Who says that you can’t learn from the games of amateurs? Renowned chess instructor and writer Dan Heisman presents thirty games by intermediate-level players, each one offering a rich variety of lessons in practical competitive play for all chess enthusiasts.
The catalog of errors runs the gamut from taking too much (or too little!) time to think, to shoddy calculation, cutting off analysis too soon, and ignoring the principles of sound strategy. Using gentle humor, Coach Heisman gives a blow-by-blow account and patiently dissects the players’ thinking process, offering tips for improving clock management and making better decisions at the board.
Because the advantage can swing wildly back and forth, amateur games can be entertaining as well as instructive. Heisman gives a choice selection of cases of chess suicide, for the purpose of suggesting what the victim could have done to prevent disaster. Learn from this – better them than you!
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One of the most enjoyable game collections I have ever read. I think it is probably more deserving of 4.5 stars but Amazon dosen't allow that. These games are not only fun to play over but Mr. Heisman's insightful comments are very instructive, not to mention that some of them hit uncomfortably close to home for a class player like myself.
I enjoyed Dan's coverage of less-than-optimal openings like the so-called "High School" version of the Sicilian Defense (1.e4 c5 2. Bc4) which at my level (1500-1600), I see constantly. Some might find it annoying but I liked his constant reminders to "try to take all your time in every game" & "If you see a good move, dont play it immediately, look for a better one" etc.... Some people might find this type of repeated advice to be demeaning but it is exactly the kind of thing I struggle with when playing serious chess.
Dan did a very good job of explaining why the players made their mistakes (playing to fast, not taking into...
There are a few chess authors whose books I will buy no questions asked. National Master Dan Heisman is one of those authors. Soltis, Nunn and Silman are the others for those curious. I've actually had the privilege of taking a few lessons from Dan Heisman, but unfortunately had to stop due to scheduling issues on my end. Being a graduate student at UNLV does not leave too much time for chess unfortunately. However, I hope to start up my lessons again over winter break as my finals just ended. Total tangent, but if you are serious about improving your chess I cannot recommend lessons highly enough. I had a few light bulbs go off during my lessons with Dan Heisman that have helped me tremendously, particularly in the area of analysis.
Okay, how about the book? As mentioned earlier, with my finals over I dove straight in to not only my regular chess studying (tactics, going over annotated master games, and playing slow games), but also to this book. The book is a collection...
Proviso: I am an amateur chess enthusiast and intermediate level player who knows Coach Heisman personally from being a sometime member of his local chess club. I have benefited greatly from the group instruction he provides at the club, and on various online sources. I am not in any way a close friend of Heisman's and feel that I am an objective commentator on the value he brings to chess students. I am an on-and-off member of the USCF but I mostly play chess on the 'net these days.
So why don't I want you to buy this book? First who are "you"? If you are an intermediate or advancing beginner chess player, then I'm talking to you. You are the person I wind up playing against in an over the board tournament game (rare for me these days) or on a live chess game on the internet (I highly recommend Chess.com for live, real-time chess play - I'm not affiliated with them, just a member). You have probably made many of the errors and inaccuracies so instructively laid out...
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