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  1. Standard member HomerJSimpson
    Renouned Grob Killer
    23 Mar '06 06:04 / 1 edit
    I just finished reading volumes I and II of the Secrets of the Russian Masters Series. Heres what I think about it:

    Comparing Volume I and Volume II to the Yasser Seirawan series I would say there is alot less material presented in these two books than the Yasser Seirawan books, which is understandable because Seirawan now has 7 books all together. Alot of the material presented overlaps with the Seirawan books, the first volume of Secrets of the Russian Masters (SORMs) is equivalent to the most basic of Seirawans books "Play Winning Chess" the second volume is kind of like Seirawans "Play Winning Chess Tactics" except that Xrays and windmills, and drawing tactics are not presented here. Both volume I and volume II were very solidly written, its written kind of like a math book, it discusses theory than it highlights the key points in a table than like the Seirawan books has excercises at the end. This book is one of the easiest to read only 1 or 2 moves than theres a new diagram. The material is also very simple and basic. Overall I highly recommend it, its very informative, easy to read, great for people rated 900-1500
  2. 23 Mar '06 17:42
    Originally posted by HomerJSimpson
    I just finished reading volumes I and II of the Secrets of the Russian Masters Series. Heres what I think about it:

    Comparing Volume I and Volume II to the Yasser Seirawan series I would say there is alot less material presented in these two books than the Yasser Seirawan books, which is understandable because Seirawan now has 7 books all together. ...[text shortened]... l I highly recommend it, its very informative, easy to read, great for people rated 900-1500
    I agree with everything you wrote!
  3. 23 Mar '06 21:20
    Originally posted by HomerJSimpson
    I just finished reading volumes I and II of the Secrets of the Russian Masters Series. Heres what I think about it:

    Comparing Volume I and Volume II to the Yasser Seirawan series I would say there is alot less material presented in these two books than the Yasser Seirawan books, which is understandable because Seirawan now has 7 books all together. ...[text shortened]... l I highly recommend it, its very informative, easy to read, great for people rated 900-1500
    Yeah, me too! I agree, too. The volumes after that can carry you on to higher levels. Tactics for the Tournament player - Volume III - is a good book for sharpening up on tactical combinations, themes and motifs.
  4. 23 Mar '06 21:31 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by powershaker
    Yeah, me too! I agree, too. The volumes after that can carry you on to higher levels. Tactics for the Tournament player - Volume III - is a good book for sharpening up on tactical combinations, themes and motifs.
    I am pretty sure you are talking about different books Shaker.


    He isn't talking about the lev alburt series.

    Maybe i'm wrong but I believe it is:

    http://sirsiweb.epl.ca/uhtbin/cgisirsi/0H3i8Xv7ee/EPLABB/80550083/2/1000

    Haha, maybe its the same book but with different covers? The ones on amazon for the lev alburt course have little kids on the covers so I though it was a different book. Is it the same one?

    Are you telling me I read volume 1 and 2 of that course without knowing it?

    Edit: no I'm right. Your talking about the lev alburt course shaker and this person and I are not.
  5. Standard member HomerJSimpson
    Renouned Grob Killer
    23 Mar '06 22:07
    Actually I was talking about the Lev Alburt series
  6. Standard member Ravello
    The RudeĀ©
    23 Mar '06 22:14
    Originally posted by HomerJSimpson
    Actually I was talking about the Lev Alburt series
    Oh my,what did you say........
    Now we'll have to hear again Powershaker screaming like a pig about Lev Alburt's chess course.......
  7. 23 Mar '06 23:34
    Originally posted by HomerJSimpson
    Actually I was talking about the Lev Alburt series
    Those books are written by Lev Alburt but the series Shaker was refering to was the comprehensive chess course which has 7 books I think.

    I'm reading strategy for the tournament player and it's a nice refresher, nothing really new yet. Very easy to read.
  8. Standard member HomerJSimpson
    Renouned Grob Killer
    24 Mar '06 03:38
    Originally posted by RahimK
    Those books are written by Lev Alburt but the series Shaker was refering to was the comprehensive chess course which has 7 books I think.

    I'm reading strategy for the tournament player and it's a nice refresher, nothing really new yet. Very easy to read.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1889323055/sr=8-1/qid=1143171348/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-8326162-8563003?%5Fencoding=UTF8

    are you talking about this one? The one where you left a link it says it timed out.

