like silmans endgame course, its well put together
    I don't have that one but I do have Silman's previous endgame book, "Chess endings explained move by move", or something like that. It looks really good but I still haven't read it yet. Keep meaning to get to it, but endings are so very hard to study. I've heard he's good writer though, I see his other books recommended all the time here and elsewhere and keep meaning to get them (and actually read them).
  13. 13 Nov '07 22:26
    Originally posted by jvanhine
    so i did the unthinkable, bought a chess book by cardoza publishing!

    it wasnt by bruce pandolfini though, wow does he suck...
    ....
    on second thought, he gives me hope, as i already have enough skills to beat out zaps and traps 2 with a book of my own...
    here is a page in it...

    traps on the alekhines defense...

    1.e4 Nf6
    2.Nc3 Rg8

    now for the trap... E5!!!!!
    Cardoza who defeated Bronstein in Curazao 1958 ?
  14. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    13 Nov '07 22:40
    Originally posted by zintieriv
    Cardoza who defeated Bronstein in Curazao 1958 ?
    i didnt know that, do you have a link?
  15. 13 Nov '07 22:48
    Different Cardoza.