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Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess (The Complete Idiot's Guide)
Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess (The Complete Idiot's Guide)
von Wolff
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,92

5.0 von 5 Sternen A gem of a chess primer, 29. Februar 2000
Legend has it that a former world chess champion, the late Mikhail Tal, used to skim through beginners' books in search of ideas. If Tal were alive to read this one, I'm sure he'd be thoroughly impressed.
Patrick Wolff describes the game more completely than any single writer in any single text has done before. I especially like it for its separate sections on strategy and tactics, and Wolff's distinguishing between the two. (Sometimes even I forget which is which.) And I truly appreciate his advice on how to study chess openings and endings. If this book has a weakness, it's that it might be filled with too much information for the beginner to absorb at once. But, hey, better too much than not enough, right? In that case, I'd advise keeping this book on the side of the chessboard as a ready reference.
I admit that I had my doubts about this book after I noticed on the cover photo that White's king and queen are not standing on their correct starting squares. I guess it pays to not judge a book by its cover; Wolff has provided a gem of a primer. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
FYI, my all-time favorite beginning chess book is "The Right Way to Play Chess" by David Brine Pritchard "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess" didn't quite unseat Pritchard's work as tops on my list. But it came mighty darned close.


Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Edition
Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Edition
von Reuben Fine
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Still informative after all these years, 25. Februar 2000
Bobby Fischer, when asked by a young boy how to improve the boy's chess, picked up a copy of "The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings," and advised the boy to "read this book. This book has everything. It's one of the best chess books, and can definitely help to improve your game." Whenever the legendary Fischer speaks of how to improve one's chess, I have just a word of advice: Listen.
In comparing the 1943 edition of this book to the more recent 1989/90 works, it appears that most of the revisions involve the Indian and Sicilian Defenses. For good reason: These are still the overwhelming choices of many an international grandmaster to 1 d4 and 1 e4, respectively. Other than that, the text is about the same. In fact, the more recent editions even have a few misspellings and caption-reference errors to boot.
Still, I think that's a trivial reason for chess players to shy away from this book. The title states the principle: As long as you understand the IDEAS of the openings you play, you will be ready for nearly any surprises--curve balls, if I may--that your opponent might have in store. It made sense in 1943; it still makes sense today.
I would recommend this book to those in the beginner-to-intermediate range. I believe that, once you understand the ideas of your preferred openings, then and only then should you begin to intensify your studies of opening theory. After that, I feel that everything will fall into place naturally.


Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
von H. G. Bissinger
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A truly incredible read, 18. Februar 2000
I finally got around to reading this book just recently; I wish I had read it when it came out in 1990. "Buzz" Bissinger pulls no punches in telling it like it is, how a high school football team can be the main rallying point of an otherwise isolated community, several hundred miles from the nearest large metropolitan area; a community whose residents are deeply religious, God-fearing, and shamelessly prejudiced and intolerant of non-whites.
I remember the controversy this book caused shortly after its release. Having read it, I now understand why: In a community where there's otherwise "nothing to do," a local high school football team can unite people of all races, incomes, cultures, etc. I should know: I used to live in Lubbock, not too far from Odessa; the townfolks share the same conservative beliefs and euphoric passion for football. Bissinger's metaphor-rich style of writing really made me feel as if I was back in West Texas. The similarity of the two cities was uncanny. I began to read in search of something startling and controversial; instead it brought back a lot of memories. As I learned, the people of Odessa and Lubbock are strikingly similar (except Lubbock also has collegiate football, from Texas Tech University, to root for, as well as a few local high schools). I found Bissinger's descriptions totally accurate, if not downright eerie.
In the end, I couldn't help but feel for the 17- and 18-year-olds who had to endure the pressure to produce one victory after another, and the supporters' shameless win-or-else attitude. Bissinger's ability to empathize with America's appetite and obsession for winning really drove home the point. When I finished reading it, I cried. This book was THAT soul-stirring.
To Stephanie, a Permian High School grad who wrote a review of this book in May 1998: I'd advise you to read "Turning The Page - '88 Permian team still can't escape glare of 'Friday Night Lights,'" by Dave Caldwell (The Dallas Morning News, November 24, 1999). You called Bissinger "a liar," but Jerrod McDougal, whose loud Bon Jovi music was mentioned in the introduction, said "The Book [as it's known in Odessa] painted a pretty ugly portrait of the town, but there's not a lie in it." And Randy Ham, a Permian grad who works at a bookstore in Odessa, mentioned, "It is a bitingly accurate portrayal of the town. It really is."
Mike Wallace, the "60 Minutes" correspondent, said that "'Friday Night Lights' reads like fiction; unhappily, it is fact." I feel that's all one needs to know to prepare for this truly incredible read.


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