37 ( +1 | -1 ) Jeremy Silman's best book?Silman writes a lot of books on how to improve your understanding of chess positions, his books include "how to reasses your chess" well thats all i can remember but i heard he has writeen 26 books. All of which are similar on the same topic of understanding different positions. For those who have read a lot of silmans books (which i haven't) which do you think is his best? as im looking to get one.
87 ( +1 | -1 ) Reassess Your ChessPeople swear by this book, but I didn't find it as helpful as I expected it to be. Candidly, I may not have devoted to it the time and attention it required. I thumbed Silman's The Amateur's Mind (or something very close to that)---it looked similar, but I liked what I saw better than Reassess Your Chess. My favorite chess book thus far (I read my first chess book in May) is Chernev's Logical Chess, which annotates a number of championship games move by move (why move X, whether Y would have been better, etc.). I think it improved my thinking more than Silman's book, though again I kind of cherry-picked Silman's book, so take my views with a grain of salt (which is perfect for the salad of mixed metaphors I just served up). Both books are reviewed in the GK book section, I believe.
51 ( +1 | -1 ) Silman's best book...The Amatuer's Mind is by far Silman's best book... His other works are above par and some just hitting par, but "The Amatuer's Mind" is a personal favorite... It's a must for the individual who is looking to advance to a chess club player's level (professional)... Even at the intermediate levels, the bad habit's we develop on the way to higher levels of play are often littered with these thought process flaws stated throughout this book...
It's one of the best books for the person who wants to get down to the serious parts of the game...
47 ( +1 | -1 ) I actually prefer ...Reassess your Chess, for some reason. I felt that Amateur's Mind spent too much time on the wrong stuff (i.e. incorrect play), but that's just my opinion.
If you can, borrow one of these books from the library, work through parts, and then try the other. They're both great books, outlining the same system of thought, and will help you out enormously IF you devote some solid time to them.
35 ( +1 | -1 ) The best Silman book I've ever readwas the "Reassess Your Chess Workbook." It's basically a series of problems based on the principles he explained in RYC and TAM. You can't just skim it, you really have to think about and work at each problem (I guess that's the case with most instructional chess books). I spent about 3 months going through the book and it helped me immensely.