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The amateur's mind : turning chess misconceptions into chess mastery

Author: Jeremy Silman
Publisher: Los Angeles : Siles Press, [1999] ©1999
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Second edition, expandedView all editions and formats
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The Amateur's Mind takes the student on a journey through his own mind and returns him to the chess board with a wealth of new-found knowledge and the promise of a significant gain in strength. Most amateurs possess erroneous thinking processes that remain with them throughout their chess lives. These flaws in their mental armour result in stinging defeats and painful reversals. Books can be bought and studied,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Silman, Jeremy.
Amateur's mind.
Los Angeles : Siles Press, c1999
(OCoLC)646875387
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Silman
ISBN: 1890085022 : 9781890085025
OCLC Number: 41320224
Description: xi, 443 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The imbalances --
The battle between bishops and knights --
Acquisition of the center, territory, and space --
The confusing subject of pawn structure --
Material --
Development and initiative --
Many imbalances, one board --
How to play the opening --
Using the rooks --
Curse of the mindless king hunter --
Which side of the board should you play on? --
Developing mental toughness --
Glossary.
Responsibility: by Jeremy Silman.

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The Amateur's Mind takes the student on a journey through his own mind and returns him to the chess board with a wealth of new-found knowledge and the promise of a significant gain in strength. Most amateurs possess erroneous thinking processes that remain with them throughout their chess lives. These flaws in their mental armour result in stinging defeats and painful reversals. Books can be bought and studied, lessons can be taken -- but in the end, these elusive problems always prove to be extremely difficult to eradicate. Seeking a solution to this dilemma, Mr. Silman wrote down the thoughts of his students while they played actual games, analysed them, and catalogued the most common misconceptions that arose. He then eradicated those mental traps by offering advice, rules of conduct and strategy, and penetrating psychological insight. This second edition greatly expands on the information contained in the popular first edition. In particular, the addition of twenty-six tests and their detailed explanations, add more than one hundred pages of instruction-rich material.

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