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The Tao of Chess: 200 Principles to Transform Your Game and Your Life (Anglais) Broché – 29 octobre 2004

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Chess and Life Philosophy 23 juillet 2004
Par K. D Kirk - Publié sur
Format: Broché
A pithy and poignant look at the greatest game ever invented and how and what it can say about life lessons. Anyone who has played chess (regardless of skill level), who has at least half an introspective brain (which nearly all chess lovers do) has long recognized the parallels between the principles of chess strategy and the applicability to life strategy. What author and Chess Master Peter Kurzdorfer has done is actually do what many others I suspect have wanted to do for many score years....actually capture some of those principles in writing.

Its not an overly deep read, on either the chess or philosophy, but it is a very satisfying read on both topics. Don't look for in depth middlegame strategies or 1400 opening strategems, but expect a solid treatment of fundamentally sound chess as well as fundamentally sound 'know thyself' type tips.

Warning: While this book is very applicable to novice and amateur chessplayers, reasonable knowledge of elementary chess and of notation is required to enjoy it. Never fear, learning chess notation takes minimal effort. One drawback, however, is that I do not recall seeing an explanation of algebraic chess notation in the Tao of Chess, and it could benefit from that.

Overall, if you like to play chess, even just periodically, this is a good 'take on vacation' type book or one to spend time with across 4-5 weeks in evenings at home after work.
16 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The author is a master, SO you'll learn something from him. 19 août 2005
Par Wendell A. Betton - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I honestly consider myself to be a good chess amateur and through my experience with chess study & tournaments, I honestly think this book is worth buying in order to inch yourself off the plateau you may be experiencing. It's cheap and you'll learn from this master something new that you didn't already know.

I have to say it does lean toward being pretentious in trying to address life issues in it's overly cursory manner (200 times), but the book's second part is very ground-breaking in that it makes you look at yourself as a chess player and gets you to consider things about yourself that may be getting in your own way as you wonder, "Why haven't I been getting any better at chess"? I've been studying chessbooks for 9 years now, and I've never come across one that made me look at myself as a chess player the way this one does. It really helped me get over the blitz clock hump (see the chapter on Using Time) and here's a bonus from me; to improve your blitz game, constantly look at the clock while you play and make good time management of your clock compared to your opponent's clock (so many players don't look at the clock until it gets down to one and a half to one minute. They're simply waiting for their opponent's clock to run out of time. You have to use the clock along the way constantly).

You have to pay attention to the chapter headings as you make your way through this book. It's evident that Kurzdorfer wanted to make this a short book with very effective short chapters.

As for the writers of the earlier reviews (those who hated this book)... I've noticed that people who consider themselves experts at certain things (and every man will claim himself to be a great expert at chess [a claim that only ranks second to sexual prowess]) tend to act as if they think that basic or intermediate teachings are not worth being taught. Such "experts" just flip through the first half of this book and deem it completely worthless because they already know the basics, but this book's part one does have some upper-level fundamentals. Go ahead. Add this book to your personal chess library. Kurzdorfer is a master. You'll learn some things.

If you're like me, you'll learn a lot. Here's a tip: go through it a second time as a read-through and you'll learn even more!
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The Tao of Chess 2 février 2011
Par Spider Monkey - Publié sur
Format: Broché
'The Tao of Chess' is a pretty good book that provides 200 principle to improve your game and briefly relates them to life lessons that can be learnt from them. The chess lessons are quite good, but the life lessons are a touch gimmicky and tenuous at times. Never the less, this book covers good ground from knowing the board and pieces, developing the centre, piece values, pawn structure, space, tempo, mobility, tactics, sacrifice, defence, exchanges, planning, openings, middle and end games, how to react to mistakes and your opponent, to concentration and a whole host of other topics besides. Each principle is introduced and then explained and annotated using examples and illustrations. At the end of each principle is a 'Taoist' type phrase to link the principle to a way of applying it in everyday life. This book is useful to dip into and pick up hints and tips and as each principle is self contained it is easy to then apply it to your next game without having to read the whole book first. A clear, easy to read book with some great tips and ideas. In some ways the 'life lessons' detract from the chess but it is a good book regardless. Worth a look if you want to improve your game without slogging through deep text.

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Good index of basic best practices 26 février 2006
Par R. Brian Potter - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This little book contains a lot of chess nuggets, some of which may come across as very obvious, some as reminders of forgotten truths, and others will certainly increase your arsenal of chess skills. Even when stating the obvious, the key is to apply all 200 truths consistently and at the right time!

My only complaint with this book is that the author always uses examples of his own games in which he did the right thing. It would have made him seem a bit less pretentious had he also included a smattering of examples where he was on the receiving end of one of these chess/life lessons.
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Taoist approach to accuracy? 18 septembre 2010
Par The Rectifier - Publié sur
Format: Broché
As someone who has a modest interest in Taoism and a casual interest in chess, I had to pick up this book when I saw it. Oops.

I will finish reading this book, but only 77 pages into it, I am ready to review it.

So far the Tao principles presented tend to be only vaguely related to both the chess principle it corresponds to and, from what I've seen, only vaguely related to Taoism. That's not to say the life principles presented should be ignored, in fact, these might be great life lessons for younger readers, but I wouldn't necessarily consider them to be Taoist in nature.

What is more irritating to me is the number of errors I've discovered so far. For example:
* Page 39 - move 11 reads Rxc5. As white's rook is active on e, I assume this should be Rxe5.
* Page 40 - move 5 reads Re8. It would be helpful to know which rook white is moving, so the correct entry should be 5. Ree8
* Page 77 - after a series of moves where Black is ahead a piece, the text reads "Black resigns" and goes on to mention White's rook which can now come in to play as "His (Black's) rook...since Black is now down a piece." Especially since the author was Black in this game, you'd think he'd have remembered that White was down a piece and, presumably, resigned.

The book contains several chess principles I've seen elsewhere, but some I haven't seen before (and I'm only up to #54 of the 200 the book contains).

Based on the lack of solid proofreading and lack of applying Taoism to the life principles, I'd recommend skipping this book. Newer chess players may get more out of Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess. Serious chess players can probably find much more effective tools such as Winning Chess Tactics, revised (Winning Chess - Everyman Chess) or other books in that series.
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