The Reassess Your Chess Workbook (Anglais) Broché – 1 décembre 2000
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You will learn to create and use imbalances to devise plans and find moves in every stage of the game because the entire Workbook asks you to do nothing else. This isn't passive learning. It's more like, "Pop quiz, hot shot! Black has just played ...Nh5 and is going to win the two bishops. What do you do? What do you do?"
You don't need to have read the earlier books since Silman gives a crash course on imbalances. If you've read them and felt you'd understood them (and yet didn't see any improvement as I had), this is another opportunity to get it right. Everyone has their own level of chess incompetence beyond which they will be unlikely to improve, and I may have already reached mine and you yours. But how can you be sure? "We can not know what is inevitable until we try good and hard to stop it."
It's a fun read, too. (By the way, I actually worked through the entire book before I decided to "review" it. Maybe some of the other reviewers should've tried doing that.)
It SEEMS extremely useful. The typesetting and layout are very easy on the eyes. Repeating the puzzle with the answer is helpful, not a waste of space. The English is cogent. The Summaries of Imbalances given with most answers are comprehensible and instructive. But the lines which prove the answers are simply too subtle for a Class C player to understand.
The last part, "self-annotations", asks you to annotate games on your own, and then to compare your annotations to Silman's. In effect, this part amounts to a set of wordily-annotated games with plans and observations instead of deep variations. It is like an advanced version of Chernev's classic, Logical Chess Move by Move. I think this is a great way to get better at chess, for an advanced student.
I am not sure whether it is essential to read Reassess Your Chess first. Silman himself has said that he always preferred Nimzowitch's Chess Praxis (book of exemplary games) to the didactic My System. I think that wordier books sometimes make a player feel as if he is learning more than he really is. But Reassess Your Chess is certainly an enjoyable read.
At any rate, before the workbook I recommend a book by Bellin and Ponzetto, Test Your Positional Chess, which provides several choices for each position and (unlike Chris Ward's It's Your Move [blue]) explains the reasons for and against each move. It also gives you a rating at the end of the tests.
You might return to HTRYC and the Workbook after you've accumulated a few hundred more rating points.
This book begins with a summary ("crash course") of his thinking techinque and imbalances from "How to Reasses Your Chess" (HTRYC). Then, a selection of over 110 problems (comprising opening, middlegame, and endgame positions as well as complete games to annotate); and, finally, their solutions. The book's great strength is in this last, very detailed, part. Every solution gives not only the correct move, but explains why: how the move helps one side use his positive imbalances or minimize his negative ones, and how the move fits with his overall plan. In addition, the solution of course offers data about the game: players, date, tournament, etc.
Clearly, Silman put a lot of effort into his book: not only does he give original and detalied analysis of every position (including a re-analysis, from the point of view of his "imbalances" method, of some of the most famous games in chess history), he also chose a very wide range of players--from Fischer and Morphy to obscure correspondence players to 1500-level amateurs--if the game edifies the reader. I wish more chess writers would do this: one learns just as much (and more) from Silman's down-to-earth "Why is this move, which looked perfectly logical to the 1500-rated player, simply wrong?" than from the typical "What marvelous combination did Fischer find here?" one usually finds.
To those who want to learn or practice Silman's thinking technique, which is well worth knowing if only in order to understand masters' games better, this is a very good book. Apart from the hard work and originality, I commend Silman for not being greedy and trying to squeeze more sales out of a previous book: instead of referring the reader to HTRYC for an explanation of his method, the Workbook is a stand-alone book that includes a detailed explanation of it, even if it might hurt sales. (It also has a larger, clearer format and far fewer typos than HTRYC). Such ethical behavior by authors should be the (Grandmaster) norm, but isn't.
One problem, though, is the quirky design: candid photographs of famous chess players are printed in the book apparently at random, and the "solution" section reprints every question before giving the solution to it. The first oddity is due to Silman's desire to show chessplayers as they really are. The second is probably because, on the one hand, Silman doesn't want people to read the problem with the solution "tempting" them on the bottom of the same page, while, on the other, once they *do* decide to look at the solution, he doesn't want them to go back and forth between different pages to make sure they see what bishop or pawn the solution is talking about. In my view, it would have been better on balance to omit both as unnecssary and distracting rather than helpful. That said, this is a minor issue, and perhaps a matter of taste.
If you are interested in chess strategy at all, this is a great book to get.