    Press quote to see the link
  9. 24 Mar '06 04:16
    Originally posted by HomerJSimpson
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1889323055/sr=8-1/qid=1143171348/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-8326162-8563003?%5Fencoding=UTF8

    are you talking about this one? The one where you left a link it says it timed out.

    Press quote to see the link
    Ah, that's the book I am currently reading. That's the series of books Shaker is talking about. There are 7 of them.

    However the Chess Secrets of Russian Grandmaster are not related to this series. There's 2 books, and the cover is a chess board with some pawns and stuff, and its pretty dull looking and old. That's the one I was talking about.

    The link I posted is from the library I borrowed them. They have a nice picture there but I guess it doesn't work.
  10. 24 Mar '06 04:18
    Originally posted by RahimK
    Ah, that's the book I am currently reading. That's the series of books Shaker is talking about. There are 7 of them.

    However the Chess Secrets of Russian Grandmaster are not related to this series. There's 2 books, and the cover is a chess board with some pawns and stuff, and its pretty dull looking and old. That's the one I was talking about.

    The lin ...[text shortened]... om the library I borrowed them. They have a nice picture there but I guess it doesn't work.
    This is the books I was talking about and I belive you were also Homer right?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=br_ss_hs/102-1590211-3988164?search-alias=aps&keywords=secrets%20of%20russian%20chess%20masters
  11. Standard member HomerJSimpson
    Renouned Grob Killer
    24 Mar '06 21:25
    I was under the impression there was only 4

    SORMS volumes I and II (2 books)

    Chess strategy's and tacics for the tournament player (2 books)

    what are the other 3?
  12. 24 Mar '06 21:50
    Originally posted by HomerJSimpson
    I was under the impression there was only 4

    SORMS volumes I and II (2 books)

    Chess strategy's and tacics for the tournament player (2 books)

    what are the other 3?
    No NO NO. You are all confused.

    There are 2 different series:

    1. SORSM, 2 books here's the link with pictures

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=br_ss_hs/102-0919105-8211337?search-alias=aps&keywords=secrets%20of%20russian%20chess%20masters

    That is the one I'm talking about and you are suppose to be talking about unless you got the names wrong.





    K second series, 7 books. It's called Comprehensive Chess Course

    There's 5 of them on this page. The rest aren't part of this series. If you can find one of the books in the series, look in the inside back cover and it had a picture of all 7 of them. This is the series Shaker was talking about.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=nb_ss_gw/102-0919105-8211337?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lev+alburt+comprehensive+course



    Does that makes sense now?
  13. 25 Mar '06 20:10
    Originally posted by RahimK
    I am pretty sure you are talking about different books Shaker.


    He isn't talking about the lev alburt series.

    Maybe i'm wrong but I believe it is:

    http://sirsiweb.epl.ca/uhtbin/cgisirsi/0H3i8Xv7ee/EPLABB/80550083/2/1000

    Haha, maybe its the same book but with different covers? The ones on amazon for the lev alburt course have little kids on the ...[text shortened]... no I'm right. Your talking about the lev alburt course shaker and this person and I are not.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1889323012/sr=8-4/qid=1143317377/ref=pd_bbs_4/104-9406888-6927909?%5Fencoding=UTF8

    That is the second volume of the Lev Alburt course.
  14. 25 Mar '06 20:12
    Originally posted by RahimK
    No NO NO. You are all confused.

    There are 2 different series:

    1. SORSM, 2 books here's the link with pictures

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=br_ss_hs/102-0919105-8211337?search-alias=aps&keywords=secrets%20of%20russian%20chess%20masters

    That is the one I'm talking about and you are suppose to be talking about unless you got the names wrong.
    ...[text shortened]... lias%3Daps&field-keywords=lev+alburt+comprehensive+course



    Does that makes sense now?
    Here's every book in the Lev ALburt Comprehensive CHess COurse:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=br_ss_hs/104-9406888-6927909?search-alias=aps&keywords=Lev%20Alburt
  15. 25 Mar '06 21:13
    Originally posted by powershaker
    Here's every book in the Lev ALburt Comprehensive CHess COurse:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=br_ss_hs/104-9406888-6927909?search-alias=aps&keywords=Lev%20Alburt
    It also has other book in there which aren't part of the course including the 2 SORCM books i'm talking about and those pirc alert and e4 books.