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F this I don t want to study chess Not this guys fault I guess. An exceptionally good chess book I really liked the author s discussion of priyome mini themes and patterns that repeat The author gives post diagrams often enough I was able to follow the great majority of the book without setting up a board. Despite what the title suggests not a book for beginners I d say it s ideal for intermediate players wanting to start a program to get to the next level but aren t sure what to study or how Definitely provides a way to focus your studies. A well written and thoughtful little book There were plenty of typos in the edition I have including some in the diagrams which didn t help but the miniatures and abstracts of longer games were very good for intermediate strength players who already have a decent grasp of tactics and some strategic ideas.It s debatable how much a novice, or sub 1200 strength player would get out of this book but then again, perhaps they aren t concerned with studying chess and should probably spend most of th A well written and thoughtful little book There were plenty of typos in the edition I have including some in the diagrams which didn t help but the miniatures and abstracts of longer games were very good for intermediate strength players who already have a decent grasp of tactics and some strategic ideas.It s debatable how much a novice, or sub 1200 strength player would get out of this book but then again, perhaps they aren t concerned with studying chess and should probably spend most of their time training tactics, or dip their toes into books like Seirawan s Winning Chess series first.Andy Soltis makes some excellent points about focussing one s study on weaknesses and reinforcing the idea that there is no quick and easy way up the ranking charts hard work and particularly focussed work is still the only way Chess is hard I have now read several chess books, and didn t find this one overly valuable It s scope is simply too broad Soltis did introduce some helpful ideas two and half move chess, studying masters games three times, the priyome, etc , but most of the book is filled with one set of annotations per idea In my opinion, working through these annotations simply wastes time, because you can t learn an idea in that little space I doubt that was his intention, but they really don t add anything If you I have now read several chess books, and didn t find this one overly valuable It s scope is simply too broad Soltis did introduce some helpful ideas two and half move chess, studying masters games three times, the priyome, etc , but most of the book is filled with one set of annotations per idea In my opinion, working through these annotations simply wastes time, because you can t learn an idea in that little space I doubt that was his intention, but they really don t add anything If you read his book without reading the annotations, you will benefit from some new ideas, but far less than you would like in a 250 page book.In my opinion his book does not make studying chess much easier In fact, itjust made me of the opinion that you must just jump in studying somewhere and learn as much as you can however you can Sure, you ll waste some time along the way, but that is inevitable, even with Soltis book You ll find a valuable resource of wisdom in this book but I believe only a particular type of audience, such as intermediate players, will appreciate it The reason Stronger opponents already passed this phase of learning the fundamentals, perhaps when they were young so it s kinda of boring and beginners may not like to face the cold truth that there is no silver bullet When I started reading this book, I was hoping too for the most efficient way of learning chess, the ultimate recipe and You ll find a valuable resource of wisdom in this book but I believe only a particular type of audience, such as intermediate players, will appreciate it The reason Stronger opponents already passed this phase of learning the fundamentals, perhaps when they were young so it s kinda of boring and beginners may not like to face the cold truth that there is no silver bullet When I started reading this book, I was hoping too for the most efficient way of learning chess, the ultimate recipe and most of all, I was attracted to the idea of making it less painful Instead we are presented to the typical pitfalls of unpractical and inefficient ways of studying the game, and how to avoid them, mostly because Chess has Too Much Information In this respect I think the book title is somewhat maladjusted.Make no mistake in just skipping the book because of its reviews The message is very clear and simple Chess playing proficiency comes with hard work on maintaining a highly efficient pattern and priyome recognition machine as fresh as possible And thus you ll need to memorize a lot of things and be able to recall them without thinking If you want to know why, read the book I m surprised by how quickly I got through this book It is well written, provides directions rather than detailed game analysis I m not certain that anyone but the most ardent chess players would plough through 200 pages of move by move game study, but Mr Soltis provides basic principles and how to get the most out of those 200 page books of intricate analysis The answer don t read them cover to cover, they are for reference move slowly avoid myths and grandmaster posturing, etc I will r I m surprised by how quickly I got through this book It is well written, provides directions rather than detailed game analysis I m not certain that anyone but the most ardent chess players would plough through 200 pages of move by move game study, but Mr Soltis provides basic principles and how to get the most out of those 200 page books of intricate analysis The answer don t read them cover to cover, they are for reference move slowly avoid myths and grandmaster posturing, etc I will recommend the book especially to beginners who are bewildered by the walls of detailed chess books in the back of the game shop Move slowly Most of us just love the game, several of us will buy up libraries of detailed opening books and far, far fewer will become geniuses like Morphy and Fischer Study is a necessity for competitive chess players, and acclaimed chess author and International Grandmaster Andrew Soltis explains how it should be done In his trademark witty, accessible style, Soltis provides tips on everything from the need for memorization to the use of computers and even how to develop that indefinable thing called intuition Excellent survey of how strong chess players actually think about the game, and how to use this knowledge to improve your studies I found the author s advice about treating every diagram as a lesson very helpful, as well as the notion of learning a set of positions and priyomes as a way of improving your positional skills Why didn t anyone tell me this 20 years ago I want to get Soltis s sequel to this book, 100 Chess Master Trade Secrets to follow up on this idea. While the title probably is nice from a marketing standpoint what GM Soltis is really doing in this book is providing methods to study efficiently, but still require lots of hard work for a very long time.He provides suggestions on studying master games, the openings, and the endgame He also gives exercises for improving calculation, move selection, evaluation of positions, and planning Overall it is a lot of useful information for someone looking to improve at chess.