Ceci est la quatrième édition du livre de Silman "how to reassess your chess". Elle a été totalement réécrite. De là à l'acheter si on possède déjà une édition précédente, non et sans hésitation, non... car le fond reste le même, mais la mise en page est vraiment plus sympa et les exemples choisis sont beaucoup plus nombreux et peut-être meilleurs.
Alors justement qu'en est-il du fond ? Il s'agit d'un livre qui apprend les principes de la stratégie échiquéenne : comment évaluer une position, et comment trouver et suivre un plan en fonction des forces et faiblesses de cette position ? On ne parle donc ni de tactique (les combinaisons) ni de technique (les "manoeuvres" fondamentales) mais bien uniquement de jeu "positionnel". Ce jeu positionnel est justement l'aspect à maîtriser pour être un joueur d'échecs "avancé", sachant mener une partie cohérente de bout en bout. Au menu donc : l'évaluation des "forces et faiblesses" (appelées ici "imbalances" / déséquilibres) d'une position : le bon ou le mauvais fou, le bon ou le mauvais cavalier, les principales structures de pions (ou plutôt une intro hein : pion isolé, pion faible, pions pendants, vous n'avez pas les structures typed par ouverture...), les cases faibles, etc. D'après la documentation, le livre s'adresse à des joueurs entre 1400 et 2100 ELO, ce qui me semble crédible, peut-être un peu optimiste sur 2100... Disons que c'est un excellent livre pour enseigner la stratégie aux joueurs intermédiaires.Lire la suite ›
Voilà un livre qui apporte une compréhension du jeu, Silman est un excellent pédagogue. Si son livre ne fait pas de nous des champions, indéniablement il nous permet de progresser donc:merci Mr Silman!
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The real deal difference between editions22 décembre 2010
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This review is for the FOURTH AND FINAL EDITION of this book. I do have an older third edition as well, and I will compare the two. There are plenty of reviews written about the quality of this book (older editions included), and I rate the book 5 stars for its content. However, I am not here to go into detail about that, but rather focus on the differences between editions.
The book contents are made up of the following parts: The Concept of Imbalances. Minor Pieces, Rooks, Psychological Meanderings, Target Consciousness, Statics vs. Dynamics, Space, Passed Pawns, and Other Imbalances. Each part is further broken down into specifics and is concluded with a summary and test questions.
The big differences between editions...This is an oversized book, much larger and 250 pages longer than the 3rd edition. The layout and size is just like Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master. Larger print and more white space - I find this makes it much easier to read. The graphic designer should be commended. The 4th edition goes much more in depth (!!) about the concept of imbalances and guiding you to the correct plan. The main theme is the same as the older editions, but Silman gives it a new feel with updated ideas and ALL NEW examples. Silman writes it himself, he "literally wrote this fourth edition from scratch". Another huge change is the addition of Chess Psychology, 90 pages long! Silman claims many of these ideas have never been seen in any chess book before. The 4th edition does not include a Basic Endgames section like his 3rd edition. I believe it has no place in this book anyway and is covered in more detail in the previously mentioned work! He chopped this section and other parts that "distracted from the book's main purpose: mastering the imbalances". The 4th edition is more humorous! From drunken knights to passed bananas, he will keep you interested with some laughs along the way. Again, similar to his endgame course!
In the rear.... Silman added 33 pages of instructive articles where he takes some important pieces of writing from his Q&A column on chess.com. Some articles are Creating a Study Program, Proper Tournament Diet, Offering a Draw, and Is Chess a Gentleman's Game? This is a little bit odd considering he wanted to cut out any distractions. Unnecessary, but interesting nevertheless. Perhaps Silman wanted to give his column a shout out. On the other hand, the Index of Concepts is a great addition. If one of your games has a Rook for Minor Piece or Isolated Pawn, you can look up this concept in the index and find the listed pages to learn more about it. Bibliography and Index of Players/Games are included as well.
Silman recommends this book for USCF rated 1400-2100. And I agree! Being about 1900 USCF rated, I am reviewing and learning plenty.
I listened to IM John Watson's interview with IM Jeremy Silman on the Internet Chess Club. Great interview! I won't take away too much from it but I will add that Silman says, "If I am going to be known for one book, I wanted something I was really pleased with, and I am pleased with this." I am too! If you don't have a copy of Reassess Your Chess, then this is a great buy. If you have an older edition, there is enough new material and ideas with fresh examples to reassess all over again.
---- I think it would be great if amazon let you read the introduction online. Silman sums up the differences there as well.
