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

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Siles Press, 1999 - Games - 443 pages
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This book takes the student on a journey through his own mind and returns him to the chess board with a wealth of new-found knowledge and the promise of a significant gain in strength. Most amateurs possess erroneous thinking processes that remain with them throughout their chess lives. These flaws in their mental armour result in stinging defeats and painful reversals. Books can be bought and studied, lessons can be taken -- but in the end, these elusive problems always prove to be extremely difficult to eradicate. Seeking a solution to this dilemma, the author wrote down the thoughts of his students while they played actual games, analysed them, and catalogued the most common misconceptions that arose. This second edition greatly expands on the information contained in the popular first edition.

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A big joke in the name of chess book.
Grab some annotated book of purdy instead.

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Silman's methodology is certain to improve your play. 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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