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Wed Sep 4 2013 2:23PM | MsgID: 16770396


Originally posted by: "ockendon"
May I humbly recommend my own series of chess books, suitable for complete beginners, as well as being a useful reminder for more experienced players:

'How to Move a Pawn' £25 (capturing, en passant and promotion each £5 extra)
'How to Move a Knight' £45 (jumping over other pieces £5 extra)
'How to Move a Black-Squares Bishop' £25
'How to Move a White-Squares Bishop' £25
'How to Move a Rook' £20 (castling £10 extra)
'How to Move a Queen' £35
'How to Move a King' £25 (check, checkmate and resigning each £5 extra, castling £10 extra)

Or purchase the all-inclusive package for just £225, learn how every piece moves, and be ready to start playing!

And Series 2 for more advanced players:

'Which Way Round to Put the Chessboard' £5
'How to Set Out the Pieces at the Start of a Game' £10
'Fitting the Pieces Back in the Box so that the Lid Slides Shut' £10

(All prices are in 'virtual' pounds, please do not mail real money!)




Having downloaded an illegal copy of 'How to Move a White-Squares Bishop' I found that after less than 6 moves my Bishop was on a Black square . It's probably the worst book I've ever stolen.

When is ockendon going to publish 'How to Set Out the Pieces at the End of a Game so that I Win'?

My least satisfactory purchase was probably Levy's Sicilian Dragon. Not that there anything wrong with the book - Its just that I didn't play the Sicilian!



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Tue Aug 20 2013 10:27PM | MsgID: 16732268


May I humbly recommend my own series of chess books, suitable for complete beginners, as well as being a useful reminder for more experienced players:

'How to Move a Pawn' £25 (capturing, en passant and promotion each £5 extra)
'How to Move a Knight' £45 (jumping over other pieces £5 extra)
'How to Move a Black-Squares Bishop' £25
'How to Move a White-Squares Bishop' £25
'How to Move a Rook' £20 (castling £10 extra)
'How to Move a Queen' £35
'How to Move a King' £25 (check, checkmate and resigning each £5 extra, castling £10 extra)

Or purchase the all-inclusive package for just £225, learn how every piece moves, and be ready to start playing!

And Series 2 for more advanced players:

'Which Way Round to Put the Chessboard' £5
'How to Set Out the Pieces at the Start of a Game' £10
'Fitting the Pieces Back in the Box so that the Lid Slides Shut' £10

(All prices are in 'virtual' pounds, please do not mail real money!)




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Sat Aug 10 2013 9:30AM | edited: 9:42:30 | MsgID: 16705653


[Quote from: "notmtwain"]
[Quote from: "armstrong789"]The man that used to supply Fischer with all his books, Ken Smith of Dallas Texas, used to urge his subscribers to his excellent "Chess Digest" magazine not to buy that book.The reason goes like this: Evidently Fischer was having lunch one afternoon, and 2 men approached him and asked him if he would give them his opinion on some chess diagrams they had with them. Ficher was not yet extremely paranoid, and so he politrly obliged, and looked at the diagrams and gave them his opinion. They then left. Thats the entire story. Little did he know that they were going to use the name of a living legend to make a fast buck from the gullible and the naive.I know nothing of any CD or DVD by the same title.All I know is that every month when I get my issue of Chess Life it advertises the book "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" which is a hot seller.The correct title should really be: "How a Living Legend was Manipulated by Charlatans who Wanted to Make a Fast Buck from the Gullible and the Naive"



There's nothing wrong with "Bobby Fischer teaches chess" as a book for beginners. The diagrams after every move made it readable without a chessboard, the first book I recall seeing that did that. It's not just Fischer's name that made it one of the best-selling chess books of all time.

The book Profile of a Prodigy, a biography of Fischer by Frank Brady describes him as being actively engaged in the production of the book.






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Sun Feb 5 2012 6:59AM | edited: 7:02:13 | MsgID: 15154908


[Quote from: "doctork"]
[Quote from: "armstrong789"]All very interesting, but what's the worst chessbook you ever bought?



Good question, Armstrong I have roughly 1000 chess books, so one would think that at least a few are pretty bad. What I've found is that no book is completely worthless. Nonetheless, here's a short list of books that I would recommend against wasting your money on:

1. GM RAM
2. The Tao of Chess
3. Schiller, World Champion Openings
4. Shamkovich and Schiller, Caro-Kann 4...Nd7 Variation
5. Karpov, How to Play the English Opening



AHA! I just rediscovered the WORST book ever - MCO-15, replacing #1 on my list above and giving Karpov a break. It's not that the MCO-15 content is so bad, although it is a bit scantily clad in its treatment of some lines (NCO, although older, is much better). What's the problem? The book was literally disintigrating right from the start. It is in about a dozen pieces, falling apart. The binding is glued, not sewn, and it is very, very badly glued. Thank you, McKay publishers. I would never buy another book from McKay - ever.