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Exponential Improvement!4 février 2011
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I have always enjoyed chess, but always played casually. I always intended to get better and study more to improve my game. Like many chess students with good intentions I found my chess library growing around me but my game staying stagnant. As the chess book pile grew so did my intentions. I would open a book and work through the lessons never quite understanding why none of it would stick. I found some improvement through Mr. Silmans 3rd edition works and began trying to use his "thinking techniques." As I practiced the lessons on imbalances my game moved from move by move chess into the realm of seeing the board more clearly and understanding what was going on in a position. Fast forward to this year... I was asked to help out with a National level High School chess program who had won a championship in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2007. It was time for me to get serious. I noticed at this time that Mr. Silman had released a 4th edition of his work and saw on the cover that it stated that it was completely rewritten. I purchased the book and decided this was the moment I was going to work as hard as ever learning the game.
Too much intro and too little review, yes I know, I know... *Cough* ok so away we go...
What an amazing book!! Never in all my studies has chess been so clearly presented in a way that any student could find joy and advancement. Mr. Silman has taken his old "techniques" and found a way, not only to teach them, but to stick them solidly in your brain. During my games I can actually hear comments made in this book. Lessons are open in such a wonderful way. This rework is not only an improvement on his old information it is a teacher with years and years of implementing his lessons and over time finding just the way to make a student retain them. Since my studies began this year, I have joined a chess club as an unrated amature and beaten some solid players. Part 4 of the book Psychological Meanderings is worth the cost of this book alone. The week I studied this section I went into chess club with the lessons on stepping beyond fear, mental breakdown, macho chess, etc, fresh on my mind and found myself across the board from a 1927 rated player. Suddenly Mr. Silman was in my head saying, "Rating nothing... This guy is rubbish... Just play the board..." So off we went... I sit here looking down at the score sheet with this unrated amature winning in 25 moves. To hear the 1927 look up red faced and say, "That... That was just too much pressure... I... I just messed up." and to smile up and say, "Not bad for a beginner, huh?" was awesome. Throughout the game Mr. Silman's lessons were always coming to my mind. My mind was working through comments like, "Look if I can stop that pawn I can make that Bishop useless," His Knight would love that square I better take it away now and that would be two very useless pieces," and my favorite, "Wow if I sack that exchange look what it does for my position and look how active my pieces become!"
Some other important aspects of this book are the following... Current examples for every lesson from every rating category, examples have the opening sequence of moves listed up to the important lesson for the position so you can actually see how the players arrived to the moment you are learning from, at the end of every chapter is a set of tests similar to what the workbook was to 3rd edition with answers fully explained in the back of the book (almost like having an additional book within a book), many examples per lesson to help get the material to stick, a well thought out order to the delivery of material. So much more...
I guess the best way to sum this book up is, to me, "this one is it," the chess book every learning chess student should own. Mr. Silman is a fabulous teacher with a wonderful delivery. Thank you, Mr. Silman for taking the time to give us this work. With every good review should come a section of things wrong with the book I suppose, but as I sit here I struggle to find them. It is what it claims to be and nothing more. You will not get an opening repetoire, an endgame diatribe, or a brilliant tactical guide, but what you will get is an understanding of what a position is calling for and where your plan should be centered toward, where the weaknesses are on both sides of the board, a thinking method to know what advantages and disadvantages matter at this very moment, and a clear picture to help you see through what Josh Waitzkin calls the "black and white jungle." Enjoy!
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Best book for the 1400 to 2000 rated player19 novembre 2003
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Jeremy Silman is simply the best chess instructional writer I've ever read, and I've read about 70 chess books. Nimzovich's "My System" is the only other book in a class with this one, and this one is better (though it covers different material. Both are great.) The problem with most chess instruction is that the writer has not taught many students, and so they tend to make statements that seem obvious to them, but are way over our heads. Silman has taught many private students, and he therefore understands what it is we are not "getting." There are several concepts he explains that I've heard before, but never understood until reading him. Silman's concepts about imbalances in a position are absolute epiphanies to us poor patzers who have been playing chess for years, but never really understood how to analyze a position except to say, "If I go here, and he goes there ..." Silman shows that analysis of specific variations should be the last thing one does, and shows - step by step - the proper way to analyze. His chapters on attaining a superior minor piece are in themselves worth the price of the book. If you're looking for one book to vastly improve your understanding of chess, I highly recommend this as the first, second and third choice. If this recommendation seems almost too glowing, I assure you, I have no relationship with Silman. I am a writer, who loves chess as a pastime, and have had some of my work published in chess life. I seldom get to play in tournaments, but I recently played a USCF Life Master (rated 2200) for the first time, and I drew with Black. I attribute much of my improved understanding of the game to Silman, and the rest to Nimzovich.
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The Positional Chess Bible31 décembre 2010
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First a little about me: I'm in the 1400 to 1600 range. I haven't read the original HTRYC, so I can't make any comparisons. I've spent over 100 hours going over this book from cover to cover.
