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  1. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    05 Dec '09 04:41
    I dont really want/need anything else for Christmas so Im thinking about asking Santa for a book.

    if theres any new ones or lesser-known books you've enjoyed please give a review.

    right now Im not in the need for any opening books. thinking about a book on pawn structure, Kmoch was rec'd... is there any other good ones?

    also looking for any overall "improve" books that are thought-provoking. these books can be very hit-or-miss though.

    for example, anyone read this?
    http://www.newinchess.com/Revolutionize_Your_Chess-p-934.html
  2. 05 Dec '09 05:08
    "also looking for any overall "improve" books that are thought-provoking."

    Street Fighting Chess by Andrew Burnett.

    http://streetfightingchess.com/index.htm
  3. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    05 Dec '09 05:09
    Originally posted by dirtysniper
    "also looking for any overall "improve" books that are thought-provoking."

    Street Fighting Chess by Andrew Burnett.

    http://streetfightingchess.com/index.htm
    oh yeah, forgot about that book!
    I played Andrew on here when he was here. he is now on chess.com
    cool guy
  4. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    05 Dec '09 05:11
    also books on unique tactics, tactical creativity, judging sacs etc
  5. Standard member Talisman
    Time traveller.
    05 Dec '09 09:58
    Originally posted by irontigran
    I dont really want/need anything else for Christmas so Im thinking about asking Santa for a book.

    if theres any new ones or lesser-known books you've enjoyed please give a review.

    right now Im not in the need for any opening books. thinking about a book on pawn structure, Kmoch was rec'd... is there any other good ones?

    also looking for any ove ...[text shortened]... or example, anyone read this?
    http://www.newinchess.com/Revolutionize_Your_Chess-p-934.html
    I recently invested in this highly regarded recent release

    http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review696.pdf

    I have to say it's a very good read. Highly instructive and One you have to digest slowly. I'm only a few chapters in but i'm very impressed by the authors style.
  6. Standard member randolph
    the walrus
    06 Dec '09 03:56
    Excellent book that nobody I play regularly has heard about:
    http://www.chessvibes.com/reviews/review-questions-of-modern-chess-theory/
  7. 06 Dec '09 05:17
    "Russians vs. Fischer": http://www.chessville.com/reviews/RussiansvsFischer2ndEdition.htm

    Excellent book. Covers all encounters between Fischer and Soviet chess from Fischer's youth through the famous match against Spassky. The book is written by Russians from the Russian point of view. Along with all of the annotated games, there are memos from Soviet political and sport commissars, deep psychological profiles of Fischer and behind the scene machinations by the Soviet chess block to defeat Fischer at various tournaments and before the big matches.

    The best parts are the chapters on Fischer's destruction of Taimanov and Petrosian in the candidates matches leading up the Spassky match. I loved reading Botvinnik, the godfather of Soviet chess and a stalwart communist, criticizing Taimanov for excessive "Bohemianism." The next game I lose here I will blame on my own Bohemianism.
  8. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    06 Dec '09 06:14
    thanks everyone! I should have some more stuff for the list then
  9. Standard member orion25
    Art is hard
    06 Dec '09 13:58
    not wanting to hijack this threat I was wondering if anyone knows about some good book on the English, I've been playing it for a while now, but I feel I need some more study if I want to keep on progressing
  10. 06 Dec '09 16:22
    Originally posted by orion25
    not wanting to hijack this threat I was wondering if anyone knows about some good book on the English, I've been playing it for a while now, but I feel I need some more study if I want to keep on progressing
    The Dynamic English by Tony Kosten. It's the 1.c4 2.g3 bible.

    Has anyone read "The Chess Assassin's Business Manual"? May be on my Christmas list.
  11. 06 Dec '09 16:24
    Originally posted by irontigran
    I dont really want/need anything else for Christmas so Im thinking about asking Santa for a book.

    if theres any new ones or lesser-known books you've enjoyed please give a review.

    right now Im not in the need for any opening books. thinking about a book on pawn structure, Kmoch was rec'd... is there any other good ones?

    also looking for any ove ...[text shortened]... or example, anyone read this?
    http://www.newinchess.com/Revolutionize_Your_Chess-p-934.html
    Have you tried "Pawn Structure Chess" by Andrew Soltis? Very good read to get the idea of playing to your pawn structure. Helpful to formulate middlegame plans.
  12. Standard member JonathanB of London
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    06 Dec '09 16:56
    Originally posted by ParShooter
    "Russians vs. Fischer": http://www.chessville.com/reviews/RussiansvsFischer2ndEdition.htm

    Excellent book.
    Seconded. Very good book.

    Best of all Chess and Bridge have it on special offer at the moment (and they have a website for those who can't make it to their shops in london).
  13. Standard member JonathanB of London
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    06 Dec '09 16:58
    Originally posted by passedpawn22
    The Dynamic English by Tony Kosten. It's the 1.c4 2.g3 bible.
    I've not seen anybody write anything other than glowing praise about Kosten's book but ...

    Kosten himself has recently written that he considers Marin's book on the English (Quality Chess) to be the update to his own work that he himself would have written if he'd had the opportunity.

    I can't personally recommend Marin's book because I haven't read it but if it's good enough for Kosten then it's good enough for me. I've dropped Santa a few hints that it would be gratefully received should he care to lob it down my chimney.
  14. 06 Dec '09 20:58
    From London to Elista - Bareev
  15. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    07 Dec '09 22:07
    thanks guys, on more question-

    anyone know a good book on trades? It seems really clear we all trade too much, but its a topic thats not talked about much unless its "trade off the bad bishop for their good one, etc" Id like a whole book on examining trade.
    and Im only talking about even trades. I have Soltis book "Rethinking the Chess Pieces" but thats more about imbalances