by. Jeremy Silman. · Rating details · ratings · 42 reviews. How to Reassess Your Chess is the popular step-by-step course that will create a marked. The Reassess Your Chess Workbook; Jeremy Silman; pages; Siles Press, The definitive answer to my title line would be welcomed. The snarky side of my mind says the reason there are x editions of the book is Silman wants to make money. This is not evil, but really you only need one of the .

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Avoid exchanges if you have more space. If I remember correctly, his reasoning was that people below are still playing “hope chess”, as in they still make moves without looking at the consequences of their move looking at all possible checks, captures, and threats that can occur from your move and can you meet jeremj and still hang pieces.

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JiK it is interesting to know it, but then maybe what it’s wrong is naming that book an Nth edition. IM Silman is a world class teacher! How the Reassess Your Chess offers invaluable knowledge and insight that cannot be found in any other book. He doesn’t do this so much in the fourth edition, but it still comes up now and then. This was released in December This is my second favourite chess book, the other being Recognizing Your Opponent’s Resources: Look on Amazon reviews for more details.

It was a joy to work through and I can now start his other books! Control of a key file.

Book Review: How To Reassess Your Chess

In fact, if you got a copy of Silman’s mammoth Complete Endgame Course and wondered, “what would it cess like if Reassess was this big?

I have the games but not the illustrations. I think the 3rd edition is a bit more accessible, and more broadly based. The idea that you can figure out the simlan of a position by merely glancing at the board without looking at any moves seems to be clearly wrong. When you move a pawn, check your bishops! This is a great book, but not one that you should read, this is a book that should be studied.

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The definitive answer to my title line would be welcomed by players the world around. Now we get down to the real nitty-gritty: Reqssess details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x It is taken for granted among tournament players jdremy they have either read this book, own this book, or are at least familiar enough with this book to understand casual references to it.

There is also a workbook yoir contains a summary of the main book, with about examples with detailed answers. PaperbackExpanded, Third Editionpages. Not sure if I’d recommend just the workbook since it will be easier if you read either The Amateur’s Mind or Reasses first, but the workbook is a great idea.

Once again, do what the position tells. Personally I’ve only read the first and third, but I can’t imagine the fourth is much different. Exchange your bad pieces against the good ones of the opponent! It has rhyme, and repeating sounds that kind of stick in your brain ass,ess,essand also describes what it is going to help you accomplish right in the title.

I think TAM is enough to understand Silman’s idea of formulating a plan, which you can use to then work on the workbook. It has scenarios from actual games and attempts to peer into the mind of the master at crucial points, so it is also helpful in that regard. Nov 24, I’ll keep the other suggestions in mind in case I actually enjoy reading my first chess book. To be fair, I did check this out from the library at the same time as “My System” so it may have suffered from comparison, but for that reason I would suggest that anyone considering this book should simply get that volume, it will turn out to be a much better investment.

This book is available in both physical and electronic Kindle format – would you recommend the physical version over the Kindle version? If you have an isolated pawn, without compensation, try to exchange all the rooks and queens. Example games are only useful if they are carefully explained.

Supposedly Silman completely rewrote the book “from scratch” was the phrase that caught my eye greatly expanded it, rearranged it, chopped out the Basic Endgame chapter the chapter that inexplicably OPENED the 3rd edition! It has vastly improved my game but more importantly the enjoyment of the game! If the positional masterpieces of the chess legends have always been a mystery to you, if chess strategy has always been an unsolvable enigma, if you find yourself a positional pawn rather than a positional master, then How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th edition will prove to be a life-changing experience.


It’s the type of book you have to go through a few times for everything to really stick, but after you do you’ll have gained an awareness of a lot of things that you hadn’t before.

I haven’t read it, so I can’t say whether it is appropriate.

For example, one of the biggest points he makes is xhess make useless threats. Also, he talks about imbalances and individual moves as if they are entirely different, but I don’t believe they are.

Passed pawns are not always good: First of all, in the middle of the imbalances talk, Silman includes a few chapters about psychology, which I found particularly unhelpful.


How to Reassess Your Chess is the popular step-by-step course that will create a marked improvement in anyone’s game. Certain terms from this book have become common terms used to describe chess concepts. Most amateurs go always in the hunt of opponent’s monarch, when in master’s games much of the struggle involves important squares usually weak, central ones of the board. Sep 24, It gets longer every time he releases it. In my blog the story about why I picked this book Book ratings by Goodreads.

Silman does claim that he completely rewrote the book knowing that of the dozen or so books he’s written, this is the one that will be around when he’s long gone: Since I found this book quite readable, anyone ranked about my level jegemy do OK by this book.