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Wed Jan 4 2012 7:28AM | MsgID: 15057747


Originally posted by: "armstrong789"
All very interesting, but what's the worst chessbook you ever bought?




Good question, Armstrong I have roughly 1000 chess books, so one would think that at least a few are pretty bad. What I've found is that no book is completely worthless. Nonetheless, here's a short list of books that I would recommend against wasting your money on:

1. GM RAM
2. The Tao of Chess
3. Schiller, World Champion Openings
4. Shamkovich and Schiller, Caro-Kann 4...Nd7 Variation
5. Karpov, How to Play the English Opening




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Tue Dec 27 2011 12:50PM | MsgID: 15032270


All very interesting, but what's the worst chessbook you ever bought?



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Tue Dec 27 2011 10:32AM | edited: 10:33:34 | MsgID: 15031915


OK, anything with the words or generic titles (in any order) "be a successful day trader" or "beat the street". Criminals wrote these books. There I go again, slightly off topic.

By the way, I had the opportunity a few days ago to re-read the Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess book. Leslie Ault (older brother of Robin Ault - more on him later), Ray Weinstein and one other young master were credited for much of the content *which also included several sparkling finishes to Fischer games). In addition to the rules of chess (a proportionally very small part of the book), there are 275 information "frames" (puzzles or questions requiring a response from the student) which are actually excellent for Beginner to Novice players, and a good review for Intermediate and higher. They are well thought out and remind me a bit of Murray Chandler's "How to Beat Your Dad at Chess" and similar tactics books - except that this book came first and STILL only costs $8 (as opposed to the $25 to $35 "winning with the ..." type of books mentioned by others.

Robin Ault was a US Junior Champion who was seeded into the US Closed Championship to gain experience but, after losing ALL of his games, more or less dropped out of chess. A big loss. Young players should be pushed just a little but not placed into situations in which they are likely to fail (in their own minds).



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The absolute worst chessbook I ever bought was: "The Sicilian Defence with 4.Qd4" by Salome & Bickford 88 pages, $14.95 (1992).The main lines and analysis was terrible and the authors never even used ECO "B" 53 2nd edition (1984)as a reference.Its the only chessbook I ever threw away in the trash, a few days after I bought it.



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Seriously, I once told Schiller that I had made him rich from all of my purchases of his books. His reply: "Bless you [doctorK]"

I also spent a couple of bucks on a used copy of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. It was hard to believe that Fischer had much to do with it, but it was aimed at beginners and had lots of diagrams, a good thing, as someone here noted. Still, it's sad that this is the all-time best selling chess book.

I have a certain reverence for My System. First of all, my only alternatives were Reinfeld, and an entertaining book by Edward Lasker, and of course Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals (which I also hold in reverence). About half of My System is excellent; the other half written by the kind of guy who would stand on his head in the corner to get more blood to his brain. Nimzovitch played some great games and was a great thinker. We shouldn't bash him too much for his eccentricities.

Reti's Masters of the Chessboard is outstanding. Naturally some of the opening variations are dated, but his explanation of the basic ideas is unparalled to this day. I steal his material for teaching all the time. Fine's Ideas Behind the Chess Openings gets very honorable mention.

I seem to be drifting into "good book" space rather than "bad book" space. Sorry.
I like Kasparov's books alot. Not just the chess but the history and politics also.
Almost any book with anotations by a world champion is worth a buy, although Karpov
is disappointing as is Fischer, for different reasons (he should have written a book after 60 Memorable Games!). Botvinnik's 100 Games to 1938 and the 1947-1970 book, and Alekhine's two volumes of Best Games (not the third)- outstanding. Tal's Life and games entertaining; Smyslov's games are amazing. Petrosian? I don't know. Spassky - did he write anything that was translated? Kramnik - yawn as a writer but some great games. Lasker, Euwe and Korchnoi - very good. Benko's Life and Games - highly entertaining. Mendis Strategy book - very good.

Want an excellent book? Soltis Re-visiting the Value of the Pieces.
Bronstein Zurcich 1953. Silman Endgames and Sadler Queen's Gambit. New in Chess Yearbooks - high quality but horrible shipping charges to the US.

Yermolinsky, Nunn, Seirawan, Moskalenko all very good. Yermo the most entertaining.
Christiansen inimitable writing style and great tactical examples storming the Barricades - reminds me of a friend who says "now I split him open like a ripe melon ... I butcher him like a chicken" and so forth ...

Cheers




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I vaguely recall buying Schiller's Book of Big Busts, hoping for a titilating experience. Alas, I was greatly disapointed.



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