Second a little about the book: The book is on positional chess (aka the middle game). It's not about tactics or checkmates. It's about how to recognize key differences in your position versus your opponent's position and how to develop a strategy to make your position dominate your opponents. The book is divided into sections of positional principles (example: recognizing targets and fixing them as permanent a weakness). For each principle, several games are given as an example that highlights the particular topic. Silman's commentary is excellent. Often he analyzes a position by talking only about ideas without even mentioning particular moves. This was the most helpful part of the book for me. He also gives a lot of variations many of which I quickly glossed over. As a reader, you will have to study the book based on your level. At my level, the ideas are the most important, and I shouldn't get sidetracked with variations. At the end of each chapter/positional idea, there are test questions. At first, I thought the problems were really hard, and I couldn't solve many of them. But going over the answers which are explained very well both with ideas and variations was really helpful. Towards the end of the book, I was able to at least partially solve almost every problem even the ones that were rated 2000+. I didn't always find the correct moves, or the correct move orders, but I was able to evaluate the position and understand the ideas behind the position (what should be white's strategy and what should be black's strategy and what moves make sense for both sides). Sometimes I picked the 2nd best move, etc but I was still picking good moves that addressed the positional battle!
Style: The writing and style are excellent. Silman uses conversational English and a coaching tone that is pleasant. It's obvious that he's passionate about positional chess and really enjoys teaching it. The book is fun to read. The book itself is large with a nice amount of white space that makes it easy to study.
Is it for you? Silman recommends this book for 1400 to 2100 range. I can't speak for the upper range, but the book was definitely challenging and beneficial for me. I'm going to completely re-read it in about six months and go over each lesson much more slowly and carefully (100hrs is sprinting through this book).
If aren't already very comfortable with the basics, tactics, and checkmate patterns, pick up a few books on tactics and solve 1000 tactical problems first and then get this book. Like me, you won't get everything the first time through, but you will learn to properly think about chess and develop a strategy.
Could it be better?
I would have benefited from more analysis in English (instead of an explanation in algebriac notation) and discussion of ideas, and fewer variations, but realize this is coming from my level. Higher level readers will need the variations. Ideas must be tactically sound and if you are analyzing master games, you must demonstrate that the idea is tactically sound. As it stands, this book is a masterpiece which I will re-read many times.
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A must-have chess book if you want to improve10 février 2011
Matthew K. Morgan
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How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th Edition is a major rewrite (not just an update) of author Silman's classic that has helped chess students revolutionize their game and get better at not just playing chess but truly understanding it. I have the 3rd edition and the change is a quantum leap forward. I will speak about the differences but I also believe that this new edition needs some stand-alone review. In a nutshell, this is a must-have book.
Jeremy Silman has for years espoused the concept of imbalances on the chess board and has steered students toward making use of those imbalances and formulating plans regarding them. He has written two books in particular about imbalances, this one and one called The Amateur's Mind. (I do not count the Reassess Your Chess Workbook as it's an extension of the 3rd edition of Reassess Your Chess.) The basic ideas are very much the same - make use of minor pieces and the differences in how powerful they are in relation to your opponent's pieces, control of important squares, making use of space advantages, using the initiative to your advantage and so many more. These imbalances, when realized and then taken advantage of, can mean the difference between winning a very satisfying game and wondering where the game was lost.
He starts with a brief intro to the meaning behind the imbalances and quickly glosses over them. Much more important in the introduction, though, is the notion of planning. He explains his philosophy of planning and also explains where his ideas have changed over the years, a sign that he has learned from his own work as well.
After this introduction, he expands greatly on each type of imbalance and on the usefulness of each piece on the board. There is some overlap between these chapters, of course. Included in each chapter is the presentation of the concept, one or more instructive games that further expand on his point, and also some self-tests that give the reader a good opportunity to self-test the understanding. This is an excellent formula and it has worked well in his other books.
This book has taken on the same visual format as Silman's book on endgame study, which is a larger-page, clear font print that is easy to read and understand. My biggest complaint with the 3rd edition was that the typeface was absolutely dreadful and looked like a copy of a copy of a copy in several places, and the font was too small. New in this edition is the extensive index that breaks down where to find specific ideas and concepts, and it also lists where players' games have been referenced so that finding a specific player's instructive game is a lot easier. I have no complaints with the format at all.
This is a rewrite, not a revision, so even if you have an older edition this book is very different than it once was. All of the examples are different. Silman has done extensive analysis with the computer. He has revised his methods of planning. He has stated clearly that this book targets players in the 1400-2100 range - perfect for me and for most players. It's all new and definitely improved.
How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th Edition is an absolutely essential book on chess for any player who wants to improve his or her game. It presents a fabulous system for analyzing the game in progress and provides invaluable help for those looking to get better. It's a quantum leap forward from previous editions and is worth the price.