View Full Version : Amatuer's Mind, Endgame Strategy by Silman, or Logical Chess

01-04-2008, 02:34 PM
I've been looking at this book for awhile now. I just picked chess up again and have been doing a bunch of stuff with the Chessmaster 10th edition software and I kinda want to look into getting a book too. I'm not sure of my rating but I'm sure it's under like 1200.

Is this book going to benefit me? Will it be too hard for me to get anything out of? Is it an enjoyable read....kinda...for being a chess book? I heard that instead of getting the Reassess your chess beginners should look into this book so that's how I got here. I also like it because it isn't very expensive. 13 dollars off of Amazon.

Also, what about Silman's Endgame book. I've heard great things about this book as well. I think this might actually be a more direct approach (obviously) when it comes to improving my game. Either way, let me know your thoughts.

Should I get both? That's like 30 some dollars almost and I'm still not sure how serious I am about chess yet to spend that much on books.

But I do want one. The endgame does seem to be more of my problem. I tend to throw games away, usually when I'm up on an opponent 200 or more points than me.

Another book that I kept forgetting to mention is Logical Chess: Move by Move. It seems to be one of the most popular books. I've heard that it is outdated though, but I doubt that is that much of a problem. Should I give that a try? I did look at that one game you sent me the link too and I don't know how much I would be able to get out of a book with 32 other games like that. One of the books by Silman sounds like it would keep my interest more and perhaps be more beneficial. Any ideas?

Thanks for any advice or thoughts!

Pr0metheus 1962
01-04-2008, 02:52 PM
I tried The Amateurs Mind and found it hard going. I don't know about the other two books.

If you're under 1200 (I'm about the same) maybe you'd like to know some of the books I'm finding most useful:

Everyone's 2nd Chessbook (http://www.amazon.com/Everyones-2nd-Chessbook-Dan-Heisman/dp/1888710268/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199483642&sr=1-1) by Dan Heisman.

64 Things You Need to Know In Chess (http://www.amazon.com/Things-You-Need-Know-Chess/dp/1901983676/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199483717&sr=1-1) by John Walker.

The Chess Player's Bible (http://www.amazon.com/Chess-Players-Bible-Illustrated-Strategies/dp/0764157876/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199483776&sr=1-2) by James Eade.

The above books go over the basics but it's always good to have something like this around that gives an overview, and that doesn't mire the reader in chess diagrams and technical talk.

Weapons of Chess (http://www.amazon.com/Weapons-Chess-Omnibus-Strategies-Fireside/dp/0671659723/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199483850&sr=1-1) by Bruce Pandolfini.

This one is a little more complex, but unlike books that are composed of chess diagrams and moves alone, Mr. Pandolfini explains more about the reasoning behind the tactics and strategy, which I find immensely helpful.

01-04-2008, 05:18 PM
my advice would be not to spend too much time on books yet.

try to really go through the CM lectures first, actually doing the drills too. don't understimate those lectures, I find them to be more valuable than a lot of famous chess classics out there.

then, check out http://chess.emrald.net and solve a daily dose of tactics problems (100 or more) there (after going through all the CM drills), do this for a few months and only then think of choosing a good book to read.

amateur's mind probably assumes you have a decent amount of tactical ability to go through the annotations (without asking questions like 'why the hell did he not take the queen here' etc, which would, let's say, fall into mate in 3.)