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The Amateur's Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery

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Pages   443
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Vinyl-Bound
Publisher   Siles Press
ISBN  1890085022  
EAN  9781890085025  

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"Mr. Silman has become the leading chess writer in America. My students swear by his work". -- John Watson, International Chess Master, author of Play the French

"The Amateur's Mind is eminently readable and instruction-rich. Jeremy Silman never disappoints those who seriously wish to improve their game". -- Joel Benjamin, International Grand Master, 1987 U.S. champion

Most amateurs possess erroneous thinking processes that, elusive and difficult to eradicate, remain with them throughout their lives. These chinks in their mental armor bring about stinging defeats and reversals.

To address the most common of these problems, Mr. Silman has recorded the thoughts of his students while they play actual games, analyzed these thoughts, and catalogued the most typical misconceptions that arise. He then dispels these misconceptions and repairs the chinks in the player's armor with sage advice, rules of conduct and strategy, and psychological insights.

The Amateur's Mind takes the student on a journey through his or her own mind, gathering newfound knowledge and strength along the way. It's a mind-opening guide for all beginning and intermediate tournament-level players.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Silman, International Chess Master, is a world-class teacher, writer and player who has won the American Open, the National Open and the U.S. Open. He is the author of 32 highly popular chess books. He has also written dozens of articles that have appeared in chess magazines published throughout the world.

Jeremy Silman currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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Learn the Reasons behind the Actions  Apr 15, 2008
This is a advanced chess book for the improving player. It is beyond tactics or tricks, but dives into the positional element of the game. It deals with imbalances, Knight verses Bishop endings. It has sections dealing with weak squares and where to attack the other party. This book allows the average chess player to see the board clearer. After reading the book one will have a better understanding of the development and future of the game. You learn to read the weaknesses of the pawn structure and the defense to choose the best game plan for victory. This book improved my ratings on Yahoo. I am up to 1551 with a strong win over a 1575.
This should be your first book in strategic play and planning  Apr 15, 2008
After giving "How to reassess your chess" such a bad review (one star) someone told me to take a look at Silman other book (Especially after he won the Chesscafe award for his latest book). And my opinion is that this is much better book for improvers. "The Amateur's Mind" is instructive (through the whole book) and gives a player (around 1500) a very good introduction in middle game strategic elements and planning.

I believe I have to look at "How to reassess your chess" again, but until then I would recommend "The Amateur's Mind" as one's first book (1500-1800) in strategy and planning and for instance "Strategic Play" (1900-->) by Mark Dvoretsky as a good second book.
Common errors and misconceptions exposed!  Mar 24, 2008
In "The Amateur's Mind," a book by "How To Reassess Your Chess" author Jeremy Silman, Mr. Silman looks at many of the areas of a chess game and shows how to play them (or how not to play them). To emphasize his point, he shows games of himself vs. an amateur and shows the common errors and pitfalls the average amateur encounters in his play. If you learn from the mistakes, and follow Mr. Silman's example (he's always better than the amateur and does the "right thing"), you'll be a better player.

The book itself was helpful to me in that I, too, was an amateur (I didn't know my rating or anything like that, but I played at that level). Reading this book really helped me to think about how I played chess, and I think, certainly helped my play.

The problem with this book is that Mr. Silman is EXTREMELY critical. He always highlights the bad play of amateurs, and very, VERY little of the good. I was hoping for a more balanced outlook, but that's not what I found.

Still, the good outweighs the bad. After reading this book, I felt that I could feel what my opponents were thinking, and I knew how to respond. In fact, I'd call this book a chess-psychology book. Not only do we learn how the amateurs play, but we learn how they think (or at least how Mr. Silman's students think; I assume they represent the average amateur). Mr. Silman himself has written down what they verbally thought while playing some of these games, and often (with unnecessary harshness) points out if they're on the right mental track or not.

Included in the back are some exercises, which you should do after you've read all the chapters, understood them, and have absorbed the material from each. These exercises are good for testing what you've learned from this book.

This book, all in all, is very helpful, but not as much as Silman's masterpiece, "How to Reassess your Chess," but I think any chess player should have both: "Reassess" teaches YOU how to play a good game, and "Amateur's Mind" shows you how the opponent plays.
An OKAY book.  Jan 16, 2008
I was a 1900 rated (slow chess) player on ICC (Internet Chess Club, a very popular website that bunch of Grandmasters and International masters play on) when I picked this book up. (The Complete Book of Chess Strategy by Silman helped me go from 1300 to 1900, and I deeply appreciate that book.) The Strategy book already taught me positional chess, in a way, and through practice I was able to see weaknesses on the board and execute it better and better through process. But I was stuck on 1900 for like 4 months, and I didn't get better. So I thought maybe my thinking process was wrong. So I started reading this and found out lots of the stuff I already knew. But the best thing about this book is that it DEMONSTRATES to you how to make those imbalances he discussed in an actual game count. So I read it, not VERY detailed, but I read every single word, like reading a novel (in novel you just go through fast but you make sure you know what's going and that's what I did), and guess what, it got me from 1900 to 2100! I don't feel this book is advanced at all, since I'm a very postional-based type of player and not very tactical (maybe that's what keeping me from going higher in rating who knows).

Anyway, this is a very good book that teaches you the art of the game and how each piece should be used in a game. I liked it!
Significantly Improved My Play, Too  Oct 12, 2007
No book improved my play like this one did. If you're a rank beginner, it's too advanced for you, but if you are in the 1000 to 1700 range, it can drastically help you. Ever wonder what to do once you finish developing all your pieces? You'll never wonder again.

I improved about 150 points in my USCF rating directly as a result of this book. (It REALLY helps against computers, too, because of its emphasis on positional play.)

This book has all the same information as Reassess Your Chess, but this one is MUCH easier to follow. I have both books. Get this one, forget the other.

This will take care of your strategy, for great tactics training see:

Rapid Chess Improvement (Everyman Chess)

Chess Tactics Art 3.0

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