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  1. Standard membermchill
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    The Road to Chess Improvement by Alex Yermolinsky

    It was mentioned recently in Chess Life. This book is priced over $100.00 on Amazon. Does anyone here own a copy? Is it really that good? Is it worth the price?
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    Road to Chess Improvement
    9781901983241 "How can I improve my game?" is a perennial question facing chess-players. While there are no easy answers, Alex Yermolinsky is better qualified than most to ...

    $1,500.00
    +$123.75 est. tax
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    77% positive

    But it has free shipping!! 🙄
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    @mchill said
    The Road to Chess Improvement by Alex Yermolinsky

    It was mentioned recently in Chess Life. This book is priced over $100.00 on Amazon. Does anyone here own a copy? Is it really that good? Is it worth the price?
    You can get it on Kindle for $9.95.
  4. Zugzwang
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    @mchill said
    The Road to Chess Improvement by Alex Yermolinsky

    It was mentioned recently in Chess Life. This book is priced over $100.00 on Amazon. Does anyone here own a copy? Is it really that good? Is it worth the price?
    As far as I can recall, it was a very good book.
    (My copy seems to have been stolen years ago.)
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    My library has it so I will check it out.

    What is with people selling books on Amazon for massive prices lately?
    Are they hoping some dummy comes along and buys it? 🙄
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    Hi Cheesemaster,

    Some Amazo books have always been heavily priced but with that Netflix
    'Queens Gambit'thing everyone is upping their prices and no doubt online
    coaches are springing up all the place.

    Don't think I have the Yermolinsky book. Cannot comment on it.
  7. Zugzwang
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    @greenpawn34 said
    Hi Cheesemaster,

    Some Amazo books have always been heavily priced but with that Netflix
    'Queens Gambit'thing everyone is upping their prices and no doubt online
    coaches are springing up all the place.

    Don't think I have the Yermolinsky book. Cannot comment on it.
    I came across one online chess coach who boasted about his 1400 rating (yes 1400) on
    one (unnamed) chess website and was asking to be paid 75 USD per hour for lessons.
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    😆
    That's funny
  9. Zugzwang
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    @cheesemaster said
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    That's funny
    As a coach myself, I regard a 1400 rated (at a cherry-picked website) player
    charging near GM rates for lessons as similar to a first year medical student
    charging nearly as much as a top specialist doctor for a medical opinion.
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    @duchess64 said
    As a coach myself, I regard a 1400 rated (at a cherry-picked website) player
    charging near GM rates for lessons as similar to a first year medical student
    charging nearly as much as a top specialist doctor for a medical opinion.
    I was too charitable. It's more like someone recently trained in first aid posing as a
    board-certified specialist doctor.
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    @duchess64 said
    I was too charitable. It's more like someone recently trained in first aid posing as a
    board-certified specialist doctor.
    What relevance does this have to the Alex Yermolinsky book? Seems a bit too egotistical and a bit self-serving considering you're quoting you're own post.

    On the subject of the Alex Yermolinsky book I haven't got one so can't comment on it.
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    Well the OP asked if $100 was worth the book and I asked why are chess books so expensive now in Amazon and it's because of people thinking what they have is valuable and expensive because of that show "The Queen's Gambit" and that brought up the over abundance of new online coaches trying to make easy money from dumb people who are new to chess and don't know any better.

    Try to follow along 😉
  13. Standard membercongruent
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    28 Dec '20 19:29
    Its a massive tangent quoting one's own posts 🙂
  14. Standard membermchill
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    @duchess64 said
    As far as I can recall, it was a very good book.
    (My copy seems to have been stolen years ago.)
    Many thanks to everyone here for the feedback. This looks promising, and I'll put it on my list. Still a few months before I'm ready for another book though - 🙂
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    @duchess64 said
    As a coach myself, I regard a 1400 rated (at a cherry-picked website) player
    charging near GM rates for lessons as similar to a first year medical student
    charging nearly as much as a top specialist doctor for a medical opinion.
    Wow, really, I'll look at chess coaching then! My last ECF rating was 128 in old money so I've got 200 new money points on that guy (the ECF recently changed from a three digit system to a four digit one - also I'm probably better than that rating even at the time). I'll quote my puzzles rating on LiChess which is 2,400 plus some loose change as they revamped their system and it was easy to get ratings points for a little while - I was up to 2,550 but they made everyone's puzzle ratings provisional and I missed two of them which cost me a combined 184 points.
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