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  1. 04 Jul '06 09:47
    I'm creeping up on 1500 and would like to more aggressively work on my game. Can anyone please suggest some books that might help me out. For what it's worth... I would say my mid-game is weakest and I haven't formally studied any openings. I will often sacrifice points for position (which probably isn't too sound for someone at my level). I guess that makes me more of an offensive style of player. That said, I'm a quick study and am willing to entertain any thoughts /suggestions. Thanks.
  2. 04 Jul '06 14:13
    Originally posted by Kevinmccaffery
    I'm creeping up on 1500 and would like to more aggressively work on my game. Can anyone please suggest some books that might help me out. For what it's worth... I would say my mid-game is weakest and I haven't formally studied any openings. I will often sacrifice points for position (which probably isn't too sound for someone at my level). I guess tha ...[text shortened]... That said, I'm a quick study and am willing to entertain any thoughts /suggestions. Thanks.
    If you haven't read the Yasser Seirwan Winning Chess series, I suggest you start with that. There are 7 books in that collection.
  3. Standard member HomerJSimpson
    Renouned Grob Killer
    04 Jul '06 14:31
    Originally posted by RahimK
    If you haven't read the Yasser Seirwan Winning Chess series, I suggest you start with that. There are 7 books in that collection.
    Good posting
  4. 04 Jul '06 14:49
    After the many recommendations on this site, I have just started reading Silman's 'How to Reassess your chess'. It barely touches on openings or end games and certainly seems like a good middle-game book. Mainly it looks at how to create and execute plans rather than just developing pieces and moving randomly. I have liked what I have read so far anyway.

    Someone also mentioned 'The Art of Attack' by Vukovic (?), haven't read it myself but have heard good things.
  5. Standard member HomerJSimpson
    Renouned Grob Killer
    04 Jul '06 14:54
    Originally posted by TheGambit
    After the many recommendations on this site, I have just started reading Silman's 'How to Reassess your chess'. It barely touches on openings or end games and certainly seems like a good middle-game book. Mainly it looks at how to create and execute plans rather than just developing pieces and moving randomly. I have liked what I have read so far anyway ...[text shortened]... ned 'The Art of Attack' by Vukovic (?), haven't read it myself but have heard good things.
    They say that the authors analysis is flawed and when checked with fritz the other sde can avoid a checkmate and what not, I believe Dr. Nunn has foot notes of where its incorrect.
  6. 04 Jul '06 14:57
    Which book Homer?
  7. Standard member HomerJSimpson
    Renouned Grob Killer
    04 Jul '06 15:44
    Originally posted by TheGambit
    Which book Homer?
    Im sorry, I was talking about the Art of Attack
  8. 04 Jul '06 15:52
    Have you read the book? The ideas may still be good I suppose even if some analysis is flawed, might not be spending money on it myself though now! Cheers for the heads up.
  9. 04 Jul '06 16:12
    "'Classical Bishop Sacrifice'- A whole chapter on the well known Bishop sac on the castled position and the factors that need to be present for the sac to be succesful."

    So that's how you learnt to beat me then Smaug

    Cheers for the info. Ok, so that's another opinion on it, the ideas are obviously pretty sound then and that was a glowing reference......I'm interested again. I'm probably the most fickle person I know, well, sometimes.
  10. 05 Jul '06 20:08
    Originally posted by RahimK
    If you haven't read the Yasser Seirwan Winning Chess series, I suggest you start with that. There are 7 books in that collection.
    Yeah, his books are great. If you haven't studied openings, I suggest you get Seirwan's Winning Chess Openings. I also found Winning Chess Strategies and Winning Chess Endings immensly helpful. Since using them, my rating jumped about 150 points. (Along with playing alot of practice games, practicing tactics, etc.)

    His series is a must.
  11. 05 Jul '06 20:43 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Sicilian Smaug
    I mentioned it in another thread and I think others has done.
    The best book on attacking chess strategy ever written! I have improved several hundred points since reading it. 400+ pages dedicated to the attack on the King - the aim of the game, is it not? Divided into such chapters as;

    'Focal Points' - Looking at squares around the King that the ooks are a tad advanced. Not ideal books to start with, esp not under 1500's.
    Ah, but you are wrong. I happen to own Art of Attack by Vukovic in algebraic notation, which makes things that much easier! (Not positive, but I think my version has many errors fixed (in the footnotes of course).)
  12. 06 Jul '06 20:35
    There 3-4 books those really help me .
    Two are:
    A book (I thing he wrote another one) of Suetin for opening strategy-I do not remember the title now and the old "the art of defence" by Soltis .
    I thing that a good Idea is not only read books but to analyse games of good players..
    You can find many chess databases in internet
  13. 07 Jul '06 05:05
    thanks, all.. you've given me some good leads to pursue.
  14. Standard member Grandmouster
    ChessObsessed
    07 Jul '06 15:31 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Kevinmccaffery
    I'm creeping up on 1500 and would like to more aggressively work on my game. Can anyone please suggest some books that might help me out. For what it's worth... I would say my mid-game is weakest and I haven't formally studied any openings. I will often sacrifice points for position (which probably isn't too sound for someone at my level). I guess tha ...[text shortened]... That said, I'm a quick study and am willing to entertain any thoughts /suggestions. Thanks.
    I recently beat several higher rated players on ICC. I fell a surge in chess strengh, and am approaching new rating highs.
    how did i do this?
    I stoped reading books.
    Books are good for beginer, and intermediate level. But the best way for any level of skill, is to get a database, and pour through games,
    annotated or not.
    I did this for a month, going over classic games, including capablanca, and alekhine, etc.
    By going over the whole game, you get a feel for their ideas, and get opening and tactical and endgame ideas as well.
  15. 07 Jul '06 16:18
    If I were you OP

    I'd actually start with the endgame.

    why? because in order to play an effective middle-game YOU MUST PLAY WITH ENDGAME CONSIDERATIONS!


    and i'll give you a simple example to prove my point.

    Imagine this position.... (and also assume its OTB)

    Wte: -K@b4, R@e1, B@e3, N@g5
    Blk: - K@e8, R@e2, P@d3, P@a6


    White to move....

    This position should be completly won by White - Rxe2 dxe2 Bf2 - will transpose to a winning endgame, the two black pawns will be easily snapped off the board and will eventually leave a K+N+B vs. K endgame 1-0

    however, You (playing white) look at this postion, but because you never really studied the endgame you don't actually know how to win a B+N+K vs K endgame (and you can't just go off to look it up)

    so instead of playing Rxe2 you may infact find yourself forced to play something like Rc1...which allows Rxe3 perhaps allowing black drawing chances. its that or play Rxe2 ans simply offer a draw.


    Now this is a simple example, but it illustrates the point - you can crap all over your openant and get yourself a winning position - but if you can't finish it...well, a draw it is.