- Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House Puzzles & Games (1. November 1994)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0812922913
- ISBN-13: 978-0812922912
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,5 x 22,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 16 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 437.075 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Inner Game of Chess: How to Calculate and Win (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. November 1994
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Andrew Soltis is an International Grandmaster, a former U.S. Open Champion, and the author of more than seventy books. He writes an award-winning column for Chess Life magazine.
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This is a FANTASTIC book. It is destined to become a classic. But, after reading all the reviews, I have to make the following comment. This book may be written for a really strong player. (or players.)
I think you should be at least 1600-1800 to grasp much of what goes on in this book. There are certainly many valuable insights which will make you a better thinker and "Calculator." But in the long run, your calculating powers will already have to be fairly well developed to really benefit from this book. I was already a Master when this book came out. I spent close to 6 weeks with this book, and it made me a better thinker. But two of my students who have bought and read this book felt it did NOT make them better at calculating. Sadly, it may be true. The average GM may not remember what it was like to struggle to see one move ahead. Because they do not understand [or remember] the problems, it is difficult for them to address them.
If you think you are ready for this book, buy it. But if you have any doubts, get a couple of simple primers on tactics. Maybe "Logical Chess, Move by Move," by Chernev. Wait until your rating gets over 15-1600. Then buy this book.
On the positive side, this book is beautifully written. The examples are mostly very carefully chosen. And the book is wonderfully and beautifully annotated. This was truly a work of love by the author. If you are just looking for many, many hours of enjoyment, then you want this book.
The book explains the pragmatic realities of calculation very well indeed. A thoughtful reading of this book will enhance one's understanding of what to calculate, how to calculate, how far to calculate, and what positions deserve calculation. By implication, one's strength would improve.
It's difficult to provide a synopsis of this book because, like Kotov, it's not coherently orgainised but is a compendium of practical wisdom concerning calculation. Chapters include 'Trees and how to build them', 'Rechecking' and 'The Practical Calculator' - all of importance to a player.
I've given this four stars (and not five) for 3 reasons. The first is lack of organisation. The second, and more serious, is the sheer number of analytical mistakes. The very first example (Piket - Sosonko) has an error. The sacrifice 1.Rxh7 is actually unsound. 3....Bf5, which Soltis mentions in passing, holds the game for Black. Or examine the analysis to Ljubojevic - Stein, on page 58. 11.Qf4 works fine for White. Soltis hasn't done his spadework. The examples that are correct are frequently so because they've been pulled, with analysis, from other sources.This brings me to third criticism: many of the examples are hackneyed, and frequently don't exemplify the ideas well.
But these caveats aside, I can recommend this book. There is material to ponder over here. A pity Soltis didn't give the book the time and energy it deserved; it would have been a sterling work.
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It took me more then 1 month (2 hours a day) of careful study to finish this book, u can spend hours of fun trieng to find out the best continuation of the diagrams and then read... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 21. April 2000 veröffentlicht
Before reading this book I had read My System, and used that as a basis to start playing chess more seriously. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 1. Dezember 1999 von Ian Ash
Well, for someone to expose the fallacies of Kotov and to do it a few years before Nunn, Tisdall etc. are all getting high praise for doing it is a lot. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 10. November 1999 veröffentlicht
I started reading this book right after reading Silman's "Reassess Chess" Book. I was let down and felt that the book somehow got stuck on calculation and left it up to... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 1999 von Joe
This book is very good, but I have not read 'think like a grandmaster' yet so I can't compare. It discusses calculation and all of the many mistakes you can make. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 1. August 1999 veröffentlicht
KOTOV REFUTED AGAIN and AGAIN This made my chess rating go up 300 points from 1500 to 1800!!! Study this book again and again.Am 9. April 1999 veröffentlicht
"The Inner Game of Chess" is one of the few books I have read that was devoted to chess calculation! Lesen Sie weiter...Am 27. Dezember 1998 veröffentlicht
This is a very original and interesting book on chess calculation. Soltis has an excellent writing style as well as a deep understanding of chess (he is a GM). Lesen Sie weiter...Am 18. Juli 1998 veröffentlicht