The Amateur's mind: turning chess misconceptions into chess mastery

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Siles Press, Nov 3, 1999 - Games - 443 pages
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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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A big joke in the name of chess book.
Grab some annotated book of purdy instead.

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User Review  - Tomtg - Goodreads

Arguably the best chess book I have ever read. Without a doubt the most instructive! Silman' prose is wonderful and fun. Highly recommended. Read full review


The Battle Between Bishops and Knights
Acquisition of the Center Territory and Space
The Confusing Subject of Pawn Structure

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About the author (1999)

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.

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