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  1. 16 May '09 11:59
    I'm trying to improve my game by reading a chess book - mammoth book of chess (recommended by greenpawn) but it is really slow going -setting up positions on boards and following the moves one at a time. It's so much easier to follow game threads attached to forums like this.

    Are there any online chess books that take advantage of this?

    I don't mind paying..

    I know I sound lazy but its taking forever to get through
  2. 16 May '09 12:49
    It's the mammoth book of chess.Did you expect to breeze through it in a few days?
    Chess takes time.Stick with the book and later on you'll be glad you did.

    To answer your question,yes,there are online books.Google 'chess ebooks' and you'll find many.
  3. 16 May '09 13:08
    Originally posted by sporadic
    I'm trying to improve my game by reading a chess book - mammoth book of chess (recommended by greenpawn) but it is really slow going -setting up positions on boards and following the moves one at a time. It's so much easier to follow game threads attached to forums like this.

    Are there any online chess books that take advantage of this?

    I don't mind paying..

    I know I sound lazy but its taking forever to get through
    Quote:

    " I don't mind paying."

    You cannot buy it.

    Playing over games on a screen is like listening to a piece of music
    and then expecting to actually play the instrument you just heard.

    Playing the moves over the board one at a time is the way you play Chess.

    Mark the place you at and go and start on another section.
    But do go back to look at what remains in that chapter you skipped.

    There is a lot of essential knowledge packed in that book.

    Don't look upon it as work - enjoy it.

    Any bit you are stuck with or cannot fully grasp then post on here.
  4. 16 May '09 14:01
    Don't look upon it as work - enjoy it.
    Really enjoyed the first few pages - learning pins etc. and the names for different moves and solving puzzles etc.

    Just getting bogged down with all the annotation. It takes me 10 minutes just to go through one little exercise and my brain is pre-occupied with moving all the pieces correctly rather than analysing what each player is thinking.

    I just feel I would achieve a lot more in a fraction of the time with the help of technology - it's 2009!

    So if I go down the ebook route - will they have the chess boards on screen ready to go and manipulate - or will it just be all the same text (with annotation etc) just on a screen instead of on paper (no help atall)?

    I know you're a purist greenpawn but my brain hurts!
  5. 16 May '09 14:13 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by sporadic

    my brain hurts!
    That's a pretty good sign!
  6. 16 May '09 15:46
    Originally posted by sporadic
    Really enjoyed the first few pages - learning pins etc. and the names for different moves and solving puzzles etc.

    Just getting bogged down with all the annotation. It takes me 10 minutes just to go through one little exercise and my brain is pre-occupied with moving all the pieces correctly rather than analysing what each player is thinking.

    I just ...[text shortened]... n instead of on paper (no help atall)?

    I know you're a purist greenpawn but my brain hurts!
    An ebook is just a book on a screen.No boards to manipulate.
    There are databases containing the games and positions of certain books but without the notes.You can dl one of those and buy the book,then read the notes in the book while you follow the game on screen.

    Some free ones here:
    http://www.gambitchess.com/semi/db1.htm
  7. 16 May '09 17:46
    If you want to become good at chess on the internet then study games on a screen. If you want to be good at REAL chess then study games on a REAL board.
  8. 16 May '09 21:04
    Originally posted by Romanticus
    An ebook is just a book on a screen.No boards to manipulate.
    There are databases containing the games and positions of certain books but without the notes.You can dl one of those and buy the book,then read the notes in the book while you follow the game on screen.

    Some free ones here:
    http://www.gambitchess.com/semi/db1.htm
    Thanks Romanticus - you answered my question!
  9. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    18 May '09 23:29
    I like to use real pieces on my monitor!