Originally posted by grithaven't read either one, but my impression is that they're very straightforward and clear cut. larry is a very no-nonsense guy, and always goes straight to the good stuff. it would seem very uncharacteristic of him if they turned out to be verbose and cryptic.
I see that amazon has two of his books Which would you suggest for someone who is an "advanced beginner? "
Please not one too hard that would be discouraging.
Originally posted by griti also have this book, a great book! you will love it! read that before you do anything, it will teach you many good things to be an attacking player, even if your style of play is different the concepts are still as valid than if you enjoy slower play, and it has many recommendations and references to other authors, but the best part of all, it is an enjoyable chess book, sometimes that's half the battle won already 🙂 i was looking at some of your games and although i am not a kick on the bum away from being a total patzer, i did notice you have a tendency to develop your bishops and then lose time when they get kicked around, look at the section, knights before bishops 🙂
Maybe I should just work through the First Book of Morphy which I already have, but his playing was so advanced and so unlike my own timid moves that I put it down.
Originally posted by dkurthI don't think it's accurate to say Petrosian's style was "just trying not to lose".
It's probably worth considering what role your personality plays in how you conduct chess games. If you're a dyed-in-the-wool non-aggressive person, I don't think studying attacking play is going to turn you into a killer on the chess board. (I'm not a behaviorlist, so I could be wrong about that.) Besides, maybe your natural tendencies aren't so bad. For ...[text shortened]... world champ Tigran Petrosian pretty much made a career out of "just trying not to lose."
Originally posted by gritI'm not sure you can actually learn to be an aggressive player. Your natural playing style is what it is. you can learn to be more tactically aware and hone your combinational skills but if you're not an aggressive player by nature, trying to play that way is likely to bring you string of poor results.
I'm stick my head out of the Bates Motel long enough to ask this question. It seems my attitude is just trying not to lose. I know that study helps- especially tactics and staying alert to check all checks, but my basic attitude is that I try to stall losing. How can I play with confidence and try to be an attacking player?